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On the usefulness of dogs

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Even stray dogs know what they are supposed to do, keep their people save from those nasty big cats. Stray dog chases away leopard from housing complex | Deccan Chronicle. Ulhas Gawde, Secretary of the New Dindoshi Hill View co-op housing society, was quoted as saying in report: “On February 26, the CCTV captured the…

Loose leopard leaps and leaves

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With another area of India already troubled by a man-eating tiger still on the loose, now a leopard has wandered into an urban area. The message is clear — the wild animals were here first. Leopard sparks panic in India by wandering into hospital and cinema. A leopard has sparked panic in a north Indian…

Indian Air Force scrambled to intercept a… weather balloon

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Another boring Identified Flying Object that sparked a moment of panic and then a “D’Oh!” moment. UFO near IB, IAF scrambles Sukhoi-30MKI. The Indian Air Force scrambled a Su-30MKI after its radars detected a slow moving unidentified flying object coming towards India from the International Border with Pakistan and in the process, it came close…

I get that cows are sacred and all, but drinking pee?

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I have to draw the line. And besides being gross and unsanitary, it’s worthless. Urine-drinking Hindu cult believes a warm cup before sunrise straight from a virgin cow heals cancer – and followers are queuing up to try it – Capitalbay Information Portal. A growing cult of Hindu worshippers in India claim that drinking fresh…

India to declare victory over polio

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And now for some good news. In a cautiously optimistic declaration of victory,  and despite the best efforts of anti-immunization groups, it appears that the World Health Organization (WHO) is set to declare India free of polio. India Manages to Free Itself of Polio (WSJ.com): The World Health Organization plans to announce on Monday that India…

Toxin-free is rather logic-free

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This doctor has invented a product he thinks is revolutionary. I disagree. Doctor invents remedy for food contamination. An Al Ain-based Indian doctor claims that he has found an herbal remedy that can purge toxins from vegetables and fruits that are used for human consumption. The herbal product “Toxin Free” is a concoction from the…

Homeopathy quackery platform – new magazine in India

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I don’t have much to say about this except that the promotion of homeopathy as a “medicine”, a solution to health issues, or as “science” is idiocy. So a new magazine in India is bad news. India’s first homeopathy magazine launched – Times Of India. Dr Batra’s, one of India’s premier companies for excellence in…

Another anti-superstition bill proposed in Indian state

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Another state in India proposed an anti-superstition bill. We’ve covered the dangerous superstitious practices rampant in India in modern times. Is the tide turning against these historical behaviors? Karnataka anti-superstitious bill: 13 rituals considered evil practices – The Times of India. Thirteen superstitious rituals have classified as evil practices and amount to severe punishment according…

Gurubusters teach schoolkids how say no to superstition

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A small group of people are doing some fine work talking to school kids in India about how NOT to be fooled. Who ya gonna call? Gurubusters!. Standing in front of the schoolchildren at Desu Madra Secondary School in Mohali, in the Indian state of Punjab, Satnam Singh Daun spreads his props out on the…

Young girl is elephant pied-piper in India

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An unlikely elephant wrangler is a local hero. BBC News – India’s elephant girl takes on the herds. In June, panic gripped the industrial city of Rourkela one night when a herd of wild elephants entered residential areas from dense forests nearby. Nirmala, forest department officials say, acted as a real-life “pied-piper” when she managed…

India’s gold dig is a bust

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In an update to this story about looking for gold based on magical insight, “the dream is over”. Gold hunt in UP: Dream is over, India wakes up to reason : North, News – India Today. After 11 days of digging for the 1,000 tonnes of gold at the Daundia Khera village in Unnao district…

Dabholkar anti-superstition law is being applied in India

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The Anti-superstition law at work. Man arrested for practising black magic – Times Of India. About one-and-a-half months after the state government promulgated an ordinance against black magic, witchcraft and other superstitious practices, the Malegaon police on Monday arrested a 32-year-old man from Aqsa Colony area for allegedly duping a woman of Rs 3 lakh…

Homeopathic treatment in India ended with amputation

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Woman loses her hand from infection that the homeopathic treatment allegedly caused. Doctor booked for ‘faulty’ treatment – The Times of India. Police booked Mayur Variya, a homeopathy practitioner, for alleged negligence in treatment of Indu Chavda, a resident of Gayatri Nagar Society in Amroli. Chavda’s husband Bharat, a diamond polisher, lodged compliant against Variya…

Homeopathy colleges set to launch in India

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There is a frightening degree of credibility given in India to pre-scientific medicine that does not work. Green signal for 16 homeopathy colleges – The Times of India. The Homeopathic Council has cleared 16 colleges with a seating capacity of 1600. With this approval, the Admission Committee for Professional Medical Educational Courses is likely to…