Tag Archive for India

Not a dinosaur!

A story put forward in November (and posted to our Facebook page) is recirculating again via dubious sensationalist media reports. Is this a dinosaur? Remains of T-rex-like ‘animal’ found in Uttarakhand’s Jaspur (Dated November 17, 2017.) It’s now appearing in India Times. Same story, same carcass. An electrician from Uttarakhand found a dinosaur-like creature’s corpse with…

Monkey girl mystery is unraveling

The “girl found living with monkeys” in India story got huge press attention last week. The child was around 11 years old, emaciated, unclothed and was said to be in the company of monkeys who tried to chase away rescuers. Regular DN reader, Joy, sent me the story and was skeptical of it right off…

Foamy pollution creates huge problems in Bangalore

This degree of foam on the surface of a lake is a signal of a serious pollution problem. A toxic snowy froth caused in a lake by industrial pollution has spilled over into neighbourhoods in India’s Bangalore city. Source: India Bangalore lake of toxic snowy froth – BBC News Over the years, the 9,000-acre Bellandur…

Anti-witchcraft educational camps launched in rural parts of India

News smidgen: Police in India encourage people not to practice witchcraft in order to avoid being arrested, ostracized or killed. Ignorance, illiteracy, ill health and a strong belief in the witchcraft are some of the reasons for the wide practice of “sorcery” and belief in superstition in rural areas of India. Alarmed over the increase in sorcery-related incidents,…

NOT a fish fall in India, but a flood

This story from Andhra Pradesh province in India circulated saying fish FELL from the sky. But the circumstances and location made it reasonable to assume they just came in with the overland rain water. Villagers amazed by ‘fish rain’ in Vijayawada Villagers of Gollamudi in Nandigama mandal on Friday woke up to a surprising ‘fish rain’ that…

Abusive superstitious thinking against women still alive in India

In Gujarat, a woman was gang raped for eight months, is now pregnant, denied an abortion, and ordered to undergo “purification tests” by her Devipujak community’s local court, a test never administered to men.The Devipujak group adheres to a strong caste and religious system. Women suffer under it. Sometimes it takes months to “purify” the victim. Source: Indian gang…

White tiger dies from cobra bite in Indian zoo

It’s unclear how this happened but the death has prompted an outcry about the animal’s housing conditions, the breeding of white tigers, and the safety and security of zoo animals. Black cobra’s bite kills white tiger at Indore zoo, snake paralysed. On Saturday morning, the zoo officials found the two-year-old tiger, Rajan, unconscious, bleeding from…

Ancient interplanetary planes create disruption at Indian Science Congress

What a strange topic for “science” conference. This is possibly another indication of India’s problem separating science fact from fiction. Or just rampant nationalism propaganda? ‘Ancient Indian Planes Could Travel From One Planet to Another’. Aeroplanes existed in India 7,000 years ago and they travelled from one country to another and from one planet to…

Kerala pursuing anti-superstition law

It could be that the death of activist Dabholkar has had an effect and reason is spreading across the Indian states. Kerala plans bill to contain black magic and exorcism. The Congress led UDF government in Kerala on said it plans to bring forward a legislation to curb black magic and launch a massive awareness…

There shall be no mocking of astrology in India!

I disagree fully. Therefore… commence mocking. Astrology is like astronomy, says BJP MP Ramesh Pokhariyal Astrology is like astronomy, claimed a BJP member in the Lok Sabha, drawing protests from some opposition members. While making references to traditional practices such as astrology and ayurveda, Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank said that among others, concept of atom, was…

Suspected man-eating tiger killed in India

Tigers and humans vying for the same space is NOT a good combination. The tigers lose. ‘Man-eating’ tiger shot dead in India’s Maharashtra. Forest workers say they have shot dead a tiger blamed for killing seven people in the past six months in western India. The tiger, described as a “man-eater” by authorities, killed the…

Professor claims he’s victim of phantom “air pressure magneto sex therapy”

I knew that would get you to click the link. Just what the heck is that? Honestly, it sounds suspiciously like sleep paralysis. Spooked professor cries attack from blood-sucker spirit. X-files of Madhya Pradesh [India] police are replete with complaints of blood-curdling spirits on prowl, forcing police on a blind chase of the supernatural. And…

This problem has teeth, lots of them

Oh my gosh, this poor kid! Surgeons remove 232 teeth from Indian teenager – Yahoo News. Surgeons in Mumbai have removed 232 teeth from the mouth of an Indian teenager in what they believe may be a world-record operation, the hospital said Thursday. Ashik Gavai, 17, sought medical help for a swelling on the right…

Swami versus Guru: Sai Baba was no godman or god

Happy Tuesday morning with religious groups talking smack about each other in India. Religious leader Swami Shree Swaroopananda Saraswati ji says guru Sai Baba is a conspiracy to create division among Hindus. Shankaracharya vs Sai Baba: Devotees seethe with anger as Sai Baba’s cult is challenged – daily.bhaskar.com. A complaint has been lodged against Swami Swaroopanand in…