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March 29, 2016

Middle-aged man rapes cow in BJP ruled Madhya Pradesh, caught red-handed in the act, arrested for unnatural sexual act

In a shocking incident, a middle-aged man was caught raping a cow in Madhya Pradesh, said police.

The accused--Shrawan Vyas, 50, was caught red-handed while committing the unnatural sexual act.

The incident occurred in Betul district.Police said that Vyas had caught the bovine after it had escaped a cow shed.

He was sexually assaulting the animal when local women saw him with his pants down, and raping the cow.

Shocked, they informed another local resident who in turn called the police. Vyas was arrested. This is not the first such incident of bestiality in Central India.

Earlier also, there have been arrests for such acts. The police said that Vyas has been booked under section 377 of IPC that charges anyone booked for sexual intercourse against the order of nature including bestiality.

Cow is considered a holy animal and is worshipped and hence it was a sensitive case. Vyas was produced in court and sent to jail on judicial custody. Even rumours about any incident of cruelty or  trafficking of cows have led to lynching in India in recent times.

Mostly the minority Muslims have been target of such rumours. Fortunately for law-and-order enforcers, in this case, the culprit belonged to majority Hindu community and hence there was no law-and-order issue.

Cow vigilante groups are more active in BJP ruled states. The BJP is in power in Madhya Pradesh too. States like Haryana, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh have seen attacks on cattle traders who have been suspected of cow trafficking.

Prior to this incident, a man, Kankar Singh Murar, was also arrested for rape with a cow. That incident had occurred in Balaghat in the State. Some other similar incidents of zoophilia have also been reported off and on in MP.

TIH Bureau

March 12, 2016

Delhi comes to a halt, traffic jams mar Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's controversial event, rain affects the first day

Rain and traffic jams marked the first day of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's mega show World Cultural Festival (WCF) in Delhi.

Due to rain, the event was briefly disrupted. Still, Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived at the event and addressed the gathering. However, for Delhi residents, it was a nightmare on the streets.

Roads were choc-a-bloc and vehicles moved at snail's speed due to the jams. As thousands came to see the show, this led to jams. 

Long trail of vehicles was visible on the roads and it took hours for the people to get to their homes in the evening. 

Spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar who heads Art of Living had organised the show on the bank of Yamuna despite fears of damage to the river. This was despite opposition from the environmentalists. 

Even the National Green Tribunal (NGT) was livid with the event and had imposed fine but later softened its stand. Premieres from different countries were invited. Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe came to India but didn't attend the event. 

TIH Bureau

March 10, 2016

Black money is not back, now liquor baron Vijay Mallya takes away our money in BJP regime, escapes with the loot

Controversial liquor baron Vijay Mallya who is under a huge debt, has run away from the country.

Mallya escapes at a time when BJP government is at the helm at the Centre.

The party has promised to bring black money back to India but is now facing flak as Mallya, accused of large-scale corporate loot, escapes.

It is alleged that the government let him get away and there was no effort made to catch the tycoon.

Despite being on the watch-list he managed to sneak out of the country and escape.

Mallya, who owned the UB group and Kingfisher Airlines, is under debt to the tune of hundreds of crores. It is learnt that he had escaped the country more than a week ago. Reports hit at his leaving India on March 2.

Government has officially said that it would continue all its efforts to bring back Mallya. Banks had kept giving him loan despite his being a defaulter. His airlines hadn't paid salaries to employees for long, yet, he kept getting loan. The banks claimed that on 'his reputation' he was given loans.

TIH Bureau

March 9, 2016

ABVP members burn ancient Hindu text Manusmriti on JNU campus on International Women's Day

The Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) members and ex-members burnt Manusmriti, the ancient text on Hindu law, on the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus.

The programme was organised on the occasion of International Women's Day. The event was held despite the University not giving its permission to burn the text.

Parishad's members and ex-members were present. ABVP's JNU unit vice-president Jatin Goraih led the event.

ABVP is the students wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). Though the ABVP members are being termed rebels for their stand over the JNU row, two of these five members haven't resigned and are still with the outfit.

The pages of the text containing 'controversial, anti-women and casteist references' were burnt. Pradeep Narwal, who has resigned from the ABVP, read out 40 points from the text before the pages were burnt for derogatory references towards Dalits and women.

The students raised slogans against Manuwad and Brahmanvad. Chanting 'Jai Bhim', they also spoke against casteism and caste-based discrimation in the Indian society. The event was organised on Tuesday evening at the Sabarmati Dhaba at JNU.

TIH Bureau

March 8, 2016

Five years after abduction, slain Punjab governor Salman Taseer's son Shahbaz Taseer recovered in Pakistan

In a major breakthrough, law-enforcement agencies in Pakistan recovered Shahbaz Taseer, the son of former Punjab governor Salman Taseer, from Balochistan.

He has been recovered from Kulchak after a raid by the security forces, sources further said.

Shahbaz Taseer was abducted from Lahore in 2011, a few months after his father was assassinated.

It is learnt that Taseer was abducted by Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, which later handed him over to Taliban. He was kept in tribal areas of Pakistan. On Tuesday, he was recovered from Balochistan after years of chase and search operations.

Relatives had lost hope about Taseer's recovery. Authorities say that he was frail and weak when he was found, but his condition is otherwise fine. Soon, he would be brought to Lahore, a spokesperson of the government said.

Shabaz Taseer was abducted from near his office at Gulberg in Lahore on August 26, 2011. His father Salman Taseer was killed by Mumtaz Qadri, his own body guard. Qadri has been hanged last week for the killing.

TIH Bureau

March 6, 2016

Church attacked in Raipur, right-wing assailants target prayer meet in Chhattisgarh's capital, assault women and children

Over a dozen members of a right-wing group targeted a church in Raipur, the capital of Chhattisgarh state on Sunday.

The attackers barged into the church, beat up the devotees and vandalised the place of worship, according to reports.

The incident took place at Khamradih in Raipur. The prayer was going on when around 20 persons entered the Church, and started thrashing the Christians who were in the assembly.

The intruders who were allegedly Bajrang Dal members came raising slogans and began accusing the Christians of converting Hindus to Christianity.

They also beat up women and children. The attackers vandalised the property. After the incident, a complaint was lodged with the police. The Christian Forum has made a formal complaint in this regard and has demanded action.

It was Sunday mass and hence many people were in Chruch then. Those who tried to intervene were also beaten up. Some persons got injured in the attack. They threw chairs, broke the fan and damaged whatever they could lay their hands upon.

The attackers had come riding motorcycles. While most of them managed to escape in a hurry, some motorcycles were found abandoned nearby. The local police have begun investigation to find out the persons involved in the attack.

Though sources said Bajrang Dal was involved in the attack. Chhattisgarh is ruled by the BJP, which is also in power at the Centre. In the past, there have been attacks in Churches and prayer meetings of the Christians in BJP-ruled states.

TIH Bureau

March 5, 2016

BJP leader Kuldeep Varshneya announces Rs 5 lakh reward to cut Kanhaiya's tongue for insulting RSS-Modi

A leader of the youth wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has announced a reward to anyone who cuts the tongue of JNU student leader Kanhaiya.

Kuldeep Varshneya, who was earlier president of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) in UP, said that Rs 5 lakh would be given to person who will slash Kanhaiya's tongue.

Varshneya said that Kanhaiya had insulted the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and it could not be tolerated. He publicly made the threat that was telecast live on TV.

Stung by the open threat by its member, the BJP took disciplinary action against him. The party said that Varshneya has been expelled from the party for six years. Varshneya is seen in the middle in the photograph above, with a Saffron band.

Besides, a little-known group Purvanchal Sena has put up posters in Delhi. The posters give a call to shoot Kanhaiya Kumar. The JNUSU president has meanwhile been given round-the-clock police protection in view of the threats.

TIH Bureau

March 4, 2016

American Hindu group supports candidature of Donald Trump even though Republican candidate feels Indians ripping off jobs from US

Donald Trump, the candidate for Republican nomination for President of US in the upcoming election, has got support from unlikely quarters.

A section of Hindus has openly come forward and have expressed their support for the right-wing maverick.

Surprisingly, a photograph depciting Trump as Hindu God is being used for the campaign.

'Hindus for Trump' campaign has also been launched which is also visible on social media.

They include hashtags like #HindusforTrump and the following twitter handle @USAHindus4Trump to push for his candidature. A political action committee (PAC) was registered with federal election commission early this year to support Trump.

This PAC comprises wealthy Hindus. The Hindu immigrants influenced with Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ideology and support Narendra Modi, are mostly part of the campaign to push for Donald Trump.

This has caught eyes as Trump, a businessman, is known for his strong right-wing views. He has said that people from China, Japan and Vietnam have been taking American jobs. Recently, he added India to list of the countries that are 'taking American jobs' in his views.

Trump earlier also said that if he became President, he would ban entry of Musims in America. This statement evoked international condemnation. However, the group Hindus for Trump says that it supports him as people are fed up with the 'liberal, politically correct positions' taken by most leaders.

TIH Bureau

March 3, 2016

Kanhaiya Kumar live speech from JNU mocks 'Jumla PM' Narendra Modi, hits at BJP-RSS ideology and government's diversionary tactics

Kanhaiya Kumar, the JNU students' union president who was arrested for sedition, gave a spirited speech after he returned the college campus following his released on bail.

In a rousing speech, he attacked the Narendra Modi government for diverting attention of the people from real issues, and defaming the institution and its students who came from poor families and backward regions.

Kumar, whose speech was telecast live on TV channels, said that the slogans were for 'freedom from poverty, exploitation and hunger' but the videos were doctored and aired on TV channels that termed him and his friends as 'anti-nationals'.

The attack was clearly on Zee News, Times Now, India TV and India News TV channels that had shown these doctored videos in which slogans were added after editing. Kumar said that he was against the BJP-RSS ideology that learnt lessons of nationalism from Germany's Nazis.

Taking names of RSS ideologues like Guru Golwalkar, Kanhaiya Kumar said that the BJP didn't want a healthy debate and discourse to emerge in the country, because it wants people to stay away from real issues, and instead focus on emotive issues.

TIH Bureau

"Ishrat Jahan was an innocent girl, had no terror link, she was killed in a premeditated murder"

Ishrat Jahan was an innocent girl, who had no terror link and was killed in a fake encounter.

This has been revealed by Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Satish Verma who was associated with the CBI investigation of the fake encounter in Gujarat.

Verma has said that the intelligence bureau had no input on Ishrat Jahan and there was clue at all about her accompanying other suspects.

"These people were kept in illegal custody and the killed", Verma said, as quoted in Indian Express.

The IPS officer says that IB had no information about Ishrat and her links and it was a case of premeditated murder, says the report. Verma was part of the team constituted to conduct probe into the killing.

On the others of the Gujarat High Court, the team had conducted probe into the encounter that had taken place in 2004. Recently, former Home secretary GK Pillai's comments while talking to Times Now led to fresh speculation about Ishrat's antecedents.

Verma has rubbished Pillai's comments and has said that a poor and innocent girl is being defamed just because an environment has to be created for a favourable outcome for those involved in this case of encounter killing.

TIH Bureau

Sunny Leone alias Karenjit Kaur Vohra is the most famous Sikh personality, tops Google search results in India repeatedly

Sunny Leone, the Indo-Canadian porn star whose real name is Karenjit Kaur Vohra, is the most famous Sikh personality on internet.

This has been confirmed repeatedly by Google search results in India.

Now a Bollywood heroine, she was born to Sikh parents who hailed from Punjab.

She grew up in Canada and went on to become a top porn star in America.

However, in the last couple of years, there has been a transition as she has entered mainstream Bollywood movies.

First, she entered Big Boss show that made her a household name. She was then offered roles in Bollywood movies.

Leone, who lives in Ontario, is searched by millions on internet. However, the porn star is least bothered about her past and her decision to act in pornographic movies. In interviews, she has accepted her roots, religion and attachment to the faith of Sikhism and that she grew up going to worship once every week.

With more than 16 million followers on Facebook and 1 million followers on Twitter. But what sets her apart is her popularity as she is the most searched personality in Google search for many years now.

In fact, she is far more popular than Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bollywood superstars and cricket stars in India. The most googled presonality in India, a nation of 1.3 billion, Leone is an obsession among large sections of youths, because of her candidness regarding her past, in a conservative nation.

TIH Bureau

BJP MP Ananth Kumar Hegde's speech angers Muslims, gets booked for spreading communal hatred in Karnataka

BJP leader and member of parliament (MP) Anant Kumar Hegde has landed in a controversy with his alleged hate speech in Karnataka.

Hegde, a five-time MP, who hails from Uttar Kanada, gave a speech in which he equated Islam with terrorism.

The speech has angered Muslim community in Karnataka, and a case has been filed against the MP for inciting communal passions and spreading hatred.

The incident has come within days of a similar hate speech by BJP leaders including its central minister Ram Shankar Katheria delivering an inflammatory speech in Agra.

Hegde said that as long as Islam exists, terrorism can't be controlled. He went on to say that Islam needed to be thrown away, to check terror. He made the statement while he was addressing a press conference.

This created a furore. Muslims in different parts of the State have taken out demonstrations and have demanded action against Hegde. A complaint was filed by Youth Congress leader Luqman Bantwal, to police.

On the basis of this, Hegde has been charged with inciting communal passions and incendiary speech. The ruling Congress' leaders have urged the Home minister to take action against Hegde for his objectionable remakrs.

TIH Bureau

March 2, 2016

Kanhaiya Kumar gets bail from Delhi High Court in sedition case, jolt to police, role of Zee News-Times Now TV channels under scanner

In a big relief to Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students' union president Kanhaiya Kumar, the court granted him bail in the sedition case.

The Delhi High Court ordered that Kumar be released on bail.

The six months' interim bail has been granted and Kanhaiya has been asked to cooperate with the investigation in this period.

Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested after TV channels aired video of speech and alleged that anti-national slogans were raised in JNU. He was arrested on February 12.

On the basis of these reports and video clips, Delhi police registered a case of sedition. After Kanhaiya, Umar Khalid and some other JNU students were also arrested. Delhi commissioner of police BS Bassi made several flip-flops over Kanhaiya's role.

The police insisted that they had evidence against Kanhaiya. It was alleged that he raised anti-national slogans though there was no video record. Later, police said that he had called the event and slogans were raised in his presence.

But recently it was found that the video clips were doctored. The role of certain TV channels, especially, Zee News, Times Now, has come under scrutiny. There are demands from different quarters now to book the editors of these TV channels too.

The Delhi High Court granted bail to Kanhaiya, asking him to furnish a personal bond of Rs 10,000. Umar Khalid, the other student, remains in jail.

TIH Bureau

March 1, 2016

Virbhadra Singh takes 'nationalist' stand, beats BJP at its own game, opposes India-Pakistan T20 cricket match at Dharamshala

The India-Pakistan cricket match during the upcoming T20 world cup is under cloud.

Congress chief minister Virbhadra Singh has opposed the match in Himachal Pradesh.

Singh said that the match shouldn't held and he is against holding it in the State.

He said that when Pakistan-sponsored terror groups continue to target Indians, there was no point in holding a cricket match.

Virbhandra has taken a cue from the BJP that has taken similar stand in future. The match is scheduled on March 19.

However, now the tables have turned. BJP is at the helm in Delhi and wants to establish peaceful relations with the neighbours. Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Pakistan recently. Also, BJP is no longer against playing cricket with Pakistan.

Singh has said that it was against will of people of the state. He also cited the example of terrorist attack and deaths in India viz. Pathankot attack, to raise the issue of martyrs. "When such are the circumstances, how can we play cricket with Pakistan", he added.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan said that it was responsibility of government of India to provide security to the teams. Meanwhile, BJP leader Anurag Thakur whose party earlier vociferously opposed Indo-Pak cricket when in opposition, has said that cricket should be played.

TIH Bureau

Smriti Irani in soup again: 'Arrogant' minister misbehaved with Aligarh Muslim University VC, wants to shut AMU's outstation centres!

Union minister for Human Resources Development (HRD) Smriti Irani who has been in the midst of several controversies, has landed herself in another soup.

Irani allegedly misbehaved with Zamiruddin Shah, the vice-chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) over the decision to set up AMU campuses in other states, say reports.

The incident had occurred sometime ago, when Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy led a delegation to meet Irani's office.

Irani reportedly expressed her displeasure over the opening of the AMU's campuses in other states. When Vice-chancellor Zamiruddin Shah, a former army official, came into her chamber, she shouted at him, and asked with whose permission the centres were opened.

This shocked the delegation members, not just because of the tone and tenor but also the manner in which she yelled. The decision to set up AMU's centres in Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Maharashtra and West Bengal, was taken during UPA regime.

The minister refused to offer any assistance to AMU and even asked who pays the salaries--the HRD ministry or Kerala government, leaving the delegation members in a state of shock and disbelief with the manner she conducted herself.

English newspaper Milli Gazette has reported the entire incident, quoting an insider who was part of the delegation. She said that there was no legal sanction for it and that all such centres will be closed down, claimed the report.

Smriti Irani, an embarrassment for Narendra Modi government

The Union minister has been landing in one controversy after the other. Her role came in for sharp criticism in the death of Dalit research scholar Rohith Vemula in Hyderabad central university, recently.

Irani's ministry had written several letters to University, which resulted in Vemula's expulsion from the University. Also, in Parliament, she made a fiery speech that was later criticised and she was accused of lies. The Opposition plans to bring privilege motion against her.

TIH Bureau

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