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UGC plans ambitious database on courses, scholars and researchers to promote Buddhism

The University Grants Commission (UGC) plans to create a database pertaining to Pali and Buddhist studies to promote India as a global hub for Buddhist heritage and tourism...

UK Parliamentarian raises questions on the suspension of FCRA licenses of Indian Christian groups

Rob Butler, Member of UK Parliament, has raised questions in the Parliament on the suspension of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) licenses of Indian Christian organizations by the Indian Government. He said that some Christian charities in India have been banned from using overseas funding. So what steps the Church of England is taking in India, he asked...

Jain Acharya Vishudh Sagarji Maharaj reaches Kundalpur with 65 Sadhus

Jain Acharya Vishudh Sagarji Maharaj visited Kundalpur with 65 Sadhus of Sangh and saw Lord Mahavir's birthplace Kundalpur (Nalanda). He, along with the entire Sangh, saw the statue of Lord Mahavira at Lord Mahavir's birthplace Kundalpur-Nalanda, who was seated...

Police arrest two Muslim youth for an attempt to kill Hindu accused in Delhi riot

Delhi Police exposed the conspiracy of the killing of imprisoned Hindu accused in the Delhi Riot. The police arrested the two Muslim youths involved in this conspiracy. They are identified as Shahid and Aslam. According to Delhi Police, Shahid, prisoner in Tihar Jail and Aslam from outside the jail hatched this conspiracy. ..

Report: At least 10,000 abuse cases occurred after 1950 in the French churches

The commission had received more than 8,000 victim testimonies since June 2019 in response to a public appeal..

Puri's Jagannath Temple now to be resembled in the UK

UK's Shri Jagannath Society had proposed the construction of the temple on the outskirts of London. The proposed idea has also been supported by Odisha state Assembly Speaker Surjya Narayan Patro. According to Assembly Speaker Patro the Jagannath culture is spreading rapidly around the globe. The construction of the temple in London will be a material representation of universal appeal for Bhagwan Jagannath...

Nara Pagoda opens after its first renovation in over 100 years

After its first renovation in more than 100 years, Japan's most famous Buddhist temple pagoda was partially opened to the public on March 1 in the morning. The temple is listed as a World Heritage Site in Nara...

Ujjain Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga soon to provide the facility of a tour guide

The Mahakaleshwar temple of Ujjain, in Madhya Pradesh is an important religious city, being one of the 12 most important jyotirlingas worshiped across the horizons of the country. Thus, the large tourism that the city attracts is centred mainly to worship Mahakaleshwar. In order to organize the tourism and enhance it further, the devotees and tourists visiting the Mahakala will start getting the facility of guides. In this direction, efforts have been started at the level of administration...

Over 150 monks test positive for COVID-19 at Gyuto Buddhist monastery

Himachal Pradesh govt has declared Gyuto Tantric monastery as a containment zone, after more than 150 Buddhist monks tested positive for COVID-19 in the monastery...

MP Police arrests two Muslim youth under anti-conversion law

Two Muslim youths have been booked under Madhya Pradesh (MP) Dharm Swatantra Adhiniyam 2020 for allegedly hiding their real identity and forcing two teenage girls to marry them...

Church complex built on seventh century-old cave temple

A Twitter profile Reclaim Temples claimed that a Church complex has been constructed on top of the 7th-century Thirumalapuram cave temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The site is located in the Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu. ..

Building of a huge Christian cross on a Hindu site sparks row in Andhra

Hindus in Andhra Pradesh expressed displeasure after a huge cross constructed on a Hindu site by local Christians. The site was located at Edlapadu town of Guntur district. The site was identified as Sita Paduka. Local Hindus have been performing marriages on this site for the last many years. ..

"Being Muslim raises fundamental problems," says leader of Danish People's Party

The Deputy leader of the Danish People’s Party (DPP) Morten Messerschmidt has raised the question on increase in Islamic fundamentalism and immigration from Muslim countries in Denmark. He said that for many people being Muslim raises some fundamental problems with living a Danish life. Whether that is views on women or views on law and democracy...

Muslim's money cannot be spent on building Hindu temples, says Jamaat-e-Islami

During the press conference in Pakistan, Muslim cleric Sirajul Haq said that the money of Muslim citizen cannot be spent on the construction of Hindu temples. Sirajul Haq is a chief of Jamaat-e-Islami of Pakistan. ..

Buddhist temple in LA vandalized

A man jumped the security fences and vandalized a Buddhist temple in the Little Tokyo section of downtown Los Angeles. Metal lanterns were knocked down at the entrance of Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple...

Indian Army assures safety in summer for Amarnath Yatra

Based on previous experiences, it is expected that militants are used to create threat mainly with the use of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). Ever since 2019, i.e. after the abrogation of article 370, the prevailing security condition in South Kashmir can be termed as stable, which is a serious improvement...

Church priest's supporters manhandle, harass a Christian man in Kerala

Member of St Thomas Church located in Kannur district of Kerala alleged that he was manhandled, harassed and forced to tender a public apology by supporters of the parish priest Fr Augustine Pandyamackal. The Christian mad identified as Jilson Unnimackal...

Fearing the expected Lockdown, Bhakts crowd Trimbakeshwar temple

Nashik, Feb 27: Due to increase in COVID 19 cases and thus an expected lockdown, a sudden rise in the number of devotees coming to Trimbakeshwar has been observed in the last week. This has resulted into a serious problem for the Lodging businesses as well, which is why they are needed to take extra care and maintain the precautions necessary to control the spread of COVID 19...

Pope to visit churches destroyed by Islamic State followers in Iraq

Pope Francis has decided to visit the churches destroyed by followers of the Islamic State in Mosul during his historic Iraq visit. Mosul and Akra's Chaldean Archbishop Najeeb Michaeel has confirmed the visit of Pope Francis. ..

Anand Katira in Australia raises Rs 75,500 for Ram Mandir

While people in India are making contributions to the construction of Ram Mandir at Ayodhya, a shop in Australia collecting amounts for Ram Mandir by narrating the 500 years old Lord Rama's and Ayodhya's history has grabbed out and out attention...

Acharya Mahashraman gives insights on Jainism discourse

Acharya Mahashraman of Jain Shwetambar Terapant Dharm Sangh reached Bhansali Marriage Palace for Jainism discourse. In the discourse held here, Acharya Sri spoke about attaining freedom from the bondage of deeds...

Pakistani MP apologises for his controversial tweet against Hindus

Amir Liaquat Hussain, Member of Pakistan's Parliament belonging to Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party apologized for his controversial tweet mocking Hinduism. He tweeted an image of a Hindu deity to mock opposition leader Maryam Nawaz, the daughter of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. ..

MEA joins hands with a Buddha university for a course

For the first time, the Ministry of External Affairs has joined hands with the Gautam Buddha University to conduct a three-day course for Asian countries on India's Buddhist heritage. The name of course is ‘Engaged Buddhism: A joint way forward for India and ASEAN' and meant for diplomats, civil servants, and academics in ASEAN, officials said...

Ministry of Education to make a comprehensive database of Buddhism-related courses

Ministry of Education is in the process to make a comprehensive database of Buddhism-related courses offered by various universities in India. It will comprise information about Buddhist scholars, Pali scholars, alumni and annual conferences, seminars, and conclaves on Buddhism organized by universities. ..

Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion Bill passed in UP Assembly

Uttar Pradesh Assembly passed a Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion Bill 2021 by a voice vote. The bill will now be sent to the UP legislative council for its approval before it becomes an Act after a formal nod by the Governor. ..

No UPI, barcode donations to be accepted for Ram Mandir

The Ram Bhaktas and India at large seem excited for the Ram Mandir Nirman at Ayodhya. While the donations are being accepted for the same, Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust has decided to accept no more donations through UPI code or barcode. This is after the Trust observed monetary frauds happening in the name of the donations. ..

Research proves extremists like ISIS terrorists may suffer worse cognitive abilities

According to the new study, people with extreme views who endorse violence towards others may suffer from worse cognitive abilities including working memory. Researchers from the University of Cambridge held the study named ‘The cognitive and perceptual correlates of ideological attitudes: a data-driven approach,’ which was published online on psyarxiv.com, Feb. 22, 2021...

Ucchila Sri Mahalakshmi temple renovation foundation stone laid

Sri Vishwapriyatheertha Swamiji of Adamaru Math laid the foundation stone of the renovation work of Mahalakshmi temple in Karnataka's Ucchila on Feb 22. The ceremony was graced by the presence of Raghavendra Tantri, Sri Mahalakshmi temple Ucchila, Raghavendra Upadhyaya, Chief priest of the temple, Vaastu expert Vidwan Subramanya Bhat, Trustee of Janardhana and Mahakali temples of Ambalpady, and Dr Vijay Ballal...

Kanpur's Jain Glass Temple organizes three-day ceremony to mark 150 years

The Jain Glass Temple which is also known as Shri Dharmnath Swami Temple belonging to the Svetambar Jains is organizing religious ceremonies across a three-day period in honor of its 150th foundation day...

Members of Islamic outfit SDPI kill a worker of Hindu organization in Kerala

A 22-year-old Nandu alias Rahul Krishna, who belonged to a Hindu organization Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), killed by the members of an Islamic outfit named Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI). The incident took place in the Alappuzha district of Kerala. SDPI is a political wing of a radical Islamic organization named Popular Front of India...

ASI team unearths large Buddha statue in Hazaribagh village

In a major development, the team of Indian archaeologist's team has unearthed a large statue of Gautam Buddha during excavations in Bahronpur village...

Rising COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra limit Maghi Yatra celebrations in Pandharpur

Rising COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra limit Maghi Yatra celebrations in Pandharpur..

Ancient Jain Temples in Odisha’s Koraput getting destroyed

Two ancient Jain temples near the Koraput district of Odisha are getting destroyed. Due to lack of attention and care by the district administration, these temples, built in the 5th and 6th Century AD respectively might disappear any time...

‘Female cartoon characters on TV must wear Hijab,’ says Iran’s supreme leader

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader of Iran ordered that Female character in cartoons and animated films are supposed to be presented in Hijab. He issued the ‘fatwa’ on February 22, 2021. On the other hand, some political activists in Iran condemned the ‘fatwa’, and said it is 'toxic'. ..

Christian pastor arrested for sexually assaulting a minor girl in Kerala

A 74-year-old Christian pastor has been arrested by Kunnathunad Police in Ernakulam district of Kerala for allegedly sexually assaulting a minor girl. The accused pastor Mathew has been charged with various provisions under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, said police...

Bihar sanctions Rs. 86.71 Cr to upgrade 1100 madrasas

Bihar Government has sanctioned Rs 86.71 Cr for the development of 1100 State-run madrasas under Chief Minister Madrasa Development Programme. Libraries, computers, classrooms, tables, drinking water, toilets etc. will be provided to madrasas under the programme...

Three generation of family from Jain community become monks

Three generations of a family belonging to the Jain community have decided to become monks in Jain community. Six people from a single-family took Deeksha in Nageshwara Pashwa Bhairava Jain temple at Avaragere on the outskirts of the city...

Shirdi Sai Baba Temple to remain open with stricter restrictions

Due to the increasing cases of COVID 19 in Maharashtra, restrictions have been tightened in several districts of the state. In case of religious places as well, strict decisions have been taken, with several religious places to remain closed. However, the Shirdi Sai Sansthan has decided to keep the Shirdi temple open with the devotees coming for darshan to strictly follow all the rules that the administration has imposed to control the growing surge...

Famous Blogger Ridvan Aydemir criticises Islam again

A well-known blogger and You Tuber Ridvan Aydemir criticised Prophet Muhammad once again on social media. However, after his criticism, he has received mix replies from netizens. In his recent tweet, he said, “If everyone was more like Jesus, the world would be more peaceful. If everyone was more like Muhammad, we would be killing and enslaving each other like crazy.”..

Jain idol found in Tamil Nadu's Tiruvallur region

A four-foot-tall sculpture of Mahavira of 12th century AD was found abandoned in Meyyur, a village in Tiruvallur district. It has features such as three umbrellas, Ashoka creepers and a halo around the head. The scholars confirmed it as a later period sculpture of Mahavira, the last Tirthankara of Jainism...

Greece rejects application to open a place for worship

Application of Muslim community for the place of worship in Thessaloniki was rejected by the Education and Religion Ministry of Greece. Macedonia-Thrace Muslims Education Culture Foundation made a formal application for the opening of a place of worship after completing the preliminary preparations...

Researchers to publish paper on content of Islam in Indian WhatsApp Groups

Researchers from IIT-Kharagpur and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) found that major content of Islam got viral in many Indian WhatsApp groups. In the first large-scale study done by IIT, it was observed that over two million messages in more than 5,000 Indian WhatsApp groups got viral...

Online petition rename the ‘Islamabad’ as ‘Islamagood’ viral on social media

An online petition to rename Pakistan’s Capital Islamabad has been viral on social media. The petition was created by Canada-based Bangladeshi national named Ayham Abrar and was directed to the Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan. ..

Indian origin Christian preacher found engaged in sexual misconduct, including rape in the US

Ravi Zacharias was the author of more than 30 books on Christianity. Zacharias was the founder and chairman of the board of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM). He was a lifelong minister of the Christian and Missionary Alliance, the Keswickian Christian denomination in which he was ordained. He was converted to Christianity at the age of 17 by a local Christian missionary in India...

Maharashtra minister's statement on Allah sparks row

Maharashtra Cabinet Minister for Housing named Jitendra Awhad faced criticism after his statement on Allah got viral on social media. In a viral video, speaking to Muslims in their dominated area, Awhad said, "Allah knew in 2011 itself that the world would be hit by the deadly Coronavirus in 2020 and therefore we had built the graveyard in time.” ..

Christians express concern after church attack in Bangladesh

Christians expressed concern about the inaction of Bangladesh Government after a Protestant church was reportedly vandalized and looted. On Feb. 10, four Muslims allegedly entered the Emmanuel Church of Bangladesh located in the Aditmari Upazila and vandalized it. ..

BBC Hindi apologizes for committing blasphemy against Islam

BBC Hindi News tendered an unconditional apology to Islamic outfit Tahaffuz Namoos-e-Risalat Board for blasphemy against Islam. On February 16, the Islamic outfit backed by radical Islamic organisation Raza Academy had filed a complaint to Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh against the BBC Hindi for disrespecting Prophet Mohammed. ..

Kerala Christians demand not to conduct Assembly polls during April 1 to 6

Kerala's prominent Christian organization named the Kerala Catholic Bishops' Council (KCBC) has written a letter to Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora. In a letter, the organization demanded not to conduct Assembly polls during April 1 to 6, citing important holy days for Christians...

Police arrests Muslim youth under anti-conversion law in Madhya Pradesh

Police arrests Muslim youth under anti-conversion law in Madhya Pradesh..

Kiren Rijiju inaugurates 'Buddhist Philosophy and its Role in Inculcating Values Among Youth'

Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju inaugurated a three-day International Conference on ‘Buddhist Philosophy and its Role in Inculcating Values Among Youth’. He was also the Chief Guest of the event. The event will be taking place from February 17 to 19. It is being jointly organized by the Indian Council For Cultural Relations and Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development...

11 year old girl donates Rs 50 lakh for Ram Mandir Nirman

While public donations are being accepted for construction of a grand Ram Mandir in Ayodhya under the Ram Mandir Ayodhya Samarth Nidhi, a 11 year old girl from Gujarat has donated about Rs 50 lakh which she collected by reciting four Ramkathas in Surat...

Kerala HC dismisses Church priest's bail plea to marry a girl who was raped by him

High Court (HC) of Kerala dismissed the Catholic Priest Robin Vadakkumchery's bail plea. Catholic Priest Robin requested HC to grant bail so that he can marry the girl who was raped by him. ..

Pakistani cop abducts minor Hindu girl, forcefully converts her to Islam

Pakistani policeman Ghulam Maroof Qadri abducted a minor Hindu girl and forcefully converted her to Islam. The incidence took place in Naushahro Feroze district of Sindh province in Pakistan. ..

Uttarakhand Government reduces the period of Kumbh 2021; know the dates

Amid ongoing Coronavirus infection, Uttarakhand Government reduced the period of the MahaKumbh Mela and announced that it will be held for only one month. Chief Secretary Om Prakash made this announcement saying, "Mahakumbh will be organized from April 1 to 30." The officials also added no special trains will be run for the religious congregation given the coronavirus situation. He also informed that the decision was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Chief Secretary Om Prakash...

Another Church booked for FCRA violation

A case has been registered against St John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church located in Bhopal district of Madhya Pradesh. Bhopal Crime Branch has registered a case against 11 people, including the chief functionary of the Church for alleged violation of Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) and ‘forgery’...

Muslim outfit files complaint against BBC Hindi news

Mumbai based Muslim outfit filed a complaint against BBC Hindi news. Leaders of Tahaffuz-E-Namoos-E-Risaalat (TNR) Board met Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh and demanded action against BBC Hindi news for portraying Prophet Muhammad on social media. ..

Ayodhya's Ram Lalla dons designer Khadi silk on Vasant Panchami

Lucknow, February 16: On the auspicious occasion of the Vasant Panchami, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath offered the yellow color khadi silk outfits to the Ram Lalla in Ayodhya. Following that Lord Ram, Goddess Sita, Lakshman, Bharat, Shatrughan, and Lord Hanuman were donned with the yellow color khadi silk that depicts the color of ‘Vasant Panchami’...

Muslim delegation demands salary for Imams in Maharashtra

A delegation of Muslim organizations met Maharashtra's Deputy Chief Minister and Finance Minister Ajit Pawar and demanded a monthly salary for imams. The delegation led by Abu Asim Azmi, Member of Assembly (MLA) from a Muslim dominant constituency named Shivajinagar in Mumbai. ..

Vasant Panchami: Vitthal Rukmini grand wedding ritual to be performed

According to the ritual that has been followed since ages, the marriage ceremony of Pandurang and Rukmini takes place on the occasion of Vasant Panchami, every year. The entire Varkari Sampraday and pilgrims from all over Maharashtra and around eagerly wait for the ceremony. It is believed that the heavenly moment of Vithoba and Rukmini marriage is graced with the presence of Brahmadev-Saraswati, Shankar-Parvati, Vishnu-Mahalakshmi, Balaji-Padmavati, Radha-Krishna along with Ganapati, Naradamuni ..

Gujarat to bring law on inter-faith marriages

After Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, now Gujarat Government is going to bring a law against inter-faith marriage. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani made announcement about this on February 14, 2021 while addressing a poll rally in Vadodara ahead of the Municipal Corporation elections...

Muslim girls oppose Valentine's Day celebration

Members of Girls Islamic Organization (GIO) Kurla opposed the celebration of Valentine's Day, calling it against Islam. Valentine's Day is celebrated on February 14 every year. Muslim girls celebrated 'Haya Week’ to show the perspective of Islam on the evilness of Valentine's Day. They have called it a day of shame...

Another Christian nun found dead in Kerala

The dead body of a Christian nun found in Kerala on February 14. Sister Jessina Thomas, a member of the Missionary Congregation of the Daughters of St. Thomas, was missing from St Thomas Convent at Vazhakala, a suburb of Kochi, the State’s commercial capital...

Islamic militants attack the Church, kill 16 in Congo

In Congo, the Islamic State (IS) linked group attacked a church and killed 16 people including three soldiers. The attackers opened fire when they entered the village of Ndalya. They also burnt down a church...

Communal tension: Temple vandalized, Hindus beaten over land dispute in UP

In Jhansi district of Uttar Pradesh (UP), members of the Muslim community vandalized the temple over the land dispute. Local Hindu families were also beaten by the mob. Families alleged that the mob molested the women also. The Muslim mob has threatened to set fire the Hindu houses after the incidence...

How do we celebrate Ganesh Jayanti?

Devotees of Lord Ganesha in Maharashtra celebrate Ganesh Jayanti or the birth anniversary of the Lord hailed as the remover of obstacles, on the Chaturthi Tithi of Magha, Shukla Paksha. Today is the Magha, Shukla Paksha Chaturthi. Interestingly, people celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi in the month of Bhadrapad, and some even refer to it as the day when Lord Ganesha first came into being. But Ganesh Jayanti is different...

Iranian leader Ali Khamenei opposed to develop nuclear weapons

Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei opposed to develop nuclear weapons with the reference of ‘fatva’ . The ‘fatva’ considered as a counter to Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi statement. Alavi stated that Iran would develop a nuclear weapon if the US and other Western nations kept up economic and political pressure on them...

Muslim colleagues beat Christian nurse after accusing her of blasphemy

Christian nurse named Tabitha Nazir Gill was beaten by her Muslim colleagues, accusing her of blasphemy. The Incidence took place in the capital of Pakistan. Nazir Gill attackers convinced police to register blasphemy charges against her - an offence punishable by death in Pakistan, where the State religion is Islam. However, there is no sign in any of the videos of the incident that are circulating that Nazir Gill made comments about the Prophet, France24 reported. ..

Kuwaiti singer renounces Islam

In a video posted on her social media profile, Ibtisam Hamid, better known as Basma Al-Kuwaiti, claimed that she has left Islam and converted to Judaism. Al-Kuwaiti said, "I am Ibtisam Hamid, also known as Kuwaiti singer Basma Al-Kuwaiti. I declare my apostasy from Islam."..

Christian organization shuts hostel for blind men, evict all inmates

Christian organization named the Salvation Army closed down hostel for working blind men in Byculla. Inmates claim that they were thrown out fraudulently. Around 40 blind workers were living in the hostel...

Muslims demand State holiday on birth Anniversary of Moinuddin Chishti in Maharashtra

Muslim religious leaders demanded the State holiday on birth Anniversary of Moinuddin Chishti in Maharashtra. Member of Assembly (MLA) Abu Azmi including some Maulavis and Ulemas met Environment and Tourism Minister Aditya Thackerey for their demand. Abu Azmi is an MLA from Muslim dominant constituency named Shivajinagar in Mumbai...

Tibetans-in-exile celebrates ‘Losar’ in Dharamshala with prayers

On the occasion of the Tibetan New Year, the Members of the Central Tibetan Administration held prayers at the head office of the Tibetan Government-in-exile in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh. Central Tibetan administration President Lobsang Sangay, cabinet ministers, speaker, and deputy speaker of the Tibetan parliament-in-exile also attended the symbolic celebration...

Ahead of the Losar festival, Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu extend Losar greetings

Just a day ahead of the Losar Festival, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu has conveyed his best and greetings to the people on the auspicious occasion of Losar. He expressed his hope that Losar, the New Year festival of the Buddhist community will usher-in amity and prosperity in the State...

Sri Lankan Cardinal expresses disappointment on Easter Sunday attacks probe

Sri Lankan Cardinal Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith expressed disappointment over the probe in the 2019 Easter Sunday blasts in three churches. The Cardinal also said that the investigations have only focused on the failure to prevent the attack and not on the possible masterminds who had been behind it...

Pakistan Supreme Court orders to rebuild vandalised Hindu temple

Pakistan Supreme Court orders to rebuild vandalised Hindu temple..

Switzerland to hold a referendum on Burqa ban

Switzerland celebrated 50th anniversary of giving women the right to vote. Swiss women obtained the right to vote at the national level on February 7, 1971. And now country will hold a referendum on March 7 to decide whether to ban Burqas and Niqab on the occasion of International Women’s Day (March 8). Polls before the referendum showed that more than 60 percent of Swiss voters favour the Burqa ban...

Haryana Home Minister directs officials to prepare draft of an anti-conversion law

Haryana Home Minister directs officials to prepare draft of an anti-conversion law..

Jamate-E-Islami begins ‘Istehkam-e-Khandan’ campaign for women

Jamate-E-Islami, a political party of Pakistan launched ‘Istehkam-e-Khandan’ campaign (Protection of Family Institution) for women. Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Senator Siraj-ul-Haq announced the campaign and published the video on Twitter. Campaign will continue up to March 11. ..

Pakistan to ban apps made by religious minorities

Pakistan Government used its anti-blasphemy law to ban applications made by the country's religious minorities. The decision was taken by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA). It is also one of the first examples in which the Government used anti-blasphemy rules to force international tech companies to censor content...

P & H HC: Divorce mandatory for Muslim women before their second marriage but same not apply for Muslim men

On plea filed by a Muslim couple, Punjab & Haryana High Court Bench said, "a Muslim man may get married more than once without divorcing his earlier wife but the same does not apply to a Muslim lady"...

"Dalit converts to Islam and Christianity not eligible to contest elections under SC category," says Law Minister

Addressing questions in Rajya Sabha, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that Dalits converting into Islam or Christianity will not be permitted for contesting parliamentary or assembly elections for constituencies reserved for Scheduled Castes (SC) and cannot claim benefits from other reservations as well. ..

Thousands of followers attend Gunadala Mary Matha festival in Andhra

In Vijayawada district of Andhra Pradesh, thousands of followers visited the Gunadala Church to attend Gunadala Mary Matha festival. People from neighboring States like Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu also attended the festival. The Vijayawada Catholic Diocese Bishop Thelagathoti Joseph Rajarao delivered the sermon on the last day of the festival...

Palitana Jain temples to allow 'kesar puja' from February 12

After remaining closed since March 22 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Jain temples had opened for darshan last month and now the ‘kesar puja’ will be allowed from February 12 ...

Whatever is in full conformity with impartial justice is Dharma, Said Dayanand Saraswati

Along with politicians and social activists many people paid tribute to great Indian philosopher and social leader Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati on his birth anniversary (12 February 1824). He founded Arya Samaj in 1875. He wrote a book named Satyarth Prakash which is considered as his one of the scholarly works. His views are very clear and coherent...

Saira Khan receives death threats after she speaks about her faith

She raised her voice and talked about her faith. But, she received death threats, online trolling and many more. She, Saira khan, a well known British television personality updated her status on Instagram with poster and raised the issue...

Dalai Lama offers condolences to victims lost lives in Uttarakhand

: Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama has written a letter to the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Trivendra Singh Rawat and offered his condolences to the victims who have lost their lives in the recent glacial burst...

Sikhs offer COVID vaccines for free in Dubai

In a move to amuse, the Sikhs in Dubai have traded their spiced rice and dal for what has become a coveted prize, 5,000 shots of the COVID vaccine offered to people of all ages and backgrounds. As the coronavirus pandemic surges to previously unseen heights in the UAE, residents are scrambling to get vaccines in the world’s second-fastest inoculation drive...

Saudi suspends all Dawah programmes, ban Indians due to rise in Coronavirus cases

All Dawah programmes and lectures in mosques have been cancelled. Friday sermon and together prayer should not exceed 15 minutes. No entry without mask and worshipers should follow the social distancing norms...

A large Buddhist complex unearthed in Pakistan

In a major development, Pakistani archeologists have unearthed a large Buddhist complex in the Najigram area of Swat district of K-P province dating back to the Kushan era...

Kerala's madrassa teacher slits her son's throat to please Allah

A woman working as madrassa teacher allegedly killed her six-year-old son by slitting his throat at her house in order to please 'Allah' through a sacrifice. The incidence took place in Palakkad district of Kerala. ..

Tarek Fateh thank friends for installing cameras at his home after threat calls from Jihadis

A well-known author, journalist and advocate Tarek Fateh expressed gratitude for his friends who have installed a video security system with cameras at his home for security. In his tweet, Tarek Fateh said that he and his family had received many threats from Jihadi zealots and their allies...

Poor woman donates Rs. 1 lakh for ‘Anna Dan’ to Sri Guru Narasimha Temple

A poor woman named Ashwathamma (Age-65) donated Rs. 1 lakh for ‘Annadan’ (free food serving) to Sri Guru Narasimha Temple located in Saligrama town of Karnataka. She handed over the amount to the Temple Manager Nagaraja Hande and Chief Priest Janardhana Adiga on February 4. Also, she claimed that she has donated Rs. 7.5 lakhs to various temples like Sabarimala...

Kerala cabinet approves reservation for Nadar community including converts under OBC Category

In the view of upcoming assembly polls, the Left Front Government in Kerala decided to bring the Nadar community including religious converts in the Other Backward Class (OBC) list. The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan...

Report finds Roman Catholic Church biggest beneficiary of US aid during Coronavirus pandemic

The Catholic Church doesn’t sound like a small business. However, AP found that the Church received at least $3 billion under the PPP. Catholic institutions also received many times more than other major U.S. nonprofits with charitable missions..

Woman born to Muslim man & Buddhist woman wins appeal to be declared as non-Muslim

A Malaysian woman who was born to a Muslim father and a Buddhist mother finally won her five-year-long legal battle to be declared a non-Muslim. Majority of the judges decided that the facts showed both she and her mother were never Muslims...

Cloudy weather and pollution results in poor visibility of Ambabai's Kirnotsav

The biannual event of Kirnotsav at Kolhapur's Ambabai temple, when sunlight falls directly on the ancient idol of the goddess has concluded on Feb 2. The festival concluded with the sunlight reaching the knees of the idol, starting from the head. However, the experience of the natural event was not satisfactory for the pilgrims due to poor air quality contributed by pollution and cloudy weather...

Unidentifieds stole antique idols from Digambar Jain temple in Rajsthan

Unidentifieds stole antique idols from Digambar Jain temple in Rajsthan..

World Interfaith Harmony- Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati to be part of 'Gift of Aloha (Love) - East Meets West'

Observing the World Interfaith Harmony week starting from Feb 1 to Feb 7, Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati said she will be a part of the event 'Gift of Aloha (Love) - East Meets West'. While the event is scheduled online on February 6, she tweeted the free register link inviting the general masses to join in...

HC inquires about establishment of Shegaon Shrine Trust

The Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court has recently asked the State govt whether the Gajanan Maharaj Sansthan that is responsible for the Shegaon shrine is formed under the Maharashtra Labor Welfare Fund Act, 1953. The HC has also sought for the govt to inform if the services that the trust provides about managing the affairs of the shrine without any charge, are also practiced by employees under the same law and paid wages...

Christian organizations felicitate meritorious students of Udupi Diocese in Karnataka

Catholic Sabha, Udupi and John D’Silva Foundation, Mumbai felicitated meritorious students of Udupi Diocese in Karnataka. The programme was organized at St. Francis Xavier Church Hall, Udyavar on January 31, 2021. ..

Three inscriptions of Jain religion found in Ankol taluk of Karnataka

In a major development, three inscriptions have been found in a village under Ankola taluk. This will result to bring in more evidence of the dominance of the Jain religion in Uttara Kannada district. These are Nisidhi inscriptions that are dedicated to people who performed Sallekhana...