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Pastor dragged, beaten by 150-strong mob while praying for sick



In one of the eight attacks on Christians since the COVID-19 lockdown was partially lifted in India two weeks ago, a mob of about 150 people in the southern state of Telangana dragged a pastor into the street and beat him while he was praying for a sick person.

“They kicked me like they would kick a football,” Pastor Suresh Rao, a church planter, told the U.S.-based Christian persecution watchdog International Christian Concern about the attack on him in Kolonguda village last Sunday.

“They dragged me into the street and pushed me to the ground,” Rao added. “There, they started to trample on me. They tore my clothes, kicked me all over my body, and punched my left eye. I have sustained a serious eye injury as a result of a blood clot.”

Local Christians told ICC that Rao arrived at the sick person’s house around 9:30 a.m. for prayer. Soon after that, the house was surrounded by a mob of nearly 150 people led by a man identified as Ashok.

The attackers accused Rao of illegally converting Hindus to Christianity. “They said that India is a Hindu nation, and there is no place for Christians,” Rao explained. “I am prepared for this kind of eventuality. I know the cost of serving Jesus in these remote villages, and I will continue to serve the people of this region.”

ICC said it has recorded at least eight separate attacks on Christians in two weeks following the partial lifting of the nationwide coronavirus lockdown.

On June 11, a group of unidentified people burned down the building of an independent evangelical congregation of about 100 Christians, Real Peace Church, in Vaylur village in the southern state of Tamil Nadu.

“I was so distressed and pained in my heart,” Pastor Ramesh, the church’s head pastor, was quoted as saying. “It was hard labor for 10 years to build the church. All the hard work and sacrificial donations from the poor congregants were brought down to the ground. All that is left is ash.”

The Hindu nationalist government of the northern state of Haryana recently pledged to enact a law to regulate religious conversions that would lead to the arrest of Christians who share their faith, talk about Heaven or Hell, or perform charity work for lower caste Hindus.

The draconian “anti-conversion” laws, termed as Freedom of Religion Acts, presume that Christian workers “force” or give financial benefits to Hindus to convert them to Christianity.

While these laws have been in place for decades in some states, no Christian has been convicted of “forcibly” converting anyone to Christianity. However, these laws allow Hindu nationalist groups to make false charges against Christians and launch attacks on them under the pretext of the alleged forced conversion.

Attacks on the minority Christian community in India continued even during the COVID-19 lockdown.

In the east-central state of Chhattisgarh, villagers had banned Christians from burying their dead until they paid fines for not taking part in Hindu festivals and rituals.

The Christians were told to make “restitution” for not partaking in or giving donations for religious rituals in those villages for all the years gone by, and pay an additional fine before their dead would be allowed to be buried.

United Christian Forum in India, a Christian organization that advocates on behalf of Christians in India, documented 56 threats against Christians as well as 78 incidents of violence between January and March of 2020.

In most cases, the attacks were perpetrated by mobs objecting to Christians holding worship services.

India is ranked at No. 10 on Open Doors USA’s World Watch List of countries where it’s most difficult to be a Christian. The organization says that Christians in the country face “horrific” levels of violence from extremists, with thousands of attacks taking place every year.

Incidents targeting Indian Christians have risen steeply since 2014, when Narendra Modi of the Bharatiya Janata Party came to power, according to Open Doors, which noted that at least one Christian was attacked every day last year.
Sources: Christian Post


Indian army bans 89 apps including Dailyhunt, Facebook & Instagram



Indian Army has asked its personnel to delete 89 apps from their smartphones including Facebook, TikTok, Tinder, PUBG, and Instagram to plug leakage of information, said Indian Army sources.

Snapchat, Tinder, OkCupid, UC Browser, Bumble, ShareIt, Xender, Helo, CamScanner, Club Factory etc are among those 89 apps.

This came days after the Government banned 59 apps, mostly Chinese including TikTok, UC News, and CamScanner amid the standoff with China.

Some of the 89 apps are among those which the Centre has already banned stating “they are engaged in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, the security of the state and public order”.

The list of apps the Indian army personnel have reportedly been asked to delete from their smartphones is divided into numerous categories like messaging apps – (We Chat, Helo, Share Chat, Viber, IMO, Hike and others), video hosting (Tik Tok, Likee, Samosa, Kwali, and others), contents sharing (ShareIt, Xender, Zapya, and others), web browsers (UC Browser and UC Browser Mini), video and live streaming (Zoom, LiveMe, Vmate, Uplive and others), utility apps (CamScanner, Beauty Plus, and True Caller), gaming apps (PUBG, Clash of Kings and others), eCommerce apps (Club Factory, AliExpress, Chinabrands, and others), dating apps (Tinder, OkCupid, Badoo, Bumble, Happn, Couch Surfing, and others), news apps (News Dog and Daily Hunt), lifestyle apps (POPXO), music apps (Hungama and and blogging/microblogging apps (Tumblr, Reddit, and others).

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നേപ്പാളിൽ ഇന്ത്യൻ വാർത്ത ചാനലുകൾക്ക്​ നിരോധനം.



കാഠ്‍മണ്ഡു: ഇന്ത്യന്‍ പ്രദേശങ്ങള്‍ ഉള്‍പ്പെടുത്തിയ ഭൂപടത്തിന് അംഗീകാരം നല്‍കിയതിന് പിന്നാലെ പ്രകോപനം തുടര്‍ന്ന് നേപ്പാള്‍. ദൂരദര്‍ശന്‍ ഒഴികെയുള്ള ഇന്ത്യന്‍ വാര്‍ത്താ ചാനലുകള്‍ക്ക് നേപ്പാളില്‍ വിലക്കേര്‍പ്പെടുത്തി.

നേപ്പാള്‍ വിരുദ്ധ വാര്‍ത്തകള്‍ പ്രചരിപ്പിക്കുന്നുവെന്ന് ആരോപിച്ചാണ് നേപ്പാളിലെ ടെലിവിഷന്‍ ഓപ്പറേറ്റര്‍മാര്‍ ഇന്ത്യന്‍ ചാനലുകളുടെ സംപ്രേഷണം നിര്‍ത്തിയത്. വ്യാഴാഴ്‍ച വൈകുന്നേരം മുതല്‍ ഇന്ത്യന്‍ വാര്‍ത്താ ചാനലുകള്‍ സംപ്രേഷണം ചെയ്യുന്നത് അവസാനിപ്പിച്ചുവെന്ന് നേപ്പാളിലെ ചാനല്‍ ഓപ്പറേറ്റര്‍മാരെ ഉദ്ധരിച്ച് വാര്‍ത്താ ഏജന്‍സിയായ എഎന്‍ഐ റിപ്പോര്‍ട്ട് ചെയ്‍തു.

പുതിയ ഭൂപടത്തിന് നേപ്പാള്‍ അംഗീകാരം നല്‍കിയതിന് പിന്നാലെ പ്രധാനമന്ത്രി കെപി ശര്‍മ ഒലിയ്‍ക്കെതിരായി ഇന്ത്യന്‍ മാധ്യമങ്ങള്‍ വാര്‍ത്തകള്‍ നല്‍കുന്നതായി നേപ്പാള്‍ കമ്മ്യൂണിസ്റ്റ് പാര്‍ട്ടി വക്താവ് നരായണ്‍ കജി ആരോപിച്ചിരുന്നു. നേപ്പാളിനെക്കുറിച്ച് തെറ്റായ വാര്‍ത്തകള്‍ പ്രചരിപ്പിക്കുന്നത് തടയുന്നതിന് നിയമപരവും രാഷ്ട്രീയവുമായ വഴികള്‍ തേടുകയാണെന്ന് നേപ്പാള്‍ പ്രധാനമന്ത്രിയുടെ വിദേശകാര്യ ഉപദേഷ്ടാവ് രജന്‍ ഭട്ടറായി ട്വീറ്റ് ചെയ്‍തിരുന്നു.

നേപ്പാള്‍ സര്‍ക്കാരിനെയും പ്രധാനമന്ത്രിയയെും കുറിച്ചുമുള്ള കെട്ടിച്ചമച്ചതും വ്യാജവുമായ റിപ്പോര്‍ട്ടുകള്‍ ‍ഞങ്ങള്‍ നിരസിക്കുന്നു. നേപ്പാളിന്‍റെ പരമാധികാരത്തെയും സ്വാതന്ത്ര്യത്തെയും സര്‍ക്കാരിനെയും ബഹുമാനിക്കാന്‍ ഞങ്ങള്‍ അഭ്യര്‍ഥിക്കുന്നു.-ഭട്ടറായി ട്വീറ്റ് ചെയ്‍തു.

അതേസമയം, ചൈനീസ്, പാകിസ്ഥാനി വാര്‍ത്താ ചാനലുകള്‍ക്ക് വിലക്കേര്‍പ്പെടുത്തിയിട്ടില്ല. അവയുടെ സംപ്രേഷണം രാജ്യത്ത് തുടരുകയാണ്.

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