Dalit’s house set on fire in Bihar; couple and two children died with severe burns

The shocking incident is believed to be the fallout of a dispute the poor, Dalit family had with some of their neighbours over a piece of government-owned land. PATNA: A Dalit couple and their two minor children were set afire as they slept in their house in Bihar’s eastern Katihar district. The two children died while their badly burnt parents are struggling for life at a hospital, police said on Monday. The shocking incident is believed to be the fallout of a dispute the poor, Dalit family had with some of…

Many couples delivered sons after eating mangoes from my orchard says Sambhaji Bhide

Controversial Hindutva leader Sambhaji Bhide has said that a number of couples were blessed with sons after eating mangoes from his orchard. “Mangoes are powerful and nutritious. Some women who ate mangoes of my garden have given birth to sons,” Bhide said addressing a gathering in Nashik last night. During his speech, Bhide gave various references from the Ramayana and Mahabharata and attacked the current political and social system. Bhide, a former RSS activist who heads the Shiv Pratishthan Hindustan, is an accused in the January 1 Bhima-Koregaon caste violence…

Organizations protested against arrests of activists, journalists and intellectuals in India

Several community organizations in the Boston area came together on the evening of June 8 to protest the arbitrary arrests of Surendra Gadling, Rona Wilson, Shoma Sen, Mahesh Raut and Sudhir Dhawale by the Pune police in their alleged relation with Bhima-Koregaon violence. “We are appalled to learn the recent developments of the arrests of the Dalit rights activists and progressive intellectuals in India. Surendra Gadling, Rona Wilson, Shoma Sen, Mahesh Raut and Sudhir Dhawale are all people who have spoken about the rights of the Adivasis and Dalits. It…

Tariffs not denting military relations with US allies: Mattis

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Ongoing tensions between America and its closest allies over tariffs and other issues have not soured military-to-military relationships, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday. President Donald Trump has recently blasted several nations, including Canada, over what he has called unfair tariffs on US goods. Trump refused to sign a joint statement over the weekend endorsing global trade rules, and accused Canada s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of dishonesty. But Mattis said defense ministers from NATO and elsewhere are quietly continuing to work together amid the tensions. “I…

Israel says it destroyed Hamas undersea tunnel

JERUSALEM (AFP) – An Israeli air strike on the Gaza Strip destroyed a Hamas tunnel giving frogmen unseen access to the sea from their base, the Israeli army said Sunday. Army spokesman Jonathan Conricus told reporters that the tunnel, the first of its kind discovered by Israeli intelligence, was hit on June 3 in the north of the strip as Israeli aircraft pounded over a dozen militant targets in Gaza. He said it was probable there were more like it not yet located by Israel. “We continue to monitor using…

New UN envoy to pay first visit to Myanmar

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) – The new UN envoy for Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener, will pay her first visit to the country beginning Tuesday, holding talks on human rights and the Rohingya refugee crisis, the UN said. The former Swiss ambassador to Germany who was appointed in April will meet with Myanmar authorities, “ethnic armed organizations”, civil society and religious leaders, a UN statement said Monday. Following her visit to Myanmar, Schraner Burgener will travel to Bangladesh where 700,000 Muslim Rohingya are sheltering in camps after being driven from their homes…

Over 920,000 displaced in Syria in 2018, highest level since conflict began: UN

GENEVA (AFP) – More than 920,000 people were displaced inside Syria during the first four months of 2018, the highest level in the seven-year conflict, the UN said Monday. “We are seeing a massive displacement inside Syria… From January to April, there were over 920,000 newly displaced people,” Panos Moumtzis, the UN regional humanitarian coordinator for Syria, told reporters in Geneva. “This was the highest displacement in that short period of time we have seen since the conflict started,” he said. The fresh displacement inside Syria brings the number of…

Merkel-Trump G7 face-off photo headed for history books

BERLIN (AFP) – A photo posted by the German government showing a determined Angela Merkel standing up to an intransigent Donald Trump appears destined for the history books, summing up the fractures left by a deeply divisive G7 summit. The already iconic picture by Berlin s official photographer at the gathering in Canada, Jesco Denzel, set social media alight when it appeared on Saturday, hours before Trump ripped up the hard-fought summit conclusions in an angry tweetstorm. The image, which drew comparisons to a Baroque painting, shows Merkel standing at the…

DESTINATION IS NOT DALLAS OR NEW YORK? IT IS DALLAS

At the outset let me give appreciation and thanks to the father of FOMAA, Mr. Sasidharan Nair and take you to a brief journey back to the last twelve years of the history of Federation of the Pravasee Malayalee in Americas. In the summer of 2006 the venue for the FOKANA convention was Orlando Florida. We have witnessed the largest crowd of Keralites from all over Americas at the Convention. It was the result of an unrelenting and untiring hard work of the FOKANA Presidential Candidate of 2006 Mr. Sasidharan…