Radical Hindus attack Christians singing Christmas carols

by Nirmala Carvalho
About 30 people assaulted the Pastor and the faithful of a Pentecostal community, including women and children, with sticks and clubs. The fundamentalists accuse the Christians of promising money to convert tribal people in the area. Police deny the allegations: "No forced conversion in the area, the Christians are innocent."


HRD minister trashes report of school remaining open on X'Mas

HRD minister Smriti Irani on Monday dismissed as "baseless and inaccurate" a media report suggesting that schools would remain open on December 25 to
observe 'Good Governance Day'.
"It is unfortunate that misreporting has been deliberately done...controversy has been created to grab headlines."

"December 25 is Christmas and will be celebrated like that and schools will be shut," she told reporters outside Parliament.

She said her ministry would be releasing a statement shortly on the matter as the report is "baseless and inaccurate".


Govt wants schools to observe ‘good governance day’ on Christmas

NAGPUR: If the Union government has its way, CBSE schools may have to remain open on this Christmas.

The Union human resource development ministry wants to celebrate the birthdays of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Hindu Mahasabha leader Madan Mohan Malviya by observing 'good governance day' on December 25. The BJP government wants CBSE to carry out various activities, like an essay competition, so that students' participation increases.

Although CBSE has not communicated this to its affiliated schools yet, the Union government-run Navodaya Vidyalays have issued a circular to their schools. The Navodaya schools operate in rural areas on the lines of Kendriya Vidyalayas, and are affiliated to CBSE. The Navodaya circular says CBSE will be organizing an essay competition on December 24 and 25, the topics for which will be declared on December 23.


Pastor beaten up by mob in Hyderabad

Hyderabad: A pastor was attacked by some unidentified mob in Saidabad on Friday night. The injured pastor was shifted to a private hospital for treatment. Police registered a complaint on Saturday and began investigation. According to police, the victim Bhimudu Nayak, 45, a resident of Singareni colony in Saidabad and native of Nalgonda district, was going alone from his residence towards Vaishalinagar, Champapet by walk during the night on Friday.