Crib in an Outer Delhi Church found burnt
A crib kept inside the premises of a church in Outer Delhi caught fire on Saturday morning. After conducting preliminary inquiry, the local police are calling it a case of fire caused due to short-circuit and have ruled out foul play.

The incident took place around 8 a.m in Outer Delhi's Rohini on Saturday. The church officials gave a call to the police on finding out that the crib was burnt. The police team that reached the spot took up investigation.


Allured By Paternalism

Jan 02 2015 : The Times of India (Bangalore)

Swagato Ganguly

Official debates on conversion and sex assume citizens too childlike to choose
It's a bit like Khajuraho, the way religion and sex get entangled in the conversion debate.
Words like `allurement' and `inducement' get bandied about, making conversion akin to seduction or sex work. The erotic metaphor is made literal in Sangh Parivar talk of love jihad. And `ghar wapasi' has shades of the erring but repentant spouse returning to home and hearth.
Like seduction, conversion isn't strictly illegal. And thank heavens, parliamentary affairs minister Venkaiah Naidu has clarified that an anti-conversion law isn't imminent. But both conversion and seduction send ripples through a conservative society that is uncomfortable with the idea of individual rights. That's why BJP's position on conversions is the mirror image of that of the `secular' opposition. They switch positions, poor anti-, depending on who is doing the conversion, who is getting converted and which vote bank is prioritised.


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.