Cyclonic storm Phailin, the strongest to hit India in more than a decade and classified as 'very severe' so far, is closing in towards coastal Odisha and Andhra Pradesh at wind speeds averaging 200-220 km per hour and is expected to hit the two states between 6 pm and 8 pm tonight. The storm, likely to affect around 1.2 crore people, has triggered mass exodus in at least seven districts of the two states.
Officials said the storm was verging on becoming a "super cyclone." read more »
Pogrom in Orissa: life imprisonment for seven innocent Christians
by Nirmala Carvalho
Bishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneshwar promises: "We will appeal". The convicted men are accused of the murder of a Hindu leader, which triggered the anti-Christian violence of 2008. Against them there is no evidence. The Maoists have always claimed reponsibility for the assassination. read more »
Pogrom of Orissa, 7 innocent Christians convicted with false accusations
by Nirmala Carvalho
The Court will issue the ruling on 3 October. The convicted Christians are held responsible for the murder of Hindu leader Laxamananda Saraswati, who unleashed the violent anti-Christian persecutions of 2008. The Maoists have claimed responsibility for the murder from the beginning, but the state authorities have always ignored the admission of liability. read more »
Second phase trial in Staines case starts
TNN | Sep 24, 2013, 01.20 AM IST
BHUBANESWAR: The district and sessions court here on Monday began its second phase trial against two accused in the murder of Australian missionary Graham Staines and his two minor sons at Manoharpur in Keonjhar in January 1999.
The trial kick-started after the court on September 4 this year framed charges against Ghanashyam Mohanta and Ranjan Mohanta, who were arrested by CBI on May 17. The duo, charge-sheeted along with 16 other accused persons, was on the run. read more »
BERHAMPUR/PHULBANI (Odisha): A 28-year-old trainee nun was allegedly gang-raped by three youths, including two cousins, after holding her forcibly for about a week in Odisha's Ganjam and Gajapati districts, police said on Monday.
The two cousins — Jatindra Subhasunder and Jogendra Subhasunder — were arrested, while the third accused was still at large, Kandhamal district Additional Superintendent of Police Gobind Chandra Mallick said. read more »
Mohan Soren of Dengabahali village, PO. Birosalo, Police station Kongkodahado, Dist – Dhenkanal, Odisha and Rabi Narayan Marandi, Bhalu Tanggaro village, PO Birosalo, Police station Kongkodahado, Dist – Dhenkanal, Odisha, along with their families came to faith in Jesus Christ in February 2013. Both the families felt that they need not participate in their village puja ceremonies and stopped giving their contribution to the temple. Aggrieved by this the villagers planned a strategy to attack the families. One day the angry mob entered Monah Soren house, forcefully took his belongings, costly vessels, rice etc. Later they beat Rabi Narayan Marandi badly and ordered both the families to leave the village immediately. So, with much fear of the mob they fled from their village. Now they are staying in a nearby village. read more »