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Syro-Malabar Church says ‘love jihad’ a threat in Kerala, govt says it doesn’t exist

The church expressed concern over the rising number of 'love jihad' cases and called it an agenda of the Islamic State to threaten religious harmony of Kerala.
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Kerala Catholic church says ‘love jihad’ a reality, alleges women being lured into IS trap

The church alleged the state police were not actively following the issue, while the VHP called for a united fight against 'love jihad'.
Saint Mariam Thresia

Sister Mariam Thresia, the Kerala nun declared a saint, led an austere life from early age

Sister Thresia was born on 26 April 1876 in Puthenchira, a small village in Thrissur. She founded the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family in 1914.

Japanese princess marries a commoner and right-wing Bolsonaro is Brazil president

American Muslims raise funds for Pittsburgh synagogue attack victims, and a new group joins the US-bound migrant caravan.
Chinese president Xi Jinping

China reaches out to new Maldives government, and BBC tracks down Africa’s killer troops

The first turbaned Sikh guard of Buckhimgham Palace busted for cocaine abuse, and German Catholic Church comes clean on historical sexual abuse.
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Celibacy vows are absurd, but can’t be blamed for Kerala nun’s rape

Celibacy has absolutely no correlation with curbing instances of rape.

US media unites against Donald Trump attack, and another sex abuse ‘cover-up’

A migrant ship with pregnant women and children is stranded at sea, and a surprise discovery in Berlin.
U.S. President Donald Trump walks with Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the (NATO) summit in Brussels, Belgium ~ Marlene Awaad/Bloomberg

Trump sanctions Turkish officials to get back at Erdogan, and a ‘dengue-free’ city

Three killed in violence over elections in Harare, and Australia may be in the throes of the worst drought in its history. 
File photo of Delhi Archbishop Anil Joseph Thomas Couto with a follower | Twitter | samson2india

Delhi archbishop dabbling in sectarian politics, the church is playing with fire

It has been routine for some of the church leaders to vacate the pulpit and jump into the poll arena to influence the faithful, rather adversely.
Pope Francis

Global Pulse: The Pope has finally apologised

Pope Francis is no longer turning a blind eye to pedophilia accusations against his priests. USA and China seem to have put an end to their trade war and the Republicans need to stop acting guilty.

On Camera

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Tushar Mehta and Harish Salve need a refresher course in understanding criticism of courts

Mehta’s categorisation of some courts as institutions ‘running parallel governments’ is a signal to the subordinate judiciary. SC should have stopped him.

Can schools & students be trusted with Covid norms or should classes begin as curve flattens?

Over two lakh parents across India have opposed the Ministry of Home Affairs’ plan to reopen schools in July.

Defence

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh | Photo: ANI

Chinese troops present in sizeable numbers at LAC, India has done what’s needed: Rajnath

Defence Minister says India and China perceive LAC differently, leading to regular jostling; Beijing ‘should seriously deliberate’ and resolve the issue amicably.

The Chinese are so predictable, Modi & Shah should’ve seen them coming on 5 August 2019

India should’ve anticipated the Chinese appearance in Ladakh, even the timing of it, when the status of Jammu & Kashmir was changed.