Christian missionaries arrested for sedition. Monday, Mathura: A group of 6 Christian Missionaries have been arrested for sedition and remarks insulting to Hindus. The seventh member of the group was a woman with a small child, so villagers petitioned police to release her. There were two female members in the group, the other female was taken into police custody. The group of preachers was comprised of people from other states as well as locals, including Kosikalan’s Amit from Harvest Mission School.
The police were called after Hindu activists arrived at the program and expressed their displeasure about preacher’s inferences that Christianity is better than Hinduism. The preachers said that they distributed literature freely and were not forcing conversion. While there are a few churches in Braj, and Christianity is not illegal, preachers who accuse Hindus of being idol worshipers are likely to face difficulties, especially when making such comments in Braj. Read more (Hindi)
Braj athletes top Statewide Athletics Comp. Tuesday, Baldev: Young athletes from Baldev Students Olympic Association, bagged the most medals at a Statewide competition held in Barabanki. The competing students were selected from 18 villages and competed in a wide range of events including 100m, 200m, shot-put and hurdles. Read more (Hindi)
Farmers stop Gokul’s water supply. Tuesday, Gokul: Annoyed about delays in granting promised compensation payments, farmers stopped the water supply from Gokul Water Treatment plant from 1-4pm. Officials at the plant contacted police and, the water supply was restarted, pending a meeting with farmers to discuss timing of compensation payments. Farmers have not yet received moneys due for the land that was acquired from them for building the plant. One farmer was promised a job for his son, but that has not happened either. Read more (Hindi)
Efforts to control TB. Wednesday, Mathura: Health officials are increasing efforts to control disease in UP, which has a high rate of deaths from preventable and treatable diseases. Doctors in private hospitals will receive benefits for referring patients diagnosed with TB. The disease is still prevalent in the area, with the worst cases admitted in Vrindavan TB Sanitorium.
The disease affects adults, children and even babies. People can be carriers of dormant TB, however, those with compromised immune systems are more likely to get the active form, in which patients suffer from a cough which usually cannot be shaken off without heavy medication. Tuberculosis (TB) is the ninth leading cause of death worldwide and the leading cause from a single infectious agent.
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