Sunday, March 29, 2015

India: Religious beef ban in Maharashtra forces captive lions to feed on chickens at Mumbai national park

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Among them are the tigers, lions and leopards in captivity at Mumbai’s Sanjay Gandhi National Park, who have been off their regular diet for two weeks now.

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By Mridula Chari | March 19, 2015

With meat traders on strike to protest the new prohibition, tigers, lions and leopards in a city animal safari attraction have been subsisting on poultry.

Maharashtra’s ban on beef has had an unexpected consequence. With beef suppliers across the state on strike to protest the new move, even legal water buffalo meat is not available. As a result, Maharashtra’s captive carnivores have been forced to subsist on chicken.

Among them are the tigers, lions and leopards in captivity at Mumbai’s Sanjay Gandhi National Park, who have been off their regular diet for two weeks now.

“The natural diet of carnivores is anyway beef,” said Dr Sanjiv Pinjarkar, veterinarian officer at the park. “In the wild, they eat animals like chital and buffalos and it is the same in all zoos in India. They all feed their carnivores beef.”

Indian: Ahmadi student from Qadian tops in Bachelor of Physiotherapy, wins Gold Medal

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Ms. Taiba Munawwar, daughter of  Munawwar Ahmad, of Ahmadiyya Mohalla, took the first position in Bachelor of Physiotherapy and won a Gold Medal.

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By Staff report | March 28, 2015

Qadian: An Ahmadi Muslim student from Qadian has won a Gold Medal in Bachelor of Physiotherapy from Guru Nanak Dev VishwaVidyalaya, it is reported by Punjab Kesari, a local newspaper in Punjab, India.

According to the newspaper, Ms. Taiba Munawwar, daughter of  Munawwar Ahmad, of Ahmadiyya Mohalla, took the first position in Bachelor of Physiotherapy and won a Gold Medal.

Speaking in Qadian, an uncle of the student, Mehmood Ahmad Varaich, said that Ms. Taiba worked very heard after the death of her father and the family members are very proud of her achievement.

Waraich offered congratulations to the Ahmadiyya Muslim community and the community's spiritual leader Hazrat (His Holiness) Mirza Masroor Ahmad for this high achievement by one of the young member.

USA: Bipartisan Bill Would Repeal Patriot Act To End Government Spying On Americans

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"I reject the notion that we must sacrifice liberty for security -- we can live in a secure nation which also upholds a strong commitment to civil liberties."

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By Lydia O'Connor | March 24, 2015

A bipartisan bill introduced in Congress Tuesday would end government spying on ordinary Americans by repealing the Patriot Act as advocates rush to reauthorize the law's most controversial provisions before a June deadline.

The Surveillance State Repeal Act, introduced by Reps. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) and Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), would overturn the 2001 Patriot Act that allowed for mass government surveillance in the name of anti-terrorism and the destruction of any information collected under it. The bill also would repeal the 2008 FISA Amendments Act, which allows Internet spying, and would stop the government from forcing tech manufacturers to compromise encryption or privacy features to allow spying on their devices. Whistleblowers like Edward Snowden, who exposed the National Security Agency's mass surveillance in 2013, would have additional protections.

Nigeria: Boko Haram Kills Dozens During Presidential Election

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All the Boko Haram attacks took place in northeastern Nigeria, where the military Friday announced it had cleared the Islamic extremists from all major centers...

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By Associated Press | March 28, 2015

ABUJA, Nigeria: — Boko Haram extremists killed 41 people, including a legislator, and scared hundreds of people from polling stations but millions voted across Nigeria Saturday in the most closely contested presidential race in the nation's history.

All the Boko Haram attacks took place in northeastern Nigeria, where the military Friday announced it had cleared the Islamic extremists from all major centers, including the headquarters of their so-called Islamic caliphate.

Nearly 60 million people have cards to vote, and for the first time there is a possibility that a challenger can defeat a sitting president in the high-stakes contest to govern Africa's richest and most populous nation.

USA: Eye on Science | Successful Bionic Eye Transplantation in Women

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The surgery procedure was covered by Medicare since patient is an elderly. The bionic eye transplant procedure costs $144,000. The procedure is also U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved.

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By Robert Nicholls | March 28, 2015

This was first time done when a Japanese women was successful transplanted bionic eye with the natural visioning ability. This was done in a state in U.S. A woman whose identity was not revealed is a 72-years-old & she had been blind for two years.

As per the recent reports, the bionic eye transplant works for people with eye problem due to hereditary disease such as retinitis pigmentosa. This condition causes vision impairment.

The Doctor who performed the operation, Dr. Gregg Kokame said the patient will now start and able to see motions and shades of grey.

“She’ll actually start to see motion, actually start to see somebody walk into the room and be able to see different shades of grey,’ Kokame said.

Crimea: Under Russia rule only one percent of religious organizations re-registered

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All 150 re-registration applications submitted to Crimea's Justice Department ahead of the original 31 December 2014 deadline were initially rejected as they were "very bad".

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By Forum 18 | March 27, 2015

One year after Russia's March 2014 annexation of Crimea, Forum 18 News Service notes that the forced imposition of Russian restrictions on religion has brought difficulties for those trying to exercise their right to freedom of religion or belief.

Individuals and religious communities have faced raids, fines, religious literature seizures, government surveillance, expulsions of invited foreign religious leaders, unilateral cancellation of property rental contracts and obstructions to regaining places of worship confiscated in the Soviet period.

All 150 re-registration applications submitted to Crimea's Justice Department ahead of the original 31 December 2014 deadline were initially rejected as they were "very bad", Irina Demetskaya of the Justice Department in the Crimean capital Simferopol told Forum 18 News Service.

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