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    Texas police arrested a 14-year-old student Ahmed Mohamed, who made a digital clock and brought it to school to show it to his teachers.   A teacher at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas, alerted the police after hearing a beep from Ahmed Mohamed's clock. Four police officers arrived at the school, interrogated him for hours and then took him to the juvenile detention centre, where they handcuffed him.
    Texas teen Ahmed Mohamed shares his ordeal (video below)

    Special correspondent, September 16, 2015

    Texas police arrested a 14-year-old student Ahmed Mohamed, who made a digital clock and brought it to school to show it to his teachers.

    A teacher at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas, alerted the police after hearing a beep from Ahmed Mohamed's clock. Four police officers arrived at the school, interrogated him for hours and then took him to the juvenile detention centre, where they handcuffed him.

    An official spokesman defended police action saying Ahmed Mohamed was not able to give "broader explanation" for what the clock was for.

    In the video below Ahmed Mohamed, who loves engineering, says he made the clock in 20 minutes using a circuit board and a digital display.

    When he got that to school, his engineering teacher advised him not to show it any other teacher.

    He was proved right as in another class, the teacher, who heard the beep, called the cops.  

    Ahmed Mohamed's plight was  reported and the hashtag #IStandWithAhmed began trending in the UK and U.S. on Wednesday morning.


    In this video Ahmed Mohamed explains what the police did to him for making a digital clock







    Texas police arrested a 14-year-old student Ahmed Mohamed, who made a digital clock and brought it to school to show it to his teachers.   A teacher at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas, alerted the police after hearing a beep from Ahmed Mohamed's clock. Four police officers arrived at the school, interrogated him for hours and then took him to the juvenile detention centre, where they handcuffed him.
    Texas teen Ahmed Mohamed shares his ordeal (video above)

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    For all those seeking a break from TRP chasing media here is good news.   Tech moneybags Azim Premji and Rohini Nilekani have led the creation of The Independent and Public Spirited Media Trust (IPSMT), with a corpus of Rs 100 crore. The trust is looking for a CEO and is in course to launch  next month, reports V C Circle.
    Premji enters media space along with Rohini Nilekani

    Staff correspondent, Septembe 16, 2015, NewsCrunch

    For all those seeking a break from TRP chasing media here is good news.

    Tech moneybags Azim Premji and Rohini Nilekani have led the creation of The Independent and Public Spirited Media Trust (IPSMT), with a corpus of Rs 100 crore. The trust is looking for a CEO and is on course to launch  next month, reports V C Circle.

    Biocon's Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Eicher Motors' Vikram Lal are the other contributors of the trust, which is also looking for other patrons to expand its corpus.

    IPSMT will reportedly act as a venture capital fund to promote independent and public spirited media ventures. It will seek returns not in capital but in quality content, which will address people's issues, strengthen governance and democracy,

    The initiative, more than a year in the making, bears the imprint of Rohini Nilekani, who owns more Infosys shares than her husband Nandan, and has been steadily diluting them to support developmental work through her organisation Arghyam.

    NGOs, who work with Arghyam say the lady is accessible, concerned and down to earth. She is a former journalist, who has been a vocal supporter of independent media efforts such as Economic & Political Weekly (EPW), says V C Circle.

    She is also one of the funders of data journalism project, Indiaspend.org.

    She shares an excellent relationship with Azim Premji, India's tech legend and philanthropist. Both of them are said to form a mutual admiration society.


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     Aghoris are a dark Shaivaite  sect whose rituals and practices are opposed by many Hindus.  The engage in rituals of the dead. Living in grave yards, they smear cremation ashes on their bodies, and use human bones and skulls as jewelry.  Most controversially they are said to eat dead bodies.  In a video by Sorted, an Aghori baba explains some of the rituals of the sect.
    A screen grab from the video - Eating the dead for peace - Confessions of an Aghori Baba

    Staff correspondent, September 17, 2015

    Aghoris are a dark Shaivaite  sect whose rituals and practices are opposed by many Hindus.

    Living in grave yards, they smear cremation ashes on their bodies, and use human bones and skulls as jewelry.

    Most controversially they are said to eat dead bodies.

    In a video by Sorted, an Aghori baba explains some of the rituals of the sect.

    For Aghoris, sky is the father and earth, the mother. They recognise no other relationship and can tear into and eat even their dead  brothers and sisters, he says.

    They go to the graveyard at midnight with incense sticks and other pooja materials and eat the corpses.

    "We use pans to cook them, when cooked human meat looks like potatoes," he says.

    Aghoris smoke weed, which he describes as akin to a devotional song.

    Why do Aghoris live the way they do? He says he has found peace and happiness, which cannot be found in anybody else.

    So far so good. The video shifts from Aghori's banter to his rituals at Varanasi, which is their Mecca.

    It's night, the Aghori is making sacrifices to the blazing fire. He takes a chicken, beheads it with his fingers and pours blood on the fire. Then he bites into it...

    Going by the comments on YouTube, the video does not seem to have gone down well with everyone who has seen it.

    Eating the dead for peace - Confessions of an Aghori Baba



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    Staff correspondent, September 17, 2015, NewsCrunch

    All Hindu sects and castes unite in worshipping Ganesha. They believe him so intensely, before starting any new venture, invoking his blessings is mandatory.

    What makes Ganesha so popular? It is perhaps because you can connect to him at various levels, depending on your need and aptitude.

    For many the self-serving belief that he removes obstacles is a good enough reason. There are a surfeit of mythologies and legends surrounding him that makes the religious minded comfortable.

    For those on a philosophical quest, the imageries and symbolisms attached to Ganesha -- from his elephant head to the bloated belly --   offer a mesmerising challenge.

    Last but not least, Ganesha is the trendiest of the Hindu Gods. The idol makers always couch him in the current seasonal flavour. Every year, Ganesha may come with a cricket bat or on a rocket or as a soldier with only the imagination posing the limit. This year, Bahubali Ganesha  carrying a Shiva Linga on his shoulder is the rage.

    But the more things change, the more they remain the same. If you want to look at Ganesha's timeless forms, for the traditional, the age-old depiction of the lord, turn to the the calendar art.

    Here are 15 samples of Ganesha as calendar art has depicted him over the decades.  




















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    Google remembered the birth centenary of painter M F Hussain, by doing a doodle with his favourite colours and portrait.
    The search engine's invocation of M F Hussain overlooking other key events of the day did not go down well with bhakts.

    Staff correspondent, September 17, 2015, NewsCrunch

    Google remembered the birth centenary of painter M F Hussain, by doing a doodle with his favourite colours and portrait.

    Many in India had forgotten the important date of the country's most famous modern artist, who died in exile, hounded by right-wing  activists. Google also called him the Picasso of India.

    The search engine's invocation of M F Hussain overlooking other key events of the day, P M Modi's own birthday and Ganesh Chaturthi, did not go down well with bhakts.

    They see M F Hussain as a painter, who offended Hindus by painting their deities in the nude. The constant and vicious persecution forced him to shift to United Kingdom and Qatar.

    Towards the end of his days, M F Hussain also accepted Qatar's citizenship.

    He was born in Pandharpur, Maharashtra, September 17, 1915 to Zunaib and Fida. He came to Mumbai to paint film posters but went on to strike fame and fortune as a painter.

    Here is how ardent bhakts slammed Goggle for celebrating M F Hussain. 










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    A screen grab of the video of a man's disgusting head lice infestation

    Staff correspondent, September 17, 2015, Newscrunch

    A video that shows a man's head crawling with an incredible number of lice has gone viral.

    The video posted on YouTube on September 8 has clocked more than 1.2 million view so far.

    It shows thousands of tiny grey blood suckers swarming all over his hair. For every hair follicle there are 10 lice.

    There are no details available on the man or his location or why he tolerated the infection till it reached a point it could go viral.

    A few commented on social media that the video could be a fake implant by some lice treatment product company to build demand for its product.


    Video a man's disgusting head lice infestation, which has gone viral




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    Kannada film Love U Alia has a dubious first to it - it brings together two famous adult stars Shakeela and Sunny Leone.
    A poster of Love U Alia 

    Staff correspondent, September 18, 2015

    Kannada film Love U Alia has a dubious first to it - it brings together two ultra-famous adult stars Shakeela and Sunny Leone for the first time in their lives.

    Both of them have just cameo roles in the Indrajit Lankesh movie; but for their fans here is a rare chance of seeing them in the same film. Sunny Leone plays a "material girl" and  Shakeela is a nurse. It is not clear if these characters come face to face in the movie.

    Love U Alia, which is due for release today is said to be Indrajit Lankesh's most ambitious effort till date. It has a mega cast of 14 well-known actors.

    A coming-of-age tale, the film features V. Ravichandran and Bhoomika Chawla in the lead roles.

    Ravichandran is a gynecologist and Bhoomika plays a dance troupe teacher. The story is about how obsession with career takes a heavy toll on family life.

    The film is releasing in three languages:Kannada, Telugu and Hindi.


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    A new survey has busted the myth that women are less interested than men in sex.  Kindara, a fertility awareness app, asked 500 women in the US to come out with their libido secrets.
    Sexuality has no gender gap- women want sex as much as men 
    Staff correspondent, September 18, 2015, NewsCrunch

    A new survey has busted the myth that women are less interested than men in sex.

    Kindara, a fertility awareness app, asked 500 women in the US to come out with their libido secrets.

    More than 75% of them said they wanted sex at least three times a week. 13% craved for it more than six times over the week.

    They not just want more sex, bu also know how to have it. Nearly 70% of the participants said they reach orgasm during every sexual encounter.

    The age-old notion that women look for emotional connect seems to hold good. About 55% of them said emotional connection was key to good sex, though 23% said foreplay mattered more than anything else.

    So, what prevents them from having more sex? Feeling out of sync with partner (28%), not in the mood (20%) or struggle with their self image (20%).

    Related

    Married Indian women complaining about lack of sex, seeking extra-martial affairs, says report 

    Video review: Not just a man’s job - Girls also should carry condoms 




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    The government is cautiously examining a recommendation to change the name of Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport to the Mahatma Gandhi International Airport   Delhi's  "Palam airport" was named after Indira Gandhi in 1986 two years after she was assassinated.
    Delhi's  "Palam airport" was named after Indira Gandhi in 1986
    two years after she was assassinated.
    Staff correspondent, September 18, 2015, NewsCrunch

    The government is cautiously examining a recommendation to change the name of Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport to the Mahatma Gandhi International Airport

    Delhi's  "Palam airport" was named after Indira Gandhi in 1986 two years after she was assassinated.

    The Telegraph quoted BJP general secretary, Anil Jain, saying he had sent a recommendation to rename the Delhi airport, the country's busiest, after Mahatma Gandhi.

    The Union civil aviation ministry is treading cautiously as it does not want to ignite one more controversy; the latest move comes on the heels of the renaming of Aurangzeb Road and dropping of Indira and Rajiv Gandhi stamps.

    But sources told The Telegraph that the ministry was examining proposals to rename several airports across the country, including the Indira Gandhi International airport.

    The airports at Chandigarh, Kochi, Dehradun and Udaipur, are reportedly on the runway to get new names.

    Two of these - Cochin and Chandigarh airports - are just named after the cities they are located and would not face any heat.

    The Dehradun airport is called Jolly Grant Airport, a small town in the vicinity, and renaming it should be a cakewalk.

    Any attempt to rename the Maharana Pratap Airport at Udaipur would create controversy, while the proposal to change Indira Gandhi airport to Mahatma Gandhi airport would invite a full-scale battle with the Congress.


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    A spooky video made by German Indie filmmakers, Erdal Ceylan and Meelah Adams, has gone viral.   The video posted on YouTube on August 9 has clocked over two million views.
    A screen grab from the movie Selfie from Hell (video below)

    Staff correspondent, September 18, 2015, NewsCrunch

    A spooky video made by German Indie filmmakers, Erdal Ceylan and Meelah Adams, has gone viral.

    The video posted on YouTube on August 9 has clocked over two million views.  


    The video shows a home-alone woman taking a selfie. When she views the photo she sees a zombie in it. Though scared, she tries again and gets the same result. Click below on the video to see what happens next.

    The 2-minute movie gets everything right – the acting, the ambiance and the direction. It builds up temp through out to culminate in shock treatment.

    Meelah Adams says they wanted to create something creepy, atmospheric, shocking and entertaining "With 'Selfie from Hell. "

    They deliver on all counts.

    Video: Watch Horror movie Selfie from Hell not for weak hearted


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    A screen grab of Malviya Nagar Maniacs chasing mobile thief  (CCTV footage below)

    Staff correspondent, September 18, 2015, NewsCrunch

    A teen football team at Malviya Nagar, New Delhi, have turned into heroes after catching a thief, who accosted an Uzbek woman and snatched her mobile.

    The football teens call themselves Malviya Nagar Maniacs and a CCTV footage captures their heroic action.

    The Times of India has details on the incident that occurred on August 19.

    In the CCTV footage, the woman is seen walking alone in dimly lit street. The thief follows her and tries to snatch her mobile. As she resists there is a scuffle between them. But he manages to runaway with her mobile.

    Hearing her cries, Malviya Nagar Maniacs pour out from a nearby park. Barefoot they chase the thief on a busy street. The thief tries to take cover in darkness but was found, beaten up and carried to the police.

    The CCTV footage shows Malviya Nagar Maniacs walking back holding the thief’s arms and feet as he lies suspended in air. He was later handed over to the police.

    Malviya Nagar Maniacs are mostly 12th standard students studying in nearby schools.

    CCTV footage of Malviya Nagar Maniacs chasing mobile thief


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    Usain Bolt was caught in an embarrassing moment recently after he left an exclusive London nightclub forgetting to settle the hefty bill.   Usain Bolt descended on the newly-opened Drama, on the upmarket Mayfair, along with his friends.
    Party animal Usain Bolt lives up
     to his reputation again

    Staff correspondent, September 18, 2015

    Usain Bolt was caught in an embarrassing moment recently after he left an exclusive London nightclub forgetting to settle the hefty bill.

    Usain Bolt descended on the newly-opened Drama, on the upmarket Mayfair, along with his friends.

    As the group danced merrily and ordered expensive drinks - bottles of Belvedere vodka and Dom Perignon – the bill climbed to £10,000 or Rs 10 lakh plus in Indian currency.


    Daily Mail reports that after the party Usain Bolt dashed off without paying.

    But he was back next morning personally to pay up and to apologise as well.

    A known party animal, Usain Bolt has featured in night club controversies earlier as well.

    Last year, he had been pictured in Momentum nightclub 'daggering' a participating female.

    'Daggering' is a controversial dance, which mimics sexual intercourse.


    It originated in Bolt's native Jamaica and has been banned by the broadcasters there.

    Related
    Now, watch the full video - Chinese cameraman bringing down Usain Bolt with his Segway after his 200 meter win 




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    The next scene shows both of them making love in a parked SUV with Priyanka Chopra moaning loudly, breaking into an orgasm and then putting back her panties.  In India, Quantico will feature on Star TV on 9 pm Saturdays, which is prime time family viewing spot. And, Indian censors do not allow anyone on TV even to utter the word sex.
    A screen grab of the first 8 minutes of Quantico (video below)
    Staff correspondent, September 18, NewsCrunch

    Though Quantico is scheduled to hit the TV later this month, ABC has released excerpts of the first episode.

    The eight-minute video introduces the key characters, who have been invited to join the FBI academy.

    Priyanka Chopra, who plays FBI agent Alex, flies to Virginiato report for training. She meets a handsome stranger in the plane, who says he is on his way to Manila. She is obviously attracted to him.

    The next scene shows both of them making love in a parked SUV with Priyanka Chopra moaning loudly, breaking into an orgasm and then putting back her panties.

    In India, Quantico will feature on Star TV on 9 pm Saturdays, which is prime time family viewing spot. And, Indian censors do not allow anyone on TV even to utter the word sex.

    So, you can expect this scene, which is now on YouTube, to get deleted on the editing table.  


    But if the scene is cut out, the first episode would lose a crucial twist in the tale.

    After making love to the stranger, Priyanka Chopra makes it clear that it is just a one-time fling for her. She lists five reasons on why she cannot trust him enough to have a long-term relationship.

    She ignores the man’s protests and walks away.

    When Priyanka Chopra lands at the FBI Quantico base to start training, she sees the stranger among the batch of the new recruits.

    Video: Watch Quantico’s first 8 minutes



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    A screen grab of the interview with Malviya Nagar Maniacs (video below)

    Staff correspondent, September 19, 2015, NewsCrunch

    The teen football club at Malviya Nagar has caught the nation’s imagination after a CCTV footage of them chasing and catching a mobile thief went viral.

    Most of them are not even adults, just students between class 10 and 12 in nearby schools in New Delhi. But they showed heartening courage when the rushed to help an Uzbek woman, who had just been robbed.

    Three of the group of teens, who call themselves Malviya Nagar Maniacs, spoke to The Quint.

    They say it was 10.15 pm in the night when they heard the woman scream and saw a man assaulting and trying to snatch her mobile.

    He ran very fast, but they managed to catch up with him at a nearby school.  He was pretending not to be guilty, but they held him against a car as others joined in.

    They were little scared initially as they feared that the thief and his gang may come after them seeking vengeance. But with the limelight turned on them, they feel safe now.

    Here are some of the young chaps who are part of Malviya Nagar Maniacs:

    Sarthak Sharma, class XII, LBS School R K Puram, Arun Singh Rajput, class XII, St Paul's School, Japneet, II year, Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, Aayush Joshi, class XII, Vikas Kashyap, class X, New Green Field school, Ujjwal Verma, class XI student, Ramjas School.


    Quint Video: Watch Malviya Nagar heroes, the teen football club which caught a thief and helped a foreigner woman  






    Related
    Video: Watch Malviya Nagar football teens rescuing Uzbek woman from mobile snatcher - they chase, catch, thrash him (CCTV footage) 




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    Salman Khan’s family is as cosmopolitan as they can get. His mother and adopted sister  are Hindus. His siblings have married non-Muslims.  The family celebrates festivals of all religions.
    A screen grab of Salman Khan and family at Ganapati visarjan ceremony in their Galaxy apartment
    Staff correspondent, September 19, 2015

    Bollywood superstar Salman Khan celebrated Ganapati visarjan with his clan and close friends on Friday evening.

    His residence at Galaxy apartment turned into a beehive of activity as a large troop of dhol players were hired to lead the celebrations.

    Besides Salman’s parents, siblings and spouses, many of his star friends  came to attend the function. Elli Avaram, Katrina Kaif, VJ Anusha Dandekar, Pulkit Samrat, Huma Qureshi, were among those who were spotted.

    Salman, family and friends did arti, danced and distributed sweets.

    Salman Khan’s family is as cosmopolitan as they can get. His mother and adopted sister  are Hindus. His siblings have married non-Muslims.

    The family celebrates festivals of all religions.

    Video of Salman Khan and family celebrating Ganapati visarjan ceremony at their Galaxy apartment






    Katrina Kaif joins Salman Khan for Ganpati visarjan


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    A crocodile has been captured on video leaping into air to grab a piece of meat.  In the video taken National Geographic photographer Trevor Frost, a piece of meat is seen dangling from a rope above water in Australia's Adelaide River.
    A screenshot  of the video leaping into air in Australia’s Adelaide river (video below)
    Staff correspondent, September 19, 2015

    A crocodile has been captured on video leaping into air to grab a piece of meat.


    In the video taken National Geographic photographer Trevor Frost, a piece of meat is seen dangling from a rope above water in Australia's AdelaideRiver.

    The crocodile reveals its head from the water's surface and is seen eyeing at the meat. As its snack is raised, the crocodile suddenly propels its entire body into the air.

    This show is part of a routine staged by Adelaide River Jumping Croc Cruise, a popular tourist agency in the Darwinarea.


    Explaining the leap, Trevor Frost said the crocodile's tail is powerful enough to launch the massive reptile.


    Australia’s Saltwater Crocodile is the largest living reptile on earth. It can grow to 20 plus feet and weigh up to 1500 kg.


    It is also known man eater.

    Video of Saltwater Crocodile leaping into air in Australia’s Adelaide river




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    In a dubious first Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi called P M Modi ‘feku’ in public speech on camera on Saturday.  Feku (boastful behaviour) is a nickname used by Modi’s critics to ridicule him for failing to keep his promises.
    "Modi was a 'feku' and continues to be one," Rahul Gandhi said. (Video below)


    Staff correspondent, September 19, 2015, NewsCrunch

    In a dubious first, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi called PM Modi ‘feku’ in public speech on camera on Saturday.

    Feku (a boastful person) is a nickname used by Modi’s critics to ridicule him for failing to keep his promises.

    Rahul Gandhi launched Congress’ election campaign in Champaran on Saturday by making an all-out attack on Modi.

    " Modi promised two crore jobs, Rs 15 lakh (of black money) to each account and to reduce high prices. Did it happen?" Rahul Gandhi asked. The crowd shouted “No”.


    "Modi was a 'feku' and continues to be one," Rahul Gandhi added.


    He reiterated his charge that NDA government was a 'suit-boot ki sarkar.'


    He also criticised Modi for wearing an expensive suit when Obama came visiting.

    "Modiji started off as a tea seller. He used to wear kurta then. From kurtas, he has moved on Rs 15 lakh suits," Rahul Gandhi said.

    While Modi has frequently made personal attacks on Rahul Gandhi callng him Shehzada (Prince), the Congress VP was initially reluctant to pay back in the same coin.

    But over the last year, in a clear shift of strategy, Rahul Gandhi has begun to take on Modi on personal issues. He has spoken about Modi’s uncomfortable marital status and his penchant for good clothes, though on Saturday he hit a new high or low by calling the Prime Minister “Feku.”

    Video: Rahul Gandhi calls Modi feku in Biharspeech 


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    Animal Aid Unlimited volunteers gingerly removed the halter and then
     treated the wound. 
     (Video below)
    Staff correspondent, September 19, 2015, NewsCrunch

    Animal Aid Unlimited has rescued a cow that was suffering from a grievous injury due to the apathy of its owner. 

    The owner had put her on a tight halter, a leash around the face, which is used to restrain the cows.

    He had then abandoned her without removing the halter, which over the days had sunk into her flesh, causing severe injury to face.

    A video shows Animal Aid Unlimited, India volunteers gingerly removing the halter, and then treating the wound. 

    The caw recovered and was back to enjoying life in just two weeks.

    The video was uploaded on YouTube on September 9, 2015. The location of the incident has not been identified.

    Video: Watch Animal Aid volunteers removing halter and treating grievously wounded cow 





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    Sylvia started How to make me come - a blog where women could just
    discuss openly on what they really in sex. 


    Staff correspondent, September 20, 2015, NewsCrunch

    An aptly named, crowd-sourced blog How to make me come has gone viral on Tumblr.

    Started a few weeks ago, How to make me come, has received contributions by several women, who have revealed secrets of female orgasm.

    Posts, which are typically long,  provide a lurid how-to guides to their partners covering a broad range of topics from emotional connect to foreplay to the actual mechanics of the act.

    Specifics of making a woman achieve sexual pleasure seem to vary from person to person. But spending time on the blog would make men more sensitive and knowledgeable to their partner's preferences.

    The blog was started by a 27-year-old writer, who calls herself Sylvia (not her real name), after a few frustrating encounters of her own.


    But she felt unable to talk about it and found that most women had a problem in communicating their expectations even to their  long-term partners.

    Bang, started How to make me come - a blog where women could just write openly on how they wanted to be treated on bed.

    She asked her friends to write and the word went around furiously, and soon the blog went viral.

    "It became obvious very quickly that women are itching to talk about all this,” Sylvia told a website. 




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    The orthodox elements in Mallapuram, which has significant Muslim population, resist immunisation saying they would rather rely on God to take care of the kids. This is a pattern seen in backward-regions elsewhere such as pockets of Pakistan where conservative  elements have opposed immunisation.
    The resistance to immunisation in Mallapuram seems to be informal. UNICEF Photo 

    Staff correspondent, September 20, 2015, NewsCrunch

    While India's immunisation  programme has stamped out diseases like polio and drawn the world's  praise, Kerala's Mallapuram is sticking out like a sore thumb.

    The Hindu reports that 36% of the children here, in the age group 5 to 10, have never had any immunisation.

    This leaves them vulnerable to tuberculosis, diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, hepatitis-B, meningitis, measles, and polio myelitis, which other Indian children are protected against.

    The orthodox elements in Mallapuram, which has significant Muslim population, resist immunisation saying they would rather rely on God to take care of the kids. This is a pattern seen in backward-regions elsewhere such as pockets of Pakistan where conservative  elements have opposed immunisation.

    The Hindu quoted a madrasa teacher in Tirur saying he had more trust in Allah than in doctors. The district is now looking at an outbreak of diphtheria, which has already claimed one 12-year-old child, who had not been immunised.

    The resistance to immunisation seems to be informal. The two powerful Sunni factions in the  district maintain that they have not called for an official boycott of immunisation programmes. But as The Hindu notes, they have made no attempt to promote it as well.

    Even the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), which holds sway over Malappuram, is yet to do anything substantial to break the taboo.
    But there is a hint that the situation may have improved of late.

    23,912 out of 342,657 children below the age of five in the district have been kept out of all immunisation efforts.

    In other words, 36% of children  between 5 and 10 years and just 6% of children below 5 years are not immunised. A detailed probe is required to bring out how the number of immunised chidlren has gone up in the recent years.

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