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PIL filed in Court to ban ‘Pokémon Go’ in India for hurting religious sentiments

Isn't that weird?

A Gujarat resident, Alay Anil Dave has recently filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Gujarat High Court against Niantic, developers of Pokémon Go, over allegations that the game is hurting religious sentiments of Hindus and Jains by showing virtual eggs in places of worship of different religious groups.

Death for India acid attack convict

Preeti Rathi, who was 23 when she was attacked, had just arrived from Delhi to join the Indian navy as a nurse.

Her neighbour, Ankur Panwar, had said he attacked her because she had rejected his proposal to marry him.

The verdict is significant as most attackers receive minor sentences.

Panwar, 25, was convicted of murder and other offences on Tuesday. He is likely to appeal the verdict in a higher court.

On Thursday, the court said that the crime fell within the "rarest of rare" category which justified the death penalty.

Elephant carried by flood waters from India to Bangladesh

The four-ton female was separated from its herd in floods in northeast India in late June.

It is thought to have traveled around 620 miles, a journey that included crossing the mighty Brahmaputra River, on its way to northern Bangladesh.

The animal first became separated from the herd in Assam, India. The weak and exhausted beast spent several weeks stranded in a flooded area and nearly drowned in a rescue attempt Thursday.

But Friday -- World Elephant Day -- the pachyderm finally set its feet back on dry land.

'Food crisis' hits 10,000 laid-off Indians in Saudi Arabia

Sushma Swaraj said "large numbers" of Indians had lost their jobs in the kingdom, leaving them with not enough money to buy food.

The Indian community in Jeddah, with the government's help, has distributed food to those in need at the weekend.

Growth has slowed in Saudi Arabia as the country suffers the effect of lower oil prices.

Ms Swaraj appealed on Twitter for the three-million-strong Indian community in the country to "help your fellow brothers and sisters".

Bollywood filmmaker convicted of raping American

A New Delhi trial court found Farooqui, best known as co-director of the 2010 film, "Peepli (Live)," guilty Saturday of raping the 35-year-old woman in the nation's first conviction for an oral sex rape, prosecution lawyer advocate Vrinda Grover told CNN.

India has been taking a closer look at its rape laws after the notorious gang rape and murder of a 23-year old woman on a bus in 2012 as it circled through the streets of New Delhi.

Bollywood fighting 'irrational' censorship in India

But a month ago, the makers of the film worried if it would ever release, due to censorship issues. BBC Asian Network's Haroon Rashid speaks to Bollywood actors and writers about creative freedom and censorship in India.

The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) had asked the Udta Punjab filmmakers to make 94 cuts, including removal of expletives, references to cities in Punjab and any shots of drugs being consumed, ironically in a film about drug abuse.

India rejects Google Street View plan over security concerns

Officials told the BBC there were concerns that the service would compromise the country's security.

Google Street View collects high definition images to give its users 360 degree views of streets, tourist spots, hills and rivers.

Google's data collection has caused concern in numerous countries.

The Press Trust of India agency reported that India's interior ministry had informed Google that its plans to cover India through the service had been rejected.

Woman in India turns up at police station with dismembered genitals of alleged rapist

The 32-year-old woman, who walked into the station with her three children, said it was the only way for him to be stopped, reported the Times of India. 

Police from the Sidhi district of Madhya Pradesh rushed to call for medical aid for the injured man, but he had taken his own life before help arrived.

Bus driver 'killed by a meteorite' in India

But there was nothing V. Kamaraj could do when, as he washed his face at an outdoor water tower during his lunch break, he became the first person in modern recorded history to be struck dead by a meteorite.

Arrest warrant issued for India captain

The case had been brought by a member of the Hindu nationalist movement, who said the publication of the picture in 2013 had hurt religious sentiment.

A drawing appeared on the front of Business Today in April 2013 showing the 34-year-old as a Hindu deity.