Attacks on Dalits spark tension in western Uttar Pradesh

first_imgTension simmered in Meerut and Muzaffarnagar towns of western Uttar Pradesh after two incidents of atrocities on Dalits in the last two days. Eight people, including a pregnant Dalit woman, were injured when Gujjars attacked Dalits in Mawana area of Meerut on Wednesday.Gujjars fired over 22 rounds and beat up Dalits in a clash at Meeva village over a dispute on right of way. The attack on the Dalit family in Meerut came even while caste tensions were simmering in the nearby town of Muzaffarnagar. Dalit youth Vipin Kumar was badly beaten up by Hindutva activists who alleged that he had insulted Hindu gods. They forced Mr. Kumar to say “Jai Shri Ram” and hail other Hindu godslast_img read more

Kuki militants to cast vote by postal ballots

first_imgThe Election Commission on Monday notified that the cadres of the Kuki militant groups, who signed the Suspension of Operations agreement with both the Centre and the Manipur government, will cast their votes in postal ballots. To exercise their franchise, the cadres also must reside in their designated camps and their names feature in the voters’ list, the office of the State Chief Electoral Officer said in a statement here. They would have to collect the postal ballots from assistant nodal officers or nodal officers. The agreement was first signed by the State and the Centre with two militant groups of the community in 2008.last_img read more

Square Enix sells Chocobo and Bahamut flavor burgers at Paris Games Week

first_imgThe one thing you can always rely on at a games convention (other than catching con flu) is that the food available on the show floor is terrible. Greasy, expensive, terrible. However, at Paris Games Week, which runs until Sunday, Square Enix has done the delicious unthinkable: they’ve been selling Final Fantasy XV burgers in either Chocobo or Bahamut flavor.The Chocobo’rger is just the Final Fantasy way of saying chicken, while the Bahamut Burger is the more common beef burger. And attendees who tried the burgers are reporting they are not terrible, which makes a nice change.The burgers are served with a side of potato wedges and the game promotion was added at every opportunity. The food came in a Final Fantasy XV branded brown paper bag, the included towels were branded, and a couple of Final Fantasy postcards were also thrown in showing off the new game’s art. If you needed something to drink then the Japanese soft drink called Ramune lemonade (complete with marble) was also being sold alongside the more common soft drinks (Coca-Cola) and iced tea. For dessert there’s cookies or donuts (branding not confirmed).If the food was good and the promotion worthwhile, I can see Square Enix repeating this at other conventions. Whether the food will be up to the same standard depends on who they partner with in the location the next convention is held. Clearly this time they chose a good burger partner in Paris.If you’re at Paris Games Week and have tasted one of these burgers, write us a quick review in the comments below. Are they better than your typical fast food burgers? Is Chocobo really as succulent a meat as I imagine it to be?last_img read more