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VADODARA: A bridegroom and his marriage party left the wedding site without the bride after a dispute arose over observing
religious rituals in solemnising the marriage at Likhvad village near here.

The incident occurred on Friday last about 160 kms from here. The matter has reached the police, which are now looking into a
complaint lodged by the bride, Shanti alias Shantu, and her father Amrutbhai Kulabhai Dahwad.

Investigating officer Khushal Patel said "we have been probing the case after receiving the complaint."

In the complaint, Shaniti and her father Amrutbhai Kalubhai Dahwad said the bridegroom Dilip, his father Kalubhai Devaji and mother
Jankiben insisted on solemnising the marriage as per Christian laws. The complainant said they were shocked as they had hired the
services of a Hindu priest.

The bridegroom and his father had brought a Christian priest along with them to perform the
marriage as per Christian rites which was unacceptable to the girl's family.

Efforts were made to resolve the dispute, but when no compromise was reached between the two sides,
Dilip and entire marriage party left the village without the bride.

The complainant also alleged Dilip and his parents had demanded a dowry of Rs 50,000 in cash and
a motorcycle. Police said they were trying to resolve the issue.
Bridegroom walks off after dispute over rituals
Indian Dad hasn't had a bath in 35 years !
Kailash ‘Kalau’ Singh is from the village of Chatav outside the holy city of Varanasi. He is 63-years-old and the father of
seven daughters. He has gone for 35 years without bathing apparently in an attempt to have a son.

One of Singh’s neighbors, Madhusudan, says that a seer told Kalau years ago that if he didn’t take a bath, he would be
blessed with a male child. It seems that many Indians prefer sons for financial reasons. Sons are breadwinners. Girls
have to have the matrimonial dowry for the grooms family when they marry. Also, in Indian culture, all their earnings go
to their husband’s family. For those reasons, girl children are considered a burden.

So for 35 years Singh hasn’t bathed. It appears his efforts are not working so far.
Coke Releases Green Tea Flavored Cola
Residents of Minneapolis-St. Paul, eat your hearts out!

For decades now, Minnesotans have spoken with pride of their
“Twin Cities.” “Twin” refers to the fact that the two Mississippi River-
straddling towns combine into a single large urban area. But a look
at the tiny Indian village of Kodhini, in Kerala state, may leave you
skeptical of any other place’s claim to the word “twin.”

The reason is that Kodhini boasts at least 250 sets of twins—and
that’s out of only about 2,000 families! Some families even have
multiple pairs.

The number is freakishly high, nearly six times the global average,
and so far no one’s come up with a plausible explanation for it.

It’s not for lack of trying: Dr. Krishnan Sribiju has studied the town
for a couple of years now, but every new statistic he unearths only
makes the case more baffling.
Freakish Trend Has Indian Villagers Seeing Double
While Coca-Cola is the leader in the Japanese cola market, it faces
stiff competition from international rival Pepsi, who will release basil-
flavored “Pepsi Shiso” later in June.

They also face challenges in the domestic market, as manufacturers
of non-carbonated bottled drinks like tea, coffee and fruit juice cut into
Coke’s market share.
Coca-Cola has been through many different iterations, including Classic, Diet New, Vanilla, Cherry,
etc. But now in Japan, you can find a more natural flavor from a  different drink - Green Tea.

The tea is scheduled to hit stores around June 8. Its healthy antioxidants, called catechins, and slight
green tea aftertaste are targeted at health-conscious young women in their twenties and thirties.

“We wanted to cater to people who are looking for something that tastes good but is also good
for health and beauty,” said Coca Cola (Japan) Co. spokesman Katsuya Sato on Thursday.
For one thing, he says, the frequency of twin births seems to grow every

“Also,” Sribiju says, “twins are born usually to older, more mature women. In
Kodinhi that is not the case, because marriage happens much younger
here, at around 18 to 20 years old, and families begin very soon after.”

Twin sisters Fatima Kutty and Kuhni Pathutty are the town’s oldest, at the
age of 65. Records suggest that their birth took place at the beginning of
Kodhini’s unique trend.

The year 2008 saw an impressive 15 twin births out of only 300 healthy
deliveries, and 2009’s total could be even higher.
Woman mistakenly junks $1 million mattress
When she went to look for the mattress it had already been taken
by garbage men, she said. Subsequent searches at three different
landfill sites turned up nothing.

The Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot published a picture of the woman
searching through garbage at a dump in southern Israel.

‘Totally desperate’

Yitzhak Borba, the dump manager, told the radio station that his
staff was helping the woman, saying she appeared "totally
desperate." He said the mattress was hard to find among the
2,500 tons of garbage arriving at the site every day.

He said he increased security at the site to keep would-be
treasure hunters at bay.

For her part, Anat said it could be worse. "People have to take
everything in proportion and thank God for the good and the bad,"
she said.
Israeli frantically searches landfill sites after tossing out mom’s life savings

JERUSALEM - An Israeli woman mistakenly threw out a mattress with $1 million       
inside, setting off a frantic search through tons of garbage at a number of landfill sites,  
Israeli media reported Wednesday.
The woman told Army Radio that she bought her elderly mother a new mattress as a
surprise on Monday and threw out the old one, only to discover that her mother had
hidden her life savings inside. She was identified only as Anat, a resident of Tel Aviv.
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