Category: National

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Two priests among 14 arrested in bishop’s kidnapping

Police in south India said accused were motivated by 'greed for money and power'. Posted on May 3, 2016, 6:27 PM New Delhi (UCAN): Two Catholic priests were among 14 people arrested May 2 for allegedly kidnapping and assaulting Bishop Prasad...

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Joke called Prohibition (A small peg is a good digestive)

From the Time of Adam, Prohibition did not Work; Awareness Campaigns May Help, Politics won't.  By T J S George, in New Indian Express, 01st May 2016 (Note:  Literally prohibition is a joke, the whole world knows it, especially the Catholic church and...

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Dalits socially ostracized in Odisha’s Sambalpur 

Published on: 4:50 pm, May 2, 2016 Story By: mattersindia.com Bhubaneswar: Samajwadi Party Odisha State Committee on Saturday draw attention of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) into the matter where six yadav families has been socially ostracized by the upper caste people...

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Justice, A Far Cry – Editorial, Indian Currents

Dr Suresh Mathew Hard facts first. A whopping 3.5 crore cases are pending in various courts across the country. Of these, 65,000 are in the Supreme Court; 44 lakhs in 24 High Courts; and 2.6 crore in lower courts.  Over...

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Catholic bishop blindfolded, assaulted in Andhra Pradesh 

Published on: 1:48 am, April 29, 2016 Story By: Matters India reporter Secunderabad: The apex body Telugu Christians has condemned a “vicious assault” on a Catholic bishop in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. According to a press release from the Federation...

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Sisters of Nazareth open Ayurvedic hospital in Bihar

The facility is located within the Nazareth Hospital, run by the congregation. Posted on April 27, 2016, 10:46 PM Patna (UCAN): The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth have opened an alternative medicine wellness centre, the first of its kind in the...

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Discrimination seen in Christian absence in minority commission 

Published on: 5:12 pm, April 24, 2016 Story By: Basant Kumar Mohanty New Delhi: Sister Jessy Kurian, a former member of the National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions (NCMEI), sees discrimination in keeping the post of a Christian vacant in the quasi-judicial body....

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Lahore, Delhi Archdioceses’ pilgrimage of peace 

Published on: 1:40 am, April 23, 2016 Story By: mattersindia.com A Pakistani Catholic bishop led a pilgrimage of peace and reconciliation to neighbouring India, to bring closer to each other the two south-Asian rivals that have fought several wars and conflicts since their...

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90-year-old priest becomes finally Indian 

Published on: 4:27 pm, April 22, 2016 Story By: mattersindia.com Mumbai: After years of struggle and being a resident of India for over 67 years, Father Sopena, who originally hails from Spain, finally received Indian citizenship. Originally from Spain but having resided in...

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Girl chops off her tongue, offers it to Lord Shiva 

Published on: 11:54 pm, April 20, 2016 Story By: mattersindia.com Raigarh: An 11-year-old girl cut off her tongue and offered it to Lord Shiva in Raigarh district of Chhattisgarh, officials said Wednesday. “The incident took place Tuesday afternoon at the ancient Shiva temple in...

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Saared cow or Cash cow?

                                     A political cash cow? Yogi Aggarwal, in Deccan Chronicle, April30/16, (The writer, an opinion  columnist, is a Mumbai-based freelance journalist) A year after...

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Worship places on roads, pavements insult God: SC 

Published on: 11:50 pm, April 19, 2016 Story By: mattersindia.com (Note: Worship rituals and practises on roads and pavements have become quite characteristic of Indian Religions. Even those temples, mosques and churches keeping a distance also compete to announce their presence through ear piercing...

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Hindus worship tree nurtured by Muslims 

  Published on: 7:20 pm, April 15, 2016 Story By: mattersindia.com Takpura (Ayodhya): Every morning, Asma clears the floor of a revered tree barely 25 meters from her home while her relative Qurban Ali watches over it. Thereafter, Hindus in the vicinity offer...

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Catholic priest’s body found hanging

Published on: 12:19 pm, April 13, 2016 Story By: Matters India Reporter Mysuru: A Catholic priest was found dead under mysterious circumstances on Wednesday in a parish of Mysore diocese. The diocesan officials have rushed to PG Palaya, some 35 km...

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Shifting The Goalposts: Editorial, Indian Currents

The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance rode to power promising solutions to some of the burning issues – monumental corruption, huge amount of black money lying in foreign banks, depreciation of rupee, rising prices, nose-diving exports, surging unemployment, never-ending suicides by...

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How to be free of caste – The Hindu (April 13, 2016)

As India marks the 125th birth anniversary of B.R. Ambedkar this week, it must acknowledge the pervasiveness of discrimination and confront it head-on Pic: Dehumanising baggage: “Dalits and Adivasis still face social discrimination.” Members of the Safai Karmachari Andolan voice...