Showing posts from January, 2015

Violence against Minorities in India increases says US lawmaker, Joe Pitts

After the new Government assumed Charge in India has stepped up attacks against the Christians and the attacks against minority Christians by Hindu nationalists are on the rise, according to documents provided by the NGO, said US Congressman Joe Pitts. As many as 38 incidents targeting the Christian community in India were reported in the last two months of 2014, he has claimed.

UCFHR launches a National Toll-Free Helpline number

In a first of its kind initiative by any religious minority group in India, Christians’ group, “following rise in targeted communal violence especially in the Capital” have launched a national helpline number to help victims of violence for their community members. This toll free National Helpline number is equipped with legal support system. Only victims of violence, intimidation, coercion and illegal confinement by criminal or political group may call and seek legal and advocacy assistance, says Mr A C Michael, former Member of Delhi Minority Commission.

SkillTree Knowledge Group selects ADBU as education evangelist 2014

Assam Don Bosco University (ADBU) has been selected as the Skilltree Education Evangelist 2014 from northeast India and will be featured in a television program on Times NOW channel, starting Saturday January 24, 2015. “Education evangelists are the visionaries and change makers who have contributed and have been contributing towards the growth of Indian education system both quantitatively and qualitatively,” says Founder & CEO, SkillTree Knowledge Consortium Mr Shekhar A. Bhattacharjee.

Pope Manila Mass draws record crowd of millions

Pope Francis concluded his trip to Asia on Sunday with an open-air Mass for a rain-drenched crowd in Manila that the Vatican and the Government said drew up to seven million people, the largest ever for a papal event. “The official number that has been given to us is between six and seven million,” Vatican spokesman- Father Federico Lombardi told journalists at a press conference in Manila on Sunday, calling it the "largest event of the history of the Popes."

Kazhial emerges as an important part of the Church festivals

Kazhial also spelled as “Kazhiyal Aattam” is a street play art, performs together with singing, dancing and striking the sticks by the artists in the ancient period over South Travancore, now at Kanyakumari. Now-a-days, the art emerges as an important programme of the Church festivals in the South India, especially in Kanyakumari. This was created or shaped by the Christian Missionaries served 200 years ago for the purpose of men to be mingled with the public and to repel the Chalara from the public. Kazhial is also an excise and excites agility and fellowship.

NHRC notices to five states over atrocities on Christians

In India, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notice to Governments of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu over alleged acts of violence and atrocities against Christians. The commission has taken suo moto cognizance of a media report alleging acts of violence and atrocity against Christians at various parts of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu.