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posted Jul 11, 2018, 10:15 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jul 11, 2018, 10:16 AM ]

St John’s Medical College


A delegation led by Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas SFX, Secretary General of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference, and comprising of Fr Paul Parathazham, Director, Mr George D’Souza, Dean, St John's National Academy of Health Sciences, Bangalore and Fr Jervis D’Souza, Deputy Secretary General, CBCI met Mr Jagat Prakash Nadda, Union Minister for Family and Health at Nirman Bhavan, New Delhi, on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 in connection with the reduction of seats at St John’s, Bangalore.

Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas thanked the Government for the initiatives taken to improve healthcare in the country. He told the Minister that the poor, the dalits and the tribals are especially close to the heart of the Catholic Church. In this regard, he pointed out to the Minister that St John’s National Academy of Health Sciences had reserved seats specially for these categories. He also highlighted the fact that St John’s was the first Medical Institution in the country that had begun the practice of compulsory rural bond of two years for its students. He conveyed the distress of the Catholic Bishops about the recent reduction of the seats for MBBS courses at St John’s Medical College.


Nuns honoured by hill people

In a rare show of appreciation, the hill people of Sonada town showered their appreciation on a group of nuns who provide healthcare and education to underprivileged girls from the neighbouring villages.

The Holy Cross Sisters who came to Kurseong in the Darjeeling Hills in 1890 and started a residential school for well-to-do girls, opened a convent to serve the less privileged women of the tea gardens in 1968 by opening a dispensary and primary school.


South Asia ACSSA Seminar’

The third continental seminar of ACSSA South Asia was held from June 22 to 24, 2018 at the Provincial House of the Hyderabad Province, with 16 participants, comprising of seven Salesians and nine Salesian Sisters, representing four Salesian and the seven FMA provinces respectively. Fr Thathireddy Vijay Bhaskar, Provincial of Hyderabad, presided over the inaugural session. In his presidential address, he highlighted the importance of a faithful recording of history. Fr Thomas Anchukandam, Director of Istituto Storico Salesiano, Rome, gave the keynote address, stressing the exigency of continuity in the documented history of religious institutes, which calls for conviction, commitment and competence on the part of the one called to this mission.

The messages from the Rector Major, Fr Angel Fernandez Artime, from the Mother General Sr Yvonne Reungoat, from the Regional Councillor for South Asia, Fr Maria Arokiam Kanaga and from the President of ACSSA, Fr Francesco Motto were read out. Their words of appreciation at coming together to study the topic of ‘Incisive and Innovative Salesian Personalities of India’ encouraged the participants to continue as promoters of Salesian history in the region.


New Delhi
WhatsApp told to stop rumours

After the public lynching of several innocent people triggered by fake news, India’s Information Technology (IT) Ministry has asked WhatsApp to closely monitor the spread of false information. This comes after several incidents have resulted in the death of 25 people, accused without evidence of kidnapping of minors, theft and sexual abuse.

Meanwhile, 23 people have been arrested for their involvement in the latest lynching of five people from a nomadic community in the western state of Maharashtra. Earlier, 65 people were arrested on various charges for killing two tourists in Assam.

In a statement released on Monday, the IT Ministry expressed the government’s “deep disapproval” for the way the messaging service manages the spread of “irresponsible and dangerous messages”. “The government has conveyed in no uncertain terms that WhatsApp must take immediate action to end this menace,” it added.