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posted Jul 25, 2018, 10:50 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jul 25, 2018, 10:50 AM ]

New Delhi
Potholes kill more than terror attacks: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court on July 20 expressed serious concern over increasing accidents due to potholes on roads, and said these are much more than the deaths due to terror attacks.

A Bench of Justices Madan B. Lokur and Deepak Gupta, dealing with a petition on road safety, observed that persons who have lost their lives as a result of accidents caused due to potholes should be entitled to compensation.

Justice Lokur observed, "It is a matter of common knowledge that a large number of people have died in accidents caused due to potholes on roads, and authorities, who are supposed to maintain the roads, are not doing their duties properly. It was not known where one would find potholes on roads, and which one would lead to a fatal accident. This is frightening. It is about life and death of a person, and this problem should be addressed."


Thousands protest harassment of Christians in India

About 10,000 Christians in eastern India's Jharkhand state formed a 20-kilometre human chain to protest what they call the state-sponsored harassment of Christians and a hate campaign against them. Braving heavy rain on July 15, women, children and elderly from different churches joined the human chain after Sunday services. Protests were held in Ranchi, Gumla, Simdega, Bokaro, Jamshedpur and Khunty by people shouting slogans against state government moves.

"Catholic nuns, priests, pastors are attacked and jailed. Their institutions are searched. They are accused of every wrong that takes place in the state," said organiser Prabhakar Tirkey, President of ecumenical Christian forum Rashtriya Isai Mahasangh.

Christians are angry about the recent detention of a Missionaries of Charity nun on charges of child trafficking. The arrest came after a childless couple complained that a staff member at a home for unmarried mothers took money for providing a baby, but failed to keep her promise.

Jesuit Fr Alphonse Aind, principal of a school in a remote village, was arrested and remanded on June 22 on charges of abetting rape, after unidentified people kidnapped five social activists who staged a street play in his school that allegedly criticised tribal demands for autonomy.

Christian leaders say the arrests are part of a state-sponsored hate campaign to project Christians and missionaries as law breakers and tarnish their institutions.


West Bengal
Mamata Banerjee defends Mother Teresa's nuns

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has condemned "malicious attempts to malign" the Missionaries of Charity.

On July 12, Banerjee tweeted that the Christian organisation founded by Mother Teresa is being targeted by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is affiliated with a Hindu nationalist group.

On July 5, a Catholic nun and a woman employee affiliated with the religious order were arrested after being accused of trying to sell a baby from a shelter for unwed mothers in Jharkhand. Police said a couple reportedly paid $1,760 for a child to a woman who worked at the shelter.


Sanjivani launched at KSSS

On July 13-14, 2018, a two-day programme was organised to launch a new project SANJIVANI (Food & Nutrition Security programme) in four dioceses of Gujarat at Kaira Social Service Society (KSSS). 20 people took part, including Caritas India representatives, Diocesan Directors and staff members from Diocesan Social Service Centres. Mr Nirmal Minj, State Officer, welcomed one and all. Fr Jagdish Macwan, the Director of KSSS, introduced the purpose of the gathering.

Dr Fr Jolly Puthenpura, Asst Director of Caritas India, contextualising the project, said that Food and Nutrition Security Programme is for all; it is for self-dignity and self- reliance. He said that the modern-day lifestyle is market dependent and controlled, leading to an unhealthy society. We need to make people self-reliant and ensure food availability for consumption, leading to wellbeing of the individual and society.

Dr Saju, the Regional Manager of Caritas India, shared his experience of similar type of projects implemented in Madhya Pradesh by Caritas Partners. He shared the concept, causes of malnutrition, food sources, balanced diet, and real solutions through a PowerPoint presentation.