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posted Nov 6, 2018, 8:01 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Nov 6, 2018, 8:03 AM ]

Church group calls for fair polls in Mizoram

In poll-bound Mizoram, a Church-sponsored poll watchdog has been working to ensure free and fair polls.

Mizoram People's Forum (MPF), an independent body formed in 2006 by the Mizoram Presbyterian Church Synod (the largest Christian denomination in the northeastern state) comprises church elders and members of three prominent organisations of women, senior citizens and young people.

"We issue guidelines for all elections held in Mizoram," said Rev. B Sangthanga, senior vice-president MPF. Mizoram goes to polls on November 28.

As per the 2011 Census, over 87% of Mizoram's total population of 1.12 million are made up by Christians.


Gold jewellery burgled from century-old church

Ten sovereigns of gold jewellery have been stolen from a church here allegedly by a youth, police said Nov. 1.

The theft in the over 100-year-old St Alankara Upahara Church came to light in the morning, when an employee of the place of worship found the valuables missing, the police said. The glass box containing a statue was broken, and four gold bangles, a bracelet and a chain, all weighing 10 sovereigns, were stolen, they said.


Mother Teresa's order back in adoptions fold

The Missionaries of Charity, which had pulled out of adoptions three years ago, because of reservations over new guidelines allowing single, divorced or separated individuals to adopt, has agreed to return to the fold, women and child development Minister Maneka Gandhi said on Oct. 29, after a meeting with the congregation founded by Mother Teresa.

After a meeting with a delegation of MoC sisters led by Sr M Prema, Mrs Maneka Gandhi tweeted: "I requested them to come back into the @CARAWCD system of adoption, so that children in the 79 MoC homes can go into family care. Sr Prema agreed to my request to work jointly on each of these homes, so that the children in the MoC homes can be onboarded into CARINGS expeditiously."

CARA or the Central Adoption Resource Authority is India's nodal body for in-country and inter-country adoption of children, while CARINGS stand for the Child Adoption Resource Information and Guidance System.

Earlier this year, an alleged baby sale racket had surfaced in one of the MoC establishments in Ranchi, following which Mrs Maneka Gandhi asked all state governments to inspect such institutions run by the congregation. The MoC had described the incident as "individual actions which have nothing to do with the Congregation of the Missionaries of Charity".


Women should lead way to community development for strong society

Women should lead the way to community development for a strong society. Putting economic resources in women's hands is the best way to accelerate development and sustainably reduce poverty, said Dr Gerald Isaac Lobo, Bishop of Udupi diocese.

He addressing the gathering after inaugurating the 'Ujwala Mahila Okkoota, Brahmavar Taluk', held at Milagres Tri-centenary Hall, Kallianpur near Udupi on October 31. The programme was organized by Kallianpur deanery level Sthree Sangaton. The bishop said that social and economic empowerment platform enables women to save money, develop financial literacy and invest in income generating activities. The combination of economic and social empowerment positions women as leaders and decision-makers in their households and communities.


ADBU receives FICCI's 'University of The Year' Award

The Assam Don Bosco University (ADBU) has been conferred 'University of the Year' Award by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) at the 14th FICCI Higher Education Summit 2018: A Global Conference & Exhibition held in New Delhi on October 30, 2018.

The ADBU received the prestigious award among all the universities in India, which are in existence for one to ten years, according to a press communique.

Mr. R Subrahmanyam, Secretary-Higher Education, MHRD, Government of India, gave away the 5th FICCI Higher Education Excellence Awards to 13 Educational Institutions and eminent personalities in the field of education. The award recognises the achievements of educational institutions and personalities that have contributed towards the development of the sector in the country. The award was received by the Pro Vice Chancellor, Fr Joseph Nellanatt on behalf of the University.


CCBI Laity Conference

The CCBI Laity Commission organised a four-day event in Mumbai from Sept. 29 to Oct 2, for the Diocesan Directors of Laity Commissions and one layperson per diocese. 82 persons (priests and laity from across India) participated in the Conference on the theme 'Role and Mission of the Laity in the inter-religious context of India'.

Cardinal Oswald Gracias set the tone for the event at the inaugural Eucharist on Sept. 29. He explained that the laity has to play a role in the Church and in society. He congratulated those present for their untiring efforts, and asked them to extend themselves each day in their efforts to make the laity get more involved. He urged the laity to bring change to the secular spheres of life.