More scholarships for minority students in Andhra

May 30, 2012 by  
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Andhra Pradesh, May 29, 2012: The move follows decreased number of applications received.

More students from minority community in Andhra Pradesh would receive scholarships although the scheme received fewer applications last year.

The Andhra Pradesh State Minority Finance Corporation (APSMFC) said it would increase by nearly 200 percent the number of beneficiaries of pre-matric scholarships for the financial year 2012-2013.

APSFMC officials said they have requested the state government for additional funds due to the high demand.

The decision comes at a time when the number of applications last year decreased as compared to the year before that.

The number of applications in Hyderabad district has witnessed a 22 percent drop from 11,504 applicants in 2010-11 to 8,964 applications in 2011-12.

The overall drop in the state stands at 7 percent and the decrease in approvals at six percent.

With the increase in the number of scholarships, the budget for the scholarships would increase to 500 million rupees. Currently, the state budget for the scheme is 120 million rupees and the allocation from the federal government is 210 million rupees.

A tenth grader would receive 800 rupees a year under the scheme . In addition, under the central government scheme, they would get 5,000 rupees (for day scholars) and 10,000 rupees (for boarders) for a year.

Students whose parents’ annual income is up to 100,000 rupees are eligible for these scholarships.

Officials blame inflation and stringent norms enforced recently in obtaining income certificates for the decline in applicants.

Educationists, however, differ.

Fazlur Rahman Khurram from Federation of Private Management Schools said, “Pre-matric scholarships are given to high school students. Many parents whose children were denied a scholarship for any reason feel discouraged and don’t apply again.”

– timesofindia

Hindu Jagarana Vedike demands ban on PFI & KFD-alleges love Jihad *Boycott of Pak CJ in London on forced conversion of Hindu girls

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Karnataka, May 29, 2012: Hindu Jagarana Vedike Dakshina Pranthya Convenor Sathyajith Suresh urged the government to ban both PFI and KFD Muslim organisations have been engaging into anti-national activities and engineering Love jihad

Speaking at a protest rally organised by the Hindu Jagarana Vedike in Madikeri on Tuesday, he flayed the assault on Bajrang Dal convener Ganesh and alleged that the PFI and KFD were responsible for the assault. He said “when terrorist Nazeer was arrested, we had complaint to the police that Nazeer was engaged in Taliban model training in the district. However, the police have failed to initiate action.”

Four accused who had assaulted Ganesh were arrested. The police should arrest all the culprits, he said. Bajrang Dal Dakshina Pranthya Convenor Mandya Manju said as per the intelligence report, PFI and KFD have been identified as terrorist organisations.

He alleged “the Muslim organisations want to convert the entire country into a Muslim country by 2045. The Hindu girls are forcibly converted to Islam through Love Jihad.”

RSS leader Chekkera Manu Kaverappa said the assault was an attempt to spoil harmony in the district. Zilla Panchayat President Ravi Kushalappa, ZP member Bharathessh, BJP leaders M B Devaiah, Napanda Ravi Kalappa, Kodava Sahitya Academy former president Rani Machaiah and others were present.


Boycott of Pak CJ in London on forced conversion of Hindu girls


Pakistan, May 28, 2012: Sindhis living in UK including International Sindhi Women Organization and World Sindhi Congress has announced boycott of award ceremony which has been arranged in London to give award to Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muahammad Chowdhry on the grounds that chief justice Pakistan had handed over Hindu girl Rinkel Kumari Kumari two months back to a PPP MNA Pir Mian Mithoo who had married her forcibly to one of his relatives after kidnapping her. The girl when presented before supreme court was crying to be handed to her parents and had loudly said that she was forcibly married to a Muslim boy but chief justice did not listen her cries and handed her to Muslim boy who had kidnapped her on behest of MNA of ruling PPP Mian Mithoo and then married.

It may be mentioned here that kidnapping Hindu girls and then marrying them to Muslims after forcible conversion is common in Sindh but neither government nor judiciary can stop such love jihad atrocities with minorities in Pakistan.


The three tenses of faith

May 29, 2012 by  
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‘But I know, that even now… God will give it thee.’ John 11:22

When their brother Lazarus died, Mary and Martha sent for Jesus.

Notice the three tenses of faith at work in this story.

First, the past tense. Heartbroken, Martha said to Jesus,

‘…”If You had been here, my brother would not have died”‘ (John 11:21 NKJV). That’s called ‘if only’ faith.

We say things like ‘If only I’d lived in the days of Jesus’, or ‘If only I could be prayed for by a certain person’. ‘If only’ faith plans for a funeral, not a resurrection.

Second, the future tense.

When Jesus told Martha that Lazarus would live again, she replied, ‘…”I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day”‘ (John 11:24 NKJV).

This is called ‘some day’ faith.

People who have it tend to sing, ‘In the sweet by and by’. With them, everything belongs to the future. But you need to know your rights, your privileges and your authority as a believer in Christ – right now.

When you do, your outlook will begin to change.

Finally, the present tense.

Martha said, ‘But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You’ (John 11:22 NKJV).

This is ‘even now’ faith. In spite of all you’ve been through, God has the power to raise you up again.

You may have been divorced; you may have lost your job or your home; you may be struggling with stubborn habits; you may be living with a sense of failure.

It doesn’t matter.

‘Even now’, by God’s grace and power, you can come out of this experience and live again.

You can fulfil your hopes and dreams. All you have to do is pray and invite Jesus into your situation.

– fwd: samuel machado

Outspoken church leader in danger as Sri Lanka regime critics “disappear”

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Sri Lanka, May 24, 2012: A senior church leader in Sri Lanka is under threat for speaking out against the regime’s abuses as government critics suspiciously “disappear” and international pressure mounts.

Rayappu Joseph, Bishop of Mannar, has been a leading figure in defending the rights of the Tamil people in the north and east of the country; they suffered grave abuses during the 26-year long civil war in which the government fought the Tamil Tigers, and are now marginalised and mistreated.

Anyone who sides with the beleaguered Tamil people is viewed as an enemy. More than a dozen Christian ministers have “disappeared”, suspected to have been abducted and murdered by President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s regime, which ruthlessly “silences” dissenters.

After the war ended in 2009, the government appointed the “Lessons Learnt Reconciliation Commission” (LLRC), seen as a sham by critics to prevent international intervention and thereby avoid accountability for its own war crimes.

Bishop Joseph and two of his fellow clergy made a detailed submission to the LLRC in which they highlighted the disappearance of 146,679 people, who remain unaccounted for, during the last stages of the civil war.

He was also a signatory of a letter to the US State Department and another to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) that call for international intervention in Sri Lanka. The second, submitted by 31 Christian clergy on 1 March 2012, describes the deteriorating human rights situation in the country and calls for an independent international body to investigate “war time abuses as well as pre-war and post-war concerns”.

The UNHRC has responded, passing a resolution on 22 March calling on Sri Lanka to investigate alleged war crimes properly. Intensifying international pressure on President Rajapaksa’s government increases the threat to the regime’s opponents, who have bravely brought the situation to the world’s attention.

“Break the bones” Threat

On 23 March, the president’s Minister of Public Relations and Public Affairs, Mervyn Silva, said that he will “break the bones” of Sri Lankans who supported the UNHRC resolution. Many regime opponents have been killed. The owner/editor of the only newspaper in Sri Lanka to be critical of the government was assassinated in broad daylight while on his way to work. 

Open threats have been made against Bishop Joseph. One came from the party of the Buddhist monks, Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), which means “National Freedom Front”, who called for his arrest and prosecution.

On 8 May, he was questioned by the Sri Lankan CID about his submission to the LLRC in what is being seen as a signal to the Bishop to give up his campaign for the Tamil cause. 

Churches in Sri Lanka are also under pressure as the government tightens its control of all sectors of society. The regime is especially suspicious of Protestant groups; it is estimated that more than 40 per cent of Protestant Christians in Sri Lanka are ethnic Tamils.

Churches have received a circular saying that all new and existing places of worship will require prior approval from the Ministry of Religious Affairs, suggesting that the mandatory registration of churches is pending. Attacks on Christians are also on the rise. 

Barnabas Fund is helping Sri Lankan Christians whose lives were devastated by the civil war; we are building houses for those who are still without permanent homes, and churches to provide places of worship for Christians who are currently meeting in tents or under trees.


Vietnamese Catholic activists on trial for “propaganda against the state”

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Vietnam, May 24, 2012: The four, charged under Article 88 of the Criminal Code, charged with distributing anti-government leaflets. They face a sentence ranging from three to 20 years in prison. In fact they are young people involved in social work, promoting Church programs and activities against abortion. HRW: Vietnam against freedom of religion and expression.

The trial begins today against four young Vietnamese Catholic activists, accused of conducting “propaganda against the state”. The four – Dau Van Duong and Tran Huu Duc, 24, Chu Manh Son, 23, and Hoang Phong, 25 years old – will appear before the judges of a court in the province of Nghe An, in the north, charged under Article 88 of the Penal Code for distributing “anti-government leaflets.” Human Rights Watch (HRW) is calling for their release, noting that religious and social persecution is at the basis of their arrest.

The Catholic activists (pictured), all university students or recent graduates of the city of Vinh, joined in the past in volunteer activities, many of which promoted by the Church, including the donation of blood, aid to orphans in distress or victims of natural disasters. The young people have also launched women’s initiatives, including programs to support pregnancy and against abortion.

Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch, said that “these are local volunteers, who support the work of the Catholic Church”, engaged in social activities, in providing “aid on a daily basis” to those in difficulty, encouraged to act “according to the principles transmitted by their faith.” He adds that their prosecution is a “clear signal” that “Vietnam does not respect freedom of religion or expression.”

Article 88 of the Penal Code is often used for arbitrary arrests and indictments against bloggers, activists and representatives of civil society. Three of the four defendants have been in jail since last August, while the fourth was arrested in December. Only recently were they allowed to appoint lawyers. If convicted, they face a sentence ranging from three to 20 years in prison.

The Constitution of Vietnam guarantees freedom of religion – at least in theory – but the practice all worship is closely monitored and is under direct state control. The Catholics, numbering over six million members, is the second-biggest religion to Buddhism, in the past there have been numerous clashes between the faithful and the Hanoi government, especially with regard to church property and other issues of law.

In March, two Catholic activists, Vo Thi Thu Thuy and Nguyen Van Thanh, both accused of being linked to dissident priest Nguyen Van Ly, were sentenced under Article 88 to three and five years in prison (see AsiaNews 09 / 03/2012 “Two Vietnamese Catholics convicted of “anti-government” activities: “false accusations”). Currently 12 other bloggers and leading Catholic human rights activists, including the famous surfer Tanad Ta Phong Le Van Son, are locked up in jail awaiting trial. Of these, the majority belong to the Redemptorists of Thai Ha (Hanoi) and Ky Dong (Ho Chi Minh City).


Bangalore: Hindutvas disturb a prayer meeting & attack pastor

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Karnataka, May 27, 2012: Yelahanka New Town, Bangalore: Pastor Prakash, 42, who lives at Eeranyapalya in Bangalore, is in charge of a church named The Living Hope Church, in Yelahanka New Town, a satellite township of Bangalore. He caters to the spiritual needs of his congregation consisting of about 60 believers. He regularly conducts his Sunday worship service in a hall belonging to the CNR Vidya Mandir situated on the double Road of Yelahanka New Town.

A house visit and a prayer programme was scheduled to be held at the residence of a believer, one Sundarappa, on Saturday, 26-5-12, evening at 6.30 pm. Accordingly the pastor along with a believer, one Yesappa, 43, visited Sundarappa’s place and began the prayer meeting. About 20 believers were present at the prayer meeting. At about 7 pm, when the prayer meeting was in progress, about 10 Hindu radicals came in a car and a couple of scooters and interrupted the prayer meeting. They ordered them to stop the prayer meeting and attacked the pastor. They beat up the pastor and also tore his clothes and abused him using very foul language. They kept on alleging that he was fraudulently and forcibly trying to convert Hindus to Christianity. Then they dragged him to the Yelahanka New Town Police Station and handed him over to the police. The Police Inspector, Mr. Umesh, is investigating the case. The GCIC is in touch with both the pastor as well as the police. Please pray for the pastor.


Hindi Bible goes hi-tech

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New Delhi, May 25, 2012: It is a user-friendly software providing easy search facilities.

The first ever digital Catholic Hindi Bible hit the Android market today.

Free downloads from the full Bible can be obtained from the application titled Divya Vachan (divine word), said Fr. Stanley Kozhichira of Jesus Youth of Delhi.It is a user-friendly software providing easy search facilities. There is a pull up screen which displays both the New Testament and Old Testament.

The screen shots give grid view of all the books. With a click of the mouse any book can be opened. The font size can be adjusted as per requirement. It provides for continued reading through the auto save system which ensures the app opens at the same point in the book at which it was closed.

The android version is the first of its kind in the smartphone series, Divya Vachan will be available soon on iPhone and Blackberry as well, said Fr Kozhichira.It is a combined effort of Jesus Youth International and Delhi Catholic Archdiocese. The data has been supplied by the, the first online  Hindi Catholic Bible from the Bhopal Archdiocese.The software has been developed by Ethic Coders.The initiative, by Fr. Kozhichira, is based on the Malayalam POC Bible.The priest said he wanted to do something for the Hindi speaking Catholic community.


Kerala Catholic priests build new housing for the poor of Changanassery

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Kerala, May 23, 2012: The St. Mary Athirampuzha (Syro-Malabar Church) will host three buildings on its land for 21 families. People will use it for 15 years, after paying a nominal rent. The goal is to educate young people to make them self reliant. The project is funded by the parishioners of the archdiocese.

The church of St. Mary Athirampuzha (Archdiocese of the Syro-Malabar Church of Changanassery, Kerala) is building apartments to house the poorest families in the area, without discrimination of caste or creed. To finance the Daiva Paripalana Bhavan project, the Church has sought free contributions of the parishioners, about 2,400 families. Guests of the new homes will pay a nominal rent and can stay there for 15 years, a period in which the Church will commit to educating and teaching children to make them self-sufficient in the future. On 27 May (first Sunday of Pentecost), the Archbishop Mgr. Mar Joseph Perumthottam will bless the launch of the construction

The project is expected to cost 12 million rupees (about 170 thousand euros) and involves the construction of three buildings on land owned by St. Mary, for a total of 21 apartments. Each of these will have two bedrooms, a kitchen, a dining room and terrace. The ground floor will house a chapel and a common kitchen, to gather during the holidays. Once the 15 year term limit expires, the family will be replaced by another occupant.

Fr. Hands Puthiyidam, pastor of the church and the mind behind the project, tells AsiaNews: “The basic purpose is to assist, together with the whole community, the children, to help them make new and creative choices for their future. For this, Bhavan’s children will go to school at St. Aloysius or St. Mary, both run by the Church. ”

The priest, who earned a doctorate from the Pontifical Gregorian University, adds: “Currently, we have already received 50 requests, from which we will select people who really need it. We will ask the families a small amount of rent, to make them feel part of this project and to encourage respect for themselves and the property. ”

Erected in 1887, the Syro-Malabar Archdiocese of Changanassery has a total population of about 9.4 million people, of which 385 thousand (4%) are Catholics. In total counts it 267 parishes, 575 priests and 2,700 religious.


Tamil and war widows abandoned by the Sri Lankan government

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Sri Lanka, May 24, 2012: Catholic priests participate in a meeting in Jaffna (Northern Province) where they criticise the government for violating the fundamental rights of Tamils in the north. In Batticaloa (Eastern Province), 184 war widows are still living in temporary housing without running water, electricity, toilet facilities or government financial assistance.

In Sri Lanka’s predominantly Tamil north, religious celebrations are restricted, freedom of association is violated and the traditional culture is being undermined, this according to Catholic priests from the southern part of the country, members of the Christian Solidarity Movement (CSM). At a meeting in Jaffna (Northern Province), local prelates said, “There is a need for a political solution so that that the Tamil people are recognised as part of the nation.” In the island’s eastern region, serious problems also persist, especially for war widows.

For almost 30 years (1983-2009), the island nation was the scene of civil war between the government and the Liberation Tamil Tigers of Elam (LTTE), a rebel group fighting for an independent state in the northern and eastern provinces of the country, where a majority of the population is Tamil.

Rapidly, the conflict took on an ethnic character until its conclusion with the rebel’s defeat (following the killing of their leader). The war caused heavy losses, and created a huge cleavage between the impoverished Tamil north and east (with more than 200,000 internally displaced people) and the rich and prosperous Sinhalese south.

Since the end of the war, religious leaders and national and international NGOs have denounced on several occasions the situation in which Tamils still find themselves.

New concerns were also voiced at the meeting in Jaffna. “There are attempts to Sinhalese Tamil areas,” southern priests told AsiaNews. “Buddhist statutes are put up in places where there are no Buddhists. Sinhalese physicians are brought in even though they cannot communicate with most of their patients because they cannot speak the Tamil language.”

People in the Eastern Province are not faring much better. In the district of Batticaloa, 184 war widows in five villages, Weligahakandiya, Kopawali, Thumpalochcholai, Kithul and Urukaamam, are still forced to live in temporary housing without running water, electricity and toilet facilities.

“These are major problems and they need an urgent solution,” said Laveena, coordinator of North and East Women program of Nafso. “We told Sivaneshathurai Chandrakanthan, chief minister of the province, about it in a report.”

The report itself documents the overall situation in the five villages. About 250 families do not receive any aid under the Samurdi (prosperity) initiative, a national savings and credit programme for the poor; 647 families are without toilet facilities; 780 have no drinking water; 790 have no electricity; and 584 are in temporary housing.


Recall Notice

May 25, 2012 by  
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The Maker of all human beings (GOD) is recalling all units manufactured, regardless of make or year, due to a serious defect in the primary and central component of the heart.
This is due to a malfunction in the original prototype units code named Adam and Eve, resulting in the reproduction of the same defect in all subsequent units.
This defect has been identified as “Sub-sequential Internal Non-morality,” more commonly known as S.I.N., as it is primarily expressed.

Some of the symptoms include:
1. Loss of direction
2. Foul vocal emissions
3. Amnesia of origin
4. Lack of peace and joy
5. Selfish or violent behavior
6. Depression or confusion
7. Fearfulness
8. Idolatry
9. Rebellion
The Manufacturer, who is neither liable nor at fault for this defect, is providing factory-authorized repair and service free of charge to correct this defect.
The Repair Technician, JESUS, has most generously offered to bear the entire burden of the staggering cost of these repairs. There is no additional fee required.
The number to call for repair in all areas is: P-R-A-Y-E-R.

Once connected, please upload your burden of SIN through the REPENTANCE procedure.
Next, download ATONEMENT from the Repair Technician, Jesus, into the heart component. 
No matter how big or small the SIN defect is, Jesus will replace it with:
1. Love
2. Joy
3. Peace
4. Patience
5. Kindness
6. Goodness
7. Faithfulness
8. Gentleness
9. Self control
Please see the operating manual, the B.I.B.L.E. (Best Instructions Before Leaving Earth) for further details on the use of these fixes.

WARNING: Continuing to operate the human being unit without correction voids any manufacturer warranties, exposing the unit to dangers and problems too numerous to list, and will result in the human unit being permanently impounded. For free emergency service, call on Jesus. 
DANGER: The human being units not responding to this recall action will have to be scrapped in the furnace. The SIN defect will not be permitted to enter Heaven so as to prevent contamination of that facility. Thank you for your attention! 
– GOD 
P.S. Please assist where possible by notifying others of this important recall notice, and you may contact the Father any time by ‘Knee mail’!  
Because HE Lives!

– fwd: ravindran govindan

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