Pope Francis to Israeli president: ‘the challenge is to unite’

September 12, 2015 by  
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pope francis and israel presidentVatican City, September 4, 2015: Pope Francis held an audience with Israeli president Reuven Rivlin on Thursday, where they exchanged gifts and discussed efforts to secure peace and to address the plight of Middle East Christians.

Pope Francis gave the Israeli president a new bronze medal at the Sept. 3 audience. On the medal was a depiction of a rock split into two parts, but joined by an olive tree. The medal bore the words: “Search for what unites. Overcome what divides.”

When the Pope gave the gift to Rivlin, he winked at the president. “There is some division, but the challenge is to unite,” Pope Francis said.

The audience focused on the political and social situation in the Middle East, giving “special attention” to the condition of Christians and other minorities, the Holy See press office reported.

“In this respect the importance of interreligious dialogue was recognized, along with the responsibility of religious leaders in promoting reconciliation and peace,” said the press office, which described the discussions as cordial.

The meeting also highlighted the need to promote a climate of trust between Israelis and Palestinians. It focused on the resumption of direct negotiations that aimed at “an agreement respecting the legitimate aspirations of the two populations, as a fundamental contribution to peace and stability in the region,” the press office said.

The Holy See and Israel have disagreed over the status of Palestine; Israel has objected to the Holy See’s recognition of the State of Palestine in its negotiations with Palestinian leaders.

When Pope Francis greeted the president, he spoke in English: “Pray for me.”
The president responded: “I will see you in Israel.”

Rivlin gave the Pope a replica of the earliest mention of King David’s dynasty outside of the Bible.  The words were carved on a basalt stone dating back to the eighth or ninth century B.C. The original is in the Museum of Israel.

“I think it is right that His Holiness has this gift to remember the common roots between Judaism and Christianity,” the Israeli president said when he presented the gift.

He also gave a plate with the inscription: “Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem.”

The Pope also gave the Israeli president a copy of his encyclical on the care of creation, Laudato Si’. He also presented him with his 2013 apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, explaining: “This is for all Christians, but there is a chapter dedicated to dialogue with the Jews.”

The official Israeli delegation included the president’s wife. The Pope gave everyone in the delegation a medal for the third year of his pontificate, marking the 500th anniversary of St. Theresa of Avila’s birth.

Rivlin also met with the Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, who was accompanied by Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the Secretary for Relations with States.

Other topics at the meeting included the relations between the Holy See and Israel, and between Israeli authorities and local Catholic communities. Both parties at the audience voiced hope for a prompt conclusion to the drafting of a bilateral agreement. They also hoped for an adequate solution for other matters of common interest, such as the situation of Christian schools in Israel.

– cna

Great recipe

September 9, 2015 by  
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your good health is in your own hands1. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And while you walk, smile. It is the ultimate anti-depressant.

2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. Talk to God about what is going on in your life.

3. When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement, ‘My purpose is to __________ today. I am thankful for ______________ ‘.

4. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.

5. Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat blueberries, wild Alaskan salmon, broccoli, almonds & walnuts.

6. Try to make at least three people smile each day..

7. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.

8. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a College kid with a maxed out charge card.

9. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

10. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

11. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

12. You are not so important that you have to win every argumen t. Agree to disagree.

13. Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present.

14. Don’t compare your life to others.. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

15. No one is in charge of your happiness except you..

16. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: ‘In five years, will this matter?’

17. Forgive everyone for everything.

18. What other people think of you is none of your business.

19. GOD heals everything – but you have to ask Him.

Count Your Blessings20. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

21. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch!!!

22. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

23. Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements: I am thankful for __________. Today I accomplished _________.

24. Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.

25. When you are feeling down, start listing your many blessings. You’ll be smiling before you know it.

– fwd: ronald monterio

Thousands of Odisha pogrom survivors accuse the BJP of protecting religious terrorism

September 9, 2015 by  
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kandhamalBhubaneswar, 01 September, 2015: More than 5,000 Christian Dalits and Adivasis took to the streets yesterday in Raikia, in Odisha’s Kandhamal District, demanding justice and a return to peace and harmony, seven years after Hindu fundamentalists massacred Christians in 2008.

Shouting slogans like `We Want Peace, Not Violence’, `Stop Atrocities on Minorities and Women’, `Do Not Divide People in the name of Religion and Caste, and `We Demand Appropriate Compensation’ (pictured), protesters walked for about two kilometres.

Organised by the Kandhamal Nyaya Shanti O Sadbhabana Samaj, an organisation representing pogrom victims and survivors, the event saw the participation of several political leaders,

Former Union Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar in an Indian Congress-led government was present as were Brinda Karat, a Member of the Rajya Sabha for the Communist Party of India (Marxist), and Kavita Krishnan, a former MP for the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist).

Speaking at the event, Mr Aiyar insisted on not forgetting what happened.  Officials from India’s Communist parties slammed the ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for punishing the innocent instead of bringing to justice the guilty.

Christians complain that seven years after the horrific anti-Christian pogroms, whose anniversary fell on 25 August, justice has not yet been served.

The death of Laxamananda Saraswati, a leader of the Hindu ultra-nationalist Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), who was killed on 23 August 2008 by a Maoist group, sparked the violence in Odisha (Orissa).

Even though the insurgents claimed responsibility for the assassination, Hindu radicals blamed Christians. The guru had criticised lay Christians and clergy alike for helping tribals and dalits and had accused them of proselytising among these groups.

Aiyar described what he saw in those days of violence. “As a minister of the central government, I was visiting this beautiful land before the violence. Now that I am back here, I feel deep pain.”

“People of different religion and caste lived here. Then suddenly, many were killed, displaced; their homes and churches destroyed, women raped and molested. Even now many survivors cannot return home.”

The survivors’ association wrote a letter to Indian President Pranab Kumar Mukherjee, citing figures for the attacks. The 2008 pogroms forced 56,000 people to flee their homes, leaving them exposed to looting and fire. Some 6,500 houses were affected this way in some 600 villages.

According to the government, 38 were killed and two women raped. But many more people suffered loss of limbs and permanent, debilitating injuries.

However, according to data collected by the Church and social activists, some 350 churches as well as 35 convents, schools, hostels and welfare facilities were destroyed. At least 91 people, including the disabled, elderly, children, both women and men, died.

The association estimates that at least 10,000 children were forced to quit schools. Many children also ended up in the hands of people traffickers, sold as sex slaves or hired out as domestic workers at the mercy of abusive employers, unable to take the latter to justice because they had to earn a living for their families.

Many others suffered as well, like Fr Thomas Chellan, director of the Divyiajyoti Pastoral Centre, was beaten, and Sister Meena Barwa, who at the time of the attack was with her uncle, Mgr John Barwa SVD, archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar,  was raped.

Unlike them, Fr Bernard Digal died in hospital after months of suffering. He was  honoured at the ceremony inaugurating the first monument erected in honour of the martyrs of the anti-Christian pogroms.

“What the Sangh Parivar* has done in Kandhamal has to be seen as terrorism. If this is not terrorism what else is it?’ said Kavita Krishnan.

In his view, the “BJP is not a representative of the Hindu religion. It represents the politics of hate in the name of religion”.

What is more, “let me remind the government here that instead of providing justice for the victims and survivors of Kandhamal, you are grabbing and punishing innocent people.”

The reference here is to the seven Christians who were sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of guru Laxmanananda after phoney trials that were postponed on several occasions.

Dibakar Parichha, a lawyer, called on the government to identify and prosecute those who are threatening witnesses and members of the Christian community.

According to a survey, assets worth Rs 90 crores (US$ 13 million) were damaged in the communal violence and compensation given so far was only Rs 70 lakhs (US$ 100,000).

Human rights activist Ajaya Kumar Singh, a Kandhamal Nyaya Shanti O Sadbhabana Samaj, said that peace is not the absence of violence; living a life free from fear and insecurity is. Even seven years after Kandhamal’s communal violence, this has not yet come about. Nevertheless, “We still have a right to equality, freedom and justice. These rights are universal, indivisible and inalienable,” he said.

– asianews

Hindu extremists threaten to kill Christians in India if they ‘utter the name of Christ’

September 9, 2015 by  
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Hindu ExtremistRajasthan, 01 September 2015: Hindu extremists have intensified their persecution campaign against Christians in India, threatening to “cut them into pieces” if they go back to church and refuse to reconvert to Hinduism, church leaders disclosed recently.

In Rajasthan state in the northwest, 10 Christian families in Nakhnool village, near Alwar, have fled after Hindu extremists harassed and threatened to kill them, area church leaders said.

One of the Christians facing Hindu fury was a pastor who was threatened with death if he continues holding worship meetings, according to the Morning Star News.

“Since June 27, we have not been able to have any kind of worship meetings,” area pastor Malkeet Singh said. “The extremists threatened to harm us if we utter the name of Christ or conduct any Christian meetings.”

Last July 19, members of the Hindu extremist Shiv Sena, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) reportedly held a “homecoming” to Hinduism (Ghar Vapsi) in front of Pastor Pratap Singh’s house.

According to Rajamman Johnson, regional secretary of the Friends Missionary Prayer Band (FMBP), about 600 people gathered in front of the pastor’s house and put up the idol of the Hindu god Hanuman. They forced Singh and 10 family members to worship the idol and sign a paper which read “I am willing to be a Hindu.”

“They forced them to drink water procured from the Ganga River and put kumkum [red marks] on their foreheads to show that they are now Hindus,” Johnson said.

Pastor Singh had been hiding for a month after the extremists threatened to kill him if he continued holding worship meetings. They found him and brought him to his house for the reconversion ritual.

“The extremists had been following the movement of Pastor Singh closely for a long time, and then they dragged him back from his hiding place to forcefully convert him along with 10 members of his family to Hinduism in an hour-long Ghar Vapsi ceremony,” Johnson said.

Singh has been ministering the village for 15 years and started getting death threats last December. The extremists held bogus forced conversion ceremonies in December after the BJP-led coalition government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi was installed in May 2014.

“The extremists boldly claimed that they were the ruling [BJP] party in the state, and that they can stop whatever they like,” Johnson said. “The support they get from the police and the village head emboldened their actions.”

Christian leader Anil Masih said Christians in the village has stopped meeting for fear of their lives.

“The extremists threatened to socially boycott the Christians if they continue to worship Christ and threatened to kill them if they submit a police complaint against anyone,” he said.

On June 28, the extremists held a “reconversion” ritual in Narpur village wherein 50 Christians were forced to convert to Hinduism.

“The Hindu extremists collected 50 Christians from Nakhnool, Kota and Nikkach villages and conducted a Ghar Vapsi on the land of the FMBP, and the extremists further threatened to kill and cut the Christians into pieces if they ever go back to church again,” Johnson said.

The Hindu extremists also planned to demolish the FMBP building in Bandholi last July 18 and threatened to harm the family of local evangelist Malkeeth Singh.

– christian today

Orissa: Ordeal of Pastor Sushil Lima, for years a victim of radical Hindus

September 9, 2015 by  
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Persecution in MPBhubaneswar, September 31, 2015: For years, Pastor Sushil Lima and his family have been receiving threats from Hindu radicals. The latest episodes of violence took place a few days ago, when he was in the village of Kanheipur, in the district of Khurda (Indian state of Orissa). With the complicity of the local police, the extremists accused him of proselytizing and converting Hindus to Christianity.

The aggression is reported to AsiaNews by the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), which shares the story of the ordeal of the Rev. Lima, his family and other Christian faithful “tortured and humiliated, whose right to freely express their faith under Article 25 (1) of the Indian Constitution is violated by Hindu fundamentalists.”

Sushil Lima is a Christian pastor of 45, member of the All India Human Rights Council of Karnataka. He lives in the village of Jaltar (Rayagada district of Orissa) with his wife Ullasini and daughters of five and six years. Since 2005, when he left his job as a teacher in primary school to devote himself to prayer and to the spread of the Gospel, he suffered persecution for his pastoral work. In the first episode of violence he was attacked by RSS [Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, Hindu ultra-nationalist paramilitary group – ed] activists while distributing leaflets in the village of Benta. The assailants dragged him off his bike, ripped his shirt and beat him savagely, threatening him with death if he returned to the village to preach the Christian message.

In August 2008, during the anti-Christian pogroms in Kandhamal in Orissa [during which at least 55 thousand faithful were forced to flee.  The seventh anniversary was marked a few days ago – ed], together with his family and other pastors, he was surrounded and threatened with being burned alive by Hindu fanatics. The threats have not stopped his ministry, through which about 100 faithful were baptized in various villages.

The last three attacks date back to last week. On August 23, the pastor paid a visit to one of the baptized faithful, 70 year old Bhagyadhar Majhi, in the village of Kanheipur. There were 17 Christians at the elderly man’s home. All the believers were insulted, attacked and dispersed by force by a group of local police, led by the inspector, and by about 40 Hindu fundamentalists of the RSS and the VHP [Vishwa Hindu Parishad, a Hindu ultranationalist group – ed].

The police arrested the pastor Lima on charges of forced conversions and creating a climate of tension among the population. They released him only late at night, after having humiliated him, dragged him into the police station and threatened him with beatings.

On(August 24 and 25, Hindu leaders again set about harassing one of the faithful, Mahendra Nayak, and his wife and forced them to attend the village meeting. There, they were tortured for having visited the pastor in the police station and threatened with expulsion from the community. The extremists have also gone to the school where their children studied and forced the institute to expel the children.

The GCIC also complains that during the arrest of the pastor three journalists were present, who wrote in their respective newspapers (Samaj, Samaya & Dharitri) a fabricated story about false accusations of proselytism, conversion of Hindus and of incitement to religious tensions, without providing clear evidence. The activist group concludes to AsiaNews that its members will “continue to pray for the victims so that all barriers are destroyed and the pastor and the faithful may profess freedom to their faith.”

– asianews

Myanmar Christians poised to take political stage

September 9, 2015 by  
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Myanmar electionsMyanmar, August 20, 2015: In less than three months, Myanmar’s fragile, half-formed democracy will be tested by the first election to be contested by all comers since 1990.

While at first blush, the poll looks like a two-horse race between the military-backed government and the opposition National League for Democracy, led by Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, the situation is far more complex.

Myanmar has seven stand-alone ethnic states, four of which have sizable Christian populations.

These could hold the keys to power with dozens of locally based parties expected to win seats in the 440-member lower house, making a coalition the only option for Suu Kyi’s party to take control of parliament.

The situation has been further complicated in recent weeks. First, massive flooding has already cost more than 100 lives and is likely to further affect more than half a million people. The wreckage could make it difficult for voters to reach polling stations in a country with a still largely primitive infrastructure.

Suu Kyi has already addressed this issue, pointing to a similar situation in 2008 following the devastation left by Cyclone Nargis. A vote on Myanmar’s constitution was held only six weeks after that disaster and, as Suu Kyi said in a video on her Facebook page, it “raised very many questions about the effectiveness of that referendum, about how acceptable the results of that referendum were.”

It remains unclear just how much damage the recent floods have caused, but with at least 600,000 people seriously affected — and the wet season not yet over — it will likely persist as an issue.

More explosively, there has been an internal bloodletting by the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP). The party leadership on Aug. 13 removed the nation’s No. 2 politician and one-time presidential hopeful, lower house speaker Shwe Mann, from all party positions. While he has so far retained his role in the legislature, there were rumors that fresh moves were afoot to dump him from parliament and the speaker’s job as well.

All this almost certainly ensures incumbent Thein Sein a second term as president, which only a year ago he had vowed not to seek.

This kind of undemocratic behavior, in a ruling party still dominated by members of the former military junta, reeks of the Burma of yesteryear. And most observers believe that, behind the scenes, the dark shadow of the country’s long-term dictator Than Shwe continues to loom. Many people believe he remains firmly in control of the levers of power.

A game of seats

At the weekend, Thein Sein’s spokesman said Shwe Mann’s “crime” was that he had become too close to other parties. There has been talk in recent months that the speaker was seeking to make a deal with Suu Kyi that would have seen him elected president and her selected to be the new speaker. The NLD leader is barred from the president’s job, according to Myanmar’s constitution, because she has a foreign spouse and children.

Although the USDP appears fractured, it has a singular vested interest in maintaining a firm grip on power. And it can be expected to put up a united front for the election, even if it appears weakened in the eyes of the voting public.

The real game remains whether the NLD can gain a majority in the parliament despite another constitutional handicap: 25 percent of seats are reserved for the military.

The distribution of seats in Myanmar gives the seven states outsized representation. Rather than seats being decided more or less equally on a population basis, they are based on the nation’s traditional townships with about 30 percent of the seats in Myanmar’s parliament from the seven states.

Electorates in the states versus, say, Yangon are generally far smaller in terms of population. So even if there were little support for the ruling USDP, the NLD would struggle to gain a majority of the remaining 75 percent of seats that it can contest.

Support for the NLD remains strongest in the center of the country around Myanmar’s two biggest cities, Yangon and Mandalay. The NLD’s ability to win enough votes nationwide to gain more seats remains untested since it did not participate in the 2010 election.

That was Myanmar’s first poll since the NLD’s landslide election victory in 1990. A coup d’etat led by Than Shwe annulled the results and the NLD was suppressed, condemning the nation to another two decades of military rule.

As one senior politician from Shan state put it: “The Lady (Suu Kyi) certainly gets big crowds everywhere she goes around the country, but it’s another question as to whether people will vote for her.”

She also has long been criticized for not speaking out on behalf of ethnic minorities. Most recently it has been her sustained silence on the plight of the Muslim Rohingya people during the refugee crisis that came to light earlier this year.

Myanmar has four states with large Christian populations — Chin, Kachin, Kayin (or Karen) and Kayah. And significant parts of Sagaing region, which sits between China and Kachin, are also Christian. The other three states are Shan, Mon and Rakhine — the last home to the disenfranchised Rohingya Muslim minority.

All of the state-based parties have the benefit of incumbency and experience in campaigning, which could reap more rewards this time around.

At present the two biggest state-based parties in the lower house are the Shan Nationalities Democratic Party, which holds 12 seats, and the Rakhine Nationalities Development Party, which has eight seats. Various other parties across all the states hold between one and six seats. A larger number of parties are expected to heavily contest the pole this time around. It is said that the USDP is backing some of them as spoilers.

Already, 21 of the major state-based parties have formed an alliance that could well hold the balance of power after the Nov. 8 election.

Myanmar is very much a Buddhist country with a strong majority of 80-90 percent of its population identifying with the religion. But Christianity makes up, by far, the largest religious minority.

This is a nation where ethnic identity and religion are generally synonymous, putting politicians from those religions in a unique position. And that is likely to hold true if — and it is a big “if” — the USDP continues to play fair.

– ucan

Iraq launches committee to record abuses against Christians

September 9, 2015 by  
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iraqIraq, September 09, 2015: The Prime Minister of Iraq, Haydar al-Abadi, has set up a committee to collect and document statistics on anti-Christian crimes in the country. The aim is to counter kidnappings of the country’s Christians and seizures of Christian homes and land, said Fides news agency on 24 August.

The committee plans to carry out a census of properties taken from Christians, using information from title deeds and identifying the individuals, groups or organisations that are now occupying property that has been illegally seized.

Almost 70% of Christian homes in Baghdad have been illegally expropriated, said Mohammed al-Rubai, a member of the city’s municipal council. “These houses belonged to Christians who fled Baghdad, seeking refuge from violent attacks targeting them and their homes,” he said. “The title deed documents have been falsified and the new title deeds have been lodged with the real estate registry. Many properties had been given to other Iraqi citizens.”

Another part of the initiative is to collect information about cases of kidnappings, including any evidence that can identify the perpetrators. Between late June and early July, terrorists kidnapped four Christians, two of whom were killed, despite the fact that their families paid ransoms for their safe return.

An Iraqi church leader who was kidnapped and ransomed was “killed and his body cut up, with pieces of him sent in a box to the family,” said John Newton, spokesperson for charity Aid to the Church in Need. Just a few hours earlier, his family had paid the ransom of $120,000 (£78,000; €100,000).

For many Iraqi Christians these measures will be too little and much too late. Hundreds of thousands fled their homes as the country descended into sectarian bloodshed after the 2003 US-led invasion and the defenceless Christian community was attacked from all sides. There are estimated to be just 300,000 Christians remaining in Iraq.

Many have crossed into other countries and live as refugees; others are internally displaced, taking refuge in the Kurdish north of Iraq. They have severed relations with their former homes, businesses and jobs and their communities are scattered. Many are likely to fear that this initiative will deliver less than it promises, especially as the authority of the government is non-existent or weak in many parts of Iraq, and corruption is common among officials.

– barnabas team

Jailed for Jesus: Kentucky Clerk sent to the slammer for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples

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Kentucky ClerkU.S., September 3, 2015: A county clerk in Kentucky has been found guilty of contempt and sent to jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples due to her own religious objections.

Kim Davis, the clerk at Rowan County who garnered national attention for refusing to issue the marriage licenses, was found in contempt of court Thursday by U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning.

Bunning chose a prison sentence over a fine because he believed Davis, who makes $80,000 per year, would not comply with his order if given a fine, reported USA Today.

Bunning added that Davis will be released from prison once she has agreed to comply with the court order and proceed to issue marriage licenses.

Around one hundred protestors representing both sides of the marriage definition debate crowded outside the Ashland courthouse.

On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in Obergefell v. Hodges that state level bans on gay marriage violated the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Obergefell was the culmination of over a year of judicial rulings that struck down several state constitutional amendments passed by popular referenda.

Since the Supreme Court’s decision, many county clerks across the nation have either refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples or resigned from their posts.

In July, Davis refused to follow an order from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky demanding that she issue marriage licenses to gay couples.

During the appeals process for the legal action against her, Davis was eventually given a stay on the decision that expired on Monday. An attempt to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court failed.

“To issue a marriage license which conflicts with God’s definition of marriage, with my name affixed to the certificate, would violate my conscience,” stated Davis on Tuesday.

“It is not a light issue for me. It is a Heaven or Hell decision. For me it is a decision of obedience. I have no animosity toward anyone and harbor no ill will. To me this has never been a gay or lesbian issue. It is about marriage and God’s Word.”

– christian post

Can your answers match?

September 6, 2015 by  
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Question and the Answer given by Candidates,  they are IAS (Indian Administrative Services – THE most difficult examination in India . Candidates are graduate Officers now.

Q.How can you drop a raw egg onto a concrete floor without cracking it?
A. Concrete floors are very hard to crack! (UPSC Topper)

Q.If it took eight men ten hours to build a wall, how long would it take four men to build it?
A. No time at all it is already built. (UPSC 23 rd Rank Opted for IFS)

Q.If you had three apples and four oranges in one hand and fourapples and three oranges in the other hand, what would you have?
A. Very large hands.(Good one) (UPSC 11 Rank Opted for IPS)

Q. How can you lift an elephant with one hand?
A. It is not a problem, since you will never find an elephant with one hand. (UPSC Rank 14 Opted for IES)

Q. How can a man go eight days without sleep?
A. No Probs, He sleeps at night. (UPSC IAS Rank 98)

Q. If you throw a red stone into the blue sea what it will become?
A. It will Wet or Sink as simple as that. (UPSC IAS Rank 2)

Q. What looks like half apple?
A : The other half. (UPSC – IAS Topper )

Q. What can you never eat for breakfast?
A : Dinner.

Q. What happened when wheel was invented?
A : It caused a revolution.

Q.. Bay of Bengal is in which state?
A : Liquid (UPSC 33 R ank )

Interviewer said “I shall either ask you ten easy questions or one really difficult question.

Think well before you make up your mind!” The boy thought for a while and said, “my choice is one really difficult question.”

“Well, good luck to you, you have made your own choice! Now tell me this.

“What comes first, Day or Night?”

The boy was jolted in! to reality as his admission depends on the correctness of his answer, but he thought for a while and said, “It’s the DAY sir!”

“How” the interviewer asked,

“Sorry sir, you promised me that you will not ask me a SECOND difficult question!”

He was selected for IIM!

– fwd: ronald monteiro

Pastor Saeed Abedini’s wife pleads to meet with President of Iran in New York to discuss husband’s release

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Save my DaddyIran, September 4, 2015: Nagmeh Abedini, wife of American pastor Saeed Abedini who has been imprisoned in Iran for his Christian faith since 2012, has made an impassioned plea to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, when he travels to New York City later this month, in hopes to personally lobby the president for her husband’s freedom.

In a letter posted by the American Center for Law and Justice, which was sent to the Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations last month, Nagmeh Abedini highlighted the suffering of her family and the need to have her husband back home.

“… For the last three years, our family has greatly suffered in the absence of my husband and my children’s father. Saeed is currently being held in Rajaei Shahr prison in Gohardasht. Saeed is not a criminal. Saeed is not a threat to Iran or the stability of its government,” she wrote.

“Saeed is a husband and a father. Saeed is suffering from internal injuries incurred during his time in prison that Iranian doctors have indicated need surgery and hospitalization, but which he has not yet received,” she continued.

Citing the failed efforts of delegates of many nations, including the United States, to negotiate her husband’s release, Nagmeh then asked for a personal meeting with Rouhani.

“The purpose of the United Nations General Assembly is to facilitate discussion and decision-making that advances peace and security around the world. Yet, my husband remains in prison for nothing more than the peaceful exercise of his faith. Therefore, it is with the same spirit of diplomacy and decency that governs the annual session of the U.N. General Assembly that I respectfully request a meeting for myself and my legal counsel with President Rouhani, Foreign Minister Zarif, and yourself to discuss Saeed’s situation,” she wrote in her letter to Ambassador Gholam Ali Khoshroo.

World leaders will gather at the United Nations in New York City later this month for the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

In a CBN news interview in July, Nagmeh revealed that a few months into his imprisonment in Iran three years ago, her husband had a dream that he was out of prison celebrating his daughter, Rebecca’s, ninth birthday.

Rebecca turns 9 “in a few months,” she explained, and said at the time that she was looking to God to move on behalf of her husband.

“He [Saeed] hopes that he will be here for Rebecca’s ninth birthday. He mentioned to his father that the first few months of his imprisonment he’d been in solitary and he had a dream that he was here when Rebecca was not much older. He thought she was maybe 9. He had a dream about that and he’s really hoping that he would be here before she turns 9. If he misses her nineth birthday, he would have missed four birthdays, pretty much half my kids’ lifetime,” said Naghmeh Abedini.

The ACLJ also released the artwork of Rebecca and her brother, Jacob, pleading with Rouhani to release their father.

– christian post

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