Father C. M. Paul SDB receives the Prestigious John Barrett Award for the BEST REPORTER of the South Asia Religious News 2007-2008

KOLKATA, India – The Salesians of South Asia region, both staff and students at the Salesian University felicitated Fr. C. M. Paul who received the prestigious John Barrett Award for the BEST REPORTER of the South Asia Religious News 2007-2008.

The award named after Jesuit founder of the Indian Catholic Press Association (ICPA) was given in absentia at the 14th National Journalists conference held in Bangalore 12 May. Thirty one Salesians were present at the UPS gathering, 26 May, which also welcomed the new regional Fr Maria Arokiam and bid farewell to fellow students who would complete their studies in June and return to their provinces. Continue reading

Tamils are massacred in Allaipiddy and Vaharai in Srilanka

Tamils in Srinlanka are massacred

ALLAIPIDDY, Srilanka – Tamils in Srilanka are targeted and massacred by the Srilankan government. All kinds of torture are imposed on these people. Every day Srilankan army is making Tamils as refugees in their homeland. So far one lakh people have been killed. Among them eighty thousand are civilians. The international countries are raising voice against Srilanka. United national council also condemns the inhuman activities done against Tamils. Continue reading

Independent Tribunal hears on Kandhamal Violence

KANDHAMAL, Orissa – The four-member Independent Tribunal consisting of eminent jurists Justice Hospet Suresh, Justice Kolse Patil [both former High Court judges], Director General of Police [retired], Gujarat, Mr. R. B. Sreekumar and Ms Teesta Setalvad, the noted Human rights activist, returned from Kandhamal on the evening of 16th May 2008 after extensive Public hearings in the district between 13 and 15 May 2008.  Justice Suresh left for Mumbai early, but Justice Kolse presided over a press conference also addressed by Ms Teesta Setalvad and Mr. R B Sreekumar at Swosti Hotel in Bhubaneswar today. The Tribunal did not issue a written statement, but made oral preliminary remarks and said the Interim report will be prepared and questionnaires sent to the State and Central Government authorities for their comments and responses before the final report was made public.

The following are excerpts from the typescript of the Press conference:

Justice Kolse Patil: We have been going places through the country where there is human rights violations and prejudice. We were requested by Ms Teesta Setalvad and we have been to Kandhamal for the Independent Tribunal. We have practically visited most affected villages, tried to talk to victims personally, and we also invited them for giving evidence before the Tribunal.  We have recorded the evidence. Continue reading

Madhu Limaye describes What RSS is.

INDIA – I entered political life in 1937. I was quite young then but as I had passed my matriculation examination at a relatively early age, I also entered college quite early. Quite active in Pune in those days were the RSS and the Savarkarites (followers of Vinayak Damodar Savarkar) on the one hand and nationalist, socialist and leftist political organisations on the other. On May 1, 1937 we took out a march to observe May Day. The marchers were attacked by the RSS and Savarkarites when, among others, the well-known revolutionary Senapati Bapat and our socialist leader, SM Joshi, were injured. We have had serious differences with these Hindutva organisations ever since. Continue reading

The Salesian Pontifical University (UPS) conferred honoris causa doctorate in Youth Pastoral Theology on Patriarch Karekin II

ROME, Italy – The Salesian Pontifical University (UPS) conferred honoris causa doctorate in Youth Pastoral Theology on Patriarch Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians, at a ceremony held at the university`s Paul VI Hall, May 7. It marked the patriarch`s official visit to the Vatican and Pope Benedict XVI along with his entourage of 18 bishops of the Catholicosate of all Armenians and a group of 75 Armenian Apostolic faithful.

Art Works of Adivasi in Jharkhand are exhibited on May 22

ROME, Italy – An evening exhibition of Art Works of Adivasi Community in Jharkhand  will be on May 22 at 06.30. It will be worth visiting. It has been iniated by the Jesuits and an Italian Madam Daniela Bezzi who has personally visited Jharkhand many times and has contributed to this Art Exhibition. It will be a nice opportunity  to see and know the Heritage of India.

Museo Pigorini, Piazza Marconi 14, Roma. You can take Metro B, fermata Eur Palasport (Five minutes’ walking distance from there)