India remembers the missionary Graham Staines on Martyrs' Day
by Nirmala Carvalho
The Global Council of Indian Christians organised a meeting during which the latest figures on anti-Christian persecution were presented. In 2012, 135 attacks were recorded across the country. The Australian missionary and his two sons died at the hands of Hindu extremists on 23 January 1999.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted on 10 December 1948. The date has since served to mark Human Rights Day worldwide. The High Commissioner for Human Rights, as the main UN rights official, and her Office play a major role in coordinating efforts for the yearly observance of Human Rights Day. The day commemorates the work of human rights organizations and all those people with consistent efforts and defend the human rights worldwide.
Sampigehally, Anekal, Bangalore: 01-10-2012 - Child Development Centre is a human development programme on the lines of the Gospel teaching that every Christian should carry his love to the last and the least in the society. The programme was started by Pastor Devanand Samuel who is an active member of the Karnataka Evangelical Association and this programme is going on during the last 15 years. Its main office is situated at Dodda Gubbi in Karnataka. Simultaneously, he also started a branch of the Centre to extend this service to the orphans and the destitute in addition to the marginalized section of our society in Sampigehally village in Anekal Taluk near Bannerghatta, Bangalore.
This selfless service In Sampigehally is being also carried on during the last 15 years, and they have put up their own building and they also have a church under the KEA. Brother Reuben is in charge of the Centre at Sampigehally and about 300 children visit their Centre after school hours and spend an hour and a half between 4.30 -6.00 pm every evening. Apart from giving free tuition and coaching the children in subjects in which they are weak, they are also taught how to be hygienic and clean since most of the children are very poor and backward and nobody teaches them even the basic needs of human life. The evening ends with a simple meal before the children are sent back to their respective homes. This service has been greatly applauded by one and all in the village during all these years as this was being done to all the village children, regardless of their caste, creed or religion.
The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday expressed serious displeasure over the reported statement by Archbishop of Bangalore Bernard Moras on State Government’s decision to reduce the extent of land leased to Sumanahalli Society, a leprosy care centre, when the matter is sub-judice.A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Vikramajit Sen and Justice B.V. Nagarathna criticised the Archbishop as well as the media reports on his statements.“Has he [Archbishop] become a legal expert? He has no business to speak on the issue [pending before the Court]. Shall we issue contempt notice…” the Bench orally asked when counsel for one of the petitioners, who has filed Public Interest Litigation (PIL) petition challenging diversion of land belonging to Central Relief Centre (commonly known as Beggars’ Colony) to the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA), informed the Bench about the media reports.