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Moodubelle: Small Christian Communities (SCC) training programme held in Moodubelle - 3/9/2010

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Moodubelle, 09 March 2010: As  part of the Centenary Celebrations of the founding of St. Lawrence Parish in Moodubelle, the Parish Council under the able guidance of Fr. Joswey Fernandes, the parish priest, has chalked out a number of programmes throughout the Centenary Year. The journey of the pilgrim statue of St. Lawrence to different Wards of the parish is already in progress. In order to build up the parish community from the grass root level, that is the Ward, a training programme of the Small Christian Communities (SCC) was organised in the Parish Hall on Sunday, 7th March 2010 from 9 am to 1.30 pm. Rev. Fr. Gilbert D’Souza, the Director of the Small Christian Communities in the Mangalore Diocese was the chief resource person for this training programme.


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Mrs. Wilma Rodrigues (2005-2010)-the Outgoing Convener, Mr. Ignatius Monis-the New Convener of SCC

Following the 7.30 am Mass, around 200 parishioners from  22 Wards registered their names at the entrance of the hall and had breakfast. At about 9.15 am, the Holy Bible was brought in ceremonially and placed on a specially prepared table with respect and veneration. Meanwhile, the hymn in Hindi-“Vachan Tera Prabhu....” was sung with devotion. Henry Fernandes, the Vice President of the Parish Council read out a passage from the Gospel, thus commencing the training programme by meditating on the ‘Word of God’, which according to Fr. Gilbert D’Souza should be the centre of all our spiritual and social activities.

In his welcome address, Fr. Joswey Fernandes emphasised the fact that in the Centenary Year of the parish it is very important to strengthen the Small Christian Communities. He expressed his happiness that Fr. Gilbert D’Souza, an eminent preacher has come as the resource person to train the gurkars, representatives and other selected members of the wards. He further said that faith is the greatest gift of God and it is necessary to build this faith on strong foundation of the Small Christian Communities.

Fr. Gilbert DSouza explained the nature and scheme of the training programme and after some time the entire gathering was divided into 22 groups to discuss and find answers  to three basic questions: (1) The good things that have happened due to the Small Christian Communities.  (2) What developments are necessary for the Ward to become a family?  (3) What are the problems and doubts regarding the Small Christian Communities?

After discussing the issues mentioned above, the leaders of each of the 22 groups came out with verities of answers and queries which were presented before the gathering. Fr. Gilbert took up each and every query and tried to sort out the doubts and misgivings of the members. By quoting from the Holy Scriptures and with the help of the slides, Fr. Gilbert traced the growth of the Small Christian Communities from the beginning of the church and emphasised on the relevance of the teachings of Jesus Christ in building up modern Small Christian Communities. He said that rather than giving too much importance to outer observance of the faith, it is necessary to practice the teachings of Christ as found in the Holy Scriptures in our daily lives and towards our fellow human beings in the Wards in particular and in the parish in general.

Fr. Maxim DSouza read out another passage from the Old Testament and thereafter, the members were split in 22 groups  according to their respective wards. They were given a case paper which they had to read and find out the positive aspects in the incident that has been referred in the case paper and suggest what they can do to build up the Small Christian Community in their own Ward. Once again the members had fruitful discussion and came out with meaningful suggestions and action plans that they would take up in their own Wards during the year.

The parish priest, Fr. Joswey Fernandes made an announcement that as Mrs. Wilma Rodrigues has completed five years term as the Convener of the Small Christian Communities in the parish, Mr. Ignatius Monis would take her place as the Convener for the next term.

The entire programme was well organised by the Small Christian Community Animation Team of the Parish led by Sr. Hilda. Mrs. Hilda DSouza and Sr. Hilda anchored the entire programme in an excellent manner. At the end, Mrs. Meera Lobo, Secretary of the Parish Council proposed the vote of thanks. The training programme ended with  lunch.

On the whole, the participants in the Small Christian Communities Training Programme benefitted quite a lot  through the useful input that was provided by Fr. Gilbert DSouza and the  group discussions that were conducted which brought forth a number of new ideas and suggestions to strengthen and improve the Small Christian Communities in the parish especially during this Centenary Year of the foundation of the parish (1910)  dedicated to St. Lawrence.

 



Journalists union stages protests against attacks on media - 3/9/2010

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Mangalore: The recent attacks on the offices of 2 Kannada dailies is not just an attack on a particular newspaper, but on every person associated with the media, said Harish Rai, journalist and secretary of Press Club, speaking at a protest organized in front of the DC office on March 8, Wednesday, by the Dakshina Kannada Working Journalists’ Union against attacks on media personnel and property.

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Mr. Rai alleged that the police department has not yet taken any action against the offenders in spite of the DK Working Journalists’ Union having submitted a memorandum to IGP of Western Range Gopal Hosur and Superintendent of Police Dr. A Subrahmanyeshwar Rao immediately after the attacks on 2 Kannada dailies Kannada Prabha and Jayakirana.

The SP had assured that he would create special police teams to investigate the case. However, the identification of the offenders arrested by the police has been concealed from the media and not even an investigation has been conducted. The media, therefore, condemns this act of the police, he said.

The union then submitted a memorandum to DC. Besides condemning the attack on newspapers in its memorandum, the union also expressed its concern over the steady rise in the number of attacks on media personnel and organizations as well as the failure of the police department to investigate the issue. 


M'lore: Women's day celebrated through street plays - 3/9/2010

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Mangalore: By demonstrating street plays in different locations of Mangalore city, the students of Besant Women’s College celebrated the International womens day on March 8, 2010. 

 

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The Students in black dress tried to impart a comprehensive knowledge about women in the society, their life style and problems faced by them, through this street plays.  The astute performance of student’s was also passing the message of, how women’s are independently leading their life in the society.    


Apart from social life, their performance focused on major issues like women's trafficking, domestic violence, eve teasing etc.

 
The demonstration took place in five major places like District Commissioners office, Central market, PVS, SDM College and Besant Womens college.



'Hurt Locker' is best picture, wins six Oscars - 3/8/2010

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The gritty Iraq war drama won six trophies, with Kathryn Bigelow creating history by becoming the first woman director to win an Academy Award

The USD 16 million film about the travails of a US bomb disposal squad trounced James Cameron's Avatar to win the Best Film, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Editing, Sound Mixing and Sound Editing trophies. It was nominated in nine categories along with the sci-fi blockbuster.


Avatar, which was in a neck-and-neck race with The Hurt Locker, won three golden statuettes - for Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction and Visual Effects.

"It is a moment of lifetime. I am so honoured to be sitting in this extraordinary company of powerful filmmakers, who have inspired me. I would not be standing here but for Boal (writer) and the extraordinary cast and the technicians. I would like to dedicate this award to the women and men in the military and pray that they come home safe," said the 58-year-old Bigelow.

Only three women have ever been nominated in the Best Director category in 80-year-old history of the Academy.

The 82nd Academy Awards, which was held at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, had no surprises in the acting categories with favourites Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart) and Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side) winning the trophies for the Best Actor and Best Actress respectively.

Unlike last year, when Mumbai-based potboiler Slumdog Millionaire walked away with eight Oscars, including trophies for AR Rahman and Resul Pukutty, it was a blank for India this time. Kavi, a short Hindi film about modern day slavery in India, lost out to Danish film The New Tenants in the Short Film (Live Action) category.

Bridges, 60, who won his first Oscar for his portrayal of alcoholic country singer Bad Blake in Crazy Heart, beat off competition from Hollywood heartthrob George Clooney (Up In The Air), Morgan Freeman (Invictus), Jeremy Renner The Hurt Locker and Colin Firth (A Single Man).

"I would like to thank my mom and dad for this. I remember my mom taking me to the showbiz parties and dad giving me acting lessons. I am an extension of them and this award is an honour to them," said Bridges, who then went on to thank his director, cast and the crew as well as his wife of 33-years.

Bullock, also a first timer, took home the trophy for the Best Actress for her role as Leigh Anne Touhy in The Blind Side, a film about a feisty Southern homemaker, who changes the life of a troubled African American teenager. The 45-year-old actress beat off competition from veteran actress like Meryl Streep (Julie & Julia, Dame Helen Mirren (The Last Station) and newcomers Carey Mulligan (An Education), Gabourey Sidibe (Precious).

"Did I really earn this or did I just wear you all down? I would like to thank the Academy for allowing me in the last month to have the most incredible ride with rooms full of artists...," said Bullock, dedicating her award to moms across the world.

Actress Mo'Nique, who plays abusive mother in Precious, gave an emotional speech after winning the Best Supporting Actress trophy. "I thank the Academy for proving that it can be about performance and not the politics," said Mo'Nique.

The award for Best Supporting Actor went to Austrian Christoph Waltz for his role as Jew-slaying Nazi in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds.

Academy Awards 2010 winners

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds)

Best Animated Feature Film: Up (Directed by Pete Docter)

Best Original Song: "The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)" Music and Lyric by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett (Crazy Heart)

Best Original Screenplay: The Hurt Locker (Mark Boal)

Best Animated Short Film: Logorama (Directed by Nicolas Schmerkin)

Best Documentary Short: Music by Prudence (Roger Ross Williams and Elinor Burkett)

Best Live Action Short Film: The New Tenants (Joachim Back and Tivi Magnusson)

Best Makeup: Star Trek (Barney Burman, Mindy Hall and Joel Harlow)

Best Adapted Screenplay: Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire (Screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Mo'Nique (Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire)

Best Art Direction: Avatar (Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg – Art Direction; Kim Sinclair – Set Decoration)

Best Costume Design: The Young Victoria (Sandy Powell)

Best Sound Editing: The Hurt Locker (Paul N.J. Ottosson)

Best Sound Mixing: The Hurt Locker (Paul N.J. Ottosson and Ray Beckett)

Best Cinematography: Avatar (Mauro Fiore)

Best Original Score: Up (Michael Giacchino)

Best Visual Effects: Avatar (Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham and Andrew R. Jones)

Best Documentary Feature: The Cove (Louie Psihoyos and Fisher Stevens)

Best Film Editing: The Hurt Locker (Bob Murawski and Chris Innis)

Best Foreign Language Film: The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos) Argentina (Directed by Juan Jose Campanella)

Best Actor in a Leading Role: Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart)

Best Actress in a Leading Role: Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side)

Best Film: Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker)


M'lore: We must fight for religion: Ravindra Kamath - 3/8/2010

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Mangalore:Religion is the strength of a nation; therefore, we must fight for religion, said Ravindra Kamath, the spokesperson of Dharmashakti Sena, speaking at the Hindu Dharma Jagruthi Meet held at Nehru Maidan on March 7, Sunday.


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He said that Hindu leaders have been killed in Karnataka and Kerala because they worked for the sake of their religion, adding that around 8 lakh people are getting converted in India. He also said that the jehadis who are trying to convert Hindustan to Pakistan as well as various politicians are mainly responsible for this. He added that Dharmashakti Sena is working hard to build self-confidence in the people so that they can fight for their religion.


Shri Basavalinga Shivacharya Swamiji of Brahman Mutt, Shiradhana Halli, Hassan inaugurated the meet and released the book, Family, Society, and Religion.


Sangeetha Prabhu of Ranaragini said that, although modern women have reached the highest positions in the world, they are still abused and harassed in many ways. She said that 8 Hindu girls go missing everyday and added that love jehad is the reason for this.


She said that Muslim girls are learning to use rifles and swords while Hindu girls waste their time taking up courses such as modeling, fashion designing, and beautician. She urged Hindu girls to remember that only weapons can be used in times of danger, not any of the above-mentioned courses.


Lakshmeesh Gabbaladka said that Muslim parents have their children trained in using weapons for terrorist activities, but Hindu parents are not willing to enroll their children in the military to protect the nation, which is why one is now faced with the danger of losing the nation.


Mohan Gowda of Hindu Jana Jagruthi also spoke on the occasion. Sri Karunyasagara Dasa, the president of ISKON, Mangalore; Mayor Rajani Dugganna; Deputy Mayor Rajendra  Kumar; Padmanabha Kottari, the president of the district unit of BJP, and Nitin Kumar, the vice president; Ramesh Nayak of Hindu Jana Jagruthi Samithi; Poovappa Moolya and Kumar Malemar of Sri Ram Sena also participated in the programme.


Mudarangady: Sunday Catechism Day observed. - 3/8/2010

Report & pics by William Mendonca

Sunday, 7th March 2010 was observed and celebrated as the Sunday Catechism Day in St. Francis Xavier Church, Kenha-Mudarangady.  Children who had secured I, II, and III places in classes I to X and PUC I & PUC II in the catechism examination were honoured and were given prizes as encouragement.  Children who had secured first rank in Xth VIIth Std. in the Annual Diocesan Catechism Examination were also honoured and were given certificates and prizes.  All the prizes were distributed through Sr. Jyothi.









Mudarangady: Foundation stone was laid to Presbytery (Vicar's residence). - 3/8/2010

Report & pics by William Mendonca

The along term dream of the parish appears to be coming true.  The foundation stone for Vicar's residence was laid by Very Rev.Dr. Baptist Menezes, Episcopal Vicar of Udupi, on Sunday, 7th March 2010 at 9:45 a.m. A large number of people gathered at the site to bear witness to the short but sweet ceremony.









M'lore: Annual Jathra of Mangaladevi Temple Begins - 3/7/2010

DWMangalore: The five-day annual jathra of Mangaladevi temple commenced on Friday March 5.  The festivities of the historic temple drew a large number of devotees to the temple square.


The temple situated at Bolar has influenced the name and importance of Mangalore. The name Mangalore is derived from Goddess Mangaladevi, the main deity of the temple.





















The bright lights that illumined the temple were a special attraction. Men, women, children and youth participated in the festivities with zeal and religious fervour.



Mumbai: Rahul Mahajan weds Dimpy Ganguly in 'Reality' - 3/7/2010

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Mumbai,March 07: Rahul Mahajan's hunt for a perfect bride on TV is over as the reality show star picked Bengali girl Dimpy Ganguly to tie the knot in true Bollywood style.

 

 

Mahajan, who has had a troubled past with drug abuse charges and an acrimonious marriage and divorce from childhood friend Shweta Singh, hopes that it is a happily ever after for him.

Mahajan chose 21-year-old Dimpy, a model and dancer, over Nikunj Malik, 25, and Harpreet Chhabra, 20, on reality TV show ’Rahul Dulhaniya Le Jayega’ broadcast by NDTV Imagine.

 

 

Rahul decided to go ahead with his wedding despite the recent death of his uncle Praveen Mahajan, who was convicted for killing his politician father Pramod Mahajan in 2006.

The Bengali-style wedding was held in a luxurious Mumbai suburban hotel on Saturday night and the couple wore outfits designed by famous fashion designers Ashley Rebello, Neeta Lulla and Vikram Phadnis.

Rahul (34), who is facing drug abuse charges, had requested a Delhi court for releasing his passport so that his wife and he could spend their honeymoon in the Maldives.

It's a great feeling. I am both excited and nervous. I really believe marriages are made in heaven and this time Ill give whatever I have to make my wife happy. It is going to be happily ever after, he had said. Dimpy, who was a favourite due to her crackling chemistry with Rahul, said she was always confident of being ’Mrs. Mahajan’ as she knows how to handle the media better than the other contestants.







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Rahul Mahajan`s newlywed wife Dimpy Ganguly, whom he married on a highly-watched and much talked about reality show, wants her husband to pursue a political career like his father, late Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Pramod Mahajan, rather than be in show business.

I really want him (Rahul) to pursue a political career, Dimpy told reporters here Saturday night after exchanging wedding vows with Rahul on ‘Rahul Dulhaniya Le Jayega’.

To this, 35-year-old Rahul said: Ill first manage my home and once that is settled, Ill manage the country.

Rahul has earlier participated in reality show ‘Bigg Boss’ too.

Dimpy, 21, is a model and actress by profession. She pipped other finalists Nikunj Malik, 25 and Harpreet, 21, apart from over 16,500 applicants from across the country to be Rahuls wife. And the Bengali lass says she will continue to work after marriage as well.

Rahul doesnt want me to be a housewife. So Ill work. But I dont know yet what I will be doing, said Dimpy, who was sporting a red wedding outfit designed by Neeta Lulla, the traditional `mangal sutra` in her neck and vermillion on her forehead.

Rahul had vowed to marry a girl on national TV and he kept his promise by doing so with the Kolkata-based girl, despite the recent death of his uncle Praveen Mahajan, who was convicted for killing his politician father Pramod Mahajan in 2006.

The duo will be registering their marriage Tuesday in Bandra here.

Rahuls mother Rekha Mahajan was present during the lavish wedding and blessed the couple. His father`s photograph was also placed at the marriage venue.

Dimpys family members as well as several TV celebrities attended the glitzy event at the Leela Kempinski Hotel here




Australia investigates Indian toddler's death - 3/7/2010

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Gurshan Singh disappeared from a house in Melbourne

Police in Australia's south-eastern state of Victoria are investigating the possible murder of a three-year old Indian boy.

Gurshan Singh was reported missing by his parents who were holidaying in the Melbourne area.

His body was later found by the side of a road about 30km (19 miles) away from the house he was staying in.

Officials have warned against jumping to conclusions, after several racist attacks on Indians in the past year.

Deputy police commissioner Sir Ken Jones said the cause of death had not been determined, but that police were treating the incident as a homicide.

Sir Ken said he had assured India that police would do everything possible to find out what happened.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said there was "nothing worse, than the brutal murder of a little child".

"The death of any little child causes everyone in this country to stop, pause, think, reflect," he said.

"The authorities are investigating it, we are confident the authorities will get to the bottom of it."

'Personally distressing'

Gurshan Singh, who was visiting from Punjab in northern India, disappeared from a house in the north of Melbourne early on Thursday afternoon.

About six hours after his disappearance, a council worker found a body at the side of a road which police said matched the boy's description.

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Attacks on the Indian community have provoked street protests

Victoria state premier John Brumby said he found the killing "personally distressing" but urged people not to presume any motive.

"What has occurred is an unthinkable tragedy. It's deeply, deeply distressing," he told reporters.

"There are no visible signs of the cause of death at this stage... but I think it's very important that no-one jumps to conclusions," he added.

The boy, whose mother was studying in Australia, had been in the country for about six weeks.

His death comes as Foreign Minister Stephen Smith has been trying to improve relations with India, a major export market, after a series of alleged race attacks.

The latest known attack was in January when Nitin Garg, 21, was stabbed to death as he walked to work at a burger restaurant.

The foreign minister had earlier acknowledged that some of the attacks, which prompted street protests last year, were racially motivated.

Earlier, senior officials and police had denied this.

Last month, thousands of Australians visited Indian restaurants for a Vindaloos Against Violence campaign, aimed at showing solidarity with the 450,000-strong community.


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