Police complaint against Catholic school for students’ deaths

The school authorities have demanded a judicial probe into the matter.

2ud October 2012

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By ucanews.com reporter, Shimla
Shimla:Police have filed a complaint against a Catholic school in northern India for allegedly driving two of its students to suicide.

The police action came yesterday evening, a week after the bodies of Nancy Thakur and Sakshi Thakur (no relation), both 11 years old, of the Jesus and Mary Convent were found near a cliff in Sanjauli in Shimla, capital of Himachal Pradesh.

“There is no doubt that the girls were under mental pressure. We are investigating the incident from every angle,” Parveer Thakur, deputy superintendent of police, told ucanews.com today.

He said that they were waiting for the postmortem report and can elaborate the case only after that.

Earlier, police had said that the girls appeared to have been run over by some vehicle.

School Principal Shyma Jose said that the grade 6 students were allegedly caught passing notes to each other during a test on Sept. 24 and were found dead later in the day.

“The notes are with police now and I do not know the content,” Jose said.

She said that the class teacher whose name has figured out in the incident has “withdrawn until the police investigation is over.”

The school authorities have demanded a judicial probe into the matter.

“The whole school is aggrieved and distressed. We are ready for any inquiry into it, even a judicial probe,” Jose said.

However, the parents of the deceased alleged that the girls were tortured by their class teacher over some issue and the two were made to stand outside the class before the incident took place.

They also accused the police of slow and tardy investigation.

Rajender Thakur, father of Nancy, alleged that police officials were buckled under political pressure as children of some of these high profile people are studying in the school.

“The confession of the class teacher that she has hit the girls is prima facie enough evidence to take action against her,” he said.

The deaths have triggered protest marches and candlelight vigils in the city demanding action against the school management.

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Pope greets Lata Mangeshkar on birthday

Pope’s greeting named her as ‘Lata Deenanath Mangeshkar.’

Posted on October 2, 2012, 8:22 AM

Lata Mangeshkar


Pope Benedict XVI has extended his greetings to the nightingale of India Lata Mangeshkar on her birthday.

“It was a very pleasant surprise. The Pope is the most prominent and revered leader of the Catholic Church. To hear from him on my birthday was not just expected, it was a rare privilege,” said Mangeshkar, feeling honored.

She said that the pope’s greeting named her as ‘Lata Deenanath Mangeshkar’.

“Not many people address me with my father’s name. That felt good. I am proud to be known as Master Deenanath Mangeshkar’s daughter,” she added.

Mangeshkar, who is fondly known as didi (elder sister), was born on Sept. 28, 1929. She is the eldest of her other four siblings.

Close family members were present on the dinner hosted by the legendary singer’s niece Rachana Shah to celebrate the day last week.

“There were about 60 of us. Didi and Ashatai spent the whole evening chatting and joking around,” said one of the family members.

Mangeshkar is the second vocalist to have ever been awarded the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honour.

Source: times of India

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English: Autograph of Lata Mangeshkar

Autograph of Lata Mangeshkar              (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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‘Tallest’ statue of Jesus Christ in India unveiled

 It has been made out of a mixture of fibre, wax and resin.

Posted on October 1, 2012, 6:35 PM


A Jesus Christ statue, measuring 33.5 feet tall and billed as the tallest in the country, has been unveiled in Thiruvananthapuram.

Major Archbishop Mar Baselios Cleemis Catholicos of the Syro-MAlankara Church unveiled the statue Saturday.

The pristine white-colour figure of Christ with arms spread has been placed on top of a car porch of Mar Baselios College of Engineering and Technology in the city.

Premachandran, the sculptor of the statue, said that it has been made out of a mixture of fibre, wax and resin and given a marble finish.

About 30 workers toiled hard in the last 35 days to complete the work, he added.

The total cost of the construction of the statue is 1.5 million.

The eyes of the statue will light up in the dark as imported radium is painted on it.

According to the college authorities, the statue weighs around three tonnes.

Premachandran said that the statue was built as a memorial on the request of the parents of one Midhun Markose, a former student of the college who died in a road accident.

The statue is taller than the Christ statue unveiled recently in Bangalore that is 29 feet.

Source: ibnlive.in.com, hindustantimes.com

Tallest Statue Of Jesus Christ In India Unveiled
Jesus Christ Morningstar

Jesus Christ Morningstar                     (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Prelate calls on youth to lead the nation



More than 2,000 youth took part in the three-day convention held at the Most Holy Redeemer Church premises in the city.



Photo of the last graduation ceremony for the ...

Photo of the last graduation ceremony for the high school to be held in the Most Holy Redeemer Church Sanctuary (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Posted on October 1, 2012, 8:26 AM


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Bishop Henry D’Souza of Bellary called on the youth to be effective leaders and help build the nation.

“Let go of inhibitions and differences caused by caste and religion. To bring change in the world, one has to change from within,” the prelate said.

He was speaking at the inauguration of Yuvajanotsava (youth festival) 2012 in Belthangady Friday.

More than 2,000 youth took part in the three-day convention held at the Most Holy Redeemer Church premises in the city.

The eighth Karnataka Regional Catholic convention was based on the theme “Transformed by faith – Transforming the World: Networking – Human Dignity – Employability – Caring for earth.”

The bishop said that many Catholics who have reached great heights are proud of their identity and are happily associate themselves with church and its activities.

He also said that there is a need to protect environment and lead a clean and healthy life.

Fr. Faustine L. Lobo, Pontifical Mission Societies National Director, lamented that today youths are facing different challenges and many remain absent from the society and world due to tight working schedules.

“The routine of the youth has changed and they neglect spiritual activities,” he added.

The convention began with a flag hoisting ceremony by Bishop Lawrence Mukkuzhy of Belthangady.

Bishop G. Mar Divannasios of Puttur and Fr. Franklin D’Souza, secretary of the youth office of Catholic Bishops Conference of India.

Source: deccanherald.com


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