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Human Rights Day Message – 2012

On Human Rights Day, 10 December, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights proffers to the international community the message of Inclusion and the right to participate in public life. The highlights of the message are: everybody has the right to have their voice heard and to have a role in making the decisions that shape their communities; fulfillment of the right to participate in public life is fundamental to the functioning of a democratic society and an effective human rights protection system; participation and inclusion are critical in the development and implementation of durable, workable policy solutions.

Jagruti Pandya & Shweta Bhatt Women of Courage

The tale of two women who have taken on Modi
Source: THE HINDU Dec 10, 2012


Six-hour-long Hindi film on Jesus CHRISTAYAN


A six-hour-long film on Jesus in Hindi, directed by Divine Word Father Geo George, was released in Indore on Dec. 2. Heworked seven years on it with a team of some 200 amateur actors and technical staff.
Most part of the film was made in Madhya Pradesh but the team of actors had to visit 10 states including the northeastern part of India. The team of over 200 people included scientists, professors, doctors, teachers, social activists, farmers, atheists, students, media persons, priests and religious sisters.

Support for Ban of US Visa to Modi

USA, December 4, 2012: Twenty-five members of US House of Representatives have urged the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to continue the visa ban on Gujarat’s chief minister Narendra Modi. Signatory to the letter included John Conyers, Trent Franks, James Moran, Michael Honda, Bill Pascrell, Barbara Lee, Edward Markey, Jim Jordan, Dan Burton, Michael Capuano and Dough Lamborn.
Full letter:
The Honorable Hillary Clinton
Secretary of State, U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20520
Dear Secretary Clinton:

Section 66A of the Information Technology Act INDIA

Section 66A says: “Any person who sends by means of a computer resource or a communication device any information that is grossly offensive or has menacing character; or any information which he knows to be false, but for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience, danger, obstruction, insult, injury, criminal intimidation, enmity, hatred, or ill-will, persistently makes by making use of such computer resource or a communication device, any electronic mail or electronic mail message for the purpose of causing annoyance or inconvenience or to deceive or to mislead the addressee or recipient about the origin of such messages shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years and with fine.”

How much does it cost to get fitted out as a cardinal?

How much does it cost to get fitted out as a cardinal?




When a bishop is created a cardinal, they stop wearing the violet coloured garments they donned previously and replace these with red coloured ones. Tailors prepare a list of all the garments and accessories cardinals will need.

Here are the current prices for items prepared by Rome’s most renowned tailor, Gammarelli, which has traditionally been the Pope’s tailor.


Corruption in India

In Vinod Rai we trust

India’s unlikely anti-graft tsar speaks his mind
Aug 11th 2012


He is Vinod Rai, and unlike Mr Hazare he is not famous. His title evokes merely tedium—the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG).
Mr Rai gamely details the many good works of his organisation, which employs 45,000 folk, most of them checking the book-keeping and compliance processes of the public sector. But in truth that is no longer the main event.



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