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06/01/2015 INDIA
After claiming 1,700 victims deadly heat wave ends in India
by Nirmala Carvalho
Pre-monsoon rains are expected by the end of this week. Varanasi Priest speaks of "human tragedy", which mainly hit the poorest in the country. Because of the high temperatures, many are too weak to work and also risk of starvation.
Mumbai (AsiaNews) - the heat wave that, in the last two weeks, has killed more than 1,700 people in India is beginning to loosen its grip. In Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, where the temperature  hit over 45 degrees, clouds have begun to gather for the past three...

06/01/2015 INDIA
Narendra Modi will be the first Prime Minister of India to visit Israel
India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj made the announcement today. The trip could take place this year. India and Israel have had economic and diplomatic relations for over 20 years, with bilateral trade estimated at US$ 4.39 billion.
05/29/2015 INDIA
Criticism of Modi forbidden: University expels a student club
The Ambedkar Periyar Student Circle (APSC) is accused of "spreading hatred" against the Prime Minister criticizing his policies and the ongoing reconversions to Hinduism. An anonymous complaint from radical Hindus triggered the expulsion. The study group is inspired by the ideas of the Dalit BR Ambedkar, one of the "founding fathers" of India.
05/28/2015 INDIA
India: promises and realities of Modi’s Nationalist government (one year on)
by Nirmala Carvalho
Wada Na Todo Abhiyan (Wnta), a network of over 400 voluntary organizations all over the country, has compiled a report on the first 12 months in office of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). Many campaigns and development programs have been launched, but with little effect on the population. Concerns over cuts to education and healthcare sector, areas crucial to the future of new generations. Increased violence against religious and social minorities.
05/26/2015 INDIA
Bosco’s story or “the gift of sobriety through the mantle of Mary’s love”
by Bosco Pereira
Son of good Catholic parents, he started drinking at the age of 17. Alcohol took away his family, work, friends, and a girlfriend until he met Brother Cyril, who ran the Mary’s Clan rehab centre at the Basilica of Our Lady of Mount (Bandra). Bosco is now married, with two children and taken over the centre. "God doesn’t always promise you the things that you have lost, but definitely promises you all things new and beautiful."

05/25/2015 INDIA
Odisha: Christian minister imprisoned on (false) accusations of forced conversions
by Nirmala Carvalho
Rev Timothy Chaitanya Murmu, from the Pentecostal community in the village of Manohar, has been in jail for four days. He is "guilty" of baptising 16 tribal people. For the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), he was arrested because of a “legal technicality”.
05/22/2015 INDIA
For Catholic Church, “mining threatens India’s tribal peoples”
by Shafique Khokhar
In Odisha, the Office for Justice, Peace and Development of the Catholic Bishops' Conference looked at the effects of heavy mining on indigenous communities. For an Adivasi leader, “tribal cultures die when their peoples are forced to leave their lands."
05/22/2015 CHINA – ASIA
Beijing and Delhi to lead Asian ‘super bank’
A consensus has emerged from a meeting of the lender’s founding members. To avoid undue European influence, Asian members have accepted that China’s share of the bank’s capitalisation will be between 25 and 30 per cent with India as second largest shareholder. Germany will be represented on the bank’s board of directors.
05/21/2015 INDIA
For Mumbai vicar, Aruna teaches us the value of every life
by Nirmala Carvalho
For Mgr Agnelo Gracias, the woman who spent 42 years of his life in a coma is not the face of euthanasia. Hospital nurses who cared for her are the "real heroines". The wife of a great-grandnephew said the family was against ending life support.
05/21/2015 INDIA
Maharashtra: beef ban "subjugates Christians, Muslims and Dalits"
This was stated by an AsiaNews source , anonymous for security reasons. State farmers, tanners and other workers demanding the repeal of the law banning the sale and consumption of beef. The ban has affected about 10.5 million people who depend on this trade.
05/20/2015 CARITAS - INDIA
Caritas India: Organic farming to counter rising famer suicides
In 2014 at least 1,109 farmers took their lives: 986 in Maharashtra alone. Workers go into debt to buy fertilizers and pesticides, but the crops fail and they cannot repay the bills. The Executive Director Fr. Frederick D'Souza speaks to AsiaNews about the Catholic Charity’s response to the emergency.
05/19/2015 INDIA
Mumbai Doctor: Aruna Shanbaug was a witness to life and dignity, to the very end
by Nirmala Carvalho
After 42 years in coma the nurse died yesterday in Mumbai from pneumonia. Her story sparked the debate on euthanasia in India, which was legalized in 2011 in a "passive" form (interruption of treatments necessary for survival). The staff who in recent years cared for her "with boundless tenderness and sincere charity, promoting a society of true compassion and justice for all."
05/19/2015 SOUTH KOREA - INDIA
Modi arrives in Seoul to build "a strategic axis" in East Asia
After his state visit to China and Mongolia, the Indian Prime Minister arrives on the Korean Peninsula and negotiates with President Park for a free trade agreement, to be signed by June 2016. The "Blue House" promises India 10 billion dollars in infrastructure and "hopes" for greater cooperation between the two nations.
05/18/2015 INDIA
One year of Modi government: "Hate Speech" to eliminate religious minorities
by Ram Puniyani
Hindu nationalists and radical leaders use "love jihad" and "Ghar Wapsi" propaganda to divide society. They feel "entitled" because the Bharatiya Janata Party is in government. Hindu nationalist: "Mosques should be converted into pig dens". The analysis of Ram Puniyani, president of the Center for Study of Society and Secularism in Mumbai, on how radicalized Indian politics has become, a year after the election of Narendra Modi.
05/18/2015 CHINA – INDIA
Deals worth US$ 22 billion do not end the China-India rivalry
Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping sign 26 economic agreements during the Indian Prime Minister’s visit to Beijing. Analysts and experts downplay Chinese state media’s positive spin. The Himalayan region, the new Silk Road and the Indian Ocean are still the basis of structural “problems and mistrust between both sides”.

Altri articoli
05/17/2015 VATICAN
Pope: We and the four new saints, witnesses of the Resurrection "where forgetfulness of God and human disorientation are most evident "
05/16/2015 INDIA
Chhattisgarh: government official forbids missionaries to be called "father" by Nirmala Carvalho
05/14/2015 CHINA – INDIA
Narendra Modi in China to reduce India’s trade deficit with China
05/14/2015 INDIA
A centre for disabled children run by Augustinian nuns attacked in Madhya Pradesh by Nirmala Carvalho
05/13/2015 INDIA
Madhya Pradesh: Hindu radicals attack three churches by Nirmala Carvalho
05/13/2015 INDIA
The Churches of Asia join the vigil for persecuted Christians by Card. Oswald Gracias
05/11/2015 INDIA
Thirteen people convicted of mutilating Christian professor by Nirmala Carvalho
05/10/2015 VATICAN
For pope, written in our hearts with the fire of the Spirit, Jesus’ love generates wonders every day
05/08/2015 INDIA – NEPAL
Card Cleemis reiterates Indian Church’s service to Nepal earthquake victims by Santosh Digal
British Chinese and Bangladeshis celebrate as they get their first MPs in the British parliament
After 41 years, India and Bangladesh settle land dispute by Nozrul Islam
05/07/2015 INDIA - NEPAL
Indian Jesuit: The earthquake victims in Nepal are devastated, but never defeated by Prakash Louis sj
05/06/2015 INDIA
For social activist, the Indian government should open its eyes to the violence against religious minorities by Nirmala Carvalho
05/04/2015 INDIA
Madhya Pradesh: Government bans Christian gathering on "law and order" concerns by Nirmala Carvalho
Editor's choices
Pope: We and the four new saints, witnesses of the Resurrection "where forgetfulness of God and human disorientation are most evident "Francis proclaims four religious sisters saints: one French, one Italian, two Palestinians: Maria Alfonsina Danil Ghattas, the foundress of the Sisters of the Rosary, and the Carmelite Maria of Crucified Jesus (nee Maria Bawardy). Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority present. "Abiding in Christ" and cultivating “unity among us" are essential signs of witness. Maria Bawardy, "instrument of encounter and communion with the Muslim world".
Nepal earthquake: Church and international community coming to the aid of survivorsThe Italian Bishops’ Conference has pledged € 3 million in emergency medical assistance. The South Korean Church has allocated funds for the displaced. India, Pakistan and China are already on the ground. A Chinese airline has hiked ticket fares to evacuate its nationals. Israel is selective in its help, airlifting 25 children of surrogate mothers and gay couples.
Top 10
05/30/2015 ASIA
More and bloodier wars in world: 180 thousand victims in 2014
05/31/2015 VATICAN
Pope: In the Trinity lies the ultimate goal of our earthly pilgrimage
05/29/2015 VATICAN
Pope: New Evangelization, address the "great challenges" of our time with a "renewed" language and bearing witness to the faith
05/28/2015 IRAQ - IRAN
Patriarch of Baghdad: Iran’s Chaldeans, "light, salt and leaven" in the Church of Persia
by Louis Raphael I Sako*
05/30/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Euthanasia and abortion, attacks on human life equal to war and terrorism
05/27/2015 CHINA – VATICAN
As the parish priest at Baoding’s Mary Queen of China Church is arrested, another Catholic altar is demolished
05/28/2015 CHINA - RUSSIA
Moscow wants to "restore" Russian sites and monuments in Northeast China
by Nina Achmatova
05/28/2015 TIBET - CHINA
Tibet, mother of two dies after setting herself on fire to protest Chinese repression
05/29/2015 VATICAN
Pope: God help us not to be selfish or profiteers, but to have a "life of faith" that "works wonders"
05/27/2015 HONG KONG
The Missionaries of Charity see the poor as benefactors, thanks to them they can serve Jesus


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