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 An Independent Clergy & Laity Partnership Initiative Issue: No 2028   19-07-2014 
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Isaiah 41:10

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”


Pope Francis to visit Pentecostal Church in Italy

Pope Francis to visit Pentecostal Church in Italy
Italy, July 16, 2014: Pope Francis will pay a brief “private visit” to the Italian church of a Pentecostal pastor he knew from Argentina, a Vatican spokesman has said. The visit to the Evangelical Church of Reconciliation in Caserta, about 130 miles south of Rome, “is under study and likely would take place July 26″, …
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Bangalore rapes: nun trainee becomes fourth victim

Bangalore rapes: nun trainee becomes fourth victim
Bangalore, July 18, 2014: A 16-year-old girl undergoing training to become a Catholic nun was gangraped Thursday night in Bangalore, southern India. This was the fourth rape case that came to light in the capital city of Karnataka state in the past one week. The novice of the Sisters of the Nativity Convent has been …
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Persecution in UP, MP & Chhattisgarh – EFI

Persecution in UP, MP & Chhattisgarh – EFI
UP: Sunday Worship Attacked, Christians Beaten up On 6 July in Saraia ( Madiyahun, Jaunpur ), Hindu extremists attacked a church Sunday worship meeting after they submitted a police complaint against the Christians and threatened that they would stage a protest in front of a church if there is another Sunday worship meeting in the …
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Meghalaya starts action against Satan worship

Meghalaya starts action against Satan worship
Shillong, July 16, 2014: Meghalaya government has started a series of steps to curb the reported increase in ‘Satan worship’ in the predominantly Christian state, media reports say. The cult is particularly troubling Garo Hills, the government has started spreading of awareness against the cult, especially among the youth, the Times of India reported. According …
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Nuns attacked at convent in northern Bangladesh

Nuns attacked at convent in northern Bangladesh
Bangladesh, July 16, 2014: Last week dozens of armed men broke into a convent in northern Bangladesh, beating a group of nuns at a small mission. “The attack was massive and lasted about an hour and a half. The attackers brutally beat the nuns … the convent was seriously devastated,” Bishop Sebastian Tudu of Dinajpur …
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Barnabas briefs: Iraq, Sudan, Bangladesh & Burundi

Barnabas briefs: Iraq, Sudan, Bangladesh & Burundi
Iraq: Kidnapped nuns and orphans freed; Christians denied food rations Two nuns and three orphans who were kidnapped in Mosul last month have been released. Miskintah and Utoor Joseph, along with Hala Salim, Sarah Khoshaba and Aram Sabah, were freed on Monday (14 July), having been captured on 28 June. It is thought their kidnappers …
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Squeeze the most out of your day

Squeeze the most out of your day
About one hundred years ago, a man named Ivy Lee went to the president of Bethlehem Steel, Charles Schwab, and made a deal with him. Lee told Schwab he could increase Schwab’s productivity as well as the workload of all his managers. What’s more, Lee told Schwab he could help Schwab’s executives produce a significant …
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  India’s Global Innovation Index ranking declines to 76th

A collaborative study by Cornell University, INSEAD, and World Intellectual Property Organization, has ranked India 76thout of 143 nations on its Global Innovation Index (GII), with a special mention being made on overhauling of higher education sector in India.

The latest publication of the its Global Innovation Index 2014, reported India’s ranking to have fallen down 10 places to 76th rank out of 143 economies for this year. The report ranked India 65th on its Innovation Output Sub-Index, and93rd on its Innovation Input Sub-Index. Amongst other sub-indices, India has exhibited a higher rank of 31 in Global Innovation Efficiency Index.

Other BRICS nations improved their positions wherein Brazil improved by 3 places to 61st rank, Russia by 13 places to 49th rank, China by 6 places to 29th rank and South Africa by 5 places to 53rd rank. The report cited the divergence in India’s performance from rest of the BRICS nations has been due to challenges it faces in integrating its efforts along the different dimensions of innovation to sustain a high level of innovation success.

The report enumerates that India has shown strength in areas like Research & development, QS University ranking, General infrastructure, Gross capital formation in infrastructure, investments in market capitalization, investments in total value of stocks traded, intensity of local competition, state of cluster development, citable documents H index, growth rate of PPP$ GDP per worker, knowledge diffusion, communication, computer & information services expenditure and creative goods exports.

The report says that India has shown weakening in areas of political stability, business environment, ease in starting business, education, scales in reading, maths and science, tertiary education, environment performances, firms offering formal training to workers, computer software spending for knowledge impact, creative outputs, global entertainment and media output, printing and publishing manufacturers and video uploads on youtube.

The report has made special mention of Indian higher education system and bottlenecks it faces. The report says that rapid growth in higher education sector is concentrated in private rather than public institutions and focused on only a few professional fields. In order to tackle these challenges India needs to ensure quality education, build graduate education and research institutions, provide equity of access, and build excellent liberal arts universities.

Warm regards,

Dr. S P Sharma
Chief Economist

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