Tuesday, January 27, 2015

 An Independent Clergy & Laity Partnership Initiative Issue: No 2167   26-01-2015 

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James 4:10

“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.”

Bobby Jindal: America needs a spiritual revival, not just a good political leader

Bobby Jindal: America needs a spiritual revival, not just a good political leader
US, January 25, 2015: Louisiana governor and potential 2016 presidential candidate Bobby Jindal shared with thousands of people at his national prayer rally Sunday how he converted from Hinduism to Catholicism, and urged prayers for America’s spiritual revival as well as President Obama and his family. Jindal, who has described himself as an “evangelical Catholic,” ...
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Church torched by Hindu radicals as Christians face persecution

Church torched by Hindu radicals as Christians face persecution
Telangana, January 16, 2015: Since Prime Minister Modi and his Hindu nationalist BJP took power in India in May 2014, attacks on Christians and their places of worship have skyrocketed. Among the victims of this new wave of persecution now stand the members of the only church in Tadur village located in the Mahabubnagar district ...
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West Bengal: Claretian priests attacked

West Bengal: Claretian priests attacked
West Bengal, January 13, 2015: A mob beat up two Claretian priests in Sahanagar village in Asansol diocese accusing them of diverting toilet water to the village canal and polluting it. The villagers later apologized to the priests after they found dead dogs in the canal water. On Jan. 8, two local Santal men met ...
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Himachal Pradesh: Sunday service stopped by VHP

Himachal Pradesh: Sunday service stopped by VHP
Himachal Pradesh, January 19, 2015: Suspected members of Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Sunday stopped a prayer meeting of Christians at Pulhara area of Solan district alleging conversions, media reports said. The later police found the allegation baseless, according to a report in the Times of India. Intrusion of VHP members into the prayer meeting ...
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ISIS’ reign of terror: 17 men crucified, mutilated for apostasy; woman stoned to death for adultary

ISIS’ reign of terror: 17 men crucified, mutilated for apostasy; woman stoned to death for adultary
Iraq, January 19, 2015: The Islamic State’s execution spree picked up dramatically last week, as the militant group released its latest round of execution photos. Along with photos showing the execution of two gay men, an adulteress and two bandits in Iraq, the group has also reportedly crucified and executed 17 men accused of fighting ...
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WEA new secretary general is Filipino Bishop Efraim Tendero

WEA new secretary general is Filipino Bishop Efraim Tendero
Philippine, January 24, 2015: The World Evangelical Alliance, which represents more than 600 million evangelicals around the globe, has announced the appointment of Bishop Efraim Tendero, currently the National Director of the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches, as its next Secretary General. WEA’s International Council made the decision by unanimous vote Friday, and announced that ...
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10 One liners about India that are completely true!

10 One liners about India that are completely true!
1. If you want to know how divided we are, just look at matrimonial page of our newspaper! 2. India is running the software of tomorrow on the hardware of yesterday! 4. If the mobile gets spoiled blame the child, if child gets spoiled blame the mobile! 5. If someone asks for dirty cloth to ...
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This e-journal specifically highlights and documents persecution and violation of human rights of Christians, Minorities, Schedule Caste/Tribes and Other Backwards, urging you to at least - PRAY. Our aim is to identify fundamentalists and those disrupting communal harmony and indigenous communities - posing a threat to a just, equal, plural and secular citizenry. We oppose any kind of discrimination and oppression, whether of race, religion, culture, gender etc. specially when it comes from some of our own. Please pray for the following local, state, national, regional and international situations.
Editor-in-Chief: Joseph Dias
 Nehru Memorial Museum and Library
cordially invites you to a Public Lecture
(in the ‘Cities in History’ series)

at 3.00 pm on Friday, 30th January, 2015
in the Seminar Room, First Floor, Library Building


‘Fragility and Durability:
Pre-colonial Vijayanagara and its hinterlands through an archaeological lens’


Prof. Carla Sinopoli,
University of Michigan,
Ann Arbor, USA.

Imperial cities are best known through their monuments—the impressive palaces, fortifications, temples, and administrative structures through which political and sacred authority was enacted and communicated.  The imperial city of Vijayanagara (modern Hampi) is no exception.  The monumental structures of Vijayanagara (which were recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986) tell a story of imperial vision – of a place of power meant to endure long into the future.  While many of Vijayanagara’s monuments still stand, Vijayanagara, as a city where people lived, worked, worshipped, and governed, was in fact relatively short-lived – created, inhabited, and abandoned over a period of only two hundred years.  In this talk, the speaker draws on regional archaeological research at and around Vijayanagara to explore the history of Vijayanagara as an urban place, and to consider the factors that contribute to the fragility or durability of cities in pre-modern India.

Prof. Carla M. Sinopoli is Professor of Anthropology, Curator of Asian Archaeology in the Museum of Anthropology and Director of the Museum Studies Programme at the University of Michigan, USA.  She has been conducting archaeological research in India since 1983, working at the 14th through 16th century imperial city of Vijayanagara in modern Karnataka, South India. More recently her research has shifted to the study of late prehistoric and early historic sites in the same region.  Prof. Sinopoli has published a number of articles and books on her research, including The Vijayanagara Metropolitan Survey, Volume 1 (2007, with Kathleen D. Morrison), The Political Economy of Craft Production: Crafting Empire in South India, c. 1350-1650 (2003); Ancient India in its Wider World (2008, ed. with Grant Parker), Archaeology as History: South Asia (2004, ed. with H.P. Ray), and The Himalayan Journey of Walter N. Koelz: The University of Michigan Himalayan Expedition, 1932-1934 (2013). 

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