Muslim renovates flooded Church
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May 27, 2011 @ 4:41 pm
Christians are offering daily prayers for a Muslim
politician who is funding a Church restoration
Every morning parishioners from Holy Rosary Church
gather at the Marian grotto school to offer
supplications for Muhammad Ijaz Virk, a national
assembly member. The project, which is costing six
million rupees (US$ 70,073) includes revamping a
1,114 square meter area including the church floor,
altar, altar stage and the parish house.
“This is the first time a Muslim has financed such a
project in the diocese. We invited him to help
restore the dilapidated structure but got more than
we expected,” said Father Bashir Francis, the parish
priest. Built in 1985, the Holy Rosary Church
suffered heavy damage after last year’s flooding,
the worst natural disaster in the country’s history.
While the grotto is currently being used for Mass,
parishioners shift to an adjacent school hall in hot
weather. “The Church building was already more than
half a meter below road level and half of it
remained submerged for months.” the priest said.
According to Virk, Prime Minster Yousaf Raza Gilani
approved the project.
“The government is very cautious about the
construction of places of worship but I convinced
them. I am inspired by my father who preferred to
hire Christians to work in his food company because
of their honesty,” he said.
Holy Rosary parish has about 6,000 Catholics; most
of them work on daily wages as sanitary workers.
Hunger looms in remote Nepal hills
Published Date: May 27, 2011
The announcement by the United Nations World Food
Program (WFP), that it will have to reduce food
supplies to almost one million hungry Nepalese, has
everyone in the region worried.
Nepal has been a major area of work for WFP where,
it says, 41 percent of people are estimated to be
undernourished and 54 percent live on less than
US$1.25 per day.
The cut-back was made known on May 18, but yesterday
Christina Hobbs, communications officer for WFP in
Nepal, explained: “WFP will have to scale down its
operations in Nepal from supplying food to a peak of
one million people in recent years, down to a few
hundred thousand to adjust to reduced donor funding.
There are serious concerns that no donor has yet
come forward to support WFP’s operation in 2012,
when US$98.5 million will be required to reach 1.2
million people in need.”
At the end of June, WFP Nepal will end its
helicopter service, which currently delivers around
13 percent of food. “We are confident that we can
reach all current beneficiaries through other
means,” said Hobbs, “utilizing newly established
roads and a combination of trucks, tractors,
commercial air operators, porters, mules and even
Indian Naval commanders review coastal security
South Asian Focus |
Wednesday May 25 2011
New Delhi - Top
naval commanders this week began a four-day
conference here to review the security situation in
the region in the backdrop of terror strikes in
Pakistan, apart from threats posed by Somali pirates
closer to Indian shores.
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Russia Snubs India; Cancels Navy, Army War Games
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
New Delhi, May 31 (IANS):
Russia has snubbed India in the recent months by
cancelling two important bilateral war games,
usually held under a well-established arrangement, a
senior official said Monday. The move has raised
eyebrows in the Indian defence establishment.
The Russians have called off the Indra series of
navy and army war games in the recent weeks,
baffling the Indian defence ministry, the official
Russia had late last month called off the Indra
series of exercises with the Indian Navy, despite
the latter's warships -- including guided missile
destroyers INS Delhi, INS Ranvir and INS Ranvijay --
reaching Vladivostok, an eastern Russian port town
on the Pacific Ocean.
The reason cited by Russians for the sudden decision
to do away with the naval war game was the
non-availability of its warships due to their
expected deployment in aid of Japan after the
Fukushima nuclear disaster, the official said here.
But what came as a shocker for the Indians was that
the Russian warships later sailed out for an
exercise of their own, instead of the cited
deployment in aid of Japan.
The Indian ships returned to Visakhapatnam last week
without the valuable experience that would have been
gained if the exercise had taken place. Indian Navy
personnel instead had to contend with a face-saver
of a tabletop simulation during their stay in
Vladivostok, the official said. "The reasons given
by the Russian navy are absurd," the official added.
But the latest insult to injury was the calling off
of an army exercise under the Indra series that was
to be held in Russia in June. Moscow conveyed to New
Delhi last week that it would not be able to host
the exercise as the intimation for the war game was
sent very recently without much time for
preparation, the official said.
Since 2003, the two countries have conducted five
exercises between their armies and navies under the
Indra series. The latest bilateral army exercise was
held in Uttarakhand last October. The Russian moves
come in the wake of India choosing two European
fighter jets as the top contenders for a $10.4
billion fighter jet contract. In the process, not
only Russian but also American and Swedish planes
were knocked out of the competition.
After being fed-up for long with delays and
non-availability of spares for its Soviet-era MiG-series
fighter jets, military transports, radars and
missile systems, India issued several open global
tenders worth several millions of dollars for the
same. The two sides also fenced over time and cost
overruns in the Admiral Gorshkov aircraft carrier
refit, for which India is now paying $2.34 billion
instead of the 2004 price of $1.5 billion, which
included 16 MiG-29K carrier-borne fighter jets for
Just over six months ago, India had signed
agreements with Russia for the joint development of
a fifth generation fighter jet of which Indian Air
Force (IAF) is likely to get about 250 to 300
planes. In fact, the IAF chief, Air Chief Marshal
P.V. Naik, has just returned from Russia after
inspecting the progress on the fifth generation jet.
This apart, India and Russia have also inked a pact
on developing a medium transport aircraft, of which
IAF would get about 45 planes. Through these
agreements, India is likely to invest over $10
billion in the two projects.
Pakistan’s top military officials are worried
about militant collaborators in their ranks
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Islamabad, Pakistan -
Embarrassed by the Osama bin Laden raid and
by a series of insurgent attacks on high-security
sites, top Pakistani military officials are
increasingly concerned that their ranks are
penetrated by Islamists who are aiding militants in
a campaign against the state.
Those worries have grown especially acute since the
killing of bin Laden less than a mile from a
prestigious military academy. This week’s naval base
infiltration by heavily armed insurgents in Karachi
- an attack widely believed to have required inside
help - has only deepened fears, military officials
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