Orissa

Archbishop of Orissa: Today's vote "worries Christians. But we believe in democracy"

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Archbishop-of-Orissa:-Today%27s-vote-worr...
by Nirmala Carvalho

"GCIC prays that the administration will ensure the safety and protection of the Kandhamal people as they go to cast their ballots today. Archbishop John Barwa of Cuttack -Bhubaneshwar, tells AsiaNews: "We hope that the new government will give justice to the victims of the carnage". Kandhamal votes today in the third phase of the general elections, one of the most important.  read more »

Two acquitted in Graham Staines murder case


http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Two-acquitted-in-Graham-Staines...

BHUBANESWAR: In a jolt to CBI, a trial court here on Wednesday acquitted Ghanashyam Mohanta and Ranjan Mohanta, whom the investigating agency had chargesheeted along with 16 others in the killing of Australian missionary Graham Staines and his two minor sons in Keonjhar's Manoharpur village in 1999.  read more »

Graham Staines' death is warning against Hindutva fundamentalism

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/For-Christian-leader,-Graham-Staines%27-d... 01/24/2014 17:52
INDIA
For Christian leader, Graham Staines' death is warning against Hindu fundamentalism
by Nirmala Carvalho
This year marks the 15th anniversary of the murder of the Australian missionary and his two sons, killed by Hindu radicals. The president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) reflects on the next general election. The nationalist party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which supports radical groups, is also vying for power.  read more »

Priest killed by Maoists in Odisha

Press Trust of India | Malkangiri (Odisha)
January 1, 2014 Last Updated at 15:21 IST

A tribal village priest was killed by suspected Maoists in a remote area of Odisha's Malkangiri district early today, the police said.  read more »

Cyclonic storm Phailin to hit Odisha and AP-Seeks Prayer support

Bhubaneswar
Cyclonic storm Phailin, the strongest to hit India in more than a decade and classified as 'very severe' so far, is closing in towards coastal Odisha and Andhra Pradesh at wind speeds averaging 200-220 km per hour and is expected to hit the two states between 6 pm and 8 pm tonight. The storm, likely to affect around 1.2 crore people, has triggered mass exodus in at least seven districts of the two states.
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Officials said the storm was verging on becoming a "super cyclone."  read more »

Pogrom in Orissa: life imprisonment for seven innocent Christians

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INDIA
Pogrom in Orissa: life imprisonment for seven innocent Christians
by Nirmala Carvalho
Bishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneshwar promises: "We will appeal". The convicted men are accused of the murder of a Hindu leader, which triggered the anti-Christian violence of 2008. Against them there is no evidence. The Maoists have always claimed reponsibility for the assassination.  read more »

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