Patna. Nov 22: Large number of students and activists turned up to welcome a group of 40 ordinary farmers who started Kisan Swaraj Yatra “ Rally for Farmer’s Independence” from Gandhiji’s Ashram in Gujarat on Oct 2.
Traveling through the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamilnadu, Andhra Praddesh, Orissa, Bengal and Jharkhand, they arrived in the city last night. The rally aimed at spreading awareness on the growing inflow of genetically modified (GM)food into the country along with deadly pesticides from abroad. It may be mentioned that GM seeds have a total ban in the European Union.
After a well attended meeting at the Science Centre, Tarumitra students joined them on a rally to Gandhi Maidan and then a trip to Tarumitra Bio-reserve nine kilometres away in Digha.
Trudging thousands of kilometers, the Farmers’ Rally arrive at Tarumitra Bio-reserve
Ecological Concerns in the Major Seminaries In India
November 8-13, 2010, Ajmer, Rajasthan
Over 50 members of the Association of Rectors of Major Seminaries of India (ARMS) had their annual meeting in Ajmer, Rajasthan, from November 8-13, 2010, during which they reflected and deliberated upon the theme, “ECOLOGICAL CONCERNS IN PRIESTLY FORMATION IN INDIA”. It may be mentioned that Major Seminaries offer usually three years of studies in Philosophy and four years of studies in Theology which is a pre-requisite for becoming a Catholic/Christian priest.
The Co-ordinator of Tarumitra, Fr. Robert Athickal was the resource person for the two-day reflections on environment. Using PowerPoint presentations Fr. Robert offered an array of information from ecological crisis to eco-theology. “ It was indeed a turning point in the life of every one of us in our relationship and approach towards nature, earth and life itself” said the President of the Association, Fr. Prashant Pinto.
53 Rectors of Major Seminaries met in Ajmer, Rajasthan
Bioreserve, Patna 5 Nov: Two veteran activists from New York and Canada visited the Bio-reserve in the evening. Srs. Marie Elena Dioand Ann Harvey were accompanied by Roselyn SCN from the Arunodaya Social institute.
Marie Eleena Dio, Roselyn SCN and Ann Harvey in front of Tarumitra Ashram