|Update III: Rain lashes the Kashmir Valley, rescue operation affected|
Jammu and Kashmir is battling one of the worst floods in decades with rivers in the region in spate due to days of incessant rain. The Army, IAF and NDRF are doing a massive round-the-clock rescue and relief operation, with 86 aircrafts and 30,000 troops. Armed forces and National Disaster Relief Force have rescued over two lakh trapped people as the operations entered the 13th day. Over one lakh people are still marooned after the worst floods in the state in a century unleashed a trail of death and destruction, claiming at least 250 lives. While it will take some time to know the real loss the floods have caused in Jammu and Kashmir, an initial estimate has put it around Rs.5,700 crore, with heavy damages to trade, hotels, restaurants, horticulture and handicraft. The total losses are estimated to be Rs.2,630 crore for hotels, trade, agriculture and horticulture, roads and bridges, while infrastructure like railways, power and communication would have suffered a loss of around Rs.2,700-3,000 crore," Assocham has said in a statement.
|WCC 10th General Assembly in Busan (Korea) From 30th October 2013 to 08th November 2013|
|Written by Administrator|
|Friday, 01 November 2013 17:10|
The 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches(WCC) on the Theme- “God of life lead us to justice and peace” - opened as a “New Day” for Ecumenical life at Busan on 30th October 2013.
The gathering prayer of the Assembly was the most colourful celebration- visible in the diverse, vibrant and eclectic gathering of Christians from around the globe in their traditional attire. In the Inaugural Prayer there were 4200 participants, representing 90% of the 340 member churches in the Assembly. Along with the heart of togetherness, in the Assembly Worship, there was a tangible sense of listening to the voice of lamentation from across the continent. The opening Ceremony also reflected on opportunity & hope as in unity we prayed “God of life, lead us to justice and peace’”
Director of CASA (Dr. Sushant Agrawal), in his speech in ecumenical conversation, on the theme “Compelled to Serve: Diakonia and Development in a rapidly changing world” reflected upon the theological understanding of Diakonia, such as “we are called to serve, but not to be served” – Mark -10:45. “I have come to give life in all its fullness.”John-10:10. ; Silver and gold I have none, but what I have, I give unto thee. Act-3:6.
The highlights of his speech were:
He said the signs of the time are global financial crisis; emerging economies; changing communication patterns; shrinking space for civil society; changing lifestyles; growing inequality; inter-religious conflict; and opportunities are to be observed. He challenged can church still be static. The action we need to be relevant is to strategize and up-scale advocacy; active engagement of congregation; declare green pulpit; negotiate with corporate; and ensure that women are equal partners in church agenda.
(Director CASA (Dr. Sushant Agrawal) speaks in the Ecumenical Conversation in the WCC Assembly : 30 Oct 2013)
(Dr. J.A. Oliver (CASA Board Member) responds on ACT Talk on "Good Living" in the WCC Assembly :
(Director CASA along with Dr. John Nduna (General Secretary- ACT Alliance), Dr. Oliver (CASA Board Member), and Ms Jocia Thorat (Project Officer-CASA) at ACT Alliance Stand 3 in the WCC Assembly: 30 Oct 2013)
(Director CASA along with Bishop Sunil Bhanu (Vice Chairperson - CASA), Dr. J.A. Oliver (CASA Board Member) and Ms Jocia Thorat (Project Officer-CASA) at the WCC Assembly Main Corridor : 30 Oct 2013)
|Last Updated on Saturday, 02 November 2013 10:09|