Glimpses of a great life

It was a dream come true for Sister Mary Lucia from Ernakulam, Kerala. Having dedicated her life to social service, she has been serving the poor over two decades. 

 A visit to ‘Mother Express’ and it was like reliving the life of her beloved ‘deity’ Mother Teresa.

‘Mother Express’, an exhibition-on-train to commemorate the birth centenary of Mother Teresa reached the Cantonment railway station here on Tuesday morning. Designed by the Committee of Heritage and Culture of the Ministry of Railways, the three air-conditioned coaches of the train exhibits pictures, quotations and experiences from the life of Mother Teresa.

Mother Teresa established the Missionaries of Charity at Calcutta in 1950. The exhibition highlights the importance of charity and service to society.

The various exhibits include rare photographs of Teresa, her life and important events including her arrival in India, initiation into religious life, joining the Sisters of Loreto and teaching underprivileged children, et al, and the quotation:  “What I can do you cannot, what you can I cannot. But together we can do something beautiful for god” – caught Lucia’s attention.

Destination Bihar

The exhibition on wheels was flagged off from Kolkata on August 26, last year by Union Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee and will terminate in Bihar on February 26. The exhibition on train remains open for public from 10 am to 8 pm on Wednesday, before departing.

Inaugurating the exhibition, athlete Ashwini Nachappa said: “For children today, living amid corruption, neglect and general disrespect towards everything, this is a great effort by the Railways in spreading a message that has no language other than love and care.”

While teachers from Anthony Claret School in Jalahalli inspired the students by drawing references from Mother Teresa’s life, sisters from three communities of the Missionaries of Charity in the City, helped them give more insight.

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Good response to Shivappa memorial golf championships

Proud winners: Actor Ambareesh along with the winners of the D. Shivappa memorial golf championships in Madikeri on Saturday. Vinod Shivappa and Congress leader Mittu Chengappa are seen.

The annual D. Shivappa memorial golf championships held at the Mercara Downs Golf Club here saw more than 60 participants rooting for the event on Saturday.

I.K. Anil was the winner in the open stroke play category, while Manohar finished as the runner-up.

“I want to promote sports in Kodagu,” said Vinod Shivappa, who had been sponsoring the annual event.

Actor Ambareesh, a friend of Vinod Shivappa, son of D. Shivappa, participated at the prize distribution function. He said he would love to visit the annual event leaving aside other engagements.

The handicap stroke play prize went to K.U. Vikranth while Harish Appanna finished as the runner up. In the handicap stable ford category, Sam Mathews won the first prize followed by K.M. Bopaiah. The senior citizen handicap stable ford prize went to M.D. Muthappa while Muthanna Cariappa came second.

The ‘Closest to Pin’ category was won by Muthanna Thimmaiah. Congress leader B.G. Mittu Chengappa and Vishal Shivappa, son of Vinod Shivappa, were present.

The event was sponsored by the Bettageri Group of Estates, Kodagu.

 -The Hindu

Forestry college students end strike

After 121 days of strike by students of the College of Forestry at Ponnampet in Virajpet taluk of Kodagu, they are back in the classrooms following assurances by Forest Minister C.H. Vijayashankar that their demands would be considered favourably. The students attended classes on January 27, Mohammad Shafi, vice-president of the Karnataka Forestry Graduates and Students Association (KFGSA), told The Hindu on Saturday.

Mr. Vijayashankar told the striking students in Bangalore that their demands would be considered in a manner that would help them in getting jobs in the Forest Department , Mr. Shafi said.

According to a source, there are possibilities of creation of the posts of Deputy Range Forest officers in the department to which the students had reportedly agreed.

Students were demanding amendments to the cadre and recruitment rules to consider the B.Sc Forestry graduates for the posts of Range Forest Officers (RFOs) and Assistant Conservators of Forests (ACFs).

The students had undertaken dharna with regard to their demand in August, 2008. They had begun the strike on September 27, 2010.

 -The Hindu