Francis Gonsalves


The sign of the cross

Jesus’ invitation: “Take up your cross and follow me,” was quite literally heeded last week by Spaniard Justo Marquez, who trudged 140 kms from Malaga in Spain to Gibraltar carrying a three-metre high wooden cross. Reportedly, Mr Marquez was worried about Spain’s standoff with Gibraltar and bore a banner: “No more hunger! No more war! Peace in the world!”

Learn to live free

Two lovebirds dwelt in a huge golden cage and were treated royally by a king. Once, when the cage was open, the female flew away. Fascinated by freedom and her frolicking in forests, she returned to take her mate with her. But he preferred captivity:

Barack Obama praises Hillary Clinton

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Washington: US President Barack Obama has praised Hillary Clinton describing her as a great Secretary of State, days after he had invited his former top diplomat for a lunch at the White House. "By t

Team Modi, Guide Advani

The BJP on Friday performed a balancing act as it announced party central election campaign committee head Narendra Modi’s much-awaited team in the run-up to the coming Assembly polls and the 2014 gen

MHA mentioned ishrat terrorist in ’09 affidavit

Although the CBI on Tuesday maintained silence over the credentials of Mumbai-based teenager Ishrat Jahan in its chargesheet filed in the fake encounter case in Ahmedabad, the Union home ministry in i

BJP men attack Samaikyandhra cadre; 4 hurt


Nellore: Four Samaikyandhra JAC members sustained bruises when some BJP cadres attacked them near Town Hall here on Friday evening.
The incident took place when the JAC activists tried to submit a re

Nitish wins easily, lashes out at BJP

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar gestures after the JD-U won the confidence vote in the Assembly in Patna on Wednesday. 	— PTI

Bihar chief minister and JD(U) strongman Nitish Kumar on Wednesday won the trust vote he sought in the state Assembly to enable his party to rule for the next two years and a half without former NDA a

Follow thy heart

An old man was trudging towards the Himalayan heights when a rainstorm forced him to rest awhile. “How will you reach the peak with this weather?” asked a native. The old man replied cheerfully: “My heart got there first, so the rest of me will easily follow.”

We all are God’s family

A widow once gave a hungry beggar boy a good meal and then arranged to adopt him.

Maa tujhe salaam

God cannot be everywhere; therefore, God created mothers,” says a Jewish proverb.

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I want to begin with a little story that was told to me by a leading executive at Aptech. He was exercising in a gym with a lot of younger people.

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