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Mother’s blood to be in Pope’s chapel

Vatican City (AFP): Drops of blood from the body of Mother Teresa are to be presented in a reliquary to Pope John Paul II.

The pontiff will receive the relic during the beatification ceremony on Sunday, Canadian Priest Brian Kolodiejchuk said.

The reliquary (a container for holy relics) would be placed in the Pope’s private chapel, said Father Kolodiejchuk, a missionary from a charity working with the postulator, or advocate presenting the case for beatification.

The blood was taken from the body of Mother Teresa, who died in 1997, by a doctor acting under the supervision of ecclesiastical authorities when the body was exhumed for beatification.

Nuns belonging to Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity began arriving in Rome on Monday for the ceremony.

One group arrived from Mumbai and New Delhi, while a second flew in from Atlanta accompanied by the secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, Belgian cardinal Jan Pieter Schotte.

Splurge notice to Centre, states

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has issued notices to the Centre, state governments, Union territories and the comptroller and auditor-general on a former MP’s petition that they have violated the Constitution by spending over Rs 190,000 crore without the approval of Parliament or the state legislature.

The court responded to the petition by senior politician and former MP from Tamil Nadu, Era Sezhiyan, by issuing notices on Monday, reports our legal correspondent. ezhiyan said the state and central governments have spent a “mammoth” Rs 191,554 crore in excess of budgetary allocations without necessary approval.

A division bench issued the notices, returnable in eight weeks, after counsel for Sezhiyan, K. Subramanyam, a former Tamil Nadu advocate-general, said the governments had violated the fundamental rights of citizens. The petition says Bengal has spent an extra Rs 26,741 crore, exceeding its budgetary allocation by 63 per cent. Tamil Nadu has allegedly spent an extra Rs 4,374 crore, Assam Rs 7,631 crore and Andhra Pradesh Rs 2,404 crore.

Mob beats up robbers

Sheikhpura (PTI): A group of bus passengers and villagers severely beat up two robbers and damaged their eyes in Mehush village of Bihar’s Sheikhpura district, police said.

Angry passengers chased the two criminals, who had stopped their bus on Sunday night and tried to loot passengers at gun-point. The passengers were able to get hold of the duo with the help of villagers and damaged their eyes with sharp instruments after severely beating them up. The criminals have been admitted to hospital.

2 buried alive

Nawada (PTI): A driver and his helper were buried alive under heaps of sandbags when a sand-laden tractor trolley overturned near Sirdala in Nawada district, police said.

Quake in Bhuj

Ahmedabad (PTI): An earthquake measuring 2.5 on the Richter scale was reported from Bhuj district on Monday while “mysterious blast-like” noises were heard from certain villages in Jamnagar district, official sources said. However, no loss of life or damage to property was reported due to the tremor, that occurred at 1.19 am.

Arms seized

Nashik (PTI): Three persons were arrested and several country-made pistols and other arms seized when a special police squad of Malegaon’s Azadnagar police station raided criminal hideouts at Rae Bareli and Pratapgarh in Uttar Pradesh.

Drug dealer held

Mumbai (PTI): The Narcotics Control Bureau has arrested an alleged drug dealer and seized from him Rs 52.53 lakh, suspected to be the “sale proceeds” of a heroin consignment. Ghansiram Kanhaiyalal Solanki, 42, was arrested from Borivli railway station on Saturday.

4 die in mishap

Jaipur (PTI): Four persons were killed and at least 24 injured when a mini-truck, in which they were travelling, fell into a gorge at Basanikala Ghat in Udaipur district on Sunday night. Those who died were on their way to a cattle fair at Mawali.


Non-resident Indian children celebrated Bal Hindi Diwas in Toronto on Monday by singing patriotic songs, recitations and staging short dramas. The function was jointly organised by the Indian consulate-general in Toronto and Panorama India.

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