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SIGNIS Asia Focus features Assam Don Bosco University Media Dept

Signis Asia FocusGuwahati — The Signis Asia Focus, a quarterly e-publication of the world Catholic Communications Asia group has run a two page feature on Assam Don Bosco University’s Mass Communication department. The news feature in its May issue is found on pages 9 and 10 of the attached PDF file. Signis Asia Focus-May 2016

SIGNIS Asia Focus is its official quarterly publication. The 20 member countries of Signis Asia are divided into three regions: South Asia (5), East Asia (5) and South East Asia (10) members. South Asia members are:  Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. East Asia members are: Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Maccau and Taiwan. South East Asia members include Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and Timor Leste.

Signis is the World Catholic Association for Communication. http://www.signis.netSignis was created in November 2001 from the merger between two organizations (Unda, for radio and television; and OCIC, for cinema and audiovisuals) that were both created in 1928. Signis has consultative status with UNESCO, Ecosoc (United Nations in Geneva and New York), and the Council of Europe.

It is officially recognized by the Vatican as a Catholic organization for communication. The secretariat of Signis World is in Brussels, Belgium.

SIGNIS Objectives: Signis’ primary objective is to oversee and coordinate communications activites in the field of cinema, radio, television, audiovisuals, research and training.

Signis also involves itself in film festivals (Cannes, Berlin, Monte Carlo, Venice, Ouagadougou, etc…) and makes the Church’s presence by being a member of the jury in most major film festivals of the world.

Members of Signis World come from all over the world representing 140 nations. Apart from nations, membership is also open to organizations and institutions who have similar objectives.


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Signis joins Bengal Christian Unity Rally in Kolkata

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAKOLKATA, (C.M. Paul) – It was the first time that a Catholic communications body heeded the call of Bengal Christian Council and joined the Christian Unity Prayer Rally displaying their banners. The public meeting held at the Rani Rshmoni Avenue close to Kolkata city’s main traffic hub, the Esplanade, had inter-denominational Christian delegations coming from all the districts of Bengal. Signis Bengal members belonging to the Catholic association for Radio, Television, Cinema and Performing Arts participated.

Hundreds of Christian delegates for the Peace and Prayer Rally came in procession from Kolkata’s two railway stations, Howrah and Sealdah, carrying placards and banners, reciting prayers and singing hymns.

On the dais were Church of North India Bishop Ashok Biswas flanked by the Vicar General of Calcutta the Catholic archdiocese Fr Dominic Gomes, Bishop Salvador Lobo of Baruipur and Bishop Joseph Gomes of Krishnagar. There were also leaders and pastors of several other Churches and as well as lay leaders representing their organizations.

Outstation delegates availed of rail passes costing just Rupees 2.00 for their round trip.

Organized under the banner of Bongiyo Christiyo Pariseba (BCP) the afternoon meeting had several thousands of participants.

BCP General Secretary Mr

BCP General Secretary Mr Herod Mullick addressing the rally.

The BCP General Secretary Mr Herod Mullick addressed the gathering and highlighted the issues plaguing the minority Christian community in the state. He also informed the participants at the rally that a memorandum would be presented to the Chief Minister Mamata Baanerjee for her considered and speedy action.

Some highlights of the petition includes the demand for speedy grating of ST and OBC certificates, need to make available more seats for Christians of OBC category in the colleges,  demand for district administration to include poor Adivasi people in the Below Poverty Line category to avail of government facilities, to regularize scholarship distribution for students, to be sensitive to Christian religious sentiments by not fixing Board Exams on major Christian Holydays such as Christmas and Good Friday.

The petition also requests a subsidy of Rs. 30,000 (USD 600) per person toward the Holy Land pilgrimage.

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Signis Bengal to meet National Secy at Rangers Club

Fr Norbert Herman SVD

KOLKATA, (C.M. Paul) – In a letter sent out to Signis Bengal by its Secretary Mr Dilip Rozario, the Signis India president Mr Sunil Lucas has invited all Signis Bengal members “to Meet & Greet the SIGNIS India Secretary,” Divine Word missionary Fr Norbert Herman from Udaipur, Rajasthan.

Member of the National Signis India Executive, Fr Herman is visiting Kolkata en route to Bangkok to attend the FABC OSC (Federation of Asian Bishops Conference Office of Social Communications) meeting.

The two hour long Kolkata meet is being hosted at the Calcutta Rangers Club (Maidan Tent – opp Mohammedan Sporting Club on Red Road) on Sunday 2nd September 2012 from 4 pm to 6 pm.

The Calcutta Rangers Club is one of two Anglo Indian Clubs in the city. It has a green lawn, well-maintained tent with bar, a floodlit basketball court, air conditioned conference room and a canteen for its 300-odd members. The other exclusively Anglo-Indian Club is called The Grail Club.

SIGNIS (World Catholic Association for Communications) is a non-governmental organization that includes members from over 140 countries.

The India chapter of Signis established in 1972 under the name Unda/OCIC (Catholic Association for Radio, TV & Cinema) has some 250 Catholic media professionals spread out in 12 regional groups (Bengal being one) based on the 12 ecclesiastical regions of India.

Signis Bengal has some 20 members.

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