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Easter - also a time for divine delicacies

During traditional Lent - for some churches it's 40 days, while for some others it's 50 - most abstain from non-vegetarian food, egg, milk and even curds

 

Easter's here and it's time for a sumptous breakfast of delectable appam, chicken stew as well as scrumptious duck and egg roast. Then there is steamed banana, a generous piece of luscious cake followed by piping hot coffee.
 
If there's one thing that has not changed over time, it is the Easter delicacies. 
 
During traditional Lent - for some churches it's 40 days, while for some others it's 50 - most abstain from non-vegetarian food, egg, milk and even curds. 
 
"I remember in the yesteryears, Easter was particularly the most sought after day...Many in our family used to be a pure vegetarians and hence to break the Lent, it was an occasion to remember," recalled 80-year-old Annamma Jacob, a grandmother who is now making last-minute arrangements for the Easter day in Kottayam. 
 
The most popular event on Easter day is the hearty breakfast which includes the traditional appam, made of rice flour and by adding freshly tapped toddy - now many use yeast. 
 
Appam is normally taken along with chicken stew, but today minor changes have taken place with some families opting to have it with fish molly. 
 
"In the good old days, chicken was a rarity. About three decades back, chicken was mostly a homestead product and when very important visitors come we used to kill our own hen. We used to do the same on Easter and Christmas," said Annie Mathew, a retired employee from the Middle East, now settled here. 
 
"My grandchildren have chicken practically many times a week, and hence the decision was to go in for a fish molly." 
 
Other important dishes that form a part of Easter breakfast is either beef roast or duck roast. The concept of 'easter egg' is not here, but there is the egg roast. 
 
Steamed banana is another must on Easter and then comes a piece of cake besides steaming hot coffee. 
 
Many prefer to have the wine from the Church, as it is given by the priest which signals the end of the Lent during the Easter Sunday mass. 
 
Once the breakfast is over, the next major meal is the lunch. These days for the sake of convenience, some opt for a mutton/chicken biryani while others opt for the traditional lunch. 
 
"The most important dishes for lunch are the fish curry, besides the fry (mostly seer fish or pomfret). If one has duck curry for Easter breakfast, that is generally not repeated for lunch, instead they go for the beef curry and vice-versa," said Mary George, a home maker.
 
"Pickles are all prepared ahead and are opened for Easter lunch."
 
And after gorging on delicacies through the day, what about dinner?
 
On Easter Sunday, after having a sumptuous breakfast and a luxurious lunch, dinner is generally a light one.

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Navodaya Vidyalaya's 55 girls allege molestation

Police have registered cases under Indian Penal Code Section 354, and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act under Sections 8,9,10,11, against the teachers, who are on the run

 

A manhunt has been launched to arrest two teachers who face charges of molesting 55 students of the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV) in Akola, Maharashtra, an official said here on Friday.
 
Based on mobile telephone tracking, the Akola Civil Lines police have detected the two teachers to be hiding somewhere in Amravati and sent a police team to nab them, said Maharashtra Women's Commission (MWC) member Asha Mirge.
 
"These 55 girls, aged between 13-17 have given me a written, signed statement about the incident involving the two teachers, who indulged in pervert talks, molested them and made sexual advances," Mirge told IANS.
 
She met district collectorate officials with just one demand - nab the culprits and book them to serve as an example to others.
 
The JNVs, directly administered by the human resource development ministry, were founded with a task of discovering talented children from economically backward sections and providing them with the best of education and residential accommodation to bring them to the mainstream.
 
"A majority of the victims is from very poor families but extremely intelligent and has been inducted into the JNV after passing a rigorous entrance exam," said Mirge, a gynaecologist.
 
The two teachers - Rajan Gajbhiya, 42, and Shailesh Ramteke, 49 - escape and went into hiding after Mirge brought the incident to the notice of district collector Arun Shinde, district Superintendent of Police Chandrakishore Mina, and Principal R. Singh.
 
"I plan to meet Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and write to HRD Minister Smrit Irani, demanding safety and security for all the girls in such 600 residential JNVs around India," Mirge added.
 
Earlier, the principal informed Mirge that an internal committee had forwarded its report over the incident to the JNV divisional commissioner, Pune, who is in-charge of 64 schools in Maharashtra, 33 in Gujarat, 26 in Goa and Daman and Diu (two each), and one in Dadra and Nagar Haveli.
 
Mirge also spoke to many of the 359 girls studying in JNV at Akola and most of them complained about the misbehaviour of the two teachers who spoke of sex organs, and how to use condoms over the past few months, which the students found offensive.
 
The MWC has dispatched its trauma teams to each of the JNVs in the state to ascertain if there were similar incidents elsewhere.
 
In December 2014, when Mirge exposed the sexual assault of 32 girls, including seven who were raped and one who committed suicide at the Tapovan Vidyalaya in Amravati, the school was shut down, she said.
 
"In the past few months, there have been five such major incidents of sexual exploitation or harassment of girls in such residential schools in the state. Unfortunately, the HRD minister has not even reacted to all these going-on," Mirge lamented.
 
Police have registered cases under Indian Penal Code Section 354, and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act under Sections 8,9,10,11, against the teachers, who are on the run.
 

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Convicted of assault, Goa minister resigns

A spokesperson for the Chief Minister's Office confirmed that Pacheco submitted his resignation to Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar in the morning and it was accepted

 

Goa Archives and Archaeology Minister Francisco Pacheco, who was convicted in an assault case upheld by the Supreme Court earlier this week, resigned from the cabinet on Friday.
 
A spokesperson for the Chief Minister's Office confirmed that Pacheco submitted his resignation to Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar in the morning and it was accepted.
 
Parsekar had told reporters on Wednesday that it was embarrassing to have a convicted minister in his cabinet.
 
Pacheco, a legislator from Nuvem, has a string of cases against him related to extortion, assault, bigamy and money laundering. 
 
He was booked in July 2006 for assaulting Kapil Natekar, a junior engineer in the state power department.
 
Pacheco, who heads the Goa Vikas Party, was sworn in as minister during a cabinet expansion in November after former chief minister Manohar Parrikar was elevated to the union cabinet.
 

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