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20 arrested, for attack on Hindu temple in Pakistan

Police in Pakista

n’s Punjab province on Saturday have arrestED 20 people and booked over 150 others for their alleged involvement in an attack on a Hindu temple in a remote town of the country.

The police action came after the country’s Supreme Court on Friday pulled up authorities for failing to stop the attack and ordered the arrest of the culprits, observing that the incident has tarnished the image of the country abroad.

Hundreds of people, carrying sticks, stones and bricks attacked the temple, burning parts of it and damaging the idols, in Bhong area of Rahimyar Khan district of the province in protest against the release by a court of an eight-year-old Hindu boy, who was arrested for allegedly urinating in a local seminary.

“We have so far arrested over 20 suspects allegedly involved in attacking the temple in Bhong,” District Police Officer (DPO) of Rahim Yar Khan Asad Sarfraz told reporters.

He said more arrests are expected in the coming days as police are identifying the suspects through video footage. An FIR has been registered under terrorism and other sections of the Pakistan Penal Code he said.

On Friday, Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed said that vandalism at the temple had brought shame to the country as police acted like silent spectators. The Chief Justice wondered at the arrest of the eight-year-old boy and asked whether police were incapable of understanding the mental capacity of the minors.

Pakistan’s parliament on Friday condemned the temple attack by adopting a resolution. The hearing in the case has been adjourned till August 13.

India on Thursday summoned the Pakistani charge d’affaires in New Delhi and lodged a firm protest, expressing grave concerns at this reprehensible incident and the continued attacks on the freedom of religion of the minority communities and their places of religious worship in Pakistan.

Hindus form the biggest minority community in Pakistan. According to official estimates, 75 lakh Hindus live in Pakistan. However, according to the community, over 90 lakh Hindus are living in the country. The majority of Pakistan’s Hindu population is settled in Sindh province.


Giant sea waves swallow centuries-old temple in Odisha’s Kendrapara district

The marauding sea that had been eroding the coastline in Kendrapara for decades, devouring one village after another, recently razed to the ground the centuries-old Pancha varaahi temple.

Away from their hometown, much of which has been eaten up by the sea, some of its former residents, however, visited Satabhaya village from time to time to pay obeisance at the Pancha varahi temple, although the idol of the deity has also been relocated to the rehabilitation colony.

Shivendra Narayan Bhanjadeo, the scion of an erstwhile royal family of Rajkanika and the trustee of the temple, said Satabhaya has lost its identity with the caving-in of the shrine.

 The distance between the sea and the temple was around three kilometers some three decades ago. Now the sea has successfully gobbled up the centuries-old temple. For all practical purposes, Satabhaya has now lost its geographical identity,” Bhanjadeo added.


Swami Vivekananda’s statue unveiled  in London


The first outdoor statue of Swami Vivekananda in the United Kingdom, sculpted in Portland stone was unveiled on 28 July to commemorate Swamiji’s arrival to England 125 years ago outside of Harrow Arts Centre in greater London area.

A vision of the late and former Mayor Cllr Mrinal Choudhury, who passed away on 1 August 2020, the statue was unveiled by The Mayor of Harrow Ghazanfar Ali. Deputy Mayor Sasikala Suresh, Manmeet Singh Naran, Minister for Coordination at the Indian High Commission and Swami Sarvasthananda of Ramakrishna Vedanta Centre, UK were also present. 

Swami Vivekananda travelled to the UK twice, in 1895 and 1896, lecturing successfully here. In November 1895, he met Margaret Elizabeth Noble an Irish woman who would become Sister Nivedita. During his second visit to the UK in May 1896 Vivekananda met Max Muller, a noted Indologist from the University of Oxford who wrote Ramakrishna’s first biography in the West.


Ayodhya Ram temple likely to open to devotees by 2023-end

The Ram temple in Ayodhya will be opened to the public by the end of 2023, even though the entire complex is expected to be ready only by 2025, a person aware of the matter said on Wednesday.

The foundation stone of the temple was laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 5, 2020, and a year on, construction is on in full swing.

The ground floor of the temple, where the sanctum sanctorum will be located and where an idol of Ram Lalla will be placed, will be ready for prayers by December 2023 and arrangements are being made to streamline the process of providing security clearances and installing public amenities, said another person aware of the details.

The temple complex, which is expected to incur a cost of ₹900-1,000 crore and will be spread over 110 acres of land, is being built by Larsen & Toubro while Tata Consulting Engineers has been signed on as the project management consultant.

The temple complex will also have a museum, a research centre, and an archival centre.


MADRAS HIGH COURT seeks treatment of ethical treatment of cattle donated to Temples

Pointing out that the religious beliefs have to be respected and the cattle treated in a human and dignified manner as they are also living creatures, the first bench comprising Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice P D Audikesavalu sought details of the standard operating procedure that may be in place for the well-being of the cattle.

The bench also appealed to the State to treat such animals in the most ethical manner and as per the intention of the donors until the issue is dealt in a wholesome manner by the court.

The court while adjourning the case by six weeks after seeking for the necessary report from the state by collating all materials by then, also recorded the petitioner Rangarajan Narasimhan’s submission that once a cow stops producing milk or a male calf is born or there is a bull which is useless in breeding purposes, they are disposed of in an unethical manner by sending them to slaughter houses much against the religious beliefs of the institutions and the donors.







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