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After Protests, Sri Lanka To Ban Animal Sacrifices At Hindu Temples - Dotemirates
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After Protests, Sri Lanka To Ban Animal Sacrifices At Hindu Temples

Colombo, Sri Lanka: Animal sacrifices at Hindu temples could be banned in Sri Lanka under new plans announced Wednesday, after growing protests over the rituals from the country's Buddhist majority as well as moderate Hindus.The cabinet approved a proposal put forward by the Hindu Religious Affairs minister to outlaw the ancient practice that is still observed at several temples across the country."The legal draughtsman was asked to prepare a bill to ban animal and bird sacrifices at Hindu temples," the government said in a statement.During religious festivals, some devout Hindus sacrifice goats, chickens and buffalos, expecting good fortune in return.But...


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Michelle Wolf won't be making any jokes from the podium at the White House Correspondents' Dinner, but last year's host was ready with a one-liner after the president attacked her on Twitter. Donald Trump, who bashed Wolf relentlessly for her performance at last year's dinner, returned to the theme on Tuesday night after it was reported the annual event would ditch the tradition of having a comedian next year. "So-called comedian Michelle Wolf bombed so badly last year at the White House Correspondents' Dinner that this year, for the first time in decades, they will have an author instead of...
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IKEA Group Planning To Cut 7,500 Administrative Jobs

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Indian Princes' Diamond And Marilyn Monroe's "Best Friend" On Auction

Hong Kong: A 24-carat fancy yellow diamond that captivated Indian and Hollywood royalty, "Moon of Baroda" will go under the hammer at Christies auction in Hong Kong on November 27.Existence of the "Moon of Baroda" was first documented in the 15th Century among the vast collection of the Gaekwads of Baroda, princes of one of India's most ancient and powerful ruling families (and one of the world's richest).The stone vanished for a few centuries and emerged in 1926 as it was brought to America by Prince Ramachandra and was later exhibited in Los Angeles during the Easter Fashion Festival in...
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Number Of Indian Students In UK Rising: Official

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British Student Accused Of Spying, Sentenced To Life Imprisonment In UAE

Dubai: A United Arab Emirates court sentenced British student Matthew Hedges to life in jail on Wednesday after convicting him of spying, a family spokesperson said."We can confirm that he was sentenced to life in prison," the spokesperson told AFP."The hearing lasted less than five minutes, and his lawyer was not present."British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said he was "deeply shocked and disappointed" by the decision of the UAE court."Today's verdict is not what we expect from a friend and trusted partner of the United Kingdom and runs contrary to earlier assurances," he said.Hedges, a 31-year-old PhD student, was researching...