» 04/04/2007, 00.00
Concern over death threats against Dalai Lama
Indian news agencies report that an Islamic extremist group has made threats against the life of the Buddhist leader. In Nepal monks and lay people are praying for his safety as believers from all communities organise a joint prayer meeting. In India the authorities have beefed up security arrangements around the religious leader.
Nepali nationalists call for vice-president’s resignation
A day after the vice-president’s oath of office, protests continue against Paramananda Jha because he made his inaugural address in Hindi and wore traditional Indian clothes. The leader of the Communist Party (Maoist) sets conditions for forming national unity government.
Nepal: Christians , Hindus, Buddhists and Muslims prepare for Christmas together
Houses and shops of capital already decorated. Among the best-selling images are those of Jesus and the Virgin Mary. Young Hindu volunteers help Catholics decorate Cathedral of the Assumption in Kathmandu. The former hotel of the Hindu monarch organizes a Christmas party for diplomats and VIPs themed on harmony between the faiths.
9/11 inspires dialogue between Hindus, Muslims and Christians
For Nepali religious leaders, the attack against the Twin Towers generated solidarity among religions, which must work together to promote a secular state. Interfaith dialogue and mutual understanding are the only path towards harmony among Christians, Hindus and Muslims.
Islamic militants kill 35 Hindus in Kashmir
The attacks are the worst in recent years. Christian communities express their sorrow.
Special court convicts terrorist involved in Mumbai attacks
Verdict comes 17 months after multiple attacks left 166 dead and almost 900 wounded. Two Indians who prepared maps for terrorists were acquitted, causing outrage among Indians. The lone surviving terrorist could get the death penalty. Sentence is expected in two days.
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