» 04/01/2011, 00.00
Kathmandu: Christians on hunger strike for cemetery
The rotating fast began on 23 March in front of Ratna Park, in the capital’s downtown area. Christian leaders will continue until the government does not grant Christians land for cemetery. To avoid a clash with Hindus, Christians have agreed to give up the right to bury their dead near Pashupatinath temple.
Hundreds of Hindu sages occupy Christian tombs in Pashupatinath
The possibility of Hindu-Christian clashes is growing. Celebrations on 1 March for Maha Shivaratri, a holy day dedicated to Shiva, are at risk. The dispute is over burials by Christians and other religions in an area near the Hindu temple of Pashupatinath.
Running out of space in Malaysia’s Christian cemeteries
In Kuala Lumpur and surrounding areas, publicly owned burial space for non-Muslims is running out. Traditionally, Christians avoid cremation, and private cemeteries are very expensive.
In Godavari many have converted to Catholicism since Nepal became a secular state
With the Nepali state going secular, tens of people have felt free to convert to the Catholic faith. Here a 12-year-old girl and a 55-year-old woman tell their stories. In Godavari a new church is needed to replace the existing one, already too small for the growing congregation.
Kathmandu: Madhesi attack pro-government demonstration, more than 20 people hurt
Members of the southern Nepali ethnic group protest against the upcoming Constituent Assembly for not respecting the points of view of minorities. Government calls for dialogue, Madhesi pledge three more days of violence.
Drug addiction reaches crisis levels in Nepal with Hindus the most affected
Almost a third of young people is taking drugs; an increase of 3 per cent compared to ten years ago. According to psychologists, weak educational institutions and unstable families are some of the causes of the problem.
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