» 04/27/2012, 00.00
Nepal, the Himalayan forests are burning
Over 225 areas destroyed in less than a week. Thousands of acres of pristine forest went up in smoke across the region of the Hindu Kush - Himalaya. Hundreds of villages remain isolated. Relief stopped because of inadequate means and limited funds.
In Orissa Christians treated worse than animals, says Father Bernard
As the situation gets back to normal amid fears and tensions, what happened is slowly emerging. Victims talk about the violence inflicted upon them, a true “attack against the sacredness and dignity of human life”. Beaten repeatedly and left unconscious for hours in the forest, Fr Bernard Digal tells his story.
Hindus from India and Nepal demonstrate in favour of the restoration of Nepal’s religious monarchy
Thousands of ascetics protest peacefully on the border between the two countries, blocking roads for a day, chanting hymns and slogans. Extremists now threaten more actions if the government does not restore the Hindu king and monarchy.
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Authors of Kerala temple fire arrested
Five officials of the Hindu place of worship have surrendered to the police, while another five are untraceable.They are all are accused of attempted murder for the fire which killed over 100 people. Meanwhile, number of wounded increases. A court must decide today whether to ban all fireworks in temples, but the board that manages 1,255 temples opposes any ban.
Government punishes companies responsible for forest fires
Some 23 companies have been sanctioned, some losing their license, for setting fire to clear forests to plant palm oil trees and trees for pulp and paper companies. The resulting smoke and haze have interfered with travel and caused respiratory problems in half a million people. The crisis is set to cut GDP by 1.9 per cent.
Despite government yes, non-Hindus still denied the right to bury their dead near Kathmandu
Police and Hindu extremists stop funeral by animist Kirati in Slesmantak forest, near Pashupati temple. Christians, Muslims and animists protest. More than 40 people are injured in clashes. Prime minister urges local authorities to find an appropriate burial place.
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