Religion News – Weekly Newsletter for March 1-7, 2011

Pranab invokes the gods

NEW DELHI - Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee invoked the gods Monday while presenting the budget for 2011-12, appealing to Indra, the god of rains, and Saraswati, the goddess of learning. The invocation brought some levity in the packed Lok Sabha, listening attentively to the minister. This is the sixth such exercise for the 75-year-old veteran .... Read the original article  : here.

Religion News – Weekly Newsletter for February 21-28, 2011

Goa pulls out play from Shivaji Jayanti celebrations

PANAJI - The Goa government was forced to pull out a Marathi play from events marking Maratha king Shivaji’s birth anniversary celebrations after right-wing Hindu groups claimed that it denigrated Hindu gods and saints. A government spokesperson Tuesday said the play ‘Ghalin Lotangan’, sponsored by the state information and publicity department, .... Source article on Gaea Times at  : Goa pulls out play from Shivaji Jayanti celebrations.

Religion News – Weekly Newsletter for February 14-21, 2011

Maramon convention begins in Kerala

MARAMON - The Maramon Convention, considered to be the largest Christian congregation in Asia, opened its 116th session Sunday in the central Kerala town of Maramon. Joseph Marthoma Metropolitan, the head of the Mar Thoma Church, inaugurated the convention organised by the Syrian Mar Thoma Church headquartered in Thiruvalla, about 130 km from Thiruvananthapuram. ... Read : Maramon convention begins in Kerala.

Religion News – Weekly Newsletter for February 7-14, 2011

Ahmadiyya convention in Bangladesh cancelled

DHAKA - The permission for the 87th annual convention of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat in Gazipur near here has been cancelled and curfew imposed around the venue after protests from Sunni Muslim hardliners, a media report Monday said. Gazipur district administration Sunday deployed armed police at the venue where over 8,000 followers of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat ... Read : Ahmadiyya convention in Bangladesh cancelled.

Religion News – Weekly Newsletter for February 1-7, 2011

Burial battle intensifies in Nepal

KATHMANDU - Scores of demonstrators flocked to the holiest Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath Monday to protest against the newly enforced ban on burying non-Hindus on the temple’s forested land even as the former Hindu kingdom’s culture minister warned the state would take tough steps to uphold the ban. “Today’s protest is just a symbolic one,” ... Read the original article on Gaea Times at : Burial battle intensifies in Nepal.

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