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After lobbying, Catholic Church won $1.4B in virus aid Thursday, July 9th, 2020

By REESE DUNKLIN and MICHAEL REZENDES, NEW YORK (AP):- The U.S. Roman Catholic Church used a special and unprecedented exemption from federal rules to amass at least $1.4 billion in taxpayer-backed coronavirus aid, with many millions going to dioceses that have paid huge settlements or sought..

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Chariot pulling of Rato Machhindranath on next auspicious day Wednesday, July 8th, 2020

LALITPUR:- The chariot pulling of Rato Machhindranath, God of Rain, is said to take place on next auspicious day. The Guthi Sansthan Office, Lalitpur issued a notice in this regard on Wednesday. The notice has been signed by the Office chief Rajan Bhuju. The chariot pulling of Rato Machhindranath..

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Minister Bhattarai initiates sapling plantation at Kailashdanda Tuesday, July 7th, 2020

KATHMANDU: Two hundred saplings of several species of plants with the religious associations have been planted at Kailashdanda of the Pashupati area today. Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Yogesh Kumar Bhattarai, initiated the sapling planting program. The saplings of Sami, Kapur,..

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Guru Purnima being marked today Saturday, July 4th, 2020

KATHMANDU:- The Guru Purnima festival is being celebrated today on the occasion of the Ashadh Shukla Purnima, the fullmoon day in the Nepali month of Ashadh as per the lunar calendar. On this day, people pay respects and express gratitude to their gurus who first gave them the Gayatri mantra and..

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Saudi Arabia to hold ‘very limited’ hajj due to virus Monday, June 22nd, 2020

By AYA BATRAWY, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP):- Saudi Arabia said Tuesday that because of the coronavirus only “very limited numbers” of people will be allowed to perform the annual hajj pilgrimage that traditionally draws around 2 million Muslims from around the world. The decision comes..

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Jayatu Sanskritam movement commemorated

KATHMANDU:- The 'Jayatu Sanskritam', the first student's movement in the country that took place on 1st Asar, 2004 BS (15 June 1947) has been commemorated amid a function here today. The movement was commemorated via zoom conferencing with the participation of different Sanskrit Scholars and..

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Religious places in Delhi open from today Monday, June 8th, 2020

NEW DELHI, (ANI):- After remaining shut for nearly two and a half months due to lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic, numerous places of worship in Delhi on Monday threw open their doors to the public. Jama Masjid along with various other religious places in Delhi, including Sai Baba Temple and..

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Iconic sites reopen as world eyes life after lockdown Tuesday, May 26th, 2020

Bethlehem (Palestinian Territories) (AFP):-The Church of the Nativity and the ruins of ancient Pompeii reopened to pilgrims and tourists on Tuesday, as countries further eased coronavirus controls and reopened shuttered economies. For many nations, including hard-hit Italy and Spain, the summer..

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Muslim community observing Eid al-Fitr across country Sunday, May 24th, 2020

KATHMANDU:- The members of the Muslim community across the country are celebrating Eid al-Fitr with religious fervour today. However, the Muslim community has been asked to recite Namaz at home this time and not to gather outside to exchange greetings due to COVID-19 risks. More than five people..

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Virus lockdowns stifle Eid celebrations as infections rise Saturday, May 23rd, 2020

RIYADH, (AFP):- Muslims around the world began marking a sombre Eid al-Fitr Sunday, many under coronavirus lockdown, but lax restrictions offer respite to worshippers in some countries despite fears of skyrocketing infections. The festival, one of the most important in the Muslim calendar marking..

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Commission asks Muslim community to recite namaz at home

KATHMANDU:- The National Muslim Commission has asked Islam followers to follow nationwide lockdown by reciting namaz at home during Eid al-Fitr. This caution has been made over the increasing COVID-19 risks, said the Commission's President Samim Miya Ansari. He attended a regular press conference..

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Saudi Ramadan TV dramas invite scrutiny of Israel ties Thursday, May 21st, 2020

Anuj Chopra, RIYADH, (AFP):- Two Ramadan television dramas on a Saudi-controlled network have stirred controversy as they test public perceptions of quietly warming relations between the Gulf kingdom and Israel. Arab states including Saudi Arabia have no official diplomatic ties with Israel, but..

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Syrians turn to flea markets for frugal Eid al-Fitr Wednesday, May 20th, 2020

DAMASCUS, (AFP):- In a Damascus flea market, Sham Alloush rummaged through a pile of clothes for something nice to wear for Eid al-Fitr that wasn't too expensive. "The flea market is the only place I can buy something new to wear for the Eid holidays," the 28-year-old, dressed casually in large..

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Young Tunisians eat in secret despite Ramadan and lockdown Monday, May 18th, 2020

NICOSIA, (AFP):- Hiding snacks under their beds or behind piles of clothes, young Tunisians are finding ways to subvert the Ramadan fast -- despite being locked down with their Muslim conservative parents. The generation gap in religious observance is not new but it took on a new dimension this..

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Ubhauli festival being observed today Wednesday, May 6th, 2020

KATHMANDU:- Ubhauli festival, celebrated by the Kirant community, is being observed across the nation by worshipping the nature today. Traditional dances and home-made delicacies are added features of this festival observed by exchanging of greetings for happiness, peace and good health, and..

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Buddha Jayanti being observed today

KATHMANDU:- The 2564th Buddha Jayanti is being observed today recalling the contribution of Siddhartha Gautam for the establishment of world peace. The Buddha Jayanti is celebrated on the full moon day in the month of Baishakh of the Lunar calendar every year. Buddhists from Nepal and other..

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‘Nobody hiding in mosque, madarasa’ Wednesday, April 29th, 2020

PARASI:- An inspection committee formed by the National Muslim Commission has made on-site visits to various mosques and madarasa in both Purbi Nawalparashi and Paschim Nawalparashi districts and found that no one was hiding there. The committee has been stepping up inspection after one of their..

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US panel wants India on religious freedom blacklist

WASHINGTON, (AFP):- A US government panel on Tuesday called for India to be put on a religious freedom blacklist over a "drastic" downturn under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, triggering a sharp rebuttal from New Delhi. The US Commission on International Religious Freedom recommends but does not..

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