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French pranksters replace holy water with alcohol

BESANÇON, France: Tourists visiting a church in the picturesque French town of Chateau-Chalon were surprised to discover that local pranksters had replaced the fonts' holy water with alcohol, the local tourism office said Friday. A dozen tourists sniffed out the telltale signs of eau-de-vie, a clear fruit brandy, when they visited the church in Jura, eastern France, at the end of August. "I made the sign of the cross and it smelt like eau-de-vie. Is this a local tradition?" the tourists asked officials at the nearby…

Govt gives nod to export of Sikh holy water

LAHORE: Pakistani authorities have allowed export of holy water from well at Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in the country. The well has also been made functional for the purpose. Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) Chairman Siddiqul Farooq told a Senate committee that the well had been shaped and a filtration plant had been set up over it so that Sikh devotees could drink the water. Report also cited Farooq as confirming reopening of three ancient gurdwaras visited by the founder of Sikhism, Baba Guru Nanak. "The…