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Sri Lanka customs seize ‘offensive’ Buddha aprons

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's customs authorities on Thursday impounded a consignment of aprons from India featuring images of the Buddha, saying the novelty garments were "offensive to Buddhists". Spokesman Dharmasena Kahandawa said it was an offence under international customs law to trade in merchandise that could cause offence -- even though the aprons were only transiting Sri Lanka en route to Slovenia. "We consider having an image of the Buddha on a kitchen apron to be offensive to Buddhists," Kahandawa told AFP. "That is…