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Meditating Buddhist monk killed by leopard attack in India

A Buddhist monk has been killed by a leopard while meditating in a protected forest for the big cats, the fifth such attack in the area this month, Indian police said Thursday. Rahul Walke Bodhi was seated beneath a tree in Ramdegi forest in western India for morning prayers on Tuesday when the leopard pounced. The 35-year-old monk was fatally injured, police in Maharashtra state said. Two other devotees meditating with him at the time escaped unscathed to alert police, who started a search for his body. "His…

Indian editor arrested for fake news on monk

BANGALORE: Indian police have arrested the editor of a website for publishing a fake report that Muslims had attacked a monk from the Jain faith, officials said Friday. Mahesh Vikram Hegde was arrested in southern Karnataka state on Thursday on charges of spreading fake and communally sensitive news on his right wing website, a senior police officer said. Hegde's online Postcard news reported on March 18 that Jain monk Upadhyaya Mayank Sagarji was attacked by Muslims. Police said Sagarji was actually injured in a road…

Man claims spotting strange ghostly figure in medieval castle

A father and son taking photographs of a medieval castle claim to have spotted extremely mysterious figure when they looked back at the images. SCROLL DOWN FOR PICTURES-VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED Jon Wickes, 50, was helping his 12-year-old son, Harry with his homework, and had visited Eynsford Castle in Kent to find out about its history. While taking pictures of the grounds of the castle, Jon managed to capture an unexplained figure , shrouded in a black cloak, standing in the background. Jon hired a paranormal…

Japanese firm to offer ‘drive-thru’ funeral service

TOKYO: A Japanese funeral parlour is set to offer relatives the chance to pay their final respects to deceased loved ones without leaving the comfort of their cars. The firm claims that the "drive-thru" service is a first in Japan, where a rapidly ageing population means funerals are anything but a dying trade. Elderly mourners can register their names on a touchscreen tablet device and make a traditional offering of incense just by rolling down a car window -- a process relayed to screens inside the venue for the…

Sri Lanka’s fugitive monk surrenders

COLOMBO: A radical Buddhist monk wanted in connection with a string of hate attacks in Sri Lanka surrendered on Wednesday after four weeks on the run, police said. Galagodaatte Gnanasara gave himself up before a magistrate and was then arrested in connection with arson attacks targeting the island's minority Muslim community in recent months. Police spokesman Priyantha Jayakody said he had been released on bail of $8,000 and ordered to refrain from hate speech and inciting violence. Jayakody said four police teams…

Hardline Myanmar monk visits strife-torn Rakhine State

YANGON: Hardline Myanmar monk Wirathu, once dubbed the "face of Buddhist terror" for his anti-Muslim diatribes, toured Rakhine State on Thursday in a provocative visit soon after a bloody army crackdown on the Muslim Rohingya minority. The firebrand monk visited Maungdaw, a town near the epicentre of the violence in the north of the state, according to Phoe Thar, who is travelling in his retinue, told AFP by phone. Wirathu's presence in Rakhine is likely to fuel religious tensions between the Buddhist Rakhine and the …

Scuffles at Thai temple as police hunt for monk

BANGKOK: Monks and police scuffled on Monday at a Buddhist temple in Thailand where security forces are trying to arrest an influential former abbot on money-laundering charges. The standoff at the scandal-hit Dhammakaya Temple represents one of the biggest challenges to the authority of Thailand's junta since it took power in 2014. Police said they would try to avoid violence while threatening arrest for followers of the sprawling temple who have defied orders to leave and instead flocked there, hampering the search…