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Eat, pray, exercise: Thailand’s monks battle weight problems

BANGKOK: Every morning Buddhist monk Pipit Sarakitwinon takes walks around his temple and does hundreds of arm exercises, part of a new regimen aimed at shedding pounds as a health overhaul for members of the clergy gathers pace in Thailand. Followers have been showering monks -- who are deeply respected in the kingdom -- with foods loaded with sugar, fat and oil, contributing to a brewing health crisis. "Before I dieted I could barely walk 100 metres without getting tired", Pipit, 63, told AFP during a medical…

Inzamam, Mushtaq call on Imran Khan, pray for his success

ISLAMABAD: Chief Selector Pakistan Cricket Team Inzamam ul Haq and West Indies bowling coach Mushtaq Ahmed on Sunday called on Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan at his house in Bani Gala and prayed for his success as a statesman. Both the former cricketers have played under the cricketer-turned-politician's captaincy in 1992 World Cup, the only ODI World Cup that Pakistan have won so far. Talking to media following the meeting, Inzamam said, “Not just cricketers but the entire nation has big hopes…

Ethan Hawke says he prayed to avoid becoming a priest

VENICE: Ethan Hawke’s great-grandmother had wanted him to become a priest, but the American actor prayed that he would never get the calling, he said at the Venice film festival on Thursday. Hawke finally got his taste of priesthood when he was cast as a minister in Paul Schrader’s spiritual drama “First Reformed”, one of 21 movies competing for the Golden Lion that will be awarded on Sept. 9. “I’ve been surrounded by religion my whole life and it’s a very important dialogue, in my head anyway, so I was very grateful…

Palestinians pray outside holy site after Israeli restrictions

JERUSALEM: Israel barred men under 50 from Friday prayers at a sensitive Jerusalem holy site after two weeks of tensions and deadly unrest, leading thousands of Palestinians to hold mass prayers outside. Thousands of others entered the Haram al-Sharif compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, for prayers after Palestinians ended a boycott of the site the previous day. Despite fears of violent clashes around the compound, which includes Al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock, the area was largely calm following…

What country’s politicians said about Bilawal’s marriage?

KARACHI: Senior politicians from different political parties advised, wished and prayed for Chairman Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari after he opened up before media on Saturday about his marriage, ARY News reported. Ayaz Sadiq lauds Bilawal's decision Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said he liked Bilawal Bhutto speaking about marriage. He also prayed for his healthy and long life. “Ma sha Allah! Bilawal is a very smart, handsome and good-looking young man from a noble family. He will not…