(Reuters) The disputed site, now ringed with guard towers and troops, is in northern India’s Uttar Pradesh state, the setting of elections early next year that could make or break Modi’s chances of gaining control of the upper house of parliament.
BANGKOK (Reuters) A stand-off in Thailand between investigators and a powerful Buddhist sect intensified after its influential abbot failed to appear at a police station to answer graft charges because followers said he had fainted.
NEW DELHI (RNS) Health officials in the tiny Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan are making condoms available at all monastic schools in a bid to stem the spread of sexually transmitted diseases and HIV among young monks who are supposed to be celibate.
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) A federal appeals court smacked down the Louisiana funeral board's continued attempts to prevent a group of Catholic monks from selling their hand-crafted caskets. By Richard A. Webster.
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) A group of Catholic monks who sued for the right to sell handmade caskets will head back to court this week, this time fending off an appeal from the state funeral industry after a federal judge ruled last year that the monks should be able to sell the caskets. By Ramon Antonio Vargas.
“My stand on self immolation is the same as that of the Dalai Lama, who has always discouraged drastic actions by Tibetans,” says Lobsang Sangay, the prime minister of Tibet's government-in-exile. “He does not even endorse hunger strikes.”