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High Court of Islamabad moved against Disrespect shown towards Hindu Temple

The temple is located inside a Haveli, which is now converted into a Picture Gallery by CDA

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Temple at Saidpur Village, Islamabad. Source: wikimedia
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October 7, 2016: Islamabad High Court Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani has issued a notice to the federal government, as a petitioner accused that the authorities of Hindu Temple in Islamabad’s Said Puri Village have put no restrictions on visitors to remove their shoes while proceeding into the temple.

Petitioner Adil Gill said he is a Hindu by religion and seeing people enter the temple without removing their shoes hurt his and also the feelings of the Hindu minority. He also said, according to the Constitution of Pakistan every citizen enjoys equal rights of religion and sect.

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According to the christiansinpakistan.com, Adil Gill wanted to draw the attention of authorities towards the disgrace by visitors of a Hindu temple at Said Puri Village of Islamabad. Being a sacred place for the Hindu community, entering the temple with shoes on is a humiliation to the community.

The temple is located inside a Haveli, which is now converted into a Picture Gallery by CDA. As visitor get in to have a look at the gallery they also go into the temple with shoes on take pictures, make noise. This whole scene takes away the sanctity of the temple as well as the religious feelings of the petitioner and the Hindu community.

Gill says that the temple is as sacred for the Hindus, as the Mosque is for the Muslims and the Church is for the Christians. Gill had filed applications dates May 15, 2016, but there was no response from the authorities.

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Issuing notice, IHC bench adjourned the matter until October 25, this year. Petitioner Adil Gill, through his counsel Yasir Mehmood Chaudhry advocate has cited Ministry of Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) through its secretary, Capital Development Authority (CDA) through its chairman, Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) through its Chief Commissioner and Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation (IMC) through its mayor as respondents.

Article 20 of the Pakistani Constitution is about freedom to profess religion and to make religious institutions subject to law, public order and morality. Article 36 is about protection of minorities. Under these, the State shall safeguard the legitimate rights and interest of minorities including their due representation in the Federal and Provincial Services.

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The petitioner said that the authorities are under the obligation to act in accordance to Article 4 of the Constitution. The petitioner has prayed to the court to order the respondents to appear before the court and explain why this practice of disgracing the Hindu temple has continued since long, mentioned the news portal.

The court may impose a ban on the entry of visitors into the temple while wearing shoes, making noise inside and taking pictures inside.

-Prepared by Enakshi Roy Chowdhury of Newsgram. Twitter:@enakshirc58

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Indian Cuisine becomes the most sought after in Moscow

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Indian dishes available in Moscow during FIFA World Cup 2018, representational image, wikimedia commons

June 17, 2018:

Restaurateurs Prodyut and Sumana Mukherjee have not only brought Indian cuisine to the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018 here but also plan to dish out free dinner to countrymen if Argentina wins the trophy on July 15.

Based in Moscow for the last 27 years, Prodyut and Sumana run two Indian eateries, “Talk Of The Town” and “Fusion Plaza”.

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Both restaurants serve popular Indian dishes like butter chicken, kebabs and a varied vegetarian spread.

During the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

The Mukherjees, hailing from Kolkata, are die-hard fans of Argentina. Despite Albiceleste drawing 1-1 with Iceland in their group opener with Lionel Messi failing to sparkle, they believe Jorge Sampaoli’s team can go the distance.

“I am an Argentina fan. I have booked tickets for a quarterfinal match, a semifinal and of course the final. If Argentina goes on to lift

During the World Cup, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

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FIFA World Cup 2018, Wikimedia Commons.

“We have been waiting for this World Cup. Indians come in large numbers during the World Cup and we wanted these eateries to be a melting point,” he added.

According to Cutting Edge Events, FIFA’s official sales agency in India for the 2018 World Cup, India is amongst the top 10 countries in terms of number of match tickets bought.

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Prodyut came to Moscow to study engineering and later started working for a pharmaceutical company here before trying his hand in business. Besides running the two restaurants with the help of his wife, he was into the distribution of pharmaceutical products.

“After Russia won the first match of the World Cup, the footfall has gone up considerably. The Indians are also flooding in after the 6-9 p.m. game. That is the time both my restaurants remain full,” Prodyut said.

There are also plans to rope in registered fan clubs of Latin American countries, who will throng the restaurants during matches and then follow it up with after-game parties till the wee hours.

“I did get in touch with some of the fan clubs I had prior idea about. They agreed to come over and celebrate the games at our joints. Those will be gala nights when both eateries will remain open all night for them to enjoy,” Prodyut said.

Watching the World Cup is a dream come true for the couple, Sumana said.

“We want to make the Indians who have come here to witness the spectacle and feel at home too. We always extend a helping hand and since we are from West Bengal, we make special dishes for those who come from Bengal,” she added. (IANS)