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Britain to expand its crematoria to cater to Hindu, Sikh funeral needs

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London, UK: There have been some growing complaints from the Hindu and Sikh communities regarding the crematoria facilities across Britain.

One of the complaints is about the inept training given to the crematorium staff in accordance to the ‘cultural sensitivities of different faiths at a difficult time for mourners’.

On 16th March, the Government of Britain made the declaration of the revision of the policies concerning the crematoria provision which will continue until May 26.

The decision was taken when it surfaced that the cost of a cremation in Britain has raised one-fifth during the last five years.

And now, the average expense stands at that of £640, whereas it was £480 back in 2010. One of the most astonishing facts is that some localities like that of Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria charge as much as an alarming £721 for cremating an adult.

It is known that sometimes crematoria can be run by a private firm while at other instances more than 170 local authorities can look after only one such site.

The Government after seeking the consultation from diverse cultural groups, local authorities and private firms found that the general opinion is that:

‘Some faith groups have said that crematoria staff need better training to ensure that they are culturally aware and sensitive to different faiths at a difficult time for mourners’. (Inputs from mailonsunday.co.uk/)

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Britain To Ban Sale Of Plastic Straws In Bid To Fight Waste

Britain planning to ban the sale of Plastic products

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Stainless steel straws are displayed at the cooperative Sin Plastico (Without Plastic), which offers environmentally friendly household items free from plastic materials and packaging, in Bilbao, Spain, April 6, 2018. Britain plans to ban the sale of plastic straws and other single-use items. VOA

Britain plans to ban the sale of plastic straws and other single-use products and is pressing Commonwealth allies to also take action to tackle marine waste, the office of Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May said.

It said drink stirrers and cotton buds would also be banned under the plans.

May has pledged to eradicate avoidable plastic waste by 2042 as part of a “national plan of action.”

“Plastic waste is one of the greatest environmental challenges facing the world, which is why protecting the marine environment is central to our agenda at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting,” May said in a statement ahead of a Commonwealth summit Thursday.

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A woman drinks from a paper cup through a plastic straw on Westminster

Leaders from the Commonwealth — a network of 53 countries, mostly former British colonies — are meeting in London this week.

May is looking to deepen ties to the Commonwealth as Britain seeks to boost trade and carve out a new role in the world ahead of the country’s departure from the European Union in March next year.

Britain will commit 61.4 million pounds ($87.21 million) at the summit to develop new ways of tackling plastic waste and help Commonwealth countries limit how much plastic ends up in the ocean.

“We are rallying Commonwealth countries to join us in the fight against marine plastic,” May said.

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“Together we can effect real change so that future generations can enjoy a natural environment that is healthier than we currently find it.”

The statement said environment minister Michael Gove would launch a consultation later this year into the plan to ban the plastic items. It gave no details who the consultation would be with.  VOA

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