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Websites punished for spreading rumours about China blasts

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Beijing, China’s internet regulator shut down and revoked licenses of some websites, accusing them of spreading online rumors after massive explosions at a warehouse in China’s Tianjin city left 112 people dead.

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In a statement released on late Saturday, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) accused 50 websites of creating panic by publishing unverified information or letting users spread baseless rumors, reported Xin
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The information circulated on the websites included headlines such as: “the blasts killed at least 1,000 people”, “shopping malls in Tianjin looted” and “leadership change in Tianjin government”.

The CAC said such rumors caused negative influences. It shut down and revoked licenses of 18 websites, and suspended operation of another 32 websites.

The CAC said it would take a zero-tolerance attitude towards websites spreading rumors after major disasters.

Some 95 people, including 85 fire-fighters, went missing after Wednesday’s massive blasts

(IANS)

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Indian Government to open a Website to facilitate time-bound public services

To facilitate public service delivery in time, a website will soon be made functional by the government of India

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New Delhi, November 10, 2016: To facilitate public service delivery in time, a website will soon be made functional by the government of India.

The main purpose of the website will be to inform the people about various services offered by the central as well as state governments. It will also inform about the procedure for taking them and the timeline for grant of such services.

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According to PTI report, “A national portal is being developed on public service delivery. It will have information of all the services being offered by various central and state government departments.”

“People will be able to know all information like requests regarding issuance of passport to other such documents through this website,” said C Viswanath, Secretary, Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances.

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This proposal is one of the Centre’s efforts to ensure that all the public services are delivered timely.

He further said that there are about 1,700 services that are provided by various state governments in a timely manner and the number is may go up to 4,000.

“The website is being developed by National Informatics Centre and it will be made functional by May. By clicking a button, one would be able to know what services are being offered by which state,” Viswanath said.

The Secretary said regional conference are being planned in order to inform state and other stake holders to strengthen the already functioning system by putting in place an efficient public service delivery system.

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According to PTI, “A highest of 750 such services are provided by Karnataka, 497 by Goa, 369 by Maharashtra, 361 by Delhi, 324 by Odisha, 278 by Gujarat, 260 by Chhattisgarh, 200 by Jharkhand, 197 by Haryana, 164 by Madhya Pradesh, 153 by Rajasthan, 139 by Uttar Pradesh, 116 by Himachal Pradesh, 80 by Jammu and Kashmir and 50 by Bihar.”

by NewsGram team with PTI inputs

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Do you Know? A Park in Thailand represents the Hell of Buddhism

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Wang Saen Suk Hell Garden. Image Source: en.wikipedia.org
  • In Buddhism, a sinner remains in hell until his/her sins are not spent by punishment
  • Naraka has 8 large pits and each pit have 16 sub areas forming a total of 136 pits altogether
  • In the Park, corrupts are given the heads of pig, and thieves are given head of birds and then warden axe them off

Buddhism is a religion of peace but as hell and heaven go side by side, it has its own representation of horror as well. Wang Saen Suk Hell Garden or Thailand’s horror park represents the Hell as described in Buddhism. Known as ‘Naraka’, this park in Thailand represents the hell of Buddhism.

The park is well known for sending chills down your spine. Located in Saen Suk village of Thailand- located 100 kilometers from Bangkok, the park features a statue of Lord Buddha at the entrance with a sign “Welcome to Hell”. The statue of Buddha is followed by two devils- a man and a woman.

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In Buddhism, a sinner remains in hell until his/her sins are not spent by punishment. According to Traiphum Phra Ruang, a newly dead person is taken to Phya Yom, who will tell your fate after comparing the good deeds and bad deeds.

Phya Yom. Image Source: thailanguagetuition.co.uk
Phya Yom. Image Source: thailanguagetuition.co.uk

According to it, Naraka has 8 large pits and each pit has 16 sub areas forming a total of 136 pits altogether. Each sin has a separate pit and a separate punishment. The wardens were found wearing Buddhist clothes and are Buddhist monks. The statues in the park are of size of a human being.

The park depicts punishment of each sin. For example, a woman is penetrated with a spear to compensate for birth control and injection. Cheating is punished by removal of eyes. A rapist is punished by shoving tridents at his genitals. The murderers are punished with a spear penetrating through their heart. For regular alcoholics, boiling oil is poured down their throats. Those who undermine Buddhism have their head axed. Corrupts are given the heads of pig, and thieves are given head of birds and then wardens axe them off. Some statues shows that they burn sinners in boiling oil.

Punishment scene (source: www.atlasobscura.com)
Punishment scene (source: www.atlas obscura.com)

The most interesting part of the garden is a donation box located at the end of the park. It states that whoever gives alms and yellow robes to Buddhist monks will be born in the religious period of Bodhisattva. Near each sin, there is a donation box, which encourages forgiveness with the help of charity.

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Despite of depicting punishments, the park also encourages a sense of being good in an individual. It shows that good people are rewarded with good food, flower and also Lord Buddha smiling over prayer of sinners. The park also accompanies shrines of Lord Shiva sitting on Kailash mountain.

-This report is compiled by a staff-writer at NewsGram.

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2 responses to “Do you Know? A Park in Thailand represents the Hell of Buddhism”

  1. Oh my god! This is something really weird. You cannot depict hell (if it exists) so openly. But in a way it refrains people from doing bad if they fear god

  2. Thais are spooky race wish I never went to Thailand. And wish they would all die and burn in hell

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112 dead, 95 missing: China blasts

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Beijing, The toll in the explosions at a warehouse in China’s port city of Tianjin has risen to 112 with 95 people, including 85 fire-fighters, still missing, authorities said on Sunday.

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Ten more bodies were found on Saturday night after the announcement of 104 deaths, but four mutilated remains were later confirmed as belonging to two victims, Xinhua news agency quoted Gong Jiansheng, vice head of the city’s publicity department, as saying.

Twenty four victims have been identified, Gong said.

The missing fire-fighters included 13 in active service and 72 working for the Tianjin Port Group Co., he added.
Wednesday’s blasts at the warehouse that stored hazardous chemicals were massive, triggering huge flames, shattering window panes and gutting over 2,500 cars at the site.
A total of 722 people remained hospitalized, including 58 in critical or serious conditions, the rescue headquarters said on Saturday night.

(IANS)