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15 Hindu temples vandalised over ‘Anti Islamic’ FB posts in Bangladesh

Protests against the Facebook post were called under the banner of 'Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat' in Habiganj district headquarters and Nasirnagar

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Dhaka, November 2, 2016:  A local Hindu fisherman allegedly posted an edited photo on Facebook of a Hindu deity inside the black cube-shaped Kaaba in Mecca, Saudi Arabia which  triggered panic among the minority community in the Muslim-majority nation. At least 15 Hindu temples in Bangladesh have been vandalized over allegations of disrespect shown to Islam on Facebook.

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On Sunday, temples in Brahmanbarhia district’s Nasirnagar were vandalized and more than 100 Hindu houses were looted. Two temples in Madhabpur in the neighboring Habiganj district were also attacked, police and witnesses said.

Two Islamist groups had been demonstrating to demand the arrest and execution of the fisherman when a group of between 100 to 150 men broke away and attacked the temples said District police chief Mizanur Rahman.

According to AFP report, Police had arrested six men in connection with the violence and a 30-year-old Hindu fisherman for the Facebook post. He’ll be charged with breaching internet laws.

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Paramilitary Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) have been deployed in Nasirnagar and Madhabpur Upazila headquarters along with the Rapid Action Battalion, police and Armed Police Battalion, bdnews24.com reported.

The leaders of the local Hindu community said at least 15 temples were vandalised and numerous Hindu idols were destroyed during the hour-long rampage. Several priests were also injured during the attack. The incidents have sparked fears among the local Hindu community.

Protests against the Facebook post were called under the banner of ‘Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat’ in Habiganj district headquarters and Nasirnagar. Demonstrations were also announced in Habiganj’s Madhabpur.

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Buddhist monasteries, houses and shops in the Cox’s Bazar were attacked in same manner in 2012 on a similar allegation of disrespect towards Islam through a Facebook post.

Mizanur, quoting witnesses, said a group of the demonstrators, armed with local weapons, vandalized the temples at Duttubarhi, Namashudraparha and Ghoshparha, and Jagannath Temple and Goura Temple.

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

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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)