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Hinduism is not a religion but a way of life: Prime Minister Narendra Modi

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today talked about the essence of Hinduism at an international level by calling it a way of life instead of mere religion

“Hinduism is not a religion but a way of life,” Prime Minister Modi said during a prayer meeting in Vancouver.

He also added “Hindu religion has worked for the benefit of nature, including wildlife, through the scientific way of life”.

Narendra Modi was accompanied by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to a Gurudwara where he was presented with ‘saropas’ at the Gurudwara.

“The Sikhs in Canada had won respect for India through their work,” said Narendra Modi while addressing the gathering.

He also talked about the teachings of Guru Nanak and the role of Sikhs in India’s Independence struggle, including that of Bhagat Singh.

Modi also visited Lakshmi Narayan Temple where he praised the Indians living in Canada and talked about the need for working for humanity through Hinduism.

The Prime Minister also highlighted the role of Indian-origin Canadians in developing bilateral relations at both the religious places.

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Different strains of marijuana are displayed for sale at the Warmland Centre, a medical marijuana dispensary in Mill Bay, British Columbia on Vancouver Island in Canada. VOA

A new era begins in Canada Wednesday when it becomes only the second country to legalize recreational marijuana.

Although medicinal pot has been legal since 2001, Canada will join Uruguay as the only nation where customers can buy it in retail shops.

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An employee inspects the leaf of a cannabis plant at a medical marijuana plantation in northern Israel. (VOA)

The first cannabis store opens at midnight Wednesday in Newfoundland, the country’s easternmost province.

Each of the 13 provinces will set its own rules for selling marijuana. Some will allow private shops while others will only sell it through government-run stores. But mail order sales will be permitted across all of Canada.

Only licensed growers can sell marijuana on the retail market.

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In this July 12, 2018 file photo, a newly-transplanted cannabis cuttings grow in pots at a medical marijuana cultivation facility in Massachusetts. (VOA)

The federal minimum age for using marijuana is 18, but most provinces have set it at 19.

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau began the push to legalize marijuana across the country more than two years ago, in part, to shut down the black market and prevent underage use. (VOA)