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Supreme Sangha Council, National Office of Buddhism (NOB) speed up reforms in Buddhism using example of Dhammakaya Temple case
Thailand, March 10, 2017: It will soon be proposed by the Cabinet that the Supreme Sangha Council and the National Office of Buddhism (NOB) speed up reforms in Buddhism using the example of the Dhammakaya Temple case; Justice Minister Suwaphan Tanyuvardhana revealed on Thursday.
Three senior monks have already been assigned by the council to join a reform panel.
Suwaphan also added that the decision whether to disrobe the fugitive former abbot Phra Dhammachayo lies at the discretion of ecclesiastical administrators.
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Meanwhile, on Thursday, Dhammakaya communications officer, Phra Maha Nopporn Punyachayo, told a press conference that “it’s time to cancel the reckless laws that destroy Buddhism and kill monks”. He also urged authorities not to have monks disrobed if the allegations against them were yet to be finalized.
He also added that the prosecution of monks should be carried out as an inquiry where the judge has the authority to look for more facts and evidence besides those presented by the prosecutor and the defendant.
A Sangha Court should be established to handle such cases based on both layman laws and the Phra Dhamma Vinaya discipline. Such an inquiry, with the participation of monks, should take place at a temple to preserve the monks’ status, he said to The Nation.
Phra Maha Nopporn also suggested that Buddhist organisations from across the world should be invited to witness a major case like Phra Dhammachayo’s.
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Phra Channarong Uttamo, of the temple, said monk ordination was equal to a rebirth into Buddhism and the disrobing was similar to the killing of a monk. Calling Thai laws discriminatory and unfair towards monks he said it is because they would be defrocked if they were suspects in a criminal case, even if the case had not been finalised.
Suwaphan stated that he would not rush the search of the temple by the Department of Special Investigation (DSI). He said the monks and disciples seemed to have been incited to assume the officers would demolish or mishandle the temple and its properties and seize assets, which was untrue. He said those executing incitement activities should stop.
Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Kreangam said a complaint has already lodged by the NOB for senior monks to proceed with disciplinary action against Dhammachayo. He said the Sangha Supreme Council’s meeting tomorrow, which the NOB chief would be present in his capacity as the council secretary, might table the Dhammakaya case.
Even though the temple has been declared a special controlled area and Phra Dhammachayo’s monastic rank has been removed, the temple’s resistance continued. So it was necessary for the government to find more solutions, he added.
DSI spokesman Pol Colonel Songsak Raksaksakul said that future action regarding this matter will soon be decided by the agency and clear progress in the temple search can be expected this week.
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Out of the 14 Dhammakaya monks summoned by the DSI, six who had turned up are: Phra Khru Thawalsak Yatisako, Phra Maha Somchai Thanawutthito, Phra Maha Nopporn Punyachayo, Phra Saenpol Thepthepa, Phra Pasura Dantamano, and Phra Khru Sangkharak Sotathiko. The DSI will also summon another 70 individuals for alleged violation of the junta order.
Police deputy spokesman Pol Colonel Krissana Pattanacharoen said police was proceeding with 340 cases reported against Dhammakaya, 20 of which involved warrants which had been issued for suspects.
According to the report of “The Nation”, Dhammakaya communications chief Phra Sanitwong Chareonrattawong will surrender himself to the DSI today, after an arrest warrant was issued for him yesterday. The monk had been out of the public eye after the DSI’s threat to arrest him on sight for failing to respond to summons.
Dhammakaya monk Phra Palat Seksan Attathamo, who allegedly led crowds that gathered at the Klong Luang Central Market, was released yesterday on a bail of Bt200,000 after being brought to the Thanyaburi court to plead for a detention order. The bail was allowed on condition that he would stay away from making statements of incitement or grant interviews, and will not enter the controlled premise declared under a junta order.
– prepared by Durba Mandal of NewsGram. Twitter: @dubumerang
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Bullied individuals, as well as those who bully others, may have long-term repercussions. | Photo by Unsplash
How To Deal With An Adult Bully?
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Silver and gold have always been preferred when it comes to wearing jewellery. Right from the times of monarchy in India, wealth and riches have been associated with wearing gold and silver for the various properties they have. Copper is a metal that has always been worn by the poor. It is not a metal that carries a significant association with health or wealth, but wearing at least one article of copper is extremely beneficial for health.
Copper is a reddish-brown metal that cannot be worn on its own. It has to be worn in the form of an alloy to prevent a reaction. Copper oxidizes in air and forms a green layer on it when exposed, much like the Statue of Liberty. Usually, bangles, chains, or rings of copper always have brass and traces of silver in them which helps with stabilizing its reactivity.
Wearing copper with stones in it looks very aesthetic, but copper is not durable enough to hold the stones, which is why it is fashioned into elaborate designs and sold. Copper is very malleable, and over time, the bangle or ring will take the shape of the wearer's hand or finger.
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Jewellery made out of copper can be an excellent health indicator. Copper helps metabolize bodily functions faster, and the wearer experiences relief from indigestion. It also soothes joint pain, headaches, and arthritis. Using copper utensils also aids those with deficiencies. Since copper is absorbed slowly into the body, there is no fear of causing any kind of imbalance.
Sometimes copper leaves a greenish tinge on the skin. This happens when it oxidizes with sweat. This stain can be washed away with soap and water, but the fact that it appears is noteworthy. It is an indicator of too much acidity in the body. Greenish skin appears when the wearer's diet includes too much meat or acidic foods.
Copper might not be a very attractive metal, but wearing it has a lot of benefits for the health. It regulates metabolism, assimilation, and indicates health. It is definitely a good idea to wear copper jewellery at least once in a while.
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By Md Waquar Haider
When popular smartphone brands like Xiaomi and realme entered the laptop market in India last year, they were expected to shake the existing giants, specifically under the Rs 50,000 category. However, chip shortage and supply crunch have somewhat dented their plans to make a significant mark to date. According to industry experts, the issue with smartphone makers entering the laptop category is two-fold. The first one is a massive supply crunch in the laptop component market and only big brands are able to get volume and supplies.
The other factor is that the traditional players are very strong in the consumer laptop market. Top 3 players control more than 70 per cent of the market and strong portfolio, distribution, and channel reach as well as brand marketing has helped them massively. "New brands can surely make a dent in the consumer laptop market but are challenged by supply issues right now. Watch out for them in 2022 as and when supply situation eases up," Navkendar Singh, Research Director, Client Devices & IPDS, IDC India told IANS.
Dominated by HP Inc, Lenovo and Dell, the traditional PC market (inclusive of desktops, notebooks, and workstations) in India continued to be robust as the shipments grew by 50.5 per cent year-over-year (YoY) in the second quarter (Q2), according to IDC. Notebook PCs continue to hold more than three-fourth share in the overall category and grew 49.9 per cent YoY in 2Q21, reporting a fourth consecutive quarter with over 2 million units. Desktops also indicated a recovery as shipments grew 52.3 per cent YoY after recording the lowest shipments of the decade in 2Q20.
According to Prabhu Ram, Head, Industry Intelligence Group, CMR, driven by the pandemic and the associated accelerated pivot to remote work, learn and unwind culture, PCs have been witnessing heightened demand. "Despite the current supply chain constraints, PCs are here to stay in the new never normal. In the run-up to the festive season, established PC market leaders will continue to leverage their brand salience and gain market share," Ram told IANS.
According to industry experts, the issue with smartphone makers entering the laptop category is two-fold. | Photo by Manuel on Unsplash
"On the other hand, there is a niche market for those new market entrants that are able to differentiate themselves from the competition in terms of features and value. "Alongside, they would need to back it with strong brand messaging to create awareness and recall amongst the target consumers," Ram added.
HP maintained its lead in the India PC market with a 33.6 per cent share as its shipments grew 54.2 per cent annually. Dell Technologies continued to hold the second position with a 22.1 per cent share and an impressive 86.1 per cent YoY growth in 2Q21. Lenovo maintained the third position with a share of 17.8 per cent in 2Q21.
Arvind Suraj, Research Fellow, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), said that there is always a trust issue with new brands. "You won't buy a laptop in 6 or 7 months just like smartphones. In this case, we often go for existing players. Brands like Lenovo, HP, ASUS and Acer have already gained our trust," he said. (IANS/ MBI)
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