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UK to launch consultation to review the crematorium facilities for Hindus and Sikhs


By NewsGram Staff Writer


Within three months of coming to power in UK, the Conservative party has announced to look into crematorium facilities across the country in answer to the representations from British Hindu and Sikh leaders regarding inadequate facilities in the crematorium. The community leaders had stressed that the crematorium facilities were too small and were not equipped to meet the needs of Hindus and Sikhs.

Taking up the issue on Wednesday, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced the review in the House of Commons, during the annual budget.

He said: “This is a Budget that delivers for British Hindus and Sikhs: backing business, supporting aspiration, and standing behind families that work hard.”

Over the past year, a number of British Hindus and Sikhs have also raised with me their concerns about cremation facilities for their communities. They’ve told me that often the facilities are not large enough for everyone from the community to pay their respects and don’t always pay enough regard to cultural sensitivities.”

So this Budget announces a review into these facilities. We want to know more about concerns that people from all faiths and none have about these facilities, so we can do more to ensure everybody can mark the passing of their loved ones appropriately. That’s why we’ve launched this consultation and I’d urge everyone to make their views known on this important issue.”

The consultation will be launched to record the views of the members of all faiths and then take appropriate action to address their concerns. It will be led by the Department for Communities and the Local Government.

Welcoming this decision, National Council of Hindu Temples (UK) stated: “Never before have the needs of British Hindus and Sikhs been mentioned in any Budget and for many years we were pressing the previous Government to listen to us on this issue which affects members of all Dharmic communities whether Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist or Jains, and is an issue we encounter in temples almost every day. This Government has been in office for 3 months and we have had a most welcome breakthrough.

Cremation has been one of the burning issues in UK. It was only in 2010, that open air cremation was allowed for Hindus.

It must be remembered that before the May elections, National Council of Hindu Temples (UK) had released a statement reminding British Hindus how the Conservative party had stood with the community in the Caste  legislation issue. It stated: “This is NOT a recommendation for members of the Dharmic communities to vote for a particular Party but it would be unfair not to recognize that the Conservative party is the only principal party which has rejected the process whereby this legislation was forced thru, the Conservative Party is the only party which has consistently listened to us and voted against this legislation and whose members are committed to repealing the Caste amendment if re-elected.”

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US Airport screenings fail to detect weapons in 95 per cent of tests



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No matter how much the USA boasts about tight security at their airports, a recent report has revealed a striking fact that their screeners fail miserably when it comes to detecting potential weapons.

The report has also raised an alarm in the security circles of the USA where the catastrophic 9/11 event forced the airline security protocol to undergo a massive change. The report has mentioned that American airports screeners missed detecting weapons and explosives 95% of the time in mock tests conducted by undercover agents.

The undercover investigations were conducted at several US airports by Homeland Security Red Teams, acting as passengers, to test the system. According to officials apprised on the results, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents failed 67 out of 70 tests, with Red Team associates frequently able to pass potential weapons through checkpoints.

As reported by The Guardian, in one test, an undercover agent was stopped when he set off an alarm at a checkpoint, however, the TSA screeners were not able to locate a fake explosive device taped to his back when they frisked him.

Following the striking revelation made by the undercover agents, the US homeland security secretary, Jeh Johnson, immediately ordered improved security at airports and transferred the top TSA official to another role.

As per the website, Johnson also stated that the results of the security checks were confidential but he had directed the TSA to modify screening procedures “to address specific vulnerabilities identified” in the undercover operation.

He said, “The numbers in these reports never look good out of context but they are a critical element in the continual evolution of our aviation security.” “We take these findings very seriously in our continued effort to test, measure and enhance our capabilities and techniques as threats evolve,” he added.