Row over Lanka animal sacrifice on hold after Rajapaksa plea
- Trouble mounts for Sreesanth as Mumbai cops gather more evidence
- SIT to seek Supreme Court guidance on Maya Kodnani death penalty issue
- Tamil Nadu police bans Yasin Malik-linked pro-Eelam public meeting
- Kings XI Punjab end IPL 2013 campaign with a win
- Narendra Modi: India losing sheen as agricultural nation
The annual feast of a Hindu temple in Sri Lanka's northwestern Chilaw town has been put on hold following a request from President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Kalimuthu Sivapathasunderam, the chief priest of the Sri Bhadra Kali Amman Kovil, said they would not hold the animal sacrifice ceremony scheduled for Saturday in view of the presidential request.
Rajapaksa, prior to his departure for Iran Wednesday for the NAM Summit, had asked that ceremony be not held during the ongoing exposition of the Kapilavastu Buddha relics. The exposition has been extended until September 17.
The Kapilavastu relics arrived from India on a request by Rajapaksa to Indian Premier Manmohan Singh.
Buddhist monks and animal rights groups had vowed to stage protest demonstrations at the Kovil site during the ceremony.
The monks led a protest march to the site last Sunday.
The Chilaw court on Tuesday had banned all protests in the vicinity of Kovil until a day after the ceremony.
- Quake-hit and shaken, Bhaderwah spends nights in the open
- UP blast accused dies on way to jail, govt wanted to drop case against him
- Former civil aviation secy changes mind, seeks airport security exemption as EC
- BCCI suspects Gujarat players in other teams were also approached
- Police on money trail, Sreesanth in fresh trouble
- Chhattisgarh 'encounter' leaves 8 villagers dead, no Maoist link yet