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Pakistan to announce national holidays on Holi, Dipawali and Easter

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ISLAMABAD — Pakistan government on Tuesday adopted a resolution to announce national holidays on the annual festivals of minority communities, including Holi, Dipawali and Easter.

The resolution was moved by Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, a PNL-N MNA elected on a seat reserved for minorities in Tharparkar district of Sindh.

“This house is of the opinion that the government should take steps to declare Holi, Diwali and Easter as closed holidays for minorities,” the resolution said.

Vankwani, who is also patron-in-chief of the Pakistan Hindu Council, was of the view that the announcement was inevitable for the good image of Pakistan as such holidays were also being observed in the United States on Eid.

According to a report there are at least 2 million Hindus in Pakistan that makes up to at least 2 percent of the country’s population.  Likewise, the total number of Christians is said to be at least 2.5 million in 2005, which is 1.6 percent of the total population in Pakistan.

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Three arrested with tiger hides

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KATHMANDU- The Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) on Tuesday arrested three persons in possession of tiger hides.

The CIB said that Man Bahadur Tamang of Shailung Rural Municipality in Dolakha; Lokmaya Gurung of Barpak Sulikot Rural Municipality in Gorkha district and Amar Singh of Tilathi Koiladi Rural Municipality in Saptari district were arrested from Budhanilkantha in the capital city acting on a tip off about their involvement in smuggling of animals’ hides and skeleton.

All three have been sent to the Division Forests Office, Kathmandu for further actions. According to the Superintendent of Police Sudip Giri, the alleged would be booked as per the National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1973 and CITES Convention, 1975.

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