Hindus begin mass animal sacrifice in Nepal despite protest Dec 04, 2019 0 205 12345 DPA / AFPKathmanduTens of thousands of Hindus on Tuesday began slaughtering animals in a border village in southern Nepal to honour the Hindu goddess of power, despite outcry from animal rights activists.Efforts from activists and officials were expected to cut the death toll from the 200,000 butchered at the last Gadhimai Festival five years ago, but thousands of creatures were still set to be killed over the two days.An estimated 7,000 buffalo are expected to be killed on Tuesday, which will be followed by the killings of tens of thousands of goats, chickens and pigs. Held every five years, the event is described as one of world’s biggest ritual mass animal sacrifices.Thousands of worshippers from Nepal and India spent days sleeping out in the open and offering prayers ahead of the event in Bariyarpur village, close to the Indian border.One of the Hindu faithful, a 40-year-old farmer named Bishweshwar, travelled for four hours from a nearby district to the temple with a goat offering. “I had promised to the goddess that I will sacrifice a goat if my wish was fulfilled.”Many were hopeful the centuries-old tradition would end after the temple authorities announced a ban in 2015 and supreme court directed the government to discourage the bloodshed a year later. But animal rights activists say both government agencies as well as temple committees have failed to implement these rulings.Some 2,000 police personnel were patrolling the village and the field where sacrifices were taking place to control crowds gathered to watch. RELATED ARTICLES Trump pledges to ‘stay out’ of Britain’s election campaign Dec 04, 2019 0 640 Trump, Macron and Erdogan clash outshines NATO summit Dec 04, 2019 0 467 Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa suspends parliament for a month ahead of snap polls Dec 04, 2019 0 173 German defence minister says include Afghans in peace talks Kabul: During her visit to Afghanistan, Germany’s Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer called for the inclusion of Afghan politicians in peace talks with the militant Islamist Taliban, at a press conference .. Japan’s Abe offers to meet S Korea’s Moon after months of tension Tokyo: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Tuesday he would be willing to meet face-to-face with South Korean President Moon Jae-in during his visit to China for a trilateral summit in late December. The two .. Spain’s lawmakers sworn in with far-right Vox as third-largest party AFP Madrid Spain’s new parliament met for its opening session on Tuesday, with the far-right Vox as the third-largest party following a divisive election that failed to resolve years of political deadlock. Just over .. NASA finds Indian Moon lander with help of amateur space enthusiast Washington: India’s Vikram lunar lander, which crashed on its final approach to the Moon’s surface in September, has been found thanks in part to the sleuthing efforts of an amateur space enthusiast. NASA made the .. US court rules Deutsche Bank hand over Trump records DPA Washington A US court ruled on Tuesday that Deutsche Bank must hand over financial documents pertaining to President Donald Trump to Congressional committees, though the decision will likely be appealed to the .. Pakistan ex-president Zardari files bail plea on medical grounds ISLAMABAD: Former president Asif Ali Zardari – who is currently under treatment at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) hospital in Islamabad – on Tuesday filed a bail petition on medical grounds. The .. NATO recognises China ‘challenges’ for first time London: NATO is to formally recognise the “challenges” posed by China for the first time, but the alliance chief insisted on Tuesday he did not want to make an adversary of Beijing. Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said ..