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Sri Lanka May Soon Ban Cow Slaughter: Proposal Approved

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Sri Lanka may soon ban cow slaughter. The ruling Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), which won a two-thirds majority in the parliamentary elections last month, has decided to ban the slaughtering of cows across the island nation. However, the import of beef is allowed.

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa discussed the issue with his SLPP Parliamentary group on Tuesday.

Cabinet spokesperson and Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella were quoted in local media as saying that Rajapaksa has submitted a proposal and that he had said he “hopes to ban cattle slaughter”. He was also quoted as saying that Rajapaksa would decide when he would submit the proposal to the government.

Rambukwella’s statement was confirmed by multiple official sources.

In Buddhist-majority Sri Lanka, about 99% of people are meat-eaters. But the mainly Hindus and Buddhists do not eat beef.

The influential Buddhist monks, mostly with Rajapaksa-led SLPP, have been pressurizing successive governments to ban cow slaughter for religious reasons.

The SLPP, which draws most of its strength from the majority Sinhala-Buddhist community, has openly said it does not need to appease the minority religious or ethnic groups to come to and retain political power.

Beef is regularly consumed by the minority Muslims and Christians, particularly those who are of European descent. Both these groups are not very influential in the nation’s politics and the ruling party has not courted them in their election campaigns.

Sources in the Prime Minister’s office said “there was no formal proposal and certainly no cabinet papers have been prepared to enforce such a ban in the near future”.

Two years ago, Tamil-dominated North witnessed protests led by Hindus demanding a complete ban on cow slaughter. It had generated good support even in the Sinhalese Buddhist-dominated Southern Sri Lanka.

After the Easter Bombings of April 2019, anti-Muslim sentiments are growing stronger among the Sinhalese.

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Famous Football Player Cristiano Ronaldo Tested Positive for COVID-19

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Famous football player Cristiano Ronaldo has been tested positive for COVID-19 coronavirus. He will miss Portugal’s Nations League sport against Sweden on Wednesday.

Due to Cristiano been found positive, the remaining players of the Portugal squad also underwent tests this Tuesday morning. But all of the negative and would be available for the upcoming match against Sweden.

We pray for his speedy recovery.

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Thousands of people protesting over Kyrgyzstan election result

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Thousands of people are protesting in Kyrgyzstan over allegations of vote-buying and intimidation in Sunday’s parliamentary election. The capital Bishkek saw the largest protest while rallies were also held elsewhere in the ex-Soviet republic.

Only four parties out of 16 passed the 7% threshold for entry into parliament, three of which have close ties to President Sooronbai Jeenbekov. International monitors have said the claims of vote-buying are “credible”.

None of the established opposition parties got a seat in parliament. Now all of these parties have declared that they will not recognize the results of the election. Opposition candidates are calling on the Central Electoral Commission in Kyrgyzstan to cancel the results of the vote. One candidate, Ryskeldi Mombekov, told a crowd of more than 5,000 protesters: “The president promised to oversee honest elections. He didn’t keep his word.”

Mr. Mombekov’s party, Ata Meken, had been confident of entering parliament, but in the end, it was one of the eight parties that missed the threshold. Protesters are also calling on President Jeenbekov to resign. Thomas Boserup, head of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s election observation mission, said in a briefing that although the vote had been “generally well organized”, allegations of vote-buying were a “serious concern”.

The two leading parties, which got a quarter of the vote each, were Birimdik and Mekenim Kyrgyzstan. President Jeenbekov’s younger brother, Asylbek Jeenbekov, is in Birimdik.

Mekenim Kyrgyzstan, meanwhile, is seen as being closely connected to the powerful Matraimov family. The family’s figurehead, Rayimbek Matraimov, is believed to have helped finance Mr. Jeenbekov’s successful presidential campaign in 2017.

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White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany has tested positive for COVID-19 coronavirus. She has become the highest-ranking White House official to have contracted the virus after US President Donald Trump and the first lady tested positive.

The coronavirus has so far killed more than 200,000 Americans this year.

“After testing negative consistently, including every day since Thursday, I tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday morning while experiencing no symptoms,” McEnany said in a statement posted on Twitter.

No reporters, producers, or members of the press are listed as close contacts by the White House Medical Unit, she said.

“Moreover, I definitively had no knowledge of Hope Hicks diagnosis prior to holding a White House press briefing on Thursday,” she said, referring to her press meet in the White House while not wearing a mask.

“As an essential worker, I have worked diligently to provide needed information to the American People at this time. With my recent positive test I will begin the quarantine process and will continue working on behalf of the American People remotely,” McEnany said.

A close aide of the president and the first lady, Hicks was the first senior White House official last week to have tested positive. Soon thereafter Trump and his wife Melania tested positive.

To this end, the White House issued a statement to wish its president and all others struggling with the disease a speedy recovery.

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