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New facility for Hindus to perform funeral rites

HINDUS in Penang will have a permanent place to carry out their funeral rites with the opening of a new facility in Jalan York in the next few days, Malaysia Nanban reported.

The state government and Deputy Chief Minister II Dr P. Ramasamy came under pressure for their failure to provide a dedicated place for the purpose.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Dr Ramasamy said the Penang Hindu Endowment Board had been tasked with finding suitable locations to set up the necessary facility following requests from the Penang Hindu Sangam.

Other than the Jalan York facility, several other locations were also identified, including a seaside facility on the island which requires federal approval and two located on the mainland, Dr Ramasamy said.

> A 51-year-old woman in Karnataka, India, surprised her neighbours after she single-handedly dug an 18m well to save her farm, Tamil Nesan reported.

The task usually requires three to four people to finish.

Identified as Gowri, the woman completed digging the well in two months despite the area being rocky.

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