Temple reading predicts bleak times for India


Compiled by FAZLEENA AZIZ, C. ARUNO and A. ARAVINTHAN

THE much-awaited “panjangam” (almanac) reading at one of the most revered temples in Tamil Nadu, India, has left Hindus in shock with its bleak predictions, Malaysia Nanban reported.

Among others, the priests prophesied about new pathogen-based diseases, bank failures, shortage of milk, government interference in religious matters, severe flooding, increases in electricity tariffs and shortage of raw materials.

There was some good news, though.

The priests predicted major developments in technology and success in sports for the country’s athletes.

The “panjangam” is read at the beginning of the Chittirai Putthandu new year following special prayers.

> Makkal Osai reported that some parents in Selangor are upset that authorities have not replaced a Tamil teacher who is on a three-year unpaid leave.

Parents who spoke to the daily wanted answers and claimed that as many as 100 students are now without guidance for the subject.

They said this is a major stumbling block for their children who want to sit for the Tamil subject that is part of their secondary school exams.

● The above article is compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with this ' >'sign, it denotes a separate news item.

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