Indian saint, statue made in China | The star

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Compiled by JUNAID IBRAHIM, JAROD LIM and R. ARAVINTHAN

INDIAN Prime Minister Narendra Modi is under fire after allegations emerged that the recently officially unveiled 10 billion rupee (RM556mil) Ramanujacharya statue was built by a China-based company, Malaysia Nanban reported.

The 66m tall Statue of Equality in Hyderabad, Telangana was built to commemorate the 11th century Indian saint and is expected to become a tourist and pilgrimage destination.

Opposition Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi claimed the statue was not locally built and berated Modi in a Twitter post with a swipe at New India often touted by the Prime minister, writing “The New India is dependent on China”.

The “aimpon” or “panchaloha” statue made of five metals – gold, silver, copper, brass and zinc – is said to be one of the tallest in the world.

It is located in a 14 ha complex which includes a temple, a meditation hall and a smaller golden statue.

> The Taiping Gurukulam Sevai Maiyam has received much-needed help to continue serving underprivileged children of Indian origin, Makkal Osai reported.

Recently, the Sri Navaneetha Krishna Temple, which houses Kampung Boyan Boarding School and Children’s Home, received a donation of RM21,001 from elected officials.

Datuk Dr Jegathisan, who runs the Gurukulam, said the funds would go towards extra classes and school fees for the children.

The above articles are compiled from vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). Thus, the stories are grouped according to the respective language/media. When a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate short story.

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