“All their religious rituals and celebrations recall those core values of religious teachings. These religious ceremonies, that are being held to dispel the darkness of ignorance and conceit with the light of knowledge, love and peace help tremendously for the human beings to live with sustenance of human dignity in the contemporary world of new technology,” he said. The Prime Minister said that as a much revered occasion that highlights the values of spiritual enlightenment and culture, the Maha Shivaratri Day is deeply symbolic of co-existence and harmony among all and is also an ideal time for reflection. (Colombo Gazette) Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his message to mark Maha Shivaratri said that Hindu devotees world over including Sri Lankan Hindus celebrate Maha Shivaratri with the objective of enhancing their spiritual discipline.“I wish all Hindu devotees who celebrate Maha Shivaratri expressing their gratitude to Lord Shiva by fasting and keeping a night-long vigil at temples,may achieve their aspirations. The Hindus believe that Maha Shivaratri is the favoured night of the Lord Shiva; it is spent in the company of friends and family amidst great fellowship. The celebrations associated with this special day are centred on art forms and cultural pursuits since Maha Siva Rathri is also linked to the dance of the Lord Shiva. Throughout this sacred night, the Hindus spend time engaged in meditation and charity in pursuit of spiritual liberty,” he said. The President said that religions provide great relief to the people in today’s competitive world and the religious way of life, which is more towards the spiritual awakening, can be considered as an essential ingredient for building a better society. The Government today noted the importance of ethnic harmony as Hindus in Sri Lanka celebrate Maha Shivaratri,President Maithripala Sirisena, in his Maha Shivaratri message, noted that the prime expectation and the noble vision of all religions is to promote spiritual and moral well-being of humankind.
Emergency services found a 60-year-old woman who had been bitten on the hand and a man with an injured leg.A 38-year-old man was later arrested on suspicion of affray and allowing a dog to be dangerously out of control in public. Armed police shot dead two pit bull-type dogs after six animals went on the rampage in a town centre, attacking members of the public.Dramatic video footage showed officers opening fire as several dogs circled them in Bolton, Lancashire, on Sunday morning.Moments later, at least six shots were fired, with members of public posting images of the dead animals on Twitter. Armed police in Bolton where a group of dogs attacked at least two members of the publicCredit:Alan Yates/Twitter Superintendent Chris Allsop, of Greater Manchester Police, said: “Highly trained officers responded quickly to the scene and took control to avoid the situation from escalating.“The officers acted with our number one priority in mind: to protect people and prevent them from harm. Police have shot dead bull dogs on deane road Bolton after attacking children and people pic.twitter.com/8w1XqTpvSy— Alan yates (@AlanAyates4303) 2 April 2017 “I’d like to thank to the public for their patience and full cooperation as we remain at the scene and carry out our enquiries.” Man arrested today after dogs dangerously out of control in Bolton. https://t.co/OalxU94zWs— G M Police (@gmpolice) April 2, 2017 A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said in a statement: “At around 10.20am on Sunday 2 April 2017, police were called to reports that six dogs were dangerously out of control on Queens Park, Chorley New Road.”Emergency services attended and discovered a 60-year-old woman suffered a bite to the hand, a man was bitten on the leg and a dog suffered serious injuries.”Armed response officers were deployed to the scene and two dogs were humanely destroyed and two dogs have been seized. Officers are currently searching the area for another dog who is believed to be part of the group.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.