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Grand cremation ceremony for Supreme Patriarch today

Jessada Jantarak
Prasit Tangprasert
The Nation December 16, 2015 1:00 am
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THE GRAND cremation ceremony for His Holiness the late Supreme

Patriarch will be held today.

People can pay their last respects to the late monk by laying wood-shaving flowers, dokmai chan, as a last tribute to him at various temples across the country.HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn will lay dokmai chan at Wat Thepsirintharawas at 4.30 pm today.

In Bangkok, dokmai chan laying will be held after 4.30 pm at various temples except Wat Bovoranives where the wooden flowers can be laid between 12.30pm and 3.30pm as well as between 6pm and 7pm only.

During his lifetime, His Holiness had stayed at the Wat Bovoranives.

Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara Somdet Phra Sangharaja passed away in October, 2013, at the age of 100. He was the longest-living supreme patriarch of Thailand.

His passing brings great sadness to his devout followers as well as many other Buddhists.

People will wear black again today in mourning and out of respect to the late Supreme Patriarch.

Between 6am and noon, 24 roads in Bangkok were closed to facilitate the elaborate 1,383-strong 456-metre-long funeral procession, beautifully decorated according to Thai tradition, to bring the late highly revered monk's body to the Royal Crematorium at Wat Thepsirin-tharawas.

Thousands of people are expected to join the procession that will move from Bovoranives along Wat Phra Sumen Road, Phanfa Lilat Bridge, Lan Luang Road, and Krung Kasem Canal towards Wat Thepsirintharawas where the grand cremation will take place at 5.30pm.

Yesterday, the Crown Prince, together with HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and HRH Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana, attended a merit-making ritual in dedication to the late Supreme Patriarch at Wat Bovoranives.




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US, Russia Hold Talks on Syria, IS, Ukraine

The United States and Russia tried to find common ground Tuesday about Syria, the Islamic State terroristgroup and Ukraine.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and RussianForeign Minister Sergei Lavrov met in Moscow. It wasKerry’s second trip to Russia this year. He was also tomeet with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Kerry acknowledged that “there have been differencesbetween us.” But, he said, “we have been able to workeffectively on specific issues.” He noted that Russiahelped broker the Iran nuclear agreement.

Lavrov said he wanted to continue talks begun by Putinand U.S. President Barack Obama over the “Ukrainiansettlement.”

Also on Kerry’s agenda in Russia were talks abouthow to end the fighting in Eastern Ukrainesaid asenior State Department official. The so-called Minskagreement calls for the Ukrainian government andRussian-supported separatists to withdraw their heavyweapons.

Kerry also planned to set an agenda for the nextInternational Syria Support Group meeting, the officialsaid. That group has offered a political solution to endthe crisis in Syria. The United States and Russia disagree about whetherSyrian leader Bashar al-Assad should be removed. The International SyriaSupport Group is scheduled to meet Friday in New York.

A U.S.-led coalition and Russiaseparately launched airstrikes against militanttargets in Syria. The United States criticized the Russian airstrikes. It said thestrikes target anti-Assad Syrians instead of Islamic State terrorists.

The meeting between Kerry and Lavrov happened as Russia seeks to endU.S. and European economic punishmentsSanctions were put in place afterRussia illegally annexed, or seized control of, Crimeawhich was part ofUkraine.

Some reports say Russia will try to use its relationship with Assad to gainfavor with the West to end sanctions. But the State Department official saidthe American position is “absolutely clear.” The U.S.  would not end thesanctions in exchange for Russia pressuring Assad to leave office, theofficial said: The issues are separate.

I’m Christopher Jones-Cruise.


This story was reported from Moscow by VOA State DepartmentCorrespondent Pamela DockinsChristopher Jones-Cruise adapted the storyfor VOA Learning EnglishKathleen Struck was the editor.

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common ground – expression something that people agree about even ifthey disagree about other things

acknowledge – v. to say that you accept or do not deny the truth orexistence of (something)

specific – adj. relating to a particular personsituationetc.

broker – v. to help peoplecountriesetc., make a deal or to reach anagreement

agenda – n. a list of things to be considered or done

schedule – v. to plan (something) at a certain time

sanction – n. an action that is taken or an order that is given to force acountry to obey international laws by limiting or stopping trade with thatcountry, by not allowing economic aid for that countryetc. (usually plural)

annex – v. to add (an area or region) to a countrystateetc.; to take controlof (a territory or place)

in exchange for – expression in return for something



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Saudi Arabia has announced the creation of an Islamicmilitary alliance to fight terrorism.

The Saudis will lead the 34-nation alliancesaid thestate-run Saudi Press Agency on Tuesday. The centerwill be located in the capital Riyadh and will coordinatemilitary operations.

The countries that have joined the alliance includeJordanBahrainTurkey and the United Arab Emirates. The four are also part of the U.S.-led coalition that has been launching airstrikes in Syria against the IslamicState terrorist group.

Other alliance members are TunisiaLebanonLibyaand EgyptPakistanBangladesh and Malaysia arealso part of the allianceSome African countries --including SudanSomaliaMali and Nigeria -- also havejoined.

IraqIran and Syria are not in the new groupnor isSaudi Arabia’s neighbor Oman.

The Saudi statement called terrorism a “seriousviolation of human dignity and rightsespecially theright to life and the right to security.” It said “acts ofcorruption and terrorism cannot be justified in anyway.”

It said the alliance supports the Organization of IslamicCooperationwhich “calls for member states tocooperate to combat terrorism in all its forms … and rejects all justificationsand excuses for terrorism.” Members of the alliance are also part of theIslamic cooperation group.

Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salmancalled terrorism a “disease.” He said the alliance will fight it wherever it is in the world.

Today there are a number of countries that suffer from terrorism,” he said, “for example Daesh (Islamic State) in Syria and Iraqterrorism in Sinai,terrorism in Yementerrorism in Libyaterrorism in Maliterrorism in Nigeria,terrorism in Pakistanterrorism in Afghanistan -- and this requires a verystrong effort to fight.”

He said “the alliance includes a group of Islamic states that make up themajority of the Islamic world.” And he noted that terrorism “affected the Islamicworld firstbefore the international community” was attacked.

The alliance was created because “todayevery Islamic country is fightingterrorism individually,” he said. It is important that countries work together tofight “terrorism all over the Islamic world.”

Turkey is the only country in the new group that is also a member of NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty OrganizationNews reports say Turkish PrimeMinister Ahmet Davutoglu called the alliance the “best response to those whoare trying to associate terror and Islam. We believe that this effort by Muslimcountries is a step in the right direction.”

Other countries that make up the 34-member group are: BeninChadTogo,DjiboutiSenegalSierra LeoneGabonGuineaPalestineComorosQatar,Ivory CoastKuwaitMaldivesMoroccoMauritaniaNiger and Yemen.

Saudi Arabia said more than 10 other countries have expressed support buthave not joined the allianceThey include Indonesia -- home of the world’slargest Muslim population.

I’m Christopher Jones-Cruise.


This story was reported by VOANews.comChristopher Jones-Cruiseadapted it into VOA Learning EnglishKathleen Struck was the editor.

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Words in This Story


coordinate – v. to make arrangements so that two or more people or groupsof people can work together properly and well

dignity – n. the quality of being worthy of honor or respect

justify – v. to provide or be a good reason for (something); to prove or show(something) to be justright or reasonable

associate – v. to think of one person or thing when you think of anotherperson or thing (usually + with)



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