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How China's states are stealing a march on India's, with Buddhist tourism push

by Ananth Krishnan, India Today, Jan 3, 2018

At least in promoting tourism, India should learn from China's example in giving Buddhist tourism a push.
Beijing, China
-- Datong in Shanxi province is known in China as the hub of coal-mining. But with a massive green makeover, it's Buddhism and not coal that it's city officials are now banking on.

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Ex-Buddhist chief among 9 charged with graft

by KING-OUA LAOHONG, The Bangkok Post, 9 Jan 2018

Bangkok, Thailand -- In July 2015, Sathien Damrongkadeerat, who at the time served as the director of the Songkhla Provincial Office of Buddhism, contacted the three temples, saying he would earmark budgets for them on condition they repay a fixed amount to him, according to Mr Worawit.

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Chiang Mai temple seeks donation to help girls

The Nation, October 11, 2017

Chiang Mai, Thailand -- A Chiang Mai temple which is taking care of about 700 abandoned children and orphans has appealed for urgent donations of sanitary napkins for girls.

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China Plans To Renovate Dalai Lama's Iconic Potala Palace In Tibet

Press Trust of India, October 6, 2017

China plans to renovate the iconic Potala Palace, residence of the Dalai Lamas, in Tibet's capital Lhasa
Beijing, China
-- The iconic Potala Palace, the official residence of the Dalai Lamas in Tibet's capital Lhasa will soon undergo a $1.5 million renovation, Chinese state media reported on Thursday.

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Thailand reinstates chief of national Buddhism office

Channel News Asia, 26 Sep 2017

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Thailand has reinstated as the head of a state body charged with administering the Buddhist religion an official who was sacked last month, the prime minister said on Tuesday.

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Buddhist woman’s wedding with Muslim sparks tension in Ladakh

by Abhishek Saha, Hindustan Times, Sep 11, 2017

Ladakh’s apex religious body threatens communal unrest unless the woman is “brought back”, asks chief minister Mehbooba Mufti for an annulment of the marriage
Srinagar, Kashmir (India)
-- A marriage between a Buddhist woman and Muslim man has stoked tensions in Jammu and Kashmir’s Ladakh, with the region’s apex religious body threatening communal unrest unless the woman is “brought back”.

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