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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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Buddhists reach out to Myanmar embassy

The Daily Star, September 11, 2017

Dhakka, Bangladesh -- Buddhist community in Bangladesh yesterday submitted a memorandum to the Myanmar embassy in the capital, demanding that the Myanmar government stop the persecution of Rohingyas and solve the issue peacefully.

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Time for a closer look at universal human values

by Yangse Drubgyud Tenzin, Kuensel Online, July 29, 2017

Timphu, Bhutan -- In the past 20 years, our small country has been bombarded with modern influences from television to cell phones, the Internet, celebrities, fashions, superhero models, advertising, and news sound-bites.

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Bhutan: A Buddhist Development Model Worth Emulating

by the Venerable Dr Omalpe Sobhitha Mahathera, InDepthNews, 19 July 2017

ENBILIPITIYA, Sri Lanka -- There will be many answers to the question: which is the country where the happiest people live? In response many famous, developed nations will come to mind, but you will be surprised that the name of a little-known country could be the right answer to this question. It is Bhutan, the wonderful and amazing country that beats all others on the happiness index.

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Sri Lanka: Buddhism to remain paramount in new charter

AP, July 12, 2017

Prime Minister assured Buddhist monks that the new constitution will not take away the primary status given to Buddhism.
Colombo, Sri Lanka
-- Sri Lanka's prime minister said on Wednesday that Buddhism will remain paramount on the bitterly divided island, seeking to head off protests led by the powerful Buddhist clergy against proposed changes to the constitution.

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Top Buddhist priests denounce move to change Sri Lankan constitution

MENAFN - NewsIn.Asia, July 4, 2017

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lanka's top Buddhist priests have jointly appealed to the government not to proceed with its plan to write a new constitution for the country or even amend the existing constitution.

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Buddhist monastery in Bangladesh hosts iftar meals for Muslims

Dhaka Tribune, 2 Jun, 2017

Dhaka, Bangladesh --  The Buddhist temple Dhammarajika Monastery provides iftar to the poor and hungry Muslims during the holy month of Ramadan

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‘Buddhist monks acknowledge Pakistani support’

The Nation, May 23, 2017

Islamabad, Pakistan -- Pakistan is a real friend of Sri Lanka who always stood with it in conflicts, natural calamities which the entire Sri Lankan nation acknowledges.

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Buddha Purnima 2017: Know all about Vesak, significance and history

News Nation Bureau, May 9, 2017

New Delhi, India -- The reason why Buddha Purnima is also known as Vesak because it is celebrated in the "Baisakh" or the "Vaisakha" month.

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This Vesak celebration will be like no other

By Rajitha Weerakoon, Sunday Times, May 7, 2017

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- As Sri Lanka prepares to host the UN Day of Vesak, Ven. Daranagama Kusala Dhamma Thera recalls the efforts of late Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar to make this day a reality and the events planned

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