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Nepal to host conference on Buddhist heritage

Xinhuanet, Sept 3, 2005

KATHMANDU, Nepal -- The Fourth International Conference on the Buddhist Heritage of Nepal Mandala 2005 will be held here from Sept. 6 to 10, the organizers said Saturday.

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Tamluk - place of Buddhist attraction

PTI, SEPTEMBER 3, 2005

KOLKATA, India -- The West Bengal government is keen to make Tamluk in Midnapore East district a place of Buddhist attraction to lure more tourists.

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Air taxi service to Buddhist shrines in Bihar, UP soon

PTI, Sept 3. 2005

PATNA, India -- In a bid to attract foreign and domestic tourists, the Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation (BSTDC) has proposed introduction of an air taxi service to important Buddhist shrines in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

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Dharamsala witnessing illegal overstay of foreigners

ANI, August 28, 2005

Dharamshala, India -- Queen of the hills, Dharamshala, is thronged with thousands of foreigners coming from different countries to study Tibetan Buddhism.

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Buddhist front takes root, welcomes all

Newindpress.com, August 29 2005

BHUBANESHWAR, India -- For the 1.2 lakh Buddhist population of the State, the 15-month-old Orissa Buddhist Front (OBF) has offered a ray of hope to revive the lost glory of a religion that had tremendous influence on the region for several centuries.

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Nepal becoming Mecca for Buddhist studies

BY POST B. BASNET, Kantipur Online, Aug 26, 2005

KATHMANDU, Nepal -- It may be a new thing to many that Nepal is evolving as one of the sought-after venues for higher level Buddhist studies. Dozens of institutes for Buddhist studies have emerged in Kathmandu alone to meet the demands of huge numbers of Westerners, flocking every year, seeking knowledge of Buddhism in Nepal.

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Buddhist monks rue BJP's claim over Mahabodhi temple

New Kerala, Aug 24, 2005

Patna, India -- Angry Buddhist monks have threatened to expose the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) motive behind its claim over a temple in Bihar's Bodh Gaya, saying that they would not allow another Ayodhya-like incident to recur.

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Trouble at Mahabodhi temple

by FARHANA KALAM, The Telegraph, Aug 19, 2005

Gaya, India -- The district administration today foiled an attempt by a group of BJP leaders and activists to enter Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya and offer jal to a disputed shivalinga on the last day of Shravan.

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16-state Buddhist tourist circuit in India soon

Indo-Asian News Service, August 14, 2005

New Delhi, India -- A Buddhist tourist circuit, partly funded by Japan, is being mapped across 16 Indian states to tap the growing interest among overseas travellers to visit places of religious and historical importance to Buddhism.

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Tourist?s nirvana: Buddha Mahotsav plans afoot

Newind Press, Aug 3, 2005

BHUBANESWAR, India -- In an attempt to promote Orissa as an attractive destination for Buddhist pilgrims and tourists from the South-East Asian countries, Orissa Tourism has drawn up an ambitious action plan. It includes an annual Buddha Mahotsav slated to be hosted at the historic Dhauli hills and the Buddhist circuit of Ratnagiri-Lalitgiri-Udaygiri during December this year.

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