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Bhutan bans tobacco sales

IOL, December 16 2004

New Delhi, India -- The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan will become the first country in the world to impose a complete ban on the sale of tobacco when it does so on Friday.


Budhists in Ladakh prepare for New Year "Losar"

New Kerala, Dec 15, 2004

Ladakh, India -- Preparations for New Year celebration are at its peak these days across the world. And, the Lamas are not behind. Their way of celebrating the New Year is indeed different and unique. They celebrate singing songs on the death of the "King with the donkey toe", which is traditionally observed as the dawn of the "Losar" (New Year) with fire demonstrations.


Oral transmission of Dudjom's sungbum

by Rinzin Wangchuk, Kuensel Online, December 15, 2004

Timphu, Bhutan -- More than 5,000 devotees from the eastern dzongkhags are receiving empowerment and transmission of Dudjom Rinpoche's Sungbum or Tersar (25 volumes of collected works of Dudjom Rinpoche) and other blessings from Garab Rinpoche at the Rangjung Woesel Chholing monastery in Trashigang.


Sri Lanka: Seminar to map out programme to implement Buddhist Commission recommendations

Lanka Daily News, Dec 16, 2004

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- A top level three-day seminar of members of the Buddhist clergy and laity is to be held at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, Colombo from December 17 to December 19 by the Buddha Sasana Ministry on the directive of the Minister of Buddha Sasana, Public Security, Law and Order and Deputy Minister of Defence Ratnasiri Wickremenayake to draw up a programme for the implementation of the main recommendations made in the 2002 Report of the Presidential Commission on the Buddha Sasana.


Lankans extol Shah Rukh Khan's virtues

by PK Balachanddran, The Hindustan Times, December 15, 2004

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lankans not only see Shahrukh Khan as a great actor, but also as a cultured and humane person who represents the best in Indian and Asian culture.


Sri Lanka vows to punish bombers

PRESS TRUST OF INDIA, December 14, 2004

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lanka today vowed to punish those responsible for a bomb blast at Shah Rukh Khan?s mega concert here even as the main Buddhist group which had initially opposed the event denied any involvement in the attack.


Special Committee to probe possible media complicity in Saturday's incident

Lanka Daily News, Dec 14, 2004

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The Government has appointed a Special Committee to inquire and report if there was any connection and/or incitement on the part of any media organisation leading to Saturday's tragic events at the Indian artistes show in Colombo and also to recommend measures on the steps to be taken by the media to prevent a recurrence of the events as that witnessed at the Race Course grounds.


Tibetans remember Dalai Lama on Human Rights Day

Indo-Asian News Service, Dec 10, 2004

Ahmedabad, India -- A Tibetan association paid Friday its tributes to the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader, to mark the Human Rights Day.


Combating terror, the Buddha way

Express News Service, Dec 12, 2004

New Delhi, India -- ?It is very easy to understand those who agree with you, but not so easy to have a dialogue with those who do not. This is why the stories from the life of Buddha are an important reminder for today?s world leaders, including those combating terrorism,?? said Prof. Satish Kumar, traveller and writer on Buddhism, today evening.


Blast rocks Shah Rukh Khan's Lanka show

By Mayank Shekhar, Mid-Day, December 13, 2004

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- A hand-held bomb detonated at Temptation 2004, a musical show led by Shah Rukh Khan, at Colombo?s Race Course open-air theatre on Saturday night. The show was put together by Rediffusion, an event management company partly owned by former cricketer Ravi Shastri.


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