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Over 2,000 Lankan Buddhists India bound for religious ceremonies

by Upali Rupasinghe, Lanka Daily News, Nov 22, 2004

New Delhi, India -- Around 2,500 Buddhist pilgrims from Sri Lanka are expected to visit India during the next 10 days to participate in the annual Katina Cheevara Dana ceremonies to be held in Buddhagaya and Sarnath.


Bhutan first nation to ban tobacco sales

by THOMAS BELL, The Indian Express, November 19, 2004

KATHMANDU, Nepal  -- The tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan is not accustomed to leading the world in public health matters, but next month it will become the first country to ban tobacco sales outright.


Nepal sets budget for World Buddhist Summit

Phayul, November 19, 2004

KATHMANDU, Nepal -- Nepal has set a budget of 13 million Nepali rupees (about 180,000 US dollars) for the Second World Buddhist Summit slated for Nov. 30 - Dec. 2, organizers said here Friday.


World Peace Park to come up at Tawang district of Arunachal

Press Trust of India, November 17, 2004

Itanagar, India -- A World Peace Park meant to achieve sustainable development of natural and human resources will be inaugurated at the strategically located Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh on November 19.


Natwar urges Pakistan to embrace ?Buddhist peace?

Daily Times (AFP), Nov 19, 2004

NEW DELHI, India -- Indian Foreign Minister Natwar Singh said on Thursday that Buddhist principles of ?mutual respect and peaceful co-existence? should guide relations between India and Pakistan.


Buddhist delegation from Berlin to Burma

Lanka Daily News, Nov 16, 2004

Viharadhipati, Sri Lanka -- Berlin Buddhist Viharaya Ven. Shastrapati Ratmale Punnaratana thera will lead a seven member Buddhist delegation from Germany to the fourth world Buddhist Congress to be held in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma) from December 9 to 11 this year.


SC reserves judgement on petitioner's plea to have all religions covered

by Wasantha Ramanayake, Lanka Daily News, Nov 16, 2004

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The Supreme Court yesterday reserved the Judgment in the Fundamental Rights application against the sale of merchandised Buddha images filed by Ven. Daranagama Kusaladhamma Thera.


Tibetans launch hunger strike seeking Buddhist teacher's release

Press Trust of India, Nov 15, 2004

Bangalore, India -- Around 150 Tibetans in exile commenced a five-day relay hunger strike here today, seeking the immediate release of Buddhist teacher Tulku Tenzin Delek, who, the Tibetan Youth Congress says, has been "falsely" implicated and sentenced to death by the Chinese government.


Mahabodhi tree, temple under threat

By Amlan Home Chowdhury, Mid-Day (India), November 15, 2004

Bodh Gaya, India -- Carbon monoxide (CO) is threatening the existence of the two supreme symbols of Buddhism. The thousands of earthen-cum-metallic lamps, candles and incense sticks burning around the Bo tree under which the Buddha attained enlightenment at Bodh Gaya and within the premises of Mahabodhi Mahavihara are under threat from the poisonous gas.


Tibetans appeal for India's support for release of Delek Lama

Press Trust of India, November 14, 2004

Kolkata, India -- The North-East Zonal Tibetan Youth Congress Committee today sought India's support in securing the release of Tulku Tenzin Delek, a highly respected lama who has been sentenced to death by the Chinese authorities.


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