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India names airport after Buddhist priest

AFP, June 10, 2005

LEH, Ladakh (India) -- Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh made a rare visit on Friday to Buddhist-dominated Ladakh region of occupied Kashmir, the first leg of a trip to visit frontline troops on Siachen.


"I sit here, so I can make a stand"

by Ven.Dr. Omalpe Sobitha Thero, The Buddhist Channel, 10 June, 2005

This is a statement by Ven.Dr. Omalpe Sobitha Thero, the monk who has initiated a fast to death since June 6 2005, explaining his action and what he attempts to achieve.  The action taken by Ven.Sobitha Thera was initiated in response to the President of Sri Lanka declaring that she will make an "illegal" pact with the separatist LTTE, amidst wide spread opposition to it.


Census numbers underrated,say Buddhist leaders

AASHA KHOSA, Indian Express, June 9, 2005

NEW DELHI, India -- Buddhist leaders, including Tenzin Ngodupa, a representative of exiled Tibetan leader Dalai Lama, today rejected government?s claim that India has only 80 lakh Buddhists and said these figures, projected in the recently-released Census of Religions were ??grossly understated.??


Buddhist Monks join death fast against Sri Lanka-Tiger deal

Xinhuanet, June 8, 2005

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- Seven more Buddhist Monks have joined fasting unto death against Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga's move to enter a joint deal with the Tamil Tigers on post-tsunami reconstruction.


Sri Lanka: Conversions go south

Sunday Leader, June 5, 2005

Galle, Sri Lanka -- Five months post tsunami. Gone are the hundreds of khaki-clad US Marines, the Pakistani medical camps and the Indian hospital ship glistening in the Galle harbour. Slowly, Galle is recovering and picking its battered, bruised self up.


Buddhist School goes to World Vision: An irony of history

The Buddhist Times, June 7, 2005

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The first ever ?modern? Buddhist school in Sri Lanka, Piyaratana Maha Vidyalaya in Dodanduwa in the Southern Province which challenged the missionaries under the British rule is to go to the new missionaries under a Buddhist Executive President and a Buddhist Prime Minister. Several months ago, this school was declared a cultural heritage by the Ministry of Culture. 


Dalai Lama turns 70 on July 6, with hopes of ending exile

The NewsAhead Agency, June 7, 2005

DHARAMSALA, INDIA -- July 6, 2005. The 70th birthday of the peripatetic 14th Dalai Lama, celebrated surreptitiously in Tibet and openly at his home-in-exile in India, promises to be a useful focus for both sides of the "Free Tibet" movement.


Fasting monk defies Mahanayake's command

by Cyril Wimalasurendre, The Island, June 8, 2005

KANDY, Sri Lanka -- Ven. Dr. Omalpe Sobitha, who launched fast-unto-death in front of Sri Dalada Maligawa yesterday (07), rejected a ?Sangagnawa? (command) issued by the Most Venerable Mahanayake of the Amarapura Maha Nikaya, Weligama Sri Guanaratna Thero, to give up his (Ven. Sobitha Thero's) fast-undo-death and limit the fast to a day or two.


UN Special Rapporteur accused of anti-Buddhist bias

by Janaka Perera, Asian Tribune, June 6, 2005

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The Joint Committee of Buddhist Organizations, Sri Lanka, has accused United Nation?s Special Rapporteur Asma Jehangir of falsifying and distorting facts in a press release on the issue of unethical conversions in the island.


Mystery of the smiling Buddha that arrived as a gift from the tsunami

Times Online, June 3, 2005

Mahabalipuram, India -- The little Buddhist sage sits underneath the tree only yards from the sea from which he was plucked, a whimsical smile upon his face. Villagers gather before him with offerings of incense and food.


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