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Pakistan hands over most Sacred Buddhist Relics to Sri Lanka for Exposition

The News, May 19, 2016

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- The Government of Pakistan has handed over the most sacred relics of Lord Buddha to the Government of Sri Lanka today in a special ceremony arranged at the historic Taxila Museum today, says a press release received here today from Sri Lanka.

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Buddhist monk wants alcohol ban in Andhra Pradesh

The Hindu, May 18, 2016

Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh (India) -- The Andhra Pradesh government need to implement complete ban on alcohol in the State on lines of the Bihar government, said Buddhist Monk Ven. Dhammadhaja Bhikku of the Saddhama Dipika Trust here on Tuesday.

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Buddhist monk aged 75 hacked to death in isolated temple where he lived alone

By Anthony Bond, The Mirror, 14 May 2016

Naikkhangchhari, Bangladesh -- The body of Mongsowe U Chak was found at the temple in Naikkhangchhari village, Bangladesh

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Two remanded over Buddhist monk killing

The Daily Star, May 17, 2016

Bandarban, Bangladesh -- A Bandarban court yesterday placed three men on ten days remand in the case of a Buddhist monk killing in remote Naikkhangchhari upazila of Bandarban.

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Second-century Buddhist sculpture stolen 34 years ago returned to Pakistani government

by Colleen Long, The Associated Press, April 28, 2016

NEW YORK, USA -- An ancient stone sculpture of Buddha’s footprints that was smuggled into the United States and had been expected to sell for more than $1 million was returned to the government of Pakistan on Wednesday.

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Dalai Lama tells Tibetan school prefects to contribute to peaceful century

By Tenzin Dharpo, Phayul, April 18, 2016

DHARAMSHALA, India -- The Tibetan leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama advised a group of school prefects from Tibetan schools in India and Nepal to take the onus to change the new century for a more peaceful and compassionate existence.

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Buddhist heritage showcased to attract Sri Lankans

by Frances Bulathsinghala, Dawn, Apr 20, 2016

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- Pakistan is developing the Gandhara Trail to attract Buddhist pilgrims from Sri Lanka and other parts of Asia and to demonstrate its interest in preserving and showcasing its non-Islamic heritage.

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Tamil Politicians Threaten Buddhist Community in North-East

Lotuscomm.org, 30 March 2016

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Since a new government came to power last year, Sinhalese communities and Buddhist temples in the north-east of the island are facing  increasing threats of eviction from Tamil politicians and their henchmen, Venerable Tissapura Sri Gunaratana, Chief Priest of the Sri Sambodhi temple in Kokilai in Malativu district told a group of local media representatives touring the area recently.

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A Compassionate Constitution for Sri Lanka

by Senaka Weeraratna, The Buddhist Channel, March

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The moral stature of Sri Lanka’s Constitution would be greatly enhanced if it recognizes the claims of other living beings for compassion and appropriate consideration from human beings, and the protection of their legal rights.

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India: Asian Buddhist and Christian clergy talk ecology and faith

UCA News, March 1, 2016

Bodhgaya, India -- An interreligious workshop in the eastern Indian state of Bihar focused on ways religions can work together to create a healthy and peaceful planet.

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