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Buddhist sites draw tourists to Jajpur

TNN, Mar 5, 2016

Kendrapada, India -- A group of French tourists, including noted Buddhist researcher Anne Marie, on Friday visited Buddhist sites at Kaima, Tarapur, Deuli, Radhanagar and Langudi in Jajpur district.

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Sri Lanka: Animal Welfare Bill approved by Cabinet

The Island, February 27, 2016

Sri Lanka’s first monumental step towards the protection of its animals, says Otara Foundation

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The Otara Foundation has welcomed the approval of the Animal Welfare Bill by the Cabinet of Ministers as a step in the right direction and pledged to continue its advocacy in order to ensure the enactment of the Bill as law.

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Sri Lanka: Bill To Control Monks Divides Buddhists

By Kalinga Seneviratne, Lotus Communication Network, 20 February 2016

Singapore -- A bill tabled in the Sri Lankan parliament in January to create a legal framework to control the behavior and conduct of Buddhist monks has created deep divisions within the majority Buddhist community in the country regarding its intentions and implementation.

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Fifth International Buddhist fest on Feb 27, 28

Daily Pioneer, 21 February 2016

Bhopal, India -- Fifth international Buddhist festival is scheduled here on February 27 and 28 on the occasion of the 125th birth anniversary of Bhimrao Ambedkar. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has been invited as the chief guest at the programme.

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Finally, Buddhist texts in Marathi

By Varsha Torgalkar, Pune Mirror, Feb 2, 2016

BARTI and govt-appointed committee will oversee translation of the Tripitaka as part of Dr Ambedkar's 125th birth anniversary

Maharashtra, India -- In a much-delayed but nevertheless welcome initiative, the Maharashtra government has finally decided to translate the precious Buddhist scripture, Tripitaka, into Marathi to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary year of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar.

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‘Buddhism thrived in Rajasthan also around the Ashokan era’

by Shoeb Khan, TNN, Jan 31, 2016

JAIPUR, India - Much before the forts and palaces came into existence here, Rajasthan ostensibly had well-defined Buddhist monasteries or complexes at four places - Bhairat in Alwar, Kholvi in Jhalawar, Bandarez in Dausa and Ramgoan in Tonk.

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Dialogue Heats Up On Theravada Bhikku Bill

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya, The Sunday Leader, Jan 24, 2016

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The proposed Theravada Bhikku Dialogue Act which will enable every Bhikku to act in compliance with the provisions of the registered Chapter or Kathikawatha, was presented to parliament recently.

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Patna University (PU) to tie up with Buddhist nations

by Pranava K Chaudhary, TNN, Jan 10, 2016

Patna, India -- Patna University will soon collaborate with Buddhist countries to promote Buddhist studies, which will bring the university on international radar. For this purpose, an international meet will be held here later this year, in which several Asian delegates are expected to be present.

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Buddhist centre to give vocational and spiritual training to locals in Kopargaon

by Bella Jaisinghani, TNN, Jan 8, 2016

Mumbai, India -- An institute for Buddhist studies headquartered in Mumbai launched a centre for spiritual practice in rural Maharashtra Thursday.

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Protection of Buddhism - Sine qua non in any Constitutional reform

by Senaka Weeraratna, The Buddhist Channel, Jan 12, 2016

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- In the light of the proposed changes to the Constitution of Sri Lanka now under consideration and growing accusations of contrived attempts to neutralise the applicability of Article 9 in the Constitution that imposes a mandatory duty on the State to give to Buddhism the foremost place and protect and foster the Buddha Sasana, while assuring to all religions the rights granted by Articles 10 and 14(1)(e), an important question has arisen “ What is the relationship that should exist in the present day between the State and Buddhism?

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