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‘Monks have a pivotal role in Buddhist tourism’

by T. Appala Naidu, The Hindu, September 21, 2015

Machilipatnam, India -- Dhante Dhamma Dhaja, only Telugu monk who dedicated his life to preach and spread the Buddhism in Andhra Pradesh, feels that the State government should involve the monks in promotion of Buddhist tourism. Mr. Dhaja has launched a mission to preach the Buddhism to a group of 36 children through his Vihara at Pagollu village in Krishna district since early 2010.

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I would prefer calling India as 'Buddhist India', says PM Modi

by Abdul Qadir,TNN, Sept 5, 2015

BODH GAYA, India - Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday attended a Hindu-Buddhist conclave in Bodh Gaya where he prescribed conflict avoidance as the most effective conflict resolution mechanism.

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Exiled Tibetan gov't warns China not to meddle in Buddhist tradition of Dalai Lama

Associated Press, September 1, 2015

DHARMSALA, India -- The exiled Tibetan government says there is no cause for celebrating 50 years since China formed the Tibetan Autonomous Region, and insists Tuesday instead marks a half-century of occupation and control over the once-independent Himalayan nation.

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Sirisena Says Buddhist Philosophy Is Noblest Gift Sri Lanka Can Offer To World

Eurasia Review, September 1, 2015

Kandy, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lanka President Sirisena said the Buddhist philosophy is the noblest gift the country can offer to the world as a Buddhist country. He also stated the new government will implement a well-planned program to propagate the message of Buddhist philosophy to the international community.

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Modi govt plans Buddhism blitz in cultural diplomacy refocus

by Charu Sudan Kasturi, the Telegraph (India), Aug 31, 2015

New Delhi, india -- India has a new top cultural diplomat - and he is called the Buddha.

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Amaravati all set to be Mahayana Buddhist centre

by Y. Mallikarjun, The Hindu, Aug 13, 2015

AP planning to attract tourists from China, Japan and Thailand
Andhra Pradesh, India --
The ancient town of Amaravati, which forms part of the upcoming capital region of the State, will be promoted as a cradle of Mahayana Buddhism to attract international tourists, particularly those from China, Japan, Thailand and other Asian countries.

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Khagrachhari mayor accused of grabbing Buddhist temple land

Dhaka Tribune, July 27, 2015

Khagrachhari, Bangladesh -- Allegations have surfaced against Khagrachhari municipality Mayor Mohammad Rafiqul Alam for trying to grab land of Tri Ratna Buddhist temple at Araimail area of the town.

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Works on Buddhist Circuit begins formally

eKantipur.com, July 19, 2015

KATHMANDU, Nepal -- The government has formally started work to develop the Greater Lumbini Buddhist Circuit to promote Buddhist tourism.

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Nepal Earthquake: Reaching the Village of Bhaiselitol in Panchkhal District

By Bhante Y. Wimala, The Buddhist Channel, July 20 2015

Bhante Wimala's report on his humanitarian effort to reach isolated villages affected by the recent earthquake in Nepal

Kathmandu, Nepal -- As we continue our humanitarian relief effort to help people in devastated villages that are hard to reach (where nobody has reached them yet or very few have reached), this time we found ourselves at the village of Bhaiselitol.

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Dharmarajika – a Buddhist monastery in Bangladesh, feeds fasting Muslims over Ramadan

AFP, July 7, 2015

DHAKA, Bangladesh -- A Buddhist monastery in Bangladesh is serving food to hundreds of poor Muslims during Ramadan, in a rare example of social harmony between the religions in the South Asian nation.

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