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Myanmar: Ma Ba Tha ordered to cease all activities by State Sangha Committee

By MRATT KYAW THU, Myanmar Frontier, May 23, 2017



YANGON, Myanmar
-- Hardline nationalist group Ma Ba Tha has been ordered to cease all activities by the middle of July or face legal action, after a decision by senior clerical leaders.

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Modi’s Buddhist Diplomacy Fails to Dispel Sri Lankan Suspicions

Analysis by Kalinga Seneviratne, Indepthnews.net, May 17, 2017

BANGKOK, Thailand -- The May 11-12 visit to Sri Lanka by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attend the UN Day of Vesak festival as a special guest was designed to woo Sri Lanka’s Buddhist majority, but reactions in the Sri Lankan media indicate that it has not succeeded in dispelling their suspicions about “Indian colonialism” of their small neighbour.  More


Three commitments save UN Vesak Day Mahanuwara (Kandy) Declaration 2017
by Janaka Perera, The Buddhist Channel, May 25, 2017

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The nine point Mahanuwara Declaration on the United Nations Day of Vesak 2017 may have ended up as an empty vacuous and vague document not worth a second look but for three distinctive commitments which have saved this document from being cast into oblivion.  More


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