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Thousands of Bhutan's poorest children living and studying in monasteries can now report any mistreatment or abuse

by Annie Kelly, theguardian.com, 20 February 2013

Timphu, Bhutan -- The Dechen Phodrang monastery sits on top of a steep hill overlooking the Bhutanese capital, Thimphu. Since the 16th century, prayer flags have fluttered in the hills around Dechen Phodrang, one of thousands of monastic orders scattered throughout this tiny Himalayan kingdom.

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Nepal should make separate Buddhist circuit

MyRepublica, Aug 19, 2014

LUMBINI, Nepal -- Nepal should develop a separate Buddhist circuit to link different shrines related to Lord Buddha in the country.

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Convocation of International Buddhist Education Institute under President's patronage

The Buddhist Channel, Aug 13, 2014

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Convocation of the International Buddhist Education Institute was held at Pallekele under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Saturday.

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Sri Lanka President hands over Buddhist relics to USA

News Lanka, Jul 29, 2014

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lanka has donated sacred Buddha relics to be placed in temples in the United States and Korea for the Buddhists in those countries to worship.

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Dalai Lama Visits Lotus Flower Trustís Home

The Buddhist Channel, July 21, 2014

Ladakh, India -- His Holiness the Dalai Lama unexpectedly visited Basgo Nunnery in Ladakh, one of the homes for destitute children funded and built by the Lotus Flower Trust, a charity based in Hyde in the New Forest. This was an amazing, once in a lifetime opportunity for all the orphaned nuns at the home - to hear his teachings and be inspired by his much revered Buddhist wisdom.

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World Bank Group helps India develop Buddhist Circuit

T3 News Network, Jul 21, 2014

New Delhi, India -- The World Bank Group is supporting India’s Ministry of Tourism and the state tourism departments of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh on the government’s priority program to develop the Buddhist Circuit, foster tourism-led growth, expand economic opportunities and create jobs for local communities, offer better facilities to pilgrims and help increase tourist traffic five-fold.

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Sanchi kept out of grand Buddhist circuit in budget blueprint

by Rageshri Ganguly,TNN, Jul 10, 2014

BHOPAL, India -- Finance minister Arun Jaitley delivered a huge shocker to Madhya Pradesh by eliminating world heritage site, Sanchi, from his grandiose blueprint of developing the Buddhist circuit of Sarnath-Gaya-Varanasi into a global tourism hub.

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Sri Lanka to honour Vietnam Buddhist martyr

by Janaka Perera, Lankaweb, July 10, 2014

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lanka’s Ambassador in Vietnam Dr. Ivan Amarasinghe will be a special guest invited by the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha Council at the ceremony on Saturday July 12 – National Martyrs Day – to commemorate the sacrifice of the Buddhist monk, Venerable Thich Quang Duc 51 years ago in protest against the American-backed dictator Ngo Din Diem in what was then South Vietnam.

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Anti-Extremism Buddhist Monk attcaked in Sri Lanka

AA, June 19, 2014

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- A prominent Buddhist monk known for actively speaking out against hardline Buddhist nationalists in Sri Lanka has been assaulted and was found with cut wounds, police said Thursday.

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Curfew imposed in Sri Lanka coastal town as Buddhist and Muslims clash

ColomboPage News Desk, Jun 15, 2014

Aluthgama, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lanka police declared curfew in Sri Lanka's southern coastal town of Aluthgama today after simmering tensions between the Buddhist and Muslims escalated into clashes.

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