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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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Air India introduces Air Pass for Buddhist pilgrims

by Mark Elliott, Travel Daily Media, 14 March, 2016

New Delhi, India -- Air India has introduced a new ‘Air Pass’ covering major cities of Buddhist Interest in India, Myanmar and Sri Lanka.

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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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