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How the British came to the rescue of a Buddhist prayer wheel in Himachal

by Abhilash Gaur, Times of India, July 8, 2016

Ladakh, India -- One thing the British learnt from the Mutiny of 1857 was not to grease their Indian troops’ cartridges with lard and beef tallow.

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Plantation drive at Bodoland Buddhist Park

Assam Times, July 12, 2016

Assam, India -- A plantation drive was carried out on Tuesday at Bodoland Buddhist Park along Gaurang River bank involving villager and social activists.

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International conference on Vajrayana Buddhism begins

Kuensel Online, July 1, 2016

The three-day conference is open to the public
Timphu, Bhutan
-- More than 300 international participants are expected to participate in a three-day conference on continuity and change within both historical and contemporary expressions of Vajrayana Buddhism in Thimphu from that ends on July 3.

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Bangladesh: Buddhist leader killed in Bandarban

by Sanjoy Kumar Barua, The Daily Star, July 2, 2016

Dhakka, Bangladesh -- A Buddhist farmer was hacked to death in Bandarban on Thursday night, less than two months after a Buddhist monk was killed in the district in a similar fashion.

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Buddhist monks serve iftar for Muslims in Bangladesh

by Mahmud Hossain Opu, Aljazeera, 25 Jun 2016

Monastery has been serving iftar meals to underprivileged Muslims during Ramadan for the past six years.
Dhaka, Bangladesh
-- Every day during Ramadan, hundreds of Muslim men, women and children queue in front of a Buddhist monastery in the Bangladeshi capital to receive iftar, the food with which Muslims break their fast at sunset during the holy month.

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Sri Lanka exhibits sacred Buddhist relics from Taxila on Poson Poya

Lanka Daily Times, June 19, 2016

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- The most sacred relics of Lord Buddha from Taxila are currently on display for general public in Thanthirimalaya Rajamaha Viharaya, Thanthirimalaya, Anuradhapura for two days on the occasion of Poson Full Moon Poya Day being commemorated on Sunday.

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On the anvil, trans-national Buddhist circuit from India to Nepal

by Divya A, The India Express, May 31, 2016

The map of the Buddhist circuit as envisaged by the ministry comprises Bodh Gaya, Vaishali, Rajgir and Kushinagar in Bihar, Sarnath, and Shravasti in UP, along with Kapilavastu and Lumbini in Nepal where Buddha was born.
New Delhi, India
-- The Ministry of Tourism is set to announce the Buddhist circuit as India’s first trans-national tourist circuit. The effort will promote tourism in Nepal and Sri Lanka alongside that in India, with sites in the Buddhist circuit as well as the Ramayana circuit spanning the other two countries.

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Buddha Purnima today

The Daily Star, May 21, 2016

Dhaka, Bangladesh -- Buddha Purnima, the biggest religious festival of the Buddhist community, will be observed today in Dhaka and elsewhere across the country.

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President Pranab Mukherjee Greets People On Eve Of Buddha Purnima

Press Trust of India, May 21, 2016

New Delhi, India --  President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday congratulated people on the eve of Buddha Purnima, stressing on Lord Buddha's message of love, compassion, non-violence and equality.

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Vipassana centre at city's Buddha park soon

by Sheezan Nezami, TNN, May 19, 2016

Patna, India -- Now, there is no need for Patnaites to visit Bodh Gaya or any other place to learn Vipassana, a meditation technique. A permanent Vipassana training centre would come up at Buddha Smriti Park here by the end of August this year where one can learn the art of meditation free of cost.

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