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Chief Incumbent severely condemns section of monks trying to create anarchy

by L. B. Wijayasiri, Lanka Daily News, June 15, 2005

Kandy, Sri Lanka -- Head of the Sri Abhayaraja Pirivena, Urapola Pilimatalawa Ven. Pandith Moragolle Jinaratana Nayake Thera said right thinking Maha Sangha vehemently condemn the undesirable, undisciplined, aggressive and violent behaviour of some recently in Kandy town forcing shop owners to close business establishments thereby disrupting the peaceful life of people and trying to frighten the Government with the objective of creating an anarchic situation.

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Ven. Amila's death fast ends amidst chaos and confusion

by Bharatha Malawaraarachchi and Ramyathilake Thalpita, Lanka Daily News, June 16, 2005

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Ven. Dambara Amila thera who was on a death fast was admitted to the Colombo National Hospital(CNH) by a group of Buddhist monks ending a five day death fast. However chaos and confusion was soon to follow when the very monks at the scene staged a protest demanding his return to continue his fast.

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Sri Lanka police teargas Buddhist monks opposing aid deal

PTI, June 13, 2005

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lankan police today used batons and teargas to break a protest here by Buddhist monks opposing President Chandrika Kumaratunga's proposal to enter into a tsunami aid-sharing deal with Tamil Tiger rebels.

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Second Buddhist monk to continue hunger strike

By Sugeeswara Senadhira -Bureau Chief, Asian Tribune, June 14, 2005

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The President of the Jathika Bikshu Peramuna (JBP), Venerable Dambara Amila Thero vowed to continue his hunger strike protesting the proposed joint mechanism with the Tamil rebels although Ven Dr Omalpe Sobitha had gave up his fast after president Chandrika Kumaratunga agreed to discuss the issue with Buddhist prelates.

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Buddhist monk calls off protest

by V.S. Sambandan, The Hindu, June 12, 2005

Move follows Chandrika's assurance

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- A senior Buddhist monk MP from the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), Omalpe Sobitha Thero, called off a five-day protest fast on Saturday, after an assurance by clergy leaders that President Chandrika Kumaratunga would not take a decision on the proposed joint mechanism without consultations.

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India names airport after Buddhist priest

AFP, June 10, 2005

LEH, Ladakh (India) -- Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh made a rare visit on Friday to Buddhist-dominated Ladakh region of occupied Kashmir, the first leg of a trip to visit frontline troops on Siachen.

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"I sit here, so I can make a stand"

by Ven.Dr. Omalpe Sobitha Thero, The Buddhist Channel, 10 June, 2005

This is a statement by Ven.Dr. Omalpe Sobitha Thero, the monk who has initiated a fast to death since June 6 2005, explaining his action and what he attempts to achieve.  The action taken by Ven.Sobitha Thera was initiated in response to the President of Sri Lanka declaring that she will make an "illegal" pact with the separatist LTTE, amidst wide spread opposition to it.

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Census numbers underrated,say Buddhist leaders

AASHA KHOSA, Indian Express, June 9, 2005

NEW DELHI, India -- Buddhist leaders, including Tenzin Ngodupa, a representative of exiled Tibetan leader Dalai Lama, today rejected government?s claim that India has only 80 lakh Buddhists and said these figures, projected in the recently-released Census of Religions were ??grossly understated.??

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Buddhist Monks join death fast against Sri Lanka-Tiger deal

Xinhuanet, June 8, 2005

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- Seven more Buddhist Monks have joined fasting unto death against Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga's move to enter a joint deal with the Tamil Tigers on post-tsunami reconstruction.

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Sri Lanka: Conversions go south

Sunday Leader, June 5, 2005

Galle, Sri Lanka -- Five months post tsunami. Gone are the hundreds of khaki-clad US Marines, the Pakistani medical camps and the Indian hospital ship glistening in the Galle harbour. Slowly, Galle is recovering and picking its battered, bruised self up.

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