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Stupa stupor

by VRINDA GOPINATH, The Indian Express, June 18, 2005

The Great Sanchi Stupa gets less than 80,000 visitors a year. Little information, no souvenirs and few places to spend the night make the experience shortlived

SANCHI, India -- It is perhaps the world?s best kept secret. Such a secret, that the Great Sanchi Stupa, dating back to the third century BC, gets less than 80,000 visitors a year. An overwhelming number, 64,000 of them, are Indian. Most of the 14,000 foreigners are Sri Lankan Buddhist monks.

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Dalai Lama Greets Aung San Suu Kyi on Her Birthday

Democratic Voice of Burma, June 18, 2005

Dharmsala, India -- Exiled Tibet spiritual leader His Highness Dalai Lama told DVB, on 15 June, that He is always praying for Burma's democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and He prays that she would be released soon.

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What is happening to the millions donated for tsunami survivors?

By Catherine Philp, The Times (UK), June 18, 2005

Many thousands are still forced to live in temporary camps in Sri Lanksa thanks to official incompetence and bureaucracy

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- SARINA crouches in her tent in the devastated fishing town of Hambantota, sorting through the few children?s clothes that survived the tsunami. Outside the rain begins to fall and with a sigh she pulls down the flaps to stop the water leaking inside.

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Warm response from over a thousand Buddhist monks to President at BMICH

Lanka Daily News, June 18, 2005

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- PRESIDENT Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga received a warm response from over a thousand Buddhists monks, as she spelled out contents of the proposed Post Tsunami Operational Management Structure (P-TOMS) at the Maha Sangha convention at the BMICH last night.

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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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