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Buddha statue row gets life

by Smitha Rao, TIMES NEWS NETWORK, Dec 12, 2005

BANGALORE, India -- Buddha is on the rocks again: the Centre (Central Government of India) has upbraided Karnataka for its "diametrically opposite views" on the proposed statue of Buddha at Ramanagaram. Did ecological wisdom dawn on the state government by accident?

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www.DalaiLama.com

Phayul, December 11, 2005

Dharamshala, India -- Information technology is fast spreading its influence across the world and equally fast is the increase in the number of admirers of the 70-year Tibetan leader, the Dalai Lama. Admirers and followers of the Dalai Lama take as blessings even a smile of the Dalai Lama, or just a glimpse of the leader passing through a throng of followers who with their eyes closed and hands folded gesture as if to pray.

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Tibetan nuns to receive Doctorate in Buddhism

Phayul, December 8, 2005

Dharamshala, India -- Tibetan nuns may soon receive doctorate in Buddhism and be called Geshema, a practice that was non-existent until now. His Holiness the Dalai Lama said that talks are going on with the Department of religion to start honoring Buddhist nuns with the highest academic achievement in Buddhist studies.

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Buddha?s Birthplace Finds More Tourists in Nepal

By Ujjwal Khatiwada, NewsLine Nepal, Dec 8, 2005

KATHMANDU, Nepal -- The Lumbini Development Trust (LDT) has stated that the arrival of tourists in Lumbini has increased considerably this year.

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MahaBodhi Society to start 2550th Buddha Jayanti Celebrations

NewKerala, Dec 5, 2005

Kolkata, India -- MahaBodhi Society will start celebrating their year-long 2550th Buddha Jayanti from Wednesday onwards.

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Dalai Lama, India's new tourism ambassador

Express Travel World, Dec 5, 2005

New Delhi, India -- What's common between his highness the Dalai Lama, an Air-India pilgrim package and champa flowers? Nothing really. But according to minister of state for tourism Renuka Chowdhury, the three can together help promote the Buddhist circuit and bring in those tourist dollars.

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Bihar plans air taxi service for Buddhist circuit

Indo-Asian News Service, December 7, 2005

Patna, India -- Bihar plans to start an air taxi service package to enable tourists, particularly foreigners, to visit famous Buddhist sites in the state.

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They can't believe it's Buddha

The Telegraph, Dec 3, 2005

Kathmandu, Nepal -- Nepal's "Buddha boy" is under investigation by the authorities, who question his claim not to have eaten anything for six months and are examining his followers' finances.

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Scientists to check Nepal Buddha boy

By Navin Singh Khadka, BBC News, Dec 2, 2005

Kathmandu, Nepal -- A meditating teenage boy in south-central Nepal is drawing the attention of scientists after attracting huge crowds in the past six months and earning himself the name Buddha-reincarnate.

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Nepal to probe mystery 'Buddha' boy

Dominican Today, Nov 28, 2005

KATHMANDU, Nepal -- Authorities in Nepal urged religious groups and scientists on Sunday to help solve the mystery of a meditating teenaged boy who some believe is an incarnation of Buddha. 

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