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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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Master plan mooted to develop Buddhist sites

Newindpress, November 29 2005

BHUBANESWAR, India -- It seems, Buddha would soon smile on Orissa tourism. Be it the much-hyped recent visit of the Thai princess to the State or the Nirvana Puspagiri festival hosted a couple of years ago or the forthcoming Buddha Mahotsav mooted by the Government, Buddhist tourism is set to take off in the State in a big way soon.

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Tales of reincarnated Buddha focus on boy

By Binaj Gurubacharya, Associated Press, November 25, 2005

15-year-old in Nepal jungle draws crowds

KATMANDU, Nepal -- A teenage boy has been meditating in a Nepalese jungle for six months, and thousands have flocked to see him, with some believing he is the reincarnation of Buddha, according to police and media reports.

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National Assembly of Bhutan finalises rules on recognition of trulkus and lamas

Kuensel Online, November 23, 2005

Timphu, Bhutan -- The National Assembly of Bhutan resolved that the formal ngedzin (recognition) of trulkus and lamas born in Bhutan would be conducted according to Bhutanese traditions and the rules of procedure framed by the committee which was established this year in accordance with the resolution of the 83rd session of the National Assembly.

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