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Sri Lanka vows to punish bombers

PRESS TRUST OF INDIA, December 14, 2004

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lanka today vowed to punish those responsible for a bomb blast at Shah Rukh Khan?s mega concert here even as the main Buddhist group which had initially opposed the event denied any involvement in the attack.

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Special Committee to probe possible media complicity in Saturday's incident

Lanka Daily News, Dec 14, 2004

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The Government has appointed a Special Committee to inquire and report if there was any connection and/or incitement on the part of any media organisation leading to Saturday's tragic events at the Indian artistes show in Colombo and also to recommend measures on the steps to be taken by the media to prevent a recurrence of the events as that witnessed at the Race Course grounds.

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Tibetans remember Dalai Lama on Human Rights Day

Indo-Asian News Service, Dec 10, 2004

Ahmedabad, India -- A Tibetan association paid Friday its tributes to the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader, to mark the Human Rights Day.

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Combating terror, the Buddha way

Express News Service, Dec 12, 2004

New Delhi, India -- ?It is very easy to understand those who agree with you, but not so easy to have a dialogue with those who do not. This is why the stories from the life of Buddha are an important reminder for today?s world leaders, including those combating terrorism,?? said Prof. Satish Kumar, traveller and writer on Buddhism, today evening.

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Blast rocks Shah Rukh Khan's Lanka show

By Mayank Shekhar, Mid-Day, December 13, 2004

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- A hand-held bomb detonated at Temptation 2004, a musical show led by Shah Rukh Khan, at Colombo?s Race Course open-air theatre on Saturday night. The show was put together by Rediffusion, an event management company partly owned by former cricketer Ravi Shastri.

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JHU not involved in incidents after Satyagraha (demonstration) call off - Ven Medhananda

Lanka Daily News, Dec 13, 2004

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) leader Ven. Ellawala Medhananda Thera in a media release said his party was not involved in the events that followed the calling off of their Sathyagraha on Saturday and the protests prior to the unfortunate incident.

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Shah Rukh Khan apologises to Buddhist monks

Press Trust Of India, December 11, 2004

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan has apologised to Sri Lanka's protesting Buddhist monks for the timing of his mega concert here, which coincides with the death anniversary of a popular priest, but said the show will go on.

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Tibetans' struggle in global spotlight: Dalai Lama

ABC News Onlie, Dec 12, 2004

Dharamsala, India -- Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama says 45 years of struggle for Tibetan rights have catapulted the cause of the Tibetan people into the global spotlight.

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Buddhist monks warn of self-immolation if Indian show goes on

The Hindu News Update Service (AP), Dec 10, 2004

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Buddhist monks may set themselves on fire in protest unless organisers postpone a concert of Indian film stars that coincides with the anniversary of a cleric's death, a monk said today.

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Shah Rukh Khan concert to go ahead in Sri Lanka

By ApunKaChoice Bureau, Dec 9, 2004

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Despite strong protests from Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka regarding the day of Shah Rukh Khan ?s concert in Colombo, the show would be held as previously planned.

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