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Tsunami Waves Kill Over 14,000 in Asia

By DILIP GANGULY, Associated Press Writer, Dec 27, 2004

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Thousands of soldiers scoured Asia's coastlines Monday for survivors of devastating tidal waves that obliterated seaside towns in nine countries, killing more than 14,000 people. Global aid poured into the region, and parents in India mourned as their children were buried in mass graves.


Lankan monks regret bomb attack at concert

PTI, Dec 22, 2004

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- Expressing regret over the recent bomb attack at Bollywood star Shahrukh Khan's concert here which killed two people and injured 19, Sri Lanka's Buddhist monks on Wednesday blamed extremists for the blast and urged the actor and his troupe not to harbour any "ill feeling" towards the people of the island nation.


Radiologist launches book on Buddha Dhamma

By M. P. Muttiah, Lanka daily News, Dec 19, 2004

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Governor of Southern Province, Kingsley Wickramaratne says that everything changes in the fast moving world, except the teachings of Lord Buddha, which are more than two thousand five hundred years old. Therefore, it has become necessary for everyone to learn and practice the Buddha Dhamma.


Filmmaking at Bodhgaya gets costlier

by Anand Mohan Sahay, Rediff.com, December 18, 2004

Patna India -- Here's some bad news for those planning to shoot a film at the Mahabodhi temple, the holiest Buddhist shrine. Making a film at the temple in Bodhgaya, Buddhism's birthplace, has just got costlier.


Bhutan bans tobacco sales

IOL, December 16 2004

New Delhi, India -- The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan will become the first country in the world to impose a complete ban on the sale of tobacco when it does so on Friday.


Budhists in Ladakh prepare for New Year "Losar"

New Kerala, Dec 15, 2004

Ladakh, India -- Preparations for New Year celebration are at its peak these days across the world. And, the Lamas are not behind. Their way of celebrating the New Year is indeed different and unique. They celebrate singing songs on the death of the "King with the donkey toe", which is traditionally observed as the dawn of the "Losar" (New Year) with fire demonstrations.


Oral transmission of Dudjom's sungbum

by Rinzin Wangchuk, Kuensel Online, December 15, 2004

Timphu, Bhutan -- More than 5,000 devotees from the eastern dzongkhags are receiving empowerment and transmission of Dudjom Rinpoche's Sungbum or Tersar (25 volumes of collected works of Dudjom Rinpoche) and other blessings from Garab Rinpoche at the Rangjung Woesel Chholing monastery in Trashigang.


Sri Lanka: Seminar to map out programme to implement Buddhist Commission recommendations

Lanka Daily News, Dec 16, 2004

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- A top level three-day seminar of members of the Buddhist clergy and laity is to be held at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, Colombo from December 17 to December 19 by the Buddha Sasana Ministry on the directive of the Minister of Buddha Sasana, Public Security, Law and Order and Deputy Minister of Defence Ratnasiri Wickremenayake to draw up a programme for the implementation of the main recommendations made in the 2002 Report of the Presidential Commission on the Buddha Sasana.


Lankans extol Shah Rukh Khan's virtues

by PK Balachanddran, The Hindustan Times, December 15, 2004

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lankans not only see Shahrukh Khan as a great actor, but also as a cultured and humane person who represents the best in Indian and Asian culture.


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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