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Modi govt plans Buddhism blitz in cultural diplomacy refocus

by Charu Sudan Kasturi, the Telegraph (India), Aug 31, 2015

New Delhi, india -- India has a new top cultural diplomat - and he is called the Buddha.


Amaravati all set to be Mahayana Buddhist centre

by Y. Mallikarjun, The Hindu, Aug 13, 2015

AP planning to attract tourists from China, Japan and Thailand
Andhra Pradesh, India --
The ancient town of Amaravati, which forms part of the upcoming capital region of the State, will be promoted as a cradle of Mahayana Buddhism to attract international tourists, particularly those from China, Japan, Thailand and other Asian countries.


Khagrachhari mayor accused of grabbing Buddhist temple land

Dhaka Tribune, July 27, 2015

Khagrachhari, Bangladesh -- Allegations have surfaced against Khagrachhari municipality Mayor Mohammad Rafiqul Alam for trying to grab land of Tri Ratna Buddhist temple at Araimail area of the town.


Works on Buddhist Circuit begins formally

eKantipur.com, July 19, 2015

KATHMANDU, Nepal -- The government has formally started work to develop the Greater Lumbini Buddhist Circuit to promote Buddhist tourism.


Nepal Earthquake: Reaching the Village of Bhaiselitol in Panchkhal District

By Bhante Y. Wimala, The Buddhist Channel, July 20 2015

Bhante Wimala's report on his humanitarian effort to reach isolated villages affected by the recent earthquake in Nepal

Kathmandu, Nepal -- As we continue our humanitarian relief effort to help people in devastated villages that are hard to reach (where nobody has reached them yet or very few have reached), this time we found ourselves at the village of Bhaiselitol.


Dharmarajika – a Buddhist monastery in Bangladesh, feeds fasting Muslims over Ramadan

AFP, July 7, 2015

DHAKA, Bangladesh -- A Buddhist monastery in Bangladesh is serving food to hundreds of poor Muslims during Ramadan, in a rare example of social harmony between the religions in the South Asian nation.


Buddhist monk promotes peace through release of anti-nuclear manga in Sri Lanka

By KO IWAKI, The Asahi Shimbun AJW, June 29, 2015

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- With his home country of Sri Lanka having been embroiled in decades-long conflicts, Thalangalle Somasiri felt moved after reading the manga series “Hadashi no Gen” (Barefoot Gen), which depicts the aftermath of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.


China evinces interest in Andhra Pradesh’s Buddhist circuits

TNN, Jun 28, 2015

VISAKHAPATNAM, India -- In an effort to market Andhra Pradesh as a global tourism destination, Andhra Pradesh Tourism Department's principal secretary Neerabh Kumar Prasad took part in (Beijing International Tourism Expo) BITE 2015-16 in China.


Bhutan's dark secret to happiness

By Eric Weiner, BBC, 8 April 2015

Citizens of one of the happiest countries on Earth are surprisingly comfortable contemplating a topic many prefer to avoid. Is that the key to joy?

Thimphu, Bhutan -- On a visit to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, I found myself sitting across from a man named Karma Ura, spilling my guts. Maybe it was the fact that he was named Karma, or the thin air, or the way travel melts my defences, but I decided to confess something very personal.


World-Famous Buddhas of Bamiyan Resurrected in Afghanistan

Press Trust of India, June 15, 2015

Kabul, Afghanistan -- Fourteen years after the Taliban dynamited the world-famous Buddhas of Bamiyan, the giant statues were resurrected with 3D light projection technology in the empty cavities where they once stood in Afghanistan.


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