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10-point Kathmandu Lumbini declaration issued

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LUMBINI — The 10-point Kathmandu Lumbini declaration has been made public amid a program organized to mark the 2560th Buddha Jayanti in Lumbini on Saturday.

Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Ananda Prasad Pokharel made public the declaration at the program which was attended by hundreds of people and devotees of Lord Buddha from across the world.

The two-day International Buddhist Conference held in Kathmandu on May 19-20 prepared the declaration with the inputs from the participants including Buddhists, scholars and monks and nuns from 28 countries of the world.

The declaration highlights the point the participants attending the conference confessed that Buddha was born in Nepal and he spent most of his life here and Nepal is the origin of Buddha philosophy.

The declaration also said that Buddhisam is not only a vision of the Asia but of the world and the origin of world peace is Nepal, apart from launching a campaign to spread Buddha’s teachings across the world.

It also said that an agreement was struck to devise a Lumbini Development Master Plan and develop Lumbini, Tilaurakot, Devdaha and Ramgram, besides making Lumbini University a center for excellence as well as developing Bodhgaya of India, where the Buddha got enlightenment, Sarnath of India where Buddha gave his teachings and Kushinagar of India where Buddha passed away.

Likewise, the declaration also said that the global Buddhist forum will also be formed aiming to promote peace and brotherhood across the world. The forum will also work for human peace and rights of animals.

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Man divorces wife just 15 minutes after Islamic marriage in Dubai

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A man in Dubai divorced his bride just 15 minutes after their Islamic marriage as he felt ‘insulted’ by her father’s bride price demands.

The man agreed to pay his new father-in-law Dh100,000 for their wedding but the older man became impatient to get the cash, DailyMail reported.

According to Gulf News, family members and friends accompanied the couple to a Sharia judge’s office to witness the marriage contract being signed. The groom then gave Dh 50,000 on the spot as agreed, with the rest to come after the party left the court building, according to Gulf News.

But, the bride’s father demanded the remaining cash as soon as the signing was over, even though the groom didn’t have it on him.

He said it would only take five minutes to walk to his car, which was parked outside, and get the rest of the bride price.

Instead of letting him retrieve it, the father insisted him to pay either right then or send a friend or relative to get the money while he stayed inside.

The groom felt insulted and demeaned by the series of demands and called off the marriage immediately, a lawyer handling the case said.

‘He told the bride’s father that he did not want his daughter as his wife and divorced her in less than 15 minutes from signing the marriage contract,’ he said.

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