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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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Oli, Dahal hold discussion on party unification and govt expansion

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister and CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli held talks with CPN-MC Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ at the former’s residence in Balkot today.

During the meeting that lasted for around 1.5 hours, matters relating to the unification between the two parties and the CPN-MC’s participation in the government were discussed.

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In his comments following the meeting, Maoist Chair Prachanda said the talks in regards to the unification were held positively and efforts are on to announce the unification soon.

The Prime Minister’s press coordinator Chetan Adhikari said the two chairs met on the eve of the meeting of the party unification coordination committee scheduled for tomorrow.

The PUCC meeting tomorrow will discuss the issue of party unity and government participation at length, and two chairs discussed the same matter today.

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