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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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Bakar-Eid being celebrated

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POKHARA — The Muslim people people are celebrating their grand festival, Bakar Eid, with much fanfare today.

The festival which is to be continued for three days from today is also known as ‘Eid-Ul-Juha’. The Muslim community considers this as a festival of devotion.

Ali Miya Literary Foundation, Pokhara Chairperson and religious preacher Hanif Miya informed that the festival marked the beginning with the recitation of Islam scripture Nawaz at Idgaha of Pokhara in the early morning today.

The Muslim people who are almost 10,000 in number in Pokhara alone are marking the festival with much excitement, he added.

The Muslims visit the mosques, offer prayers to Allah, perform the Namaj prayers and exchange greetings each others on the occasion.

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