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Buddha was born in Nepal : Thousands gather in Tundikhel to make Guinness World Records chanting Dhammapad

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KATHMANDU — Around 75 thousand people gathered at Tundikhel in Kathmandu on Saturday to recite the messages of Lord Gautam Buddha, known as Dhhamapad, to set a new Guinness World Records.

The messages of Lord Buddha was recited by people from all walks of life and from across the country.

Although the exact number of the participants is not established yet and the number is yet to be confirmed officially by Guinness World Records, the organizer and the participants have a claim that more than 75,000 people would have attended in the record breaking function.

World Record Holder Council Nepal had organized the program to leave the message that lord Gautam Buddha was born in Nepal.

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The World Record Council said that the mass prayer ceremony was held to publicize Nepal as the land of Buddha and to set the record in Guinness Book in Nepal’s name.

“The program is being organised for nation and nationality and to spread Buddha’s message across the world,” the organizer said to the media.

Various political leaders including Prime Minister and CPN-UML Chair KP Sharma Oli, Maoist Center Chair Puspa Kamal Dahal, Defence Minister, Ishwor Pokharel, Artists Rajesh Hamal, Nikhil Upreti, Sanchita Liutel and many others were also attended the program.

Addressing the ceremony, PM Oli said that the mass prayer will promote the peace and harmony in the nation and in the world.

It is said that the program has smashed the record of India. India’s Art of Living Foundation had set the world record by reciting a poem by 46, 660 people simultaneously.

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Malindo Air aircraft skids off runway at TIA

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KATHMANDU — A Malindo Air aircraft preparing to fly to Kualalumpur, Malaysia from Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu on Thursday night skidded off a runway and stopped along a grassy area between the airport’s runways.

The Airbus, which was preparing for a take-off, narrowly escaped disaster before stopping along a grassy area between the airport’s runways after its nose wheel could not keep to the runway. All 139 passengers are safe, airport officials said.

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The aircraft was cleared for takeoff from runway 20 and commenced the takeoff roll at 22:08 hours local time. But takeoff was aborted as the aircraft was halfway down the runway. It failed to stop on the remaining runway and overran.

The pilot, at the right time, turned the plane towards the parking after sensing some issue with the tyres of the aircraft (flight OD 181), thus avoiding a possible mishap.

Airport operations had halted for a while and flights enroute to Kathmandu were diverted to alternate airports.

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