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Buddha Jayanti ceremony held at UN

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KATHMANDU — A special commemorative event was organized on the occasion of the ‘Day of Vesak’ (Buddha Jayanti) at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters, on Saturday.

Secretary-General of the United Nations, Acting President of the General Assembly, and representatives of Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Russian Federation, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Viet Nam made statements on the occasion.

In his statement, Durga Prasad Bhattarai, Ambassador/Permanent representative of Nepal to the United Nations, said that the Buddha’s timeless teachings of Ahimsa and the Middle-Path have been edifying to our societies for over two millennia, and should resonate with us at the UN, whose ideals are also of non-violence, tolerance and compassion.

He said that the Buddha’s larger message aims to free humankind from the sources of misery and suffering—the Klesha of ignorance, attachment, and aversion.

“This desire to allay human suffering and lift the human condition lies at the heart of the Buddha’s teachings, and also at the heart of the work of the United Nations” he said.

The PR called on all to ‘reflect on our efforts at the United Nations to assuage human suffering in all its manifestation’, and to ‘resolve to fortify our efforts on all fronts’ since that would be a true homage to the great apostle of world peace- the Buddha.

In the morning, a food offering ceremony was organized at the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations, where Nepal also participated and offered Nepalese foods to the monks.

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After the adoption of the resolution A/RES/54/115 at UNGA in 2000, of which Nepal was a leading cosponsor, the Vesak Day event has been organized at the UN Headquarters every year with Nepal as a principal organizer or a member of the organizing committee. The event this year was co-hosted by Sri Lanka and Thailand.

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President nominates NA members

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KATHMANDU — President Bidhya Devi Bhandari has nominated three persons to the post of National Assembly Members on the recommendation of the government on Tuesday.

President Bhandari has nominated former Vice Chairman of National Planning Commission (NPC) Yubaraj Khatiwada (Jhapa), CPN Maoist Centre lawmaker Ram Narayan Bidari (Makawanpur) and former NPC member Bimala Poudel Rai (Morang) to the posts as per Section B of the Article 86 (2) of the Constitution of Nepal, according to the Office of the President.

Earlier today, a meeting of Council of Ministers had recommended their names to the president after withdrawing the recommendations made by the erstwhile Sher Bahadur Deuba-led government.

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Meanwhile, the Nepali Congress (NC) has expressed its serious reservation over the government recommendation on National Assembly (NA) members.

NC Spokesperson Bishow Prakash Sharma said that NC has protested the governmen decision on new recommendation to the NA that was made by calling back the recommendation made by Deuba-led government.

The Deuba-led government had recommended the names of Chandani Joshi, Gopal Basnet and Krishna Prasad Poudel as the NA members.

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