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Buddha’s birthplace becoming hub of beggars




LUMBINI — A historic place Lumbini,the birthplace of Gautam Buddha, is becoming the hub of Indian beggars these days.

Beggars sitting on the streets outside the Mayadevi Temple and other stupas here and some of them carrying unclothed small children has become a common sight in this Buddhist pilgrimage site that lies in Lumbini of the Rupandehi district.

The site remaining in the list of the UNESCO world heritage sites is witnessing an increasing number of beggars mostly from India day by day.

They approach the visitors, desperately ask them for money and even do not hesitate to halt their movement by grabbing their legs if visitors seem reluctant towards their calls. Such tendency really makes visitors uncomfortable and sometimes leaves them irritated.

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According to the available data, a large score of domestic and foreign tourists visit this Buddhist shrine every year.

It is a daily routine of some beggars to spend the money they collected through beggary to consume alcohol and sit on the street again in the hope of getting more money, said security personnel deployed here.

However, security personnel deployed for the security of this famous Buddhist temple are aware of the situation, they prefer to remain silent on the matter.

There complain is that the Lumbini Development Trust doesn’t feel it necessary to respond to their frequent calls to address the problem facing tourists here due to beggars.

“The Trust does not want to discuss this issue,” said one of the security personnel. When approached, the Trust employees did not want to comment on the issue.

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UML recommends 55 for NA election from Province 2





LAHAN — CPN-UML Province-2 Organization Committee has recommended names of 55 candidates from the Province-2.

The Committee’s meeting held in Rajbiraj on Friday took the decision to recommend the names for eight National Assembly members to be elected from Province-2.

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According to the decision, the party has recommended 13 perspective candidates from Siraha with Ramchandra Yadav and Jaya Ghimire, Suman Raj Pyakurel from Saptari, 13 candidates with Ratneswor Goit, Yadubamsha Jha and Bhola Saha from Dhanusha, 11 names with Prabhu Hajara and Nirmala Devkota from Parsa.

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