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Buddhism started in Lumbini: PM Oli

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said that the government is committed to promoting Lumbini as the birthplace of Lord Buddha as Lumbini is indisputably the fountain of Buddhism.

PM Oli said the meeting is vital to Nepal since it connects Lumbini with Lord Buddha and origin of Buddhism while speaking at the International Buddhist Conference in the Capital on the eve of 2560th birth commemoration of Lord Buddha on Thursday.

Speaking on Lumbini and its importance with reference to Buddhism, the PM remarked that Buddhism originated in Lumbini. “It is the land of Buddha and the fountain of peace,” he said, adding that this very fact has ‘invested the Nepalese people with values and identity and inspired both Nepalese and foreign visitors including artists and scholars’.

The PM said, “Lord Buddha is an embodiment of our quest for truth and peace. For us, he is not just the light of Asia: he is the light of the whole world.”

The PM also said that the conference will ‘contribute to elevating our understanding of the indispensable link between Lumbini and Buddhism’.

The PM also revealed government’s plan to promote and develop Lumbini as the centre of International Buddhist Studies. He also commended the Lumbini Buddhist University for taking lead in this sector.

Stating that Buddha’s teachings always stressed the importance of harmony, tolerance and selflessness, Oli emphasised the need to work for the happiness of the multitude rather than for oneself.

The Conference is being organised around the theme of ‘Lumbini, Nepal: the Birthplace of Lord Buddha and Fountain of Buddhism and World peace’.

Buddhist religious scholars, leaders, monks and nuns from 28 countries are participating in the conference hosted by the government and it will conclude today.

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2 Nepalis in Lhasa jail for smuggling gold

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RASUWA — Two Nepali youths are reported to be in a jail in Lhasa of China, on the charge of their involvement in gold smuggling.

Gyal Dorje Tamang of Gosaikunda Rural Municipality-5 in Rasuwa and Bikash Waiba of Hakubesi of Aamachhodongmo Rural Municipality were detained in Chinese territory by the customs department informers of the Tibet government around a month ago as they were about to enter Nepal on a truck bearing the Nepali number plate.

The Chinese side confiscated nine pieces of precious yellow metal from the two, Rasuwa District Police Office quoted the Nepal Consulate General Office in Lhasa as saying.

According to Rasuwa DPO’s Inspector of Police Dhruba Silwal, further details regarding the case are awaited.

It may be noted that the Chinese side has already started implementing the proposal floated by the Nepali side during the past border-security meetings to increase its surveillance in such illegal affairs bearing in mind increasing smuggling of gold into Nepali territory via China, as Silwal said.

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