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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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Over 20,000 drivers taken action through CCTV monitoring

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KATHMANDU— The Metropolitan Traffic Police Division (MTPD) has effectively launched monitoring of vehicles plying on the road through close circuit (CC) camera in Kathmandu valley.

Traffic Police are keeping a close watch on drivers to check whether they are following the traffic rules or not.

A total of 20,024 drivers of various vehicles faced action based on such monitoring. The police begun this bid since 2073 BS and it has become effective so far, said SSP Basanta Panta of the Traffic Division.

Most of the cases were related to violation of the traffic lane and driving on ‘one way’ roads, he added.

The police are monitoring the traffic activities through 460 close circuit cameras installed at the Division Office, Ranipokhari.

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