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Splash of color marks Buddha Purnima celebrations in Islamic Bangladesh

Dhaka ,May 11 ( Bangladesh is overwhelmingly Muslim, but there are nearly one million Buddhists living in Chittagong, Chittagong Hill Tracts, Comilla, Noakhali, Cox’s Bazar and Barisal.  But they are less than one present the total population and are divided into various racial groups, namely the Austic, the Tibeto-Burman, the Draviyan and the Aryan. According to historians, the Tibeto-Burman group...

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EU Council of Ministers approve GSP Plus for Sri Lanka

Colombo, May 11 (NIA) - European Union Foreign and Trade Ministers Council, on Thursday approved Sri Lanka's application to obtain key trade concessions known as the Generalized Scheme of Preference Plus (GSP Plus), the government information department said here. Sri Lanka's Deputy Foreign Minister Harsha De Silva confirmed in a message that the Council of Ministers of the EU had approved...

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Buddhism: Modi’s soft power and money spinner

Colombo, May 11: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on a determined mission to use Buddhism, which had its birth in India and spread to other parts of South and East Asia from there, as a “soft power” to influence Buddhist  countries in South and East Asia and to earn money by promoting  “Buddhist tourism”, writes P.K.Balachandran in Daily Express....

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Love for Modi appears to be wearing thin in Sri Lanka

Colombo, May 9: The Sri Lankan government will roll out the red carpet for the visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he arrives here in the evening of May 11 to be the chief guest at the Vesak celebrations and to inaugurate an India-built hospital in Dikoya the next day, writes, P.K.Balachandran in Daily Express. But the popular enthusiasm...

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Desist from imposing India’s will on Sri Lanka: Sri Lankan professionals tell Modi

Colombo, May 11 ( The Professionals’ National Front (PNF) of Sri Lanka has raised a number of contentious issues, including the Trincomalee oil tank farm and the proposed bridge to link Sri Lanka with India, in a letter addressed to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who arrives here on May 11 to inaugurate the International Vesak Day celebrations. Vesak Day...

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World renowned chef, George Calombaris to visit Sri Lanka

Colombo, May 10 (NIA) - Judge of ‘MasterChef Australia’, George Calombaris will arrive in Sri Lanka next month to take part in events organised by Cinnamon Life - Colombo’s premier lifestyle mixed development project. In a statement released by the Cinnamon group it said that Calombaris will be in Sri Lanka from 8 to 11 June 2017, giving a lucky few...

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Sri Lanka releases 550 prisoners in view of Vesak

Colombo, May 10 (NIA) - 550 prisoners were released from Sri Lankan prisons across the island on Wednesday on a Presidential pardon to commemorate the UN Vesak Day celebrations, the Department of Prisons said. Those released were prisoners facing minor offences. President Maithripala Sirisena had issued the pardon following a proposal made by the Prison Reforms Minister D.M. Swaminathan to the Justice Ministry...

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World’s first laser Vesak Pandal to be unveiled in Sri Lanka

Colombo, May 10 (NIA) - Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena will unveil the world’s first Vesak pandal erected with laser technology on May 10 at the Galle Face Green, the Government Information Department said here Wednesday. The pandal will be exhibited from May 10th to May 14th in parallel to the Kolomthota Vesak Zone on a concept of Port and Shipping...

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