Second World Buddhist summit on course

Lumbini, 30 November: All preparations for the 2nd World Buddhist Summit, which is to kick off from Tuesday at Lumbini, has almost completed.

Over 120 delegates of 28 countries including distinguished guest from eight countries including India, China, Bhutan, Myanmar, Cambodia and Egypt have already arrived in Lumbini, while all other invitees are expected to arrive by the evening, the organisers said. Over 600 people, including observers are participating at the summit.

In the morning, a prayer ceremony was organised in Lumbini in which Buddhist monks from various countries and the guests were present. A peace rally was also organised ahead of the ceremony in the morning. Three work papers were presented at the beginning of the summit.

The Information Center, Bank, Special Postal Office and Health centers have been set up especially to facilitate the people attending the summit.

Formal ceremony will begin from Wednesday when King Gyanendra inaugurates the summit at 11:00 a.m., the organizers said.

Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, Deputy Prime Minister Bharat Mohan Adhikari, Home Minister Purna Bahadur Khadka, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Deep Kumar Upadhaya, and few other ministers and heads of security agencies have arrived in Lumbini.

Security measures have been heightened in and around the summit area to give security to the people during the summit.

Meanwhile, various national and international human rights bodies have deplored the Maoists’ called general strike in Lumbini during the summit. (Asian Tribune)-


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