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