Namo Buddha !
As you all know Indian Buddhist Society
celebrated Buddha Jayanti 2009 in Canadian House of Commons (Parliament) and
now I hear this great news for the proposed celebrations of 2010 in White
House. I am confident it will happen, and 2010 Buddha Jayanti will be
celebrated in the White House.
No doubt there will be a lot more influencial personalities participating
in the White House celebrations than our this year’s program. we are
proud of it. By celebrating in Canadian Parliament , we feel we have
done something that was not done before and we always wanted to do it by
taking Lord Buddha’s message to the places where no one has taken it
We should publicize such events as much as we can and may I please ask
if someone can forward me the details so that we can go in the
about the celebrations in White House.
Thanks Mr. Lakshman for sharing the information.
Chief Secretary level meeting between Uttarakhand
and Uttar Pradesh for division of assets and to
discuss other matters to be held tomorrow
Lucknow : 26 November 2009
The Chief Secretary level meeting between Uttarakhand and
Uttar Pradesh for division of assets and also to discuss other
matters has been convened tomorrow. The State Chief Secretary
Mr. Atul Kumar Gupta would represent U.P., while Uttarakhand
would be represented by its Chief Secretary Mr. Nrip Singh
Napalchyal, Principal Secretary Home and Principal Secretary to
C.M., Mr. Shubhash Kumar and Principal Secretary to C.M. and
Reorganisation Mr. Shatrughan Singh.
The pending matters would be discussed at length at the
meeting. The discussions would also include availability of
gazetted officers from Uttar Pradesh for holding Kumbha Mela in a
successful manner and to ensure maintenance of law and order.
Availability of police and fire brigade officers would also be
discussed at the meeting. The matter related with the police
personnel allocated by Government of India for Uttarakhand State,
who had not reported so far, would also be discussed at the
Besides, conversion of Muzaffarnagar-Deoband-Gagalhedi
road, National Highway-58 and Muzaffarnagar-Purkazi sector NH-
58 into four lanes would also be discussed. Division of
responsibilities between U.P. Hydro Power Corporation Limited and
Uttarakhand Hydro Power Corporation Limited would also be
discussed at the meeting. The construction of proposed new
express-way (Noida to Purkazi) being constructed by Uttar
Pradesh on Upper Gang Canal up to Haridwar would also be
The division of the area of the Sharda Sahayak Sagar
Jalashay situated between both the States would also be focussed
in the meeting. The parking place for the buses plying during
Kumbha Mela 2010 in the adjoining districts would also be
discussed and identified at the meeting. Moreover, the pending
issues of U.P. Beej Evam Terai Vikas Nigam and Seed Certification
Institute would also be discussed.
Mayawati pays tribute to Ambedkar
Lucknow Dec 6 | Sunday, Dec 6 2009 IST
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister
Mayawati today paid a floral tribute to Dr B R Ambedkar on his 53rd
death anniversary here.
Ms Mayawati attended a function at the B R Ambedkar Samajik Parivatan
Sthal in the presence of over 5000 party supporters and leaders.
After the function, the CM also instructed the officials to maintain
the sthal properly.
The CM stayed there for about 30 minutes but did not made any speech
on the occasion.
Earlier, the Supreme Court had disallowed the UP government to erect
any temporary structure inside the sthal for organising the function.
The apex court had already stayed futher construction in the Ambedkar
Samajik Parivartan Sthal.
Thousands throng Ambedkar Memorial
Express News Service Posted online: Monday , Dec 07, 2009 at 0147 hrs
Lucknow : To mark the 53rd death anniversary of Dr B R Ambedkar, the
ruling Bahujan Samaj Party mobilised thousands of party workers and
supporters at Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar Samajik Parivartan Sthal (Ambedkar
Memorial) in Lucknow on Sunday.
In the past, the event was organised near the Dr Ambedkar statue in
Hazratganj. This was the first time it was held at the Ambedkar
Earlier, the Supreme Court had refused to entertain a plea from the
Mayawati government seeking permission to undertake maintenance and
cleaning work at the premises in view of Sunday’s function.
This is the second time the memorial was thrown open to the public
after the Supreme Court had stopped all activity inside memorials on
September 12. The state government, thereafter, had barred the public
from entering the memorial.
The memorial was first opened on September 17, when Chief Minister
Mayawati laid the foundation of Kanshiram Green Eco Garden near the
Mayawati, who reached the venue around 10.30 am, paid a floral tribute
to Dr Ambedkar at the auditorium. She spent over 15 minutes there.
She was accompanied by senior officials including Chief Secretary Atul
Gupta, Cabinet Secretary Shashank Shekhar Singh and DGP Karamvir
Most of the visitors who came from Lucknow and adjacent districts like
Barabanki and Sitapur, said they reached the state capital after
receiving a message from the local leaders of the ruling BSP.
“I received a message from my district president Ratan Lal Gautam on
Saturday to bring all party supporters,” said Sant Ram Gautam, BSP
Sector President of Surat Block in Barabanki district. “I passed the
message among our people. The vehicle was made available to us by
Ram Kumar, convener of the Bahujan Volunteer Force (BVF) in Lucknow’s
Itaunja area, said he received the message to reach Lucknow on
Santosh Kumar, a resident of Allunagar in Digoria on IIM-L road, said
the BSP supporters were mobilised by Rakesh Gautam, the local member
of the Block Development Council.
Ram Kumar, president of BSP’s Aishbagh area of Lucknow, said the party
district unit held a meeting of the party workers on November 4.
“The plan to come to Lucknow was discussed at the meeting. The final
message came to me on Saturday,” he added.
Mayawati expresses her displeasure over poor upkeep of Ambedkar Memorial
Rajesh Kumar Singh, Hindustan Times
Lucknow, December 06, 2009
First Published: 20:43 IST(6/12/2009)
Last Updated: 20:45 IST(6/12/2009)
The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Sunday expressed her
displeasure over the poor upkeep of Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar samajik
To pay tribute to Dr Ambedkar on his 53rd death anniversary Mayawati
visited the memorial located on the bank of River Gomti. The dim light
in the gallery located under the main tomb and layer of dust over the
pedestal on which the statue of Dr Ambedkar has been installed upset
the Chief Minister.
She directed the officers to ensure proper lighting near the statues
and to keep the area clean. As she moved around the gallery semi
finished work and heaps of stone lying around the tomb added to her
annoyance. The officers accompanying the Chief Minister had tough time
explaining reasons for the slow progress of the work.
Thousands of BSP supporters had gathered in the parivartan sthal as
Mayawati paid floral tribute to Dr Ambedkar. The slogan ‘Baba tera
mission adhura Mayawati karegi pura’ (Mayawati will complete the
mission of Dr Ambedkar), Baba teri nek kamai tune soote kaum jagayi’
(Dr Ambedkar had recharged the community that was in deep slumber)
rented in the air.
Several of the BSP workers were seen carrying placard with the
pictures of Mayawati and Dr Ambedkar. They jostled with each other to
have a glimpse of Mayawati as she walked out of the main tomb. After
waving her hand toward the supporters Mayawati along with the national
general secretary SC Mishra left the spot.
As the cavalcade of the Chief Minister moved out of the memorial the
BSP workers broke the security cordon and soon the blue brigade was
spread all over the memorial area. Awe was clear on their face as they
walked over the granite steps and entered inside the tomb. The statue
of Dr Ambedkar located in the center of the gallery and the statue of
Mayawati along with Kanshi Ram was main center of attraction.
Some of them moved toward the elephant gallery, others inspected the
semi- constructed amphitheatre. Several of them climbed on the top of
the tomb to have a better view of the parivartan sthal.
The president of BSP state unit Swami Prasad Maurya said as mark of
respect to the SC/ST messiah Dr Ambedkar the Chief Minister Mayawati
constructed the grand memorial. Terming it as a monument of the
deprived class Maurya said this memorial would motivate them to work
for social justice and equality.
Sangram a native of Bhaura village located near Ram Sanehi ghat in
Barabanki district had come along with his family. “Few years back I
along with the other villagers use to visit Ayodhya on December 6 to
participate in the programme organized by saffron brigade but after
joining BSP I decided to visit Lucknow to pay obeisance to Dr Ambedkar
on his parinirvan diwas (death anniversary) “, he said.
For the children of Rajendra Gautam a resident of Mishrikh in Sitapur
district it was time to improve their general knowledge. As he moved
in the gallery he told them about struggle of Ambedkar in the early
years, his education, visit to Great Britain, fight for the right of
the SC/ST community and conversion to Buddhism. “The artists have
rightly engraved the moments depicting the life of Ambedkar on stone”,
Majority of the workers left their home early in the morning braving
the chilled winter wind to reach the spot. They gathered in the open
area along with the women and the children to warm themselves in the
sunlight. “We would leave the city after seeing other monuments and
parks”, said Mahipal resident of Tulsipur village in Unnao district.
So did the Karnataka BSP to Ambedkar Statue at Vidhana Soudha, Bengaluru.
President Marasandra Muniappa gave a very relevent speech followed by Karnataka State Co-ordinator Dr. Ashok Sidharth MLC, Mr.Tiwari MLA from UP and Mr.R.Muniappa.
Various organisations paid homage to Bharat Ratna Dr B R
Ambedkar on his 53rd death anniversary in the city on Sunday.
Buddha statue soon be unveiled at Sarnath
Pioneer news service | lucknow
India’s tallest Buddha statues in standing position will soon be One of
unveiled at Sarnath, the Buddhist pilgrimage centre near Varanasi where
he had delivered his first sermon.
Almost 90 feet high sandstone structure at Sarnath is similar to
Afghanistan’s two Bamiyan statues, which were the world’s tallest
Buddha images till they were destroyed by the Taliban in March 2001.
The statue is being built by the Mrig Dayavan Mahavihara Society of
Sarnath and is financed by the Thai monks and other devotees.
“This statue has resemblance with Bamiyan’s Buddha statue as the
proposed statue too is in standing position and depicts Gandhara art.
though Bamiyans statues fell to the tyranny of Talibans, Sarnath’s
statue is being built to spread the message of peace and love that Lord
Buddha prescribed in his sermons,” Chief of the Mrig Dayavan Mahavihara
Society Shasan Rashmi told The Pioneer from Sarnath on telephone on
The statue costs anything between Rs 1.5 crore to Rs 2 crore and would be open for public viewing by the end of 2010.
The Sarnath statue mirrors the Gandhara style of art on which the
Bamiyan statues were based. The statue is made of stand stone brought
from neighbouring Chunar.
Rashmi said that the statue would be unique as it would be in Abhaya
Mudra. Four sacred signs of Buddhists would be engraved at the four
corners of the statue.
“The beauty of this statue is that it is made of only 845 sandstone
slabs kept one over the other. Intricate sacred designs are being made
all around the statue,” Shasan Rashmi said.
He said it would be the tallest statue of Lord Buddha in India in
standing position. “In Bodh Gaya we have a statue of Lord Buddha in
Abha Mudra, but in sitting position. The proposed statue would be in
standing position,” he clarified.
Construction of this statue was a struggle for the society. The project
was initiated almost eight years back when Talibans destroyed the
Buddha statue in Bamiyan. But the project was delayed because it got
tangled in the red tape. The Archaeological Survey of India wanted us
to change the site and then the project ran into financial problem.
“Yes our project ran into financial problem. We did not have money and
so the project was shelved for almost three years. We collected
`chanda’ from the devotees. Some organisations also helped us to tide
over the crisis. And now we are comfortable,” Rashmi said.
Chief Minister Mayawati, who is herself is setting up 500 feet Maitriya Buddha statue at Kushinagar and that is her
Former chief minister Rajnath Singh had planned a taller, 152-foot,
Buddha statue at Kushinagar, a pilgrim town around 160km from Sarnath,
but it never took shape.
Low-cost houses for Aboriginal Inhabitants of Jambudviapa soon
Last Updated : 2009-12-01 11:29 AM
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Himalayan News Service
KATHMANDU: The government will abide by its social responsibility to
Aboriginal Inhabitants of jambudvipa and marginalized communities, said Finance Minister Surendra
Pandey. “We are going to build 3,000 low-cost houses for Dalits of
Siraha, Saptari and Kapilvastu districts,” he said in a press meet
In the first phase, 320 houses will be built in Dom villages of
Saptari district, he said adding construction will start next month.
The government has developed two models of low-cost houses which cost
Rs 60,000 and 1,20,000, respectively.
Finance secretary Rameshwor Khanal said the government will provide
subsidy on compost fertilizer. “We have taken this initiation to
enhance soil productivity,” said Khanal. As per the plan, the Ministry
of Finance (MoF) will provide 50 per cent grant in establishment of a
compost fertilizer plant and 15 per cent subsidy on the product.
Moreover, the government will provide work to over 20,000 people in
development projects in the fiscal year 2009-10. The new budget has
promised to provide 100
days work to 50,000 people. MoF is studying mega projects to meet the
target, said Pandey.
However, the government has not achieved all economic targets set for
the first four months of the fiscal year. “Development projects are at
a satisfactory level and we can meet the target by this fiscal end,”
he told the media about progress in the first four months.
FM Pandey said price hike stepped down by one digit, which was two
digits since last year. Export reduced but import grew significantly.
“It is a challenge to increase the export volume,” he said, Foreign
exchange reserve has also gone down in the period.
The government expended Rs 45.72 billion until November
27. However, the capital expenditure is limited to Rs 7.12 billion.
MoF has collected Rs 50.38 billion revenue, which is 34.3 per cent
more than the preceding fiscal year.
Inauguration of a fast-track road between Kathmandu and Nijgadh,
embankment in Bagmati, Kamala and Triyuga rivers and Upper Tamakoshi
hydropower are achievements of the government. It has selected 919
projects in conflict-affected zones, among which 409 are in operation.
The government has also finalized the initial process of distribution
of bio-metric identity cards for Nepalis.
Those who are seeking political
motives behind the Ganga Expressways are doing disservice to millions
of people of Uttar Pradesh.This expressways has the potential to
catapult UP among the most developed states of India.Many
good-for-nothing-politicians are averse that Mayawati too would gain
iconic status along with this expressways.So there is widespread
conspiracy to stall this anyhow.Once the court gives its directive and
go ahead then Mayawati will give this the highest priority and meet
the schedule somehow.
Mayawati will become the first Scheduled Caste woman Prime Minister of
Jambudvipa, that is the Great Prabuddha Bharath.
expressways has the potential to catapult UP among the most developed
states of this country,there is no doubt that Mayawati too would gain
iconic status along with this expressways.
Let us be optimistic that
court gives its directive and go ahead then Mayawati will give this the
highest priority and meet the schedule somehow.
Acting on the inputs provided by her senior officials who earlier in
the day held talks with Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) office bearers,
Mayawati asked the divisional commissioners to mediate between the
farmers’ representative and sugar mills.
According to the
officials, a delegation of BKU which held a “mahapanchayat” earlier in
the day, also handed over a memorandum to the chief minister.
the demand by farmers that wheat support price for next year be
increased, the chief minister said she would write to the Centre for
Allaying fears of the farmers on paddy procurement,
Mayawati issued orders for not making newly introduced token system
mandatory, and assured all the paddy produced by the farmers would be
When apprised about the problem being faced in the
availability of seeds and fertilisers for rabi sowing, she asked all
district magistrates to make them available at all ’sahkari saitis’
besides checking the sale of non-certified seeds and fertilisers.
also ordered for withdrawing of cases against farmers during their
agitation where there had been no violence involved, officials added.