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India Buddhism Cultural Days opens in Vietnam to mark 10th anniversary of Vietnam-India Comprehensive Strategic Partnership

The 2017 India Buddhism Cultural Days has opened in Thien An Pagoda in Tam Dao district, the northern province of Vinh Phuc on March 16.

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Vinh Phuc (Vietnam), March 17, 2017:  The event of Indian Buddhism Culture Days, jointly held by the Vietnam-India Friendship Association, the Indian Embassy in Vietnam the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha and, is one of the activities that marks the 45th anniversary of the full diplomatic relations and the 10th anniversary of the Vietnam-India Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.

Speaking at the ceremony, Minister of Information and Communications and chairman of the Vietnam-India Friendship Association Truong Minh Tuan recalled that Buddhism was introduced in Vietnam by Indian monks introduced nearly two thousand years ago.

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Putting religious ties aside, Vietnam and India have been sharing a healthy time-honoured friendship, and have always assisted and supported each other in all aspects from domestic issues in each country to international events, the minister stated.

Cultural activities like the India Buddhism Cultural Days contribute to the friendship between the people of the two countries and the diplomatic relations the two countries share, Minister Tuan said, expressing his belief that the Vietnam-India traditional relationship would continue growing.

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He noted that the event, which is scheduled to take place from March 16-19, will host many special Buddhist rituals carried out by Gyalwang Drukpa and nearly 100 Drukpa monks and nuns coming from India.

On behalf of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha, Venerable Thich Thanh Nhieu, Vice President of the VBS Executive Council, stated that he hopes the activities would enhance faith and mutual understanding in practicing Buddhist philosophies.

The event is also a get-together for monks, nuns and followers of the religion to learn and exchange experience and methods of practicing Buddhism in India.

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According to India’s Ambassador to Vietnam Parvathaneni Harish, the India Buddhism Culture Days would tighten the relationship Vietnam and India share. It will also provide a chance for Indian and Vietnamese Buddhist followers to exchange as well as promote Buddhist ideas for peace, prosperity and harmony all across the world.

– prepared by Durba Mandal of NewsGram. Twitter: @dubumerang

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Indian Cuisine becomes the most sought after in Moscow

Indian cuisine in FIFA World cup
Indian dishes available in Moscow during FIFA World Cup 2018, representational image, wikimedia commons

June 17, 2018:

Restaurateurs Prodyut and Sumana Mukherjee have not only brought Indian cuisine to the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018 here but also plan to dish out free dinner to countrymen if Argentina wins the trophy on July 15.

Based in Moscow for the last 27 years, Prodyut and Sumana run two Indian eateries, “Talk Of The Town” and “Fusion Plaza”.

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Both restaurants serve popular Indian dishes like butter chicken, kebabs and a varied vegetarian spread.

During the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

The Mukherjees, hailing from Kolkata, are die-hard fans of Argentina. Despite Albiceleste drawing 1-1 with Iceland in their group opener with Lionel Messi failing to sparkle, they believe Jorge Sampaoli’s team can go the distance.

“I am an Argentina fan. I have booked tickets for a quarterfinal match, a semifinal and of course the final. If Argentina goes on to lift

During the World Cup, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

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FIFA World Cup 2018, Wikimedia Commons.

“We have been waiting for this World Cup. Indians come in large numbers during the World Cup and we wanted these eateries to be a melting point,” he added.

According to Cutting Edge Events, FIFA’s official sales agency in India for the 2018 World Cup, India is amongst the top 10 countries in terms of number of match tickets bought.

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Prodyut came to Moscow to study engineering and later started working for a pharmaceutical company here before trying his hand in business. Besides running the two restaurants with the help of his wife, he was into the distribution of pharmaceutical products.

“After Russia won the first match of the World Cup, the footfall has gone up considerably. The Indians are also flooding in after the 6-9 p.m. game. That is the time both my restaurants remain full,” Prodyut said.

There are also plans to rope in registered fan clubs of Latin American countries, who will throng the restaurants during matches and then follow it up with after-game parties till the wee hours.

“I did get in touch with some of the fan clubs I had prior idea about. They agreed to come over and celebrate the games at our joints. Those will be gala nights when both eateries will remain open all night for them to enjoy,” Prodyut said.

Watching the World Cup is a dream come true for the couple, Sumana said.

“We want to make the Indians who have come here to witness the spectacle and feel at home too. We always extend a helping hand and since we are from West Bengal, we make special dishes for those who come from Bengal,” she added. (IANS)