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President of Nepal inaugurates spiritual learning centre in South Nepal

Spiritual Learning Centre inaugurated in Nepal in presence of Sri Sri Ravi Sankar expected to spread religious harmony

A person practicing Buddhism (representational image), Pixabay

Kathmandu, March 8, 2017: Bidya Devi Bhandari- President of Nepal, today inaugurated a spiritual learning centre in Nepal saying that it will ensure religious harmony in the country. Located in Dumkauli of Nawalparasi in South Nepal, Shashwatdham is also expected to promote tourism.

Sri Sri Ravi Sankar, Art of Living Founder and former King Gyanendra graced the inauguration with their presence, mentioned PTI.

According to Bhandari, the pilgrimage centre would play a crucial role in inculcating goodwill and compassion among the people.

“Unity in cultural and religious diversities is Nepal’s unique identity,” she said.

The candle flame is the same for all religions; Source: Pixabay

A large number of people were present on the occasion including religious leaders from Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, saints, political party leaders, journalists and business entrepreneurs.

The construction of Shashwatdham has been completed in 15 years by a major business group, Chaudhary Foundation.

A learning Centre (representative); Source: Pixabay

This centre for spiritual learning is said to house a library, a Shiva temple, yoga hall, religious museum and a Gurukul for students willing to learn the Sanskrit language.


-Prepared by Nikita Saraf; Twitter: @niki_saraf

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Nepal, Pakistan agree to revitalise Saarc process

Nepal and Pakistan on Tuesday agreed to revitalise the Saarc process for "greater peace, security and prosperity in the region"

  • Nepal and Pakistan agreed to revitalise Saarc
  • This is done to promote greater peace and security
  • It will be apparently beneficial for both the nations

Nepal and Pakistan on Tuesday agreed to revitalise the Saarc process for “greater peace, security and prosperity in the region” during talks that visiting Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi held with the Himalayan nation’s leadership.

Nepal and Pakistan to revitalise SAARC process. Wikimedia Commons
Nepal and Pakistan to revitalise SAARC process. Wikimedia Commons

Abbasi on Tuesday met Nepal President Bidya Devi Bhandari and addressed a programme at the Saarc Secretariat here. He also held a meeting with CPN (Maoist Centre) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda” in the morning.

Bhandari and Abbasi hoped to reinvigorate the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) as an important regional organisation. The Pakistani leader said that “issues of the countries in the region should not affect the activities of Saarc and its performance”.

He emphasised the need to make Saarc “more effective” in the days ahead. Both sides agreed to enhance cooperation in all areas of mutual importance, including political, economic, defence and cultural fields.

On Monday evening, Abbasi met his Nepali counterpart K.P. Sharma Oli and both decided to revitalise the stalled Saarc process.

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The Pakistani leader sought to host the 19th Saarc Summit of the regional grouping and asked Nepal to create a “favourable environment” for the same. The summit has been postponed since 2016 after a military attack on an Indian Army base in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir.

After the attack, India unilaterally suspended its participation from the summit. Several member states rallied behind India’s position.

Nepal is the current chair of the regional grouping. Oli’s chief political advisor Bishnu Rimal said “both leaders held a common view on taking the Saarc forum ahead as it was a common platform for all member countries and still significant”.

The step is taken to improve relationships between the two countries.

Addressing a function at the Saarc Secretariat in Kathmandu, Abbasi said peace, security and mutual friendship were essential for the prosperity of South Asia.

“Pakistan has undivided belief in the Saarc objectives, ideologies and principles,” he said, adding that Islamabad was fully committed to the Saarc charter.

Abbasi also announced doubling the scholarships provided to Nepal by the Pakistan government and proposed to set up a joint parliamentary panel between Kathmandu and Islamabad. IANS