Buddha's message still very relevant-PM



Kathmandu, April 30 (RSS): Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has that Gautam Buddha remains a symbol of pride for all Nepalis, as he made a huge contribution to human welfare after being born in Nepali territory. 

In a message today on the occasion of 2562nd Buddha Jayanti, he said that that the enlightenment achieved by Gautam Buddha, the profounder of world peace is equally relevant today. "It is because Buddha's view showed the path to non-violence, harmony and human welfare that they are so popular around the world today," he said. 

The Prime Minister also wished that the day inspire us all to move ahead by internalizing the spirit of global fraternity of Buddhist religion. 

Also today, in a message of best wishes on the occasion of Ubhauli, the greatest festival of the Kirant community, Prime Minister Oli has said that Kirant is rich in various norms and values and culture, while the festival also carries great cultural and social significance in the country. 

He has also wished good health, long-life, peace and prosperity to all the Kirant brothers and sisters inside and outside the country. 

President Bhandari, VP Pun extend best wishes on Buddha Jayanti

Kathmandu, April 30 (RSS): 

President Bidya Devi Bhandari has extended best wishes to all those who believe in the message of peace, non-violence, harmony and co-existence of Gautam Buddha including to the Buddhist community, on the occasion of the 2562nd Buddha Jayanti. 

In a message of best wishes today, President Bhandari said if we internalize the Buddhist philosophy then internal peace and fraternity are unavoidable, while it will also facilitate unity, tolerance and goodwill among all those oriented towards social development and lasting peace. 

She has also wished that this holy day inspire the entire human kind to follow Buddha's principles mutual goodwill, harmony and non-violence. 

Meanwhile, on the occasion of Ubhauli festival, President Bhandari has extended best wishes for the happiness, peace and prosperity to all people of Kirant community in and out of the country. 

Similarly, Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun also extended best wishes to Nepalis, who are in and outside the country, on the occasion of Buddha Jayanti and Ubhauli festival. 

In his message of best wishes on the occasion, Vice-President Pun said that the importance and relevance of Buddha's messages of peace and non-violence have further increased in the present world, adding that fraternity, goodwill and sustainable peace would be established in the country and the entire world if the messages of the Buddha were internalized. 

Meanwhile, Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba has said that peace was the first priority of the party. 

In his message on the occasion of Buddha Jayanti, Deuba has wished for emancipation of the country people from all sorts of injustice and suppression and peace would prevail in the country by following the teachings of the Lord Buddha. 

Deuba has said that the activities of violence, murder, abduction and anti-human rights activities should be stopped forever. 

Saying the constitution has been successfully implemented after holding all tiers of elections per the constitution and the country has got an outlet from political transition, he said, "Economic prosperity and peace are the wish of the Nepali people after this historical achievement. Overall development of the country is not possible without sustainable peace." 

Lumbini to be developed as 'international peace city': PM Oli

Butwal, April 29 (RSS): Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has stressed on the need to present Gautam Buddha's birthplace Lumbini before the world as the origin of Buddhism. 
He said that the scholars, monks and researchers should be actively engaged to disseminate Buddhist thought, philosophy and literatures. 

While giving his concluding remarks at the two-day conference in Lumbini, PM Oli shared that the government was willing to develop Lumbini as the 'international peace city' and a place of creed for Buddhists and all who love Buddhism. He noted that the Buddhist philosophy had contributed to bring the world from darkness to light. 

PM Oli further called for support from all including international community to develop Lumbini. He further committed to completing development as per the Lumbini Master Plan on time. 
On another note, Prime Minister Oli shared that his government was moving ahead to materialize the slogan of 'prosperous Nepal: happy Nepalis' and added that such conferences help inspire the mission. 
He also committed to working together with international community on the agenda of peace, harmony, justice and equality. Oli said that it was a matter of pride that Nepalis had peacefully changed the political course and promulgated a new constitution. 

The Prime Minister said the incumbent government was formed following democratic process with a strong majority and mandate and hence people were looking forward to a happy and prosperous life ahead.