Butwal, Sept 1 – Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena visited Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautam Buddha today. The President arrived Nepal to attend the 4th Summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) that concluded in Kathmandu yesterday.
During the visit, President Sirisena performed pooja at the Maya Devi temple in Lumbini and observed the marker stone, the birth inscription of Buddha, Ashoka pillar, Puskarini and other historical sites in the area.
On the occasion, the President was welcomed by Minister for Culture and tourism Rabindra Adhikari, Chief of Province no. 5 Umakanta Jha, tourism minister of the province Lila Giri and Vice-chair of Lumbini Development Trust Bhikshu Maiteya, and other officials.
President Sirisena also carried out pooja and prayers at the Pipal tree located south of the Mayadevi temple. He then attended a reception hosted in his honour by the Lumbini Development Trust. He also visited the Sri Lankan monastery in the Bihar area.
Lumbini receives a significant number of tourists from Sri Lanka every year, with 27,000 of them visiting the birthplace of Buddha last year.
Bhutanese chief justice Wangchuk returns home
Chief Justice and Chief Advisor of the Interim Government of Bhutan, Lyonpo Tshering Wangchuk, has returned home Saturday afternoon after attending the fourth BIMSTEC Summit.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health and Populations Upendra Yadav saw off chief advisor Wangchuk at VVIP Lounge of Tribhuvan International Airport.
High level officials of Ministry of Foreign Affairs were also present on the occasion.
Indian PM Modi returns home
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has returned home Friday evening after attending the fourth BIMSTEC Summit.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health and Population Upendra Yadav saw off the Indian PM at VVIP Lounge of Tribhuvan International Airport.
High level officials at Ministry of Foreign Affair and Indian Ambassador to Nepal were also present on the occasion.