HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
BHAIRAHAWA: Speaker of the Sri Lankan Parliament Chamal Jayantha Rajapaksa today said that his government is always ready to extend help for the development of Lumbini, the birth place of Lord Buddha.
Speaking at the programme organised to mark the 2556th Buddha Jayanti and Lumbini Day, Rajapaksa pledged Sri Lankan government’s continued support for the development of the holy site.
“Our government has contributed for its development in the past too. In fact, Lumbini has played a crucial role in cementing the long-standing relations between Nepal and Sri Lanka,” said Rajapaksa.
Addressing the programme, Former Culture Minister and the coordinator of the Visit Lumbini Year 2012 Gopal Kiranti said the proposed construction of the Gautam Buddha airport in Bhairahawa would prove a cornerstone for Lumbini’s development.
Thirty students from Lumbini were awarded with the Mayawati scholarships on the occasion.
Earlier today, students, representatives of different organisations and monks of different monastery had started a rally from the Mayadevi temple premises.