Int’l conference on Lumbini to be held in Brussels

KATHMANDU: The Lumbini-Kapilvastu Day Global Movement, an initiative formed at the people’s level for promotion of Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, is going to organise an international conference in Brussels of Belgium on November 30 and December 1, 2015.

A 23-member main organising committee under the leadership of Ram Kumar Shrestha (Australia) has been formed by expanding the nine-member main organising committee formed earlier, according to Damodar Prasad Acharya, a member of the Main Organising Committee and Europe Advisor of the Movement.

The expanded committee comprises Nepalis living in Belgium and other European countries including Bal Gopal Shrestha (Netherlands), Hari Prasad Paudel (Netherlands), Yagya Adhikari (Germany) and Yubaraj Gurung (Belgium) among others.

Likewise, Harihar Aryal (France), Hemanta Upadhyay (France), Maheshwor Rupakheti (Germany), Rabi Panta (UK), Krishna Aryal (Norway), Krishna Panth (Norway) and Miroz Shakya (USA), among others are in the Main Organising Committee.

Acharya told the RSS from Belgium that the European Commission's European Institution for Asian Studies based in Brussels has also pledged to support the conference through sponsorship and sending delegates.

Earlier, the proposed International Conference on Gautam Buddha to be held in Brussels on May 4-5 was called off due to the April 25 Gorkha Earthquake in Nepal.