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Climate change effect: Ladakhi tribe no longer vegan

Dhahanu (Leh), Aug 8 (IANS) The little-known Brokpa tribals of Ladakh, who claim to have been vegans for some 2,200 years of their existence, are slowly opting for an alternative diet including dairy products, eggs and meat -- thanks to climate change. Climate change has made summer and winter warmer and seen the advent of pests, leading to a significant drop in their traditional crops, ...

6 days ago
Mining in Tibet poses threat to black-necked cranes

Cartagena (Colombia), Aug 2 (IANS) Mineral exploitation, infrastructure development and changes in agricultural practices are severely threatening the survival of the black-necked crane that is endemic to the Tibetan Plateau in the Himalayas, says a new international study. It calls for effective and powerful conservation measures by Chinese authorities to maintain unharmed the habitat o...

15 days ago
Ancient rock inscription, monument discovered in China

Beijing, July 24 (IANS) An ancient rock inscription and stone monument dating back 900 years have been discovered on a mountain in China's Hebei province, the media reported on Monday. The inscription, made up of over 130 Chinese characters, was carved on a piece of smooth stone about one meter high and 1.5 meter wide, Xinhua news agency quoted local cultural heritage administration as s...

20 days ago
For this Buddhist monk, happiness is a sense of satisfaction within

Thimphu (Bhutan), July 19 (IANS) He knows travel is the best teacher and when the destination is spirituality, the experience is more than just sightseeing. It helps you pack young and vibrant viewpoints in your intellectual bag of traditional Buddhist teachings. He's the young spiritual leader Gyalwa Dokhampa, who believes Buddhism is not a religion but a way to find happiness. How impo...

1 month ago
100 Gujarat Dalits embrace Buddhism

Amreli (Gujarat), July 6 (IANS) At least 100 Dalits in Amreli district in Gujarat on Thursday embraced Buddhism in protest against government inaction over the death of a Dalit youth in judicial custody on June 14. They vowed to exhume his body on Friday to take out a procession. The agitating Dalits, who had threatened to convert if no action was taken, collected the requisite f...

1 month ago
22nd Asian Athletics Championships inaugurated in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, July 5 (IANS) Odisha showcased its rich culture and tourism potential to the world at the inauguration of the 22nd Asian Athletics Championship, with some splendid cultural performances in a glittering evening at Kalinga Stadium here on Wednesday. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the championship, the biggest athletics event in the history of the state. We p...

1 month ago
Dalits who converted to Buddhism better off in literacy and well-being

There are more than 8.4 million Buddhists in India and 87% of them are converts from other religions, mostly Dalits who changed religion to escape Hindu caste oppression. The remaining 13% of Buddhists belong to traditional communities of the northeast and northern Himalayan regions. Today, these converts to Buddhism, also called neo-Buddhists, enjoy better literacy rates, greater work p...

1 month ago
Dalits still converting to Buddhism, but at a dwindling rate

Around 180 Dalit families converted to Buddhism after caste violence in Saharanpur district of Uttar Pradesh in May 2017. Bhim Army, the new group that seeks to give Dalit politics a more aggressive face, says it is considering a mass campaign for conversions to Buddhism. Last year, over 300 Dalits converted to Buddhism in Gujarat after seven of their caste were flogged for skinning a de...

1 month ago
Bhutan gears up for Mountain Echoes Literary Festival in August

New Delhi, June 13 (IANS) Literary stalwarts from across the world are set to share their unique perspectives on globally relevant issues such as environmental conservation, natural history and spirituality at the eighth edition of the Mountain Echoes Literary Festival to be held in Bhutan from August 25. An initiative of the India-Bhutan Foundation, in association with India's leading l...

1 month ago
Meet the villagers protecting biodiversity on the top of the world

It was a chilly February day and Dangwen and his wildlife monitoring team were on patrol along the upper reaches of the Yangtze river. The river was frozen solid -- easy for poachers to walk over. That day they encountered 220 blue sheep, five white-lipped deer, and a line of otter footprints. On the infrared camera traps they had set up throughout the valley, three snow leopards appeare...

1 month ago
Myanmar strives to enlist ancient city as cultural heritage

Yangon, June 13 (IANS) Myanmar is striving to enlist Bagan, a famous ancient city with thousands of religious edifices and pagodas, as a World Cultural Heritage site. Amid efforts for listing the Bagan Archaeological Zone as the World Cultural Heritage, a 6.8-magnitude earthquake destroyed some religious edifices and pagodas last August and the restoration works are being carried out by ...

1 month ago
Sharma to open Chandra-Bhaga Sangam fest in Himachal

Manali, June 11 (IANS) Union Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma will inaugurate daylong Chandra-Bhaga Sangam Parv in Himachal Pradesh's Lahaul-Spiti district on Monday, event organisers said on Sunday. He will be accompanied by Haryana Chief Minister Haryana Manohar Lal Khattar and Himachal Pradesh's two-time former Chief Minister and BJP leader Prem Kumar Dhumal, who have reached the festiv...

2 months ago
Dalai Lama cannot change rituals to appoint successor: China

Beijing, May 26 (IANS) China on Friday said the Dalai Lama has no right to change the rituals and processes, set by the Chinese government, for appointing his successor. Reacting to the Tibetan spiritual leader's remarks that his incarnation cannot be born in a place where there is no freedom, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said at a briefing, The title of Dalai Lama is gi...

2 months ago
Odisha seeks Visa on Arrival facility in Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar, May 26 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday requested the union government to provide Visa on Arrival facility and a halt here for Air India's Colombo-Varanasi flight to increase the tourist footfall in the state. The Chief Minister wrote separate letters to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Civil Aviation Minister A. Gajapathi Raju in this regard....

2 months ago
Religion does not divide society on caste basis: Dalai Lama

Bengaluru, May 23 (IANS) True religion never divided a society on caste basis but denying social justice to the deprived was due to the feudal system, said Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama on Tuesday. A religion does not divide society into upper and lower castes. Religion has nothing to do with it (division). Denying social justice on caste basis is from Aour feudal system, he said a...

2 months ago
Lahaul festival: A blend of virgin nature, Buddhism

Manali, May 22 (IANS) Taking a leaf from the success of Leh's Sindhu Darshan festival, locals of the picturesque Lahaul Valley in Himachal Pradesh also decided to hold a similar event every summer at the confluence of the Chandra and Bhaga rivers that makes for a mix of virgin nature and Buddhism. This year it will be held on June 12 and Union Minister of State for Tourism Mahesh Sharma ...

2 months ago
Relic site in China is 1,400-year-old royal temple

Beijing, May 16 (IANS) A relic site in China's Hebei province has been confirmed as a royal temple built over 1,400 years ago, archaeologists said on Tuesday. The base of a wooden pagoda, which archaeologists believe was built between 553 and 577, was unearthed in Linzhang county, Xinhua news agency reported. The pagoda was part of Dazhuangyan Temple, said He Liqun, from the Inst...

2 months ago
Bangladeshi activist making documentary on Sufi, Bhakti movements

Kolkata, May 15 (IANS) Bangladeshi writer and human rights activist Shahriar Kabir is tracing in a documentary the legacy of the Sufi movement and Bhakti cult through five countries to drive home the message of secular humanism and amity across religions. The Sufi trail began in Turkey and continued through Iran, Pakistan, India and Bangladesh. Along the way it picked up a lot of influen...

2 months ago
Modi makes veiled reference to terrorism from across the border at Vesak Day

Colombo, May 12 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday made a veiled reference to the terrorism sponsored from across the border in India and said the proponents of hate are not open to dialogue. Without taking any names, he said the menace of terrorism in our region is a concrete manifestation of destructive emotion. The Prime Minister was addressing the UN-recognised 14t...

2 months ago
Buddhism's message of peace answer to terrorism: Modi

Colombo, May 12 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that Buddhism's message of peace is the answer to the growing phenomenon of terrorism across the world. The biggest challenge to sustainable world peace today may not be necessarily from conflict between the nation states, Modi said in his address here as the chief guest at the UN-recognised 14th International Vesak Day m...

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