KATHMANDU, May 16: Visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that his visit to Nepal is spiritual rather than 'political'.

KATHMNADU, May 16: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivers a speech on the occasion of Buddha Jayanti in Lumbini

KATHMANDU, May 16: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Lumbini on Monday. He is scheduled to attend a special function organized to mark the Buddha Jayanti in Lumbini. Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, cabinet ministers and senior government officials have reached Lumbini.

LUMBINI, May 15: India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be arriving here tomorrow, leading an 11-member delegation in the course of his official visit to Nepal. He will be arriving here at the invitation of Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba.

KATHMANDU, May 12: Nepal and India have jointly announced the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Lumbini on May 16.

Akin to so many bird species that dwell in the farmlands of Lumbini, Sarus Cranes also rely on the surrounding wetlands and farmlands for survival. Unfortunately, their survival remains at stake owing to food scarcity resulting from loss of wetlands, increasing pollution and hazardous linear infrastructures.

LUMBINI, Dec 25: Home Minister Bal Krishna Khand has said that amazing achievements have been made in the health sector due to development of science and technology.

KATHMANDU, Nov 8: The Aeronautical Radio of Thailand Ltd (AEROTHAI) has been granted permission to conduct the calibration flight at the Gautam Buddha International Airport in Lumbini Province.

BAGLUNG, Oct 31: President Bidya Devi Bhandari said Lumbini is the site of global attraction and its development should be the priority of the Nepal Government.

KATHMANDU, Oct 31: President Bidya Devi Bhandari is scheduled to visit Lumbini today. “She is scheduled to visit Bajrayan Vihar, worship at Mayadevi and get information about the Lumbini Master Plan,” said Venerable Metteyya Sakyaputta, vice-chairman of the Lumbini Development Trust (LDT).

KATHMANDU, Oct 21: Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi has inaugurated the Kushinagar International Airport in Kushinagar district of Uttar Pradesh.

KATHMANDU, Sept 28: Tourism entrepreneurs in Lumbini have decided to resume their businesses by announcing various offers for tourists. The move is aimed at reviving the tourism sector which has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Lumbini Hotels Association, hotels in the region have announced various discounts on their accommodation and food services to attract domestic tourists.

KATHMANDU, August 23: The Chief Minister of Lumbini Province Kul Prasad KC has won a vote of confidence.

KATHMANDU, May 31: Drigha Narayan Pandey, a candidate of the Nepali Congress (NC), has been elected as the member of the National Assembly (NA from Lumbini Province.

KATHMANDU, May 31: Voting for a vacant seat in the National Assembly (NA) from Lumbini Province, which began at 9 AM, has concluded  at 3 PM.

LUMBINI, May 26: Mahasiddha World Peace Sanctuary in Lumbini planted 1000 Ashoka trees on the eve of Buddha Purnima. The trees were planted in the premises of the Sanctuary on May 25, Tuesday. Lord Buddha gained enlightenment, and died under an Ashoka tree, also called Peepal tree.

“What do we do if the oxygen is not delivered for one day?” Hospital manager Drona Oli asked, “I had requested the hospital to stockpile medical oxygen from time to time but my requests fell on deaf ears.”

KATHMANDU, Feb 1: "When I first heard of the earthquakes in April 2015, I was abroad and my family was in Nepal.  The phone was not working and there was no way to fly back as services came to a halt. My wife later told me to not return home immediately but I was concerned. Then I asked my students and friends to join in raising some funds."

KATHMANDU, Jan 14: Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Bhanubhakta Dhakal has directed the authorities concerned to complete the construction of the projects of national pride under the ministry within the stipulated time.

Government of Nepal made a submission on May 23, 1996 to include Tilaurakot in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. A quarter century later it is yet to be included in the list.

BUTWAL, Jan 1: Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche has started a one-rupee campaign to build a Sanctuary for Universal Peace Center in Lumbini. The initiative is working to bring together people from across the social and economic spectrum to be a part of the project. Last week, former executive director of Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA), Kulman Ghising, went to Lumbini to contribute one rupee to the campaign. Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche, the founder of the Peace Center, urged everyone to contribute one rupee to the campaign. He also said that the project will further promote Lumbini as a top tourist destination.

LUMBINI, Nov 21: Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautam Buddha, is eagerly waiting for tourists following its reopening after being closed for eight months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

KATHMANDU, Oct 6: The Province 5 Assembly endorsed the proposal to name Province 5 as Lumbini and make Deukhuri its capital with a two-thirds majority in the assembly on Tuesday afternoon.

BUTWAL, Oct 6: Chief Minister of Province 5 Shankar Pokharel has said that Rapti Valley of Dang has been discovered as the most appropriate place for the capital of Province 5 as it “rightly represents the common psychology of the people of the province.”

BUTWAL, Oct 6: The main opposition party Nepali Congress (NC) has issued a whip to its provincial lawmakers to vote against the proposal to name Province 5 as Lumbini and fix Deukhuri as its capital.

BUTWAL, Oct 5:The ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) has issued a whip to its lawmakers in Province 5 Assembly to vote in favor of the proposed province name and capital.

Lawmakers asked not to bypass the people’s mandate, act as a puppet of the leadership

The committee spent Rs 1.8 million on its India tour and Rs 11 million to pay three experts

BUTWAL, Oct 2:Province 5 government has decided to pick Dang as its provincial capital.

KATHMANDU, Aug 10: The Ministry of External Affairs of India has stated that Gautam Buddha was born in Nepal.

KAPILVASTU, May 7: Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, witnesses scores of people including monks and nuns as well as cabinet ministers, government officials, among others, during the Buddha Jayanti celebrations in the Nepali month of Baisakh every year. However, this year’s celebrations have been hampered by the coronavirus pandemic.

KATHMANDU, April 13: The lack of construction materials due to the lockdown, has hampered the construction work at the Gautam Buddha International Airport (GBIA) site that is being upgraded to an international hub at Lumbini.

KATHMANDU, March 11: Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Minister, Yogesh Kumar Bhattarai has said the government has been working for the overall development of Lumbini. Lumbini is the birthplace of the Buddha and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

NA member Upadhyay passes away

February 14, 2020 12:19 pm

RUPANDEHI, Feb 14: National Assembly member Durga Prasad Upadhyay passed away today at the age of 50.

KATHMANDU, Feb 8: The Gautam Buddha International Airport (GBIA) is unlikely to begin operation by March as the project is yet to install equipment necessary for the operation of the airport.

LUMBINI, Jan 16: Minister for Agriculture and Livestock Development, Ghanashyam Bhusal has underscored the need of operating agricultural enterprises through modern and scientific system by breaking the traditional system. He said this while inaugurating the Rupandehi Fisheries, Agricultural and Maghi Festival, 2076 BS at Amuwa of Rupandehi district on Wednesday.

Surya Bahadur Thapa with the locals in Bangai Village of Lumbini, in 1971.

Why Visit Nepal?

January 2, 2020 09:00 am

After a long struggle of Nepali people, Nepal promulgated the constitution from the sovereign Constituent Assembly in 2015. Along with the implementation of the constitution, we have been able to end political discrimination and inequality. After the general elections held in 2017, a stable and strong government has been formed under the leadership of Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli. Stable governments have been formed in all of the seven provinces.

It is heartening to know that the country has a lot to offer to the travelers who want to explore natural and cultural heritages. Be it natural beauty or cultural heritage, Nepal amazes you with its cultural and natural diversity and its scenic beauty. Here are 20 places you should try your best to visit in 2020.

Bollywood actor Mallika Sherawat arrived in Nepal on December 27. She is here to celebrate New Year. She shared a video on her official twitter account and captioned “My ddlj moment, running around in sarson ka khet was so much fun #MondayMorning #MondayMood #nepal.”

BHAIRAHAWA, Dec 19: The number of tourists visiting Lumbini is not seeing expected growth, say entrepreneurs.

Surya Bahadur Thapa with the locals in Bangai Village of Lumbini, in 1971.

Belahiya border point in a sorry state

September 24, 2019 07:35 am

BUTWAL, Sept 24: Dozens of tourists from Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, China, India and other countries enter Nepal via the Belahiya Bahia border point in Rupandehi every day. This gateway is not only narrow and short, but also filthy and dusty.

Rebranding Lumbini

September 3, 2019 01:00 am

Apart from saying ‘Buddha was born in Nepal’ how many worthful initiatives have we taken to promote the birthplace of Gautam Buddha?

BHAIRAHAWA, Aug 8: Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Yogesh Bhattarai, has said that the government has kept the construction of Gautam Buddha International Airport at top priority.

Ancient connection

July 29, 2019 01:30 am

History of excavations, both in Taxila and Lumbini, is less than 130 years old. Discovery of both these sites was made possible with accounts of Chinese monk Xuanzang

PARASI, July 3: Minister for Land Management, Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation, Padma Kumari Aryal has expressed the government's commitment to developing Ramgram, an ancient site connected with the life of the Buddha.

KATHMANDU, July 1: In order to protect the birthplace of the Buddha, the Supreme Court on Sunday has ordered a ban on new factories in the Lumbini area.

KATHMANDU, June 25: The Embassy of Pakistan in Kathmandu in collaboration with the Center for Advanced Studies in South Asia (CASSA) organized a seminar on the topic “Lumbini and Takshila: Conceptualizing the Concept” in Kathmandu on Monday.