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.

PARASI, May 26: The second phase 'road show' aimed at publicizing the Lumbini Visit Year 2076 has started from today at Ramgram Stupa here this morning.

Call for action on Lumbini

May 20, 2019 02:00 am

Our commitment to promoting Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, often gets manifested in speeches political leaders deliver on the day of Buddha Purnima, also called the day of Vesak.

POKHARA, May 19: Cycle City Pokhara and Cycling Association Kaski organized a two-day cycling event from Pokhara to Lumbini with the objective of promoting internal tourism in the country. The event began from Pokhara on Friday and concluded in Lumbini on Saturday, on the auspicious day of Buddha Jayanti.

LUMBINI May 19: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has vowed to revive an international committee formed  under the United Nations  some 49 years ago for the development  of  Lumbini,  birthplace of Lord Gautam Buddha, and garner international support for that purpose.

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May 18: The State government of State-5 is organizing a variety of programs today to mark the 2563rd Buddha Jayanti, and also the beginning of the Lumbini Visit Year.

Kathmandu, May 18: The State government of State-5 is organizing a variety of programs today to mark the 2563rd Buddha Jayanti, and also the beginning of the Lumbini Visit Year.

LUMBINI, May 18: It has been over five decades since then secretary general of the United Nations, U Thant, visited Lumbini and set in motion the UN’s initiatives for the development of Gautam Buddha’s birthplace.

KATHMANDU, May 14: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, who is currently paying official visit to Cambodia, has said that Nepal can learn a lot from Cambodia's rapid economic development.

HANOI, May 12: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli who is currently in an official visit of Viet Nam has urged the world community to visit Nepal.

Branding Buddha’s birthplace

May 8, 2019 01:30 am

Buddhist tourism can appeal to a large number of faith-inspired travelers. Branding Nepal as Buddha’s birthplace would help to counter the persisting misinformation that Buddha was born in India

KATHMANDU, April 30: Preparations are underway to celebrate the 2563rd Buddha Jayanti and Lumbini Day. Buddha Jayanti is celebrated to observe the birth of Lord Buddha on full moon day in Baishakh every year.

Purnima Fair kicks off in Lumbini

April 19, 2019 18:57 pm

RUPANDEHI, April 19: The Purnima Fair kicked off at the birthplace of Lord Buddha, Lumbini, today. Lumbini Sanskritik Municipality Mayor Manmohan Chaudhary inaugurated the three-day fair organized on the occasion of Buddha Purnima.

Madrid to have replica of Lumbini

April 12, 2019 03:30 am

KATHMANDU, April 12: A replica of Lumbini—the birthplace of Lord Buddha-- is set to come into being soon in Madrid, the capital city of Spain.

LUMBINI, April 2: Finance Minister Dr. Yuba Raj Khatiwada has sought international support to develop the Lumbini Development Master Plan as the government lacks sufficient resources for the project. Khatiwada said that the government would call for support on behalf of the Lumbini Development Trust (LDT) to complete the master design within the next three years.

RUPANDEHI, March 16: State-5 government has intensified the preparations to mark the New Year 2076 BS as the Lumbini Visit Year in a bid to promote tourism in the region. The various activities as part of the preparations have begun after the Council of Ministers approved for the decision on visit year.

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March 2, 2019 18:40 pm

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February 23, 2019 18:40 pm

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LUMBINI, Feb 21: Nepali students wishing to pursue M.Phil and Ph.D degrees in the Buddhist University of Myanmar are to be offered full scholarship.

Biodiversity study begins in Lumbini

January 5, 2019 17:58 pm

RUPANDEHI, Jan 5: A biodiversity study has begun targeting Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautam Buddha.

BUTWAL, Dec 9: President Bidhya Devi Bhandari has stressed on the completion of Gautam Buddha International Airport (GBIA) as soon as possible for the prosperity of Lumbini as well as for the development of tourism industry in the country.

BUTWAL, Dec 8: President Bidya Devi Bhandari has said the precepts of the Gautam Buddha have become popular worldwide as he showed the path of peace, non-violence, goodwill, compassion and wellbeing to human kind.