China has extended support to Nepal to develop Lord Buddha's birthplace in Lumbini, a town close to the Indo-Nepal border, into a major tourism and pilgrimage centre, as part of its efforts to woo the country by aiding its infrastructure development.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday sought to address concerns of international community over India not signing the NPT by saying that the country's commitment to peace and non-violence is engrained in the "DNA of Indian society" which is above any international treaty or processes.
Rejecting allegations by his opponents that Bharatiya Janata Party`s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has become bigger than the party, Prahlad Modi, the younger brother of the Gujarat chief minister, defended him by quoting the example of Lord Buddha who left his wife and children for the sake of his subjects.
Nepal on Thursday said it plans to build an international airport near Lord Buddha`s birthplace in Lumbini, a town close to the Indo-Nepal border, under a Chinese-backed USD 3 billion project modelled on Mecca.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav will lay the foundation stone of multi-crore project in Kushinagar on December 13 that includes construction of a 200-feet bronze statue of Lord Buddha, education institutes and parks, officials said.
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Thursday invoked the Bhagavad Gita, the sacred Hindu text, saying compassion was key to peace and development. He noted that Mahatma Gandhi and Lord Buddha too reiterated this message.