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Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa will visit India later in September, primarily to lay the foundation stone of a Centre for Buddhist Studies in Madhya Pradesh's Sanchi, home to some of the vital and finest Buddhist monuments, the PTI news agency reported.

Rajapaksa will do the honours on September 21 in the presence of Bhutanese Prime Minister Lyonpo Jigme Thinley, Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj announced here in New Delhi on Saturday.

The event coincides with the celebrations to mark 2600 years of Buddha's enlightenment. Swaraj, the MP from Vidisha under which Sanchi falls, said the Centre will come up at an area of 100 acres in Sanchi and would serve as a place of learning for all Buddhist monks from across the world.

Unveiling a painting that depicts the journey of Buddhism from India to Sri Lanka by the daughter of Emperor Ashoka Sangamitra at the Sri Lankan High Commission here in New Delhi, Swaraj said Rajapaksa and Thinley have given their consent for participation in the programmee.
Sources said Rajapaksa is likely to travel to New Delhi during the visit to hold talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other leaders.

Though details of the visit have not been worked out yet, the sources said Rajapaksa's visit to the national capital is almost certain.
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  • Lobo Sunday, 02 September 2012 03:51 AM

    Beware of the Indian 'hospitality'.

    suny Sunday, 02 September 2012 04:50 AM

    This is how the government and opposition work in a country which is moving ahead

    Subbiah Sunday, 02 September 2012 05:45 AM

    Sangamitra brought Buddhism from India to Sri Lanka. In return we should send Mahintha Chinthnaya to India through MR

    Up Monday, 03 September 2012 01:07 AM

    This is Government strategy. Trying to create a problem in India tooo.

    Nodrog Sunday, 02 September 2012 06:05 AM

    Swaraj may invite but MR will end up with egg on his face if Jayalalitha does not approve..

    Nero Sunday, 02 September 2012 06:04 AM

    There will be a lot of fireworks, sit back, relax and enjoy>

    Nelum W Monday, 03 September 2012 02:29 AM

    meya ellan kanne yanne.................!!

    MirakRajBanda Monday, 03 September 2012 02:27 AM

    Mr President,
    Be prepared to answer following questions from Indian counterparts:
    A) Why did you sell the Galle Face property to Chinese which was initially promised to sell to an Indian company before the end of the war?
    B) Why still delay on implementing LLRC and 13+ amendment?
    C) Why the Indian fishermen are harassed by the Sri Lankan Navy?
    D) Is it really necessary to visit India when you still many domestic issues especially, faith other than yours in danger in Sri Lanka to be solved?
    E) What went wrong with Tamil Nadhu?

    Game Kolla Sunday, 02 September 2012 08:42 AM

    This could be a very urgent issue as far as India is concerned.

    Nihal Amarasekera Monday, 03 September 2012 03:43 AM

    JJ??

    peeda mossa Monday, 03 September 2012 11:56 AM

    Please, sir, don't make Jaya and ' Nidhi work over time to organize protests. Your visit may even give them heart attacks.

    Sri lankan Monday, 03 September 2012 03:39 AM

    Wrong move MR.

    Mona Rata Sunday, 02 September 2012 09:58 AM

    MR is soooooo shameless..Forcing himslef to a placve that he is categorically Not Wanted...India has in no uncertain terms told the Whole world that they do not agree with what MR has done and even voted against SL at the UN,
    Let's wait and see how the Indian poiticians get about thios and tell MR. ''You are welcome when you don't come'''
    Sad state of affairs to our supposed head of our sovereign strate...shame for us also no!!!

    Saskia Sunday, 02 September 2012 10:11 AM

    Shameless person. Where ever he is not welcomed, he goes.
    He is not the right person to open this Buddha's enlightenment. His principles are opposite of Buddha's principles.

    RamUK Sunday, 02 September 2012 11:28 AM

    JJ has nothing to say he is not going to TN. Is he got the guts to meet Sonia.....Love to see

    saman Monday, 03 September 2012 04:38 AM

    Another mission ??????

    Nero Monday, 03 September 2012 04:29 AM

    The rambling have just begun from Tamil Nadu.

    Jude Monday, 03 September 2012 04:37 AM

    Greek vision enriched with Jerusalem dogma laid the foundation in whole of India by 700BC.

    kamal Monday, 03 September 2012 05:40 AM

    Wonder what Jayalalitha will do when MR is in India ????

    sujeewa devarani Sunday, 02 September 2012 04:37 PM

    Dont forget what happened to rajiv.

    ceylon Sunday, 02 September 2012 04:45 PM

    We like to show what a religious country we are but the fact is the people are so ruthless.

    Baratha Sunday, 02 September 2012 05:33 PM

    There's enough urgent issues in Sri Lanka to take care first. Please resolve grave education, health,economic and social problems and delegate the Chief Buddhist prilates to lay the foundation stones in India.

    sampath Sunday, 02 September 2012 05:34 PM

    They do not agree with what MR has done? They disprove of the progress of rehabilitation and voted against because of tamil nadu pressure. And the 'supposed' head of state is a person voted by a majority, get your facts straight and take your pathetic hate elsewhere.

    SHM Sunday, 02 September 2012 06:12 PM

    For god sake keep away from Jayalalitha and other Tamil Nadu politicians if you want to avoid any embarrassment !

    Jayalath Sunday, 02 September 2012 08:26 PM

    Emperor Asoka Did NOT have a son Mahindha or daughter Sangamitha. It is purely legendary.
    Emperor Asoka sent Buddhist missionaries all over Asia but no record of sending his own children to Lanka.

    Upul Sunday, 02 September 2012 02:16 AM

    Good move. you can put forward the religious activity forward and move and do anything you wish. Nobody can oppose. The way you all are practicing in Sri Lanka.

    TOMSAMUSA Sunday, 02 September 2012 09:21 PM

    Dont try any stop over in Tamil Nadu for saree shopping.
    YOU WILL BE DEPORTED LIKE YOUR FAKE FOOT BALL TEAMS.


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