Mahabodhi International Meditation Centre Presents Spectacular Yoga and Meditation Festival



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The Mahabodhi International Meditation Centre (MIMC), established by the renowned spiritual leader and socially engaged Buddhist monk Venerable Bhikkhu Sanghasena, has exciting news for yoga and meditation enthusiasts around the world. The center has announced the upcoming International Festival of Yoga and Meditation, set to take place from June 20th to 27th.

In line with the ninth UN International Day of Yoga on June 21st, the MIMC, in collaboration with the Administration of the Union Territory of Ladakh, is organizing a week-long event that aims to celebrate the transformative power of yoga and meditation. This grand festival welcomes participants from both national and international backgrounds, attracting prominent spiritual leaders, yogis, meditation masters, government officials, artists, scientists, peace activists, academics, social leaders, and a significant number of students from Ladakh.

Venerable Bhikkhu Sanghasena, the driving force behind socially engaged Buddhism in the region, has dedicated his efforts to numerous humanitarian projects, events, and initiatives. His visionary outreach work encompasses providing educational opportunities and shelter to underprivileged children, empowering women and marginalized groups through literacy programs, offering healthcare to the sick and needy, and establishing a care home for the elderly and destitute. As a result, the MIMC has become a bustling hub for various socio-cultural and community programs in the northern reaches of India.

In 1986, Ven. Bhikkhu Sanghasena founded the Mahabodhi International Meditation Centre (MIMC) in Leh, the capital of Ladakh. This non-sectarian Buddhist charitable organization has since served as a launching pad for Dharma-based activities and social outreach programs targeting vulnerable communities in the region.

“The International Festival of Yoga and Meditation of this year provides a unique opportunity to delve into the rich traditions, ancient cultures, distinctive lifestyles, and magnificent heritage of Ladakh. These elements are deeply rooted in the essence of Buddhism, as well as the diverse ethnic cultures and communities that thrive here,” shared Ven. Bhikkhu Sanghasena. “Through this program, people from all walks of life will come together, fostering cultural understanding and preservation of our heritage.”

The International Yoga Day aims to raise awareness about the numerous physical and spiritual benefits that yoga and meditation offer to the world. Ven. Bhikkhu Sanghasena describes it aptly, saying, “What the sun is to the flower, meditation is to the mind!”

In addition to promoting spiritual development and human welfare, Ven. Bhikkhu Sanghasena and the MIMC actively engage in peace-building initiatives, interfaith dialogue, environmental conservation, and the preservation of Buddhist and Himalayan cultural heritage through national and international festivals. Ven. Bhikkhu Sanghasena himself has traveled extensively to participate in international conferences, seminars, and workshops, advocating for spiritual and cultural values, environmental consciousness, non-violence, world peace, and the empowerment of women, particularly those from underprivileged communities.

In 2021, Ven. Bhikkhu Sanghasena led a team from the MIMC on a humanitarian relief mission to the border regions of Ladakh. The team provided essential COVID-19 relief and much-needed emotional and spiritual support to local residents who were living in fear amidst the dual crises of the pandemic and the military-led border standoff between Indian and Chinese troops. Additionally, the team spearheaded a peace campaign in the conflict zone, appealing to both nations to seek nonviolent resolutions to their differences.

The International Festival of Yoga and Meditation organized by the Mahabodhi International Meditation Centre promises to be an extraordinary event, blending ancient wisdom with modern practices, and uniting people from diverse backgrounds in a celebration of well-being, peace, and spiritual growth. It is an occasion not to be missed for those seeking enlightenment and harmony in their lives.

   

Italy is interested in selling arms to Bangladesh



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Italy is interested in selling various types of weapons and military equipment including fighter jets, satellites, patrol ships to Bangladesh. The European country wants to sign a defense agreement with Bangladesh to facilitate the sale of arms.

The matter may gain importance in the foreign secretary level talks of the two countries to be held in Dhaka on Monday (June 24).

Officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the second political consultation meeting of the two countries will be held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday afternoon. The meeting will be led by Foreign Secretary Masood Bin Momen on behalf of Bangladesh and Riccardo Guariglia, Secretary General of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation on behalf of Italy.

Last month, Italian Ambassador Antonio Alessandro paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Ganabhaban. At that time, he told the Prime Minister that his country is interested in the transfer of technology including the sale of arms for the modernization of the armed forces of Bangladesh. Italy is also preparing to give a second satellite to Bangladesh.

According to diplomatic sources, the agenda of the meeting of the foreign secretaries of the two countries to be held in Dhaka on Monday includes issues such as political cooperation, trade, investment, defense, immigration, satellite technology, information and communication technology, cyber security.

When asked about defense cooperation, a related senior official said that Italy has offered to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in the defense sector several years ago. The country is quite interested in this matter. In recent years, Italy has been giving special importance to the issue of defense in cooperation with Bangladesh.

According to various sources, Italy is interested in selling various types of equipment to the Bangladesh Air Force and Navy. Thales Alenia, a joint venture of France's Thales and Italy's Leonardo, has shown interest in selling the second satellite to Bangladesh. In addition to aircraft, security and aerospace maker Leonardo is talking about aircraft maintenance and technology transfer. And Italian shipbuilders have offered to sell coastal patrol vessels as well as transfer technology.

However, several officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that no new project is being taken up due to financial reasons including the crisis of reserves. In such a situation, there will be no final decision about Italy's armament at the moment. And the defense MoU will not be signed now as several procedural issues are pending.

Officials in Dhaka said that the issue of safe and orderly migration of workers from Bangladesh will be given importance in this meeting between the two countries. Italy drafted a memorandum of understanding to Bangladesh in February this year to facilitate safe migration between the two countries. This draft will be discussed.

It is known that the Rohingya crisis will be discussed due to the deteriorating internal situation in Myanmar in the discussion between the foreign secretaries of the two countries. A part of the Italian delegation will visit Cox's Bazar after the meeting.

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This time Palestine was recognized by another European country



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This time, another European country, Armenia, has recognized Palestine as an independent state. At the same time, the country has strongly condemned the barbaric attacks and massacres by the Israeli forces in the besieged Gaza territory of Palestine.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Eastern European country made this announcement on Friday (June 21), Arab News reported in its report.

In the declaration, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Armenia demanded an end to Israeli violence in the entire Palestinian territory, including Gaza. By granting this recognition, the Eastern European country supports the Palestinian people's right to self-determination and their legitimate status as an independent state.

Earlier, the Slovenian government approved the decision to recognize Palestine as an independent state on May 30. The Slovenian prime minister also demanded an immediate end to the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza and the release of all Israeli prisoners.

Spain, Norway and Ireland officially recognized Palestine as an independent state on May 28. The leaders of the countries said that their countries officially recognize the Palestinian state for peace in the Middle East.

So far, about 145 UN countries have recognized Palestine.

Incidentally, starting from October 7, Israel has been carrying out indiscriminate massacres and barbaric attacks in Gaza, which is besieged by Palestine, for about eight months. More than 37,000 Palestinians have already been killed in Israeli attacks. Most of them are women and children. Besides, more than 88 thousand people were injured.

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Butcher Jihad in 14 days jail custody again



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Jhenaidah-4 Constituency MP Anwarul Azim Anar's murder case accused butcher Jihad Howladar has been ordered to 14 days in jail custody again.

Barasat’s Sessions Court of North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal gave this order on Friday (June 21).

On May 23, Jihad was arrested from Bangaon in West Bengal by the CID of West Bengal State Police. On May 24, he was taken to Barasat Court for the first time. After that, the court ordered a total of 14 days CID custody for 2 rounds. After CID remand, when he was taken to court on June 7, the judge ordered 14 days of jail custody in the first phase. At the end of that period, the court again ordered a 14-day jail custody on Friday.

However, the accused Jihad Howladar did not appear in court that day. He is currently lodged in Dum Dum Central Jail. From there, Chief Judicial Magistrate Shuvankar Biswas heard the statement of the accused on video conference and fixed the date of next appearance. In that case, he will be brought to court again on July 5.

Accused Jihad has been booked under four non-bailable sections – 364 (kidnapping with intent to murder), 302 (culpable homicide), 201 (tampering with evidence) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) – of the Indian Penal Code.

It is to be noted that on May 13, MP Anar was murdered in Sanjiva Garden in Newtown. It is known that the murder was done on the orders of Akhtaruzzaman Shaheen, a US citizen of Bangladesh origin, who planned the murder.

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Despite ban, Turkish goods are going to Israel



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Turkey imposed a ban on all trade with Israel. The announcement was made by the country's Ministry of Commerce last May citing the "further deterioration of the humanitarian situation" in the besieged Gaza Strip. However, despite the ban, Turkish goods are going to Israel through third countries this month.

This information was published in a report of Middle East Eye on Thursday (June 20).

According to the report, Turkish goods have been reaching Israel through Greece and other nearby countries since the beginning of May, despite the trade embargo.

According to Israel's Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel imported 116 million US dollars worth of goods from Turkey last May which is 69 percent less than May last year. But Turkey's export agency claims only 4 million US dollars worth of goods went to Israel in May which is 99 percent less than last May.

However, a permanent ceasefire has not yet been established in Gaza. In the meantime, Turkey is sending goods to Israel even after announcing the imposition of a complete trade embargo on Israel.

However, a trade official claimed that most of the goods that Israel ordered before Turkey imposed the trade embargo are now going to Israel via Greece.

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