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Dalai Lama visits Kashmir after 25 years




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Published on: Thu, 12 Jul 2012 at 09:29 IST
Dalai Lama visits Kashmir after 25 years
Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday reached the Srinagar airport to welcome Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, who is here on a week-long visit.

"His highness the Dalai Lama arrived here on a week-long visit today after a gap of 25 years. He is likely to visit some Tibetan refugee settlements in Srinagar city and a Buddhist holy site near Harwan on the outskirts of the city," a senior government official said.

He will also visit the Hazratbal shrine, said the official.

During the ancient Buddhist period, the fourth Buddhist conference was held in Kashmir and resulted in a split of the followers into two sects. It is believed the meeting was held in Harwan.
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