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Mar 04, 2024 06:16 PM IST

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India has sent several sacred relics of Lord Buddha and his disciples to Thailand, where they were personally received by Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin, with the development being seen as part of New Delhi’s efforts to counter Beijing’s attempts to use Buddhism to project soft power in Southeast Asia. The relics of Lord Buddha and his disciples, Arahant Sariputta and Arahant Maha Moggallana, were taken to Bangkok last month by an Indian delegation and will be displayed for 25 days in four cities of Thailand. After being displayed at Sanam Luang royal palace ground in Bangkok, the relics were taken to Chiang Mai on Monday. Soon after the relics were flown into Bangkok on a special Indian Air Force (IAF) flight, they were given a guard of honour and later received by Thavisin and members of his council of ministers before being put on display in a red-and-gold pagoda for 11 days. Dig Deeper

Buddha relics given a guard of honour in Thailand.
Buddha relics given a guard of honour in Thailand.

Telangana chief Revanth Reddy on Monday called Prime Minister Modi his ‘big brother’. Reddy said that if Telangana has to progress it has to follow the Gujarat model. Reddy further asked for the PM’s support to help develop the state. “For us, development means development of the poorest of the poor, development of Dalits, tribal people, backward people and the deprived,” Telangana CM Revanth Reddy at a rally in Adilabad. Addressing the public rally in Hindi, he added further, “Hamare hisaab se Pradhan Mantri matlab bade bhai (According to us, Prime Minister means elder brother). Only with his help can chief ministers take their states forward… If Telangana has to progress, if it has to move forward like Gujarat, your help is required." Dig Deeper

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John Abraham and wife Priya Runchal joined a host of celebrities such as Amitabh Bachchan, Rajinikanth, Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Alia Bhatt at Anant Ambani and Radhika Merchant’s pre-wedding festivities in Jamnagar, Gujarat over the weekend. Priya, who rarely posts pictures with John, took to Instagram to document the Ambani extravaganza, and seemingly also gave a glimpse of the villas in Jamnagar, where celebrities stayed during the three-day festivities. Sharing sunkissed photos of herself and John Abraham poolside, Priya took to Instagram on Monday. She gave a glimpse of the couple attending an Ambani event together in Jamnagar. Priya and John twinned in ethnic white looks. She wore a white and golden lehenga outfits, while John was in a kurta look. Dig Deeper

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