Amidst chant­ing of hymns, Sakyad­hi­tas meet be­gins

Hindustan Times (Patna) - - METRO -

(danc­ing songs) de­pict­ing the life and times of Am­ra­pali.

Am­ra­pali was the state cour­te­san of Vaishali. Later she re­nounced her po­si­tion as cour­te­san and had or­dained to Bud­dhism.

A mu­si­cal f o l k d ra m a ‘Jhi­jhari’ was also pre­sented on the oc­ca­sion. A dis­cus­sion by six distin­guished Bud­dhist schol­ars on dif­fer­ent topics was or­gan­ised at the con­clave.

Schol­ars Kus­tiani spoke on ‘ ex­am­in­ing the date of Ma­hapra­jap­ati or­di­na­tion’, Linda La Mac­chia on ‘ba­sic Bud­dhism in songs’, Namgey Lhmu dwelt on ‘ Bud­dhist women of the Hi­malayas’, Diki Bhutia spoke about ‘en­gaged Bud­dhist women of Sikkim’, Tensin Dechen de­lib­er­ated on ‘new Hori­zon for Bud­dhist monks in Kin­naur’ and Thich Nu Nhu Nguyet spoke on ‘Ambed­kar’s per­spec­tive on women in In­dian so­ci­ety’. Christie Yu-Ling Chang, pres­i­dent of Sakyad­hita In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Bud­dhist women at Tai­wan, an­chored the event. PATNA: De­scrib­ing re­tail and in­surance sec­tors as the back­bone of In­dia’s econ­omy, N K Choudhary, de­part­ment of eco­nom­ics, Patna Univer­sity, urged all stake­hold­ers to save th­ese sec­tors from for­eign depre­da­tions.

Ad d re s s i n g a s e m i n a r on ‘ FDI hike in in­surance and re­tail trade- an in­vi­ta­tion to dis­as­ter’ or­ga­nized by In­surance Em­ploy­ees’ As­so­ci­a­tion Patna Di­vi­sion (IEAPD) at Je­van Prakash ‘An­nexe’ here on Satur­day, he said FDI in re­tail would mean 8 per cent of the coun­try’s to­tal work­force em­ployed in re­tail would lose their jobs. He termed this a gov­ern­mentspon­sored ex­er­cise to in­crease un­em­ploy­ment.

Main­tain­ing FDI in re­tail would com­pletely de­stroy t h e a g r i c u l t u r e s e c t o r, Choudhary warned the coun­try of an im­pend­ing eco­nomic dis­as­ter.

He won­dered why the government was fight­ing shy of al­low­ing FDI in in­fra­struc­ture.

S K M i s h ra , ge n e ra l - s e c r e t a r y, E a s t C e n t ra l Zone In­surance Em­ploy­ees As­so­ci­a­tion, warned that by in­creas­ing the FDI limit in in­surance sec­tor to 49 per cent from 26 per cent would deal a se­vere blow to hard-earned sav­ings of In­dian peo­ple.

IEAPD gen­eral sec­re­tary, Om Prakash urged all the in­surance em­ploy­ees to op­pose the government’s move.

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