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March, 20 2014 09:08:00

Deputy PM urges secure Vesak day

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc yesterday requested relevant authorities and localities to work in close co-ordination to ensure security and safety during the United Nations Day of Vesak (UNDV).— Photo Nguyen Dan

HA NOI (VNS)— Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc yesterday requested relevant authorities and localities to work in close co-ordination to ensure security and safety during the United Nations Day of Vesak (UNDV).

UNDV is annually observed to commemorate the birth, enlightenment, and passing away of Gautama Buddha. The celebrations will be held in the northern Ninh Binh Province during May 7-12.

The deputy prime minister made the request at a meeting with the leaders of several ministries, branches, and localities, and representatives of the Viet Nam Buddhist Sangha (VBS) to oversee the preparations for the event.

At the meeting, Phuc was informed that the plans for security, traffic safety, and fire prevention have been devised.

The government's Committee for Religious Affairs has partnered with the related agencies to guide the VBS in carrying out essential tasks.

In accordance with the theme "Buddhist Perspective towards Achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals," the event, which is scheduled to take place in the Bai Dinh Pagoda, is being organised by the VBS in collaboration with the International Council for the Day of Vesak.

Around 5,000 guests, including 1,500 from 95 countries and territories worldwide, are expected to attend the event.

This will be the second time that Viet Nam will be hosting the prestigious event. In 2008, the Vesak celebrations in Ha Noi were attended by over 600 Buddhist delegations from around the world. — VNS

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