KATHMANDU, May 10: In a bid to publicize and promote Lumbini, the birth place of Lord Buddha, and Visit Lumbini Year (VLY) 2012, the national secretariat committee on the VLY has appointed four international and two national personalities as the goodwill ambassadors.
According to administrative assistant at the Lumbini Development Trust (LDT) Laxmi Bhattarai, the committee appointed Speaker of Sri Lankan Parliament Chamal Rajapakse, Former Japanese Ambassador to Nepal Tatsumo Mizuno, Former Thai Minister for Public Health Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan and Vice Chairman of Ehime University Prof. Dr. Ryuichi Yatabe as the goodwill ambassadors for the VLY 2012.
Similarly, two Nepalis –Min Bahadur Sherchan, the oldest man to scale the Mt Everest and Nun Ani Choing Dolma – were appointed good will ambassadors.
When asked about the logic of picking international figures, Bhattarai said, “All of them wish to se Lumbini develop as a pilgrimage site for Buddhists and they belong to Buddhist countries.”
He said they would play a crucial role for the promotion of Lumbini and help attract peoples in their respective countries to visit Lumbini.
Meanwhile, the LDT has begun to install mile stones at 108 places along the major highways and airports across the country to promote Lumbini.
“We had planned to complete the installation of the mile stones within two weeks, but we could not do so as our teams could not move due to banda across various parts of the country,” said Bhattarai.
The LDT has also planned to distribute posters regarding VLY with the concept of ´One House, One Poster´.
The government had inaugurated the VLY 2012 in December.republica