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Prez Yadav visits Potala Palace

October 31, 2010

The Himalayan Times
October 27, 2010

LHASA -- President Dr Ram Baran Yadav visited the Potala Palace, a
place of historic, archaeological and religious importance, here this morning.

The Potala Durbar was listed in the list of Word Heritage Sites in
1994 by the UNESCO.

President Dr Yadav was welcomed by the deputy chief of people's
government of Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR).

The Potala Durbar was built by Songtsen Gampo some 1,300 years ago.
Songtsen Gampo had married to Nepali princess, Bhrikuti, who is also
the national luminary of Nepal. The 12-storied palace built into a
stone like structure has 1,000 rooms.

The rooms are well decorated with the artistic idols of the Dalai
Lamas, religious gurus, Songtsen Gampo, his wife Bhrikuti and another
queen Wencheng.

The room having the idol of Bhrikuti was opened today.

Similarly, there is a large idol of the Dalai Lama Zamling Gyanchi
weighing 721 kgs.

It had taken some 40 years to construct the palace where the tourists
are allowed to visit in limited numbers based on the weight bearing
capacity of the structure.

The palace has also relics inscribed in Nepali language depicting the
art and culture of Nepal.

President Dr Yadav also visited Chokhang temple here and acquired
various information about it.

The temple built circa 850 AD was named after Songtsen Gampo's queens
Wen Cheng and Bhrikuti.

Famous pilgrimage site for the Buddhists, the temple has the main
gate facing Nepal, the birthplace of Bhrikuti. One can see the
letters carved in Nepali language in various places of the temple
where the idols of Lord Buddha have been installed.

On the occasion, President Dr Yadav also visited the Nepali market on
foot at local Bharbor for some twenty minutes and acquired
information about it.

Full of hustle and bustle as in Asan and Indra Chowk of Kathmandu,
the bazaar is dwelt by the local Nepali community which is involved in trade.

Present on the occasion were the members of the visiting team and
Consular General Ngaindra Prasad Upadhyay and other employees.

Moreover, President Dr Yadav inspected a new University in Tibet today.

The largest and well facilitated university of TAR has 1,070 people
including the lecturers and employees.

The University Chief, Professors and the officials had welcomed
President Yadav and briefed him about the university.

The President's entourage comprises the President's daughter Anita,
Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation Sharat Singh Bhandari,
President's advisor duo Dr Surya Prasad Dhungel and Hari Sharma,
Nepali Ambassador to China Tanka Prasad Karki, Secretary at the
President's Office Baman Prasad Neupane, Foreign Secretary Dr Madan
Kumar Bhattarai, Protocol Officer Muktinath Bhatta, Consular General
at Lhasa Ngaindra Prasad Upadhyay, Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Qiu
Gouhong, high level officials and journalists.

President Dr Yadav will leave for Sian today on completion of his
two-day visit to Tibet.

The President had arrived here on Tuesday on a weeklong goodwill
visit in connection with his participation in the concluding ceremony
of the Shanghai Expo-2010.

Meanwhile, chief of the People's Government of Tibet Autonomous
Region (TAR) of China, Padma Choling paid a courtesy call on
President Dr Ram Baran Yadav here today.

On the occasion, President Dr Yadav reiterated Nepal's commitment to
one-China policy and expressed the determination to not allow Nepali
territory to be used against China.

During the meeting, Dr Yadav also urged to speed up the campaign to
extend road network up to the border transit points.

Noting that constitution writing and peace process is underway in
Nepal, President Dr Yadav said, "Nepal expects support from China and
Tibet in this regard."

The President also stressed on the need for a common concern and
interest in improving the living standard of the people of the two
countries through collaboration in the industry and trade sector.

On the occasion, Chief of the People's Government of Tibet, Padma
expressed the confidence that activities against Tibet and China
would not take place in Nepal, as Nepal has been giving high priority
to one-China policy.

Referring to the cooperation of the Central Government to Nepal in
expansion of road network, hydropower, infrastructure development,
education and health among others, Padma said Tibet is also ready to
provide cooperation as much as possible in the economic and commerce
sector along with building the road network.

President Dr Yadav also attended a reception organized in his honour
by the Chief of the People's Government of Tibet.

Also present on the occasion were Dr Yadav's daughter Anita, Minister
for Tourism and Civil Aviation, Sharat Singh Bhandari and other
members of the entourage.
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