• Short Summary

    More than 25,000 people turned out in procession in Nepal last week on a charity walk to collect donations for regional development.

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    More than 25,000 people turned out in procession in Nepal last week on a charity walk to collect donations for regional development. The procession, which stretched over a mile, walked from Nepal's Shyambhu Temple to the city of Kathmandu -- a distance of about three miles.

    Charity walks in Nepal have a long history. In ancient times Buddhist devotees walked miles to collect alms from their followers. The former United Nations Secretary General, U Thant, visited the area in 1967 and suggested the area be developed into an international Buddhist shrine. Since then, technical experts from Japan and India have been working on plans to open up some of the more inaccessible places in Nepal.

    Nepal's Prime Minister, Mr Bistha, joined in last week's procession and appealed to the local people to make donations to develop the birthplace of the Lord Buddha.

    It was not disclosed how much money was collected during the day, but the Buddhist lamas were believed to be pleased with the total amount and more processions have been planned for next year.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA40VJ2QVAESBHBH71NNGK8E264
    Media URN:
    VLVA40VJ2QVAESBHBH71NNGK8E264
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/08/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:07:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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