Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama visited the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya on Saturday
Four years after a terror strike at the Mahabodhi temple, the Centre is planning to provide an armed security cover of trained paramilitary commandos to the UNESCO World Heritage site in Bodh Gaya in Bihar, known as the cradle of Buddhism.
The Income Tax Department has issued notice to Bodh Gaya's Mahabodhi temple, Buddhism's holiest shrine, for not filing annual return of its income of over Rs 100 crore through donations, an official said Saturday.<br />
The Bihar government has begun the process of setting up an Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said on Monday.
CNN-IBN reported that the NIA had recovered a chart during a raid at Ranchi lodge on Monday with the details of those who had planted bombs that caused the blasts in Bodh Gaya.
Arup Bramchari in his PIL alleged that there were "grave security lapses, financial and administrative mismanagement" by the temple management committee.
Bihar is set to spend Rs 5 million each month for the deployment of 261 Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel at the Mahabodhi temple at Bodh Gaya that was rocked by blasts 7 July, officials said.
In a letter to the prime minister, released to the media Wednesday, the chief minister said a security cover by the Central Industrial Security Force to the temple was "urgent and crucial" and that the Bihar government's request on this matter was pending with the union home ministry.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, in a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, has reiterated his request for CISF security at Bodh Gaya Buddhist shrine, scene of 7 July terror attack.
Two monks were injured in ten blasts that took place early in the morning of 7 July in Bodh Gaya.
The NIA detained six people but released all of them after questioning.
The court has been established in the Patna civil court, said the official who is assisting the National Investigation Agency's probe into the 7 July terror attack.
"Our Patna team visited the site the very next day after the blast. Their reports have confirmed that only a few modern structures were damaged. The ancient structure is unscratched," BR Mani, ASI additional director general said.
Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde visited the bomb blast sites along with Congress President Sonia Gandhi and party leader Ambika Soni today. Images from their visit.
Addressing media at Bodh Gaya, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, who visited the blast site at the Mahabodhi temple with Congress President Sonia Gandhi, said he had approved the Bihar state government’s request to transfer the blasts probe to the NIA.
The Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde as well as UPA Chief Sonia Gandhi is expected to visit Bodh Gaya today.
Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday visited the Mahabodhi temple which witnessed a series of explosions on Sunday.
A formal order entrusting the NIA with the investigation will be issued very soon, Home Ministry officials said.