Use of the word 'Buddha' as a Brand Name for commercial purposes
The word "Buddha" is used every now and then, as a commercial brand name by the business world, degrading, demeaning and insulting our Buddha. As you may know, recently the word 'Buddha' was used as a brand name ' Lucky Buddha Beer' by a leading supermarket chain store and leading liquor store. I am aware that there is "Lucky/Laughing Buddha" concept coming from ancient Chinese iconography. However, the word 'Buddha' is always referred to The Buddha in Buddhism whether it's Kusanda Buddha, Konagama Buddha, Kasyapsa Buddha, Gautama Buddha, or Maithreya Buddha of this 'Kalpa' or current period or "Atavisi Buddhas"

As a result of various discussions between the Stolen Generations Council of NSW/ACT Inc and the Government of New South Wales, assisted by Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers, a scheme was agreed upon in 2014 whereby claims by some members of the Stolen Generations would be dealt with in an informal manner with minimum legal formalities by way of an Informal Settlement Conference process. To initiate the process, on 23 June 2014, an unfiled Statement of Claim was served on Crown Solicitors.

69th Independence Day Celebrations at the Sri Lanka Consulate General in Sydney
The 69th National Day was celebrated by the Consulate General in Sydney on 3rd and 4th of February 2017. National Day Reception was held on 3rd February 2017 which was graced by Ms Rhonda Piggott, Director of the State Office of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Mr. Kevin Conolly, Member of State Parliament for Riverstone. Number of Consuls General and representatives from various Institutions, Universities and business personal joined in to celebrate the Sri Lankan National Day. More than fifteen Sri Lankan Associations including Sinhalese Cultural Forum, Sri Lanka Association of NSW, Tamil Senior Association and Austra Lanka Muslim Association were represented at this event with over 300 attendees.

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