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Tribute to Bapu: Mahatma Gandhi statue unveiled at Rajghat

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New Delhi, Oct 2, 2017: On the occasion of Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi’s 148 birth anniversary, vice-president Venkaiah Naidu on Monday unveiled a 1.8 metre-tall bronze statue of him at Rajghat in the national capital.

An official statement said the statue of the “champion of country’s independence” would appeal to a large number of visitors.

Over 10,000 people visit Rajghat daily and several foreign dignitaries pay homage to the “Father of the Nation” at the simple black stone platform marking the place where he was cremated.

“The new statue would offer another spot for them to pay their respect to the great soul,” the statement said.

Built at a cost of Rs 8.73 lakh, the statue, sculpted by the renowned artist Ram Sutar, is installed in the parking area of the Rajghat Samadhi Complex.

The famous message of Gandhi, “be the change you wish to see”, is inscribed on the front side of the pedestal.

“Installation of the statue is a part of a large number of improvement works at Rajghat undertaken during the last three years,” the statement said.

Naidu also inaugurated an Interpretation Centre at Rajghat. The Rs 59 lakh facility would enable interactive learning about the life and works of the Mahatma through digital display using LED screens.

“Visitors can watch films, life events, listen to speeches of Gandhiji besides participating in quiz.”

The Samadhi Complex also got a new administrative block, built at a cost of about Rs 75 lakh, which is equipped with visitors room, publication unit, staff room and drinking water facility.

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India, China are partners not rivals: Chinese Ambassador

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New Delhi, July 10 : Amid ongoing tension along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh, Chinese Ambassador to India, H.E. Sun Weidong, on Friday said that India and China should be partner and not rivals.

Weidong released a video message talking about the recent stand-off between the two countries in Galwan region in eastern Ladakh.

The Ambassador said that the June 15 violent clash in Galwan Valley, which caused casualties on both sides, was not seen as coming by either China, or India.

Weidong also said that Chinese frontline troops were disengaging from the ground in accordance with the consensus reached.

On July 5, China”s Foreign Minister Wang Yi and India”s National Security Advisor Ajit Doval had talked over the phone and reached a positive consensus on easing the border tension.

The Ambassador added that some quarters in India have raised doubts about the consensus reached by the leaders and have a wrong perception about China-India ties.

These have brought disruptions in the bilateral relations. “In this regard, it is imperative for us to clarify some fundamental points,” he said.

He pointed out that India and China should be partners rather than rivals, and both the countries have a history of friendly exchanges of more than 2,000 years.

He also said that during the Wuhan Informal Summit in 2018, President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had stressed that the two countries provide each other with development opportunities instead of posing threats, which the two sides should adhere to.

“This is the fundamental judgment on China-India relations charting the course for the development of our bilateral relations,” he said.

The Ambassador pointed out that he has noticed some emerging opinions in recent days, which repudiate the essence of China-India relationship due to the border-related incidents, make false assumptions about China”s intentions, exaggerate conflicts and provoke confrontation.

He said, “It is not the fact. It is harmful indeed and not helpful. China and India have jointly advocated the five principals of peaceful coexistence and uphold independent foreign policies. We should naturally see each other as positive factor in the changing global landscape and as well as partners in realising our respective dream of development.”

The Ambassador said that the two countries should not allow differences to interfere with bilateral relations.

He added that since the boundary question has been left by history, it is now necessary to find a fair and reasonable solution that is acceptable to both countries through consultation and negotiations.

“In the absence of the ultimate solution, both the countries agreed to maintain peace and tranquility in the border area,” he said.

The Ambassador pointed out that for China, peace was of paramount importance.

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Jr resident doctor jumps to death in AIIMS

Sources said the doctor was suffering from depression for some time. Inquest proceedings have been initiated by the police.

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Ajunior resident doctor in the Department of Psychiatry at the AIIMS allegedly died by suicide by jumping from the 10th floor of the doctors hostel at about 5 p.m., here on Friday.

“At about 5 p.m., he jumped from the building. He was immediately rushed to the emergency but could not be saved,” said a senior police officer.

Sources said that the doctor, identified as Anurag, about 25 years old, was suffering from depression for some time. Inquest proceedings have been initiated by the police.

Earlier on Monday, a 37-year-old journalist undergoing treatment for Covid-19 had allegedly killed himself by jumping off the fourth floor of the AIIMS Trauma Centre.

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Etihad Begins Special Flights From 6 Indian Destination Between July 12-26

All passengers must have ICA approval from the government of Abu Dhabi before they travel and will not be permitted to check-in without the necessary approvals.

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New Delhi, July 10 (IANS) Etihad Airways will resume a limited number of special flights from six Indian gateways to Abu Dhabi from July 12 to 26.

The announcement comes a day after partial lifting of international flight restrictions by Indian authorities to allow outbound travel.

“During this period, the airline will operate services to Abu Dhabi from Bengaluru, Chennai, Kochi, Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai to Abu Dhabi,” the company said in a statement.

“All passengers must have ICA approval from the government of Abu Dhabi before they travel and will not be permitted to check-in without the necessary approvals.”

On Thursday, the Centre announced civil aviation authorities of India and the UAE have agreed to operate special repatriation flights between the two countries during July 12-26.

As per the arrangement, chartered flights operated by UAE carriers to bring back Indians from the UAE will be allowed to carry ICA (Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship) approved UAE residents to their native country on their return leg.

Further, Indian carriers operating repatriation flights to bring back Indians from the UAE will be allowed to carry the ICA-approved UAE residents on their onward journey from India to the Gulf country.

“As part of the close strategic partnership between the governments of India and UAE , and with a view to assisting UAE residents who are presently in India to return to UAE, the Civil Aviation Authorities of both countries have agreed to operationalise a special arrangement,” Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri had tweeted.

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