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Night out for girls not in our culture: Mahesh Sharma

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New Delhi: After his remark that ex-President APJ Abdul Kalam “was a nationalist despite being a Muslim” sparked a row, Union culture minister Mahesh Sharma stoked another controversy on Friday by saying girls enjoying a night out is not acceptable in India. “It may be else where but it is not part of Indian culture,” the minister told a television channel.

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The 54-year-old first time MP from Noida had been in the news for a string of comments which were decried by opponents as “regressive” and an “assault on India’s culture.” Sharma had said a few days ago, “Bible and Quran are not central to the soul of India.”

My (Indian) values and books should be read before you read novels- Mahesh Sharma 

However , when contacted, Sharma told TOI that his recent interview should be taken in a holistic manner and insisted he had not spoken against any religion or person. He said he was being misrepresented in the name of ‘saffronization’ and also denied that he had pressed for making epics like Ramayana, Mahabharata and Gita compulsory in schools. “I am not authorized to make such decisions ,” he said. “As far as imposing restrictions on peoples’ eating habits is concerned , nobody has the right to do that,” he told TOI.

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Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam’s Birthday declared as ‘Maharashtra Reading Day’

Maharashtra will be celebrating the birthday of former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam as "Maharashra Reading Day"

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October 15, 2016: The birthday of former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam will be celebrated as “Maharashtra Reading Day” in the state, Education Minister Vinod Tawde announced here on Saturday. ”Kalam’s writings had vision… He always mentioned that India is going to be a super power, visualised it and wrote in his books which have inspired an entire generation,” Tawde said at function in Crossword bookstore to mark the event.

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Hundreds of colleges in the state organised their own reading day programmes, literary and poetry meetings, reading corners and other events to mark the scientist-turned-politician Kalam’s 85th birthday anniversary. Tawde said that “Maharashtra Reading Day” would inspire children and the younger generation to make reading a habit which is getting challenged with the advent of cellphones and other devices at an early age.

“The children tend to emulate their parents, and it leads to cellphone addiction as early as two years of age… We must now think of declaring a ‘no-gadget day’ as well,” Tawde said in a lighter vein, while appreciating Crossword’s “ILoveReading” initiative. Earlier today, in a state government programme, Tawde distributed 100 “talking book” volumes to 21 schools for the visually-handicapped in Maharashtra, prepared in collaboration with National Association for Blind (NAB).

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Later, he presented sets of 100 books to 21 readers’ groups at a function in Gokhale Education Society College in Borivali to mark the day. The first-ever Maharashtra Reading Day was commemorated by reading sessions in 100 colleges across the state conducted by top writers and public figures and they took part in lively literary debates conducted with the students. Kalam, revered as the peoples’ President passed away after a cardiac arrest on July 27, 2015, in Shillong. (IANS)

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On World Tourism Day, Minister of State for Tourism and Culture Mahesh Sharma flags off Delhi sightseeing tour for challenged kids

Thirty-five Divyang students from Class 2nd to 6th of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya School for Divyang Children, Minto Road, New Delhi participated in the tour

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September 27, 2016: Minister of State for Tourism and Culture Mahesh Sharma flagged off a sightseeing tour of monuments and heritage places of Delhi for Divyang (challenged) children on the occasion of World Tourism Day here today.
Thirty-five Divyang students from Class 2nd to 6th of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya School for Divyang Children, Minto Road, New Delhi participated in the tour.

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The theme for 2016 World Tourism Day is: Tourism for All !! – “Promoting Universal Accessibility”

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Sharma said, “Accessible tourism for all is about the creation of environments that can cater for the needs of all of us, whether we are traveling or staying at home. May that be due to a disability, even temporary, families with small children, or the ageing population, at some point in our lives, sooner or later, we all benefit of universal accessibility in tourism.” NewsGram brings to you latest new stories in India. 
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Go to NewsGram for news related to political current issues. Tourism Secretary Vinod Zutshi said, “On this year’s World Tourism Day, help us spread the word of both the importance and immense benefits universal accessibility has and can bring to society at large.”

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Arun Srivastava, Regional Director (Northern India), Ministry of Tourism, said, “This unique opportunity will provide an opportunity to these Divyang students to take a glimpse of important monuments and heritage of Delhi. This effort is also to create awareness among all involved in the tourism industry in the country to remove all the barriers and provide accessible tourism opportunities to all. This is one of the latest news from India. (IANS)

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Former Prez Abdul Kalam’s nephew quits BJP over knowledge centre row

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New Delhi: Upset over the NDA government’s “failure” to convert late APJ Abdul Kalam’s residence in New Delhi into a knowledge centre despite repeated requests, the former President’s nephew has resigned from the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP).

APJ Syed Haja Ibrahim, a member of the BJP since 2012, resigned as vice-president of the minority wing of Tamil Nadu unit of BJP and also the party’s primary membership.

“It (setting up a knowledge centre) was the wish of not only the former President, but the entire nation. I am resigning my post as this centre has not been set up despite repeated requests. I am also resigning from the primary membership of BJP,” he said.

Following his demise, Kalam’s No 10 Rajaji Marg bungalow in Delhi was allotted to Union culture minister Mahesh Sharma, much to the chagrin of many people, considering the latter’s controversial remarks wherein he had described the former President “a patriot despite being a Muslim.”

“I don’t think Aurangzeb was an ideal person. Only a source of inspiration can be inspirational. Aurangzeb Road has been named after such a great man who, despite being a Muslim, was a nationalist and a humanist, A P J Abdul Kalam. The road has been named after him,” Sharma had said on September 18 this year.

(With inputs from agencies)