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Delhi’s Tushar Lakhanpal writes Guinness record with 19,000 pencils


New Delhi: An impressive pencil collection of more than 19,000 lead pencils of different shapes and sizes will get a Delhi youngster into the Guinness World Records.

Tushar Lakhanpal, 17, has a collection of 19,824 pencils from more than 40 countries across the world.

London-based office of the Guinness World Records has approved the entry after a count as per its strict norms, including full video recording, still photography and certification by a representative of a pencil manufacturing company, a government official and a senior person from public life.

Tushar, a student of Class 12 in Delhi Public School, Vasant Kunj, will get the certificate once a formal approval is received from the Guinness.

“I have been collecting pencils since I was 3. I used to put away pencils that I received as gifts and was particular in collecting pencils of different kinds. This habit soon turned into a passionate hobby, which was encouraged by my family and friends,” said Tushar.

Uruguayan Emilio Arenas is the current holder of the Guinness record with a collection of 16,260 lead pencils.

“He has amassed over 14,000 pencils in varying shapes and sizes from over 40 countries. His collection includes pencils of various sizes, the smallest being 3 centimetres as well as a pencil that is 8 feet 3 inches long. Clutch pencils, colour pencils, scented pencils, pencils with different caps and figures, wooden pencils, handmade paper pencils, recycled newspaper pencils are all a part of his impressive and fascinating collection,” said his mother Vandan Lakhanpal, a social worker.

Tushar’s collection has been featured in the Limca Book of Records in 2009, 2010 and 2012.

The youngster said his impressive pencil collection included spoon-shaped, studded pencils, thermometer pencils, a 24-carat gold designer pencil and many more.

He also has a variety of Swarovski-studded pencils. There are two others that were once used by the Queen of England. “These two are the most precious and close to my heart in my collection,” said the Class 12 student.

Tushar loves to share extra pencils from his collection with children from all walks of life, who treasure them.

He now plans to open a pencil museum, which would be the second in the world after the one in the UK, for schoolchildren to see his impressive collection.


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LG’s initiative creates Guinness World Records

With its #karsalaam campaign LG breaks the Guinness World Record by getting more than 1,14,741 handwritten messages from the Indian citizens

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March 14, 2017: LG Electronics India on Tuesday announced that its #KarSalaam initiative for salute to soldiers has achieved Guinness World Record title.

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With this campaign, LG breaks the Guinness World Record by getting more than 1,14,741 handwritten messages from the Indian citizens, the company said in a statement.

“The initiative has been a massive success that can be validated by the overwhelming response that we have received from the people in the form of messages for the soldiers,” said Kim Ki Wan, Managing Director, LG Electronics India, in a statement.

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Through this initiative, LG salutes the soldiers’ spirit of generous contribution and service towards the nation. The #KarSalaam initiative also included a donation of Rs 1 crore.

“We are happy to announce the entry of LG Electronics India Ltd. as a record breaker for the ‘Longest Line of Sticky Notes’ messages from the Indian citizens,” added Swapnil Dangarikar, Adjudicator Guinness World Records.

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LG rolled out this campaign through radio, digital, outdoor and mall activities to capture the messages and wishes of the citizens of India for the soldiers. (IANS)

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Sri Lanka says its 73-meter (238-foot) Artificial Christmas Tree is Tallest in the World

The Guinness World Records is yet to confirm if this is the tallest artificial Christmas tree

A Sri Lankan family takes photographs standing near an enormous artificial Christmas tree as others gather in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Dec. 24, 2016. Sri Lanka has unveiled a towering Christmas tree, claiming to have surpassed the world record for the tallest. VOA

Colombo, Dec 25, 2016: Sri Lanka unveiled a towering Christmas tree, claiming to have surpassed the world record despite constructions delays and a shorter-than-planned finished product.

The 73-meter (238-foot) artificial tree in capital Colombo is 18 meters (59 feet) taller than the current record holder, organisers said. The tree’s steel-and-wire frame is covered with a plastic net decorated with more than 1 million natural pine cones painted red, gold, green and silver, 600,000 LED bulbs and topped by a 6-meter (20-foot) tall shining star.

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Church says money misspent

The tree costs $80,000 and was criticized by the Catholic Church as a waste of money. The church suggested that the funds better be spent on helping the poor.

Hundreds of port workers and volunteers struggled for four months to put up the tree in time for the holidays. Work was suspended for six days in early December after Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, representing the island nation’s 1.5 million Catholics, lambasted the project.

Construction workers work on a huge Christmas tree in an attempt to construct the world’s tallest Christmas tree, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Dec. 20, 2016. VOA

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe responded to the criticism by saying the tree was not being built with public money, but with donations from individuals and private firms.

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The Guinness World Records is yet to confirm if this is the tallest artificial Christmas tree. Currently, the record is held by a Chinese firm that put up a 55-meter (180-foot) treelike tower of lights and synthetic foliage, ornaments and lamps in the city of Guangzhou last year.

A tree for harmony

Sri Lankan organizers said they wanted the tree to help promote ethnic and religious harmony in the Buddhist-majority island nation, where a long civil war ended in 2009 but reconciliation remains a challenge.

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“This is just to show the world that we can live as one country, one nation,” said Arjuna Ranatunga, a former cricket player and the minister of ports and shipping. He said Sri Lanka is still grappling with issues regarding religion, caste and race.

Minority Christian and Muslim communities complain of state-sponsored discrimination, and there are allegations of widespread abuses against minority ethnic Tamils both during and after the war. (VOA)

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First International Yoga Day sets two Guinness World Records

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New Delhi: The first International Yoga Day at Rajpath saw two Guinness World Records being set – for the largest number of participants in a yoga lesson at a single venue and for the most number of nationalities in a yoga lesson.

An official statement said that in the first category, for the largest number of participants in a yoga lesson at a single venue, the earlier record was 29,973.

The congregation at Rajpath on Sunday was 35,985, breaking the previous record.

The second category was the most number of nationalities in a yoga lesson.

To achieve this, participants from at least 50 countries were required to perform.

“Today, participants from 84 countries performed yoga at Rajpath,” the statement said.

The awards were received by Ayush Minister Shripad Yesso Naik from representatives of Guinness World Records — Victoria from Britain and Marco Frigatti from Italy. (IANS)