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Patna: Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Friday blamed the Nitish Kumar led Bihar government for not sending in the name of the capital city for inclusion in the smart cities’ list. “The state government is responsible for non-inclusion of Patna in the list of smart cities. The state government did not send the name of Patna for inclusion in the smart cities’ list,” Naidu told media here.
He said that if the state government had sent the name of Patna for inclusion in the smart cities list, the central government would have considered it. “The state government forwarded the name of three cities for inclusion in the smart cities list and all three were included in the list. “Naidu said that Patna would be included in the smart city list next year. In a move aimed at enhancing the quality of urban life, the government on Thursday unveiled a list of 98 cities in the country for the Smart City Mission. The central government proposes to offer financial support of Rs.48,000 crore to these cities over the next five years, he said.

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Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu Feels Need to Protect Mother Tongue

Earlier in the day, Naidu paid condolences to the family of late Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar who died after a prolonged battle with pancreatic cancer on March 17

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Unlike the Latin American countries, India due to its size, tradition and wisdom withstood attempts by the Western colonisers to destroy its indigenous culture, Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu said here on Sunday.

Addressing students and officials at the National Institute of Oceanography, Naidu said along with the economic reforms, India attracted investments from other countries because it is one of the world’s oldest surviving civilisations.

“I have been to Latin American countries. I asked people there about their mother tongue and whether they were promoting it or not. Many of them do not even know their mother tongue,” Naidu said.

“When I asked them what happened, they said we were under Spain and our language got lost,” he said.

“The colonial rulers first try to attack your culture and then destroy everything. British tried it in context of India. They made English a qualification for jobs, but because of our size, culture and wisdom of people they could not succeed,” he said.

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Venkaiah Naidu. Wikimedia Commons

Naidu said the mother tongue helps articulate original thoughts, which make it imperative for everyone to learn and understand it.

The Vice-President also said the global business community were keen on investing in India not just because of recent economic reforms and stability, but also because of the ancient Indian civilisation and culture.

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“People appreciate of our culture because we are one of the oldest civilisations. We have never attacked any country,” he said.

Earlier in the day, Naidu paid condolences to the family of late Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar who died after a prolonged battle with pancreatic cancer on March 17. (IANS)