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Bhubaneswar: A recommendation to include the Buddhist circuit of Odisha in the Swadesh Darshan scheme announced by the union ministry of tourism was made by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday.

In a letter to union Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma, the chief minister said the Buddhist Triangle — popularly known as the Diamond Triangle of Odisha, comprising of Ratnagiri, Lalitgiri and Udyagiri — deserves to be included in the list of Buddhist circuits under the new scheme.

“Buddhist remains in the form of chaityas, stupas, monasteries and the tooth relic in the golden casket found here aptly establish this circuit at par with other major sites in India. The socio-cultural life of early and medieval Odisha is reflected in the cultural art of these Buddhist monuments,” said Patnaik.

He said it is a well-established fact that Buddhism spread to rest of the world after the great Kalinga war waged by Emperor Ashoka in Odisha.

The chief minister said these Buddhist destinations would be improved with adequate tourism infrastructure with their inclusion in the scheme.

Archaeological exploration and excavations have unearthed more than 200 Buddhist sites across the state, he added.

(IANS)

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Delhi government employees to observe 5-minutes silence as protest every day

Following the allegation, the IAS Association on Tuesday took the decision that officers would not meet or talk even over the phone to the Chief Minister, his ministers or MLAs till Kejriwal apologised and took action

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The alleged assault took place at the Chief Minister's residence on Monday midnight
The alleged assault took place at the Chief Minister's residence on Monday midnight. Wikimedia Commons
  • Delhi government employees will observe a five-minute silence outside their respective offices every working day
  • The decision is to observe the silent protest during lunch break
  • Both the alleged attackers — Amanatullah Khan and Prakash Jarwal — were sent to judicial custody for a day on Wednesday

Delhi government employees will observe a five-minute silence outside their respective offices every working day till steps are taken to “ensure their safety and dignity”, the IAS body said here on Thursday.

The decision to observe the silent protest during lunch break, came two days after Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash alleged that he was beaten up by two Aam Aadmi Party MLAs in the presence of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

The alleged assault took place at the Chief Minister’s residence on Monday midnight, where Prakash was summoned for an emergency meeting.

Following the allegation, the IAS Association on Tuesday took the decision that officers would not meet or talk even over the phone to the Chief Minister, his ministers or MLAs till Kejriwal apologised and took action.

Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash alleged that he was beaten up by Amanatullah Khan and one more party MLA.
Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash alleged that he was beaten up by Amanatullah Khan and one more party MLA. Wikimedia Commons

“The assault on the Chief Secretary has breached the faith of all government employees in the political executive of Delhi.

“The employees of Delhi Government and other organisations will observe a five-minute silence outside their respective offices to express their anguish over the breach of faith by the political executive,” IAS Association said in a statement.

Also Read: The assault on Chief Secretary exposes the double standards of AAP government

Both the alleged attackers — Amanatullah Khan and Prakash Jarwal — were sent to judicial custody for a day on Wednesday.

Their bail pleas will be taken up later on Thursday. (IANS)

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