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A temple official of Bodh Gaya today informed that India will gift a sapling of the sacred Bodhi Tree to China and Mongolia.

N. Dorjee, the member secretary of Bodh Gaya Temple Management Committee (BTMC), said that the priests of Bodh Gaya’s Mahabodhi temple performed rituals before the sapling were sent to Delhi.

He added that a special prayer was organized in the holy premises of the Mahabodhi temple for the healthy growth of the sapling.

According to BMTC officials, the ministry of external affairs (MEA) had sent a letter, addressed to the Bihar government, asking for the sapling of the sacred tree.

A permission from home department of Bihar was requested, and after getting a clearance from there, the sapling were prepared out of the seeds fallen from the Bodhi Tree.

“A high level delegation of the Indian government would take the sapling of the sacred Bodhi Tree during their visit to China and Mongolia later this month and would be presented to the government there as a good gesture,” said the chief monk of the temple, Bhikkhu Chalinda.

The Mahabodhi temple is a World Heritage Site where the Buddha attained enlightenment around 2,500 years ago. The sacred place is of utmost importance for the Buddhists. The devotees of Buddha revere not only the Bodhi Tree, but even its leaves are worshiped by them.

The Bodh Gaya temple is visited by millions of pilgrims annually from all over the world, especially from Sri Lanka, China, Japan and the Southeast Asian region. Till date, the sapling of Bodhi Tree was gifted to Sri Lanka, Thailand, South Korea, Vietnam, Nepal and Bhutan.

Now gifting the sapling to China would definitely help towards improving the relation between the two countries.

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  • India successfully tests the Agni-V ballistic missile on Thursday
  • This was the fifth test that missile underwent
  • With this success, India is now in ranks with US, UK, China and Russia

India on Thursday successfully tests fired its indigenously developed intercontinental surface-to-surface nuclear-capable ballistic missile Agni-V — the most potent and with the longest range in the Agni series – that can reach targets as far as Beijing.

The test took place at the Abdul Kalam Island facility off the Odisha coast. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman tweeted about its success, congratulating its makers DRDO, the armed forces and the defence industry.

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India has many high tech and powerful missiles to its name. Wikimedia Commons
India has many high tech and powerful missiles to its name. Wikimedia Commons

She said the successful test of the 5,000-km-range missile that can carry a one-tonne warhead, was “a major boost to the defence capabilities of our country”.

“The Made in India canistered missile, having three stages of propulsion, was successfully test fired,” she tweeted.

Developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the Agni-V is the most advanced version of the Agni series, part of the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme that started in the 1960s.

The missile was earlier tested successfully in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016.

This was the fifth test of the missile and likely to be its first user trial, though there was no official word on it.

India is developing new technologies everyday to strengthen its defence.
India is developing new technologies every day to strengthen its defence.

Thursday’s test brings the missile closer to its induction in the tri-service Strategic Forces Command.

The missile has a much longer shelf life, with its container being made of special steel that absorbs the blast of the takeoff.

In the canisterised launch, a gas generator inside ejects the missile up to a height of about 30 metres. A motor is then ignited to fire the missile.

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With this missile, India joins the super-exclusive club of ICBM (missiles with a range of over 5,000-5,500 km) capable countries of the US, Russia, the UK, France and China. IANS