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Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama hails Liquor Prohibition in Bihar

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had informed him about his government's prohibition policy.

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FILE - Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, is seen in an undated photo. VOA

Patna, Jan 11, 2017: Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, who is in Bodh Gaya for the 34th Kalchakra puja, termed the liquor prohibition in Bihar as a good decision.

“Prohibition in Bihar is a good step,” he said on Wednesday while addressing thousands of devotees gathered here from across the world for the ongoing Buddhist spiritual event, about 110 km from capital Patna.

The Kalchakra puja is among the most sacred events of the Buddhist religious calendar.

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He said that during his short visit to Patna last month Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had informed him about his government’s prohibition policy.

The Dalai Lama also reminded his devotees that Lord Buddha said consumption of even a drop of alcohol is a sin and how Mahatma Gandhi also tried to bring in prohibition.

The Tibetan spiritual leader has been living in India in self-imposed exile since 1959 when he fled his homeland after Chinese Communist troops took over Tibet.

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Last week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed Nitish Kumar’s decision of imposing prohibition in the state and urged all political parties and people to back his move.

Modi has termed Nitish Kumar’s decision of prohibition a “brave step” for social change.

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“Taking an initiative for social change is very difficult, but Nitish Kumar has initiated it by enforcing prohibition. All people including political parties should back him for it,” he said.

The Nitish Kumar-led Grand Alliance government enforced total prohibition on April 5 last year in the state. Since then, more than 16,000 people have been arrested on charges of either consuming or transporting liquor in the state. (IANS)

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India Pavilion Put Special Focus on Mahatma Gandhi at London Book Fair

The international fair sees the participation of about 60 countries regularly, with a gathering of over 25,000 publishing professionals

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The Pavilion was inaugurated on Tuesday by Information Ministry Joint Secretary Vikram Sahay and Publications Division Director General Sadhana Rout. Wikimedia

With a special focus on Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary, the India Pavilion at the ongoing London Book Fair is displaying the digitised version of the ‘Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi’ and titles on Indian culture, history and folklore.

An interactive digital media experience on life and times of Mahatma Gandhi, the Statue of Unity, and other major achievements of India are also showcased at the Pavilion, a statement by the Information Ministry said on Wednesday.

A seminar on making the print and electronic versions of ‘The Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi’ will also be organised at the venue, it added.

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A seminar on making the print and electronic versions of ‘The Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi’ will also be organised at the venue, it added. Pixabay

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The Pavilion was inaugurated on Tuesday by Information Ministry Joint Secretary Vikram Sahay and Publications Division Director General Sadhana Rout.

The 48th edition of the fair, being held at the London Olympia, will conclude on Thursday. The international fair sees the participation of about 60 countries regularly, with a gathering of over 25,000 publishing professionals. (IANS)