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Did you know: Deekshabhoomi is the world’s largest hollow stupa

Deekshabhoomi at Nagpur (Photo by: Nation Next)

We Nagpurians are proud of the magnificent monument Deekshabhoomi, which has become the identification of Nagpur for many tourists worldwide. But, very few of us know that Deekshabhoomi? ? the revered Buddhist pilgrimage centre – is the largest hollow stupa (Buddhist shrine) in the world.

When Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar, the architect of Indian constitution, converted to Buddhism in Nagpur on October 14, 1956, more than six lakhs followers joined him and embraced Buddhism. The place, where he along with his followers, took the oath of Three Jewels (Buddha, Dharma and Sangha) and Five Percepts is the place where Deekshabhoomi stands today. Every year, millions of people from all over India and other parts of the world visit Nagpur on October 14 and Dhamma Chakkra Pravartan Diwas (Mass Conversion Ceremony Day) to celebrate Buddhism.

The construction of Deekshabhoomi started in 1978, but it took many years to complete it. On December 18, 2001, the 10th President of India ? Late KR Narayanan, inaugurated Deekshabhoomi.

Deekshabhoomi, which is spread across four acres of land, was designed by Nagpur architect ? Sheo Dan Mal Mokha. Mokha has also designed several other important buildings in the city i.e. Yeshwant Stadium, Panchsheel Theatre, Town Hall of the Nagpur Municipal Corporation, Guru Nanak auditorium at the Nagpur University and the building of Indian Medical Association, Nagpur.

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Nitin Gadkari graces screening of ‘Me Vasantrao’ at Sudama Theatre in Nagpur

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Radhika Dhawad | Photographer : Nitin Mankar | Photographer : Bhavesh Mahalle | Nagpur

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari graced the special screening of Marathi movie ‘Me Vasantrao’ – a movie based on the life of Hindustani classical singer and violinist Vasantrao Deshpande.

The screening was held at Sudama Theatre in Nagpur on Sunday evening in the presence family members, friends and the cast of the movie.

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Mayor Dayashankari Tiwari kicks off polio drive in Nagpur

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Nagpur Mayor Dayashankar Tiwari, on Sunday, launched Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) door-to-door polio campaign drive. He, along with Deputy Mayor Manisha Dhawade visited Rognidan Centre in Mahal, Nagpur and inaugurated the campaign by giving polio drops to a toddler.
As per NMC officials, ten Zonal Medical Officers and Ten Health inspectors would visit every house in their respective zones, in order to vaccinate children between the ages of zero-five to immune them against polio.
NMC had recognised Sunday as the official day for polio vaccination. Under Polio Ravivar, they plan to vaccinate more than three lakh kids in Nagpur. They also urged Nagpurkars to vaccinate their children at pulse Polio Booths near their homes from 8 am- 5 pm, on Sunday.
NMC Standing Committee Chief, Corporator Vijay Zalke spoke to Nation Next regarding this campaign and said, This year’s polio drive is going to be bigger than last year. We are planning to vaccinate around 3- 3.15 lakh kids. NMC is bearing the cost of infrastructure and execution. The state government provided us with the doses.
He further stated that there were special teams to vaccinate the homeless during night. ?When it comes to the health of Nagpurkars, money is not a factor we should think about, said Zalke when asked about NMC’s current financial crunch.
As per Zalke, vaccination facility would also be available in slums,, factory areas and other outskirts of Nagpur.

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Congress legislator caught watching porn in Karnataka Assembly

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Congress leader Prakash Rathod, on Friday, was caught on camera while allegedly scrolling through few adult content clips in the State Assembly. This turned out to be a huge embarrassment for both, Congress and Rathod as regional channels aired the video, in which he was ?caught in the act.
The MLC member was present in the house during the proceedings of the legislative council. While the house was in session, Rathod was watching adult content on his smartphone.
However, he threw these charges under the bus and said, I was looking for materials for a question I wanted to ask the government in question hour.
?When I was looking for question material, I deleted too many messages as my phone storage was full. What the media has shown or seen, I don’t know. I would never do such things or see such things, he added.
This was not the first time in Karnataka that such an incident had happened. Back in 2012, three Bharatiya Janata Party ministers were caught on camera allegedly watching adult content in the State Assembly. Following the scandal, they resigned from the state government due to public embarrassment.

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