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Special plans for Gandhi Jayanti

delhi Updated: Aug 23, 2007 17:43 IST

Indian missions abroad will celebrate Gandhi Jayanti in a special manner to mark the first observance of the International Day of Non-Violence on October two this year, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Thursday.

This decision was taken after the United Nations General Assembly on June 15 this year adopted a resolution piloted by India with the co-sponsorship of 142 countries to annually observe and celebrate Mahatma Gandhi's birthday on October two as the International Day of Non-Violence, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee said in a written reply.

Oman: Seven Indians lost their lives while five are missing in the high velocity cyclone that struck Oman on June 5-6 this year, Mukherjee said.

While the loss of property due to the cyclone is estimated to be around 1.5 billion dollars, the Indian Embassy at Muscat conducted an extensive survey to assess the damage to the property of Indians.

As per preliminary assessment, the lost/damaged properties include household items, machine and tools.

Few cases of loss of jewellery and cash have also been reported after the cyclone in Oman, the Minister said adding the full extent of the damage to property of Indians is being ascertained.

JNNURM: The Centre has sanctioned 22 projects estimated to cost RS 426.23 crore in Rajasthan under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission.

This includes cost of new construction or upgradation of 28,322 houses for urban poor as also cost of related infrastructure, Minister of State for Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Kumari Selja said.