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Patna/Bodh Gaya/Rajgir/Nalanda (Bihar), 19 February 2018: Lok Sabha Speaker Smt. Sumitra Mahajan, who had arrived in Patna on 16 February 2018 to attend the 6th Conference of CPA India Region, offered prayers at the world famous Mahabodhi Temple Complex in Bodh Gaya where Gautama Buddha is believed to have attained Enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree. During her stay at the ancient pilgrimage site, Smt. Mahajan also saw the imposing 80 ft high Great Buddha Statue which is now a symbol of innate religiosity of Bodh Gaya. On the occasion, Smt. Mahajan said that she was elated and mesmerized to be at the sacred bhoomi of Lord Buddha, which is the centre of peace in the world. Later in the day, Smt. Mahajan arrived in Rajgir, where she saw the much acclaimed International Convention Centre (RICC). One of the first institutional efforts in Bihar to facilitate convention activities, the basic design of the Convention centre is inspired by form of the ‘Stupa’ and it has a convention hall with 1300 capacity and a multipurpose amphitheatre with 900 capacities. Smt. Mahajan appreciated the architecture and facilities of the Convention Centre. In the last part of her post-Conference tour, Smt. Mahajan reached at Nalanda. She visited the Nalanda University, which was one of the first universities in the world, founded in the 5th Century BC, and reported to have been visited by the Buddha during his lifetime. It is believed that in the 7th century AD, Nalanda had some 10,000 students and 2000 teachers. After watching the world famous cultural site of Nalanda, Smt. Mahajan said ‘We are proud at our glorious past. At the same time, it is moment to ponder how we failed to carry forward our cultural excellence. It is now time to reconstruct and relive our rich past.” -2- Earlier, during the two-day Conference held on 17 and 18 February 2018, which deliberated on two agenda items namely Parliament’s role in the development agenda and Legislature and Judiciary – Two important Pillars of Democracy, the following main points emerged: · As legislators, we should to strive to achieve SDGs within the time frame with available devices. · Each and every legislation and programme passed by the Legislatures must reach the people at the bottom. · Constitution, which is a sacred and sovereign document, has clealry defined separation of powers between the three organs. · Self -restraint by different organs is necessary for the smooth functioning of democracy. It was also informed during the Conference that Patna Conference unanimously resolved to expand and increase the functions and programmes of the CPA India Region and decided to organise zonal Seminars/Conferences as per the following scheme: Zone 1 – Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Jharkhand, Odisa, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal (8 Branches) Zone 2 – Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, Telangana (8 Branches) Zone 3 – Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura, Sikkim (8 Branches) Zone 4 – Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab and Rajasthan (7 Branches)



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