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New Delhi, 28 December 2017: Vice President of India Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu released Lok Sabha Calendar 2018 in Parliament Library Building today. Lok Sabha Speaker Smt. Sumitra Mahajan; Deputy Chairman, Rajya Sabha Prof. P.J. Kurien; Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Chemicals & Fertilizers Shri Ananth Kumar; Members of Indian Parliamentary Group (IPG) and other dignitaries attended the event. Releasing the Calendar, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu said that the theme of Lok Sabha Calendar 2018 is unique and motivating. He opined that the sublime messages, universal and timeless, in these inscriptions are rare pearls of wisdom in themselves and an authentic source of our history and philosophical traditions. Shri Naidu observed that it is in Parliament that the entire range of activities of a nation is discussed and its destinies are shaped and moulded. As such, the deliberations of that august body are naturally to be inspired by the highest traditions of truth and righteousness. He felt that these inscriptions in the Parliament House would give the visitor insights into the timeless values on which the country’s way of life is anchored. Earlier, delivering Welcome Address, Smt. Sumitra Mahajan recalled that when she assumed the office of Speaker, the first theme that captured her attention was the photographs of functions honouring the parliamentarians with Outstanding Parliamentarian Award which became the theme of Calendar of 2015. She informed the audience that the celebratory mood of the nation was depicted in 2016 Calendar when Parliament House Building is beautifully illuminated on Republic day and Independence Day. Referring to her endeavor to restrict the use of paper in the Office and thereby preventing the loss of thousand of trees, she recalled that the Calendar of the 2017 focused on the flora and fauna of the Complex. Smt. Mahajan also observed that the Calendar 2018 provides glimpses of inscriptions nestled on domes, arches, Chambers and other places in the Parliament House building. She noted that these ennobling thoughts –from Rigveda, Mahabharata, Shrimad Bhagwad Gita, the Holy Quran, Manusmriti, Panchatantra and Kautilya’s Arthshastra – extol the virtues of charity, kindness to fellow beings and brotherhood. A short film on Lok Sabha Calendars since 1999, produced by LSTV, was screened on the occasion. Later, the team of officers, associated with the preparation of Lok Sabha Calendar 2018, was felicitated on the occasion. Secretary-General, Lok Sabha Smt. Snehlata Shrivastava proposed Vote of Thanks.



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