10 lakh to take oath of non-violence in Nagpur on Oct 2

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Nagpur, Sep 10: Ten lakh people will take the oath of non-violence on Mahatma Gandhi's birth anniversary here on October two.

This would be part of various programmes, including a peace rally, to be held to mark the occasion, according to Union Minister for Renewable Energy Vilas Muttemwar.

The local administration would open a website to help people take the oath of non-violence online, he said.

Besides, SMS messages would be sent to one lakh mobile telephone users to promote non-violence and to participate in the peace rally, Mr Muttemwar said.

The highlight of the day would be a 'bhajan' recital by noted singer Sonu Nigam, with nearly 60,000 people, including students, expected to attend, he said.

Mr Muttemwar said that 40,000 students studying in Classes V to VIII in schools of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) would be administered the oath of cleanliness and hygiene the same day. Entry to all parks and gardens of NMC would be free for the day, while the civic body's libraries would remain open all day, the minister said.

An exhibition on the life and work of Mahatma Gandhi would be organised from September 22 to 27, he said, adding, a local cable television network and a private radio station would broadcast messages of Mahatma Gandhi over the next three weeks.


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