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Delhi government launched Happiness Curriculum for its school students

The Delhi government launched ‘Happiness Curriculum’ which includes meditation, moral values and mental exercises for its school students. It was launched by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in the presence of the Dalai Lama.

Happiness Curriculum

The Happiness Curriculum focuses on holistic education by including meditation, value education, and mental exercises in conventional education curriculum. It was designed and prepared by a team of 40 Delhi government teachers, educators and volunteers over period of six months. It involves ‘Happiness’ period of 45 minutes for all students studying in nursery up to class VIII at all Delhi government schools. Each class will begin with 5 minute meditation practice. The curriculum focuses on meditation, moral teachings, and mental exercises, with the aim of turning students into good human being.

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China announces names for six places in Arunachal Pradesh

China has unilaterally announced ‘standardised’ names for six places in Arunachal Pradesh. It is felt that Chinese move comes as a retaliation against Dalai Lama’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh. Experts feel that China’s announcement is aimed at reaffirming its territorial sovereignty over the region.

According to the Chinese foreign ministry, change of names was a legitimate action carried out in line with Chinese law.

China has named the six places in Arunachal Pradesh with Roman alphabet as Wo’gyainling, Mila Ri, Qoidêngarbo Ri, Mainquka, Bümo La and Namkapub Ri. The name Wo’gyainling is likely to be given to the Ugyen Ling monastery (birthplace of the sixth Dalai Lama), Qoidêngarbo Ri is likely to be the name given to Choten Karpo Ri, Mainquka is likely to be Mechuka in West Siang district and Bümo La is likely to be Bumla.

During the visit of Dalai Lama, Union minister of state for home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, had categorically asserted that Arunachal Pradesh is an inseparable and integral part of India.

Background

During the recent visit of Dalai Lama China issued warnings and repeated calls to cancel his visit. But India turned down his request saying that Dalai Lama is free to travel across the country.

According to China, Arunachal Pradesh is part of South Tibet and has close Buddhist links to the Tibet Autonomous Region. Official Chinese maps show Arunachal Pradesh as part of South Tibet. The Indo-China border dispute ensues the 3,488 km-long Line of Actual Control (LAC). So far both the have held 19 rounds of talks to resolve the boundary dispute.

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