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Uttar Pradesh Government has decided to rename newly-built Ekana International Stadium in capital city Lucknow after former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The stadium with a seating capacity of around 50,000 will now be known as ‘Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Cricket Stadium’.
The stadium was renamed just ahead of first-ever international cricket match – T20 International between India and West Indies. For renaming stadium, UP Government through Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) used powers vested as per clause 17.5.1 of agreement signed between Ekana Sports City Private Ltd; GC Constructions; Development Industries Pvt Ltd and LDA. The clause 17.5.1 of agreement says that stadium will be named once project is completed. Its name was changed in memory of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who passed away in August 2018. The former prime minister was Member of Parliament from Lucknow for five consecutive times between 1991 and 2009.
Note: Yogi Adityanath Government in UP earlier this year also renamed Allahabad as Prayagraj and Mughalsarai as Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhyaya nagar.
The world’s largest dome was inaugurated at Maharashtra Institute of Technology (MIT)’s World Peace University (MIT-WPU) campus at Loni Kalbhor, Pune (Maharashtra). It was inaugurated by Vice President Venkaiah Naidu along with Peace Center on the occasion of 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
World Peace Monument dome
The dome has been built atop MIT World Peace Library and World Peace Prayer Hall, which are named after 13th century poet-saint and philosopher Dnyaneshwar who was pivotal figure of Bhakti movement in Maharashtra. The dome has diameter of 160 feet, overtaking earlier record holding Vatican Dome having diameter of 139.6 feet . It stands 263 feet tall with bell hanging from centre and has prayer hall with area of around 30,000 sq ft. It is supported by 24 massive columns, each 63 feet tall. The periphery of the dome and underneath — inside and outside has bronze statues of 54 of biggest names in world history stand, irrespective of nationality or religion.