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More Indian cultural centres to be opened abroad: Govt

Government has plans to open 15 cultural centres in different parts of the world, the Rajya Sabha was informed Thursday.



New Delhi: Government has plans to open 15 cultural centres in different parts of the world, the Rajya Sabha was informed Thursday.

For this purpose, financial help has been given to Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur said during Question Hour.

She said currently there are 25 Indian cultural centres in the world.

"Through the medium of seminars, discussions, talks and screening of films and also song and dance performances, these centres promote Indian culture in various parts of the
world. Government is also allocating additional funds to ICCR to strengthen and develop new centres," Kaur said.
To a separate question, Water Resources Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal said around 11 per cent of total habitations in the country could be affected by contaminated ground water.
"The analysis of ground water samples collected by Central Ground Water Board has revealed that quality of ground water in some isolated pockets of the country is contaminated and not fit for drinking," he said.

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