Statue of Unity became SCO’s 8th Wonder:- India’s External Affairs Minister Dr. S.Jayshanker announced on Monday that the 182 meters (597ft) Statue of Unity located in the Narmada Valley, Kevadiya (Gujarat) has been included in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation’s ‘8 Wonders’ list.
Statue of Unity is the statue of Independence activist Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel which was designed by Ram V. Sutar, completed on 30 October 2018.
On the 143rd birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated his statue ie., on 31st October 2018. Sardar was born on 31st October 1875.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi then Chief Minister of Gujarat announced this project in 2010. The construction of the statue began in October 2013. For this, a trust had been created under Gujarat CM named as Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Rashtriya Ekta Trust.
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was the 1st deputy prime minister and home minister of independent India. He has united 562 princely states into a single Union of India.
The Foreign Minister, after meeting Vladimir Norov, tweeted that “I appreciate the efforts to promote tourism in other SCO member countries”. He further said that “the inclusion of the Statue of Unity in the 8 wonders of the SCO would be seen as an inspiration”.
SCO General Secretary Norov met with Foreign Minister S Jaishanker and reviewed the progress of cooperation between SCO member states. Significantly, India has taken the responsibility of chairing the council of SCO heads this year.
SCO Secretary-General Norov said India will host SCO annual council meeting for the 1st time. On Sunday Norov reached Delhi and announced the same on his four-day visit to India.
Usually, the SCO meeting is held between the Foreign Ministers of the Countries but some countries send there Prime Ministers for the meeting.
Every Country is keeping the close eye who will hold the SCO chair from India this year. Even Pakistan is eager to know. Both India and Pakistan become the China-dominated SCO group member in 2017.
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