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India to renew pitch for nuclear disarmament via Zeenews

New Delhi: India is set to renew its pitch for universal nuclear disarmament at a conference here onTuesday, an idea first thrown up by the late Rajiv Gandhi.

External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna will inaugurate the National Outreach Conference on Global Nuclear Disarmament, an initiative of the prime minister’s informal group on global disarmament chaired by Mani Shankar Aiyar of the Congress.

The conference, organised by the Indian Council of World Affairs and supported by the external affairs ministry, is being held to commemorate the 68th birth anniversary of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.

Gandhi presented a plan for a nuclear-weapons-free world order at the UN General Assembly on June 9, 1988.

Vice President Hamid Ansari, National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon and former West Bengal governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi are also expected to address the conference which will rope in college students.

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