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Three world records made on Indian PM Narendra Modi's birthday, says minister

A sand sculpture of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seen on Juhu Beach in Mumbai on September 16 Photograph: (AFP)

Delhi, India Sep 17, 2016, 04.56 PM (IST)

The 66th birthday of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was marked by setting of three world records at Navsari in Navsari, Gujarat.

Last evening, 989 people lit earthen lamps within 30 seconds, which was a world record for most people lighting lamps within half-a-minute, senior minister Thawar Chand Gehlot said.

Today, in Modi's presence, two world records were made: 1,000 differently-abled persons making a formation on wheelchairs at a single venue creating the largest wheelchair logo and 1,700 deaf persons being distributed 3,400 hearing aid machines at one place.

"The records were made in the presence of representatives of the Guinness World Records,” the minister said.

Modi, born in 1950, had a busy schedule on his birthday. He started the day by visiting his 97-year-old mother Heeraben Modi in the morning. He then met the new Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani and other senior leaders of his party before flying to Dahod where he addressed tribals in the area.

His final destination was Navsari where he witnessed two world records being made.

The day was not without its share of controversies as Dalit activist Jignesh Mewani was detained overnight to ensure no untoward incident took place. Mewani had led the Una protests in Gujarat.

Meanwhile, there was a torrent of birthday wishes for the Indian premier as the clock struck twelve. People from all walks of life including Apple CEO Tim Cook, Biocon CEO Kiran Mazumdar Shaw and former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag wished Modi on his birthday. 

(WION with inputs from PTI)

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