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'Pravasi Punjabi Divas' to begin from Jan 4

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, December 29, 2012
First Published: 13:30 IST(29/12/2012) | Last Updated: 13:33 IST(29/12/2012)

The annual 'Pravasi Punjabi Divas' will be held in Chandigarh and Jalandhar beginning from January 4th.


The three day event has been reduced to two day affair starting this year.

The major highlight of this year's event will be showcasing of film by Canadian media.

The programme schedule is listed below.
4th January,  2013     :         Programme for NRI Media
Venue                        :           J W Marriott, Sector 35, Chandigarh.
 02.30 PM                   Registration
03.00 PM                   Welcome address by Minister NRI Affairs, Bikram Singh Majithia
03.10 PM                  Presentation by Hon'ble Deputy CM Sukhbir Badal
 03.40 PM                   Showcasing of Film by Canadian Media
04.15 PM                   Interactive session
 05.00 PM                   Conclusion followed by High Tea
 07.30 PM                   Sufi Musical evening followed by dinner
·     Optional visit to Virasat-e-Khalsa, Roop Nagar on 4th January, 2013, Afternoon
5th January 2013     :           Open House Session
Venue                        :           Club Cabbana, G.T. Road, Jalandhar
 09.30 AM                   Registration
 10.30 AM                   Cultural Programme          
12.00 Noon               Welcome address by Bikram Singh Majithia

12.10 PM                   Address by Sh SS Rakhra, President, SAD(B) NRIWing
12.20 PM              Presentation by Hon'ble Deputy CM Sukhbir Badal
01.00 PM             Speeches and Interactive session with delegates
02.00 PM             Address by Hon'ble CM Punjab Parkash Singh Badal

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