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Posco officials learn Oriya

S Korean officials are learning Oriya and even wearing Indian clothes to interact better with people in the state where the company is setting up a plant.

india Updated: Mar 10, 2006 15:38 IST

Don't be surprised to find some South Koreans wearing traditional Indian clothes and speaking in Oriya in Bhubaneswar. They might just be officials of steel giant Posco!

South Korean officials of the world's fifth largest steelmaker are apparently learning Oriya and even wearing Indian clothes sometimes to interact better with people in the state where the company is setting up a plant.

Posco is building a plant in the port town of Paradeep with an investment of about $12 billion - one of the largest foreign direct investments in India. The South Korean company has about 34 officials in India and 30 of them are based in Orissa.

"Most of our staff here have already learnt some Indian words like 'jaldi, jaldi' (quick), 'dhanyabad' (thank you), 'namaskar' (greetings) etc, Kim Soo Jung, Posco's assistant manager, public relations, said.

"Very soon we will all be able to speak and write Oriya," she said. "For that we have a plan to organise special classes where all company officials in India will learn Oriya. It will make them communicative and interactive."

The company for the first time organised a media get-together at the Trident-Hilton Hotel here where all Posco officials were seen wearing traditional Indian clothes.

While the men wore sherwanis, Kim Soo wore a traditional Sambalpuri sari.

An Odissi dance programme was also organised which was anchored by a South Korean girl dressed like a traditional Odissi dancer. "We are also organising several cultural exchange programmes," Kim Soo said.

While South Korean officials have tasted traditional Oriya food on several occasions, people here have offered to taste Korean food," she said.

The tourism department of Orissa had organised a multicultural food festival in state capital Bhubaneswar from January 6 to 15 in which Posco participated.

"More than 800 Oriya people visited our South Korean food stall and tasted Korean food," she said.

First Published: Mar 09, 2006 13:07 IST