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14 youths from England come to Punjab to ‘connect with roots’

Statesman News Service | Chandigarh |

Under the Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s ambitious programme ‘Connect with Your Roots’ (CYR), a group of 14 youth from England on Tuesday landed at Mohali International Airport. The group would visit different parts of the state from 7 to 16 August, an official spokesman said.

The group, comprising eight boys and six girls aged between 16 to 22 years, would acquaint themselves with Punjab’s glorious culture and heritage besides visiting places of religious, historic and ethnic importance.

The group from England would also meet the families, friends and relatives of their parents and grandparents thus apprising them with their lineage.

Buoyed over their maiden visit to Punjab-the soil of their ancestors, the visiting youth said it was a sheer thrilling experience to interact with their peers, relatives, friends, which would afford them a unique opportunity to mutually share their experiences and views about the traditions, language, dialect and cuisine of Punjab and England.

Meanwhile, SR Ladhar informed that under CYR programme, many more groups would visit Punjab. He said that the group would be visiting their ancestral places in the districts of Jalandhar, Patiala, Ludhiana, SBS Nagar, Faridkot and Mohali.

Ladhar also mentioned that 18-member delegation consisted of 14 youngsters besides four members including a programme coordinator Varinder Singh Khera, his wife and two kids.

The members of the visiting group would also interact with Amarinder during the state-level Independence Day celebrations at Ludhiana.

Among the places that the youngsters are scheduled to visit are Sri Darbar Sahib (Golden Temple), Durgiana Mandir and Ram Tirath, Jallianwala Bagh, War Memorial, Attari-Wagah Border and Gobindgarh Fort in Amritsar.