Textile sector: Sukhbir stresses on need to explore ties with Pak

Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Wednesday underlined the need to give a push to the textile industry, as it had great potential to generate employment.

Speaking at a function organised by All Pakistan Textile Manufacturers' Associate in Lahore, Badal said the textile industries of Eastern and Western Punjab should join hands and supplement each other's strength.

He added that the industry was well developed in Pakistan, as it constituted more than 70 per cent of the exports of the country, and Punjab too was actively pursuing the initiative of the textile park in the Malwa region.

Inviting the APTMA delegation to Punjab, the deputy chief minister said textile manufacturers of Eastern and Western Punjab should explore the possibility of a joint venture to excel in competitive goods.

Lauding the improvement of Indo-Pak trade ties, Badal said pre-dominant population on both sides desired this and both the governments would have to bend before the collective will of the people.

Indo-Pak deaf, mute teams to clash in Dosti Cup

CHANDIGARH: Describing sports as most effective confidence building measure, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal and Chief Minister of Pakistan Punjab Shahbaz Sharif jointly opened a eight-day youth festival and Dosti Cup for deaf and mute teams in Lahore on Wednesday. The games would continue up to November 15, 2012.

For the first time, a contingent of 1,381 players plus their coaches and managers have descended on the soil of Pakistan for these games," said Sharif. While teams from 27 countries will compete in athletic events, badminton, football, table tennis, India and Pakistan will clash in four events — hockey, kabaddi, tug of war and wrestling. In the Dosti Cup, deaf and mute teams of India and Pakistan will vie for titles in cricket, kabaddi, wrestling, badminton, table tennis and chess.

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