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Saturday , April 5 , 2014
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Poland offers mining help

When Polish ambassador to India Piotr Klodkowski espoused the importance of culture in public discourse in Ranchi on Thursday, he was greeted with a loud applause.

For, the audience at Mecon Community Hall was lauding his fluency in the rashtrabhasha when without faltering he said, “Sanskriti hi shakti hai (culture is strength).”

“I have been staying in India for the last four-five years,” smiled the ambassador, who was in the state capital to attend a function of consultant major Mecon.

Clearly, Klodkowski was impressed by the cultural programme put up by students of Jawahar Vidya Mandir, Ranchi.

The children presented the diverse culture of India through dance performances.

Earlier in the day, Klodkowski held a meeting with Mecon, Central Coalfields Limited (CCL) and Central Mine Planning and Design Institute Limited (CMPDI) officials during which he said Poland was willing to co-operate in developing underground coal mining in India by sharing expertise and state-of-the-art technology.

“As far as underground mining is concerned, Poland is willing to co-operate with India in fields of mining education, engineering, expertise and equipment,” he said, adding that the two countries had enough scope for working together in diverse areas like non-conventional energy, food processing and film production.

The amabassador further added that two Indo-Polish summits were held in Delhi and Calcutta in February to commemorate 60 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

During the programme, Klodkowski revealed that Mecon had also signed an MoU with Central Institute of Mining of Poland.

The Polish envoy was pretty open about his liking for Hindi. He had once recited excerpts from Harivansh Rai Bachchan’s Madhushala on television.

But, more than his affinity for Hindi, what came to the fore was his sense of humour.

“We spoke a lot about urja (energy) but urja ke liye khana jaroori hai (eating food is a must to gain energy),” Klodkowski said before leaving for dinner.