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Indian PM's Wife Feted At Bakti Reception | 27/10/2010
Untitled document KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 27 2010 (Bernama) -- Gursharan Kaur, wife of the visiting Indian prime minister, was feted at a lunch reception hosted by the Welfare Body of Wives of Ministers and Deputy Ministers (Bakti), at Bangunan Bakti Siti Hasmah in Taman Tun Dr Ismail, here, Wednesday.

Gursharan was welcomed on arrival by the Malaysian prime minister's wife and Bakti president Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor and about 170 Bakti members.

The reception was held in conjunction with her husband Dr Manmohan Singh's three-day official visit to Malaysia from yesterday.

Rosmah in her speech said that in enabling the sharing of experience among smart students and in strengthening Malaysia-India bilateral relations, eight smart students from India would be participating in a school holiday camp organised by Permata Negara at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) at the year end.

The camp, which opens its doors to foreign students for the first time, will have 1,000 smart students aged eight to 15 from throughout the country, participating.

Rosmah also briefed on programmes organised by Bakti since it was establised in 1977, including providing aid to disaster victims such as the earthquake victims in Indonesia and the recent massive flood in Pakistan.

Meanwhile, Gursharan in her speech said she was touched and impressed with the warm reception given by Bakti and the Malaysian government during their visit.

"I find the experience from the visit to this wonderful country so fruitful and exciting and will be very memorable too," she said.

Gursharan described Bakti as a unique association of wives of cabinet ministers and deputy ministers that could play an active role in helping the needy and less privileged with its variety of programmes.

Also present were the deputy prime minister's wife Puan Sri Noorainee Abdul Rahman, wife of the former prime minister Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali, Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen, Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil and wife of the Indian High Commissioner to Malaysia, Vandana Gokhale.

Source: BERNAMA
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