“The ‘Guru Ki Nagri’ Amritsar has achieved another milestone with it being selected to host the 6th Ministerial Conference of the heart of Asia-Istanbul process to be held from 3rd to 4th December”.Disclosing this after meeting Union Minister of State for External Affairs Gen. (Retd.) V.K. Singh who called on him here today to work out the modalities of the conference, the Deputy Chief Minister, Punjab, S. Sukhbir Singh Badal said that the conference would be held from 3rd to 4th December, 2016 in which more than 40 foreign ministers and dignitaries of the heart of Asia countries, supporting countries and international organizations would participate.Divulging more, the Deputy Chief Minister said that this conference would give further boost to the image of Punjab and go a long way in helping it achieve a privileged position on the world map especially in tourism and hospitality management sectors. He further said that it would be a perfect chance to showcase the rich and glorious cultural heritage of Punjab to the visiting dignitaries such as- the newly inaugurated heritage street in which the buildings around Sri Darbar Sahib have been given heritage look, the plaza around Sri Darbar Sahib , Jallianwala Bagh besides other places including Sri Durgiana Mandir and Ramtirath.
Giving more details, S. Badal said that no stone would be left unturned to make the conference a grand success and the preparations have begun on war footing to ensure that every aspect concerned with the mega event is perfectly taken care off. He also said that he would be personally conducting inspection of all the necessary arrangements on 28th November and any laxity would not be tolerated.The Deputy Chief Minister also mooted the idea of heritage walk around the heritage street for the dignitaries which was instantly agreed to by the Union Minister.It is worth mentioning here that during the course of the conference various events would be held concentrating on the challenge of terrorism in the heart of Asia region especially Afghanistan, countering extremism, exploring cultural and civilizational similarities, and Co-operation in educational sector.