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18th National Youth Festival begins at Ludhiana
National youth award 2014 was conferred by the ministry of youth affairs and sports to 32 youths from across the nation who have been selected and for their contribution to the society in various fields. The maximum four prizes were bagged by Haryana. Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan youths bagged three awards each. From Uttar Pradesh there was one awardee (Kush Kalra).

Union Minister of State for Sports & Youth Affairs and Defence Jitender Singh while addressing the Inaugural Function of 18th National Youth Festival at the Punjab Agricultural University Ludhiana announced that Rajiv Gandhi National Institute for Youth Development will be established in Chandigarh. He said that the national institute will cater the needs of the Youth of Northern India.

Jitender Singh congratulated the organizers of the festival for bringing together youths from across the country. He said, he was impressed by the cultural extravaganza presented by the participants at the inaugural function. The minister said, he was happy that the festival this time was being organized in a state like Punjab which had its own great and glorious culture.

Speaking at the inaugural function as a Guest of Honour Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari said that India's strength lies in its diversity. He said, India was a confluence of different cultures which had their own colour and all of which together made this country beautiful. Tewari said, the coming together of thousands of youth from across the country will provide them a unique experience of learning about each other's culture and way of life.

Tewari, who represents Ludhiana in the Lok Sabha, extended his warm welcome to the youths who have come from across the country representing all the states and union territories. He said, such festivals and programmes bring people together and help in forging greater unity and understanding.
He also hoped that the guests from all over India will have the best feel of the hospitality the Punjabis are known for.

He said, Ludhiana also represents the vibrant culture of entrepreneurship. He said, the very place where the festival was being held, the Punjab Agricultural University had scripted the Green Revolution that had banished hunger from the country.

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