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Manpreet Badal pays tribute to Punjabi soldiers in Kranji War Memorial in Singapore

ROZANA SPOKESMAN
Published Sep 6, 2018, 4:54 pm IST
Updated Sep 7, 2018, 12:56 pm IST
Manpreet Singh Badal paid his tributes to nearly 5,000 Punjabi soldiers who gave their lives during the Second War War...
Manpreet Singh Badal paid his tributes to nearly 5,000 Punjabi soldiers
 Manpreet Singh Badal paid his tributes to nearly 5,000 Punjabi soldiers

Finance Minister of Punjab, Manpreet Singh Badal paid his tributes to nearly 5,000 Punjabi soldiers who gave their lives during the Second World War. Visiting the Kranji War Memorial on September 5, 2018, the Punjab Finance Minister referred to the bravery of these soldiers, who are virtually unknown in their homeland.

Visiting the Kranji War Memorial on September 5, 2018Visiting the Kranji War Memorial on September 5, 2018

“One only needs to glance at the names of the fallen at Kranji memorial in Singapore to appreciate how many Sikhs and Punjabis left the safety and comfort of their homes in Punjab and died in British Uniforms to defend distant places,” Manpreet Singh Badal said. They died for all free men, he added.

Punjabis left the safety and comfort of their homes in Punjab and died in British UniformsPunjabis left the safety and comfort of their homes in Punjab and died in British Uniforms

He was accompanied by Indian Naval Attache in Singapore, Captain Sandeep Marathe, and British Military Attache in Singapore, Commander Morrison. The Indian soldiers came from the Sikh regiment, Punjab regiment, Patiala State Forces, Kapurthala State Forces, Jind State Forces, the Gorkha and the Dogra regiment, Manpreet Singh Badal revealed on returning to India.

Kranji War Memorial has 12 columnsKranji War Memorial has 12 columns

The Kranji War Memorial has 12 columns, on which the names of 24,000 martyrs have been inscribed.  The War Memorial is maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

War Memorial is maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves CommissionWar Memorial is maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

The finance minister took time off his busy schedule from the Invest North Summit 2018 where states made their pitch to investors.

The finance minister took time off his busy schedule from the Invest North Summit 2018The finance minister took time off his busy schedule from the Invest North Summit 2018

While Uttarakhand was represented by its Chief Minister, Punjab was represented by Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal and PWD Minister Vijay Inder Singla, and Uttar Pradesh by their Industry Minister.

Manpreet Badal pays tribute to  Punjabi soldiersManpreet Badal pays tribute to Punjabi soldiers

They also met with Singapore’s Foreign Minister Dr Vivian Balakrishnan. The Summit was organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry and it was facilitated by the High Commision of India to Singapore.

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