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Consul General Zha Liyou Meets With Heads of Dr. Dwarkanath Kotnis Memorial Committee

On May 9, Consul General Zha Liyou and his wife Zheng Huiqun visited Dr. B.K.Basu Memorial Research & Training Institute of Acupuncture in Kolkata, and met with heads of the institute including Dr. M. Gantait, President of Dr. Dwarkanath Kotnis Memorial Committee, West Bengal and President of Acupuncture Association of India; H. Samanta, Director of Dr. B.K.Basu Memorial Research & Training Institute of Acupuncture; Shyamal Ghosh, Secretary-General of Dr. Dwarkanath Kotnis Memorial Committee, and B. Bhattacharya, Secretary-General of Acupuncture Association of India.

Mr Zha said that Dr. Kontis and Dr. Basu joined the Indian Medical Mission to China to support the Chinese against Japanese aggression and made great contribution to the Chinese people's liberation cause and China-India friendship. Their story has written a ode to the fighting friendship between the Chinese and Indian people and they have been remembered as Chinese people's old friends. Carrying on the legacy of Dr. Basu Mr, Mr. Gantaite has been promoting Chinese acupuncture and Sino-Indian friendship for many years. The Consulate General will continue to support Memorial Committees of Dr. Kotnis and of Dr. Basu as well as other institutions to provide assistance in personnel exchange and acupuncture training, jointly promote cultural exchanges between China and India, and make greater contributions to further consolidating bilateral relations between China and India.

Mr. Gantait welcomed the Consul General, and introduced on the stories of Dr. Kotnis and Dr. Basu, and the accomplishments of the Acupuncture Association, Dr. Kontis Memorial Committee and Dr. Bashu Memorial Committee and the development of acupuncture in India. He said that he hopes to maintain close contact with the Chinese Consulate and promote the spirit of Indian Medical Mission to China, and looks forward to an opportunity to visit China, or invite Chinese experts to visit India and learn about the latest development of acupuncture, so that they can better promote acupuncture in India and serve the general public.

Mr Zha, accompanied by the heads of the institute, visited the former residence of Dr. Basu and the acupuncture clinics and talked with the patients.

Dr. Dwarkanath Kotnis Memorial Committee and Acupuncture Association of India were founded by Dr. Basu in 1973 and 1977 respectively. Committed to promoting acupuncture and enhancing friendship with China, they mainly provide acupuncture training and treat local ordinary people. Dr. Bashu Memorial Committee and the Acupuncture Research and Training Center were set up in 1990 with Mr. Gantaite as the founding Director. The institute trains 20 acupuncturists every year and receives 30 to 40 patients a day.

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