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Pakistani rock band set to rock UN General Assembly

NEW YORK, October 24 (Internews): In observance of United Nations Day, a  concert of rock music from Pakistani rock band Junoon, Indian group Euphoria and a performance by Marcel Marceau, the internationally
 acclaimed mime, will be held in the General Assembly Hall in New York.
 The concert programme, an announcement said here Wednesday, is being
 organised by the United Nations Department of Public Information and
 will be held on Thursday Eastern Time.
 United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan and President General
 Assembly Han Seung-Soo of the Republic of Korea, will make opening
 remarks. Nane Annan, the wife of the Secretary-General, will also
 attend.
 This year's event is a special effort by the Organisation to bring  together the diverse people and culture of the world, and takes on a
 special significance at a time when the United Nations and the  secretary-general have been honored with the Nobel Peace Prize.
 Pakistan's Junoon, which means "passion" in Urdu, is South Asia's most
 popular rock band. Their music combines traditional Sindhi and Punjabi
 folk music with Western hard rock.
 In 1998, they won the Best International Group title at the pan-Asian
 Channel V Music Awards and in the same year starred at the BBC Mega
 Mela, an annual South Asian cultural event.
 They have been honoured by a wide variety of sources, including the BBC,
 for their contribution towards Asian culture, by the United Nations
 Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) for their
 achievements towards peace in South Asia, and by fans, with worldwide
 recognition and platinum album sales.
 Band leader Salman Ahmad is the spokesperson in the fight against
 HIV/AIDS in Pakistan and an ambassador of the United Nations. -Internews

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