KATHMANDU, Aug. 15: The 71st Independence Day of India was celebarated at the premises of the Embassy of India on August 15. The ceremony began with hoisting of the national flag by Ambassador of India Manjeev Singh Puri who then read out the message of the President of India. The President’s message highlighted the achievements of India in various fields in the past 70 years.
At the event, Ambassador Puri distributed cheques worth NPRs.5.73Crore and blankets to 15 widows, next of kins and 02 wards of deceased soldiers of Indian Armed Forces. Books were also donated to 61 libraries, educational and training institutions located in different regions of Nepal, including in remote districts.
On this occasion, 30 ambulances and 06 buses were gifted to various hospitals, non-profit charitable organizations and educational institutions of different districts to strengthen education and health services in Nepal in a reaffirmation on the commitment of the Government of India’s support to Nepal in its journey towards development.
At the event, the students of Indian Culture Centre, Kendriya Vidyalaya and Modern Indian School sang patriotic songs. A performance by the Indian Music Band Astitva was also made at the event.
Since 1994, the Government of India has gifted 632 ambulances to various organizations across 73 districts in Nepal. This has helped in bringing healthcare services to the doorstep of thousands of people who do not have easy access to healthCentres. India has also so far gifted 124 buses to various educational and welfare institutions, making access to education easier for thousands of students.
The 71stIndependence Day function was attended by Embassy officials, their families, members of the Indian community and other guests. The ceremony concluded with a performance by the Nepal Army Band.