Indian embassy marks Independence Day

Kathmandu, August 15

The Embassy of India marked 71st Independence Day of India here today.

The ceremony began with the 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 India has made in different fields in the past 70 years.

During the event, Ambassador Puri distributed cheques worth Rs 5.73 crore and blankets to 15 widows, next of kins and two wards of deceased soldiers of Indian Armed Forces. Books were also donated to 61 libraries, educational and training institutions located in different regions, including in remote districts, of Nepal.

On this occasion, 30 ambulances and six buses were gifted to various hospitals, non-profit charitable organisations and educational institutions of different districts to strengthen education and health services in Nepal.

During the event, students of Indian Culture Centre, Kendriya Vidyalaya and Modern Indian School sang patriotic songs. Indian music band Astitva also gave a performance at the event.

Since 1994, the Government of India has gifted 632 ambulances to various organisations across 73 districts. This has helped take health care services to the doorstep of thousands of people who do not have easy access to health care.

India has so far gifted 124 buses to several educational and welfare institutions, making access to education easier for thousands of students.

The 71st Independence 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 Nepali Army Band.