71st Republic Day of India

India gifts 36 ambulances, six buses and books to 51 libraries

Published On: January 27, 2020 09:19 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Jan 27: On the occasion of its 71st Republic Day, India gifted 36 ambulances and six buses to various hospitals, non-profit organizations and educational institutions on Sunday.

According to a press statement issued by the Embassy of India in Kathmandu, Charge d'affaires Ajaya Kumar gifted books to 51 libraries and educational institutions spread across all seven provinces of Nepal. "The support reaffirms India's commitment to partner with Nepal in its journey toward socio-economic development," the statement says. 

The Indian government has so far gifted 782 ambulances and 154 buses to various hospitals, non-profit charitable organizations and educational institutions of 77 districts in Nepal, expanding healthcare access to thousands of Nepali people and serving to the educational needs of thousands of students.

Charge d'affaires Kumar also felicitated one Veer Nari, eight widows and five next of kin of deceased soldiers by disbursing their dues worth Rs 5.97 crores and a blanket to each.

The 71st Republic Day was celebrated on the embassy premises with the hoisting of the national flag by Charge d'affaires Kumar who then read out the message of the Hon'ble President of India for the occasion. The celebrations were attended by members of the Indian community in Nepal and friends of India apart from embassy officials and their families. 

The celebrations witnessed rendition of patriotic songs by the students of Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre, Kathmandu, Kendriya Vidyalaya and Modern Indian School. The ceremony concluded with a mesmerizing performance by the Nepal Army Band. 

Charge d'affaires Kumar hosted a reception at India House later in the day. Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun attended the function as the chief guest. The event was attended by more than 1,500 dignitaries, including senior political leaders and noted personalities.

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