KATHMANDU, Aug 16: The Embassy of India in Kathmandu marked the 73rd Independence Day of India at the embassy on Thursday.
“The celebrations began with the hoisting of the national flag of India by Ambassador of India Manjeev Singh Puri who then read out the message of the President of India for the occasion. The President's message highlighted the achievements of India in various fields in the past 72 years,” read a statement issued by the embassy on Wednesday. The ambassador felicitated the kin of deceased soldiers by disbursing their dues worth Rs 53.1 million and a blanket to each, it said.
“The embassy gifted books to 40 libraries and educational institutions spread across all the provinces of Nepal. The embassy also gifted 30 ambulances and six buses to various hospitals, non-profit charitable organizations and educational institutions of Nepal thereby reaffirming the Government of India's commitment to partner with Nepal in its journey toward socio-economic development,” said the embassy. “The government of India has so far gifted 752 ambulances and 148 buses to various hospitals, non-profit charitable organizations and educational institutions of 77 districts in Nepal, expanding healthcare access for thousands of Nepali people and serving to the educational needs of the thousands of students.”
Members of the Indian community in Nepal, friends of India apart from embassy officials and their families attended the function at the embassy, according to the the statement.