Kathmandu: Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun attended a reception organised on the occasion of the 74th Republic Day of India at the Embassy of India here today. Ambassador of India to Nepal, Naveen Srivastava hosted the reception. Ambassador Srivastava hoisted the national flag of India on the occasion.
Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ was present on the occasion. Also attending the programme were the Speaker, the Deputy Prime Ministers, members of the Council of Ministers, the Deputy Speaker, MPs, the former Prime ministers, leaders of various political parties, heads of constitutional bodies, heads and office-bearers of the diplomatic missions, special-class employees of the government, industrialists and businessmen, social workers, artists, media persons and distinguished persons.
Giving a brief statement on the occasion, the Indian Ambassador said the exchange of high-level visits from both countries have added a new dimension in the Indo-Nepal relations. He added that India’s political leadership was committed to work in close relation with the Prime Minister Dahal-led government for giving further impetus to the bilateral ties. On the occasion, an address by India’s President Droupadi Murmu to the nation was read out.
In the address, the Indian President talked about India’s encouraging journey towards the economic sector to achieve the Gandhiji’s philosophy of ‘Sarvodaya (profess for all)’ despite worldwide economic limitations. As she described, India getting the charge of G-20 Chair is itself as an opportunity to contribute for a better world and future and promote democracy and pluralism.
On the occasion, the Ambassador honoured families of those Nepali killed while serving in the Indian Army with a cash prize. The Embassy also gifted books worth Rs 1.6 billion to various 23 organisations.
Students from Embassy’s Swami Vivekanand Cultural Centre and Central University, Kathmandu gave their cultural presentations on the occasion.