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PRESS RELEASE 70th Republic Day of India Edinburgh, 26th January 2019

Posted on: January 26, 2019 | Back | Print

The 70th Republic Day of India was celebrated enthusiastically in Edinburgh by the Consulate General of India on 26th January 2019. The event was marked by a flag hoisting ceremony in the Chancery premises in the morning by Consul General followed and a reception-cum-dinner hosted by the Consulate at the prestigious City Chambers of Edinburgh in the evening.

            The Consul General, Mrs. Anju Ranjan hoisted the national flag in the morning at 0930 a.m. in the Chancery premises.  She also read out the address to the Nation by the Hon’ble President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind on the eve of 70th Republic Day of India. The flag hoisting ceremony was attended inter-alia by the local Indian community, Consulate Officials, Indian students and Friends of India.  On this occasion cultural performances including a classical dance performance, patriotic songs and poems were presented by the local Indian community, staff members of the Consulate and children.  Light refreshments, tea/coffee and soft drinks were served to the guests.  Around 250 people attended the flag hoisting ceremony in a jam-packed hall.

            In the evening programme at City Chambers, the occasion was graced by  Deputy First Minister of Scotland, Mr. John Swinney as Chief Guest who delivered a speech highlighting recent developments in Indo-Scottish bilateral relations after his highly successful recent visit to India in November 2018 in which he led a large delegation of businessmen and academic leaders of Scotland.  In addition to it, there were speeches by the Lord Provost of Edinburgh, Mr. Frank Ross and Consul General, Mrs. Anju Ranjan.  Ms. Helen Moonie, Provost of South Ayrshire, Provost of Stirling and Vice-Chancellors and renowned professors were among the prominent dignitaries who attended the evening function.  The function was also attended by various dignitaries from the Consular Corps of Edinburgh & Leith, persons of Indian origin and local Indian community. On this occasion Indian classical dance performances with Scottish fusion element were presented by Dance Ihayami group.  Nearly 300 people attended the reception-cum-dinner.

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