| Singapore | 21 Aug 2016 | Asia Samachar |
The Indian High Commission in Singapore celebrated India’s 70th Independence Day with a flag hoisting ceremony at the Chancery premises at Grange Road on 15 Aug.
Though a working day, being a Monday, the event open to ‘citizens and friends of India’ attracted a large crowd.
As is customary, Indian High Commissioner to Singapore Vijay Thakur Singh hoisted the nation’s flag, probably the last time she will be doing so in Singapore as she has been designated at India’s next ambassador to Ireland.
Similar flag hoisting ceremonies were held at the other diplomatic posts in the Southeast Asia region.
In Kuala Lumpur, High Commissioner T.S. Tirumurti led a ceremony at India House in Kuala Lumpur.
Some members of the newly formed Malaysian Armed Forces Sikh Veteran Association (MAFSVA), led by its president Major (Rtd) Baldev Singh, joined the celebration.
In Brunei, High Commissioner Nagma M. Mallick led the ceremony at its the high commission at Jalan Sungai Akar in Bandar Seri Begawan.
In Bangkok, India’s Ambassador to Thailand Bhagwant Singh Bishnoi unfurled the national tricolour at its embassy premises, followed by the singing of the national anthem and a few patriotic songs.
In her speech in Singapore, as reported in the local media, Vijay Thakur said: “We have reinvigorated our historic bonds of friendship with traditional partners of Africa and Asia Pacific. India will grow, only when all of India grows; the excluded ones have to be included in the development process.”
Students from the different Indian international schools in Singapore livened up the morning with their eye-catching cultural performances, the same report added.
President Tony Tan Keng Yam had written to Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, while Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had written to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi to congratulate them on India’s 70th Independence Day, reports Tabla.
“As our people-to-people relations flourish, I am delighted by the excellent progress in bilateral projects and initiatives on various fronts, including trade, skills development, defence co-operation, and Smart Cities development,” Dr Tan wrote in his letter to Mr Mukherjee.
“The India-Singapore Strategic Partnership, together with other bilateral agreements, will create new opportunities for collaboration and elevate the bilateral relationship to a higher level.”
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