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INDIAN INDEPENDENCE DAY AT CANBERRA

August 20,2019  IST

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The 72nd anniversary of India’s Independence was celebrated at the India

House, at Canberra on August 15, 2019 with a flag-hoisting ceremony. The

President’s Address to the Nation on the eve of the Independence Day was read

out by High Commissioner Dr. A. M. Gondane. More than 100 guests including

members of Indian community and friends of India attended the flag hoisting

ceremony.

Later, a reception was hosted in the evening at the Iconic Albert Hall from

1830 hrs to 2030hrs. More than 250 guests including the Chief Minister of

Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Federal Parliamentarians, MLAs of ACT

Assembly, Chief of Protocol, senior officials from Department of Foreign Affairs

and other departments of Australian Government, members of the Diplomatic

Corps, prominent members of Indian diaspora in Canberra, attended the

Reception.


In his address, High Commissioner traced the progress of modern India

since Independence and the significant milestones achieved in every sphere of

endeavour including the recent historic launch of lunar orbiter / lander mission

(Chandrayan 2) and highlighted the ascent of Indian economy. HC Dr. Gondane

also touched upon the bold decision taken recently by the Indian Government to

ensure good governance, social justice and also promote economic development in

the Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh. On the bilateral relations

with Australia, HC Dr. Gondane stressed on the need to build on the excellent

foundation to help realise the vast untapped potential across all areas.

Mr. Andrew Barr, Chief Minister of ACT and Senator Malcolm Roberts also

adressed the gathering on the occasion and shared their views on Australia-

Indias relation and the contribution of Indian diaspora in Australia.


During the Independence Day Reception, Mission organised two special

stalls to promote the “Make in India” and “Digital India” initiative of Govt. of India

detailing the measures taken/ being taken to transform India into the Global

Design & Manufacturing Hub and into a digitally empowered knowledge based

economy.


- Our NRI Reporter Govind Raj

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