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India donates ambulances and buses to Nepal on Republic Day


Kathmandu: On its 67th Republic day, India has donated 40 ambulances and eight buses to various hospitals, non-profit charitable organisations and educational institutions in Nepal to strengthen the education and health services in the Himalayan nation.

Among them, 33 ambulances and six buses were distributed at a function at the Indian embassy here while seven other ambulances and two buses were gifted by the Consulate General of India, Birgunj, to different organisations under its consular jurisdiction.

Since 1994, the Government of India has gifted 542 ambulances to various organisations across 73 districts in Nepal.

The Indian Embassy also released a statement regarding this stEarlier during the day,

This has helped in bringing healthcare services to the doorstep of thousands of people who do not have access to healthcare services,

India has so far gifted 106 buses to various educational and welfare institutions across 25 districts in Nepal, making access to education easier for thousands of students.

Earlier during the day, Indian Ambassador to Nepal Ranjit Rae hoisted the national flag at a function in the embassy premises and read out the message of Indian President Pranab Mukherjee that stressed, among other things, on India’s support for peace, stability and development in its neighbourhood.

The event was marked by unveiling of the ‘Bhu Puu (ex-army men) 2015 Magazine’, published by the Defence Wing of the Embassy to publicise all welfare initiatives of the Indian government for ex-servicemen domiciled in Nepal.

The widows and dependents of ex-servicemen and disabled ex-servicemen were handed over cheques and blankets by the ambassador. In addition, books were donated to 52 libraries, and educational and training institutions located in different regions of Nepal, including the remote districts.

Ambassador Rae also hosted a reception, attended by senior leaders, public personalities and representatives of various sections of the Nepalese society, as well as prominent Indian citizens here.

(Inputs from IANS)

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Republic Day Parade: Assam Regiment adjudged best marching contingent

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New Delhi: Assam Regiment has been adjudged the best marching contingent in the services category and Border Security Force among the para-military and other auxiliary forces which took part in the 67th Republic Day parade at the Rajpath.

An official release here on Wednesday said that in the tableau category, the first position was bagged by West Bengal followed by Tripura and Assam.

This year, a special prize has been awarded to the tableau of Ministry of Communication and Information Technology on the theme “Digital India”.

In the competitive category of school children items, the dance presented by South Central Zone Culture Centre, Nagpur (Maharashtra) has been adjudged the best.

A consolation prize has also been awarded to Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya and Rajkiya Pratibha Vikas Vidyalaya, Gandhi Nagar, Delhi, for their portrayal of traditional folk dance “dal khai”, seen in western Odisha.

The release said that the defense ministry appointed three panels of judges for assessing the marching contingents and the tableaux at the parade held on Tuesday. (IANS)(Photo:

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Indian Consulate at Chicago celebrates Flag hoisting ceremony on 67th Republic Day of India


Chicago: The Consulate General of India in Chicago organized the 67th Republic Day Celebration at its premises on Tuesday 26th January, 2016, at 10:00 AM, with traditional enthusiasm and gaiety. The venue was decorated with Indian flags, flowers and Indian cultural symbols to reflect the festive atmosphere of this important occasion.

The Indian nationals, persons of Indian origin and friends of India attended the festivities in huge numbers. Their patriotic fervor was evident from the fact that they braved the freezing cold, especially on the working weekday, to participate in the celebrations.

Dr. Ausaf Sayeed, Consul General, unfurled the National Flag which was followed by singing of the National Anthem of India by all. Thereafter, Consul General read out President’s Message, both in Hindi and English, addressed to the Nation on the eve of 67th Republic Day of India.

During his address on the occasion, Consul General said that such flagship programs as “Make in India”, “Skills India”, “Swatch Bharat Abhiyan”, “Digital India”, “Startup India”, and “Green India” would give a big boost to the growth trajectory of India. He called upon the Indian-Americans to proactively participate in all the ambitious development-centric initiatives of the Government of India.

During the celebration, Consul General met with all members of Indian community to ascertain their welfare and assured them of their live interaction with them, as frequently as required.

O P Meena, Consul (Community Welfare), welcomed the gathering and also proposed a vote of thank.

Here are a few pictures of the event:

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(Photo Credits: Asian Media USA)

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Federation of Indian Associations celebrates 67th Republic Day with high fervor in Chicago


Chicago: The Federation of Indian Associations (FIA) on January 24, organized a high profile event at Ashton Place to celebrate India’s 67th Republic Day. The event, whose chief guest was Dr. Ausaf Sayeed, Consul General of India in Chicago, saw the participation of over 500 people including various dignitaries and elected officials.

Dr. Ausaf Sayeed, Consul General of India in Chicago
Dr. Ausaf Sayeed, Consul General of India in Chicago

Addressing the gathering, Dr. Sayeed stressed the importance of celebration of events of National importance and thanked the India-American community for their contribution to both Indian and American society.

State Senators Mike Noland, Laura Murphy, and Patti Bellock, State Representatives Stephanie Kifowit, Deb Conroy, and Michelle Mussman, Village Presidents Gopal Lalmalani and Kathleen Weaver, and representatives from the Attorney General’s Office and Metropolitan Water Reclamation District were among the dignitaries who participated in the event.

Speaking on the occasion, Congressional Candidate Raja Krishnamoorthi said: “I am running for the US Congress in order to enriching and consolidating the voice of the Indian-Americans.”

Syed Hussaini, Vice President, Wintrust Community Bank was the Guest of Honor for the event. He said that celebration of such events provides good opportunities for Indian Diaspora to reaffirm their commitments to the ideals of Indian Constitution.

The event also included high-end entertainment, music, dance, and food. Junoon Dance Academy presented a welcome dance- Ganesha Vandana. National Anthems of both India and US were sung. Nisha Saraswat sang Vande Matharam. Ishan Ahmed and Sheen Trivedi sang inspiring and patriotic songs like ‘Mere Desh Ki Dharti Sona Ugle’ and ‘Aye Mere Watan Ke Logo’ respectively. The event also saw song performances by Pratibha Jairath, Mona Bhalla, Ashley Singh and Nipa Shah.

The traditional lighting of the lamp was done by the FIA team and all the dignitaries and the event also saw traditional dance performances from Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana State, Kerala, and other parts of India, thus providing an opportunity to savor the rich culture of India.

The event concluded with a vote of thanks delivered by Mukesh Shah and sumptuous dinner for all the delegates.

Here are a few pictures from the event:

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