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Sri Lanka: PM attends ‘Intl. Vesak Day’ celebrations

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends the International Vesak festival in Colombo, Sri Lanka; will also be dedicating a super specialty hospital built by India. He will also be addressing the Tamil community in Dickoya.
Prime Minister, Narendra Modi who is on a two-day visit to Sri Lanka, is attending the opening ceremony of biggest Buddhist festival ‘International Vesak Day’ as its chief guest today.PM Modi will also visit Dickoya which is famous for production of Ceylon Tea. Along with visiting the tea plantation regions of Sri Lanka, PM Modi will also inaugurate the 150-bed multi-specialty Dickoya Hospital which has been built with 150 crore rupees Indian assistance. The Tamil speaking people of Indian origin, who have been working in these tea plantation fields for years, are excited over news of Prime Minister’s visit to this remote region. He will later address Indian Origin Tamil Community at the Norwood grounds.

Later in the day, the Prime Minister will also visit Sri Dalada Maligawa Temple at Kandy.

On Thursday, the Prime Minister switched on the button to signify start of festivities at Seema malaka temple in Gangaramaya temple. He also participated in the traditional lighting of the lamp ceremony at the historic Gangaramaya Temple in Colombo. He was accompanied by Sri lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickeremesinghe.

Meanwhile, no agreements or MoUs will be signed between India and Sri Lanka, but PM Modi will hold discussions with the Srilankan Govt. India -Srilanka are looking forward to enhanced Space cooperation.

On Thursday, Prime Minister and Sri Lankan President Maithripala Srisena had a meeting in Colombo during which the two leaders are understood to have reviewed the status of the bilateral relations.

IANS

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