Indians across world celebrate I-Day with gusto

Beijing/Moscow: Indians across the globe donned patriotic colours as they celebrated the country`s 66th Independence Day on Wednesday, unfurling the national tri-colour and organising a series of cultural events to mark the occasion.

Indian Ambassador to China S Jaishankar hoisted the tri-colour at the mission`s newly constructed building in Beijing in the presence of a large number of Indian professionals and their families.

He then read out President Pranab Mukherjee`s address to the gathering which was followed by cultural programmes.

In Russia, the celebrations in Moscow commenced with the unfurling of the national flag by Indian envoy Ajai Malhotra.This was followed by the singing of patriotic songs by school children from the Embassy of India School, Moscow.

Several hundred members of the Indian community in Moscow and friends of India took part in the function at the Embassy, showing their love and respect for their motherland.

Similar celebratory functions were also held at the Indian Consulates General in St. Petersburg and Vladivostok, besides other venues across Russia.

In Sri Lanka, High Commissioner Ashok K Kantha hoisted the national flag at the mission`s premises in Colombo in presence of a large number of audience.

In Nepal, Ambassador Jayant Prasad hoisted the tri-colour at a function held at the premises of the Indian embassy in Kathmandu. The event was attended by diplomats, members of business community, mediapersons, students and a large number of Indian citizens residing in Nepal.

In Bangladesh, High Commissioner Pankaj Saran hoisted the tri-colour in the campus of the new chancery complex in Dhaka.

Hundreds of Indians joined the celebration which included a cultural programme by members of the Indian community and members of the Bangladesh Bharat Maitri samiti.

Indian envoys in Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Brunei unfurled the flag and read out the President`s address while school children sang patriotic songs.

In Singapore, more than 500 Indian nationals including school children joined High Commissioner T C A Raghavan in independence day celebration.

In Australia, flag hoisting ceremonies were held in various parts of the country including Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Canberra. Indian diplomats unfurled the tri-colour flag while community members sang patriotic songs.

In Canberra, High Commissioner Biren Nanda hoisted the flag at the Indian High Commission office. Flag hoisting ceremony in Melbourne was held at the official residence of Indian Consul General S K Behera.