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Indians abroad celebrate R-Day

The National Flag and Anthem marked celebrations in embassies in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

india Updated: Jan 26, 2006 15:13 IST

Indians abroad celebrated the 57th Republic Day on Thursday by unfurling the Tricolour, singing patriotic songs, and listening to President APJ Abdul Kalam's message to the nation.

The Indian community in China enthusiastically celebrated the day with flag hoisting ceremonies in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

In Beijing, members of the Indian community gathered at the Indian Embassy where Ambassador to China, Nalin Surie, unfurled the National Flag after which the National Anthem was rendered.

Surie read out the President's speech entitled 'One Billion People: One Vision', whichhighlighted the need for developmental politics, discipline and honesty.

The Ambassador will also host a reception in the evening to mark the Republic Day for Chinese diplomats, officials, scholars and others. Senior officials of the Chinese Foreign Ministry are expected to attend the reception amid bilateral events to mark 2006 as 'India-China Friendship Year.'

In Shanghai, China's largest city and its commercial capital, the Republic Day celebration was organised by the Consulate General of India.

Consul General Vishnu Prakash hoisted the National Flag within the precincts of Shanghai International Trade Centre, where the Consulate General is located.

After rendering the National Anthem, the Consul General read out the President's address to the members of the Indian community, who had assembled in large numbers along with their family members.

First Published: Jan 26, 2006 15:13 IST