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Celebrations of India@70 in Cambodia

Embassy of India, Phnom Penh organized a seminar-cum-cultural event to mark the celebrations of India@70 on 15 August 2017 at Hotel InterContinental Phnom Penh. 

H.E. Dr. Ly Thuch, Senior Minister of Royal Government of Cambodia graced the event as the Chief Guest.  H.E. Mrs. Phoeurng Sackona, Minister of Culture and Fine Arts and H.E. Mr. Khuong Sreng, Governor of Phnom Penh also participated in the event with Heads of Diplomatic Missions/International Organizations in Cambodia, Senior government officials, business community, media and prominent members of Indian diaspora.

The event was inaugurated by H.E. Mrs. Phoeurng Sackona, Minister of Culture and Fine Arts by lighting of traditional lamp. This was followed by a key note address by Mr. Rajiv Kumar, Charge d’ Affaires who highlighted the journey of independent India during the last 70 years to the invited guests.  Thereafter the Chief Guest Senior Minister H.E. Ly Thuch delivered his remarks.  He highly appreciated the great achievements and socio-economic development made by India, the world’s largest democracy since its independence in 1947.  He added that India has gifted the rest of the world the knowledge and discoveries in all fields from medicine, science, mathematics, technology to the highly beneficial practice of yoga.  He expressed gratitude of Royal Government of Cambodia for India’s valuable support during difficult time and assistance provided for Cambodia’s economic development.

Professor Dr. Sachhidanand Sahai and Dr. J. Bhoomikumar, two distinguished members of Indian Diaspora were also invited to speak on the occasion, who highlighted various aspects of Indian achievements and contributions.  Professor Dr. Sonia Jasrotia made an excellent presentation on Indian@70.  Under the cultural segment, patriotic songs and dance were performed by members of Indian community. A group of Cambodian performing arts students also performed Bharatnatyam dance during the program.  The event was successfully conducted with the participation of more than 175 guests.

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