The 70th Independence Day of India was celebrated at the premises of the Consulate General of India, Hambantota in Sri Lanka today.

The event saw the screening the film “70th Year of Independence” which depicted 70 Initiatives taken by the Modi Government for People’s Welfare.

Consul General Raj Kumar, unfurled the Indian flag at 9am also read out the address to the nation on the eve of the Independence Day by Indian President Pranab Mukherjee.

About 90 guests, including senior local Government officials, local police officials, friends of India, etc. participated in the celebrations. Speaking about the state of India-Sri Lanka relations, Consul General highlighted that India shares a special relationship with Sri Lanka which is not just geographical, but dictated by ties of shared religions, cultural practices, family linkages, linguistic commonalities, economic inter-linkages, and political understanding between two democracies.