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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday (12) made a historic visit to the hill country along with President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe where he addressed the Tamils of Indian origin in Norwood, Hatton.

Premier Modi’s visit to the Central Province is significant as this was the first time that an Indian Head of State had visited the plantation sector.

Almost all of the estate workers in the region are of Indian origin and were brought to Sri Lanka during the early part of the 19th century to work in plantation sectors.
The Indian Premier declared open the UN’s International Vesak Festival at the BMICH before travelling to Norwood.

He declared open the new hospital complex in Dikoya, Hatton.
Modi also paid homage at the Kandy Dalada Maligawa and was accompanied by President Sirisena. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Wickremesinghe embarked on an official visit to China on Friday after attending the event at the BMICH along with the President.

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