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Navy Celebrates Independence Day

Personnel from the Indian Naval Ship (INS) Sahyadri celebrated India’s 72nd Independence Day during a function at India House in Tamavua yesterday. Commanding officer Captain Shantanu Jha said it felt
16 Aug 2018 09:44
Navy Celebrates Independence Day
Visiting Indian Navy Ship Sahyadri Commanding officer Captain Shantanu Jha (from left), Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Sugar Industry, Yogesh Karan, Iowane Naivalurua, Permanent Secretary for Foreign with Indian Defense Adviser, Captain Manish Rai during 72nd India Independence day celebration at India House in Suva on August 15, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Personnel from the Indian Naval Ship (INS) Sahyadri celebrated India’s 72nd Independence Day during a function at India House in Tamavua yesterday.

Commanding officer Captain Shantanu Jha said it felt great to celebrate India’s Independence Day with Fijian friends.

“I am just not here to represent the ship, but we are here as ambassadors of our country, India,” he said.

“It is an honour and privilege for all of us including men and officers from my ship to be part of the 72nd Independence Day and witness the celebrations in Fiji.”

Freedom came to India on August 15, 1947. It was the result of decades of sacrifice and valour on the part of their ancestors and revered freedom fighters.

Indian High Commissioner to Fiji, Vishvas Sapkal, said they were happy to celebrate their Independence Day Anniversary with the Indian Navy personnel.

“It is with pride for all of us to celebrate our Independence Day in Fiji and it has been further boosted with the presence of officers and sailors of the Indian Navy,” he said.

“Later we will be celebrating independence day in the ship with others who were not able to come for the celebration here today.”

Members of  visiting Indian Navy Ship Sahyadri  during the flag rising ceremony to mark 72nd India Independence day celebration at India House in Suva on August 15, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Members of visiting Indian Navy Ship Sahyadri during the flag rising ceremony to mark 72nd India Independence day celebration at India House in Suva on August 15, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Fiji, India relations excellent

Mr Sapkul highlighted that there had been excellent co-operation between India and Fiji in all spheres whether it be economical, agricultural, human resource development or medical.

Guests with visiting Indian Navy Ship Sahyadri Commanding officer Captain Shantanu Jha (from left), Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Sugar Industry, Yogesh Karan, Iowane Naivalurua, Permanent Secretary for Foreign with Indian Defense Adviser, Captain Manish Rai during  72nd India Independence day celebration at India House in Suva on August 15, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Guests with visiting Indian Navy Ship Sahyadri Commanding officer Captain Shantanu Jha (from left), Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Sugar Industry, Yogesh Karan, Iowane Naivalurua, Permanent Secretary for Foreign with Indian Defense Adviser, Captain Manish Rai during 72nd India Independence day celebration at India House in Suva on August 15, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

“We have provided US$2.2 million assistance to the Ministry of Trade and Tourism which has already been distributed to 4752 Fijians and is significantly contributing in the development process of Fiji’s economy,” he said.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary, Ioane Naivalurua said they were proud of India’s achievements and contributions to humanity and the world at large.

“As Fijians, we cannot be more proud of our close association and relations with India – one which is well founded in our historical ties since 1879,” he said.

“The Fiji -India bilateral relations has grown steadily during the past few years due to extensive collaborations in a number of strategic areas”.

Dance performer, at the celebration, Prashna Rani said this was the first time for her to be part of the amazing celebration.

“This celebration made me feel so close to my motherland,” she said.

“I also got a chance to meet the Indian Navy officers.”

Ms Rani said it was a very colourful day for her and she was happy to meet people from India.

Edited by Percy Kean

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