The 67th Independence Day of India was celebrated at the India House in Suva with the unfurling of the National Flag by the High Commissioner. The High Commissioner read Hon. Rashtrapatiji’s message, followed by rendition of patriotic songs by the faculty and students of the Indian Cultural Centre. Fiji has the distinction of being the first to celebrate the day in the world. In the evening , a cultural programme was organised at the Indian Cultural Centre .
The functions were attended by the NRI/PIO community including officials of the Bank of Baroda, LICI and New India Assurance Company, and the media.
Both Fiji Sun and The Fiji Times carried special sections on the occasion. Fiji Sun also carried a message from Foreign Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola. In his message FM Kubuabola said that Fiji envisaged India as one of its key bilateral partners and is proud to join with the Government and the people of India in their remarkable celebrations. Congratulating the Government and the people of India for transforming the country into ‘Incredible India’, he said that Fiji has always and will continue to value India’s leadership and guidance in fora such as the G-77, NAM, and WTO. (Fiji is the current Chair of G-77 plus China.)
High Commissioner formally handed over a vehicle for mobile Library to the Suva City Council at a function under GOI Grant.