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Indians across the world celebrate Republic Day

Indians across the world soaked in the spirit of patriotism as they celebrated the Republic Day with fervour on Saturday to mark 64 years since the establishment of the Indian constitution.

Islamabad/Beijing: Indians across the world soaked in the spirit of patriotism as they celebrated the Republic Day with fervour on Saturday to mark 64 years since the establishment of the Indian constitution.

The Indian High Commission in the Pakistani capital celebrated the Republic Day today with High Commissioner Sharat Sabharwal hoisting the national tricolour at an official function.

Sabharwal read out President Pranab Mukherjee`s address to the nation on the eve of Republic Day and children of the High Commission`s staff performed patriotic songs.

The High Commissioner later presented gifts to the children. The function was held at the High Commission within the high-security diplomatic enclave in the heart of Islamabad.

At the Indian Embassy in Beijing, S Jaishankar, Ambassador to China, hoisted the tricolour at the new premises as celebrations marked India`s Republic Day.

After the flag hoisting ceremony, attended by a large gathering, Beijing-based Indian professionals and their families, Jaishankar read the message of the President.

Later, noted Indian Bharatanatyam dancer and founder of Abhinaya Dance Centre in New Delhi, Jayalakshmi Eshwar performed along with her students at the Indian Embassy`s cultural centre.

Last night Jaishankar hosted a Republic Day reception, which was attended by senior Chinese civil and military officials.

Zhang Ping, Chairman of the National Development Reforms Commission (NDRC), a Chinese official body akin to Planning Commission of India and Vice Foreign Minister Fu Ying attended the reception, representing the Chinese government.

A number of Chinese civil and military officials, besides diplomats of various countries attended colourful reception.

In Guangzhou, Consulate General, K Nagraj Naidu hoisted the flag at the Indian Consulate. A number Indian businessmen and officials also attended the ceremony.
More than 500 Indians in Singapore joined the High Commissioner of India, Dr TC A Raghavan to celebrate the Republic Day.

Raghavan unfurled the tricolour and read the President`s
speech. Students from local Indian schools sang the national anthem and patriotic songs.

The High Commission in Singapore also hosted a tea reception for the Indian community and friends of India.

Traditional hoisting of the national tricolor, march past by children studying in Indian schools and cultural programmes marked celebrations in the Gulf region.

Indian Embassies and Consulates across the Gulf region organised dinner receptions.

The Indian ambassador to the Philippines Amit Dasgupta, today exhorted the Indian community to set an exemplary perception of India.

At the Republic Day celebration attended by multitude of Indian business community in Philippines, officials serving at the Asian Development Bank and the IT industry, the Indian tricolour was unfurled to the spirited singing of the national anthem by all those present.

Dasgupta also read out the address by President Mukherjee and congratulated all those present on the occasion.

He called upon the community to behave in the manner "befitting how India needs to be perceived". He also asked them to exercise vigilance and caution.

Dasgupta emphasised on the accessibility of all officials at the Indian Embassy for advancement of business interests and resolution of any issues pertaining to the community.

Numerous young children in their colourful Indian outfits turned up at the morning festivity and heard President Mukherjee`s message.

India`s national tricolour also fluttered proudly across South East Asia today with Indian expatriates thronging Indian embassies to take part in the festivities.

India`s Ambassador to Thailand, Anil Wadhwa, unfurled the flag at the Embassy premises here and read out President Mukherjee`s address to the nation.

The place was packed with Indian nationals who had come with their children to witness the flag hoisting. This was followed by traditional Indian dances like the garba and bhangra being performed.

Patriotic songs were sung and a quiz on India was held with enthusiastic participation from those present.

Wadhwa last evening also hosted a reception on the occasion, attended by over 1000 people including Ambassadors, diplomats and Indian expatriates.

The reception featured an Indian fashion show choreographed by Vinay Gupta.
The Indian flag was also unfurled by envoys in other South east Asian nations including Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar, The Philippines, vietnam, Laos and Indonesia.

Meanwhile in Russia, despite the extreme cold, several hundred Indian nationals assembled at the Indian Embassy in Moscow this morning to celebrate Republic Day.

The unfurling of the Indian flag by the Ambassador Ajai Malhotra was followed by the singing of the National Anthem.

The Ambassador then read out the address to the nation by the President of India.
Children of the Embassy of India School, Moscow, sang patriotic songs to the delight of the assembled gathering.

Ambassador Malhotra, speaking after the flag hoisting ceremony, described India-Russia relations as "unique, multifaceted and time-tested" and characterised by "warmth, mutual respect, and understanding".

He recalled the warm welcome extended to President Vladmir Putin for the 13th India-Russia Annual Summit in New Delhi on December 24, adding that both sides were pleased with its results.

He informed that India-Russia trade had grown by an impressive 32.5 per cent during January-November 2012, compared to the identical period in 2011.

He added that December 2012 data would reveal that India-Russia trade had zoomed from USD 8.9 billion in 2011 to USD 11 billion in 2012.

In Maldives, Republic Day function was held in the morning and the National flag was hoisted by the High Commissioner, Dnyaneshwar M Mulay, followed by singing of National Anthem.

On this occasion, letter of commendation was given by High Commissioner to the members of Indian Coast Guard contingent based in Gan, Addu City, to man the ALH Helicopter gifted to the Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF).

Earlier, on the eve of Indian Republic Day, a reception was held in the Dharubaaruge Hall, Male, on January 25 evening, where large number of Indian and Maldivian dignitaries were present, including Foreign Minister Abdulla Samad, members of Cabinet, members of diplomatic corps and other prominent members of Maldivian community.

Republic Day was also celebrated today in Egypt`s capital Cairo with traditional enthusiasm.

Ambassador Navdeep Singh Suri unfurled the national tricolour at India House (Bharat Bhawan) and the National Anthem was sung.
The Ambassador read out the President`s Address to the Nation.

In his own remarks on the occasion, Ambassador Suri acknowledged the contribution of the Indian community in promoting Indian culture in Egypt.

He also outlined the various initiatives being taken by the Embassy to promote bilateral economic and political ties and to promote people-to-people contacts through a major `India by the Nile` cultural festival.

Over 250 members of the Indian community together with their families and friends attended the function.