Indians in Belgium celebrate Independence Day

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Brussels, Aug 15 (IANS) The Indian embassy in Brussels on Monday held an event to celebrate the country’s 70th Independence Day.

The ceremony, attended by around 400 people, began with the hoisting of the tricolour and singing of the national anthem.

India’s Ambassador to Belgium and the European Union Manjeev Singh Puri read out the President of India’s message to the nation on the occasion.

Puri thanked the Indian community in Belgium for their strong support during the first visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Brussels just a week after the terrorist attacks in the city last March.

A special film highlighting government schemes and programmes along with public service schemes was also screened at the funcion, which concluded with folk dance performance by the Kalbelia tribal group from Rajasthan.

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