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Aug 12, 2018

'We are crafting a new future, a new high in India- Sri Lanka friendship' Featured

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the handing over of houses built by India in Sri Lanka for Indian-origin people marked a 'new high' in India- Sri Lanka friendship.
 
Attending the ceremony via video link, the Prime Minister said India has kept its promise made to the people of Sri Lanka.
India had committed 60,000 houses, out of which 47,000 are ready, under the 'innovative Indian housing project', he added.
 
"Your roots are in India, they have grown in Sri Lanka. You have not just connected two countries, but also strengthened the hands of two great nations.... We are crafting a new future, a new high in India- Sri Lanka friendship," Modi told the gathering.

He said that at $350 million, it is one of the biggest grant assistance projects of India anywhere in the world.

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka -  Taranjit Singh Sandhu, ministers and officials were present at the opening of the 'Mahatma Ghandipuram', which was held at the Dunsinane estate, Nuwara Eliya. During the ceremony, India handed over the first lot of houses built for Indian-origin people in Sri Lanka's tea plantation areas.
 
Living without fear
 
Addressing the event, Sri Lankan Prime minister - Ranil Wickremesinghe said that the estate masses can live without fear today as the racism which existed when the government swept into power three years back, is no more. Today, all masses of Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim ethnicities live in harmony, he added.
 
He further noted that the India funded 'Suwa Seriya' ambulance service, completed its second phase three weeks ago in Jaffna.
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