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Indians celebrate R-Day abroad

BEIJING, JAN. 26. Indians abroad celebrated the country's 51st republic day today by unfurling the tricolour and singing the national anthem and patriotic songs, with the heads of missions reading out the message of the President, Mr. K.R. Narayanan.

In Beijing, the Indian Ambassador, Mr. V.K. Nambiar, led the main celebration function in the embassy compound.

In Shanghai, China's financial capital, the Indian community took a day off to attend the function organised by the Consulate General of India.

Indians in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region celebrated the day at a function at the residence of the Consul General, Ms. Veena Sikri, who read out the President's message.

In Tokyo, several Indians gathered at the country's embassy there to celebrate the day with the Ambassador, Mr. Siddharth Singh, presiding over the main function and reading out Mr. Narayanan's message.

Indians in Osaka and Kobe assembled at the Indian Consulate General in Osaka to celebrate the day.

The Indian Ambassador to Bangladesh, Mr. Deb Mukherji, held the main function at the Embassy in Dhaka where hundreds of Indians participated.

- PTI

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