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Colombo, Varanasi to Get Direct Flights From August: Modi

Buddhism and Its Various Strands Are Deep Seated in Indian Culture: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the people on the ocassion of International Vesak day and started with thanking the people of Sri Lanka for inviting him.


He said Buddhism and its various strands are deep seated in Indian culture, politics and philosophy. He said that from August this year, Air India will operate direct flights between Colombo and Varanasi. He invited people from Sri Lanka to come visit the land of Kashi in Varanasi.


He spoke about world peace by invoking Budha’s teachings and said, “ The biggest challenge to Sustainable World Peace today is not necessarily from conflict between the nation states. It is from the mindsets, thought streams, entities and instruments rooted in the idea of hate and violence.“You will find in India a friend and partner that will support your nation-building endeavours,” PM Modi said.


Meeting Political Leaders

The PM will address the Indian origin Tamil community at Norwood Grounds.He will then meet representatives of the Ceylon Workers’ Congress (TBC). Thereafter, the PM Modi will also hold a meeting with representatives of the Tamil Progressive Alliance (TBC).The Prime Minister will then arrive at the President’s Palace for a lunch hosted by the Sri Lankan President.


Just before returning to India, the Prime Minister will meet Sri Lankan Leader of Opposition at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo.Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is currently on a two-day visit to Sri Lanka, will be attending the International Vesak Day celebrations on Friday. He is supposed to interact with leading Buddhist spiritual leaders, scholars and theologians, along with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

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