Independence Day celebrated at Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka; A large Indian delegation of pharmaceutical industry visits Sri Lanka to set up the proposed Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Hub; Eight Sri Lankan refugees are on fast in Chennai; Sri Lanka
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  • According to reports, the High Commission of India and the Indian expatriate community in Sri Lanka celebrated the 66th Independence Day of India on August 15, 2012 at India House in Colombo. High Commissioner Ashok K. Kantha unfurled the National Flag, which was followed by rendering of the National Anthem by ladies from the High Commission and the Indian community. The High Commissioner inspected the Guard of Honour presented by the BSF contingent 3 and read out excerpts from the Address to the Nation on the eve of Independence Day by the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee. The High Commissioner also conveyed his greetings on the occasion to the citizens of Sri Lanka and noted that India-Sri Lanka relations were growing rapidly and that the partnership must progress in the spirit of being the closest of neighbours and friends whose destinies are interlinked. 1
    In another development, according to reports, a large delegation of Indian pharmaceutical industry led by Pharmaceutical Export Promotion Council of India (Pharmexcil) arrived in Sri Lanka on August 15, 2012 to set up the proposed Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Hub in Sri Lanka. 2
    Reports noted that eight Lankan refugees joined the indefinite fast launched by Senthuran, an inmate at Poonamallee Special Refugees Camp in Tamil Nadu. 3
    According to reports, the Sri Lankan government has received approval from the Cabinet of ministers to establish diplomatic relations with thirteen Latin American countries. The Cabinet has approved a proposal made by the Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris to establish diplomatic ties with Guatemala, Suriname, Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Haiti, St. Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. 4
    In other developments, according to reports, former LTTE Chief Arms Procurer Kumaran Pathmanathan (KP) has said that a group of twenty members of the Tamil diaspora from Canada, Australia and five European Countries visited Sri Lanka and held talks with Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa in Colombo. 5