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2016-70-india-independence-dayDharamshala — The Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) hosted a brief ceremony in front of the Kashag Secretariat to mark India's 70th Independence Day on Monday morning, August 15, 2016.

Ministers and other senior officials of the CTA attended the ceremony. The ceremony was led by the minister of religion and culture, Kalon Karma Gelek Yuthok. He hoisted the Indian flag and along with the members present, sang the Indian National Anthem.

"I would like to convey my hearty greetings and good wishes to all the people of India and especially to the people of Himachal Pradesh on this special occasion on behalf of the central Tibetan Administration and the Tibetan people," the minister told the reporters, extending his warm greetings to the people of India in celebration to this date.

"We're extremely grateful to the Indian government and the Indian people for their continued support, understanding and cooperation on the Tibetan issue. We strongly believe that one day, with your strong support and cooperation, we'll be successful in our pursuit," he added.

Tea and sweets were distributed after the ceremony as a way to further congratulate India on its 70th Independence Day and to thank the people present at the gathering.

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