Narendra Modi, Maithripala Sirisena inaugurate stadium in Jaffna renovated by India

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New Delhi | Updated: June 18, 2016 11:48:10 AM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena inaugrated newly-renovated Duraiappah Stadium in Jaffna on Saturday.

Narendra modiPrime Minister Narendra Modi and Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena inaugrated newly-renovated Duraiappah Stadium in Jaffna on Saturday. (Image Source: ANI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena inaugurate newly-renovated Duraiappah Stadium in Jaffna on Saturday.

While Sirisena was present at the stadium in Jaffna, Modi joined the event through video-conferencing from New Delhi.

Modi said that Indian government with Sirisena jointly dedicate to the people of Sri Lanka the newly-renovated Duraiappah Stadium.

Here is what PM Modi said during the inauguration ceremony:

10.41 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi says that Sri Lanka was among the first supporters of the UN resolution on Yoga Day and added that India will walk side by side with Sri Lanka as it charts its own path to progress.

10.40 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi says that the relationship between India and Sri Lanka is not limited to confines of the two Governments, but reside in rich culture, art and language.

10.37 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi says the warmth and affection that he received from the people when he visited Jaffna last year is still fresh in his mind.

10.35 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi says the Duraiappah stadium is not just brick and mortar but a symbol of economic development.

10.30 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sri Lanka President jointly through video conferencing inaugurate renovated Duraiappah Stadium in Jaffna.

The Duraiappah Stadium, named in honour of a former mayor of Jaffna, late Alfred Thambirajah Duraiappah, has been renovated by the Indian government at a cost of over Rs 7 crore ($1 million).

The renovated stadium has a seating capacity of 1,850. It will provide the necessary infrastructure to promote sports and recreational activities, and assist the overall development of the youth of the northern province in Sri Lanka.

The stadium was not in use since 1997.

On the second International Day of Yoga on June 21, Modi and Sirisena will also witness the first major event at the renovated stadium.

Over 8,000 people are expected to participate in the Yoga day celebrations.

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