Consul General Amit Kumar Mishra and Ms. Meenakshi Mishra hosted a reception at Platinum restaurant to mark the 69th anniversary of Indian Independence. The reception was attended by 230 guests including senior WA officials, prominent businessmen, academicians, members of the Consular Corps, and members of Indian community of Western Australia.
Senior WA political figures present at the reception included Treasurer; Minister for Energy; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Dr Mike Nahan ( representing the Premier), Shadow Minister for Emergency Services; Bushfire Preparedness; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests; Seniors and Ageing Hon. Margaret Mary Quirk ( representing the leader of opposition), President of the Legislative Council Hon. Barry John House, Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council and Shadow Minister for Education Hon. Suzanne Mary Ellery, Convenor of Parliamentary Friends of India in WA Parliament Hon. Elizabeth (Liz) Lloyd Behjat MLC Mr Christopher David Hatton MLA, Mr Ian Maxwell Britza MLA, Ms. Janine Freeman MLA, Deputy Lord Mayor Mr James Limnios, Councillor Keith Yong and Councilor Lily Chen.
Consul General Amit Kumar Mishra, Treasurer Dr Mike Nahan, Ms. Margarat Quirk and Deputy Lord Mayor James Limnios spoke on the occasion. They highlighted the growing relationship between India and Western Australia, especially potential in areas of trade, investment, education, tourism, and agriculture, and the role played by Indian community in strengthening these ties.
The reception also included a cultural programme including Bharatnatyam performance by Saraswati Mahavidyalaya artist and a colourful Garba performance by Gujarati Samaj. Consul General Amit Kumar Mishra spoke about the upcoming Confluence Festival which will showcase Indian arts and culture in seven cities of Australia during August-November 2016.
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