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India looks East as envoy visits Trincomalee and Batticaloa

The Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Gopal Baglay visited the Eastern province this week, where he met with locals and expressed willingness to increase Indian involvement in the region.

Bagal participated in a puja at the Koneswaram Temple in Tricomalee and reportedly “prayed for peace, progress and prosperity of the people of [Sri Lanka] and [India]”.

He also met with temple officials and expressed his government’s interest in helping to restore and renovate the ancient temple. Restoration work at the Thiruketheeshwaram temple in Mannar, has already been supported by the Indian government.

Several local officials were also present for Baglay’s visit.

Bagay also went on to donate dry rations to 200 families in Trincomalee.

During his visit to the Eastern Province, the Indian envoy also stopped at Batticaloa, where he visited the Mohideen Meththai Grand Jumma Mosque at Kattankudy, the Ramakrishna Mission and a Surgical Unit in Batticaloa Teaching Hospital that is being constructed with Indian funding.

As the Chief Guest at the convocation of graduates at Eastern University, Bagal also announced that his government would be sponsoring 100 scholarships.

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