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PM Modi, Sri Lankan President jointly inaugurate Duraiappah Stadium in Jaffna
Duraiappah Stadium is not just a brick and mortar. It is a symbol of optimism & economic development: PM
India strongly believes that it's economic growth brings benefits for it's neighbours: PM Modi
Duraiappah Stadium embodies the spirit of our cooperation. India's support for Sri Lanka's development is a promise of our friendship: PM

Subah Udesanak Veva, Ayubowan

Last year, in March, I was in Jaffna.

The warmth and affection that I received from the people of Jaffna is still fresh in my mind.

It was a historic day because it was the first visit by an Indian Prime Minister to Jaffna.

Today is another landmark day.

When, once again, we celebrate our partnership with the people of Sri Lanka and with residents of Jaffna.

Today, along with President Sirisena, we dedicate the renovated Durraiappah Stadium to the people of Sri Lanka.

And, we are not alone.

The modern tools of communication have enabled 1.25 billion people of India and the friendly people of Sri Lanka to join us in this celebration.

Friends,

After a wait of nearly 20 years, your applause and cheer will once again rekindle the soul of Durraiappah Stadium.

Even while we are sitting thousands of kilometres away in Delhi, we can feel the pulse of vibrancy and atmosphere of change in Jaffna.

The Durraiappah Stadium is not just brick and mortar.

It is a symbol of optimism and economic development.

An arena for a prosperous and healthy future for Jaffna's youth.

It demonstrates your determination to shed the legacy of violence and pursue the path of economic progress.

Its foundations are supported by your courage and great sacrifices.

Its successful completion is a signal that you have left the past behind and are looking to the promise of a prosperous future.

Excellency Sirisena,

I also salute your visionary leadership and of Prime Minister Wickremesinghe the Governor and the Chief Minister of the Northern Province in ensuring the success of this project. 

Friends,

Our relations are not limited to the confines of our two governments. They reside in the rich contacts of our history, culture, language, art, and geography.

India strongly believes that its economic growth must drive and bring benefit to its neighbours.

Durraiappah Stadium embodies the spirit of our cooperation. Indeed, India's support for Sri Lanka's development is a promise of our friendship.

And, that it will be based on your priorities and your needs is an assurance that you can rely on.

This is what makes our enduring ties relevant to our present, as also to our future.

Friends,

India's desire is to see an economically prosperous Sri Lanka.

A Sri Lanka where: -unity and integrity; -peace, harmony and security; and -equal opportunity and dignity.

prevails throughout the country among all its people.

Excellency Sirisena and Friends,

In about seventy-two hours from now, the world would be celebrating the second anniversary of the International day of Yoga on 21 June.

Sri Lanka was among the first supporters of the UN resolution on this subject in 2014.

And, today, we have celebrated the start of the International day of Yoga with a curtain raiser from Jaffna, from this Durraiappah Stadium.

The 'Surya Namaskar', performed just a short while ago, has sent the message of holistic healthcare, harmonious and sustainable living with nature to the world.

We could not have asked for a more fitting start and tribute to the International Day of Yoga.

Excellency President Sirisena

I once again thank you; the entire leadership present on your side, and the lovely people of Jaffna for this opportunity.

Durraiappah Stadium will stand as yet another symbol of our lasting friendship.

India will walk side by side with Sri Lanka as it charts its own path to progress and prosperity for all of its citizens.

I once again convey greetings to the people of Sri Lanka from 1.25 billion people of India.

Bohoma Stuti, Mikka Nandri, Thank you very much

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“Kushinagar International Airport is a tribute to the devotion of Buddhist society around the world”
“There is a special focus on the development of the places associated with Lord Buddha through better connectivity, and the creation of facilities for the devotees”
“Under UDAN Scheme more than 900 new routes have been approved, 350 routes already functional. More than 50 new airports or those which were not in service earlier, have been made operational”
“In Uttar Pradesh, 8 airports are already functional before Kushinagar airport. Work is on Jewar International Airport after Lucknow, Varanasi and Kushinagar. Apart from that, airport projects are going on in Ayodhya, Aligarh, Azamgarh, Chitrakoot, Moradabad and Shravasti”
“Decision on Air India will give new energy to the Aviation sector of India”
“Recently launched drone policy is going to bring life-changing transformation in the fields ranging from agriculture to health, to disaster management to the defence”

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated Kushinagar International Airport today.

Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister said that India is the centre of the faith of Buddhist society around the world. He termed the facility of Kushinagar International Airport, launched today as a tribute to their devotion. This region, the Prime Minister said, is witness to the entire journey from the enlightenment of Lord Buddha to Mahaparinirvana. Today this important region is getting directly connected to the world, he said.

The Prime Minister highlighted the special focus on the development of the places associated with Lord Buddha through better connectivity and the creation of facilities for the devotees. The Prime Minister welcomed the Sri Lankan flight and delegation that landed at Kushinagar. Paying tribute to Maharshi Valmiki on his Jayanti today, the Prime Minister said that the country is marching on the path of Sabka Vikas with the help of Sabka Satha and Sabka Prayas. “Development of Kushinagar is one of the key priorities of the UP and central governments,” He said.

The Prime Minister said that tourism in all its forms, whether for faith or for leisure, needs modern infrastructure complete with rail, road, airways, waterways, hotels, hospitals, internet connectivity, hygiene, sewage treatment and renewable energy ensuring a clean environment. “All these are interconnected and it is important to work on all these simultaneously. Today's 21st century India is moving ahead with this approach only”, the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister announced that under the UDAN scheme, more than 900 new routes have been approved in the last few years, out of which air service has already started on more than 350 routes. More than 50 new airports or those which were not in service earlier, have been made operational.

The Prime Minister highlighted the development regarding the aviation sector in Uttar Pradesh as air connectivity is constantly improving in the state. In Uttar Pradesh, 8 airports are already functional before Kushinagar airport. Work is on Jewar International Airport after Lucknow, Varanasi and Kushinagar. Apart from that, airport projects are going on in Ayodhya, Aligarh, Azamgarh, Chitrakoot, Moradabad and Shravasti.

Referring to the recent decision on Air India, the Prime Minister remarked that the step will help in running the country's aviation sector professionally and prioritizing convenience and safety. “This step will give new energy to the aviation sector of India. One such major reform is related to the opening of defence airspace for civil use”, he added. This step will reduce the distance on various air routes. The Prime Minister also conveyed that the recently launched drone policy is going to bring life-changing transformation in the fields ranging from agriculture to health, to disaster management to defence.

The Prime Minister said recently launched PM Gatishakti - National Master Plan will not only improve governance but also ensure that all modes of transport such as road, rail, air etc should support each other and increase each other's capacity.