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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a two-day visit to Sri Lanka, today announced that Air India will operate direct flights between Colombo and Varanasi from August this year, Indian Express reported.

“My Tamil brothers and sisters will also be able to visit Varanasi, the land of Kashi Viswanath,” he said while addressing a crowd at the opening ceremony of International Vesak Day at BMICH in Colombo.

Varanasi is the Prime Minister Modi’s Lok Sabha constituency. In a similar 2014 visit to Japan, Modi had signed a partnership agreement between Varanasi and Kyoto, both historically significant cities, making them sister cities.

Later in the day, he will inaugurate the 150-bed multi-specialty Dickoya Hospital which has been built with Indian assistance.

Upon his arrival in Sri Lanka on Thursday, PM Modi met President Maithripala Sirisena and PM Ranil Wickremesinghe.

PM Modi said that he believed that India and Sri Lanka are at a “moment of great opportunity” with regards to relations and said that Sri Lanka would find a “friend and partner” in India who will “their nation-building endeavours”.

Speaking about the importance of Buddhist teachings and learning in Sri Lankan culture, the Prime Minister said that Lord Buddha’s message from two and a half millenia ago is relevant today as well.

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  • ceylon Friday, 12 May 2017 12:51 PM

    only 2 times per year lankans can visit this south asias (switzerland).people like to go but new switzerland dont allow.poor airline will bankrupt. via DM Android App

    BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 12 May 2017 12:57 PM

    Sri Lanka is Buddhism in theory but in practice very far away from the disciplines that Lord Buddha preached. If one was to walk on the roads during this Wesak season, the indiscipline, lawlessness on the roads speaks volumes. The Dhansal's cater to every passerby who have money to purchase a meal while the poorest of the poor, handicapped and dirty are left without care on such religious day.

    ANTON Friday, 12 May 2017 01:10 PM

    THEY PLAN AIR TRAVELS, IT TAKES AT LEAST ONE HOUR TO TRAVEL FROM WATTALA TO FORT.

    TJ Friday, 12 May 2017 01:20 PM

    Will it serve any purpose?

    sasitharan08@gmail.com Friday, 12 May 2017 01:43 PM

    IN HIS LAST VISIT HE DECLARED THAT VISA ON ARRIVAL IN IDIA FOR SRILANKAN.... WHAT HAPPENED??

    Justica USA,,,, Friday, 12 May 2017 03:10 PM

    on a flight to Varnasithey serve only Annasi......Midi is copying what MR did to Hambantota.....develop a useless are just to boost their birth place... via DM Android App

    daily boru Saturday, 13 May 2017 07:59 AM

    a promise like no entry visas via DM Android App


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