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Vijayawada, Nov 10: The foundation day celebrations of Uttarakhand was held at Durbar Hall in Raj Bhavan here on Thursday.

Andhra Pradesh Governor Justice S Abdul Nazeer participated as the Chief Guest at the Foundation Day celebrations.

Speaking on the occasion, the Governor said that Uttarakhand is rich in natural resources, with many glaciers, rivers, dense forests and snow-clad mountain peaks covered with vast stretches of green cover, deep lush valleys lined by the magnificent and spiritual Himalayas.

He said that the State is popularly called Dev Bhoomi, the land of gods, due to the presence of some of the most ancient temples of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri and the Char-Dhams.

Justice Nazeer further said that India’s rich cultural heritage and history is based on the principles of non-violence, justice, diversity of languages, culture, religion, tied in a thread of unity.

The ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’ programme aims to forge a strong relationship and bonding among all the people of the country, and promote mutual understanding between different States and Union Territories, through the concept of ‘One Nation – One People.’

The programme commenced with a video message of Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Gurmit Singh, Governor of Uttarakhand, delivered on the occasion.

Several students from Uttarakhand state studying in SRM University, KL University and VIT University participated in the programme. Students of Rakesh Public School, Vijayawada, performed traditional Uttarakhand folk dances.

Officers and staff members of Raj Bhavan have also attended the programme.