President Mohamed Nasheed has last evening, inaugurated India-Maldives Friendship Festival 2010 being organized by the High Commission of India in cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture and the India Club of the Maldives. The inauguration function was held at Dharubaaruge.

In addition to President Nasheed and Madam Laila Ali, the Vice President Dr Mohamed Waheed and his wife Madam Ilham Hussain, senior government officials, the Indian High Commissioner as well as a number of Indian nationals in the Maldives attended the function.

Famous Indian film actor Salman Khan was a special guest at the function.

Speaking at the function, President Nasheed thanked Indian High Commission, the GMR infrastructure and the India Club of Maldives for organizing such an event.

He also thanked Mr Khan for visiting the Maldives and commended him for all his humanitarian efforts.

At Saturday evening’s function, GMR announced 10 scholarships for higher education to the Maldivian students.