DHARAMSHALA: At the invitation of state government, senior officials of the Central Tibetan Administration today attended the 69th Himachal Day celebrations at the Police Ground in Dharamshala. The CTA officials present at the occasion include Secretary Mr Tashi Phuntsok, Department of Information and International Relations, members of the Tibetan Parliament Acharya Yeshi Phuntsok and Ms Yangchen Dolkar and Settlement Officer Ms Tsering Lhamo.
The chief guest at the event was Shri Prakash Chaudhary, the state minister of Excise and Taxation, along with other guests including Shri Neeraj Bharti and Shri Jagjivan Paul, Chief Parliamentary Secretaries of Education department and Public health department respectively.
The celebration included cultural performances by Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts, local school students, lottery draws and other festive activities.
The province of Himachal Pradesh came into being on 15th April 1948. It was later made into a Union Territory on 1 November 1956. Kangra and most other hill areas of Punjab were merged with Himachal Pradesh on 1 November 1966.
Himachal Pradesh became a state on 25 January 1971 after the state of Himachal Pradesh Act was passed by the Parliament on 18 December 1970.