Welcoming the delegation, the Chief Secretary briefed the Sri Lankan scribes about the historical and cultural importance of Telangana. He said Hyderabad is the most-favored destination for IT, Pharma, bulk drugs and Aerospace industry. Many noted research institutions relating to defence, science and technology and life science sectors are set up in Hyderabad. The city has become a hub for major multinational corporations such as Amazon, Google, Microsoft as there was abundant manpower talent available in the State. Commissioner, Information & Public Relations Navin Mittal said a lot of TV channels and vernacular press in the State were playing an active role in the development of the State. After its formation, the State has achieved rapid progress in various sectors. The State was also attracting a lot of investments. The GDP of the State is more than the national average, he added. (Colombo Gazette) The Telangana Government says it is keen on building relationships with the neighboring countries like Sri Lanka to strengthen cooperation in the fields of tourism, health and social sectors, siasat.com reported.This was stated by Chief Secretary Dr Rajiv Sharma to visiting Sri Lankan journalists, who called on him at the secretariat. A 15-member journalists’ delegation from Sri Lanka consisting of Editors and senior journalists from the island nation are on a three-day familiarization visit to the State. Hyderabad has established itself as a centre for meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions hosting a lot of seminars, events and conventions. He also said with a lot of corporate hospitals in the city, it has established itself as a medical hub. More and more people from across the globe are coming to Hyderabad to avail world class medical facilities, he added. Referring to the rich historical legacy of the State, the Chief Secretary said many Buddhist pilgrims from far and wide visit the State to have a glimpse of the Buddhist culture, including the famous Buddha statue in the Hussain Sagar. “Telangana has a cultural identity of its own. It was earlier under the Nizam rule had a unique history and separate identity. The Telangana State was de-merged from the erstwhile Andhra Pradesh State through an act of Parliament after six decade intense struggle by the people as they felt that the funds and resources were being diverted to other areas.“Hyderabad is a gateway to south and north India. The city boasts of a good climate, law and order and cosmopolitan culture. The geo strategic location of the city is attracting lots of investments to the state”, he added.