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Published on : Friday, November 22, 2013
Adding glory to the historic flight, a 10-day Manipur Sangai Festival kicked off here showcasing the state’s rich cultural heritage, indigenous food and sports packed with a bunch of entertainment programmes. This is the biggest tourism festival in the state.
The Union Cabinet had recently given its nod for upgrading the Tulihal airport in the Imphal West district to the status of an international airport and the new global air route operation is a part of the bilateral air service agreement inked between India and Myanmar last year.
Carrying around a hundred delegates, including chief ministers of Myanmar’s Saigang and Mandalay regions, Tha Aye and Ye Mint, and cultural troops of the neighbouring country, the charter flight from the eastern sky landed here around noon amid heavy security.
Manipur chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh, his cabinet colleagues, legislators, senior officials and prominent personalities welcomed the delegates.
Union DoNER minister Paban Singh Ghatowar, who also arrived here to open the Sangai festival, said Manipur was a jewel in the crown of the country and the Sangai festival would help showcase some of its rich traditions.
Besides Myanmar, delegates from Thailand, China and Bangladesh are also here for the festival. State agencies have beautified the city ahead of the festival. Before attending the Sangai festival, the Myanmar chief ministers and officials visited the private Shija Hospital and other important establishments.