Manipur gears up for tourism festival, Princess of Thailand among others to attend


Imphal, November 15: As Manipur gears up for the biggest tourism fanfare “Sangai Festival”, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh has urged the people of the state to uphold Manipuri tradition of displaying great hospitality to the guests and to receive all the visitors with utmost decency during the upcoming festival.
“Manipur Sangai Festival” is an annual festival organised by the government for a period of 10 days starting from November 21. The festival was first held in 2010 to promote tourism in the state after the Act East Policy was implemented. Every year dignitaries and participants from different countries particularly from the Southeast Asian nations are invited to attend the festival.
N. Biren Singh informed that this year, Princess of Thailand, two Chief Ministers from Myanmar and US Ambassador to India will grace the festival. The CM informed that he received a call from Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday regarding the upcoming visit by the Princess of Thailand.
Singh informed that he would personally receive the princess at the airport on November 27, and all necessary arrangements for a grand reception, including colourful cultural presentations of different communities had already been made.
The Chief Minister further said that there would be around 140 stalls of different foreign firms, mostly from Korea, China, Thailand and Myanmar.
On the other hand, Sangai Run would be organised at Keibul Lamjao, Mao and Imphal as part of the festival, he added.
Singh stated that the beautification of the city of Imphal is currently underway on war footing and that strict traffic rules would be enforced to maintain order. N. Biren Singh urged the public to extend their co-operation to the authority.
He also urged all concerned not to call any type of bandh or blockade which could give a bad impression about the state to the visitors. The chief minister said that he and his ministers are ready for talks to resolve any matter. (Courtesy: IE)