Pothashang News Service

Imphal, December 5: Chief minister Nongthombam Biren Singh today attended the Nagaland Hornbill Festival at Kisama after he completed Manipur Sangai Festival.

Biren Singh traveled to Kohima in a chopper this morning. Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu also participated in the festival today.

“With each tribe celebrating its own festival with dedication and passion, Nagaland is indeed the “land of festivals” and Hornbill festival is definitely the “festival of festivals”, Biren Singh.

He thanked the chief minister of Nagaland TR Zeliang for his participation in the recently concluded “North East development Summit” in Imphal and the “Manipur Sangai Festival 2017”.

There is so much that connects our two states and its people. Based on our shared history and close cultural affinities, we must build the foundations upon which the people and institutions of our states can collaborate and cooperate with a strong sense of common purpose. Shared prosperity and collective gains can result only from shared vision and collective action. It is with keeping this thought in mind and in line with the suggestion of chief minister of Nagaland to create a “tourist circuit” for the north east region, I feel that next year onwards, we must sincerely attempt to evolve concrete collaborative mechanism for jointly promoting the two biggest State festivals of our states – the “Manipur Sangai festival” held in the last ten days of November and the “Nagaland Hornbill festival” in the first 10 days of December, said Biren Singh.

He said cultural troupes from Manipur are also attending this festival. They will reach there shortly.

He wished the gathering a happy Merry Christmas on behalf of the people of the two states.

PHED minister Losii Dikho, MLAs L. Susindro, K. Robindro, L. Rameshwor, Th. Satyabrata, S. Subhaschandra, Awangbou Newmai and advisor to CM Shri Rajat Sethi accompanied the chief minister during the visit.

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