Imphal, January 9, 2018 (DIPR) : Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi will inaugurate Indian Science Congress in Imphal. This was stated by Governor of Manipur Dr. Najma Heptulla during a Press conference held at Raj Bhavan today.

Speaking to media persons, the Governor said that she had requested Ministry of Civil Aviation for introducing direct flight from Delhi to Imphal. Finally, Air India has introduced Delhi- Imphal direct flight service from January 2 considering the public demand. There would be two flights in a week on Sunday and Tuesday as of now. Governor said, Union minister of Civil Aviation has made this announcement during Sangai Festival in Imphal.  Governor said, she took the flight from Delhi to Imphal today and it took only two and half hour. Direct flight has made Manipur closer to Delhi and flying time has been reduced. We should have more direct flight from other states specially from Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai as well so that more tourist will come to Manipur and it would promote tourism in the state. She opined that other airlines will also introduce more direct flight from other states to Imphal in due course of time.

The Governor informed that Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi would be inaugurating the Indian Science Congress (ISC) in Imphal which will  be held from March 16 to 20. She said that she have been associated with Science Congress since long time back and said it is a good institution indeed. Eminent scientists will visit Manipur on two aspect, to see biodiversity and doing more research work in natural resources. Huge number of delegates and scientists would visit the state during the science congress, the Governor said. Besides, Nobel laureates are expected to attend the Congress too.

The Governor also said that she is working with for Flying dispensaries, if this has started, people living in far flung areas will be benefited.  Livelihood mission will start shortly in Manipur. Ours boys who are good entrepreneurs should be trained properly.

Union ministry of Culture Ministry considered Sankritan, which was  accepted by UNESCO in 2013 as a tangible art  and agreed to provide assistance for promotion ofthis art form. We are going to have a lecture shortly in connection with Sankritan, she said.  It also practise in the far east Asian countries. On cultural background we can united moreover,  it would be a point of unity.

On Loktak lake, the Governor said it should be clean first, than a lot can be done like water skating, boat race, para sailing etc. She has requested ministry of DoNER for cleaning the water and Water Resources ministry should take care of it.  Treatment plant should be there to enable the Loktak lake clean, added the Governor.

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