September 28, 2010 5:27:32 am
The Dawnlit Mountains have apparently found a new partner in far away France. Investors from Paris have shown interest in setting up hotels and adventure sports facilities in the eastern Himalayas,Jean Louis Rysto,the French consul-general in Kolkata,said in Itanagar on Tuesday. Arunachal Pradesh,which has already realised its tourism potential with Tawang emerging as a major attraction in the Northeast,has also started promoting the eastern districts of Lohit,Changlang and Dibang Valley. The Stilwell Road in Changlang a World War II heritage site is on the tourist map too.
Brahmaputra to get its fourth bridge
People in eastern Arunachal Pradesh and eastern Assam need not wait very long for better connectivity. The fourth bridge on the mighty Brahmaputra,which will connect the Assam districts of Lakhimpur and Dibrugarh,will be ready by early 2014. Assam Industry Minister Pradyut Bordoloi said while the state government has taken up the issue of slow progress of work on the Rs 1,767-crore bridge,the Railways,which is implementing the project,has informed that once the foundation works are ready,it would take only four more years. The 4.3 km rail-cum-road bridge will be the longest on the Brahmaputra.
ASEAN diplomats on a trade trip
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Manipur last week had some special guests: Ambassadors and senior diplomats of the seven ASEAN countries who not only visited Imphal,the state capital,but also went up to Moreh on the Indo-Myanmar international border. The delegation comprised diplomats from Myanmar,Thailand,Laos,Malaysia,Indonesia,Brunei and Singapore,who were in the state on the invitation of the Union Ministry for Development of Northeast (DoNER). They discussed issues relating to exploring trade and transit to the northeastern region through Moreh,the eastern tip of the National Highway 39.
Bamboo means business in Nagaland
Close on the heels of Mizoram,it is now Nagalands turn to look at its vast bamboo forests as a road to economic development. No wonder it observed the International Bamboo Day in style on September 18,with Vice-President Hamid Ansari gracing the occasion as the chief guest. Nagaland,which has about 4.5 lakh hectares under bamboo,owns only about 5 per cent of Indias growing bamboo stock. But when it comes to putting it into economic use through value addition,it has been leading with a number of bamboo-based units coming up in the past few years.
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