North East

President Kovind to visit Arunachal, Assam and Manipur



President Ram Nath Kovind, who begins a four-day whirlwind tour of three northeastern states on Sunday  will first going to Arunachal Pradesh where he will first take part in a function organised to mark the 40th anniversary of Vivekananda Kendra in Itanagar, and then inaugurate the new state assembly building.

On Monday he will take part in the closing ceremony of the Namami Barak Festival in Silchar (Assam) and will then fly to Guwahati to join a civic reception in the Gauhati University.

Also, the President will inaugurate the North-East Development Summit and the Manipur Sangai Festival, both organised by the BJP-led government of N Biren Singh in Imphal on November 21.

He will visit Moirang the next morning before flying back to New Delhi. It was at Moirang that the Azad Hind Fauj was first hoisted on Indian soil on April 14, 1944 amid a fierce battle between the invading Japanese Army and the defending Allied Forces.

The INA Memorial and Museum at Moirang, about 45 km from Imphal, comprises of a statue of Netaji Bose and a replica of the INA War Memorial originally built in Singapore, apart from a musem that comprises a huge collection of arms and ammunition, bayonets, helmets and other items, as also books and other articles that were used by the INA members. The museum also has a rich collection of books, documents, manuscripts and periodicals that focus on the freedom movement and the history of India.


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