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CM fetes Hornbill participants
Published on 9 Dec. 2009 1:12 AM IST
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Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio has congratulated all participants of just concluded Hornbill Festival- festival of festivals – for making the seven day event a “resounding success.” The chief minister, through a statement issued by his secretariat, observed that Hornbill Festival, 2009 was the “most successful” so far and witnessed unprecedented participation from people belonging to all walks of life. He further observed that the event has become a “truly international festival” with participation from representatives belonging to several countries including Thailand, Myanmar, Korea and Japan. “The successful conduct of the Japanese concert, the National Hornbill Rock Contest, the Hornbill Motor Rally and international cultural shows has elevated the festival to a new level and has opened the doors of Nagaland to the international community,” Rio said. Meanwhile, the chief minister, on behalf of state government, has conveyed gratitude to all responsible especially tourists, both international and domestic, and also to people of Nagaland who participated in the festival “making it one of the most memorable and peaceful Hornbill Festivals in its 10 year history.” He also conveyed appreciation to all government departments, state government agencies, entrepreneurs, Hohos, NGOs, civil societies and event managers for making the festival a “grand success.” Further, Rio congratulated parliamentary secretary tourism Yitachu for his “exemplary leadership” which had ensured “successful conclusion” of the festival. He also congratulated commissioner & secretary tourism and art & culture Khekiye Sema for his “able guidance” of departments and also directors of tourism and art & culture for their contribution towards making Hornbill Festival 2009 a “memorable event.” “The Chief Minister looks forward to the high level of contribution and cooperation from all sections in the years ahead so that together we can make Nagaland an attractive and unique destination for tourists from all over the world,” the statement said. The week-long annual Hornbill festival displaying various facets of Naga life and culture culminated December 7.

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