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State set to host ‘World Bamboo Day’
Correspondent KOHIMA, SEP 15 (NPN):
Published on 16 Sep. 2010 12:22 AM IST
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Nagaland is all set to host the international Bamboo festival, starting September 16, at Naga Heritage village, Kisama off Kohima. The three-day festival, being held in commemoration of “World Bamboo Day”, would witness participation of more than 400 delegates from across the world and hosts of other dignitaries.
State chief minister Neiphiu Rio would inaugurate the National Craft Bazaar September 16, 9:30 a.m. He would also formally inaugurate the two-day International Seminar on “Bamboo for livelihood and community development” at 10:30 a.m. at Heritage Bamboo Hall, where NEC member P P Srivastava would be the guest of honour. On September 17 state governor Nikhil Kumar would grace “Investor meet” as chief guest while Mizoram minister for industries and PHE, S Hiato as guest of honour.
Vice President of India M. Hamid Ansari is scheduled to grace the World Bamboo Day celebration on September 18 as chief guest, while state governor Nikhil Kumar as guest of honour and state chief minister Neiphiu Rio as chief host. Ansari, on a three-day visit to the state, is scheduled to arrive by Chopper on September 18. As per the schedule, Ansari would arrive on a Chopper from Dimapur the same day. However, with the prevailing weather conditions and poor road condition, due to landslides, uncertainty of his visit and mode of transportation for his arrival continue to loom large.
During his stay in the state, the Vice President is also scheduled to visit Tuensang by Chopper on September 19 and return back the same day to Kohima. He would leave for Delhi the next day after halting for two days in the state capital. The celebration will witness Bamboo Orchestra from Meghalaya and various other cultural presentations.
Though the delegates from across the world are expected take part in the event, the prevailing poor weather and road conditions continue to pose a major challenge.
It may be mentioned that various government agencies and departments have making hectic preparation for the many days.
NGOs and public, particularly from neighbouring villages, have been actively lending their helping hands to state government in the preparation. The southern Angami public organization (SAPO), with hundreds of volunteers, had conducted social work at Heritage village Monday last.

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