Vibrant dances, colourful costumes mark North-East fest
The festival at Vashi’s Cidco Exhibition Center to celebrate the north-east tradition and culture opened with colourful and vibrant dances enthralling the audience, on Saturday.
The ‘Songs and Dances of North-East’ was organised by the North Eastern Council and government of Arunachal Pradesh with the Union minster of state for home affairs Kiren Rijiju as its chief guest. “A group of four ministers were formed to concentrate on the developments on the north-east. I am also a member of the group. People from other countries do not have much idea about these states. But with the existing resources, this part of the country could be developed as a beautiful tourist destination, said Rijiju.
“We are taking efforts to improve the transportation in those areas. We are also planning to provide helicopters to take tourists from Guwahati to different places in the region,” he added.
“As the people from north-east are staying in different states so we have written to the director generals of police and police commissioners of different cities to ensure their safety,” Rijiju added.
The Union minister also said the Centre is planning another big programme based on northeastern culture in Maharashtra and that it would be held either in October or November.
The education and cultural minister of Maharashtra, Vinod Tawde, chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh Pema Khandu and Belapur MLA Manda Mhatre were among the other important political leaders present at the event.
After a successful edition in Dehli last year, the festival was held here this year to promote the north-eastern art, culture, music, foods and handicraft.
“Such initiatives will create better social understanding between the north-east and rest of the country which is required in a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual and multi-religious country like ours,” said Karma Leki, director of tourism, Arunachal Pradesh.
A businessman from Mumbra was cheated of Rs6 lakh after being promised that his money will double.
Four people have been booked in the case but they are yet to be arrested.
The accused have been identified as Mehboob Shaikh, Nawab Shaikh, Abdul Rehman and Kumel Shaikh.
In January, Tavvar Khan, 30, who runs a garment business, met the four accused at Amrut Nagar in Mumbra at Thane. The four convinced Khan that they could double his money.
Initially, Khan invested around Rs3 lakh and he got Rs 91,000 in April. When Tavvar asked about the remaining amount, the accused told him that it would take time because of some technical problem.
Meanwhile, the accused asked Khan to pay more money so that he would get more returns.
A police constable from Mumbra police station said, “He again paid Rs4.2 lakh. The four used to keep giving assurance to Khan about returning the money. Later, they stopped taking Khan’s calls and stopped responding to messages.”
On Friday, Khan approached Mumbra police and lodged a complaint. Four who are on the run were charged under section 420,406 of 34 of the Indian Penal Code and IT act of 66.