Vi­brant dances, colour­ful cos­tumes mark North-East fest

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - Arvind Walmiki arvind.walmiki@hin­dus­tan­

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.

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