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Nagaland’s Hornbill Festival 2017 at Naga Heritage Village Kisama, witnessed a record turnout in the 18th edition. The 2017 edition of the Hornbill Festival drew a record turnout of 2,43,214 visitors. This year, a total of 2401 foreign tourists, 38,700 domestic tourists and 2,02,113 local visitors from Nagaland visited the festival. The last day of the festival recorded the highest number of visitors this year, with a head count of 66,474. The data was released by the Statistical in Charge of the Tourism Department.

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Obviously, India is paying a heavy price for not making Nehru’s statement a guiding principle in developing its relations with Myanmar and today it is aggressively fighting for space not only with China, the most entrenched power in Myanmar but also with Thailand and Singapore.

With democratic reforms taking place in Myanmar, India sees this as a strategic opportunity to counter Chinese influence in Myanmar as well as an opening to the booming ASEAN market with northeast India as the gateway. While it does not expect to rival China’s influence in the near future, India is hoping to counter the Chinese equation by presenting itself as a formidable alternate.

Having paid a damaging price of sacrificing geo-political interests in its rejection of the military junta in support for democratizing Myanmar, Indian foreign policy of Act East is how India is looking to engage Myanmar in current times.

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Meghalaya is fortunate to have a number of heritage sites, which call for documentation, preservation and protection. It is in this context that the Indian National Trust for Art and Culture Heritage (INTACH) of the Meghalaya chapter is taking steps to fight against the different forms of encroachments and also vandalism at the different heritage sites. There is the danger that the pristine magnificence of these sites would be lost and damaged beyond repair.

In fact the world heritage project, Toronto Canada is working towards this end, in assembling a complete list of world heritage sites in a multimedia format for the first time. It would bring to life the stories that enrich the importance of these great natural and cultural masterpieces.

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North East Festival has become a national and annual event, organized to promote the rich cultures and heritage of North East India and tourism opportunities. The North East festival was inaugurated by the Hon’ble DoNER Minister Jitendra Singh. North East India consists of eight states: Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh. As it has its own tourism potential to attract both the domestic and International tourists round the year, this event has become a golden opportunity to promote the rich culture of its destination.

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The degradation of forest habitat near Himalayan foothills is a complex challenge for biodiversity conservation. It is also driven by habitat loss, land use change over time and expanding human population. The resulting damage is considerable to paddy crops, human property by herd of tuskers. There are incidents of humans being killed by wild elephants in Orissa and Mysore that finally make people retaliate against losses. This trend in conflict has been increasing in Asia and Africa also. However Cambodia, Myanmar and Malaysia have large areas for elephant habitat. The vast evergreen forests of Sri Lanka, Southern India and Thailand are habitats of Asian elephant.

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