Assam Current Affairs

6th International Tourism Mart 2017 held in Assam

The 6th International Tourism Mart (ITM) 2017 was held in Guwahati, Assam. It was inaugurated by Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi, Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal and Union Tourism minister K L Alphons.

The three day program was organized by Union Ministry of Tourism in association with all North Eastern states.

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The focus areas of 6th ITM was to spotlight on India’s “Act East Policy”, blossoming ties with ASEAN and larger East Asia region, home to world’s rapidly growing economies and India’s emerging tourism markets. It also held oanel discussions, workshops, business to business (B2B) meetings, cultural programs. Senior officials from Railways, Civil Aviation, DoNER, Road Transport ministry also shared their views for betterment of tourism sector of North East including Assam.

International Tourism Mart

The International Tourism Mart is an annual event organised in North Eastern States on rotation basis. Its objective is to highlight tourism potential of region in domestic and international markets. It also brings together tourism business fraternity and entrepreneurs from the eight North Eastern States. The earlier editions of this mart were held in Guwahati, Shillong, Tawang, Gangtok and Imphal.

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First Namami Barak festival held in Assam

The first ever Namami Barak festival was held at Silchar in Assam. It was inaugurated by Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.

The event was organised at 3 locations in Barak Valley also known as Southern Assam. Silchar is main event area while other two locations are Hailakandi and Karimganj district.

Key Facts

The 3-day river festival aimed to pay tribute to River Barak and to showcase of Barak’s potential & possibilities to emerge as hub of trade and commerce. The festival showcased cultural heritage of valley together with its cuisine, fauna and flora, socio-economic and civic splendor before global audience.

Barak River

Barak River is one of major rivers of South Assam.  The 564 kilometres long river is part of Surma-Meghna River System. It rises in hill country of Manipur where it is biggest and most important of hill country rivers. After Manipur it flows through Mizoram and Assam. It later enters Bangladesh where it forks into Surma and Kushiyara rivers. The sixth national waterway stretch is on this river.

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