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Kerala has become first state in the country to have four international airports with the inauguration of Kannur airport. The first commercial flight from this airport Air India Express flight IX 715 with 180 passengers on board to Abu Dhabi was flagged off recently. The other three international airports are Trivandrum International Airport, Cochin International Airport and Calicut International Airport.
Kannur international airport
It is built on a public-private partnership (PPP) model. It is spread across 2,000 acres of area It will help non-resident Keralites (NRKs), especially in the Gulf region, besides boosting tourism and exports, which will result in several job opportunities. Its commissioning is expected to pave way for state’s overall development and prosperity, especially northern region. It will boost tourism in the region like Wayanad, Kannur and Kasargode. It may also increase inter-trade in sectors such as spices and handloom.
Shi Yomi formally became 23rd district of Arunachal Pradesh after it was inaugurated by Chief Minister Pema Khandu in presence of Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju. It was created by bifurcating West Siang district with its headquarters at Tato. It will have four administrative units namely Mechuka, Tato, Pidi and Manigong. Two more districts Pakke-Kesang and Lepa Rada will be formally inaugurated in the state within taking the total to 25.
In August 2018, Arunachal Pradesh Legislative assembly has passed Arunachal Pradesh Re-Organisation of Districts (Amendment) Bill, 2018 for creation of three new districts, Pakke-Kesang, Lepa Rada and Shi Yomi in the state. These new districts were created keeping in view of large geographical area, inaccessible terrains, growing demands of people, bring administration to their door-steps and for all-round equal development in all parts of the state. With addition of these three new districts, state will have total 25 districts from earlier 22 districts. Pakke-Kessang district will be carved out of East Kameng district with five administrative units namely Pakke-Kessangn, Seijosa, Pijiriang, Passa Valley and Dissingn Passo with district headquarters at Lemmi. Lepa Rada district will be created by bifurcating Lower Siang district with headquarters at Basar. It will have four administrative units Tirbin, Basar, Daring and Sago.