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Thai Princess concludes three-day Nagaland visit

By EMN Updated: Feb 28, 2014 12:13 am


CONCLUDING the last leg of her three-day historic visit to Nagaland, Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand visited Nagaland Bamboo Resource Centre (NBRC), Dimapur today.
On arrival at NBRC from Dimapur airport, the Princess was received by NBDA Advisor and MLA Dr Longrineken.
To mark her visit to the Bamboo Centre, she planted a Bambusa Beecheyan Munro and had her name scripted on a marble plate at the spot. This was followed by her visit to the vegetative propagation centre, bamboo shell structure, unicraft section, NBDA store, Bamboo Resource Centre which included charcoal making unit, bamboo treatment vacuum pressure bamboo impregnation plant and the bamboo emporium and sales depot.
While visiting the various units and sections of NBRC, the Princess showed keen interest and enthusiasm in the centre’s infrastructure by taking notes and interacting with the NBDA members. She was also highly appreciative of the traditional Naga handicraft and its byproducts and bought some traditional items from the bamboo shell structure.
To species of bamboo saplings which are prominently found in the State were presented to her by the NBDA.
She was seen off at the Dimapur airport by Parliamentary Secretary for Urban Development
Zhaleo Rio, Parliamentary Secretary for IT& C, TE, S&T, Tovihoto Ayemi, DC Dimapur N.Hushili and SP Dimapur V Angami.

EMN adds: On Wednesday, the Princess said Thais and Nagas could hold various exchange programmes, especially in education and the agriculture sector. She said this during an interactive session with Nagaland University faculty and state government officials at the Meriema University campus last evening. “It should not be a problem to conduct a study tour for interested students to come to Thailand and exchange their ideas,” she stated. She also suggested a high school level students exposure exchange programme.
Opining that even some scholarships can be extended, the Princess said: ‘After returning, we can invite groups of people from Nagaland to come, see and choose what can be done’.
On the possibility of skill development activities and course in the agricultural sector, she said “we can send some of our officials to obtain proper knowledge about the agricultural feature in the State”. She was interested in oil seeds maintaining that Thailand is working on cosmetics and oil products.
“We can work together in whatever possible manner and also have exchange programmes,” she said.
Before her visit to the NU campus, Princess ChakriSirindhorn made stopovers at several places of historical significance in and around Kohima Wednesday morning.
The Princess and her entourage visited Khonoma, one of the oldest villages in Nagaland, famous for the fierce resistance put up by its warriors against the British during the later part of the 1800s, besides the rich cultural heritage and scenic beauty of the place.

By EMN Updated: Feb 28, 2014 12:13:06 am