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NADI Festival 2016 begins in Shillong -- Business Standard

 The two-day Asian Confluence River Festival - NADI 2016, the first of its kind in the region, began at the State Convention Centre on Friday.

Speakers and observers from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Myanamar and India, besides experts on rivers and rural development have come together to explore the possibilities of enhancing cultural ties and amplifying the creative use of riverine connectivity by catalyzing environment friendly trade and tourism between the North-East region and surrounding neighbours.

The festival organized by the Asian Confluence, India, East Centre, Shillong, in collaboration with the government and the Maulana Abul Kamal Azad Institute of Asian Studies is a celebration of the spirit of commonality between the north eastern states and neighbouring countries through the rivers of the region, which had for long been the treasured of culture and unison among the people.

Chief Minister Dr. Mukul Sangma, Tourism and Civil Aviation Minister Rashed Khan Menon, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam, Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla, former Water Resources Minister from Dipak Gyawali, former Ambassador of Bhutan to India, Dago Tshering, High Commissioner of in India, Syed Muazzem Ali and High Commissioner of to Bangladesh Harsh Vardhan Shringla were among many noted speakers during the inaugural session on the first day of the festival.

Delivering the inaugural address, Chief Minister Dr. Mukul Sangma said that the festival through dialogue and engagement with the stakeholders would pave the way for effective convergence and "actionable" for using rivers for mutual benefit and prosperity in the region.

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