Itanagar: The third edition of the North East Youth Festival ended here on a ceremonial note with the lowering of the Festival Flag in presence of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, his colleagues and hundreds of youths from the region as well as across the country.

The three-day festival, flagged off by Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Ninong Ering along with youth icon M C Mary Kom, witnessed various cultural and co-curricular activities and competitions.

The festival ended on Friday. About 1500 youths from at least 24 states including far-off states like Gujarat, Maharashtra and Rajasthan participated in the festival hosted by the Department of Sports and Youth Affairs, Arunachal Pradesh in collaboration with Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.

Tuki, who missed out the opening ceremony on November 7, expressed gratitude to the organizers as well as M C Mary Kom, who humbly accepted the felicitation rendered by the state government during the opening ceremony.

She was awarded the cash award of Rs 10 lakhs by Ninong Ering as promised by the chief minister in his Independence Day speech last August.

"Ours is a diverse country and the North Eastern States consists of tribal population with different culture, tradition and languages. During these three days of get together, I am sure that all the 1500 plus delegates including NSS and Nehru Yuva Kendra Volunteers must have had the opportunity of understanding the rich culture, tradition, feelings and sentiments of each other," he said in his speech.


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