Prime MInsiter Narendra Modi inaugurated new passenger trains in North East region on Friday, 27 may 2016. PM Modi also laid a foundation for Football stadium in Ampati village in Shillong. During his speech Modi said that better rail connectivity and infrastructure plans were on cards for the North east.
PM Narendra Modi addressed the North Eastern Council (NEC) meeting in Shillong yesterday. He will also release a special cover and a stamp brought out by the Department of Posts to mark the occasion.
PM Modi said, “We are all aware of the love that the people of the Northeast, and especially Meghalaya, have for football. Football is a passion here and is played in every corner. We are all familiar with famous football players such as Eugeneson Lyngdoh, Aibor Khongjee, and Marlangki Suting. They have done both the country and the state proud, by representing India in international tournaments, and their clubs in the Indian Super League.”
PM Modi also pointed out that India will host the Under-17 FIFA World Cup in 2017 and asked people to take advantage of this event. The PM also spoke about Cherrapunji, one of the wettest places on earth, for which he formally dedicated a Doppler Weather Radar earlier in the day.
“Meghalaya has a large number of football clubs and associations. Perhaps, you can organise competitive local tournaments and lead the way for other parts of the country, to build a series of major events leading to the Under-17 World Cup,” he said.
Today, on 28 May 2016 morning, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tried his hands at drums along with folk dancers at a cultural event organised in his honour at Mawphlang Village, 25 km from Shillong, in East Khasi hills district of Meghalaya.
PM Modi is visiting North Eastern region for the first time. He interacted with locals. Meghalaya Governor V. Shanmuganathan, Chief Minister Dr. Mukul Sangma, and Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal were also present at the function.
PM Modi inaugurated the Mendipathar-Guwahati passenger train and laid the foundation stone of broad gauge conversion of Bhairabi-Sairang line in Mizoram on Saturday, 28 May 2016.
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