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London meet to focus on Assam

By The Assam Tribune

GUWAHATI, June 11 � The Nehru Centre, the cultural wing of the High Commission of India, and the Tea Board of India are organising a flagship event on Assam, �The Gateway of India�s North-East� on June 14 at Mayfair, London. The India Tea Board is to promote and offer Assam Tea on the event premises. This initiative has been taken by Rini Kakati, NRI Assam Coordinator for UK, an e-mail received here from London stated.

The summit will address key issues related to the overall socio-economic development of the North-East which, despite being a region with tremendous economic potential, has not been able to grow as expected and has literally remained untapped. The North-eastern Region of India is marching ahead despite numerous problems � geographical, political and social. In recent years, the region, strategically located along the border with Myanmar and China, has also been riven by political tension. Assam, in particular, is known throughout the world for its tea. Yet relatively little is known about the region and its potential.

The topic for the panel discussion is �The role of India�s North-East in global development.� It will witness the coming together of a number of top UK and Indian journalists. The highlights of this panel discussion featuring diverse themes with eminent speakers, emphasising infrastructure, investment, economy and ethnicity connected with the State, will open up international connectivity.

The panellists will be led by Humphrey Hawksley, BBC foreign correspondent, author and commentator on world affairs, Amit Roy, president of the Indian Journalists� Association, Telegraph India and Eastern Eye, and Vijay Mehta, Chair of Uniting for Peace and founding trustee of Fortune Forum Charity. The meeting will be chaired by Rita Payne, president, Commonwealth Journalists Association, UK branch.

The interactive session will be attended by Simon Hughes, the deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats and Sukhdev Singh Sidhu, Minister, Coordination, UK India High Commission, the release added.

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London meet to focus on Assam

GUWAHATI, June 11 � The Nehru Centre, the cultural wing of the High Commission of India, and the Tea Board of India are organising a flagship event on Assam, �The Gateway of India�s North-East� on June 14 at Mayfair, London. The India Tea Board is to promote and offer Assam Tea on the event premises. This initiative has been taken by Rini Kakati, NRI Assam Coordinator for UK, an e-mail received here from London stated.

The summit will address key issues related to the overall socio-economic development of the North-East which, despite being a region with tremendous economic potential, has not been able to grow as expected and has literally remained untapped. The North-eastern Region of India is marching ahead despite numerous problems � geographical, political and social. In recent years, the region, strategically located along the border with Myanmar and China, has also been riven by political tension. Assam, in particular, is known throughout the world for its tea. Yet relatively little is known about the region and its potential.

The topic for the panel discussion is �The role of India�s North-East in global development.� It will witness the coming together of a number of top UK and Indian journalists. The highlights of this panel discussion featuring diverse themes with eminent speakers, emphasising infrastructure, investment, economy and ethnicity connected with the State, will open up international connectivity.

The panellists will be led by Humphrey Hawksley, BBC foreign correspondent, author and commentator on world affairs, Amit Roy, president of the Indian Journalists� Association, Telegraph India and Eastern Eye, and Vijay Mehta, Chair of Uniting for Peace and founding trustee of Fortune Forum Charity. The meeting will be chaired by Rita Payne, president, Commonwealth Journalists Association, UK branch.

The interactive session will be attended by Simon Hughes, the deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats and Sukhdev Singh Sidhu, Minister, Coordination, UK India High Commission, the release added.

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