News at 9: Flights connecting five Northeastern states launched, World’s tallest Shiva statue and more

News at 9: Flights connecting five Northeastern states launched, World’s tallest Shiva statue

World’s tallest Shiva statue comes up in Rajasthan, Three flights connecting five Northeastern states launched and more in top stories of the day.

World’s tallest Shiva statue comes up in Rajasthan

The 369-foot-tall Shiva statue Viswas Swaroopam installed in Rajasthan’s Nathdwara town was inaugurated last week. It is hailed as the world’s tallest Shiva statue.

Situated around 45 km away from Udaipur, the statue has been built by Tat Padam Sansthan and is expected to give a new dimension to religious tourism in the state. The statue has been installed on a hilltop over an expanse of 51 bighas, and is in a meditation posture; it is said to be visible from 20 kilometers away. The statue will also be clearly visible at night as it will be illuminated with special lights. It is also believed that the statue has been built to last 250 years, and can withstand wind speed up to 250 kmph!

Three flights connecting five Northeastern states launched

3 flights were inaugurated connecting five cities of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Manipur, and Mizoram. Two of the three flights on routes Imphal-Aizawl-Imphal, Lilabari-Ziro-Lilabari, and Shillong-Lilabari-Shillong routes will be operated under the government’s Regional Connectivity Scheme(RCS).

Flight connecting Imphal-Aizawl-Imphal under RCS UDAN will be operating 5 times a week, whereas flight connecting Shillong-Lilabari-Shillong will operate 4 times a week. Further reports suggest that flights between Lilabari-Ziro-Lilabari will be operating 2 times a week. These flights will be operated by Alliance Air. These flights are aimed at boosting aerial connectivity in the cities of the Northeastern part of the country.

Dharamshala International Film Festival 2022 is set to begin from Nov 3

The Dharamshala International Film Festival 2022 (DIFF) is all set to begin from November 3. The 3-day film festival that began in 2012 has become a major tourist draw in the region. It is organised every year in the beautiful Himachali hill town of McLeodganj, better known as the exile home of the Dalai Lama.

The main focus of DIFF is to promote and bring to the world independent films not only from India but from across the globe. The film festival has garnered a great reputation in the world of cinema since its inception. Imagine watching creative cinema amid a beautiful mountain setting. This year, DIFF will be organised as a hybrid version and the offline version of the festival will be held in Dharamshala between November 3 and 6, while the online programme will be accessible to viewers for a longer time.

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