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Manipur

मणिपुर

STATE OF INDIA

WEBSITE
http://manipur.gov.in

TOURISM WEBSITE
http://tourismmanipur.nic.in

COUNTRY
India

CAPITAL
Imphal

ESTABLISHED
21-01-1972

AREA
22347 sq km/8628 sq miles

AREA RANK
24th

ISO 3166 CODE
IN-MN

VEHICLE REGISTRATION
MN

OFFICIAL LANGUAGES
Meiteilon

STATE DANCE
Thang Ta

STATE ANIMAL
Sangai

STATE BIRD
Mrs Hume Pleasant

STATE FLOWER/TREE
Siroi Lily

ABOUT
Manipur is a state in northeastern India, with the city of Imphal as its capital. Its people include the Meetei, Pangal, Naga, Kuki, and Mizo, who speak different languages of branches of the Tibeto-Burman family. The state is bounded by Nagaland to the north, Mizoram to the south, and Assam to the west; Burma lies to the east. It covers an area of 22,347 square kilometres (8,628 sq mi).
Manipur is an area that bind by Draconian Rule The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act 1958 (AFSPA) under Indian Forces, for more than 50 years. The vaguely formulated provisions of the Act grant extraordinary powers to the Indian armed forces in the so-called “disturbed areas” where it is applicable. The Act has been at the heart of concerns about human rights violations in the region, such as arbitrary killings, torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and enforced disappearances. Its continued application has led to numerous protests, notably the longstanding hunger strike by Ms. Irom Chanu. Manipur can serve as the India's Gateway to the South-East Asia. The proposed Trans-Asian Railway Network (TARN) if constructed, will pass through Manipur, connecting India to Burma, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore.
The Meetei, who live primarily in the state's valley region, form the primary ethnic group (60% of the total population). They occupy about 10% of the total land area. Their language, Meeteilon (also known as Manipuri), is the lingua franca in the state. In 1992 it was officially recognised as one of the national languages of India. Muslims (the Meitei-Pangal) also live in the valley. The Kuki, Naga, and other smaller tribal peoples make up about 40% of the population but occupy the remaining 90% of the total land area of Manipur.
Foreigners entering Manipur prior to 1 January 2011 (including foreign citizens born in Manipur) were required to possess a Restricted Area Permit. As of 1 January 2011 foreign citizens are no longer required to have a Protected Areas Permit (PAP). Due to it's natural beauty Manipur is known as the 'Switzerland of India'.


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