State of ManipurCapital: Imphal
Area: 22,327 sq km
Date of Formation: 21 Jan 1972 State: from 1950: Part C State: 1963 Union Territory.
Neighboring States: Mizoram, Asom, Nagaland, Country: Myanmar.
Population: 2,721,756, Males: 1,369, 764, Females: 1,351,992, Sex-ratio: 897, Density: 122, Decadal growth: 18.65%, Literacy: 1.891,196 (total 79.85%, male 86.49%, female 73.17%).
No of Districts: 9, Villages: 2,199, Towns: 33
Legislative Bodie: State Legislature-Unicameral: Assembly Seats: 60, Parliament: Lok Sabha Seats: 2(1+0+1), Rajya Sabha Seats:1
Main Political Parties: BJP, INC, Federal Party of Manipur, CPI, Manipur State Congress Party, NCP, Samata Party, Manipur People’s Party, Manipur National Conference, Democratic Revolutionary Peoples Party:
Seat of High Court: A permanent bench of the Guwahati High Court, Imphal Bench (functional since 14-3-1992)
Chief Languages: Meiteilon (Manipuri).
Major Religions: Hinduism and Christianiity.
Main Towns: Imphal, Thoubal, Churachandpur, Ukhrul, Bishnupur, Moirang, Moreh, Senapati, Tamenglong, Chandel.
(a) Rivers: Barak, Manipur
(b) Mountains: West Mainpur Hills, Laimatol Range, Letha Range, East Manipur Hills
(c) Lake: Loktak.
(a) Minerals: Limestone
(b) lndustries: Handloom weaving, cottage in dustries like sericulture, bamboo and cane articles rice mills, edible oil crushing and leather goods
(c) Agricultural Products: Paddy, wheat, maize.
Transport & Communications:
(a) Road Length: 12618km: NH/ 53, 39, 150
(b) Main Railway Stations: Jiribam
(c) Airports: lmphal
Culture: Manipuri dancing is one of the classical dances of India. Male dancers perform acrobatics and the graceful movements of female dancers are delightful.
(a) Dances: Mainpuri
(b) Festivals: Doljatra, Lai Haraoba, Rasa Leela, Cheiraoba,Ningol Chakouba, lmoinu lrtapa, Gaan-Nagai Lui-Nagai-ni, Yaoshang (Holi), Mera Houchongba, Kut, ld-ul-Fitr, Christmas.
(c) The favourite sport is polo and Manipur claims to have invented it. Polo is also popular in few other places in Asia.
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