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Tripura declares holiday on birth anniv of last king

 AGARTALA, Nov 10 - For the first time in 70 years since the then princely State merged with the Indian Union, the BJP-led government in Tripura has notified the birthday of the State’s last king Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya on August 19 as an official holiday from next year.

An official of the General Administration Department of the Tripura government said that in view of the immense contribution by State’s last king Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya, the State government has decided to observe his birthday on August 19 as an official holiday from 2020.

The official said that King Bikram (1908-1947), who had ruled the State from 1923 to May 17, 1947, had decided to merge the then princely state of Tripura with the Indian Union by issuing a royal edict on April 28, 1947, appointing Barrister Girija Shankar Guha as his domain’s representative in the Constituent Assembly.

The Centre renamed the Agartala airport after king Bikram last year. – IANS.

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