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Hornbill fest World War II peace rally held with much fanfare

DIMAPUR/KOHIMA, DEC 3 (NPN)(Staff Reporter/Correspondent)
Published on 4 Dec. 2012 12:34 AM IST
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Commemorating the legendary Battle of Kohima, considered as one of the fiercest battles during the World War II, Hornbill peace rally 2012 organized by government of Nagaland and Nagaland Adventure and Motor Sports Association (NAMSA) was flagged off at DDSC stadium, Dimapur by state advisor, cooperation and sericulture, Azheto Zhimomi at 8 a.m. Monday.

Azheto, while flagging off the rally, expressed gratitude to the state government and the department of tourism for organizing the event.  He expressed the hope that through motor rally peace would prevail in the land so that the people would live in peace and develop more closeness and unity.

Unlike the 2nd edition last year which was flagged off in Kohima, this year the government and NAMSA chose the state’s commercial hub Dimapur with much enthusiasm and fanfare.

Dressed in full World War II army camouflage, the rally was led by ‘commander’ minister for planning and coordination and V&AH, T.R. Zeliang with joint director land resources, Hoto Yeptho as the ‘second-in-command’.

14 World War II age vehicles (jeeps) including a Mahindra proceeded towards Kohima. This year, there were participants from Meghalaya and Assam. Before the rally, Rev. Vilodi Sakhrie pastor, Town Baptist Church, Dimapur invoked God’s blessing for the success of the rally.

It made a halt at the Kohima World War II cemetery and proceeded to Kisama. Before heading for Kisama, the rally moved around Kohima and the ‘commander’ of the rally laid a wreath in memory of the brave soldiers who were killed during the World War II.

The rally comprising of 12 vintage WW II vehicles were received by parliamentary secretary tourism, law and justice Yitachu in Kisama, commissioner secretary tourism Himato Zhimomi and press secretary to chief minister Abu Metha at the World War II museum, Kisama.

Yitachu said the purpose of organizing the World War II peace rally was to promote peace and expressed hope that more teams would join the rally in future.

He handed out the prizes to the winners --the best WWII original vehicle was awarded to Andrew Ahoto, Tarzan Raj Kumar, Subhash Chandra (Manipur), best maintained vehicle was awarded to Lanu Jamir, Temjenyapang, Along Tsudir (Nagaland), best costume to Kunal Gurung, Sisir Bharall (Assam), best tourism promotional team to Prakash Momin, Amitabh Indra (Meghalaya), best ladies team to Achun Kamei and Roko, senior most participant to Hoto Yeptho, best disciplined participant to Ahika Khulu, Toka Assumi and best weaponry was awarded to Lanu Jamir, Temjenyapang and Along Tsudir.

It may be recalled that last year  16 participants took part in the WW II Peace Rally.

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