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State celebrates Gandhi Jayanti

(Left) Chingwang Konyak CLP Leader speaking during the celebration at Congress Bhavan, Kohima. (right) Congress leaders attending Gandhi Jayanti celebration at DCC Dimapur office, Thursday. (NP)
KOHIMA, Oct 2:
Published on 3 Oct. 2008 12:06 AM IST
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Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) on Thursday celebrated 139th Gandhi Jayanti - “International Non-Violence day” at Congress Bhavan, Kohima. Addressing the auspicious occasion, Chingwang, leader of opposition said that the world today has acknowledged the relevance of Gandhiji’s non-violence and called upon the Congress party workers to take a pledge to work and spread the message of non- violence in the state. He also urged party men that while observing Mahatma Gandhi’s 139 birth day, to pledge for invigorating the Congress party in the state. NPCC president and MLA K.V. Pusa said Gandhi’s greatest gift to humanity is his message embodied in Satyagraha, in which the power of truth and non-violence was demonstrated to the world, adding the Congress party has always upheld Gandhian values and is committed to continue to do so. While observing the “international non-violence day”, Pusa also conveyed his ‘heartfelt sympathy’ to the family members of victims of October 2, 2004, Dimapur bomb blasts at railway station and Hong Kong Market. He prayed to the Almighty to grant solace to the bereaved family members, and also remembered ‘our beloved ones whose lives were also snatched away by terrorists.’ Kakheli Jakhalu, vice president Nagaland Pradesh Mahila Congress Committee also addressed the gathering. Earlier, Nillo Rengma, vice president NPCC chaired the function. Other highlights included special numbers from NSUI, NYC and Konyak women group. Later, the NPCC officials visited Kohima Orphanage and Destitute Home (KODH) and the NYC and NSUI visited District Jail, Kohima. (Correspondent) DIMAPUR: In a fitting tribute to the ‘Father of the Nation,’ the DCC Dimapur celebrated Gandhi Jayanti by organizing a simple function here at DCC Conference hall, Thursday. Congress leaders including SI Jamir, MLA, AICC member Kevizakiesetuo and hundreds of party workers led by DCC Dimapur president Roben Lotha and general secretary Timir Choudhury attended the celebration. The main highlight of the celebration was a speech on the life of Mahatma Gandhi and his contribution to the Indian freedom movement, by Tapanjit Sinha, lecturer (Economics) of Ram Janaki HSS, Dimapur. Sinha said even political parties and politicians should emulate the life of Gandhi’s and adopt his two powerful weapons –Ahimsa (non-violence) and Satyagraha (perseverance to truth). AICC member Kevizakiesetuo who also spoke on the occasion, exhorted party members to imbibe the teachings and principles of Gandhi. Earlier, DCC Dimapur president Roben Lotha delivered welcome address while ACC 4 Ghaspani president Nizheto K Swu pronounced vote of thanks. The programme was chaired by Mrs. Lucy, secretary NPMCC. After the function, Minority Cell of DCC distributed sweets to all those who attended the celebration, on the occasion of Idd-ul-fitr coinciding with Gandhi Jayanti. The Minority Cell also extended Idd greetings to all Dimapurians. (Staff Reporter) TUENSANG: Along with the rest of the world, District Congress Committee (DCC) and District Youth Congress (DYC) on Thursday celebrated the 139th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi at Congres Bhavan (DCC) Tuensang town. Honouring Gandhi for successfully leading the Indian National movement through non-violence, Chiten Sangtam president, DCC said the strength of his leadership came from application of the principles of Ahimsa. He also asserted party men to reaffirm their commitment as a congress worker to the principle of non-violence. Shillem Khiamnungan, president, DYC briefed on the role of Mahatma Gandhi the father of the nation and non-violence in Indian movement.A one minute silent prayer was observed in respect of Ghandiji’s birthday. arlier the programme was chaired by Mosha Chang, vice president, DCC. (Correspondent) MOKOKCHUNG: DCC Mokokchung observed 139th birthday anniversary of Gandhiji celebration aiming at “Permanent peace” joining the “International day of Non-violence” celebration held at DCC office Mokokchung on October 2. The celebration was attended by all frontal chiefs, District Mahila congress, District youth congress & NSUI, NPCC member, veteran congress leaders, congress Seva dal & Kisssan cell. Chief guest Nungsangyapang Aier, MLA gave a brief account on the biography of “Father of the Nation” and honoured both modern International & National leaders for recognizing “Gandhi Jayanti” as the “International day of Non-Violence”, and also particularly honoured, Mrs. Sonia Gandhi chairperson UPA & Dr. Manmohansingh Prime Minister of India respectively. Accordingly the chief quest urged upon the gathering to follow the foot prints of Mahatma Gandhi and his teaching of Satyagraha as the greatest and finest exemplary of the world, the speaker highlighted. ABRS: Commemorating the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the Akhil Bharat Rachnaatmak Samaj (All India Gandhian Workers Society) Nagaland Branch today distributed snacks to underprivileged people at Dimapur Railway station. More than 500 people including beggars, underprivileged children and IRB personnel who were on duty to maintain peaceful atmosphere were given snacks and mineral water. Earlier, a prayer meeting was held at YLM Institute of Technology and Management, Duncan Bosti, Dimapur at 2 pm chaired by Imti John, ABRS president Dimapur district. Rev Fr CP Anto, director Peace Channel Nagaland and Ms Toshirenla Ao, ABRS state president briefed on the life and philosophies of late Mahatma Gandhi and late Nirmala Despande, former national president ABRS followed by paying tribute to the two departed souls who were propagators of non-violence by maintaining 2 minutes silence A special prayer for peace in the state was conducted Wati Kechu, Asst pastor, DABA. Exhorting at the occasion, Asenla Longkum, president Dimapur Ao Watsu Mungdang termed, Mahatma Gandhi as an apostle of peace and a preacher of truth. Taking note of the killings, corruptions, etc in the present Naga society, she expressed unhappiness that the slogan ‘Nagaland for Christ’ is not put into practice. She therefore appealed the Nagas and Gandhians in particular to follow the principle of non-violence. Students of Youth Life Molding Centre touched the heart of the people gathered with their beautiful special numbers. The programme concluded with a benediction pronounced by RK Lotha, president ABRS Wokha district. MON: Gandhi Jayanti celebration was jointly organized by district congress committee and Nehru Yuva Kendra Mon at Congress Bhavan. The programme was chaired by Hoka Konyak, president DCC, Mon. Short speech based on the importance of Gandhi Jayanti was delivered by Kangwang Konyak, president, DYC and Ngunlem Konyak, president, Mahila. Speech was delivered by Wanglong Konyak and Stella Elang Konyak, DPO, Nehru Yuva Kendra Mon. sSpecial numbers were presented by the Strivers Teen Club and Rising Youth club of Nehru Yuva Kendra Mon. SMCS: St. Mary’s Cathedral School (SMCS), Lerie, Kohima observed the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, father of the nation with an essay writing competition under the theme “Non-Violence” on October 2. Forty five students from classes 8, 9, 10 participated in the contest. The first, second and third positions were bagged by Recie (Cl.IX), Tosonu (Cl.X) and Keresetuo (Cl.X) respectively. The school authority has thanked programme co-ordinators and academic co-ordinators of the institution, John Makhabo, District Youth Co-ordinator of Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, Kohima for sponsoring the cash awards to the winners.

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