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State ushers in quiet Christmas
Correspondent KOHIMA:
Published on 26 Dec. 2008 10:21 PM IST
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State joined rest of the world in welcoming the birth of the Prince of Peace and celebrated Christmas, but seemingly in a somber this year perhaps due to financial crunch. In the state capital Kohima, unlike any other year, large number of people were seeing busy doing their last minute marketing till December 24 afternoon. Moreover, the state capital this year witnessed a little more population during Christmas than other year indicating that many people couldn't go to their respective native villages to celebrate Christmas with their near and dear ones. Perhaps, one of the reasons behind the somber Christmas this year could be financial drought like situation the state is facing in the aftermath of one of the spendthrift assembly election earlier this year. Furthermore, unlike other years, this year the state government had failed to release contract bills which had affected many local contractors. A senior minister in the present DAN government admittedly attributed the state government failure in releasing bills to contractor to the stricture paper works process adopted by the government. Commenting on the incident Rs 24.10 crore released to a single non local firm by the state home department earlier, which had attracted the wrath of the local contractors as a very serious issue and that the cabinet would take up the matter once the office resumes. On the other hand, Christmas this year also witnessed as one of the most peaceful and incident free particularly in the state capital with no report of any road accident leading to the lost of life during this festive season. Police official in Kohima when contacted admitted that there was no case of drunken driving or vehicular accident leading to the lost of life during this Christmas so far.

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