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Develop a sense of unity: Rio

State chief minister, Neiphiu Rio addressing the 43rd Yimchungru students’ conference at Huker village on January 9. (DIPR)
Published on 13 Jan. 2009 1:00 AM IST
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State chief minister, Neiphiu Rio has expressed urgency for students to develop a sense of unity among all Nagas. "Unity is required for Peace and peace is the prerequisite for Development," Rio said while addressing the 43rd Yimchungrü Akherü Arihako and the 50th golden jubilee Conference of Huker village students union at Huker, January 9. Rio asserted that unity and peace among people was possible only when citizens abide by rules and regulations, and that total freedom would only end in chaos. Addressing huge gathering of 74 units' delegates, state chief minister also expressed satisfaction and joy for being able to reach out to the remote areas of the underdeveloped sections of the people on such an occasion. Further he lauded sense of unity among Yimchungrus, despite backwardness in development and was optimistic that with their two elected MLAs, speedy development programs would be ensured. He also maintained that DAN government was the government for backward areas, adding that people of such beneficiaries should befittingly spread this message. The state chief minister also urged the students to become responsible citizens by being diligent, obedient to parents, law abiding and keeping away from harmful addictions. DC Tuensang and ADC Shamatore also exhorted the gathering on the occasion. The conference was attended by parliamentary secretaries, R. Tohanba and T. Torechu, AIG Security, S.P. Tuensang and senior government officials, an official bulletin stated. Addressing the noon session on January 9, parliamentary secretary for CAWD, T. Torechu encouraged reformation of Yimchunger society with unity and imparting of quality education in order to bring changes in the community. Meanwhile, parliamentary secretary for information and public relations and economics and statistic, R. Tohanba who graced the celebration programme of Huker village Students Union Golden Jubilee on January 10 as chief guest said he studied in Huker village primary school and as student, took part in students' union and CYE activities, adding Huker village is the first village among the Yimchunger villages to receive education and embrace Christianity. Stating that 'spears and dao' era has gone, Tohanba said now was the time to wage war with education, knowledge and wisdom in order to become responsible officers in our society, calling upon the students to have self-determination, courage and sincerity. He also urged the gathering not to depend on others to uplift the society, adding 'it is we who have to work hard to build up our society', quoting the Chinese proverb 'nothing is impossible if you work hard with target'. Minister for roads & bridges, Kaito who was to grace the closing function and who could not attend due to unavoidable circumstance donated Rs. One lakh towards the organizing committee. President, ENSF, Chillio graced the closing function as guest of honour. In his speech, he encouraged the students to maintain discipline, study hard and prepare to meet the challenges of the new era. NPSC member, K. Janger and Asst. Jailor, DG (Prisons) office, K. Soriso were the main speakers of the programme while AIGP (Supply) PHQ, Kohima, S. Akumba graced the volleyball competition as guest of honour. Presentation of cultural dances, special numbers, quiz competition, award of certificates and mementos to pioneers and active workers in Huker Village Students Union in the last 50 years, prize distribution, Volleyball competition and talent show were the others highlights of Yimchunger students general session and HVSU Golden jubilee celebrations programme. YAA conference and golden jubilee celebration programmes were led by YAA office bearers and HVSU golden jubilee office bearers respectively. About 3000 delegates besides hosts of villagers attended the programme.

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