DIMAPUR: State minister for health and family welfare Kuzholuzo Monday called upon citizens of Dimapur to maintain peace and tranquility and to rededicated oneself to the principles of democracy. He was speaking at Republic day function at Dimapur.
The minister lauded the state for achieving United Nation's Award in the area of public service in 2008 and hoped that the initiatives that the Nagaland government would inspire others in developing the rural areas in the country.
He said the consumption in power sectors had shot up to 85 mega watts against the current state production level of 16 megawatts.
The gap between demand and supply could be brought down by harnessing our hydel potential, he added.
Earlier the programme began with parade review by Jungpong Ao, DIG, Border and Training, Dimapur Range, flag hoisting by the chief guest.
Various contingents that took part in the parade included 94th CRPF, 13th IRB Bn, Nagaland Police, ex-serviceman, Nagaland Home guard, Delhi Public School, Dimapur, Don Bosco School scouts and guides, Livingstone foundation higher secondary school, Dimapur, NCC Patkai, NCC greenwood school, Patkai christian college and the Assam rifles. Highlights of the celebration included various cultural items by Chakhesang united Naga village, Rengma cultural troupe Chumukedima, Zeliang cultural troupe Dhobinala, Dimapur, Phom cultural troupe, Dimapur, Bihu dance group, Lahariya Rajasthan folk dance, Haryana folk dance and Jagali Dance.
Prizes were awarded to the various contingents of the parade and also for the exhibition section. The first prize of the parade went to 13th IRB Bn, the second prize went to the 94th CRPF and the third prize went to greenwood NCC. While in exhibition section, ATMA bagged the first prize, DIC were awarded the second prize and the third prize went to local decorative.
NIULAND: Flag hoisting and cultural programmes were organised in Niuland sub-division today to mark the country's 60th Republic Day celebrations.
Parliamentary secretary for industries and commerce Dr. K.C Nihoshe unfurled the national tri-colour at a function held at Niuland public ground in the morning.
The chief guest accompanied by ADC Niuland, Anenla Sato inspected the ceremonial parade staged by the contingents comprising of 6th NAP, Hovishe Students Union, JNV Nihokhu, Kuhoxu Students Union and Zuheshe ME School.
Dr. Nihoshe delivered the Republic Day speech and inaugurated the exhibition stalls displayed by agri and allied sectors by self help groups and individuals.
Later, addressing GBs, DBs and departmental officers at a formal gathering, Dr. Nihoshe assured that matters pertaining to development of Niuland area would be taken into account on the next work programme plan for February- March 2009-10. For which, he appealed leaders of Niuland area headed by its ADC to forward the matter to him and also to extend cooperation to the government.
Highlights of the programme included folk dance by men and women of Hakhuzhe village and Niuland town, spear kicking display and aerobic display by Nihokhu and JNV Nihokhu respectively. Besides other dignitaries, the chief guest was accompanied by deputy director, industries and commerce Hokishe Assumi, Dimapur Municipal Council chairperson Khekaho Assumi and councilors. Those present at occasion included administrative officials, police, village councils, head of departments, government employees, functional manager DIC Niuland GB's Association and the general public from all villages under the sub- division.
TUENSANG: Joining with the rest of the nation Tuensang Monday celebrated Republic Day with minister for soil and water conservation, land resource development, P. Longon as chief guest.
The chief guest unfurled the National Flag and took salute from march past contingents.
Addressing mammoth gathering at Tuensang parade ground chief guest said the state has had a long history of conflict and violence, arising out of six-decade-old unresolved "Naga political problem." He, however, added that for the last eleven years, there had been peace process going on in the state, which had given new hope to all.
The contingent of the parade included, CRPF, 3rd NAP, VG Kuthur, NNC, Bharat scout and guides, ex-servicemen, and Sao Chang College.
The chief guest inaugurated exhibition stalls put up by various departments including sericulture, horticulture, agriculture, veterinary and animal husbandry, fisheries, health and family welfare, urban development, industries and commerce, Tuensang district mother association, SHG cluster Tuensang district.
Highlights of the programme included cultural dances, feeding of patients at civil hospital, AR hospital, 3rd NAP hospital and district jail inmates by Red Cross society, chambers of commerce, district AIDS control society, exhibition football match between Tuensang 11 versus Veterans Club Tuensang, besides prize distribution.
The programme culminated with cultural dance by Chang, Yimchunger, Khiamniungan, Sangtam and HERI club. (Correspondent )
WOKHA: Republic Day was observed in Wokha with minister for school education and SCERT, Nyiewang Konyak as chief guest. Addressing the celebration he congratulated the people of Nagaland being conferred the UN award for public services in the year 2008. He informed that 71 towns have been selected for implementation of development of small and medium towns for providing basic infrastructure facilities to small towns. The minister announced that for the first time in the state health melas under NHRM would be held throughout state in all district headquarters from February 2009.
The minister also inaugurated the exhibition stalls put up by the different departments at the local ground. Highlights of the celebration included presentation of cultural dance by Tsungiki village cultural club, folk song by ladies club multipurpose welfare society Wokha village and band display by 41 Assam Rifles and exhibition of women football match.
PEREN: Peren district observed the 60th Republic Day Monday with great enthusiasm at local football ground, Peren. Advisor DUDA, EE Pangteang unfurled the national flag and took salute from the nine parade contingents including Band Platoon at the ceremonial function.
Highlights of the programme included address by chief guest, inspection of parade contingents, inauguration of exhibition stall, cultural dance by Bana colony Peren, Chattisgarh dance by 9th IRB Saijang.
ZUNHEBOTO: Republic Day was celebrated at Zunheboto with speaker of Nagaland legislative assembly, Kiyanilie Peseyie, unfurling tricolor as chief guest.
Addressing the gathering he said for the last 59 years the Constitution had stood the test of times. He called upon the people of the district and reminded them that on a day such as "this we should re-dedicate ourselves to the principles of democracy and strive to seek solution through peaceful manner" because, he added, "our motto has been 'peace for development and development for peace".
For the first time the Sumi Totimi Hoho participated in the March Past parade and contingent enthralled the crowd. Highlights included man folk dance by Khukiye Lukhei village and the women folk dance by Lakhi Lako colony Zunheboto.
Later chief guest inaugurated lucky draw in aid of SUTSAH Academy (Sumi Literature Board).
MOKOKCHUNG: Joining the rest of the country, Mokokchung district celebrated 60th Republic Day at Imkongliba Sports complex Mokokchung with minister for agriculture Dr. Chumben Murry as chief guest. He took salute and unfurled the tri-color.
Delivering Republic day speech he said for the past 60 years citizen stood strong as a nation and it had faced numerous challenges both form within and outside the country including violent attacks from terrorist and disruptive forces.
Minister also highlighted the progress and developments of various departments for the years and planned programme including power sectors, Rural Development, PHED, PWD, horticulture & agriculture, information technology & E governance, health & family welfare, irrigation, education, forest.
Highlights of the programme included presentation of awards for Raja Puraskar Award to Scouts & Guides from Mokokchung District (Governor's Award) march past, cultural programme, inter ward tug-of-war competition, exhibition stalls put up by different departments and exhibition football match.
PHEK: Republic Day was celebrated at Phek local ground with minister for planning and co-ordination, evaluation T.R Zealing as chief guest, who also unfurled the national flag and took salute from the 10 contingents including 33 Assam Rifles, 5th NAP, DEF, NCC of Government High School, Holy Care School, Christian Home School, 33 Assam Rifle School, Royal Foundation School and 33 Assam Rifles Band.
Speaking at the celebration chief guest appreciated the positive response from the underground groups and appealed all sections of the people, for Naga unity and reconciliation and cessation of factional clashes.
Highlights of the programme included cultural dances by Sohomi village dance troupe, Jericho dance troupe and Town women dance troupe. Folk songs presented by Zhove Handicraft Society, Mutsale represented by MYK, Phek and P.T display by 33 Assam Rifles School, Phek.
Exhibition stalls were displayed by district agriculture department Phek, horticulture, veterinary & animal husbandry, health & family welfare and fishery departments. SHGs from Phek Sadar, Pfutsero and Meluri sub-divisions also participated in the exhibition.
MON: Mon also celebrated Republic Day at Local Ground with parliamentary secretary for law & justice, tourism, and art & culture Yitachu as chief guest.
Touching all sectors and enumerating the achievement of the government, chief guest said that with the "Look East" policy of the union government and the recent adoption of 'North East Vision 2020" by NEC the state had a unique opportunity of marching ahead along with the rest of the country.
Earlier, chief guest unfurled the National Flag and took the salute from seven contingents consisting of 6th NAP, Tizit; DEF, Mon; Two VG Platoon; NCC girls; ex-servicemen and Band Platoon by the 6th NAP.
Exhibition- cum- sale stalls were displayed by Agri & allied departments and also the Arms and Ammunition were displayed by 37th Assam Rifle, Mon.
MELURI: Republic Day was celebrated at Meluri with MLA and chairman MARCOFED, C.L. John as chief guest.
The chief guest unfurled the national flag and took the salute from parade contingents that included 5th NAP, village guards, Christian Mission School Meluri, Government High School Meluri and St. Xavier's School Meluri. The National Anthem was presented by Meluri Students' Union representatives.
The MLA also gave away the gallantry award posthumously to late Yalethvü of the village guards.
MEDZIPHEMA: For the first time since establishment of ADC headquarters, Medziphema celebrated Republic Day with parliamentary secretary for social welfare, child & women development Chotisuh Sazo as chief guest.
Highlights of the programme included march past parade by seven contingents including one from the 13 NAP Bn. and various schools. Cultural items were presented by troupes from Sirhima and Zuikhu
CHIEPHOBOZOU: Republic Day was celebrated at Chiephobozou with parliamentary secretary, transport & communication and mechanical engineering, Dako Phom as chief guest. Highlights of the programme included folk songs by Catholic Youth Association, Chiephobozou, cultural dance by Chiechema cultural troupe, drill display by Don Bosco School, Chiephobozou and exhibition football match between Chiephobozou town Vrs. Government High School, Chiechama.
PFÜTSERO: Republic Day celebration was celebrated at local ground with minister for PHED, Dr. Ngangshi as chief guest.
The chief guest unfurled the national flag and took Rashtriya salute from various contingent.
Highlights of the programme included presentation of folk songs and dances by Zapami and Kuzha cultural societies.
BHANDARI: Republic Day was held at local football ground Bhandari with parliamentary secretary IPR & economics & statistics, R. Tohanba as chief guest unfurling the national flag followed by taking Rastriya salute from 4 parade contingents.
CHANGTONGYA: 60th Republic Day was celebrated at SDO(C) office complex at Changtongya headquarter.
All heads of offices, staff, Town Council members, GBs, chairmen, elders and public leaders attended the day's celebrations.
TSEMINYU: Tseminyu Sub-Division celebrated Republic Day with MLA and Chairman NKVIB, Dr. Neikiesalie Kire as chief guest who unfurled the national flag at ADC compound and delivered the Republic Day speech.
Other highlights were presentation of folk song by Tseminyu town women group with Tseminyu Town Council Chairman as in charge, special number presented by Bethel church Tseminyu and AG church Tseminyu town.
CHEN: Republic Day was celebrated at Chen headquarter local ground on with Sub-Divisional Officer (Civil) Chen, Orenthung Lotha as chief guest.
Highlight of the function included cultural dance by Chen public.
LONGKHIM: Longkhim ADC sub-division celebrated Republic Day with parliamentary secretary, prison, home guard, fire and emergency services, Wochumo Kitan as chief guest.
PUGHOBOTO: Pughoboto ADC headquarters joining hand with the rest of the nation celebrated Republic Day with MLA and advisor IT and TE to state chief minister, Vikho-o Yoshü unfurling the tri-colour.
Highlights of the celebration included display of folk song by STH Pughoboto, folk dance by Natsumi village cultural troupe and putting up of exhibition-cum-sales stalls by all VDBs of sub-division, government department and NGOs.
NSCB: Nagaland State Co-operative Bank (NSCB) celebrated Republic Day at its head office complex. The national flag was unfurled by managing director, B.K.Thadani in the presence of a large gathering of officers and staff.
KENDRIYA VIDYALAYA: The 60th Republic Day was celebrated in Vidyalaya premises. Principal of the Vidyalaya C. Valmiki hoisted the flag in the Vidyalaya Assembly Ground. Programme ended with attractive cultural programmes based on the patriotism.