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Governors stress on peace

Agriculture department, the winner of Governor’s running trophy for best Tableaux receiving the award from State governor K. Sankaranarayanan. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, JAN 26 (NPN):
Published on 27 Jan. 2009 1:20 AM IST
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Nagaland joined the rest of the country in celebrating the 60th Republic Day with the main function held at the Secretariat Plaza in Kohima. Nagaland Governor, K. Sankaranarayanan urged upon the people to rededicate themselves to the principles of democracy and strive to resolve “our problems through peaceful means”. Unfurling the tri-colour at the Secretariat Plaza, Kohima, Sankaranarayanan also called upon the people to strengthen the peace process to find an amicable solution to the six decade old Naga political problem. “Ceasefire with the NSCN, and the ongoing peace talks and negotiations to resolve the Naga political problems has given new hope to all” the governor said in his address which lasted 21 minutes. He appreciated the response of the undergrounds for heeding to the call of the people for cessation of hostilities and hoped that the same spirit would continue. “With a strong expression of desire for peace from every concerned citizen, we have to ensure that factional clashes amongst the Under Grounds don’t take place, and citizens have a feeling of safety and security” he said. He also highlighted the various development activities of the state government. Earlier, the Governor took salute from the 16 parade contingents. A total of 13 Tableaux were presented by various departments of the government. State chief minister, Neiphiu Rio inaugurated the exhibition cum sale at Kuochiezie, Kohima which was organized as part of the Republic Day celebration. OTHER DISTRICTS In Dimapur, Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Kuzholuzo Nienu who graced the occasion as the chief guest unfurled the flag and took salute from the 14 parade contingents at the DDSC Stadium. In Tuensang, the 60th Republic Day was celebrated at the parade ground with Minister for Soil & Water Conservation and Land Resources Development, P. Longon as the chief guest who unfurled the National Flag and took salute from the march past contingents comprising of 3rd NAP, DEF, CRPF, VGs, Ex-Servicemen, Bharat Scouts & Guides and 3rd NAP Band. In Wokha, Minister for School Education and SCERT Nyiewang Konyak graced the occasion as the chief guest which was held at the local ground. Advisor DUDA, EE Pangteang unfurled the national flag and took salute from the nine parade contingents as the chief guest in Peren. Speaker Nagaland Legislative Assembly, Kiyanilie Peseyie was the chief guest during the 60th Republic Day celebration in Zunheboto who also hoisted the National Flag and took the salute. In Mokokchung, Minister for Agriculture Dr. Chumben Murry graced the celebration as the chief guest which was held at Imkongliba Sports complex. Minister for Planning and Co-ordination, Evaluation, T.R. Zeliang was the chief guest in Phek who unfurled the tricolour and took salute from the 10 parade contingents. Parliamentary Secretary for Law & Justice, Tourism, and Art & Culture, Yitachu graced the 60th Republic Day celebration in Mon as the chief guest which was held at the local ground. The Republic Day celebrations were also reported in the rest of the districts, sub-divisions, towns etc. Governor lays foundation stone for RB Banquet Hall Nagaland Governor, K. Sankaranarayanan Monday laid the foundation stone for a separate Banquet Hall at the Raj Bhavan Kohima. Speaking on the occasion, he Sankaranarayanan said the Raj Bhavan Banquet Hall was a present from the State Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio on the occasion of the 60th Republic Day celebration. He congratulated the chief minister and stressed on the quality of workmanship and proper utilization of the allotted time frame for completion of the project. Also speaking on the occasion, Rio said the need for having a separate Banquet Hall has been realized through the initiative of the Governor. He said it was a long felt requirement which has been overlooked for many years due to certain constraints. Stating that the state government would provide all the necessary funds, he urged the Department concerned and the contractor to complete the project in time with quality control. According to Secretary to Governor, Abhishek Singh, IAS, the construction of the Banquet Hall would be monitored by the State Works & Housing Department which has been estimated at the cost of Rs. 3,12, 40,000 and is expected to be completed within 18 months time.

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