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Bridging the army and local populace
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Published on 17 Mar. 2009 10:23 PM IST
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State Governor K. Sankaranarayanan and chief minister Neiphiu Rio Tuesday graced the grand finale of the three day Army Mela held at IG Stadium, Kohima. Addressing the gathering, the governor commended the armed forces for the important role they played in protecting the hard earned freedom and ensuring a dignified place in the comity of nations. He said that their endeavor through the army mela would attract large number of youngsters towards the armed forces, and also increase the awareness of the people in the region of the various aspects of valiant forces. Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio stated that peaceful environment during the last 11 years of ceasefire in the state had been largely contributed by the army, Assam Rifles, State Police and para military. He maintained that their contribution had impacted the state in moving towards development activities in social harmony. Stating that army melas brought together the army and general populace, Rio said such an event was vital for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of security forces both in time of war and peace. He also stated that such a programme would encourage the youth in Nagaland in join the defence forces and enable them to contribute for the defence of their motherland. During the programme, the Rajya Sainik Board felicitated Mrs. Kevino, mother of chief minister Neiphiu Rio, whose husband Guolhoulie Angami was an ex-serviceman. Modified scooters were also presented to soldiers who made sacrifices for the nation. The Governor and chief minister handed over the awards to the recipients. The event was marked by entertainment such as dog show, sky diving, hot air ballooning, para-gliding, para-motoring, aero-modeling, motor cycle display, songs and dances. Cabinet ministers, MLAs, senior officials, army officers and thousands of spectators attended the programme. The three-day Army Mela, which came to a close on Tuesday, witnessed recruitment rally, free medical and dental camps for general public and ex-servicemen rally.

 
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