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61st R-Day observed across NE states
Correspondent/PTI SHILLONG/ AGARTALA/ GANGTOK/IMPHAL/ ITANAGAR, JAN 26:
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Published on 27 Jan. 2010 12:00 AM IST
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Republic Day was today celebrated in Meghalaya amidst tight security following the boycott call by an insurgent group. Governor RS Mooshahary took salute from participants in the march-past by the central paramilitary forces, police, army and air force at Polo ground here. Security and police forces were deployed at all strategic points. Frisking of passers-by was carried out at different places to detect movement of Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council ultras. Incidentally, another militant outfit of the state – A’chik National Volunteers’ Council (ANVC) – demanding for an autonomous Garoland and under a ceasefire agreement with the government has not boycotted the celebrations for many years. After unfurling the tri-colour and taking the customary salute at the 61st Republic Day celebrations, the stressed on the importance of peace and order for the growth and development of an economy cannot be over emphasized. Chief Minister DD Lapang, Speaker Charles Pyngrope and senior government and defence officials attended the Republic Day celebration. In his speech, Mooshahary said that the state is making desired impact on the lives of the people and “it is hoped that in time to come Meghalaya will emerge as one of the leading states of the Country.” Meanwhile, the other six districts, including the three districts of Garo Hills also celebrated a peaceful Republic Day celebration. Amid a tight security net, Republic Day was celebrated across Tripura with enthusiasm showcasing state’s rich culture and economic progress. Governor D Y Patil, who unfurled the tri-colour at the Assam Rifles ground in the state capital and took salute of an impressive parade, said Tripura was marching ahead for development and uplift of the people. “It is a matter of satisfaction that investment friendly policies of the state government are now attracting entrepreneurs from other parts of the country to set up their manufacturing and service units,” the governor said. The state Government is putting efforts in providing basic amenities to the people as well as in maintaining financial discipline, he said adding the state achieved rice productivity higher than the national average. Various cultural groups performed in the ground showcasing the culture of different tribes of the state. A thick security blanket was thrown throughout the state and an alert has been sounded along the 856 km long porous Indo-Bangla border of the state to keep the Republic Day free from any untoward incident. In Sikkim, Governor BP Singh today hailed the peaceful environment in Sikkim and appealed to the people to maintain law and order for all round socio-economic development being undertaken by the Pawan Kumar Chamling government. “The peaceful environment and a low crime rate has made the state an oasis of peace and tranquility ... The people of Sikkim should work together to maintain harmony in the society for economic development in the state,” he said after unfurling the national tricolour on the 61st Republic Day here. The preservation and sustainable utilisation of its rich natural resources will form the core of the economic development agenda of the Chamling government, which is in its fourth consecutive term. “Our emphasis is on eco-friendly development in all aspects to build a nature-based economy,” the Governor said. The state government has launched the Chief Minister’s free scholarship and a comprehensive educational loan schemes to encourage the students to pursue education in the best of academic institutions in the country and abroad. The Sikkim University has been conducting various educational programmes in higher education to help generate a pool of quality man power, Singh said. Meanwhile, the Republic Day was celebrated today in trouble-torn Manipur amid tight security amidst a boycott call by an insurgent group. The main function was organised at Kangla, the ancient palace of Manipur, where Jagat inspected the guard of honour and took salute from contingents of home guards, police, and central para military forces. Official sources said there was a heavy deployment of security forces in view of the Republic Day celebration boycott call given by Manipur People’s Liberation Front (MPLF). Security and police forces patrolled all major roads of Imphal and surrounding areas. All major roads of Imphal wore a deserted look as inhabitants preferred to remain indoors. The Defence Ministry has started the process of taking over possession of eight Advanced Landing Grounds (ALGs) lying unused for long in Arunachal Pradesh for their upgradation, Governor J J Singh said today. While the environment clearance for the greenfield airport at Itanagar was awaited, the upgradation of Tezu airport for ATR aircraft operation has been sanctioned by the North Eastern Council, Singh said addressing the Republic Day rally here. The work on the railway link to Itanagar and the 1800 km trans-Arunachal Highway, an important component of the Rs 24,000 crore PM package to the border state, were progressing smoothly, he said. The pace of implementation of the Prime Minister’s package, announced last year, quickened during the year and all the projects are being monitored regularly at the highest level, Singh said, adding third party monitors and absolute transparency has been maintained.

 
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