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Kohima road show kicks off

(L-R) Chief minister Neiphiu Rio, Governor Nikhil Kumar , president APO Kekhriengulie Linyu, Lt. General N.K. Singh GOC 3 Corps and Minister for H&TE & Urban Dev Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsü at inaugural of Sekrenyi festival cum Kohima Road show. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, FEB 25 (NPN):
Published on 26 Feb. 2010 12:57 AM IST
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Kohima Road Show cum Sekrenyi Festival started Thursday morning with a colourful programme held at the Kohima local ground with Nagaland governor Nikhil Kumar, gracing the programme, as chief guest. Commenting on the theme “confluence: past and present”, the governor said it conformed the need to remember rich cultural heritage of the Nagas and perpetuate it in a fascinating manner. Stating that Nagas were blessed with rich cultural heritage, Nikhi Kumar said that it was proper for people to preserve and pass it to younger generation so that they live up to the lofty culture set up by their heritage. Complimenting the state government, the governor said the concept of road shows was a unique way of showcasing works of the government and educating the masses about various benefits. He expressed optimism that the various departmental stalls set up would disseminate right information to the people, and facilitate them to get associated with government’s developmental initiatives. Greeting people on the occasion of Sekrenyi festival – a festival of purification – the governor expressed hope that this festival would do what was intended for them. GOC 3 Corps Lt. Gen N.K. Singh, who graced the occasion as guest of honour, said Nagaland was one of the fastest evolving societies in the world, and that it had favorable atmosphere for growth. Mentioning some developmental contributions done in the state by the security forces, Singh said the works were well utilized and initiated by the Nagas. Meanwhile, the state chief minister, Neiphiu Rio, delivering welcome address, called upon the people to uphold peace and prosperity in the society. The chief minister also urged all to recommit themselves and work for the good of the society. Terming Kohima as the “first district”, the CM urged its citizens to lead others by showing good example. Speaking about today’s event, Rio said the occasion was to promote the traditions of the past while also allow people to know about polices and programmes of the government. He also expressed gratitude to all the citizens for maintaining peace during the celebration. The chief minister released a book on Angami Cuisines compiled by the Angami Women Organization. During the programme, an Angami entrepreneur and progressive farmer, Arü Khate was felicitated for contribution through his Econo Demo Farm, a mixture of modern farming technology with indigenous methods. Colourful cultural dances, songs and indigenous games by various cultural communities and tribes marked the festivity. Sekrenyi greeting was delivered by APO general secretary Keneingunyü Sekhose while minister for urban development and higher and technical education Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsu pronounced the vote of thanks.

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