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Queen’s baton to pass through Nagaland
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, FEB 8 (NPN)
Published on 9 Feb. 2010 12:07 AM IST
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Currently in Africa, the Queen’s Baton Relay will reach Dimapur on July 23 and Kohima on July 24. The Baton would reach Dimapur from Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh, where a cultural function would be held to mark the Baton relay in the state. The Baton would be flown to Kohima by chopper on July 24 and travel to Touphema by road on July 25. After a night’s halt at Touphema, the Baton would be flown to Senapati on July 26. Additional secretary, youth resources and sport, Bendang Longchari when contacted said that the torch bearers would comprise of internationally renowned local sports persons and some selected by the department. The move to bring the Queen’s Baton, a symbol of the royal scepter of Queen Elizabeth, was decided in a Commonwealth Games meeting held in New Delhi recently, Longchari added. He expressed the hope that school and college students would participate in the rally as the event would be telecast in all commonwealth countries. The Queens Baton Relay began in Buckingham Palace in London when Queen Elizabeth handed over the baton to President Pratibha Patil last October in presence of Chairman of the organizing committee Suresh Kalmadi. Since then the baton has traveled thousands of miles and is currently in Africa. The baton would travel to all 71 countries in the Commonwealth before arriving in India on June 25. The baton would travel to all the state capitals and union territories for 100 days before arriving at the JN Stadium in New Delhi for the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games on Oct 3.

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