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Metemneo festival celebrated at Pungro

Parliamentary Secretary R. Tohanba receiving gift at Medümneo festival at Pungro on Saturday. (DIPR)
Correspondent/DIPR KIPHIRE, AUG 7(NPN):
Published on 8 Aug. 2010 12:03 AM IST
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Yimchunger community celebrated Metemneo festival in Pungro town as the situation returned to normalcy. Parliamentary secretary IPR Tohanba accompanied by Commissioner and Secretary IPR arrived here at Pungro public ground by chopper.
Terming peace as the biggest development in Nagaland, Tohanba said festival marked the beginning of peace, tranquility and harmony among the neighbouring houses, villages and tribes. He called upon the people to celebrate the festival with spirit of love, affection and respect for each other.
Tohanba lamented that proposed road show, coinciding with Yimchunger Medümneo festival at Pungro town, had to be cancelled due to misunderstanding which had cropped up between two brother tribes of Sangtam and Yimchunger and he further appealed to both tribes to live together as one family.
Highlighting on the festival Tohanba said Medümneo festival was one of the most important festivals of Yimchunger community with peace, prosperity and tranquility as the theme of the festival. He said the festival was a festival of souls where ‘Me’ means ‘soul’, ‘dum’ means ‘wrapped’ and ‘neo’ means festival which expresses purification to the soul of new born babies of the year, and added that those who were about to die this year, their soul departs on the festival. It is also a festival where new engagement of young boys and girls were made and exchanged gifts. On development activities, Tohanba said DAN Government, under the leadership of Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio, had seen a lot of developmental activities in various sectors including road connectivity and he appealed to public to maintain peace and unity and cooperate with the government so as to bring more development in years to come.
On ‘Year of Entrepreneur’ Tohanba said government had declared 2010 as the ‘Year of Entrepreneur’ to encourage and to extend support to potential progressive entrepreneurs for the promotion of their enterprises.
He called urged upon Naga youth to be more sincere in building self reliance project. Tohanba also said DAN government had taken great concern for development of Eastern Districts of Nagaland where he informed that infrastructural development were in full swing in different departments and in different places.
Parliamentary Secretary, CAWD, T. Torechu, who graced the occasion as guest of honour, also extended his warm Medümneo festival greetings to the Yimchunger community.
Commissioner & Secretary, Information & Public Relations, M.K. Mero also spoke at the occasion. Short exhortation was also given by SDO (C) Pungro, John Tsulise Sangtam while welcome address was delivered by Working President Kiphire District GB’s Union, Shophu. Signifying the Medümneo festival forefathers celebrating the festival was also demonstrated by DB Thsekiulo, Rechang GB and their group. Other highlights of the programme included indigenous display presented by various villages, under Pungro Sub-Division, Kiphire, cultural dances by various cultural troupes including Naga Burma cultural troupe and special song presented by Little Flower School, Pungro. The programme was chaired by President YTC Thsesong and invocation was pronounced by Pastor PBC Yimto. President Public Forum Pungro Sub-Division, S. Kiusümew proposed the vote of thanks.
The Parliamentary Secretary was accompanied by General Secretary YTC, S. Tokiu, Executive Member YTC, Kekongchim and IPR official. The programme was also attended by ADC, Kiphire, Additional SP Kiphire, SP (IRB) Pungro, Head GB Pungro Musumong, Presidents and representatives from Yimchunger Tribal Council, Yimchunger Akherü Arihako, Yimchunger Women Organisation, Senior Government officials and the general public.
Meanwhile, situation in Kiphire town is back normal with the district administration, police, GBs and DBs performing their duty vigilantly.

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