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NE youth peace festival culminates

A. Taku Longkumer GB receiving peace award from Lt. General N.K Singh AVSM VSM, 3 Corp Rangapahar on Monday at Holy Cross Campus, Dimapur. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, SEP 20 (NPN):
Published on 21 Sep. 2010 12:14 AM IST
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The North East Regional Youth Peace festival ended on a colorful note with mesmerizing Sumi and Bhangra dance and a special number by students of Christian Hr. Sec. School here at Holy Cross Campus, Dimapur with Lt. General N.K Singh AVSM VSM, 3 Corp Rangapahar as the chief guest and Rev. Fr. Carlous Neisalhou, vicar general, Diocese of Kohima as the guest of honour on Monday.
Lt. Gen N.K Singh speaking on the occasion said though the quest for peace elsewhere started centuries ago, in Nagaland it started when ceasefire came into force 13 years ago between various undergrounds factions and the government of India.
While alleging the process of ceasefire was disturbed sporadically, he however acknowledged the ceasefire rules were sustained by the parties concerned.
The general urged the young peace channel group to keep up the good work in maintaining peaceful atmosphere in the state, adding such small act by various groups would yield positive result.
Rev. Fr. Carlous Neisalhou, vicar general, Diocese of Kohima, who was the guest of honour and the patron for the occasion conveyed the Catholic Church concept of peace in Nagaland.
Outlining the Catholic Church aims and objectives in Nagaland, he said bringing peaceful atmosphere in the state through proclaiming of the word of God, celebrating the mercy and compassion of the Lord Jesus Christ along with activities such as inculcating Christian ethics, education, solving social problems, healthcare etc., has been roped in to comprehend the meaning of peace which the state is really in dire need.
He said, “Peace has to come from within”.
Without attaining the inner peace in oneself, one cannot attain or create peaceful atmosphere around, he equipped.
Quoting from the scripture John: 14, he said, “Jesus is the lone giver of peace” and without that close association with Him, none can attain that peace which people so yearn for.
He further urged the youth to build up a close relationship with God so peace would reign in Nagaland as well as the world.
Extending greetings to the dignitaries present at the function, Rev. Fr. CP Anto, Director Peace Channel said peace is possible in Nagaland.
Recalling the ‘September Summit’ convened by the Forum of Naga Reconciliation (FNR) where all the three highest level leaders came together to discuss and pledge to work towards peace, the Director radiated with confidence stating that such steps by the leaders would encourage peace and yield lasting peaceful solution among the Nagas.
Stressing on the activities of the peace channel youth he said, “youth is equal to peace and peace is equal to development”.
The North East Regional Youth Peace festival also recognizes and give awards to outstanding individuals who have contribute towards peace in the region.
This year’s awardees included A. Taku Longkumer GB, Akum Longchari, MD Morung Express, Dimapur, Neidonuo Angami founder of Naga Mother Association. The awardees received `10, 000, certificate and a memento each presented by the chief guest and some dignitaries.
The journalist peace awards went to Daniel of Tripura, Peter Angami from Kohima and Sarah of Diphu, Assam. They were awarded with certificates and mementos each.

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