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Pre - Christmas celebrations
Published on 20 Dec. 2010 11:45 PM IST
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Advent Christmas was celebrated at Kohima Orphanage on December 16 with Shashank Shekhar (IAS), Director ATI along with EAC, DSP & AEO probationers and children from HIV and AIDS Hospice. The event was the project of a group of NCS & NPS probationers, ably supported by their fellow officers.
An exhortation was delivered by Impong Chang, NPS who spoke on challenges he faced growing up and encouraged his young audience to never give up on their dreams.
An amount of `25,000/- was donated by ATI while the probationers also contributed handsomely to the Orphanage and the Hospice in cash, besides distributing meat, sweets and refreshment. Some sports items were also donated by the directorate of youth resources & sports.Special numbers were presented by children from the orphanage as well as the Hospice, which were well-received. However, the best part of the event was after the (semi)formal programme ended and all joined in singing Christmas carols and interacted with one another.
At present, a total of 72 children reside at the Orphanage, the youngest being 8 months old. The older children look after the younger ones, with only their Mother Zaputuo-ü and her daughter providing adult supervision. It is indeed heartening to hear their success stories, with some in college and others in the army and navy. One of them is even studying Forestry in Dehradun.
NCS & NPS probationers have expressed gratitude to all those who contributed towards the success of the programme, Shashank and the faculty and staffs of ATI, the director, youth resources & sports, all NCS, NPS and AEO probationers and Zaputuo-ü for organising the event and the children from the Orphanage and Hospice for welcoming the visiting team.
Piphema: An art and fun day programme, the first of its kind in Piphema, was organized by 20 Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ 5 Sector under IGAR(N) with a view of providing the children an opportunity to showcase their skills at painting followed by sports event for recreation.
Approximately 450 children from nine different schools in the neighbourhood participated in the interschool event which was attended by parents, teachers and GBs.
The painting competition was organised for all students who were divided into two groups of class I to IV and class V to VIII on themes of nature and festivals respectively.
Speaking after the function, the Commandant exhorted the students to continue to imbibe good habits, respect elders and teachers and study and play hard so that they become a responsible future citizen of the state and the nation. He also extended Christmas and New Year greetings to the gathering.
At the closure of the event, Piphema joint village council expressed gratitude to Col Neeraj Shukla, SM** and Maj Sachin Ozarkar of 20 Assam Rifles for organising a fun-filled and an eventful day for the children.
Phekmi union Kohima: Phekmi Welfare Union Kohima (PWUK) on December 19 celebrated pre-Christmas at the private residence of Küzholüzo Nienu, minister for health and family welfare, Science College road, Jotsoma.Delivering the Christmas message, Azo conveyed that Christmas was a time for all to reconcile with one another as well as with God and requested all not to recollect the bitter past and destroy a perfect future that lies ahead but unite hearts and reconcile in unity for the greater cause of people. Vedusayi Soho spoke on ‘Living with a new born King.’Earlier, the function was chaired by PWUK president Salie Khesoh while Vesatolü Khesoh read the scripture and prayed for the programme.

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