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Churches and organisations observe respective jubilees

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 12/28/2019 12:27:34 PM IST

Various organisations and churches observed their respective jubilees in Jakhama village, Notun Bosti Dimapur, Kacharigaon, Sungratsu and Seluku villages. 

SAPO platinum jubilee: Southern Angami Public Organization (SAPO) celebrated the platinum jubilee at Zhodi ground, Jakhama village on Saturday with the theme “Celebrating ethos”. 
Justice Zelre Angami, judge (Rtd), Gauhati High Court gracing the occasion as the special guest in his speech, impressed upon the people to live together in harmony. He said over the past years, any activity, be small or huge was not made or fulfilled through individual calibre but through collective efforts. This, he said was best demonstrated through a just and peace loving community. 
The speaker viewed that the Southern Angami region was fortunate to receive premiere education initiated by its own people. While pointing out that the region’s land was fertile with good soil, abundance of water and clean air gifted by God, he also advocated for protecting the ecosystem and environment of the land for the present and future generation. 
Kohima Village Council chairman Dr. Neiphi Kire added that jubilee was an occasion for an in-depth exposition of cultures and traditions, songs & dances, attires and ornaments, a chance to revisit the past, also to go ahead with renewed hope. 
Dr. Chotisuh Sazo, MLA, said that the Chokri and Southern Angamis has always maintained a cordial and friendly relationship since time immemorial. While also, he expressed gratitude to the region for always extending solidarity to the Chokris. 
Advisor, Youth Resources & Sports Er. Zale Neikha speaking on the theme impressed the gathering to revisit the practices and cultures of the past adding that they were self-sufficient and self-reliant. He advised the elders to teach younger people on the practices of the past and also called the younger generation to inherit these age-old practices. 
Angami Public Organisation advisor Kethozhapu Sahu said that since the inception of the organization, nine villages in 1934 came together as Japfüphiki. In 1944, the present 13 villages formed the Southern Angami Public Organization. However though not recognized by the government, in totality, the Southern Angami region has around 17 villages, he said.  
SAPO president Vimezhol Theyo delivered the presidential address. Cultural varieties such as Tati Pfhe (folk song by Tsaraho (Never grow old) group, Khuzama village, Ukrü Tsali by Jakhama village, Viswemae village, Sakhabama (Helim/folk dance), Mima village and Kigwema village, Southern Angami Cultural Society marked the occasion of the jubilee celebration.
Marking the jubilee celebration, a monolith was unveiled by justice Zelre Angami, judge (Rtd), Gauhati High Court. Viswema Baptist Church pastor Rev. Puthavil Neikha pronounced the invocation, while (Rtd.) director, Treasuries & Accounts Daso Paphino chaired the programme during the inauguration of the monolith. (Correspondent)
NBCD golden jubilee: Notun Bosti Council Dimapur (NBCD) celebrated its golden jubilee on Saturday at the residence of the Ao Khel chairman near the Notun Bosti council hall under the theme, “Unity for advancement”.
Special invitee additional deputy commissioner (ADC) of Dimapur, V Lovitoly Sema who also unveiled the jubilee monolith, in her address, reminded NBCD that it has a huge responsibility as the local administration of the colony. 
ADC outlined how colony councils play a vital role in the larger scheme of district administration vis-a-vis formulating development schemes at the village level, supervision of activities for the welfare of the people, assisting government agencies at the district level, and enhancement of development project for the welfare of the people.
Dwelling on the theme of the jubilee celebration, “Unity for advancement”, Lovitoly Sema emphasized that community unity was vital for survival, adding that peace and unity are prerequisites for development. Urging the gathering to strive for a better future, she said,    “The 21st century is fast, competitive and challenging.  It is my sincere desire that people strive to achieve unity for advancement. We cannot think of advancement without unity.” 
Lovitoly Sema disclosed there are around 98 colonies under the DMC and Notun Basti is one of the oldest and biggest colonies. She also lauded the colony for setting an example of communal harmony.
Earlier, a brief history of NBCD was presented by the former chairmen of NBCD Alem Ao since its inception in the mid 60s till today. Alem Ao acknowledged pioneers of the village who tirelessly worked to bring various amenities to the village and reminisced on the journey of the village as a whole.
Other highlights of the programme were, welcome address by NBCD chairman E Jon Ezung, invocation by DSBC associate pastor Simon Assumi, jubilee opening by Temsupok Jamir, special number by Abeni Odyuo, presentation of mementos by golden jubilee planning board treasurer Katoni Yeptho, release of souvenir by the special guest, traditional dance by Sumi Khel, vote of thanks by convenor of golden jubilee planning board Holuto Aye, and benediction by Rev I Lanu Jamir. 
After official sanction in 1964, Notun Bosti was then known as “Naga New Model Village”. Goan Burah (GB) were first appointed in 1965 and the Notun Bosti Council was eventually established in 1969. It was then renamed “New Village” in 1974 by the then additional commissioner of Dimapur. The village eventually came to be known by its Nagamese name. “Notun Bosti” and currently has 5 khels, namely Ao, Angami, Sumi, Lotha and Zeliang. (Staff Reporter)
KPSU silver jubilee: Kacharigaon Phevima Students Union (KPSU) celebrated its silver jubilee Saturday, at its panchayat hall, Dimapur.
Speaking at the programme as special guest, Fire and Emergency Services, Kohima IGP, Neilasa Sopfü applauded the far sighted founders of the village and KPSU for firmly sowing the seeds of foundation. He lamented that the success rate among the community was too marginal and it iswas all due to lack of dedication and sincerity. 
Stresssing on the need for skill development programmes, he opined that there was a great challenge to the present generation due to ever decreasing natural resources but he optimistically asserted that this could be tackled with the human resources within the educated lot. 
He also challenged the students to identify and focus on their goals and pursue it while determining that only hard work and perseverance can bring success. He opined that only wishful thinking cannot bring desired results and that the students cannot afford to be complacent. He strongly recommended the need of brainstorming sessions within the educated lot to bring resourceful results. In conclusion he briefly recited a poem he was motivated all though his student life which focused on the importance of hard work in a student’s life. 
Short speeches were also delivered by KPVC chairman Vitho Zao, who advocated for a change in the current educational system so as to deal with the challenges of pursuing the unemployment issues. He also emphasised on skill development programmes to counter-challenge educated unemployment. KPSU first general secretary Agnes N.Phewhuo applauded the tireless contributions of the founding members of the union and recalled the early struggles as the first general secretary. She expressed her gratitude for bringing the union together under its fold during the celebration and was optimistic of fruitfulness in the years to come. KPSU founder Lorhehol Neikhat in his speech stressed on the 3 C’s-Christ centred foundation, commitment, concentration and consecration. He exhorted about the value of education and asserted that the strength of a nation were its students and that it was the source of all hope for a brighter tomorrow. 
 Programme was chaired by KPSU president Er. Pelevito Kiso, invocation prayer was offered by Phevima Baptist Church pastor reverend KN Kele Angami, folk song was presented by KPWO. Highlights of the event included unveiling of the monolith, unfurling of KPSU flag, release of the souvenir, academic excellence award and presentation of secretary report.
Vote of thanks was delivered by steering committee convener Kevishel Viswento.There was also business hour and extravaganza night. (Staff Reporter)
SSM Sungratsu village: The platinum jubilee celebration of the Sungartsu Senso Mungdang (1944-2019) concluded at Sungratsu village, Mokokchung district on December 28.
A press release from SSM stated that, speaking at the jubilee, Dr. Imtiwapang Aier, MLA said people of Sungartsu has been blessed by the Almighty with abundant luminaries in various fields and serving the people in different capacities. He attributed that the establishment of Impur, the mission of ABAM itself was an indication that God had already set a plan for the village for His glory.
He also acknowledged the pioneers of Sungartsu Senso Mungdang (SSM) who had started the conference with a vision and the seeds sowed today by the current generation would produced more visionary leaders. He said that people must look towards centenary celebration with a renewed vision befitting for all the people of Nagaland.
S Takatuba Imchen, director, Urban Development spoke on the jubilee theme, “Teintet Senso” (matured citizen). He said that a good citizen builds a strong and progressive society and continues to work for the progress of the people, however, asserted a bad citizen destroyed the civilization itself. 
In this connection, he asked the people to distinguish themselves and urged the citizens living outside and denizen of Sungartsu village to look back to the village and incarnate a sense of admiration for one’s village.
“Any citizen roots can be only traced  back to their village,” he said while encouraging the people to contribute their best quality for the socio-economic development of the village,  the backbone of every village.
He also said people should not worship wealth and do away with individualistic mindset and urged all the citizens to become one and contribute their best for the uplift of the Naga society.  
Meanwhile, citizen awards 2019 model couple was received by Shour Chakra  and governor medal recipient Meringangnen Aier (100 years old) and his wife Senliyangla Jamir  (94 years old)  for their contribution to the society in various capacity. Citizen award 2019 model entrepreneur was received by Wabangyanger Aier.
Earlier, the Sungratsu Senso Mungdang (SSM) platinum jubilee began at Senden Salang, Sungartsu village, Mokokchung on December 27.
Main speaker on the inaugural programme Lolenmongla Jamir, subject matter specialist, department of Agriculture spoke on the topic envisioning tomorrow. She said that before the organization conceptualized its vision for the future, the organization should first ponder upon for whom the vision was conceptualized and analyzed wither it was holistic and inclusive. She also opined that vision for the society should be progressive outlook and should involve in innovative engagement and contribution from all corners.
Temsunaro Aier, additional secretary, department of Agriculture, also urged the gathering to accept positive change and adapt to the change with the rest of the world instead of holding to the traditional practice rigidly as dogma. She warned that within 20-30 years the rural population will decrease rapidly due to urban migration.  Aier said the Senso Mungdang needed to ponder upon this issue on how to pull the urban population to the rural area.
She also opined that to bring investment  to the rural area system of the land sale should be re-evaluated to make investor favourable to invest in the land.
SBC Seluku village: Seluku Baptist Church (SBC) celebrated platinum jubilee on December 28 and 29 at Seluku village, Wokha district. 
A press release from deputy CM media cell stated that, delivering jubilee greetings on behalf of deputy CM Y. Patton, senior personal secretary, Hachio Patton dwelt on the achievements of the church pioneers. He reminded the gathering that celebration of jubilee was to measure the achievements and not how big the church or village was but to seek blessings for the next coming years. 
He also acknowledged the pioneers who despite of many difficulties with determination established the church and urged the congregation to follow their footsteps. The two-day celebration was held on the theme, “Jesus will reign” 1 Cor 15:25.  
The speaker on the opening day was mission and evangelism secretary LBCA, Rev. Dr. L. L. Kikon.  Prayer in memory of the departed souls was pronounced by pastor Yimkha Baptist Church, Rev. Renbomo. Earlier, the programme began with an invocation by pastor Chukitong Baptist Church, Echungbemo Shitiri. 

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