More reports of National Unity Day from across Nagaland

More reports of National Unity Day from across Nagaland
DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 11/1/2018 11:42:46 AM IST

Rashtriya Ekta Diwas (National Uni¬ty Day), celebrated since 2014, on October 31 every year, pays tribute to the “Iron Man of India” Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, one of the founding leaders of the Republic of India. Following are some more reports of the day’s events held across the state.

Longleng: National Unity Day was observed in Longleng through a Mini Marathon Run for unity. According to DIPR, the marathon started from local football ground via Lampong junction Agri road to NST junction and culminated at local ground.  

SDPO Longleng, Imtiakum gave a briefing on the significance of the day and said it was during the Sardar Vallabhai Patel’s term as Home Minister of India that he is credited for the integration of over 550 independent princely states into one India from 1947-49 by the Independence Act of 1947. 

The first, second and third winners of the marathon race in the male category were Anglong of Good Shepherd School, Bushong of PPC Ward and Pangong of Leinak ward respectively. 

In the female category Ongchu of St. Joseph School, Lichang of St. Joseph School and Nyiemphu of St. Joseph School secured the first, second and third positions respectively.

Wildlife Divisions and Forest department: The department of Forests also observed Rashtriya Ekta Diwas on October 31 by taking the unity pledge.

Suman W M Sivachar, deputy conservator of Forests, Kiphire, in a press release said that officers and staff of chief wildlife warden, Dimapur Wildlife division, Kiphire Wildlife division, State Environment & Forest Training Institute (SEFTI), Nagaland Zoological Park, Intanki National Park, Dimapur Forest Division, Zupeni Tsanglai, DFO Tuensang, Beizo, DFO Longleng and Kim Touthang, DCF, Silviculture Division of the department of Forests, Environment and Climate Change undertook a pledge to strive for unity, to work in the spirit of unification, to strengthen the freedom and integrity of the nation, on the evening of National Unity Day and National Re-dedication Day (Rashtriya Sankalp Diwas) on October 31.

78th Battalion CRPF: 78th Battalion CRPF and all officers of the battalion including SOs and jawans observed “National Unity Day” in the battalion campus at Zubza HQs, Kohima on October 31. A press release from 78th Battalion CRPF stated that, unit commandant Surender Singh gave a briefing about the significance of the day and conveyed messages of cleanliness, unity, integrity and security of the country. All officers including SOs and jawans took the national unity pledge.

GPSC: Government Polytechnic Seithekema C (GPSC), Dimapur on October 31 celebrated “Rashtriya Ekta Diwas” at the Polytechnic premises.

A press release by GPSC Dimapur stated that the celebration was joined by faculty, staff and students.

In a short speech on “national unity”, Government Polytechnic Seithekema C, Dimapur, principal, Er. Zhapulhoulie Rupreo, urged the gathering to maintain the spirit of unity and cooperation to usher in development and progress into the country.

According to the release, the highlights of the program were a “unity run” by the students, re-affirmation of the inherent strength and resilience of the nation to withstand the actual and potential threats to the unity, integrity and security of the country by pronouncing the Rashtriya Ekta Diwas Pledge. The pledge was led by lecturer in Civil Engineering, GPSD, Er. Loli Shikhu.

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