Nagaland joined the rest of the nation to celebrate India’s 76th Independence Day on August 15.
Mokokchung: The 76th Independence Day concluded in Mokokchung at the Imkongmeren Sports Complex with minister for Rural Development & SIRD, Metsübo Jamir unfurling the national flag.
Upon his arrival, the minister unfurled the tricolour and inspected the parade.
Before delivering the Independence Day message, he took rashtriya salute from the parade contingents. He also handed over district awards to the recipients.
The programme was followed by cultural presentations that included Cultural Club, Khensa, pipe band display by 23 Assam rifles and an exhibition tug of war between All Ward Union Mokokchung vs Mokokchung Town GB Union.
Metsübo also inaugurated the exhibition stalls set up by ATMA and Agri & Allied departments and district administration. He also inaugurated the basketball court at Imkongmeren Sports Complex.
Kohima: In commemoration of the 76th Independence Day, Kohima Smart City Development Limited (KSCDL) organised an “Open Street Campaign” at old NS, here, on Monday.
KSCDL chief executive officer, Er. K Theunuo said the response to the low cost and quick interventions during the stage-01 of smart city was aimed to convert the temporary interventions into permanent structures in stage-02 with the vision to create a safe, resilient and healthy streets and cycling facilities for the citizens.
Theunuo said after inception of Smart cities mission, the ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs launched several initiatives for smart cities in India to take part in the form of challenges and competitions, among which the India Cycle for Change (C4C) and the Streets for People (S4P) challenges were launched in the month of June and September, 2020 respectively.
He said that C4C was an initiative to inspire and support cities to implement cycling friendly initiative, to encourage cities to experiment cycling and build confidence for city-level scale-up with the goal to learn, rather than to perfection.
The main objective of Kohima smart city participating in C4C was to introduce friendly non-motorised vehicles in the city while also encouraging the public to take up cycling as an alternate mode of transportation.
Kohima Smart City was selected as one of the top 11 cities and bagged Rs.100 lakh cash award in this challenge.
Streets for People (S4P) was picked to share space especially for under-utilized spaces on the streets including planning and paradigm shift of planning not for cars but for people, where Kohima bagged Rs.50 lakh cash award and secured the first position among the top 11 cities.
Nurturing Neighbourhood challenge (NNC) also another Smart city challenge where activities such as place making and pop-ups for children were identified at bus stoppage, schools, parks and available space in few municipal wards in Kohima. In this challenge, Kohima secured the top 11 position.
The moderator of the programme was IT analyst, Kohima Smart City, Ruokuokhrienuo, invocation was offered by Union Baptist Church, Kohima, associate pastor, CSS, Dziesengunuo Chadi.
Ingenious activities were kicked off by KSCDL senior manager, planning division, Yhunchilo Khing while vote of thanks was proposed by KSCDL general manager, planning division, Kezhochole Rhetso.
Avisa John led the Zumba activity while a cycle workshop was carried out by the cyclist community along with dance, music, open quiz, and open art interview.
Students from Little Flower Higher Secondary School, Don Bosco Higher Secondary, Northfield School and New Ministers Hill participated in the open campaign.
Kiphire: The 76th Independence Day celebration in Kiphire was held at public ground Kiphire with minister for Soil & Water Conservation, Geology & Mining, V. Kashiho Sangtam, who unfurled the Indian flag as special guest and read out the Independence Day speech.
At the programme, nine parade contingents took part at the march-past while 11 stalls were set up by different department in Kiphire district.
Agape school Kiphire, JNV Kiphire and Yopichum Sangtam presented dances and song at the programme while Tikhir Tribal Union Kiphire and Akehta Sangtamlarü, Thsingmüjang performed cultural folk dance.
Earlier, the programme was compered by ZPC assistant professor, Bokali Shohe.
Wokha: Wokha district celebrated Independence Day at local ground Wokha with the state deputy chief minister, Y. Patton as special guest.
According to a DIPR report, the deputy CM delivered the Independence Day speech.
Highlights of the programme included presentation of folk songs, poem recitation of “My Unsung Patriotic Song”, and inauguration of stalls put up by various government departments and NGOs.
Phek: Phek district celebrated I-Day at local ground, Phek Town with leader of NPF legislature party, Kuzholuzo Nienu, MLA as special guest.
Nienu hoisted the Indian flag, inspected the parade contingents and took rashtriya salute and delivered the I-day speech.
Inauguration of exhibition stalls, presentation of folk songs and dances from various groups and other demonstrations were some of the highlights of the celebration.
Longleng: The occasion in Longleng was celebrated with minister for Health & Family Welfare, S. Pangnyu Phom as special guest at public ground, Longleng headquarter.
Phom hoisted the National Flag, inspected the ceremonial parade contingents, took the Rashtriya Salute and read out the I-Day speech.
Folk dance, modern folk fusion, presentation of district awards, inauguration of exhibition stalls by special guest and free COVID-19 vaccination drive by the medical department were the highlights of the day.
Peren: In Peren, UDA chairman, T.R. Zeliang hoisted the National Flag and took Rashtriya Salute from the parade contingents at DC’s office complex.
Highlights of the day included cultural dance by various cultural troupes.
Meanwhile, at Jalukie town, I-Day was celebrated at Govt. Hr. Sec. School ground with Advisor, Urban Development & Municipal Affairs, Dr. Neikiesalie Nicky Kire as special guest.
Noklak: Advisor for Fisheries & Aquatic Resources, Economic & Statistics and Evaluation, L. Khumo hoisted the Indian flag at Noklak during the occasion.
Khumo took the rashtriya salute and read out the I-Day speech. He advisor also handed district commendation award during the occasion.
Other highlights of the programme were cultural dance and showcase of exhibition stalls.
Tuensang: Tuensang district observed the occasion with advisor for PWD (R&B), H. Chuba Chang as special guest at parade ground Tuensang.
During the programme, various presentations and cultural items were displayed after which stalls were inaugurated by special guest.
Zunheboto: Zunheboto observed the occasion at local ground Zunheboto with minister for Agriculture and Cooperation, G Kaito Aye as special guest.
On arrival, special guest hoisted the Indian flag, inspected the parade contingents, and read the I-Day speech.
Mon: Mon celebrated I-Day at local ground Mon with minister for Transport, Civil Aviation & Railways, P. Paiwang Konyak as chief guest. The minister undertook the ceremonial flag hoisting, reviewed the parade, and delivered the I-Day speech.
The event also witnessed performances and cultural dance by various groups.
Chümoukedima: Chümoukedima district celebrated I-Day at Chümoukedima Town Public Ground.
Minister for PHED, Jacob Zhimomi hoisted the National Flag, took the rashtriya salute, and read out the I-Day speech.
The celebration was marked by cultural presentations from various cultural troupes and also witnessed performances and choreography. Zhimomi also inaugurated the exhibition stalls.
Niuland: The occasion at Niuland was graced by minister for Planning & Coordination, Land Revenue, and Parliamentary Affairs, Neiba Kronu.
He hoisted the National Flag at Niuland public ground, took the Rashtriya Salute, and read out the Independence Day Speech.
Special presentations, folk dances, and inauguration of exhibition stalls followed.
Tseminyu: I-Day celebration was celebrated at Rengma Sports Association ground, Tseminyu Old Town and was graced by minister for PWD Housing & Mechanical, Tongpang Ozukum. He hoisted the national flag and took the Rashtriya salute and delivered the Independence Day speech. Chief guest also formally inaugurated exhibition stalls from various departments under Tseminyu district.
Shamator: The public of Shamator celebrated I-Day with S. Keoshu Yimkhiung as special guest. The special guest hoisted the National flag and inspected the marching continents and read out the Independence Day speech. Later, inauguration of stalls was followed by cultural presentations from various cultural troupes.
Presentation of awards at the 76th I-Day celebration
Governor’s gold medal: Rajkumar M. IFS, DFO, Kohima; Er. Kewizun Zeliang, NPS, Addl. S.P (Comm.), NPTO; Er. Y. Akito Sema, E. Er. Electrical Division, Dimapur; Dr. Nyanthung Kikon, Dy. Director & State Nodal Officer, Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP).
President’s police medal for meritorious service (Announced on Independence Day, 2020): N. Chumdamo Jamio, DIG (IR) North, Kohima, Nagaland.
President’s police medal for meritorious service (Announced on Republic Day, 2021): M. Rhovisie Nyuwi, NPS, Commandant, 12th NAP Bn. (IR), Chingtok, Longleng; Vipin Yhoshu, Inspector, DEF, Mokokchung.
Governor’s commendation certificate: Arindam Sinha, receptionist, Nagaland Home, Guwahati; Moasunep K Jingru, NCS, EAC, Seyochung, Kiphire; Menuolhoulie Yhome, DB, Gr.II, DC Office, Kohima; N. Abel Kikon, Inspector & I/c State Crime Police Station, Nagaland; Vilavotuo, Chowkidar, Office of the Commissioner, Nagaland; Vekhoto Tetseo, CDPO, Chozuba; Ato Kesiezie, Night Chowkidar, Industrial Training Institute, Kohima; Mhathung Humtsoe, Rtd, Nursing Assistant, Lakhuti Village, Wokha district; Dr. Holiba A. Anar, Medical Officer, District Hospital, Kiphire; Dr. C. Furkumzuk, Sr, GIS Analyst, Nagaland GIS & Remote Sensing Centre; Janak Raj Sharma, Jamadar, Home Department, Nazarat Branch; P. Ongchi Khiamiugan, Subedar Major, V.G. Tuensang Sadar; T. Imdong Phom, Advisor, Phom Literature Board; C. Noklem Konyak, Village Council Chairman, Longwa Village, Mon.
Governor’s gold medal (Announced on Independence Day, 2021): Temsuyangha Ao, UBSI, Commissioner of Police, Dimapur; Tepunol Yore, District Project Officer, Land Resources Department, Wokha; Er. Nirie-e Nisa, Executive Engineer, Office of the Chief Engineer, PHED; M. Rollan Lotha, Chief Operating Officer (Programs), NSRLM, RD Department; T. Ado Yanlem, NPS, Addl. S.P, Mon.
Governor’s gold medal (announced on Republic Day, 2022): Vineet Kumar, IAS, ADC, Naginimora, Mon; Manojkumar A, IPS, S.P (Crime), PHQ; Vishika Achumi, ABSI, In-charge, SOT, Dimapur; Dr. Anungla Aier, Chairman, Anthropological Society of Nagaland.
Award of union home minister medal for excellence in investigation for the year, 2021: Temsuyanba Ao, UBSI, DEF, Dimapur.
Award of president’s fire service medal for meritorious service (Announced on Republic Day, 2020): T. Shilu Jamir, Dy. SP, Fire & Emergency Services, Nagaland.
Award of president’s fire service medal for meritorious service (Announced on Republic Day 2021): A. Wati Jamir, Inspector, Fire & Emergency Services. Nagaland.