North East joins celebrations of 71st Independence Day

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HT Correspondent

SHILLONG/TURA/ DIMAPUR, Aug 16: Meghalaya chief minister Dr. Mukul Sangma unfurled the National Flag and took the Rashtriya Salute during the ceremonial parade on the occasion of 7st Independence Day celebrations at the Polo Ground in Shillong on Tuesday.

The marching contingents, includes 58 GTC, CRPF, DEF, SF-10, Border Wing Home Guard, Bharat Scouts & Guides, NCC, Indian Red Cross Society, BSF Secondary School, Pine Mount School, Army Public School, Holy Cross Secondary School, Little Flower School, Loreto Convent School, Assam Rifles Public School, Meghalaya Police Public School and the combined Brass and Pipe Band of Border Wing Home Guard, BSF, Assam Rifles and Military Band from 58 GTC led by Parade Commander Major Sandeep Halder from 58 GTC and 2nd in command Inspector R. C. Bordoloi, ABSI, DEF. The Horse contingent from Assam Rifles Public School Laitkor added grandeur to the parade.

The names of the recipients of Police Medal for Gallantry were also announced during the celebration. Shri Deven Mawlein, Inspector, West Khasi Hills DEF, Shri Jose Sumer, Constable, West Khasi Hills DEF, Shri Grohon K. Marak, Constable, West Khasi Hills DEF, Shri Victor N. Sangma, DSP, SF-10, Shri Nikcheng Senga Ch. Momin, DSP, North Garo Hills, Shri Jester A. Sangma, Constable, SF-10 and Shri Mac Donald Thongni, Constable, SF-10.

The Chief Minister also handed over the District Appreciation Award to Smti Nancy M. Shadap, Superintendent, Government Shelter Home Girls, Shillong for her dedication to duty and selfless service, GVK EMRI for their prompt and reliable delivery of medical services and Dorbar Shnong Mawshbuit for their sustained efforts in keeping the popular tourist spot Sweet falls located in their village impeccably clean.

The Chief Minister also handed over the State level awards and District Incentive awards to Anganwadi workers. The recipients of the State level award 2016-17 are Smti Icylda War of Umlyngka Lumpongdeng Anganwadi Centre, Mylliem ICDS project and Smti Aiesty Nongrum of Dewsaw Pathaw Anganwadi Centre, Pynursla ICDS project of East Khasi Hills District. Recipients of the State level award 2017-18 Smti Eming Khonglam of Wahpathaw Anganwadi Centre, Pynursla ICDS project, East Khasi Hills District, Smti Iarlis Syngkli of Diwon ‘B’ Anganwadi Centre, Umling ICDS project, Ri-Bhoi District, Smti Dianghun Kharsyntiew of Khliehmawlieh Anganwadi Centre, Nongstoin ICDS project, West Khasi Hills District, Smti Gentillina R. Marak of Lower Chidegre Anganwadi Centre, Samanda ICDS project, East Garo Hills District, Smti Chynna Mulieh of Ialong Shnong Thymme Anganwadi Centre, Thadlaskein ICDS project, West Jaintia Hills District, Smti Dimi Lyngdoh of Tuber Wah Anganwadi Centre, Khliehriat ICDS project, East Jaintia Hills District and Smti Aftria S Marak of Upper Wadanang Anganwadi Centre, Urban ICDS project, West Garo Hills District.

The recipients of District Incentive award 2016-17 are Smti Korben Warjrem of  Ksehpongdeng Anganwadi Centre, Mawryngkneng ICDS project and Smti Nosilian Jyrwa of Ummylle Anganwadi Centre, Mawphlang ICDS project. Recipients of District Incentive award 2017-18 Smti Ioida Nongkhlaw of Kyrdemkhla Anganwadi Centre, Laitkroh ICDS project and Smti Brilin Kharkongor of Nongthymmai I Anganwadi Centre, Laitkroh ICDS project.

The Chief Minister also handed over the District best ODF award for 2017-18 to Mawkasiang village under Mylliem C&RD Block and prizes for the winners of school marching contingents. Loreto Convent bagged the first prize in the March Past while Meghalaya Police Public School and Little Flower School bagged the second and third prize respectively.

Others highlights of the celebration in the city include cultural programs, Independence Day Run and Green pedal challenge. Dog show competition, skills display by dogs from BSF and Meghalaya Police Dog Squad and live band from BSF and Assam Rifles at Wards Lake. Free cinema shows at Payal, Bijou, Galleria and Gold Cinema. Food court and live performances by various artists at Khyndailad, Shillong.

Tura

Meghalaya minister for school education and literacy, Deborah Marak unfurled the National Flag today at Dikki-Bandi Stadium Dakopgre, Tura and took the Rashtriya Salute of 43 Parade contingents conprising of Meghalaya Police, 2nd MLP Battalion, National Cadet Corps, Boy Scouts, Girl Guides, Bulbul Pack, Cub Pack and school students. Deputy Commissioner, West Garo Hills Tura, Mr. Pravin Bakshi, DIG Western Range, Mukesh Singh, Superintendent of Police, West Garo Hills, Dr. M G Raghavendra Kumar, newly elected CEM Garo Hills Autonomous District Council, Mr. Boston Marak, Chairman, Tura Municipal Board, Mr. D N Sangma, Deputy Chairman, State Planning Board Mr. G Arengh, other dignitaries, officials of various departments, principals, teachers and students of different schools were present at the function.

During the prize distribution ceremony, Marak presented the award for the toppers of SSLC Examination 2017 from Garo Hills region.

For the March Past,  1st prize was bagged by Christian Boys Higher Secondary School, 2nd prize by St Xaviers Higher Secondary School  and 3rd by Don Bosco College, Tura. Meanwhile, the Best NCC Boys Contingent was bagged by Don Bosco Higher Secondary NCC Boys and Best NCC Girls contingent was bagged by Tura Government College NCC Girls contingent.

The Best Scout Contingent  was won by Christian Boys Secondary School troop and  Best Guide Contingent was won by Tura Public School Guide Company, while the Best Bulbul pack was bagged by Tura Public School Bulbul Pack and Best Cub Pack was bagged by St. Xavier’s School Cub pack.

Prizes were also distributed to the winners of the Freedom Run held on 14th August, 2017 in different categories. For Open Category (Men), the first prize was bagged by Batsrang A Sangma from Tebronggre,second by Bethnar A Sangma from Tebronggre and third by Niksrang R Marak from Ampati. In open category (women) Marsha T Sangma, Liza B Marak and Lucy Ch Marak won the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes respectively. Special awards were also given to Master Binsley B Marak (12 years) and Miss Jesi Ch Marak (10 years).

Other highlights of the day include colourful cultural programme, sports for children and exhibition football match between DC XI, Tura versus Tura Pastors Football Club of Tura.

Parliamentary Secretary incharge Transport, Commerce and Industries, Shri Limison Sangma unfurled the National Flag at Raksamgre Playground, Raksamgre Civil Sub-Division, Raksamgre and took the Rashtriya Salute of 11 Parade contingents. Sub-Divisional Officer, Raksamgre Civil Sub-Division Shri L C Marak, officials of the Sub-Division, students, teachers and the people of the area were present during the function. Various schools of the area presented a colourful cultural programme befitting the occasion.

Nagaland

Greeting the people of the state on the occasion of 71st Independence Day at Civil Secretariat Plaza in Kohima, Nagaland chief minister TR Zeliang urged the people to remember the patriotism of our freedom fighters whose sacrifices ensured that we have a future to look forward to.

He said the people of Nagaland have also embraced the challenges that face our nation in the endeavour to move forward to achieving our goal for all round development and prosperity.

On the Naga political issue, Zeliang said, the Nagaland Legislative Assembly has constituted the Political Affairs Committee with an objective for a more substantive contribution of the State not only as a mere facilitator but to play an instrumental role in order to bring early settlement of the Naga political problem.

He also said the law and order the situation in the State has significantly improved and to strengthen it further, police infrastructure, residential and non residential buildings have been completed at the 13th and 14th IR Battalion Headquarters. The government has also created three new posts of Chief Judicial Magistrates at Mon, Dimapur and Peren and also the posts of Civil Judges (Junior) at Longleng and Kiphire to strengthen the judiciary and legal service delivery system.

On skill-cum-rehabilitation, the Prisons Department has undertaken programmes such as food and culinary skills, making of bamboo products, detergent making, handicrafts, organic farming and vermin compost making for the inmates with an aim to transform the inmates into responsible and productive citizens on their release, the CM informed.

The Department of Agriculture during 2017-18 aims to achieve 7.44 lakh metric tons of foodgrain production with a growth rate target of 6.5 percent and a productivity level of 2,438 kg per hectare during 2017-18, keeping in view the goal of achieving ‘Food for All’ by 2025, he added.

He further stated that so far the Department of Land Resources has 15,800 hectares of rubber plantation with 69.52 lakh standing trees, thereby providing employment to 7,600 rural youths. With regard to coffee plantation, the department has signed an MoU with ‘Naga Coffee Pvt. Ltd’ on June 22 in order to establish export marketing linkage so as to buy their produce at international prices.

Mizoram

Independence Day was celebrated in Mizoram with gaiety and enthusiasm amid tight security on Tuesday with chief minister Lal Thanhawla asserting that the New Land Use Policy (NLUP) has brought development in the state.

Addressing the people at the Assam Rifles ground here after unfurling the National Tricolour on the occasion of the 71st Independence Day, Lal Thanhawla denied the allegations by some critics that NLUP was a failure.

“I would like to remind the critics of NLUP that several long gestation crops like orange, areca nut, rubber and others need seven to eight years to yield results for sustenance of the beneficiaries,” he said. The chief aim of the NLUP, the flagship programme of Lal Thanhawla government for the past nine years, is to develop and provide all farmers of the state suitable, permanent and stable trades.

The chief minister said that as per the Economicm Survey report 2015-16, production of rice had gone up by 31.54 per cent in spite of reduction of ‘jhum’ (slash and burn method of shifting cultivation) area by about 40 per cent.

Arunachal Pradesh

Arunachal Pradesh today joined the rest of the country in celebrating the 71st Independence Day with day-long programme. Unfurling the National Tri-colour here, chief minister Pema Khandu said, “Today we have to resolve that within the next five years when independent India turns 75, we will eradicate poverty, illiteracy and unemployment,” Khandu said.

“We must pledge that each village and habitation of the state must be connected with roads and every poor family must have a home,” he said.

People of Arunachal Pradesh who have seen armed conflicts shared a special relationship with the armed forces, who have stood by us in times of adversity and times of prosperity, Khandu said.

On the priority areas, he said that the government has taken steps to enhance the quality of school education and launched the Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Swavalamban Yojana for creating self-employment avenues for unemployed youths.

The government is partnering with reputed skill providers who will set up facilities within the state and help the youth in getting skills and placements, Khandu said.

He said the government is coming out with a clear-cut land policy on land ownership and titling to empower people and farmers to monetise the land which has been passed on to them by way of customary inheritance or acquisition.

Tripura

Tripura chief minister Manik Sarkar today appealed to the people of the state to protect communal harmony and peace in the state which are the main preconditions for development.

He hoisted the national flag at the Assam rifles parade ground here and took the salute of different security forces and NCC on the Independence Day.

“With cooperation of the people, the state had crushed the insurgency in the state and paved the way for development. But now we are observing that a force which supported the insurgency earlier is now trying to divide people in the state and break the communal harmony and peace,” Sarkar said. “But we must remember that peace is the precondition of development,” the chief minister said.

No one died of hunger in the state which topped in literacy in the country and therefore everyone must be conscious that peace is not disturbed, he said. Sarkar said that a force trying to mix politics with religion was active to destroy secular fabric of the country.

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