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Assam celebrates 64th Republic Day

 GUWAHATI, Jan 27 – Along with the rest part of the country, the 64th Republic Day was celebrated all over the State with pomp and gaiety. Our correspondents add:

Namrup: Namrup also celebrated the Republic Day with fervour and zeal. The celebration was held at BVFCL ’s Gandhi maidan premises and the CMD of BVFCL unfurled the Tri-colour.

In APL, Namrup, the Tri-colour was hoisted by Ratul Bordoloi, MD. He also inspected the guard of honour.

It may be mentioned that all the educational institutions of Namrup, including Namrup College celebrated the day with pomp and gaiety.

Rangiya: The Republic Day was also celebrated at Rangiya HSS playground. Chief guest and Parliamentary Secretary, Assam, Rekibuddin Ahmed hoisted the National flag.

In his speech, he recalled the great patriotic heroes of the nation who laid down their lives for better tomorrow.

Earlier, a colourful guard of honour was presented to the chief guest. Freedom fighters, sportspersons and winners of different events were honoured on the occasion.

NALBARI: Defying the boycott call given by some militants outfits, the 64th Republic Day was celebrated in Nalbari district with pomp and gaiety. In the central function held at Nalbari Police campus the Tri-colour was hoisted by Nilamani Sen Deka, Minister of Agriculture and Parliamentary Affairs. In his speech the minister said that the Congress Government has succeeded to gear up the developmental activities in the State. He added that the Agriculture department has started procuring rice produced by the farmers in a support price.

The minister also inspected the guard of honour. A cultural programme was also held to mark the occasion. Ten freedom fighters of the district were also felicitated.

DIPHU: The Republic Day was celebrated with patriotic fervour and great pomp in Karbi Anglong hill district defying the 36 hours Karbi Anglong bandh called by Karbi Peoples’ Liberation Tiger (KPLT) militant organisation.

The main function was organised by the district administration at the Karbi Anglong Sports Association stadium where State HAD Minister; Kharsing Engti unfurled the Tri-colour and received salutation from a parade of police and NCC contingents and school students.

According to report received here, the day was celebrated in every Development Block offices where the government officials, public and school students participated.

RAHA: The Tri-colour was unfurled by the Raha Circle Officer Lakshi Das Barua. Addressing the gathering, the circle officer urged the people of Raha to be united.

She also recalled the dedication of the freedom fighters of Assam and India in Indian freedom struggle. The Circle Officer took salute of the march past performed by Raha Police Station, Raha HS School NCC Boys, Scout-Guides etc.

After the flag hoisting a cultural programme was held where a large number of school students took part. A dance item Vande Mataram by Nritrishna Kumar, daughter of Sanjay Kumar, officer-in-charge of Raha PS, enthrall the guests as well as the crowd.

KOKRAJHAR: The chief of BTC Hagrama Mohilary unfurled the Tri-colour at Govt HS & MP School playground. Addressing the gathering Mohilary said that a section of vested interest persons are trying to destabilise the peace and normalcy in BTC area and appealed all to remain united for the greater cause of peace and development of this region. He further assured that all the genuine Indian citizens who were displaced from Kokrajhar due to recent violence would be rehabilitated in their respective villages in a phase manner after consulting with the Governments.

He further said that several Central and State Government schemes are in the right progress in BTC and dwelt at length about various developmental schemes taken by BTC Government.

Meanwhile, ABSU observed the R-Day as “Sorrow Day” by wearing black badge.

Mushalpur: The official function of the Republic Day celebration of Baksa district was centrally organised at Mushalpur. Babul Chandra Barbaruah, Deputy Commissioner of Baksa hoisted the Tri-colour in presence of freedom fighters, social activists, intellectuals, political leaders, SP, Baksa, officials and a cross section of people.

In his speech the DC highlighted the ongoing and development activities in the district. A multilingual cultural extravaganza, parade, felicitation to freedom fighters, senior citizens, ideal farmers and NGOs, games and sports, distribution of fruits among patients marked the celebration.

DERGAON: The day was observed with great enthusiasm at Dergaon. The Tri-colour was unfurled by Dergaon Circle Officer Tapan Kr Gohain at the central programme held at Naren Sarmah memorial field here. Addressing the large gathering he urged all to be united and to maintain the peace and harmony. Earlier he also initiated the smriti tarpan programme.

Delivering speech on the occasion Dergaon MLA Arati Hazarika Kachari also urged the gathering to take part in the nation building activities with peace and harmony. In the programme moderated by noted social worker Atul Goswami noted teacher as well as senior citizen Nagen Mahanta, Prafulla Kr Sarmah and Rohini Ballav Goswami were feted. In the programme several cultural items were presented by the students of Dergaon Sankardev Shishu Niketan and Gitashree Music Academy. An art competition among the school students was also held.

UDALGURI: The 64th Republic Day was celebrated in every nook and corner of Udalguri district with a day-long agenda. In the parade ground of the deputy commissioner of Udalguri district, the day was celebrated with the hoisting of the Tri-colour by Thaneswar Malakar, deputy commissioner, Udalguri.

In his speech, Malakar outlined the developmental schemes which were already implemented and future plans for the speedy development of the district in all fronts. He also thanked the people of Udalguri district for their intimate co operation with the district administration during the recent violence in the three districts of the BTAD and other adjoining regions.

Earlier, a total of 21 groups of march past of various schools and colleges including three from the security forces demonstrated parade in the field. The spectators were enthralled by the Boro traditional folk dance, Assamese folk dance and Monpa folk dance by the invited artistes from neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh.

The district administration also honoured Pankaj Sarmah as child scientist at the district level Award for Excellence, Amitabh Sensowa, SI (UB), the OC of Rowta PS and Purnima Das, WPC/431 of Orang PS for their service in maintaining law and order while Dr Naram Ch Kochari, district veterinary officer of Udalguri and Nareswar Deka of Udalguri town were also honoured with district level excellence in public administration. The DC also felicitated Bidyapati Dahal, Jacob Mochahary, Maheswar Boro, Binoy Kr. Medhi, Lakhi Boro, Dipak Mour, Afsar Ali, Bhabiram Kachari, Kamal Kr Tanti, Kushal Boro, Barendra Nath Pathak and Thubursan Swargiary for their public services in the society on the occasion.

MORIGAON: Along with the rest of the country, the Republic Day was celebrated at Morigaon with enthusiasm defying the terrorists boycott call. Amidst huge gathering, the National Tri-colour was hoisted by Dr Nazrul Islam, Food and Civil Supply Minister at Tarun Ram Phukan playground here. Several cultural programmes of different ethnic groups were the highlights of the day.

Tinsukia: The nation’s 64th Republic Day was celebrated in Tinsukia amidst tight security yesterday.

On the occasion, Pradyut Bordoloi, State Minister of Power, Industry, Commerce, etc., unfurled the Tricolour at the central celebration at Industrial Training Institute field, Boroguri here. He also paid tributes to the martyrs of country’s freedom struggle, inspected the guard of honour and accepted the salutes of the march-past that was participated by the contingents of police, NCC and schoolchildren.

In his address delivered on the occasion, the Minister stated that after the freedom of the nation, the leaders had to face Himalayan tasks to make the country march ahead on the path to peace and prosperity. Since then, the country is marching towards development with the aim of being at par with the developed countries of the world. In Assam, too, remarkable development is taking place, especially in last eleven years under the present State government. The State is developing in all sectors namely, education, health, agriculture, communication, etc., through various schemes, and these developments have greatly helped to improve the socio economic status of the people of the State. The developmental works are going on and it would continue, the Minister added.

In regard to Tinsukia district, various development works are going on under various schemes.

On the occasion, the Minister felicitated freedom fighter Lila Bora and distributed awards to the students, sports persons, and other individuals for their distinguished achievements and service to the society. The function was attended by Tinsukia DC SS Meenakshi Sundaram, SP PP Singh and other dignitaries.

Jorhat: The 64th Republic Day was celebrated in Jorhat yesterday. The naitonal flag was hoisted by State Water Resource Minister Rajib Lochan Pegu at 9.30 am at the Court Field here. He received the guard of honour from the Assam Police, CRPF, Traffic Police, NCC, Scouts and Guides and students.

On the occasion, Pegu awarded the successful farmer award to Dipen Baruah, Diganta Hazarika and Rajiv Saikia. Best industrialist award was offered to Smritirekha Kalita. Noted TT player Subhankar Shrutikar received the best player award. The CKB College, Teok was declared as tobacco-free institute at the same function.

Several cultural programmes were performed by various cultural troops.

Nagaon: Along with the rest of the country, Nagaon also celebrated the 64th Republic Day on January 26. The central function was held at Nurul Amin Stadium where the National Tricolour was formally unfurled by State Minister of Forest and Rural Development Rockybul Hussain.

In his address, Minister Hussain paid homage to the martyrs and other freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives for the independence of the country. He also highlighted the the achievements of the present government in the State during last more than 10 years.

Earlier, floral tributes were paid at the statue of father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Netaji Subhash Ch Bose, Lokapriya Gopinath Bardoloi, Matiram Bora, Haladhar Bhuyan, Mahendra Nath Hazarika, Deba Kanta Baruah and Purna Ch Sharma. Floral tributes were also paid at the martyrs’ column.

Minister also took the salute of the march-past. Cultural troupes presented various items on the the occasion. Fruits were distributes among the patients of Swahid Bhugeswari Phukanani Civil Hospital and inmates of Sreemanta Sankar Mission, State Home, Destitutes Home, Barhampur Blind School and both central prison and special jails. Sports competitions were also arranged among the students.

To mark the Republic Day, local residents of Siva Nagar under the banner of Samaloy Sanskritik Gosthi with the cooperation of Shivani Mahila Samity arranged a cleanliness drive in the locality. They also appealed to the people to avoid polythene to save the environment Both the organizations also decided to undertake this activity once in a month.

Jonai: Defying militants’ boycott call, the 64th Republic Day was celebrated at Jonai under tight security arrangements.

Unfurling the Tricolour at Gandhi Maidan here, Pradan Baruah, Jonai MLA and Parliamentary Secretary for Revenue, reiterated various development initiatives taken by the State government. The MLA also urged the people to work unitedly for equitable development, justice and liberty. Stating that the State government would take up the flood and erosion issues with neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh, he announced schemes for protection of erosion posed by the rivers.

He also took the guard of honour from the APBn personnel and students of different educational institutions.

Haflong: Along with the rest of the country, the 64th Republic Day was celebrated at Haflong with a day-long programme at NL Daolagupu Sports Complex at Haflong in presence of a huge gathering on Saturday.

Debojeet Thaosen, Chief Executive Member, Dima Hasao Autonomous Council, hoisted the National Tricolour in presence of several Executive Members, Members of DHAC and government officials.

Attending the ceremony as the chief guest, Thaosen inspected the march-past by 5th APBn, Home Guards, NCC, Scout & Guide and contingents from schools, etc.

In his speech, Thaosen said, “Our Constitution speaks of empowerment of the grassroots. When other parts of the country has panchayati system, our council had introduced village council system long before the Panchayati Raj system was introduced in India. Now with active initiatives of our team and the present Governor of Assam we are going to introduce a better village council system on the lines of Panchayati system.”

Detailing the steps taken by the Autonomous Council for the all-round development of the district through the almost all the departments, CEM disclosed that departments like Education, Health, Sports, Veterinary, etc., have shown remarkable improvement and achievements.

Almost all the communities living in NC Hills performed their traditional dances on the occasion.

Goalpara: Amid tight security the National Tricolour was unfurled by the chief guest Preetom Saikia, Deputy Commissioner, at the Junior Technical School ground to celebrate the 64th Republic Day organised by the district administration in presence dignitaries and a huge crowd.

Addressing the gathering, Saikia paid rich tributes to the freedom fighters and recollected their sacrifices for making a vibrant and prosperous India and highlighted the achievements of the government in various fields and particularly mentioned the initiatives taken by the government in the field of health under NRHM and women and child welfare, agriculture, and road connectivity under PMGSY.

A total of 15 contingents from the district police, schools and colleges participated in the Republic Day parade where Sainik School, Goalpara was adjudged as the best contingent under uniform category and Markaz-Darul-Yatama under non-uniform category. A number of distinguished persons were also felicitated for their remarkable contribution to the society. They included Rayanti Rabha, a recipient of Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar, who was felicitated with a gamocha, shawl, citation, and a sorai. Cash prizes of Rs 40,000 to Sarat Chandra Nath, Dolgoma, Rs 30,000 to Asan Ali Mondal, Chunari, and Rs 20,000 to Puran Ch Nath, Nicinta were given to honour these progressive farmers.

A cultural programme was also held showcasing the rich cultural heritage of Goalpara where Wangla dance was performed by Moishkuli Wangla party, Rabha dance by Rabha Kristi Dal from Siluk, Bakrapara, Bihu dances by Luitpuria Bihu Dal of Jyoti Cutural Society, Kushan nritya by Jana Sanskriti Mancha, Goalini nritya by Prity Nitya Kala Kendra and a dance on the patriotic song Vande Mataram by Rising Dance Academy. Despite the ongoing 72-hour bandh called by the Rabha Hajong Joint Movement Committee, people turned in large numbers to witness the colourful march-past and the cultural show.

North Lakhimpur: The 64th Republic Day of the nation was celebrated in North Lakhimpur on Saturday. The official function of the day began with hoisting of the National flag by Bihpuria MLA and Parliamentary Secretary, Home Affairs, Bhupen Bora at the North Lakhimpur Govt HS School playground at 9 am. He took the salute of the parade and inspected the guard of honour.

In his address as the chief guest, Bora presented a detailed account of the present State government’s achievements. In Lakhimpur district, he informed, the construction of NH-52 bypass is being continued, land acquisition being done for a medical college and Rs 98 crore allotted for construction of embankment of Dikrong river. He also renewed the call to the militants to shun the path of violence and return to the negotiating table for peaceful settlement of all disputes and demands. Freedom fighters, veteran athletes who brought laurels for the State at the national level were felicitated on that occasion. The NCC contingent of Lakhimpur Commerce College was adjudged the best team of march-pass.

Duliajan: Nation’s second largest profit-making Public Sector Enterprise Oil India Limited (OIL) celebrated the 64th Republic Day with great enthusiasm here at Nehru Maidan today.

At the central function held at Nehru Maidan, chief guest KK Nath, Resident Chief Executive, OIL, hoisted the National Tricolour followed by singing of national anthem, guard of honour, march-past and cultural programmes by children of various schools. Binanda Deka, GGM (Production), SK Sinha, DIG-CISF (Duliajan Unit) and other senior officials of OIL were present on the occasion.

Addressing the gathering, KK Nath urged the people to join hands to contribute to the company’s growth that will eventually lead to positive economic development of the nation. He also inspected the guard of honour presented by CISF, OIL security personnel, AISF (Assam Industrial Security Force), Fire Service and the students of different schools.

Colourful dance programmes were performed by children of Mrinaljyoti School, Springdales School, OIL HS School, DPS (Duliajan), CISF Children and Kendriya Vidyalaya (Duliajan). A rapid rifle shooting was demonstrated by CISF personnel. Senior executives of OIL, CISF jawans, children and a large populace of Duliajan Township along with their family members participated in the celebration.

A total of 14 platoons (CISF-3, OIL Security-1, AISF-1, Fire Service-1, OIL HS School-4, Duliajan Girls’ College-1, DPS- 1 and Kendriya Vidyalaya-2) participated in the march-past. It was for the first time that girls’ contingents participated in the march-past. CISF was adjudged the best march-past platoon while AISF was declared second and were awarded cash prizes. In the schoolchildren category, NCC contingents of Oil India Higher Secondary School was adjudged first while NCC contingents of DPS, Duliajan were declared second and were awarded cash prizes.

Biswanath Chariali: The 64th Republic Day of the country was celebrated at Biswanath Chariali along with the rest of the country. The central function was held at Kachari Maidan here where Idris Ali, Parliamentary Secretary, Irrigation, hoisted the national Tri-colour. Addressing the public gathering after the flag hoisting, the Parliamentary Secretary explained the various schemes initiated by the government in the State. Local MLA, Prabin Hazarika, Biswanath Municipality Chairman, Dilip Kumar Baruah, SDO(C), Biswanath, Narayan Konwar, etc, were present on the occasion. Meritorious students of the subdivision were felicitated at the function.

Lumding: The 64th Republic Day was celebrated at Lumding along with the rest of the country in a befitting manner.

The flag was hoisted by Narsing Bey, Magistrate, at Shahid Field in presence of a large gathering. UC Mazumdar, former principal, Lumding College hoisted the flag at Shahid Bedi while the flags of all other political parties were hoisted at their respective offices by their officials.

Digboi: The 64th Republic Day was celebrated at the sub-divisional level at Margherita with a variety of programmes.

The central event of flag hoisting was held at the Central Field at 9 am. Rajendra Prasad Singh, Parliamentary Secretary, Govt of Assam, was the chief guest. Singh paid tributes to the martyrs by lighting the traditional earthen lamp at the altar. Then he was accompanied to the rostrum by SDO (Civil) Palash Ranjan Gharphalia and SDPO Shiladitya Chetia for receving the guard of honour and hoisting of the National Tricolour.

Singh in his speech highlighted the achievements of the various departments of the Govt of Assam led by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi. He reiterated that violence did never settle the problems and public grievances and called upon the various extremist groups to come forward for peaceful settlement of their demands through discussion.

The cultural programme on the occasion included the musical choir of the Vivekananda Kendriya Vidyalaya students, the patriotic songs rendered by the children belonging to Patkai Seuj Moina Parijat under Margherita College, the jhumur dance performed by Dirok TE Jhumur Group and a patriotic dance form presented by Margherita Hindi High School group. The cultural programme was followed by the distribution of awards to various individuals and organizations for their meritorious contributions in diverse fields of public activities. The first of them to receive the award of excellence was Anil Kumar Borah, the Chief General Manager of NECF (CIL) followed by the noted author SN Baruah. The best SHG award went to Hamukjan Surujmukhi SHG while the Best LP School Teacher and the Best ME School Teacher were given to Hiren Bahadur Chetry and Suman Moran respectively. The Margherita PHS School NCC group claimed the Best Parade Group. Sanatan Goala received the Best VDP Personnel Award and Jatin Chetia of Margherita Police Station was adjudged the Best Police Personnel of the subdivision.

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