DoNER minister flags off World War II peace rally

Union Minister of State for DoNER Paban Singh Ghatowar flagging off the WWII Peace Rally at Heritage Bunglow on December 5 (DIPR Photo)
A special event to commemorate the battle of Kohima World War II peace rally was held at the Heritage, Kohima on December 5. Paban Singh Ghatowar, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for DoNER and Parliamentary Affairs was the chief guest of the function who also flagged off the peace rally.
The chief guest while speaking at the function said he had a pleasant and surprise experience in Nagaland during Hornbill Festival, stating that showcasing of cultural performance by different Naga tribes, mingling each other with smile and bringing all Nagas closer with cultural exchange amazed him and opined that the festival of festivals has rightly been coined. He went on to say that the Nagas as brave warriors are affectionate and loving people. The World War II cemetery situated in the heart of the town have a kind of memory for the Nagas and said he was inspired by the inscription on the monolith 'We give our today for your tomorrow'.
Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio in his welcome address said that the Battle of Kohima, fought between the Japanese and the Allied forces is a history which has become an industry for the Nagas, by promoting tourism and providing a special event of attraction for the Hornbill festival.
There were 15 participants in the World War II Peace Rally, which started from Heritage Bungalow Kohima and went through all war sites in Kohima. President Federation of Adventure & Motor Sports Association of North East India (FAMSANE) Abu Metha chaired the function and gave the introductory remarks and Chief Secretary Nagaland, Lalthara pronounced the vote of thanks.

Neiphiu Rio commands WW-II vintage car rally
World War II Vintage Car Rally which was flagged off by the DoNER Minister at the Heritage complex Kohima in the morning reached Kisama the 5th December 2011. The convoy led by the Commander in-Chief Neiphiu Rio, Chief Minister of Nagaland was accompanied by Power Minister Doshehe and many vehicles with the passengers. Commander in-Chief of the Rally, Rio said that people deserve peace since 2nd World War II in 1944. He said war brings death and destruction where as peace bring harmony and development. He therefore urged the people to spread the word of peace in our land. He also requested the people to continue the legacy of 2nd World War II and participate in the rally in near future. He also said that peace rally went around the city and town and proceeded to Kisama to create awareness about the tranquillity of peace. He congratulated all the convoy of 2nd World War II Vintage Car Rally and the winners.
Rio also gave away the prizes to the winners of the car rally. Best Original vehicle 2011, Car No. 10 drive by Ashoke Lyndoh took away the prize and was awarded Rs. 50000/-. Dr. B. Plain Car No 13 bagged the Best maintained vehicle and was awarded Rs. 30000/- while Temjen Toy received Best original/maintained vehicle Car. No. 7 and received Rs. 20000/-. Best team Car No. 15 was bagged by Pedi Machieo and received Rs. 10000/- Car No. 2 seated by Lanu Jamir received the Best original weaponary team and was awarded Rs. 10000/-. The tourism promotional team was jointly received by  Car No. 4 and 5 which went to Amung Konyak and Hatpa Wangao and were awarded Rs. 10000/-. Best Allied Forces was also jointly awarded to Car No. 8 and 9 seated by H.K. Khulu and Marina Khulu who received Rs. 10000/-. The disciplined team of peace Car rally went to Car No. 12 Elvis Yanthan and received Rs. 10000/-.
Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism Yitachu, Parliamentary Secretary for IPR and Economics & Statistics R. Tohanba, High Commissioner of Bangladesh Tariq A. Karim, Chief Secretary of Nagaland Lalthara and other government officials, public also witnessed the rally.