India's 74th Independence Day celebrated across Nagaland

Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio taking the Rashtriya Salute during the State level celebration of India's 74th Independence Day at Secretariat Plaza, Kohima on August 15. (DIPR Photo)
Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio taking the Rashtriya Salute during the State level celebration of India's 74th Independence Day at Secretariat Plaza, Kohima on August 15. (DIPR Photo)

Kohima, August 15 (MExN): Nagaland joined the rest of the nation to celebrate India's 74th Independence Day on August 15. 

The State level celebration was celebrated at Secretariat Plaza, Kohima with Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio unfurling the National Flag and taking the Rashtriya Salute.

In a first of its kind, the State hosted a Virtual Independence Day celebration which was streamed live at MyGovNagaland Facebook and MyGovNagaland YouTube Channel to ensure safety protocols amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, State DIPR reported. 

The event started with the Review of Parade by TJ Longkumer IPS, DGP Nagaland.

In his speech, CM Rio highlighted various steps being taken by the government to tackle the many problems and challenges caused by the ongoing pandemic. 

He also urged upon the need for an early and honourable solution of the Naga political issue so that peace, stability and all-round development can prevail in the State. 

He presented a brief report of all the important activities undertaken by the various departments over the yea and concluded his speech by making an appeal to the people to stay home and safe, maintain social distance and follow the healthcare advisories and SOPs, the DIPR report said. 

Guard of Honour was led by Parade Commander Watichuchang Jamie, Dy. Comdt. 4th NAP Thizama and Second-in-Command Avikishe Sema, Asst. Comdt. 10th NAP (IR) Zhadima. The contingents for the Guard of Honour were 4th NAP Bn, 10th NAP (IR) Bn and Nagaland Police Central Brass Band, it added.

The function was followed by the launch of a single window e-commerce platform Yellowchain, an initiative of IDAN, by the Chief Minister. T
he event concluded with a broadcast of cultural programme which saw the performances of a Naga traditional folk song by Tetseo Sisters, Naga traditional warrior dance by Ethnic Future, a cover of ‘When you Believe’ by Mengu Soukhrie and Obed Kath and an original fusion of Naga traditional folk song with modern music Zongza by Run Monday Run.

 The State level Independence Day celebration culminated with the beating of the retreat by Nagaland Police Central Brass Band. 

Across the State, it was celebrated with the unfurling of flags by Ministers, Advisors as well as respective district, circle and sub-division administrators. A brief report of the celebrations, as filed by State DIPR are listed below: 

DIMAPUR: Deputy Chief Minister Nagaland and Minister incharge for Home and R & B, Y.Patton unfurled the Tri colour National and took the salute during the 74th Independence Day celebration at DDSC stadium Dimapur.  

Delivering the Independence Day speech, Patton noted the present times as challeging yet asserted that the COVID 19 crisis has only spurred us for putting in more efforts and for walking the extra mile. With the support of everyone, we will continue to put up a determined response to combat the calamity, Y.Patton added. On the occasion Patton conveyed appreciation to each and every citizen of the State for their contribution and for walking shoulder to shoulder with the Government for successful implementation of all measures taken, thereby keeping the people safe.

Observing that the pandemic has exhibited our resilience and capacity for raising our efficiency, management and planning capabilities to further heights, Patton was optimistic that other challenges particularly on the economic front could be dealt with in a similar approach.

Calling upon the citizens for working in their own walks of life with the same zeal and spirit as shown against COVID, Patton concluded the Independence Day speech with  " Our determination and collective efforts will not only help us come out of this crisis, but will definitely help us take our State to greater progress and prosperity in months and years to come." 

 Prior to his arrival in the DDSC stadium, Patton was accorded guard of honour by the Nagaland Police from Police guest House Chumukedima. 

Parade commander for the day was ACP, Seyiesezo Peseyie while SM,  from CP office Dimapur Lanuchuba was the 2 I/c. Marking the day,  parade contingents from the Commissionerate Dimapur,  and 15 IR Mahila and band party from the 15 IR Mahila took part during the celebration.

  In view of the present pandemic, very few invitations was extended and the Programme was conducted with minimal attendance following all safety protocols. The program officially concluded in the evening with the beating of retreat.

NOKLAK: Advisor, Fisheries & Aquatic Resources, Economics & Statistics and Evaluation, L.Khumo unfurled the National Flag during the 74th Independence Day Celebration held at Noklak Hq on August 15 and took the Rashtriya Salute. The Advisor also read out the Independence Day Speech. 

The contingent from 3rd NAP ‘F’ Coy Noklak led by Platoon Commander P.Pukha Khiamniungan, Platoon 2i/c C.Thongo Khiamniungan and Flag man Hangtoi Khiamniungan participated in the parade. National Anthem was sung by Hermanas Band of Noklak town.

As part of the first Independence Day Celebration of newly form Noklak district, Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) adopted two villages namely Noklak village and Kingjung village with a donation of 2500 LED bulbs for distribution to each villages which was handed over by Advisor, L.Khumo. 

Kingjung village with a power generating of hydroger energy in every house hold is giving four bulbs to ensure best energy efficiency. Similarly, every house hold of Noklak village were also been provided with LED bulbs gift packs.

 As a collaborative effort of District Administration and EESL, targets to make energy efficiency with a motto of bringing energy efficiency in the district within a period of one year. EESL is also empowered to set up with solar plants in the district. EESL is a government of India, a joint venture Public Sector undertaking under Ministry of Power is implementing UJALA Schemes across the country.

Felicitation of NGOs in the frontline against COVID-19 was also presented by the Advisor L.Khumo. Red Cross Society and Social Welfare Department of Noklak made an institutional visit to Community Health Centre, Noklak. The celebration on the occasion was concluded by beating of Retreat by 3rd NAP Noklak.

MOKOKCHUNG: Along with the rest of the country, the 74th Indian Independence Day was celebrated at Imkongmeren Sports Complex, Mokokchung today August 15. On the occasion, Minister for Housing & Mechanical, Nagaland, Tongpang Ozukum unfurled the National Flag and took the Rashtriya Salute, followed by delivering the Independence Day Speech. 

The Parade Commander was ABSI Tiakumzuk, DEF Mokokchung and 2nd in Command was Naik Mapusangba, 2nd NAP Pipe Band.
MON:  The 74th Independence Day was celebrated in Mon at local ground. Minister for Transport, Civil Aviation, Railways & Land Resources, P Paiwang Konyak as chief guest who unfurled national flag and took salute and also read out Independence Day speech. Parade review was done by DEF Mon. In view of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic only heads of offices attended the programme.
TUENSANG:  Tuensang celebrated 74th Indian Independence Day Celebration on August 15 at Parade Ground Tuensang. Toshi Wungtung Advisor for IP&R, SCERT and VG Government of Nagaland was the special guest of the celebration. 

    Review of Parade was done by Rajashekara N IPS DIG-R NAP. Only one contingent of DEF and One 3rd NAP Pipe Band participated in the parade. The contingent was led by Imtisingba Chang ABI DEF as parade commander and Ngon Khaimniungan ABSI as Platoon commander. 
            The district Commendation awards were also given to A. Bendangtoshi Ao GT DEO, H. Longhen Gr-1 DB ADC Noklak, Lakiumong Gr-1 DB DC Offcie Tuensang, Sunny John Surveyor water resource Dept Tuensang, Imli Khumba Sangtam LDA DC Office Tuensang, Puthai Phom PD DRDA, Mabala Typist DSCO, Hopise Sangtam Agri Inspector SDAO Longkhim, Chillia Khaim Surveyor DLRSO, A. Yanrenthung Jami SMO (Gynaecologist) MS DH, Tsajungchem Sangtam UDA MS DH, Moshamongko Fishery Demonstrator Fishery and K. Namang ngaku Chang Forester –II Noklak Range. 

Feeding of District Jail inmates and orphanages by DDMA/DPO (ICDS) while beating of retreat by 3rd NAP Pipe Band.
WOKHA:  Along with the Nation Wokha district celebrated the 74th Independence Day celebration at Public ground Wokha, With Deputy Commissioner, Wokha Orenthung Lotha as the Chief Guest. 

 The chief guest, after unfurling the National Flag, read out the Independence Day message.  March pass display was done by DEF, Wokha with ABSI Jhonronthung as the parade commander and National Anthem was played by 40 Assam Rifles, Band Party Wokha. Flag hoisting was also done in all the Government Offices, Institutions, Official residence, Private residence, shops and business establishments in the district.

PHEK: The 74th Independence Day Celebration was held at Phek Town Local Ground on August 15 with Sachin Jaiswal, IAS Deputy Commissioner Phek as the Special Guest.

He unfurled National Flag, took Rashtriya Salute with National Anthem and read out the Independence Day Speech. The national flag was hoisted in all the offices and institutions even in private residents,
PEREN: In Peren, Deputy Commissioner, Sentiwapang Aier unfurled the National flag, took Rashtriya Salute from the parade contingents and read out Independence Day Speech during the celebration programme of 74th Independence Day on August 15, 2020 held at Deputy Commissioner's Office Complex, Peren.

To mark the occasion, National flags was hoisted in all Govt. Offices/Residences/Institutions & special song was also presented by Victoria Haihing and Anthony Zeliang. The programme culminated with beating of retreat by District Executive Force (DEF), Peren.
LONGLENG: In Longleng the Indian Independence Day 2020 was celebrated at public ground Longleng with M. Shayung Phom (NCS) Deputy Commissioner Longleng as special guest. Special guest unfurled the National Flag and deliver the Independence Day speech. National anthem was sung by Nyengching ward youth.
KIPHIRE: Kiphire District celebrated the 74th Independence Day at the Local ground Kiphire on August 15 with Minister Soil & Water Conservation, Geology & Mining, V.Kashiho Sangtam as the special guest who unfurled the national flag and took salute from the parade contingents of DEF Kiphire, followed by the band display by Phelungre village guards (VGs).

PUGHOBOTO: In view of the prevailing situation Covid-19 and as per the Government guidelines and instructions, Pughoboto Sub division celebrated the 74th Independence Day at ADC office on August 15.

 ADC Thungchanbemo Tungoe unfurled the National Flag and took the Rashtriya salute from the 8 NAP, Naltoqa 'A' coy Pughoboto. The chief guest also read out the speech. The National Anthem was sung by SAKK.

On behalf of the Frontline workers from medical department under the Pughoboto division SMO, CHC Pughoboto, Dr.J Hokuqha Sema attended the occasion. Others who attended were all the heads of offices, PATC chairman Viyikhu Wotsaa and others.

 Marking the program, chief guest gave away presentation to SAKK, NAP and DEF police personnel. The program was conducted by EAC, Luchui Fithu.
JALUKIE: Jalukie Town celebrated its 74th Independence Day on August 15 at ADC office Jalukie. However, due to the ongoing pandemic the celebrations were curtailed and only selected guest were invited and participated in the celebrations.

 ADC Jalukie, Dr Tinojongshi Chang on his arrival at 9 AM unfurled the National flag, and take Rastriya salute with singing of National Anthem. Earlier, hoisting of National Flag was also done in all the Government & semi Government office, Institutions and private building.
Along with the rest of the nation, Pfutsero celebrated the 74th Independence Day on August 15 at ADC Compound Pfutsero. ADC Pfutsero Phuleshe K Yepthomi unfurled the national flag and took the rashtriya salute and read out the speech. National anthem was sang by 14th AR D'coy Pfutsero.
TSEMINYU: Tseminyu Sub-Division celebrated the 74th Independence Day on August 15. ADC W. Manpai Phom formally unfurled the National Flag at 9:00AM at ADC office premises Tseminyu and took guard of honour/salute from 4th NAP 'B' coy and DEF Tseminyu led by Haveldar Tesilo Rengma. 

National Flag was hoisted in the morning in all the Government Offices, Institutions in Tseminyu Town. Celebration was attended by government officials which includes Administrative officers, Heads of the offices, DBs, Tseminyu Town GBs. 
CHIZAMI:  Along with the rest of the country Chizami Sub-Division, Phek celebrated the 74th Independence Day at SDO(C) Office, Chizami on August 15 with Vekuto Vero SDO (C), Chizami as the special guest. Vekuto Vero, SDO (C) unfurled the National Flag, read out the Independence Day speech and took salute from DEF Chizami.

TENING: The 74th Independence Day was celebrated in Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) headquarters at ADC official residence Tening with rest of the country on August 15. Rhosietho Nguori, NCS, ADC unfurled the national flag followed by national anthem and rashtriya salute in the presence of government department officials, police personnel and public.
MELURI: The 74th anniversary of Indian, Independence Day was celebrated at public ground Meluri. The special guest, ADC Meluri Temjen Mhuba unfurled the national flag and took Rashtriya salute from 5th NAP which was led by Havildar Pongro Konyak. The special guest read out independence speech. The function was attended by all head of offices under Meluri sub-division.

SHAMATOR: With the rest of the Country Shamator celebrated 74the Independence Day as Shri. Lankonsen Tsanglao ADC, Shamator as chief guest. Due to pandemic the state Celebration was held with head of departments, administration and few invitees. National song was sung by the town V.G Shamator.

AGHUNATO: Along with the rest of the country Aghunato HQ observed the 74th Independence Day at ADC office complex on August 15.
Additional Deputy Commissioner T. Moa Lemtor unfurled the tricolour and DBs Aghunato presented the national anthem.
MEDZIPHEMA: The 74th Independence Day was celebrated at Local Ground Medziphema, Sub-Division, on August 15 with Additional Deputy Commissioner Medziphema, Thsuvisie Phoji gracing the occasion as the Chief Guest.The Chief Guest on his arrival unfurled the National flag and took the Rashtriya Salute and delivered the Independence Day speech. The 11th NAP (IR) Bn Ruzaphema led by Parade Commander ABSI C.Throngok Konyak took part in the celebration. The celebration of the Independence Day programme was attended by Heads of the Departments.

CHEN:  Along with the rest of the country, Chen Hq also observed 74th Independence Day at SDO (Civil) Complex at Chen Town, on August 15. SDO (C) Chen, Samuel Konyak unfurled the national Flag.

SATAKHA: The 74th Independence Day celebration started with hoisting of National flag at 6AM at ADC office Satakha. T. Kiusumong Tikhir NCS, ADC Satakha unfurled the national flag and also delivered a short speech. National anthem was sung by Anganwadi workers.
WAKCHING: Along with rest of the country, Wakching sub-division under Mon District observed 74th India's Independence Day at SDO (C) chamber Wakching. Relise Sangtam SDO (C) unfurled the national flag and took salute from village guard Wakching. The programme was attended by all the government employees, GBs & DBs and we'll wishers.
TIZIT: Independence Day celebrated at Tizit sub-division on August 15 at ADC Office premises. Pakon Phom NCS, ADC Tizit unfurled the National Flag and took rashtriya salute from 6th NAP Tizit. The ADC also delivered a short speech. 

SEYOCHUNG: The 74th Independence Day celebration was held at ADC Hq Seyochung at the office premises on August 15. ADC Seyochung Japheth unfurled the National Flag. Rashtriya salute was given by VG Seyochung Hq, led by Nikihe Chishi Seyochung Area VG Commander. All government officers and GBs attended the function.
CHANGTONGYA: Along with the rest of the Nation 74 Independence Day was celebrated at Changtongya sub-division on August 15 at SDO (C) office complex, with Moakumzuk Tzudir SDO (C) as the chief quest. He unfurled the Nation Flag and look the salute from DEF police station Changtongya. The Independence Day program was held with strict COV-19 prevention protocol. 
 ABOI: The74th Independence Day was observed in Additional Deputy Commissioner office premises Aboi with Lithrila Sangtam EAC Aboi as especial guest who unfurled national trio flag and took salute. All the head of departments, DBs, GBs, attended the function.
NAGINIMORA: With the rest of the country the 74th Independence Day was celebrated today at the ADC office, Naginimora. Renabomo Odyuo, ADC Naginimora unfurled the national flag at 9:00 hrs and took Rashtriya salute from 'A' coy, 6 NAP jawans. Heads of the Offices attended the function maintaining total social distancing.
CHOZUBA: The 74th Independence Day was celebrated at the office of the ADC, Chozuba Town where Additional Deputy Commissioner, Theodore Yanthan, unfurled the National Flag on August 15. In his Independence Day speech the ADC highlighted the challenges and achievements of the government especially in regards to the covid-19 pandemic in our state. The function was celebrated with minimal participants with full protective gears and social distancing.
PUNGRO: The 74th Independence Day 2020 was celebrated at Pungro Town, Kiphire District at ADC office compound, Pungro. The National flag was hoisted and Rashtriya Salute was taken by Nuhuta Tunyi, NCS EAC Pungro at 9:00 hrs, national anthem was sung by Government Middle School Pungro. The celebration was attended by Government servants, NGOs and CSOs under Pungro. In the afternoon, a team comprising of YBA, SBI Pungro and BDO Khongsa visited the hospital at Pungro.
CHIEPHOBOZOU:  Along with the rest of the country, Chiephobozou Headquarter celebrated 74th Independence Day at ADC Office premises, Chiephobozou. Additional Deputy Commissioner, Chiephobozou, Vekhoyi Chakhesang hoisted the ceremonial Flag and took rashtriya salute during the occasion.
JAKHAMA:  To mark the 74th Independence Day, Alemyapang Longchar SDO(C) Unfurled the National flag at SDO(C) Jakhama office.

THONOKNYU: At Thonoknyu Hq, the 74th Indian Independence day National Flag was unfurled by EAC Mungo Khiamniungan at SDO Civil office Campus on August 15. All the DBs, GBs, Adhoc town committee, NAP and NP attained the program.
MONYAKSHU: SDO (C) Monyakshu Longtiba Sangtam unfurled the National Flag and took the salute from the Village guard at Monyakshu.
ANGJANGYANG:The 74th Independence Day was celebrated at Angjangyang Sub-division HQ on August 15. Yanithung Ngullie SDO (C) Angjangyang hoisted the national flag and took Rashtriya salute from Village Guards Changlang village. He also delivered the Independence Day message.
TOBU:The 74th Independence Day 2020 was celebrated at Tobu HQ with ADC Tobu, Mudongoyi as the special guest who unfurled the National flag and read out the Independence day speech.
TULI: Independence Day was celebrated at Tuli ADC's office complex on August 15 2020. ADC Tuli, Imsongmeren took the rashtriya salute from DEF Tuli and read out a short message of Independence Day. All the HoDs under Tuli sub division, GBs attended the programme maintaining COVID -19 SOP. 
NEC:  The 74th Independence Day was celebrated at the North Eastern Council, Shillong with traditional gaiety and national fervor today. The national tri-colour flag was unfurled and hoisted by the Member of the NEC Prof. Biman Kr. Dutta at the NEC’s premises followed up by the National Anthem. Thereafter Prof. Biman Kr. Dutta, AIR Marshal Anjan Kumar Gogoi PVSM AVSM VSM (Retd.), Members of NEC & K. Moses Chalai,IAS Secretary , NEC briefly addressed the gathering while congratulating the staff of the North Eastern Council. All the senior officials and the staff member while factoring in precautions related to the COVID-19 scenario took part in the function.