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THE MORUNG EXPRESS

MKPO Nagaland host Aai Sagi festival ‘Live Now: Yes Life, No HIV’ Morung Express News Dimapur | January 13

The Mech Kachari community under the aegis of Mech Kachari Public Organization (MKPO) Nagaland, celebrated Aai Sagi festival, a post harvest festival of the Mech Kachari community, here at Mandeville Garden, Jurpukhuri, Purana Bazar, on Friday. The celebration was graced by Nagaland Governor, PB Acharya, as chief guest and Deputy Commissioner, Dimapur, Kesonyu Yhome, as guest of honour. The chief guest in his address said festivals like Aai Sagi form an integral and inseparable part of the people of the country since India is an agriculture country and made of villages. The Governor also said India is a democratic and secular nation and that unity in diversity is the peculiarity of the great nation. Acharya said Nagaland too exemplifies the unity and diversity with various tribal communities co-existing in harmony. He said it

Mech Kachari women presenting a cultural dance during the Aai Sagi festival celebration held at Purana Bazar on January 13. (Morung Photo)

was important for various communities to co-exist in peace and harmony without losing their own unique cultural identities. Stressing on the importance of preserving one’s culture and identity, especially dialect or language, the Governor reminded that a tribe or community cannot march forward if it leaves its dialect or language behind. DC Dimapur, Kesonyu

Yhome, said the Kachari people at large have contributed immensely to the overall social landscape of Nagaland, especially in promoting peace and harmony among various communities and tribes. Terming the Kacharis as one of the most peace loving citizens, he said this should also be a trendsetter to other Naga tribes and communities.

Earlier, advisor MKPO, Chabi Kumar, delivered welcome address while MKPO president explained on the significance of the Aai Sagi festival. On the occasion, MKPO also submitted a memorandum to the Governor. Other highlights of the celebration included presentation of traditional dances, songs and indigenous games.

KMC informs on preparation for Republic Day

Kohima, January 13 (mExn): In view of the forth coming Republic Day on January 26, the Kohima Municipal Council directs all the shopkeepers and business establishments to clean, paint and whitewash the front side of the building and shops facing the road side on or before January 20. All concerned are further directed to hoist National Flag on top of their shops and building by 6:00 am on January 26. KMC, Administrator, Kovi Mey-

ase in a press release also informed to organize a tug-of war comprising of all the 19 (nineteen) wards on January 26. All the 19 wards of Kohima Municipality are therefore informed to arrange 20 participants each with 5 reserves for this event and submit their lists on or before Jan 21 in the office of the undersigned. The Tournament will be conducted in the afternoon and will be on Knock-Out basis. A copy of rules

and regulations for conduct of the event is further enclosed for your information. Each team will have 20 players with 5 reserved. Matches will be played knock-out system. Each team will get one chance only. 1st and 2nd round matches will be played during the main evening function. All teams/participants should report 2hrs ahead of the evening program for preliminary matches.

Kohima, January 13 (mExn): Nagaland State AIDS Control Society celebrated the National Youth Day with the theme ‘Live Now: Yes Life, No HIV’ on January 12. The programme was observed with 450 NCC cadets from 29 Indian States and 7 Union Territories, at the ongoing special National Integration camp (January 4 to 15), Patkai Christian College, Dimapur. Brigadier Nikam, National Cadet Corps, Group Headquarter, Kohima, while delivering the welcome address expressed gratitude to the Department for coming forward to educate the young people about HIV & AIDS. It was further stated in a press release that the introduction was delivered by Metevinuo Sakhrie, Joint Director (IEC), NSACS. Highlighting the significance of the day, she urged the cadets to wake up the eternal energy and give efforts to make the country developed. She also mentioned that HIV & AIDS was a concern for the whole country, and that the event was an opportunity to learn and share the issues of HIV & AIDS. Ainato Yetho, Assistant Director (Youth Affairs) shared the basic facts about HIV & AIDS: The four routes of HIV transmission and the ways of prevention. He also mentioned about the impor-

NATIONAL YOUTH DAY 2017

Participants form Red Ribbon Human Chain to mark the National Youth Day observed with the theme ‘Live Now: Yes Life, No HIV’ on January 12.

tance of HIV testing, care support and treatment and facilities available to help and support the People Living with HIV. Alipoker, Assistant Director (VBD) shared the importance of Voluntary Blood Donation. On stating the fact that nothing can replace human blood, he encouraged the young people to be voluntary blood donors to save lives. The programme was

chaired by Thejangunuo Theunuo, Deputy Director (IEC), NSACS. It concluded with signing of Pledge, “I pledge to create awareness in my own capacity and influence to spread the message that prevention is the only cure for HIV and AIDS and work to eliminate stigma and discrimination” followed by formation of Red Ribbon Human Chain and voluntary HIV testing. Total of 23 cadets came

forward for voluntary HIV testing. Earlier, the cadets were provided IEC materials and Red Ribbon badge- signifying Hope and concern, Love and support to the people infected and affected by HIV and AIDS. The programme was jointly organized by Nagaland State AIDS Control Society, DH&FW & National Cadet Corps, Group Headquarter, Kohima.

CEO office bids farewell to Sanjay Kumar SSP secures 1st at CBSE regional Level Science Exhibition

DimaPur, January 13 (mExn): Cadet Ameka T Yeptho and Cadet Sumwang Wangsa, both from class XI of Sainik School Punglwa participated at CBSE Regional Level Science Exhibition 2016-17 conducted at NPS International School Guwahati from December 15 to 17, 2016. The team presented a model on ‘Heavy Duty Sun Synchronised Solar Cooker’ under the category Industry and secured the 1st position in this category. Around 50 schools CEO Nagaland Sanjay Kumar, IAS speaking at his farewell programme held at the office from North East participremise, Kohima on January 13. (DIPR Photo) Kohima, January 13 (DiPr): The Office of the Chief Electoral Officer bid farewell to its CEO, Sanjay Kumar, IAS on January 13 in a function held at their office premise, Kohima. Delivering his speech, the outgoing Chief Electoral Officer said that most of his active years were spent in Nagaland and opined that he would always cherish the memories of the beautiful people of Nagaland which he felt as home. He also expressed his

gratitude to the officers and staffs for their support, love and understanding during his tenure and encouraged them to have team spirit in taking the Department into greater heights. He will be leaving the Department to take up his new assignment in the Ministry of Human Resources (HR) as Joint Secretary, Education Department, Delhi. Speaking on behalf of CEO’s office, Joint CEO, N. Moa Aier stated that many

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things have been done in the Department and also mentioned that one of the greatest example was the successful conduct of the National Electoral Roll purification (NERP). The outgoing CEO had also visited various districts during his tenure, he added. The programme was chaired by Deputy CEO, Khekugha Sema while speech on behalf of DEO’s Office was delivered by AEO Kohima, Mhathung.

pated in the Regional exhibition with more than 100 participants from different schools. The guide for the project was Ashok Kumar Das, Master (Physics). After having been selected at the Regional level, Sainik School Punglwa will represent the region at National Level Science Exhibition which is scheduled to be held at Delhi.

Cadet Ameka T Yeptho and Cadet Sumwang Wangsa of Sainik School Punglwa with others display the model on ‘Heavy Duty Sun Synchronised Solar Cooker.’

Call for peace made at Performance of Rural Development progs reviewed Pong Lum (Winter Festival)

Secretary, Rural Development, Kelei Zeliang and others at the performance review meeting of Rural Development programmes held on January 13 at RD Conference Hall.

2017 to be ‘year of training for RD Department’

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Kohima, January 13 (mExn): A performance review meeting of Rural Development programmes was held on January 13 at RD Conference Hall with Project Directors, BDOs, JEs and SOs of all DRDAs and Blocks. A press release stated that the meeting deliberated on issues and agendas regarding to Services Rules, Trainings, PMAY (G), RTI and MGNREGS. A brief discussion on cashless transaction in rural areas was also initiated by officials from SIRD, TOTs and bank officials. Addressing the meeting, Secretary, Rural Development, Kelei Zeliang urged upon the BDOs and JEs to be more sincere and dedicated in discharging their duties as the success of the department depends on their performances. He also urged them to

follow the guidelines while implementing schemes and to comply with the instructions of their immediate controlling officers. “If your PDs complain against you, we will not hesitate to take action against you,” he said. The RD Secretary also thoroughly discussed issues on man day’s generation, job card verification, Aadhar seeding, opening of bank accounts, natural resources management (NHM) and MGNREGA geo tagging reports. Director, RD, Metsubo Jamir while lamenting on the problems of communication gap between the PDs and BDOs, called upon all BDOs to comply with the instructions of their respective PDs. He said that Government Service Rules will be applied strictly in regard to eligibility for promotions of BDOs and non performing officers will be removed. “Discipline must be maintained from now and strict disciplinary actions will be issued whenever necessary,” he stated. Jamir

cautioned that any officers producing a ministerial note in the case of transfer and posting, the department will put it up to the chief secretary who will forward it to the minister concerned. In regard to implementation of PMAY (G), he informed that specific training for BDOs, JEs and SOs will be conducted within this month which is to be attended compulsorily by all officers concerned. He mentioned that 2017 will be a year of training for RD Department. He informed that the minister, RD will be visiting all DRDAs and Blocks in the current year. Joint director, RD, K. Neibou Sekhose also reminded the officers to submit RTI Implementation Report by April 3 and RTI 17 manuals by the 1st week of April. Maintaining that Rural Development Department receives the highest number of RTI applications, he also urged them to keep information and replies ready for furnishing on time.

TuEnsang, January 13 (mExn): The Pong Lum (Winter Festival) celebration which was organized by Chang Khulei Setshang (Chang Tribal Council) concluded on January 13 at Loyem Memorial Ground Tuensang. The organisers stated in a press release that Kipili Sangtam, Minster to Power and Koiwang Konyak President ENPO were the chief guest and guest of honour respectively. CM Chang MLA, Gug Chishi Director Music Task Force, Assistant Director Labour Department and other dignitaries also attended the programme. Speaking on the occasion, Minister Kipli Sangtam said that Tuensang being the oldest district in Eastern Nagaland region, Chang community should take the responsibility for peace and unity. “Nagaland is the only place in the world which is declared in the name of the Christ as Nagaland for Christ so the Nagas should act and live as example to others,” he stated. He exhorted the leaders and public in general not be proud of the position or be it ability as it will only lead failures or disgrace in the society. He coded unity as source of everything without which there is no sign of prosperity and progress. “Repent, rethink, right attitude and forgiveness are the key for peace,” he said. “We need a matured society for which leaders should be of matured minds which will help change the system our

Minister Kipili Sangtam addresses in the Pong Lum (Winter Festival) celebration which concluded on January 13 at Loyem Memorial Ground Tuensang.

society,” the Minister said while on the recent political turmoil, he expressed that leaders need to be in a sound mind to work out in a peaceful means. Meanwhile, Koiwang Konyak addressed on the Frontier Nagaland issues and said peace and unity are the main element for the success of the statehood demands. He narrated also on the ongoing talks on the municipal council election. CM Chang also spoke on the theme of the Poang Lum ‘Enveloping peace in oneness’ basing on which he advised the gathering to uphold peace and unity and forget and forgive which will bring hindrance to the development and growth of the society. On day one evening Tetseo Sisters performed and ethic shows marked the celebration. While in the closing programme Alem Jongshi Deputy Commissioner Tuensang was the special guest. Incipit Band and other local bands performed in the closing ceremony of Poang Lum.

January 14th, 2017  

The Morung Express Dimapur, Nagaland, India