Sunday, January 29, 2023

Northeast gears up to celebrate 75 years of India’s independence

The eight states of Northeast India have made elaborate preparations and shown enthusiasm to celebrate India’s 75 years of independence by heeding to the Prime Minister’s call for ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ and with the authorities also trying to make the occasion grand and memorable.
‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign gets unprecedented response across Meghalaya
The Centre’s ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign has seen unprecedented response across Meghalaya with Home Minister Lahkmen Rymbui launching the programme on Saturday.
People hoisted the national flag at their houses and vehicles in accordance to a call given by the Centre as part of ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ to commemorate India’s 75th anniversary of Independence. The campaign will continue till August 15.
“I could see the passion, the love of the people of the state for the national flag at this time,” Home Minister Rymbui said at the ‘State Launch of Har Ghar Tiranga’ organised by the State Department of Arts and Culture in collaboration with Indian Council For Cultural Relations here.
He said it is a very important day for us Indians as we emphasise the importance of our national flag, stating that we are about to complete 75 years of Independence and also after completing 50 years of statehood.
Rymbui said that while traversing the different areas of the state the tri colour is visible and flying high on top of every house, even vehicles are moving with tri-colour on them.
Expressing his gratitude to the many SHGs for engaging themselves with the making of national flags, the Home Minister also thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for reminding the people that the national flag is the pride of the nation, apart from having the national flag in our houses, we should also have it in our heart. Reminding the gathering about the national flag, the Home Minister said that each and every aspect of the national flag has its own meaning and encouraged the students to live up to its ideals.
“As citizens we should be proud of the country and raise the national flag with pride. He also wished each and every citizen of the country through this movement to integrate the symbol of the country into our way of life,” he said.
Chief Secretary Donald Philips Wahlang, said that the launching of the programme comes under the aegis of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, to celebrate 75 years of India’s Independence. The Har Ghar Tiranga programme will last for three days from August 13 to Independence Day is to ensure that on completion of 75 years of Independence. (Correspondent)
Independence Day celebrations begin in Tripura
Tripura Chief Minister Manik Saha kicked off the three-day Independence Day celebrations in the state by flagging off a bicycle rally on Saturday. He also hoisted a high-mast national flag in front of the Civil Secretariat in the presence of his cabinet colleagues and senior officials.
The chief minister also participated in a programme with school students at Umakanta Academy.
“I appeal to the people to hoist the national flags in their houses from August 13 to 15 to pay respect to the freedom fighters,” he said.
The state government has set a target of hoisting national flags in 5.37 lakh households as part of the ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ programme, aimed at promoting nationalism among the people.
On August 15, the main programme will be held at the Assam Rifles Ground where the chief minister will unfurl the national flag. Governor Satyadeo N Arya will offer flowers at the statue of Mahatma Gandhi near Circuit House and pay respect at Elvert Ekka Park in Lichubagan.
Additional forces have been deployed in strategic areas, while dog squads have been put into service in Agartala to thwart any untoward incident, he said.
“TSR and CRPF jawans have been carrying out special operations in interior areas. There has been no adverse report on the security point of view,” he added.
A senior BSF officer said the 856-km international border has been put on high alert to ensure peace during the celebrations.
Vande Mataram chant by school students gave me goosebumps : Himanta
Himanta Biswa Sarma had his goosebump moment on Saturday on hearing school students chant ‘Vande Mataram’, the Assam chief minister, who participated in a ‘Prabhat Pheri’ (morning march) along with them as part of ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’.
Sarma marched through the streets of Guwahati and the general people joined him in the procession.
“Delighted to begin my day with school students who spontaneously took part in the ‘Prabhat Pheri’ (a traditional morning march) taken out to celebrate #AzadiKaAmritMahotsav ahead of #IndependenceDay”, the chief minister tweeted.
“Their chanting of ‘Vande Mataram’ really gave me goosebumps!” he posted on the micro blogging site later. The Dhubri district administration organised a ‘Tiranga boat rally’ on Brahmaputra river in collaboration with the police and BSF.
Dhubri deputy commissioner Anbamuthan MP organised the boat rally to create awareness among people living in the char areas (sandbars) to celebrate 75 years of Independence.
The rally by 75 machine boats started from Dhubri Kachari Ghat to Chalakura Char and terminated at Kachari Ghat, an official release said.
Arunachal Governor lauds Army for organising cycle expedition as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav
Arunachal Pradesh Governor Brig Dr B D Mishra (Retd) on Saturday commended the General Officer Commanding (GoC) of 4 Corps Lt Gen D S Rana and GoC of 5 Mountain Division, Major General A K Singh, for organising the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav cycle expedition from Thakurbari in Assam to Balemu in West Kameng district of the state.
Balemu is one of the last villages on the Indo-Bhutan border.
The joint civil-military cycling expedition which was flagged off on Thursday, was organised by Army’s Gajraj Corps jointly with SSB, ITBP, civil administrations of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam besides, local cycling enthusiasts.
The governor who was supposed to flag off the event, had to cancel the trip due to technical snag in the helicopter requisitioned and the alternative IAF helicopter which, could not take off due to inclement weather, Raj Bhawan sources said.
Mishra, who initiated the programme to take the festivity of ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ to the last village on the border, also appreciated the West Kameng Deputy Commissioner Karma Leki for adding people’s participation in the programme.
The governor wished that the spirit of 75 years of Independence reaches every nook and corner of the state.
“As we remember our freedom struggle and freedom fighters, let us renew our pledge to always uphold national unity so that united we can secure peace and harmony in the nation,” he said.
The unique and first-of-its-kind expedition consisting of 75 participants from the Army (including lady officers) and civil participants, covered 102 km route.
The expedition team traversed through picturesque Assam and pristine Arunachal Pradesh via Misamari, Dhekiajuli, Orang, Rowta, Udalguri, Hatigarh, and Bhairabkund.

NCC cadets holding the national flag in Nagaon district. (PTI)
Tripura CM Manik Saha hoists the national flag on a boat. (PTI)
‘Tiranga Boat Rally’ in Dhubri district, Saturday. (PTI)
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