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3-day I-Day celebrations begin


GUWAHATI, Aug 13 - The three-day Independence Day celebrations in the State began today with various competitions and programmes among students of various higher education institutions.

On the other hand, in Guwahati, the Veterinary College field at Khanapara where Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal will hoist the Tricolour, wore a dilapidated look today due to heavy rainfall in the past 24 hours. At the same programme, altogether 34 teams of students and security forces will perform various activities including march-past as part of the Independence Day celebration.

�Yesterday Khanapara area recorded around 128 mm of rainfall in an hour, which worsened the condition of the celebration ground. Officials of the Public Works Department have been working on preparing the field. It is a natural calamity, which we cannot prevent,� Kamrup (Metro) Deputy Commissioner Virendra Mittal said.

The DC said preparations for the I-Day celebration in Guwahati are almost complete. On August 15 at 7:30 am flag hoisting will take place at every government office. At 9 am the Chief Minister will hoist the Tricolour at the Khanapara field.

�At a recent meeting I had directed the district heads of all departments to sincerely hoist the Tricolour on their respective office premises. Earlier, in some cases lower ranked employees used to hoist the flag. If such cases are reported this time, we will take strict action against officials concerned,� Mittal added.

It may be noted that the Kamrup (Metro) district administration has directed all higher education institutions of the district to celebrate Independence Day with a three-day schedule.

�I request all who want to take part in the Independence Day celebration at Khanapara field, to carry only wallets and mobile phones. No other item will be allowed on that day. Moreover, we will take stern action if anyone tries to create disturbance. Already we have deployed forces in both uniform and civilian dress,� Guwahati Police Commissioner Hiren Chandra Nath said.

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