DIBRUGARH, Jan 27 � Minister of Handloom, Textile and Cultural Affairs, Pranati Phukan, unfurled the tricolour and took salute from 24 contingents on the 63rd Republic Day celebrations at Chowkidinghee ground here yesterday.
The Republic Day celebrations were held amid tight security in the district headquarter following boycott call by a few banned organisations.
Smt Phukan paid floral tributes to the martyrs of the country by placing a wreath at a makeshift altar of martyrs at Chowkidinghee ground before ascending to the podium.
Phukan read out a marathon speech, where she highlighted various developmental programmes of the State Government. Her speech was so lengthy that at least four students from among those standing in �at ease� position in the parade ground collapsed but later recovered and joined the march past.
She felicitated a few freedom fighters, social workers, educationists, best sportsman, best performing bank, best farmer, best Asha worker, best Anganwadi worker etc.
Jorhat Correspondent adds: Nilamoni Sen Deka, Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Agriculture, hoisted the tricolor at Court Field here at the 63rd Republic Day celebration function organised by the Jorhat district administration.
In his speech Deka commemorated the contribution of the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of the country.
At the function five freedom fighters and four sportspersons were felicitated by the district administration. The first, second and third prizes of the best farmer award were given away to Subhas Hazarika, Debeswar Dutta and Bikram Borgohain. The heads of the 25 educational institutes were also presented a citation each for keeping their institutions tobacco free.
Udalguri Correspondent adds: The 63rd Republic Day was celebrated in Udalguri district with pomp and gaiety. People were seen coming out freely to the public places to be part of the auspicious day.
Schools, colleges and government and non government offices, student organisations, NGOs etc., celebrated the day with a variety of programmes.
Centrally, the Republic Day was celebrated at the Deputy Commissioner�s parade ground, where Thaneswar Malakar, Deputy Commissioner of Udalguri hoisted the national flag. In his speech, Malakar explained the various welfare projects of the government already implemented and being implemented in the district. He also inspected the guard of honour, march past presented on the occasion by the security forces and school children of the town.
Sivasagar Correspondent adds: As in other parts of the State, Republic Day was also celebrated in Sivasagar. Deputy Commissioner, Jatindra Lahkar hoisted the flag at Boarding Field in presence of noted personalities of Sivasagar. He felicitated eighteen distinguished people for their remarkable service to society in various fields. Cultural events were also arranged on the occasion for boys and girls. A friendly cricket match was played in the afternoon.
Lakhimpur Correspondent adds: The people of Lakhimpur district celebrated the 63rd Republic Day on Thursday. The official function was held in the playground of North Lakhimpur Govt. HS School, where the national flag was hoisted by Lakhimpur Deputy Commissioner, Dr Anwaruddin Chawdhury.
The DC inspected the guard of honour and took the salute of the parade. Contingents from the Assam Police, Assam Home Guards, Fire Engineering College, NCC, Scouts and Guides took part in the parade.
Raha Correspondent adds: Along with the rest of the country, Republic Day was celebrated at Raha with enthusiasm. A large number of people including students and children gathered at the Raha town field where Lakhi Das Barua, Revenue Circle Officer of Raha hoisted the tricolour.
Nagaon Correspondent adds: Minister of Forest and Rural Development, Rockybul Hussain formally unfurled the national flag at Nurul Amin Stadium here to mark the 63rd Republic Day on January 26.
In his address the minister opined that truth and nonviolence is the only path for the progress of a country. He highlighted the progress made during the present Government as well as the new schemes undertaken by the Government for the masses.
Some eminent personalities were felicitated. A friendly cricket match between DC�s Eleven and Nagaon Sports Association was held in the afternoon.
Diphu Correspondent adds: The 63rd Republic Day was celebrated with great enthusiasm and patriotic fervour in different parts of Karbi Anglong hill district.
The main programme and Republic Day parade was held at Karbi Anglong Sports Association Stadium, Diphu. The tricolor was hoisted by HAD Minister, Kharsing Engti.
Dhemaji Correspondent adds: The 63rd Republic Day was celebrated at Dhemaji Court Field under the aigis of Dhemaji district administration. The flag was unfurled by MS Manibannam, DC, Dhemaji.