GUWAHATI, Aug 16 - The 71st Independence Day was celebrated across the city by various schools, organisations and government departments.
At the I-Day observance at the Commissionerate of Industries and Commerce at Bamunimaidam, the Commissioner of Industries and Commerce, Dr KK Dwivedi hoisted the National Flag in the presence of officers and staff of Udyog Bhawan.
Dr Dwivedi called upon the people present to imbibe the spirit of patriotism and abide by the ideals of the Constitution-makers. He hoped that the Independence Day would usher in freedom from social maladies.
SSB celebrated the Independence Day at Frontier Headquarters, Guwahati, and remembered the martyrs who laid down their lives for fighting against the divisive elements. After unfurling the National Flag, the Inspector General of SSB, Bhanu Upadhyay addressed the officers and personnel. He emphasized the need to be vigilant at the border.
The main aim of the SSB is to inculcate a sense of security, spirit of national integration, pride and belongingness in the border populace.
Students, staff, management and guardians of Sri Guru Nanak National High School celebrated the Independence Day eve with a daylong programme on August 14. They decorated the school in a befitting manner and held various programmes including patriotic song competition (solo/group), patriotic dance competition (solo/group), go-as-you-like, speech competition, etc. In the �go-as-you-like,� small children from pre-nursery to Class IV dressed themselves as Gandhiji, Bhagat Singh, Netaji, Rani of Jhansi, Mangal Pandey and other freedom fighters, keeping the audience spellbound by their performance. The management, staff and students of the school also celebrated the Independence Day with various other programmes from 8 pm onwards on August 15.
Royal Global School celebrated the day by hoisting the Tricolour at its campus. The school has a flag measuring 30x20� on a 111-foot flag mast, which makes it the highest flagpole in this part of the country. The flag was hoisted by AK Pansari, chairman, AK Modi, vice chairman, Royal Global School, in the presence of AK Sinha, director, and Aunbha Goyal, principal.
The hoisting of the national flag was followed by the marching of the school contingent and the NCC troop of the school. A dance drama titled Aaj Phir Kranti Lana Hai was also put up on live orchestra.
The State Bank of India celebrated the day on its premises at the Local Head Office, Dispur. The National Flag was unfurled by PVSLN Murty, Chief General Manager, SBI North Eastern Circle. The programme was attended by Digmanu Gupta, Kaushik Sinha, General Managers, SBI, NE Circle, along with other senior officials and employees of the bank along with their families and wards.
The Commissionerate of Panchayat & Rural Development (P&RD) observed the 71st Independence Day of the nation on its office premises at Juripar. Commissioner of P&RD, Dr JB Ekka hoisted the National Flag in the presence of the officers and staff of the Commissionerate.
After hoisting the flag, Dr Ekka also administered a pledge to build a New India by 2022 by making the country free from poverty, corruption, terrorism, communalism and casteism and called upon all present to work hand in hand for building a progressive and developed society.
The North East Wetland, in association with Apple Pie and the youths of Chachal area, celebrated the day by planting tree saplings near the Silsako Beel. The National Anthem was sung by students of Navodaya Jatiya Vidyalaya and the plantation was supervised by environmentalist Alkesh Sam Kashyap and Apple Pie GM Abdul Majid.
Ukil Santha, Guwahati, celebrated the occasion by felicitating senior journalist Radhika Mohan Bhagawati at his residence. He was presented with a japi made of bell metal and brass, a citation and a gamosa by Santha president Sailendra Das and general secretary Amal Chandra Baishya. Bhagawati, in his acceptance speech, urged all concerned to protect democratic values at a time the State was facing a crisis.
The Santha also felicitated senior advocate Harunor Rashid at his Beltola residence.