GUWAHATI, Aug 17 � The 66th Independence Day was celebrated with gaiety in various parts of the State on August 15. Reports from our correspondents are pouring in:
Nagaon: Minister Rockybul Hussain unfurled the National Tricolour at Nurul Amin Stadium on the occasion of the Independence Day. Hussain highlighted the achievements of the Government and appealed to the people to extend cooperation for peace and development of the State.
Earlier, the minister paid tributes to freedom fighters and took the salute. The Independence Day was also observed at Kalang Kala Kendra, Puranigudam, where the National Flag was hoisted by folk artist Pratap Chandra Das. Art materials were presented to the children present there.
The Gandhian Study Centre of ADP College published a book, Muhanar Para Mahatmalai, authored by retired head of the Physics department of the college.
On the occasion of the Independence Day, 300 copies of the book were donated to the inmates of 31 prisons of the State.
Sivasagar: The 66th Independence Day was celebrated with national fervour in Sivasagar on Wednesday. Cultural Affairs Minister Pranati Phukan unfurled the National Flag and took the salute from the participating contingents before a large gathering at Boarding Field. Phukan was accompanied by Sivasagar Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police.
Addressing the gathering, Phukan said that several innovative initiatives are being undertaken in the district and the Government has already started its inter-constructional works to set up the Mega Handloom Cluster Project in Sivasagar. On the occasion, assistance was extended to the muga rearers and other beneficiaries. The Best Community Action Award for Development was given to Egas, while the Best Bank Award was given to Assam Gramin Vikash Bank.
Jonai: Defying the militant diktat, the Jonai subdivision in Dhemaji district celebrated the Independence Day with great enthusiasm and fanfare in the presence of several thousands of people from all walks of life.
Unfurling the national tricolour, Dhemaji MLA, Sumitra Patir spoke on various developmental efforts initiated by the Congress-led State government. She urged the people to work unitedly and maintain peace for successful implementation of the government schemes.
On the occasion, meritorious students and government officials were felicitated with commendation certificates.
Display of modern technologies by the sub-divisional Agriculture, Health and Education departments was the special attraction of this I-day programme.
Bokakhat: The Bokakhat civil administration celebrated the Independence Day centrally at Bokakhat stadium in a befitting manner with the rest of the country in presence of students, public and government officials.
Dwijen Sinha, SDO (Civil) of Bokakhat unfurled the Tricolour and appealed to all for maintaining peace and harmony. Bokakhat Press Club, Electornic Media Journalists Association (EMJA), Puwati Sahitya Sabha, ACMS of Bokakhat branch, etc, also hoisted the National Flag.
On the other hand, cleaning work in Bokakhat town by Bokakhat non-government driver-handyman association on the occasion of the Independence Day got good response from the public after the elected Town Committee failed to execute their duty properly.
Gauripur: Amidst tight security the Independence Day was observed at Gauripur. For the purpose, the chairperson of Gauripur Town Committee Anupama Bagaria hoisted the National Flag in the historic Mahamaya playground. In her short speech, she called upon the people to maintain peace andharmony at all costs among all sections of people. Kalyan Dhar, chairman, Gauripur Primary Consumers� Society Ltd, also hoisted the tri-colour amidst a large number of members of the society and the agents.
At Golakganj, Sabyachashi Kashyap, circle officer, unfurled the National Flag at the playground of Jagamohan Vidyapith amidst a large numberof students, teachers, employees and general public. Dr Santosh Kumar Sarkar, Principal, Chilaray College, paid tributes in memory of the freedom fighters. Jahanara Islam Sarkar, a student of Jibesh Chandra Pradhani Jatia Bidyalay, who secured the highest position in the last HSLC examination from Golakganj centre, was accorded warm felicitation.
Nalbari: The 66th Independence Day was celebrated at Nalbari SP Office play-ground with great enthusiasm. Minister of Agriculture and Parliamentary Affairs, Nilamani Sen Deka hoisted the National tri colour. Defying the boycot call given by ULFA and some other militant outfits, thousands of people gathered in the central I-Day programme organised by the Nalbari district administration. The Minister also inspected the guard of honour presented by the security personnel and the students of local schools. All total 15 freedom fighters of Nalbari district were felicitated in the function. Besides five progressive farmers of the district were also felicitated. Hoisting the National tri-colour, Sen Deka recalled the contribution of the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the country. He said that the Agriculture Department has decided to cover five lakh hectare areas under mission double cropping scheme this season. A colourful cultural programme was also held on the occasion.
Mushalpur: The official I-Day programme in Baksa district was centrally organised at Mushalpur Revenue Circle Office playground. Babul Chandra Barbaruah, DC of Baksa hoisted the Tricolour in the presence of freedom fighters, senior citizens, local intellectuals, Moon Singh Brahma, MCLA, No.23 Dihira BTC LAC, Ansumwi Khungur Boro, MCLA, Mushalpur BTC LAC, Bir Bikram Gogoi, SP, Baksa, Govt officials, students and a cross-section of people.The programme was marked by multi-lingual cultural programmes, sports competitions and parade. Freedom fighters, senior citizens and people as well as organisations of the district, with distinctive contributions in various fields, were felicitated on the occasion.