GUWAHATI, Aug 16 - India�s 72nd Independence Day was celebrated across the state with pomp, gaiety and fervour. People from all walks of life took part in the festivities, as they once again pledged to uphold the traditions and pride of the nation.
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DIBRUGARH: Minister for Public Health Engineering, Cooperation Rihon Daimari unfurled the Tricolour at Chowkidinghee ground here, flanked by Deputy Commissioner Laya Madduri and Superintendent of Police Gautom Bora.
Daimari recalled the sacrifices of Mahatma Gandhi and other martyrs who laid down their lives fighting the Britishers. Social activist Jyotsna Sonowal and photo-journalist and yoga expert Jagdish Bharali were felicitated, while awards were given under the Swachhata Puraskar to various institutions. Ouphulia village in Tingkhong block was given Rs 1 lakh for being the cleanest in the district.
At the Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Limited (BCPL), Managing Director Ashok Kumar Singh hoisted the national flag. The official function was held at BCPL township, Lepetkata. The celebration included felicitation of eight rank-holders of the HSLC and the HSSLC examinations 2018. The BCPL MD announced a reward of Rs 1 lakh to Hima Das, who scripted history by winning gold in the recently held World Under-20 Championships at Tampere, Finland in the women�s 400m race.
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MORIGAON: Independence Day was celebrated with great enthusiasm, as the National Flag was hoisted by Sum Ronghang, Minister for Hills Area Development at the Tarun Ram Phukan playground. Ronghang distributed financial assistance to several beneficiaries, and visited the Gandhi Bhavan to pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi and other martyrs.
HAFLONG: Dima Hasao district celebrated Independence Day at the Kendriya Vidyalaya playground near the Assam Rifles campus. NC Hills Autonomous Council CEM Debolal Gorlosa unfurled the Tricolour in the presence MLA BB Hagjer, DC Amitabh Rajkhowa, SP Prashanta Saikia and many prominent personalities. HSLC and HS examination toppers were felicitated, while the Agriculture department ceremonially distributed five tractors to beneficiaries. Fruits and sweets were distributed to jail inmates and hospital patients. Awards were given to achievers such as best performing headmaster, safai karmachari, etc.
DHEMAJI: The day was celebrated at the Dhemaji Court Field in the presence of a huge gathering. Deputy Commissioner Roshni Aparanjee Korati hoisted the National Flag, and explained the significance of the day. Floral tributes were paid to Mahatma Gandhi and at the statues of 13 children and mothers who lost their lives in a bomb blast during the 58th Independence Day celebrations at the venue in 2004.
NORTH LAKHIMPUR: At the official function held at North Lakhimpur Govt HS School, Minister for Social Welfare Pramila Rani Brahma unfurled the National Flag. DSP Samarjeet Bhuyan led the parade, while school children presented a colourful programme. In Kimin on the Assam-Arunachal border, Independence Day was celebrated at the Recruit and Training Centre at the 10th Bn campus of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police.
BONGAIGAON: Deputy Commissioner Babulal Sharma unfurled the Tricolour at Gandhi Maidan. In his address, Sharma highlighted the development schemes going on in the district for its better development. In Chirang district, Bodoland Territorial Council Deputy Chief Khampa Borgoyari hoisted the National Flag.
DHUBRI: The National Flag was hoisted at the Raja Prabhat Chandra Baruah Playground by Minister of State for Irrigation, Revenue and Disaster Management Bhabesh Kalita. Kalita spoke about the achievements of the State government and the welfare schemes. The National Flag was hoisted in all institutions and offices of the district and colourful programmes were also held to mark the occasion.
GOALPARA: The day was celebrated at the district headquarters� Junior Technical School playground, where Minister for Food and Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs, Pension and Public Grievance Phani Bhusan Choudhury underscored the significance of the day and recollected the sacrifices of the freedom fighters. In an impressive marchpast, Sainik School was adjudged the best contingent in the uniform category.
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BADARPUR: The day was celebrated across Karimganj district, including in Badarpur, with pomp, gaiety and enthusiasm. The main functions were held at Badarpur NC College playground and Karimganj Government School Sports Complex, where National Flags were hoisted by Badarpur Circle Officer Deepmala Gowala, and State Cabinet Minister Parimal Suklabaidya, respectively. Suklabaidya announced that the State government has sanctioned Rs 100 crore for the development of Karimganj town.
NAMRUP: The major industrial houses, educational institutions and cultural organisations of Namrup celebrated the day with patriotic fervour. At the Assam Petrochemicals Ltd, the Tricolour was unfurled by MD Ratul Bordoloi. At the Brahmaputra Valley Fertilizer Corporation Ltd (BVFCL), the National Flag was unfurled by CMD SD Singh. A colourful programme was organised to mark the occasion.
KALIABOR: A colourful event was held at Gandhi Maidan, Kuwaritol by the Kaliabor subdivisional administration. Chief guest Bitupon Neog, ADC and SDO in-charge, Kaliabor recollected the sacrifices of the freedom fighters and also spoke about various developmental work in the subdivision.
LUMDING: Lumding MLA Supriya Mishra hoisted the National Flag at Saheed Field on the occasion of Independence Day, as political parties, educational institutions, trade unions, traders and individuals hoisted flags in their institutions and offices. On the occasion, a two-day workshop on martial arts and yoga was organised by the women�s wing of Lumding College.
BAIHATA CHARIALI: The Kamrup district administration celebrated the day at the Amingaon Parade Ground, as Deputy Commissioner Kamal Kumar Baishya hoisted the National Flag. Baishya recalled the contributions of Mahatma Gandhi, Maniram Dewan, Piyali Phukan, Mukunda Kakati, Kanaklata Baruah and other martyrs. A friendly football match between Media XI and DC Office XI were held. The district administration distributed fruits among patients of Tola Ram Bafna Kamrup District Civil Hospital.
BOKAKHAT: The Bokakhat administration celebrated the day with a colourful programme. SDO Vivek Shyam unfurled the National Flag, and remembered Mahatma Gandhi, Kamala Miri, and Kushal Konwar among many other freedom fighters. Many prominent personalities like poet and drama artiste Rafiqul Hussain, social activist Jibeswar Bora, litteratuer Tarun Rajkhowa, media activist Niku Acharyya were felicitated for their contribution to society.
GORESWAR: In Goreswar in Baksa district, the National Flag was hoisted by Maheswar Basumatary, BTC EM at a programme held at the Goreswar weekly market. A procession was taken out by NGO Sunrise Youth Club with a 3.5-km-long National Flag on the Guwahati-Goreswar-Bogamati road. Thousands of people took part in the programme, including Rajya Sabha MP Biswajit Daimary, BTC EM Ganesh Kochary, and Tamulpur MLA Emanual Muchahary.
PATACHARKUCHI: In Pathsala, the Tricolour was unfurled by Vijay Bhaskar Reddy P, Bajali SDO, at the Bajali HS School playground. A cultural programme was presented by students of various institutions. Freedom fighters were felicitated, and fruits were distributed among patents of Pathsala hospital and Topoban, a shelter for homeless children.
MUSHALPUR: In Baksa district, DC Sanjiv Kumar Gogoi hoisted the Tricolour at Bathoupuri parade ground, and spoke about various development schemes. Freedom fighters and meritorious students were felicitated, and a cultural programme was presented by students. MLAs Thaneswar Basumatary and Maneswar Brahma, EM Ansumwi Khungur Boro, MCLA Ghanashyam Das and Baksa SP Binoy Kalita attended the ceremony.