SHILLONG, Jan 27 - Meghalaya Governor V Shanmuganathan on Tuesday said there are some serious internal security concerns in Garo Hills region. He said this while unfurling the tricolour at Polo Grounds here on the occasion of 67th Republic Day celebrations.
�This challenge to internal security is being dealt with firmly by our security forces. The forces are putting in commendable efforts to nab these militants and neutralise their activities,� the Governor stated.
The Governor further said that the Government has �kept its doors open for talks with the militant outfits� provided they eschew violence.
Efforts are also on to resolve the long outstanding issue of inter-State boundary dispute with Assam through discussions at various levels. �The situation on the inter- State border has, by and large, remained peaceful,� Shanmuganathan said.
Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday celebrated the Republic Day with great enthusiasm. Unfurling the tri-colour at IG Park here amidst playing of national anthem, State Governor JP Rajkhowa called upon all government functionaries, employees� bodies and officers to work with full commitment �without wasting time in political activities, which some have been doing� in order to provide an efficient, people-friendly, transparent, corruption-free and accountable administration.
�We have to provide corruption-free administration and all those involved in corrupt practices and other unlawful activities must be dealt with firm hands,� said the Governor.
While highlighting some of the key initiatives of the State, the Governor, who earlier took salute from the parade contingents, said: �To achieve the desired success in all the key sectors on a sustainable basis and free of corrupt practices, five �M�s � men, money, machines, materials and methods have to be managed through five �E�s � economy, efficiency, effectiveness, equity and excellence.�
On the occasion, Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi announced the names of the State awardees that included 11 gold medalists and 17 silver medalists, besides four commendation certificates. He also announced the names of three recipients of CM�s Shram Awards.
Imphal: Republic Day was celebrated in Manipur despite the boycott call by various insurgent groups and strike by United Naga Council (UNC) Manipur on Tuesday.
The main celebration was organised at historic Kangla Fort here where Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh unfurled the tricolour and took the salute at the march past by around 120 contingents.
Speaking on the occasion, Ibobi appealed to the public to make the State a peaceful and prosperous one. He also presented medals to meritorious police officers and personnel.
He said that the State is progressing in the field of arts and culture, games and sports, education, health, road and transport, agriculture and science and technology.
Meanwhile, normal life in Manipur particularly in the State capital remained affected severely on Tuesday on account of the �total shutdown� called by various insurgent groups.
Agartala: Tripura celebrated the Republic Day with enthusiasm and patriotic fervour amidst tight security arrangements.
The main programme was held at Assam Rifles where Governor Tathagata Roy unfurled the tricolour and took salute at the parade.
India-Bangladesh relations will further improve as bus services between the two countries have improved leading to more trade, the Governor said. The Governor also said that Tripura was the first State in the Northeastern region to introduce the national food security act.
Later, thousands of school children performed colourful dances in traditional attire.