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Republic Day celebrated in North East

By The Assam Tribune

GUWAHATI, Jan 27 � The Republic Day was celebrated peacefully all over the Northeastern States with unfurling of the national flag.

Shillong Correspondent: Meghalaya Governor KK Paul has said that the �core values of the Indian Constitution� are �facing challenges and threat� in some parts of the country, including Meghalaya.

Unfurling the tricolor on occasion of the 65th Republic Day celebrations at Polo Ground here on Sunday, Paul said, the country�s freedom struggle was �based on the strong and robust foundation of non-violence.�

Paul said the situation was particularly sensitive in Garo Hills where Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) and �other splinter groups� have disrupted peace with their violent activities. �The Government is committed to deal with this situation firmly and is keen and determined to restore peace in the Garo Hills where insurgency has caused immense hardship to the common people,� Paul stated before a large gathering.

The Governor also pointed to agitational activities of NGOs demanding implementation of Inner Line Permit (ILP). �This (agitation) has caused immense hardship to the general public and more particularly to farmers, wage earners, petty traders and students,� he emphasised. He lauded the efforts of the State Government and the NGOs who came together to find a solution to the issue of influx.

Dimapur Correspondent: Nagaland Governor Dr Ashwani Kumar maintained that problems confronting Nagas can only be resolved by Nagas through unity and cooperation. �Let us admit that the problems confronting Nagas can only be solved by Nagas through unity and cooperation,� Dr Kumar said.

Addressing a big crowd after taking the salute and inspecting the parade on the occasion of Republic Day at Civil Secretariat Plaza in Kohima on Sunday, the Governor asserted that the dawn of a New Year calls for a time to review the achievements of the past and chart out a new course of action for the future.

The Governor said the government is also anguished with the turn of events in Karbi Anglong where violence erupted between the Karbis and Rengma Nagas and condemned the shocking mass killing of people from the two communities.

Itanagar Correspondent: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Lt Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma stated that overall law and order situation has been peaceful and remained under control.

Addressing the people on the occasion of the Republic Day celebrations after unfurling the national tricolor at IG Park here on Sunday, the Governor said, �I am happy to note that the overall law and order situation in the State has been peaceful and remained under control.

He informed that �special� emphasis has been laid on women safety and investigation of offences against women. The Governor also had some words of advice to the youth, whom he described as the country�s future.

Before wrapping up, he said, �The true essence of practicing mature democracy, as enunciated by the President, is by way of discussion, debate and dissension and not by �disruption�.

PTI from Agartala: Hoisting the tricolor at the Assam Rifles ground here on the 65th Republic Day, Tripura Governor Devanand Konwar on Sunday said the State has set an example of good governance and raised a high moral of democracy.

The State has earned an award for best governance in the country this year from a publication house which is independent and has no political interest and the people in this State had cast 93.5 per cent votes in the last Assembly election which showed how strong democracy is here, he said.

PTI from Aizawl: The government�s flagship �New Land Use Policy� helped in strengthening the State economy, resulting in GSDP growth rate at 11 per cent during the 11th Plan period, Mizoram Governor Vakkom Purushothaman said.

Delivering his address after unfurling the tricolour here, Purushothaman said the economic growth rate was higher than that of the national growth recorded at 7.8 per cent.

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