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DIMAPUR, April 3 - Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio today said non-settlement of some �symbolic issues� has been prolonging the Naga political issue even after dialogues and a peace process for over 23 years.

Rio was, however, hopeful that a settlement would be reached sooner or later and called for unity among the Nagas for it to happen. He was addressing administrative heads of departments and heads of departments at the Secretariat Conference Hall in Kohima.

The Chief Minister also informed that a Centre for Peace and Non-Violence would be created for the purpose, to be headed by an intellectual who is experienced and unbiased and who will rise above individualism and tribalism to work with �Nagaism� in mind.

Rio further reaffirmed that the People�s Democratic Alliance (PDA) Government would actively facilitate the ongoing political process. He said the PDA Government came to power with lots of promises which cannot be fufilled without the support and cooperation of officers.

Asserting that the PDA Government is committed to enhancing the quality of life of citizens, Rio underlined the need for inculcating work culture and maintaining punctuality, working with accountability and transparency to fulfil the commitments and promises of the Government and improve the quality of life of the people.

On the downsizing and restriction on appointments of parliamentary secretaries and the question of office of profit, Rio said advisers were appointed in various departments after thorough consultation with legal luminaries. Their talent, expertise and experience will contribute towards the development of the departments, he said, while urging all the departments to extend cooperation to the advisers.

Touching on the issue of good governance, Rio stressed that every department should set a target and follow the same as a challenge. He also urged all government servants to link their services with Aadhaar cards to do away with ghost or multiple employees.odiversity as it is located close to the panoramic Zeilad lake beside the Makru river.

�We have taken up the documentation process under the guidance of the wildlife warden considering reports about the frequent visit of thick-billed green pigeons (azuinah) and pin-tailed green pigeons (ngamzainah) in the village during March to August,� said Mordecai. The villagers have also been sensitized during the course of the documentation, he added.

Locally known as ngamzainah and azuinah, these colourful resident birds of the State often feature in Rongmei devotional songs.

Such sensitizing exercises have had a positive impact on the villagers who have even dismantled old traps in and around the villages of Atengba and Charinapeng in the district, the environmentalist said.

Earlier, hunting of these birds for consumption and commercial purpose was rampant. But such activities have declined to some extent since the last two years. As a result, these birds are safe to some extent in their natural habitat.

According to RK Birjit, State coordinator of the Indian Bird Conservation Network, green pigeon is widely available in most parts of the State except in the high altitude areas. Significantly, thousands of migratory birds, particularly amur falcon, visit Tamenglong in the winter season annually.

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Rio hopeful of solution to Naga issue

DIMAPUR, April 3 - Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio today said non-settlement of some �symbolic issues� has been prolonging the Naga political issue even after dialogues and a peace process for over 23 years.

Rio was, however, hopeful that a settlement would be reached sooner or later and called for unity among the Nagas for it to happen. He was addressing administrative heads of departments and heads of departments at the Secretariat Conference Hall in Kohima.

The Chief Minister also informed that a Centre for Peace and Non-Violence would be created for the purpose, to be headed by an intellectual who is experienced and unbiased and who will rise above individualism and tribalism to work with �Nagaism� in mind.

Rio further reaffirmed that the People�s Democratic Alliance (PDA) Government would actively facilitate the ongoing political process. He said the PDA Government came to power with lots of promises which cannot be fufilled without the support and cooperation of officers.

Asserting that the PDA Government is committed to enhancing the quality of life of citizens, Rio underlined the need for inculcating work culture and maintaining punctuality, working with accountability and transparency to fulfil the commitments and promises of the Government and improve the quality of life of the people.

On the downsizing and restriction on appointments of parliamentary secretaries and the question of office of profit, Rio said advisers were appointed in various departments after thorough consultation with legal luminaries. Their talent, expertise and experience will contribute towards the development of the departments, he said, while urging all the departments to extend cooperation to the advisers.

Touching on the issue of good governance, Rio stressed that every department should set a target and follow the same as a challenge. He also urged all government servants to link their services with Aadhaar cards to do away with ghost or multiple employees.odiversity as it is located close to the panoramic Zeilad lake beside the Makru river.

�We have taken up the documentation process under the guidance of the wildlife warden considering reports about the frequent visit of thick-billed green pigeons (azuinah) and pin-tailed green pigeons (ngamzainah) in the village during March to August,� said Mordecai. The villagers have also been sensitized during the course of the documentation, he added.

Locally known as ngamzainah and azuinah, these colourful resident birds of the State often feature in Rongmei devotional songs.

Such sensitizing exercises have had a positive impact on the villagers who have even dismantled old traps in and around the villages of Atengba and Charinapeng in the district, the environmentalist said.

Earlier, hunting of these birds for consumption and commercial purpose was rampant. But such activities have declined to some extent since the last two years. As a result, these birds are safe to some extent in their natural habitat.

According to RK Birjit, State coordinator of the Indian Bird Conservation Network, green pigeon is widely available in most parts of the State except in the high altitude areas. Significantly, thousands of migratory birds, particularly amur falcon, visit Tamenglong in the winter season annually.

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