Republic day  celebrated  at cherrapunjee , Sohra Jan 26 th , 2013

The Sub-Divisional  Officer (C )Sohra Civil Sub-  Division, Shri. C.V.D .Diengdoh unfurled  the  National  Flag  and  took  the  Rashtriya  salute  of  the  marching  contingents  on  the   occasion  of  the  64th  Anniversary  of the  Indian  Republic  Celebration  which  was  held on the 26th Jan at Sohra  stadium, Saitsohpen, Sohra.

Speaking  on  the  occasion, Mr. Diengdoh  said  that  the  celebration  today  reminds  us  of  the   struggle  for  freedom  and  the  sacrifices  rendered  by  freedom  fighters  to  free  us  from  foreign  yolk  and  on  this  day  we  cannot  for- get  great  men  and  women  like  Mahatma  Gandhi, Pandit  Jawaharlal   Nehru, Sardar  Patel  and  many  others  who  led  the  country  in  its  struggle  for freedom. The  freedom movement  ushered  in  democratic  values, attitudes  and  aspirations  and  as  peace  loving  citizens  we  need  to  fight  against  vicious  forces  which  are  inimical  to  the  core  values  of  Democracy.

He  stated  that  law  and  order  in  Meghalaya  has  been  satisfactory and  the  State  Police  with  the  assistance  of  the  Central  reserve  Police  have  done  their  best  in  containing  various  militant  outfits. Further, he  hopes  that   with  the  launching  of  the  Crime  and  Criminal  Tracking  Network  System (CCTNS) the  citizens  will  be  able  to  lodge  their  FIR  online. He  therefore  underlined  the  various  developmental  activities  of  the  government  and  appeals  to  the  people, especially, youth  to  eschew  violence  but  to  maintain  Peace  and  Harmony,  without  which  there  will  be  no  growth  and  development. He called  upon  the  people  to  exercise  their  rights  of  franchise  freely  and  to  maintain  peace  during  the  run  up  to  the  election  in  general  and  during the  conduct  of  poll  in  particular and  thereby  urged  them  to  cooperate  and  work  together  so  as  to  make  Meghalaya  a  shining  outpost  in  this  part  of  the  country.

Cultural  programmes, sports  and  games  were  the  other  highlight  of  the  day. Gifts  Packets  were  also  distributed  to  the  patients  of  N.R.H.M. Hospital and  St. John Orphanage, Maraikaphon, Sohra The  programme  ended  with  a  National  anthem.

Maurice Patrick Secondary School, Laitryngew bagged the first prize in the March Past Contingents followed by Sohra Academy in the Second and Agape Secondary School in the Third.

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