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Nagaland Observes 58 Statehood Today With Silent Celebrations

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Nagaland celebrates its 58th founding day today. A grim event with strict Covid-19 protocols marked the celebrations in the Kohima state capital. Prime Minister Neiphiu Rio, who received the general salute of a parade contingent of five teams at the Civil Secretariat Square in Kohima, greeted the people of the state and paid a rich tribute to the leaders, whose “foresight and determination” they assured the creation of Nagaland State with special constitutional provisions as the 16th State of the Union of India on December 1, 1963.

“We, as a state, have come a long way since its inception. We have been able to develop good capabilities in all sectors, and our unified response to combat Covid-19 is a testament to that, ”Rio said.

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He also mentioned that the people’s search for a solution to the long-standing naga political problem has continued over the years and the journey has passed many milestones. “We are all aware that the negotiations between the various Naga political groups and the Government of India have been a great advance and common ground has been reached on various issues. We hope that everyone will continue in the same spirit of understanding and unity to move towards the final solution without delay, ”said Rio.

He also spoke about the extraordinary situation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, where the entire health infrastructure went through a major reform. The prime minister regretted that despite all efforts, the closure, while necessary, had an adverse impact on people’s livelihoods. But he noted that various government departments were up to the challenge with new initiatives and approaches.

The pandemic has also posed a serious threat to the tourism industry, but the government is launching the 21st edition of its annual Hornbill Festival 2020 on a virtual platform to boost the industry, the prime minister said.

In addition, Rio reminded people that they must be aware that the threat of the pandemic still exists and that they cannot afford to let their guard down anytime soon.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind used Twitter to extend their greetings to the people of Nagaland on the occasion of statehood day.

“Greetings to my sisters and brothers in Nagaland on your Statehood Day. The people of Nagaland are known for their bravery and kindness. Its culture is exemplary and so is its contribution to the progress of India. Praying for the continued development of Nagaland, “Prime Minister Modi tweeted, while the president tweeted:” Greetings to the people of Nagaland on statehood day. Nagaland offers a unique combination of heritage, culture and natural beauty. May the state reach new heights of progress in the years to come. “

Hindustan Times

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