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Assam, Nagaland celebrate border peace festival.

 

SIVASAGAR, 9 Sep 16: With a view to keep alive and further strengthen the age-old brotherly relations among the people living in the border area of Sivasagar in Assam and Mokokchung in Nagaland, a day-long "Assam-Nagaland Festival 2016" was held at Amguri Tea Estate Field, Haluwating in Sivasagar district on Thursday with the active initiation by the Sivasagar district administration as a part of Peace Outreach Programme.
The day-long function was inaugurated by Sivasagar Deputy Commissioner Narayan Konwar and Mokokchung Deputy Commissioner Sushil Kumar Patel in presence of civil and police officers of both the neighboring districts and Amguri MLA Pradip Hazarika. Cultural teams, men & women Tug of War teams, Self Help Groups (SHGs) from Assam and Nagaland villagers took part in the programme.
In his inaugural address, DC Konwar thanked the participants including different NGOs led by the Mokokchung district administration and police.
Konwar stressed that his top most priority was to maintain peace and tranquility along the border through people to people contact through sports, cultural exchange and socio-economic relationship. He said that the age-old relationship between the people of the two states was sometimes disturbed by some ant-social elements and creates suspicion, mistrust and misunderstanding among the people. Such elements or occurances should not be allowed to spark border dispute and come in the way of peaceful co-existence.
Konwar also thanked Mokokchung district administration for the effective coordination they received at various times.
Mokokchung DC Sushil Kumar Patel also applauded his counterpart for organizing such a mega event for harbouring peace between the two neighbours and assured further cooperation in the days to come.
To mark the celebration, several traditional sports were played. A friendly football match between Sivasagar XI and Mokokchung XI was also played, where Sivasagar XI defeated Mokokchung XI.

 

Courtesy: by Team VOA.