Kohima, January 12 (NEx): The Puanglum 2021 Cum Mini Hornbill festival was held at Loyem Memorial Ground, Tuensang organized by the Chang Khulei Setshang (Chang Tribal Council). The Fest Patron of the celebration was Kumar Ramnikant IAS Deputy Commissioner Tuensang and the tribal Guest was M. Thangou President Khiamiungan Tribal Council.
The theme of the celebration “Qui Qui” means highly exalted, and the heralding of the Puanglum festivity was proclaimed by S. Chingmak, 2nd GB P/ Khel, Tuensang Village, a DIPR report said.
Speaking on the occasion, the DC Ramnikant said that the festival is a good opportunity for fostering brotherhood between the neighbours and within the community. He said that Tuensang District is like a mother from where other districts are being bifurcated and thus should act like a leader in every field with good values. Forget and forgive should be our theme while celebrating the festival, he added.
The Tribal Guest M. Thangou President Khiamniungan Tribal Council in his short speech said that Chang and Khiamniungan are like brothers since time immemorial and encouraged the younger generation to abstain from abusive substances and head towards a progressive society.
Meanwhile, Bharat Lakshman Markad IPS, SP Tuensang encouraged the people not to be lazy and to have a commitment and passion, while, Nungsang Lemba, President CKS encouraged the gathering to have forgiveness in their attitude, peace and cooperative nature with the neighbours so that the district will grow as a progressive society.
Welcome address was given by P. Ngamen Convenor Planning Committee. The CKS awarded its first Chang Puanglum Qui Qui award to Neiphiu Rio, the Chief Minister of Nagaland in recognition of his vision in promoting Naga Culture & Tradition through Hornbill Festivals and for making Naga festivals cognizant to the international community.
The CKS also awarded its Qui Qui award to Kumar Ramnikant IAS for rendering public service of highest quality and for earnestly striving towards containing the spread of COVID 19 pandemic in the district.
Khaimniungan Tribal Council was also awarded for the achievement in upgrading Noklak as a district and fulfilling the aspirations of the Khiamniungan community. The Planning Community Puanglum also awarded the Qui Qui award to Chang Khulei Setshang for rendering able leadership to the Chang Community.
(News source: DIPR)