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Rains, bandh fail to deter I-Day spirit in Meghalaya

Posted by Ramesh Khati on August 16, 2009

Shillong, Aug 15 (PTI) Persistent downpour and a boycott call given by a rebel group failed to deter the Independence Day spirit in Meghalaya as people came out in large numbers to celebrate the 63rd Independence Day.

Chief Minister D D Lapang unfurled the Tricolour at the Central function in Polo Grounds here in the presence of a host of government officials, defence personnel and general public.

Reaffirming the governments commitment to the principles of liberty, equality, secularism and social justice, Lapang said peace and stability are essential pre-requisites for achieving development goals.

Referring to instances when people ‘took law into their own hand and caused destruction to life and public property’, Lapang said there is no issue that does not lend itself to dialogue and reconciliation.

Terrorism, he said, has emerged as a global problem, posing a threat to peace and security.

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