The Dimapur Fest from December 18 to 20

The Dimapur Fest, a mega event for Dimapurians is scheduled from December 18 to 20 at Dimapur District Sports Complex (DDSC).

The event has been organised by The Better Dimapur Team in collaboration with Dimapur Municipal Council (DMC), Naga Council Dimapur, GB’s Union Dimapur, Dimapur Urban Council Chairman Federation (DUCCF) and Naga Hoho Dimapur.

Slated to be one of the big events for the city before Christmas, the three-day event will be marked with extravaganzas and competitions open to all the citizens of the city.

Some of the major events will be Christmas Choral Competition (Open & Junior Categories), Photography Contest, Waste to Art, Dance Battle, Tug of War, Bamboo Stilt Race, Best Santa Claus, Quiz Competition and Penalty Shoot-out.

And the best part is all the competitions carry huge cash prizes along with gift hampers and certificates, for instance, winner of the choral competition, open category, will receive a cash prize of Rs 30,000 while the junior category carry a cash prize of Rs 15,000.

The competitions are open to everyone and interested individuals for any of the competitions can come forward and register by contacting 8575-12-7672 or 8197-58-1335. Registrations for all the competitions are currently going on.

Source : Nagaland Post
Article Link : http://www.nagalandpost.com/the-dimapur-fest-from-december-18-to-20/186420.html

‘Dimapur Fest – a collaborative effort initiated by the Better Dimapur Team’

The Better Dimapur Team said that the upcoming December Fest scheduled to be held from December 18-20 at the DDSC Stadium is not an initiative of the Dimapur Municipal Council.

“People seem to think that this is an initiative of the DMC. But it is not so. It is being organised by the Better Dimapur Team in collaboration with the DMC, Naga Council Dimapur, GB Union Dimapur, Dimapur Urban Council Chairmen Federation and Naga Women Hoho Dimapur,” core team member Alobo Naga told a media conference today.

The statement was in response to a news report published by The Morung Express on December 7 about the Dimapur Chamber of Commerce & Industry and its affiliates writing a complaint letter to the Deputy Commissioner, Dimapur on November 19 with regard to the holding of the December Fest.

In the complaint letter, the DCCI, Business Association of Nagas (BAN) and East Dimapur Business Association (EDBA) raised objection to the DMC allegedly collaborating with a political body – Bharatiya Janta Yuva Morcha (BJYM) – to hold the event.

“The organisers would like to clarify that initially BJYM approached us to collaborate for the December Fest alongwith other civil societies. It has to be mentioned that BJYM wanted to collaborate with the Better Dimapur Team and not with DMC.”

Adrian Mahong, also a core member of the team, said that the BJYM approached them sometime in the first and second week of November and added, “They backed out voluntarily.”

“As the organisers, our position is clear. There are no political leanings whatsoever,” maintained Mahong.

The Fest is rather being organised to provide an opportunity to citizens to celebrate the festive season, he said. Further, inorder not to clash with the Dimapur Nite Carnival, the Fest has been scheduled from December 18-20, it was added.

As for the Fest schedule, the Better Dimapur Team said that a variety of competitive events (colony-wise) have been lined up in addition to setting up food stalls. The colony-wise competitive events to be featured on the first day include Santa Clause competition, tug-of-war and stilt race. Choral, dance, photography, face-painting, waste to art competitions, flower exhibition and an aeromodelling show will be the other highlights.

Music will feature prominently throughout the 3-day even with Alobo Naga & the band headlining the evening event on October 18. KC Lights – school choir from Shillong that won the international Choral Meet 2018 will also perform. December 19 will feature performances from DJ Kate Shoo, EDM artiste Ravator, Zuchobeni Tungoe, Meribeni Patton and DJ Sumika. Christmas choral competition will occur on December 20 in addition to performances from various artistes and the DMC declaring the Cleanest Colony Awards.

BAN DCCI, EDBA, responds
Meanwhile, the Dimapur Chamber of Commerce & Industry, East Dimapur Business Association and Business Association of Nagas wrote to The Morung Express today claiming that the matter has been resolved. It stated, “This issue was immediately resolved when it was brought to the notice of DC Dimapur on 19.11.18 .”

Source : Morung Express
Article Link : http://morungexpress.com/dimapur-fest-a-collaborative-effort-initiated-by-the-better-dimapur-team/

December Fest a gala for Dimapurians

December is here and so is the time for festivals in Nagaland which is keeping everyone on their toes and Dimapur is set to witness another fest dubbed as “December Fest” scheduled for three days from Dec. 18 to 20 at the DDSC stadium in Dimapur.

An update on the upcoming fest by the organisers “The Better Dimapur” team to media persons on Friday Dec. 7 at Hotel Cedar in Dimapur highlighted that the three-day event will witness aeromodelling show, exhibitions and competitions such as choral, flower, photo, open dance, waste to art, face painting and Santa Clause; traditional events of tug-of-war and Bamboo stilt race competition and an evening programme by various artists.

The event by The Better Dimapur team is in collaboration with the Dimapur Municipal Council (DMC), Naga Council Dimapur, GB Union Dimapur, Dimapur Urban Council Chairman Federation (DUCCF), and Naga Women Hoho Dimapur.

The idea is to bring different communities and denizens of Dimapur under one area and bring out friendship for a healthy relationship and a better Dimapur.

With the endeavor to discourage plastic use in Dimapur, the organisers said they have strongly recommended for use of paper bags to all the participants and the CAN Youth who have been on an endeavour to promote the use of paper bags will make the paper bags available during the fest.

December Fest evening programme

Dec. 18 evening dubbed as ‘Musikal Mojor’ will witness performances by Musik-A School, KC Lights Shillong (Winner of International Choral meet 2018) and ANTB (Alobo Naga & the Band).

Step Up Dance Nite on Dec. 19 will witness open dance competition and artists DJ & Model from Ukraine Kate Shoo, Ravator (Delhi), Zuchobeni Tungoe, Meribeni Patton and DJ Sumika.

On Dec. 20, there will be Christmas choral competition with ‘Cleanest colony’ award and concert by various artistes from Dimapur.

Source : Eastern Mirror
Article Link : http://www.easternmirrornagaland.com/december-fest-a-gala-for-dimapurians/

Dimapur Fest organisers clarify news report

Responding to news report, organisers of Dimapur Fest today clarified that the proposed event was devoid of any political affiliation but to bring different communities and denizens of
Dimapur together to celebrate unity in diversity.
The organiser was responding to allegation that the Dimapur Municipal Council (DMC) was involved with Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) for the fest. The organisers of the said fest “The Better Dimapur” team said this to media persons at Hotel Cedar in Dimapur on December 8. It clarified that it was the BJYM who approached the organisers “The Better Dimapur” team for collaboration and not the DMC. The organising members maintained that the business community was initially to be part of the fest but backed out on their own.

“The event was to bring different communities and denizens of Dimapur to celebrate unity and diversity which is being organised by the ‘Better Dimapur Team’ in collaboration with the DMC, Naga Council Dimapur, GBs’ Union Dimapur, Dimapur Urban Council Chairman Federation (DUCCF), and Naga Women Hoho Dimapur. The team constituted of independent groups looking towards making Dimapur a better place and making people aware on various social, civic and health issues,” they stated.

The organisers mentioned that the proposed fest is being organised ‘totally in the interest of the citizens with no political motives as the December Fest resonates with the most joyous time of the year which will also provide an opportunity to the youth and elderly alike to interact with the people from different walks of life and also garner an opportunity to explore and experience both traditional Naga heritage along with the modern,’
While clarifying that the December Fest has no political interference, the organisers said the fest was postponed so that it does not coincide with the annual Dimapur Night Carnival.

Source : Eastern Mirror
Article Link : http://www.easternmirrornagaland.com/dimapur-fest-organisers-clarify-news-report/

‘December Fest’ organised by ‘A Better Dimapur’, in collaboration with DMC.

The “December Fest” will be held at DDSC stadium here from December 14 to 16, organised by ‘A Better Dimapur”, in collaboration with Dimapur Municipal Council (DMC).
The festival aims to provide opportunities to the youth and elderly alike to relax and enjoy as well as to interact with people from different parts of the world, while providing outsiders a window to explore and experience traditional Naga heritage blended with modernity.

The objectives of the fest is to bring the citizens of Dimapur together, join hands, exchange ideas and usher in a spirit of community feeling and thereby transform the city into a better place. It is expected to be an extravaganza of traditional games, rock shows, dance performances, live shows and performances by young artistes.
Apart from the entertainment, the event will also provide platform/stalls for young and enterprising local youth to showcase their talents by offering variety of ethnic customs and mouth-watering cuisines ranging from local Naga to continental dishes.

Talking to this reporter, DMC administrator Moa Sangtam said the event would start everyday at 10 am and would have various events like aero-modelling show, flower exhibition, photo exhibition, open dance, waste-to -art, face painting , Santa Claus competition and concerts in the evening. Traditional events like tug of war and bamboo stilt race competitions would also be part of the event, all of which had been made mandatory for colonies under DMC to part take, he added.

Moa said the third day would be marked by live performances by various leading national and international bands in the evening.

Launched on June 1, 2017 with the objective of achieving a “cleaner, greener and a healthy Dimapur with community participation”, A Better Dimapur is the brainchild of DMC. This project was conceived with the central idea of instilling civic sensibility among the citizens and also to imbibe a sense of social responsibility in the efforts to keep the city clean, green, healthy and hygienic.

Source : Nagaland Post
Article Link : http://nagalandpost.com/3-day-december-fest-from-dec-14/185049.html

Nagaland’s longest mural is being painted on Dimapur’s walls

Pacing up street art culture around Dimapur’s cityscape, a long stretch of eye-catchy artworks as long as 190 metres near the West Police Station, Midland Colony, Dimapur is nearing completion.

The artwork project has been adopted by the Ao Students’ Union Dimapur (ASUD) as part of their year-long Golden Jubilee celebration this year. The project is being undertaken in collaboration with the Dimapur Municipal Council (DMC) under ‘A Better Dimapur’ project.

DMC led ‘A Better Dimapur’, launched last year in June has been transforming dumping sites into public utilities, pledging for a cleaner and greener Dimapur and beautifying the city through various art forms.

An initiative to appreciate the role a community plays in one’s life, Ao Students Union Dimapur President Lanutoshi Aier while talking to The Morung Express said, “it is a feat to give back something to the community.” He also informed that it is one of the longest murals in Nagaland and the Northeast.

The message behind the vivid murals, though untitled will speak volumes on our culture and society, and “portrays a present context of Naga society,” the student union president said.

Global issues and concerns on environment, digital and technological impacts are also projected through the murals. At the end of the wall block is a colourful log-drum and emblazoned to the other end is a fierce Naga warrior mural. Another block is seen a distressed boy in a swing with a message engraved on its adjacent “Enough promises walk the talk.” Neat and green trees surface a phrase “Without us.”

Earlier, the renovation of the wall started in July, this year. “It took two months to complete the renovation works of the wall,” DMC Administrator, Moa Sangtam informed.

With five regular painters from the Ao Students community in Dimapur and volunteers and leaders helping in the maintenance and assisting of painters, “the artwork was started on September 21 last,” the president said.

The ideas of the artwork has been incorporated in consultation with the DMC and as part of the adoption, ASUD will maintain and look after the site and murals in future.

 

 

With more than rupees two lakh each already budgeted for the renovation and murals “the artwork is expected to complete in in a weeks time,” one of the painters said. Apart from the murals, the ASUD will also put up streetlight and fences along the stretch.

Dimapur: Mirror of the Nagas

‘A Better Dimapur’ project under the BJYM in collaboration with DMC inaugurated

‘A Better Dimapur’ project under the BJYM in collaboration with the Dimapur Municipal Council (DMC) was inaugurated here, outside Dimapur Club Midland by Deputy Commissioner, Dimapur Sushil Kumar Patel, on October 2. The adoption area for beautification is under the initiative of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

Giving greetings, Minister Health & Family Welfare, GoN, S Pangnyu Phom urged the gathering to be dedicated laborers and make Dimapur clean and green, as Mahatma Gandhi envisioned the country to be. He further said that the state was fortunate to be a part of one of the tallest leaders of the world, and urged the people, “we should start from Dimapur. As a mirror of the Nagas, let us be an example to other Nagas.” He concluded by ushering in that ‘though small in crowd, let our activities spread to other parts of Nagaland.’

Advisor, Power & Chairman DPDB, Tovihoto Ayemi appreciated the gathering of various organizations, communities and leaders of various wards for a common mission. This function was a multiple programme of inauguration of the project, commemoration of Mahatma Gandhi and BJYM in line with Swachhata hi Seva celebrating Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, he maintained, and further urged the people to take this cleanliness mission as a lifestyle. Ayemi lamented that one may live in a clean home and wear clean clothes but we come out in a street where it is dirty, with sewage and drainage system in poor state. He reminded the people that, “if we have a clean environment, we’re having a healthy life.”

The Administrator, DMC Moa Sangtam expressed happiness for BJP being the first party to join the DMC’s initiative for the service of the people. He reminded the gathering not to depend on the Government alone and further assured support to BJYM.

Other short speeches were delivered by Khevishe Achumi, State Secretary BJP & Coordinator Swachh Bharat who applauded the good example shown through this initiative for the future generations; Andrew Ahoto, Chairman (LFHSS) encouraged the students community to step up and discourage littering by keeping strict provisions for fine.

While the President, BJYM Nagaland, Benjamin said that this project to beautify the area may take two to three months. On further enquiry, he maintained that the project is sustained by the party itself at present. Earlier memorandum of understanding was signed between the President, BJYM and the Administrator, DMC.

The Presidents of various communities – Jain Samaj, Bengali Samaj, Sikh Samaj, Rotary Club, Muslim Council, Vivekananda Welfare Association and Team Clean Dimapur shared their vision of a cleaner city and a cleaner world.

Vote of thanks was delivered by Prabhakar Yadav, Treasurer, BJYM Nagaland.

Source : Morung Express
Article Link : http://morungexpress.com/dimapur-mirror-of-the-nagas/

BJYM adopts area for beautification and maintenance in Dimapur

State Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Dimapur Municipal Council (DMC) to adopt a stretch of land alongside PWD road near Dimapur Club to mark the culmination of the state-wide ‘Swatchta Hi Seva’  on Tuesday.

The MoU was signed by BJYM president Benjamin Yepthomi and DMC administrator, Moa Sangtam.

As part of the DMC’s project– “A better Dimapur”, BJYM has taken the responsibility to beautify and maintain the adopted area which has for long been a dumping zone for people in the vicinity.

Speaking on the occasion as the special guest, minister of Health and Family Welfare, S. Pangnyu Phom appealed to party workers, the district administration, various NGOs and local bodies to unite to keep the city clean and green.

Stating that it was the vision of Mahatma Gandhi to keep the country green and clean, Pangnyu said the Narendra Modi led government at the centre also has a lot of visions for the country and those dreams can be achieved through the concerted efforts of the people.

Advisor for Power, Tovihoto Ayemi who also spoke on the occasion, appealed to those present and the public at large to make the Swacthta mission a lifestyle, adding that a clean environment will ensure a healthy life.

On the Swatch Bharat initiative, he said there have been changes in the last 4 years brought about by the active participation of stakeholders and citizens.

DMC administrator, Moa Sangtam also called for a community participation to keep Dimapur clean. Stating that people cannot depend on the district administration alone, he said the people have to do their part too.

BJP state secretary and coordinator of Swachh Bharat, Khevishe Achumi, his address said that the initiative of the BJYM serves as a precedent for other political parties to follow suit.

He added that Swatch Bharat has nothing to do with a party or communal politics but awakening people to a hygienic lifestyle.

The programme began with an inauguration of the site by Deputy Commissioner of Dimapur, Sushil Kumar Patel.

Invocation prayer was delivered by Senti Imchen while the programme was chaired by state BJYM vice president, Inoto Kinimi.

A host BJP youth wing functionaries led by its president Benjami Yepthomi and leaders from various communities and prominent personalities attended the programme.

Organizations that took part include– Livingstone Foundation Higher Secondary School, Team Clean Dimapur, BJP party workers, Jain Samaj, Bengali Samaj, Sikh Samaj, Rotary Club, Nagaland Bhojpuri Samaj, Gorkha Hindu Milan Sewa Sangh, Gorkha Youth Club Dimapur and Muslim Council Dimapur.

Source : Nagaland Post
Article Link : http://www.nagalandpost.com/bjym-adopts-area-for-beautification-and-maintenance-in-dimapur/182615.html

Dimapur Bongs join Better Dimapur initiative

As part of the Dimapur Municipal Council’s (DMC’s) “A Better Dimapur” initiative, a Memorandum of Understating (MoU) was signed between DMC and Dimapur Bongs at DMC office here on Thursday.

As per the MoU, Dimapur Bongs has adopted Kalibari Road for a period of one year. During the period, the Dimapur Bongs will take up various beautification and cleanliness drives along road stretch. Firstly, Dimapur Bongs will carry out a plantation drive and paint the sides of the road. They also plan to make the stretch a dust free road. It may be noted that under ‘A Better Dimapur’, DMC aspires to achieve a “Cleaner, Greener & a Healthy Dimapur with community participation.”

The idea behind ‘A Better Dimapur’ is to inculcate civic sense among the citizens to transform the city for the better.

DMC administrator Moa Sangtam while signing the MoU, lauded Dimapur Bongs for being the first non-Naga community group to join the initiative.

Even after the expiry of the MoU, the Dimapur Bongs can continue to carry out their activities if they want, Moa said.  He said that very soon, the Muslim Council and Bengali community will also join the initiative.

Through this effort, Moa said, the DMC wanted to set an example for all the districts and neighbouring states on maintaining cleanliness. Calling for more active community participation, Moa said, “We as citizens should contribute in making the city clean instead of waiting for government to do the work”.

On October 2, a MoU will also be signed between DMC and Naga Women Hoho Dimapur, where the latter will adopt the stretch of the road from Clock Tower to Holy Cross junction.

Source : Nagaland Post

Article Link : http://nagalandpost.com/dimapur-bongs-join-better-dimapur-initiative/182294.html

Cleaner, Greener and a Healthy Dimapur with Community participation

Today marks the completion of 1year of Project ‘A Better Dimapur ‘ : I thank the Almighty for guiding the Project thus far !!!…. heartfelt appreciation & gratitude to the good people of Dimapur & elsewhere for the support & participation !!! …and on this day, all of us involved with ‘A Better Dimapur ‘ wants to tell the world that we are now even more enthusiastic, even more determined to continue with what we have been doing !!! Thousand Cheers to A Better Dimapur !!!

Moa Sangtam
Administrator, DMC
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Towards the initiative of dumping free zone

An Iron Sculpture by Mark Medom. This beautiful piece made of metal scraps is in the form of a tree. This particular site was one of the worse dumping place in Dimapur, outside the Rama Krishna Mission, which DMC has now turned into a beautiful space.

The Fourth dustbin/dumping place to be closed as per DMC’s endeavour to make the main City area of Dimapur ‘Dumping free Zone’ by the end of 2018. Location – Hill View Colony.