• Nagaland government cancels Hornbill Festival 2021

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    Kohima: Nagaland government has canceled the remaining days of celebration of the Hornbill Festival. This decision was taken in a Cabinet meeting today held at 10 am.

    The remaining days of Nagaland's iconic Hornbill Festival have been called off to express solidarity with the Konyaks and maintain a sense of unity.

    The Naga Heritage Village at Kisama, the main venue for Nagaland's symbolic Hornbill festival, wore a forsaken appearance as the government canceled the day's celebrations.

    The iconic festive events and celebrations were disturbed after the death of 13 civilians. Initially, the government has decided to cancel the festival's one-day event. However, as per the latest sources, all the remaining days of the festival have been called off today.

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    After the killings, six Eastern Nagaland tribes: Sangtam, Konyak, Yimkhiung, Khiamniungam, Phom, and Chang, have withdrawn from the festival to protest against the killings.

    The Sumi Hoho asked, "all Sumi people and organizations to stop participating in the Hornbill Festival 2021 till further notice."

    The festival was supposed to continue for ten days, starting on December 1. 

    In a tragic incident, security forces killed several villagers after allegedly mistaking them for insurgents on the Tiru-Oting road near Oting village in the Mon district of Nagaland. A security force jawan also died in the incident.

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