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Awareness progs, tree plantations mark world environment day

Assam Tribune, Guwahati, 9th June, 2013

People and nature-loving organisations celebrated World Environment Day on June 5 with the usual fanfare. Our correspondents report.

Kalaigaon: People of Kalaigaon and Tangla observed World Environment Day with various programmes. At Kalaigaon, the programme was organised by Kalaigaon College authority in association with Dhansiri Forest Division, Udalguri. A plantation drive was held where Nearly 600 students, teachers forest personnel and mediapersons planted nearly 200 saplings. An awareness meeting was held at the college hall which was presided over by Arabinda Das, principal of the college. He said that he would work for the declaration of Kalaigaon College as a bio-diversity enriched 'Green College'. The awareness meeting was also addressed by Jayanta Das, Honorary Wildlife Warden, Udalguri; Dimbeswar Das, Range Officer, Bhergaon and Krishna Barua, Social Service secretary of Kalaigaon College.
At Tangla, the central programme was organised at Tangla Model High School premises by Tangla administration headed by DN Hazarika, Circle Officer, Harisinga Revenue Circle. Several saplings were planted in the school campus and nearly 400 tree saplings also distributed among students. A quiz competition on nature and wildlife was conducted. Prof Binoy Medhi, former principal, Tangla College attended the open session as the appointed speaker.

Raha: Pratishruti... Anya Ek Yatra, an NGO of Saragaon, celebrated World Environment Day with a day-long programme in the Saragaon High School premises with plantation of indigenous medicinal plants in the school campus by Golap Chandra Nath, headmaster of the school and other teachers. The students also planted more than 200 plants. Inaugurating the programme, the headmaster appealed to the students to dedicate themselves for the cause of preserving and protecting the environment.
Maligaon: NF Railway observed the World Environment Day June 6 at Railway Stadium, Maligaon. The programme was organised by NF Railway Women's Organisation (NFRWWO), a press release stated. RS Virdi, GM, NF Railway, RK Singh, GM (Construction) NF Railway, Vineeta Singh, co-president, NFRWWO, and other NF Railway officials, planted trees within the stadium's premises. As a part of the celebration of the day, a street play was also enacted.

Digboi: The IOCL-AOD observed the World Environment Day at Digboi from May 31 to June 5. On May 31 an event 'Earth-Walk' was organised among the school children in the morning hours from AOD HS School to AOD Jubilee Ground followed by an awareness talk on environment delivered in the Welfare Centre premises. On June 2, a quiz competition and an on-the- spot art competition were held among the school pupils. A marathon race was also organised. A public function held on June 5 with Dr Aswini Kumar Baruwa, member of the Pollution Control Board as the chief guest. The function was attended among others by Barun Borpujari, Executive Director of IOCL-AOD and the other senior officers of the division. The Digboi College community in association with Aranyak and Digboi Division of Forest observed the World Environment Day on June 5 in the college premises with talks and presentations on environment-related issues while the Digboi Science Society observed the occasion at Tingrai ME School with a variety of programmes including a procession and an awareness meeting with Golap Kalita, president of the society in the chair. The Green Bud' an NGO formed also celebrated the day in the premises of Tingrai High School with plantation of tree saplings and a handicraft competition.

Tezpur: The World Environment Day was observed at various places including schools and colleges and various departments in Sonitpur district. The Tezpur Regional Office of Pollution Control Board in association with the Department of Forests, Sonitpur West Division and 'Eight Brothers Social Welfare Society' observed the day at the Tezpur Collegiate High School. A seminar on the theme 'Think, Eat, Save' was held which was chaired by the Head Mistress of the Tezpur Collegiate High School, Dipti Baruah. Meghnad Nath, Tezpur Regional Office of the Pollution Control Board, Dr Pradip Mahanta, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Tezpur College, Dipam Saikia, Department of Geography, Tezpur College, M Nath, Regional Executive Engineer, Pollution Control Board, Tezpur and Narayan Mahanta, DFO, Sonitpur West Division spoke among others. Earlier, the organisers had arranged an art competition on June 2 last at the same venue. The competition was held in three groups, viz., Group- A-1 From Class I to Class III, Group A: Class IV to VII and Group B: Class VIII to Class X.

KOHORA: People of Kohora celebrated the 'World Environment Day' by organising awareness programmes, drawing competition as well as street plays. The main function was held at Kaziranga National Park School. Most of the speakers outlined the importance and the preservation and protection of forest and environment for the future generations. A drawing competition was also held at the school complex and prizes were distributed . Later, plant saplings were distributed among the school children. A street play was held at Kohora Chariali road organised by Aaranyak, an NGO in association with Numaligarh Refinery Ltd.