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State observes World Environment Day

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KAZIRANGA, June 5 - As a part of World Environment Day, the Kaziranga National Park authority organised a massive plantation drive in Kaziranga today in association with WWF-India, Aaranyak, Bhumi, The Corbett Foundation and ABVP.

The programme was initiated at Geleki ME School premises where the plantation drive was carried out followed a bicycle rally to Bagori High School, where around 100 naturalists and others participated to create awareness for conservation and protection of wildlife, environment and forests.

Later at Bagori High School, former Executive Member ( EM) of Karbi Anglong Benting Terang attended a function where a 100 saplings were planted by the participants, including deputy conservators of Kaziranga National Park Pallav Deka and Altamas Bez, besides the local Goanburha and others.

An effort to identify plant species was carried out for the young participants under the guidance of Dr Pranab Bora, a senior executive of WWF- India. This was followed by a drawing and essay competition.

Similarly at Kohora Chariali, a cleanliness drive was carried out under the initiative of SDO Civil of Bokakhat, Dhiraj Das and Swapan Nath, a reporter of a local Assamese Daily. Later, a special prize was awarded to businessman Prakash Ghosh for maintaining a clean ambience and greenery in his restaurant.

In Kokrajhar: Along with the rest of the State, World Environment Day was observed here by Government departments and NGOs with a day-long programme, our Correspondent adds.

Troops of 135 ECO Task Force in association with the Forest Department organised a massive plantation drive at Dholmara. A number of students representing various schools along with local people took part in the plantation drive along with the CO of the ECO Task Force, AS George.

The Day was also observed by the Nath Yogi Yuba Sanmiloni of Kokrajhar district with a plantation drive in Balajan area. Additionally, the Balajan anchalik unit of AKRSU also observed the Day with a plantation drive at Balajan PS.

In Patacharkuchi: Commemorating World Environment Day, plantation drives were undertaken today in various nooks and corners of Bajali subdivision.

Under the initiative of SDO Prerna Sarma, around 90 sapling were planted within the campus of the office. Every employee of the office was given the opportunity to plant at least one sapling and asked to shoulder the responsibility of tending the sapling.

Again, employees along with the local people attended a plantation drive which was attended by Green Mission director Ananda Khataniar and Seuji Dhara director Nagen Choudhury and Munindra Narayan Goswami, among others.

The Day was also observed at Bagana, about 15 kms from here. In the Bajali Revenue Circle Office premises, plantation of saplings was done under the initiative of Joydev Mahanta, Circle Officer of Bajali Revenue Circle.

Meanwhile, Happy Club of Bhabanipur also undertook a plantation drive. At Akaya Nanda Suba, about 12 kms from here, the Day was observed under the aegis of the VDP, who resolved to plant around 500 saplings during a week-long drive. In all, 200 saplings of different species were supplied by Homen Pathak from Baghmara Forest Office.

Similarly, the Day was also observed at Nirmal Haloi College, where a plantation drive was undertaken by the students and staff.

Earlier, the director of Green Mission informed that they will undertake a 15-day plantation drive and cover hospitals of the locality, besides educational institutions and Government offices.

In Jorhat campus of AAU: A plantation programme was organised at the Assam Agricultural University campus today, an e-mail stated.

It was jointly organised by the National Service Scheme Cell, Students� Society, All India Agricultural Students� Association unit (AIASA) of AAU, Jorhat. Dr DK Borah, Dean, College of Agriculture highlighted this year�s UN theme of �Connecting People with Nature�. The plantation drive was started by A Saikia, Registrar of AAU followed by Dr S Kaur, Dean, College of Home Science, Dr DK Bora, NSS Programme Coordinator, Director of Students� Welfare, AAU, Jorhat and other senior teachers and students of the Colleges of Agriculture, Home Science, Sericulture and Horticulture.

A similar programme was held along with members of the village community of Na Shyam Gaon and Balijan Shyam Gaon at Kachukhat under Sansad Adarsha Gram Yojana near Titabor with active involvement of NSS volunteers, students, staff and NSS Programme Officers of AAU, Dr S Borua and A Das to practically implement this year�s theme, i.e. �Connecting People with Nature�.

In Doomdooma: Students of Learners� High School here planted trees in the school campus today. The initiative was taken by the Girls� NCC unit of the school under 63 Girls Battalion of NCC, Dibrugarh.

Earlier, the Headmaster of the school explained the significance of the day. The students who passed the HSLC examination this year from the school were also felicitated.

The Day was also observed in most of the educational institutions here with various programmes. Noa Dihing Foundation organised a mini marathon coined as Green Day Run from Rupai Siding Railway Gate to Rangajan. A large number of students from the local schools participated in the run.

Doomdooma Town Committee planted trees in different parts of the town and also carried out a cleanliness drive.

In Udalguri: World Environment Day was observed at various places with the focal theme, �Connecting People with Nature�.

At Nonaipara Tea Garden LP School near the Bhutan border, the Day was observed by the students and teachers of various schools of the locality.The programme was sponsored by Nonaipara TE under Goodricke Group Ltd.

The programme started with plantation of several saplings by the students of Nonaipara TE LP School, namely Dipali Kerkata and Sabdhan Sikdar in the presence of wildlife activists,tea garden officials, representatives of ATTSA, AASAA, ACMS and teachers of the schools.The plantation was followed by a seminar where students, namely Sabdhan Sikdar,Dipali Kerkata,Bhim Sawra,Rubul Saikia,Preeti Munda, Amrita Kerkata spoke on pollution control,wildlife conservation, plantation of trees,cleanliness etc. Dipankar Hazarika, Zone Welfare Officer in his welcome address read out the written message from Paran Das,Senior Manager of Nonaipara TE.

Wildlife activist Jayanta Kumar Das spoke on the role of students and children in protecting wildlife and plantations with special reference to India-Bhutan villages where �man-elephant conflict� has taken a serious turn.The programme was also attended by Chetan Chenan, Deputy Manager of Nonaipara TE, Dr Jayanta Hazarika, Augstin Jal, Headmaster of Nonaipara TE LP School; Omkat Lomzel, Headmaster of Jagriti ME School, Kartik Nayar, Augstin Sona, secretary of ATTSA, Sanju Kumar, secretary of ACMS and Barun Kumar, president of AASAA. As part of the itinerary, saplings were distributed among the students.

In AIR, Nagaon: The Day was observed by All India Radio, Nagaon in association with the Divisional Forest Office and active support of senior citizens and staff with a daylong programme today, a press release stated.

The welcome address was delivered by the Head of AIR, Nagaon, Bison Sinha. The meet was chaired by senior announcer Chidananda Dev Goswami.

Talking on the theme, �Connecting People to Nature,� the guest of honour Asok Dev Choudhury. Assistant Conservator of Forest, Nagaon Division, asked the gathering to disseminate information about a congenial environment and use radio as a medium to communicate information about the present-day environment.

Nepal Mandal, Range Officer, Divisional Forest Office of Nagaon also spoke on the occasion.

Among others who spoke included Gautam Nath, Pradeep Kumar, Dipak Kumar Santa and Tulsi Bora. The vote of thanks was offered by Ashim Jyoti Bora,

The ocassion was marked by planting of saplings by Dimbsewar Bora with lightening of earthen lamp. Around 200 fruits saplings were planted in and around theoffice premises.

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