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World Environment Day observed across State

By Correspondents

KOKRAJHAR, June 7 � The World Environment Day was observed at different places of the district on Friday in a befitting manner.

The Kokrajhar Press Club (KPC) also observed the day at Shantibilw Mandir near Alangi village in Kokrajhar district. The program was organised by the KPC in association with Bodoland Guardian & Bodoland Sansri and was supported by the local people of Bhaoragwja village. The day-long programme began with plantation of saplings on the premises of the Shantibilw Mandir.

A Mohilary, DIPRO, Kokrajhar, Ajit Basumatary, president of KPC, Dillab Muchahary, president of Shantibilw Mandir Committee, Kishore Sarkar, KPC member among others also attended the programme.

Raha: Along with the rest of the world, World Environment Day was observed at Raha on Friday with a day- long programme at the Raha PWD inspection bunglow premises by the Nagaon district administration in association with the local administration. Indigenous tree plantation was carried out.

In the beginning of the programme, Anindita Kashyap, Circle Officer (in-charge), Raha, briefly explained the objectives and importance of the day.

Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Brajen Das, ADC, Nagaon who was a special guest, said the lack of awareness among the masses was the biggest problem leading to various activities of environment destruction. He encouraged the students and all present on the occasion to get involved in community activities to save the earth.

Arabinda Kalita, SP, Nagaon, in his speech appealed to the students to dedicate themselves for the cause of preserving and protecting the environment. He explained the importance of the day to the students present in the programme. Stating that �a tree is equivalent to ten sons,� he asked the students to plant a tree around their home or on their school premises. He said that it is high time that we all care to learn more about the present environmental issues and become conscious and responsible citizens. He therefore called for collective action and responsibility to ensure for the future generation that the earth they inherit is a better place as it is supposed to be.

Another speaker, Utpal Moni Baishya, CO, CRPF, Nagaon, stressed the importance of a �collective effort for a positive environmental action by becoming responsible agents of change�. The student community of the nearby school also planted more than 200 plants under the guidance of their teachers.

Jonai: World Environment Day was observed at Silikhaguri village under Jonai subdivision under the joint aegis of the Jonai unit of the All Assam Students� Union (AASU) and the All Bodo Students� Union (ABSU) with massive participation of the student community, teachers and local villagers.

The programme began with a massive plantation drive at Silikhaguri, which was followed by a discussion between eminent environmental activists.

Addressing the gathering on the occasion, the Extra Assistant Commissioner of Jonai, Manoranjan Payeng said that plantation is important for saving the environment from degradation. He explained that trees not only protect the atmosphere but also rejuvenate the climate. Mising Autonomous Council (MAC) Deputy Chief Sukreswar Goyari appealed to the local people to develop greenery to conserve the ecological balance of the area.

The participants planted altogether 100 saplings of different kinds such as fruit plants, timber-yielding trees, medicinal and ornamental species.

Among others, MAC Executive Councillor, Raju Chetry, leaders of AASU and ABSU besides the senior citizens also spoke in favour of mass plantation. The participants collectively administered �pledge� of taking an active role in the conservation works for survival of mankind on mother earth.

Jagiroad: World Environment Day was organised jointly by the Environment Study Centre, Environment Council, NAAC, Jagiroad College and Jagiroad Branch of Assam Science Society at the college premises on June 5 with a day-long programme.

A tree plantation programme was organised at the college campus led by Moloya Goswami, HoD, Education. The college vice principal, Munindra Tahbildar presided over the open session in which Jonali Barman, HoD, Eco Restoration of Dimoria College explained various topics on environment. Dr Khagen Sarma, Director, Environment Study Centre who is also the Associate Professor in Geography of Jagiroad College spoke about the objectives of the World Environment Day where Dr Anjana Dutta Baruah, Paban Chandra Gogoi, Ranju Gogoi Chutia also spoke. A series of competitions like extempore speech were also organised. Dr Linton Hazarika offered the vote of thanks.

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