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Rallies mark World Environment Day

Several functions were organised today on World Environment Day. A district-level function was held at Government Senior Secondary School, Hamirpur. Deputy Commissioner (DC) Ashish Singhmar was the chief guest.

Addressing the gathering, Singhmar highlighted various threats to the environment and appealed to the students to protect it.

A rally was also taken out on the occasion. Several eco clubs in schools also observed the day by holding debates and talks.

A function was also held at the Children's Park where Conservator of Forests PK Thakur was the chief guest.

Saplings, plants bought

KANGRA: An upsurge was witnessed in the number of visitors at private nurseries for buying saplings and plants of different varieties on the occasion of World Environment Day.

The theme of the day this year was "Think, Eat and Save". The aim was to discourage the wastage of food and promote the food loss campaign.

Dr Anil Chauhan, Principal, DRPGMC, Tanda, said with the promotion of this theme environment lovers would persuade people to think before eating, hence contributing to saving the environment.

He said as per the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), every year around 1.3 billion tonnes of food was wasted across the world. If this food could be saved, it could serve the whole of sub-Saharan Africa, he added.

Swaran Lata, Headmistress, Government High School, Nandhar, led an environmental rally at Nandhar village, and said there was an urgent need to create awareness among people about food wastage in the world. She said people should be made aware about the environmental impact of food choices they make.

Students of the school, along with its primary wing, raised slogans to create awareness among rural masses about environment preservation. The school also organised painting, slogan and declamation contests on the occasion. Sahil (Class X), Rohit (Class VIII) and Geetika (Class X) bagged first prizes in painting, slogan and declamation contests, respectively.

Eco-club, NSS students hold rally

CHAMBA: World Environment Day was celebrated at the Government Senior Secondary School at outlying Sahoo village in Chamba district today. A rally of the eco-club and NSS students was held.

The procession was flagged off by Chief Conservator of Forests ARM Reddy and a few saplings of deodar were planted on the school premises. Dr Lakshmisha, DFO, Churah, was present.

Founder of the Chetna Kendra Rattan Chand also addressed the students.

Addressing the gathering, Reddy appealed to the gathering to dispose of non-biodegradable packing material of chips, kurkure, biscuits, bread, milk, disposable glasses in a scientific manner and also protect forests from fire.

The Eco-club and NSS of the school would be assigned a chunk of forests prone to fire and be asked to protect these by cleaning pine needles. They would be provided with grant-in-aid in turn, Reddy added.

The NSS had also taken the responsibility of raising a plantation near the school on one hectare land and all the material and technical support would be rendered by the Forest Department.

Reddy said switch over to organic farming and not waste food.

Competitions organised

NURPUR: The state Pollution Control Board organised declamation, painting and slogan-writing competitions at the local BTC Government Girls' Senior Secondary School. Students also took out a rally in the local bazaars to promote awareness on environment conservation. SDM Ashwani Sood flagged off the rally.

The following are the results: Declamation contest (senior and junior category) - Simran and Shriya (first), Shakshi and Namarta (second), Akriti and Ambica (third). Painting competition - Neha and Priyanka (first), Mansi and Pushpa (second), Dipali and Rajni - (third). Slogan-writing competition - Richa and Reena (first), Tamnna and Swati (second) and Urwashi and Krishma (third).

The Tribune (06-06-2013)