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Students urged for active role in nature conservation

“The idea behind celebration of World Earth Day was to create awareness about the need for preserving and renewing the threatened ecological balances upon which all life on Earth depends. However, that idea remained confined to a handful of population around the globe. As a result of which an average of 60% of the population of fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles have dwindled in between the celebration of the first World Earth Day in 1970 to 2014,” said Mubina Akhtar, noted journalist and wildlife activist, while speaking on this year’s World Earth Day theme “Protecting the Species” at the NKC Auditorium, University of Science and Technology, Meghalaya, organized by Earth Science Department.  “An incalculable number of species have disappeared forever, and a large number are threatened with extinction. In Assam, 14 species--comprising seven plant and seven animal species--have now become threatened that includes the siya nahar, lady’s slipper orchid, Cycas and animal species like Assamese day geck, tokay gecko, black soft-shelled turtle etc.  In almost all cases, the threats to wildlife can be traced to human activities. Habitat destruction is the main cause for wildlife extinction in India” she said and added “When the natural habitat of animals is destroyed, it leads to a decline in their primary food supply. With loss of breeding and nesting grounds, their numbers get drastically reduced. In the case of plants, if their natural habitat is destroyed, then their survival is at risk.” 

“We depend on various plant and animal species for livelihood support but unsustainable use has led to rapid decline in those species. We tend to forget that ‘each species is unique and has been created as a consequence of evolutionary process. Therefore every species has a natural right to exist.’

Akhtar appealed to the students for a more active and defined role in creating awareness for preservation of natural ecosystems as she released the 6th edition of the Department’s Wall Magazine dedicated to this year’s World Earth Day theme “Protecting the Species” on the occasion. 

The programme started with welcome speech by Dr. E. Al Huda Head of the Department of Earth Science. 

The Vice Chancellor, USTM, DR. P.K. Goswami in his speech also referred to human interventions that led to imbalances in nature and the urgency need to preserving the same. Dr. R.K. Sharma, Adviser to USTM detailed on the history of events that led to the celebration of World Earth Day. 

Earlier, Nitu T. Upadhya, Assistant Professor, felicitated the guests. Dr. Lalit Saikia, Assistant Professor, Department of Earth Science offered the vote of thanks. 


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Preparation for National Tchoukball champs

5 Sep 2017 - 8:22am | AT Kokrajhar Bureau

A state team coaching camp for competitors has been going on in full swing in Kokrajhar to participate in the ensuing 11st senior National Tchoukball championship-2017 to be held at Golaghat district on and from September 25 to 27.
The coaching camp for the Assam state Tchoukball team has been conducted at Gaurang High School ground in Kokrajhar. 

Altogether 24-players are participating across the state in the camp both for men and women team,who are selected to participate in the ensuing national championship  scheduled to be held with three-day programme scheduled from September 25 to 27 at Joypukhuri Bodofa Youth Club ground in Golaghat district. 

The camp has been organized by All Assam Tchoukball Association and players are being imparted training by Tchoukball expert on sporting technique, shooting and its management during the competition games. 

The camp will end on September 20 and was started from July 28. At-least 20 states are participating in the national event (men/women) to be held in Assam.

Ashok Goyary, general secretary of the association told that the National championship will held in Golaghat  and so far 20 states like Goa, Kerala, Bihar, Uttarakandh, Punjab, Delhi, Maharastra and so on including Assam are confirmed for participation in the championship.

Ansula Boro, men team captain said that we are taking coaching since July to participate in the Golaghat National championship to be held in the last part of September. 

He said that team is totally prepared for the championship.  'We hope, we will win the championship by showing our excellent game's spirits', he said. Dwimu Boro, women team captain said that we are waiting the scheduled of the national event as we are absolutely prepared to participate.

Flood waters hit Kalaigaon

10 Jul 2009 - 1:11pm | Jayanta Kumar Das

The sudden waves of flood waters of Noa river badly hit Kalaigaon town on the morning of July 9,causing havoc in many areas namely No.2 Kalaigaon,Dengubasti Sagunbahi ,Gerua etc. The flood waters receded in the afternoon but fresh waves of flood waters of hit back again at 5 am in the morning of July 10,submerging several places. Knee deep flood waters disrupted normal vehicular traffic at several places on K.R. ( Kalaigaon–Rangamati ) PWD road and Ojagaon – Kalaigaon PWD road. The flood waters had also damaged the said two roads at several points. Institutions premises namely Kalaigaon Girls High School. Bridge Course Residential School, Vocational Training Centre of Kalaigaon Sevashram were submerged in knee deep flood waters.

A portion of embankment measuring more than 100 meters had been washed away at Gerua-Sagunbahi villages on the western bank of the river Noa causing flood in the nearby villages. According to the people of the said villages substandard works done by contractors and VCDCs had been the cause of the damages. The flood waters of Gerua river washed away both the approaches of the temporally build PWD bridge on Ojagaon-Kalaigaon PMGY road (2007-08) at Ranthali Bagicha village near Kalaigaon stadium on the morning of July 10,disrupting all kinds of traffic. According to a few leading people of the locality the estimated cost of the work was more than six crores of rupees. The work order was allotted to one Pradip Das of Guwahati, who in turn entrusted the work to a few local sub contractors. In the absence of necessary supervision the standard of the work had been far below. They also alleged that very low standard materials had been used in the construction work and a huge amount of public money would be misappropriated in the process. A delegation of the people met the Circle Officer, Kalaigaon demanding strong action against the culprits. They also decided to meet the DCs of both Darrang and Udalguri district seeking justice in the matter.

10 students expelled in Kokrajhar

17 Feb 2017 - 7:17pm | AT Kokrajhar Bureau

Ten students were expelled for taking unfair means and a teacher was suspended in the HSLC examination which has begun from on  Friday.

A total of 13,723 students are sitting in the HSLC/AHM examinations in 25 centres in Kokrajhar district which was conducted under CCTV survilance and 144 CrPC.

In Kokrajhar district,altogether 13,723 students of which 195 students are in AHM sitting in the final examinations in 25 examination centres with strong super vigilance of CCTV and 144 CrPC  across the district.

As  many as ten students were expelled for taking unfair means in the HSLC/AHM examinations from different centres in the district. A teacher of Makrijhora High school,was identified as Saidhur Rahman for negligence his duty in the examination.

Citizen and guardians of the students expresses their happieness over strong arrangement of examinations from education department in a well strategy. They said that this time education department has made good initiative while maintaining healthy eductaion situation in the state.

Jayanta Kumar Roy,principal of Kokrajhar Govt HS & MP school told that the examination has been conducted under guidelines of education department along with strong security besides survilance of CCTV installed in the examination centres.

Jagadish Prasad Brahma,Inspector of Schools of Kokrajhar district told that 435 students were remained absent in the district in the first day of 2017 HSLC/AHM examinations.The examinations was conducted under survilance of CCTV and security arrangement in the district,Brahma added.