Assam Environmental NGO Forum requests Assam government to take up immediate steps to conserve and protect wetlands and to solve "Man-elephant Conflict" in Assam. The annual session of the forum was held at Bhagawati Prasad Barua Bhawan,Guwahati on May 16. Several environmental NGOs of Assam including -Aranyak,Evergreen Earth,Early Birds,Centre for Conservation,Education and Research, KazirangaWildlife Society,Aranya Surakhya Samiti,Green Society etc took part in the session to discuss a few burning environmental issues of the state. Noted Environmental worker Moloy Barua of Early Birds presided over the open session. Mubina Akhtar of Centre for Conservation,Education and Research (also the coordinator of the forum ) read out her annual report before the house.She specially mentioned a few important environmental issues like “Man-elephant Conflict” in Udalguri district villages bordering Bhutan where 56 people and 26 wild elephants have been killed in last three years.Immediate need for rehabilitation of people living in the core area of Dibru Saikhowa National Park at other places was also mentioned in the annual report. The forum in its report thanks “Elephants on the Line” of Udalguri for successfully working in human elephant conflict villages in the district.Forum also appreciated Aranyak for the conservation of river dolphins in Assam.
Udayan Borthakur read out the new constitution of the forum which was later approved in the session. Noted environmental worker of Assam Pranoy Bordoloi while addressing the members,offered to work hand in hand for the conservation of flora and fauna of Assam. It needs mention that Pranoy Bordoloi had been to Mount Everest expedition recently with an Assam expedition team. The session was also addressed by- Gunadhar Konwar, Dr.Bibhab Talukdar, Jayanta Das, Nitul Sibam Nath, Rajesh Dutta Barua etc.
A new central core committee was formed with Nitul Sibam Nath as coordinator,Mubina Akhtar,Moloy Barua, Pranoy Bordoloi, Dr.Bibhab Talukdar, Jayanta Kumar Das, Gunadhar Konwar,Prabal Bujarbarua and Raj Phukan as core members.
The polling in Dhupdhara area of Goalpara district under Guwahati parliamentary constituency passed off peacefully except a few incidents of malfunctioning of EVMs in three poll centres. The brisk polling was witnessed in the morning today at several polling stations at Dhupdhara and its outskirts. The casting was started as usual but the defect was witnessed in the EVM before start of the polling in one of the centre at Dhupdhara High School. Polling in Kothakuthi centre and Ambari ME School was also disrupted due to the defect found in EVMs. But immediate replacement helped to complete the polling peacefully.
According to the official sources, 83.14 per cent polling was reported in Dhupdhara sector which included 11 polling centres numbering from 187 to 19.
The district level Aryabhatta science based competition organized by Udalguri district administration concluded on March 19 at Sankardeb Mission High School with day long programme. Mihir Kumar Baruah ADC,Udalguri inaugurated the competition at 11 AM. On the occasion he requested teachers and students to come forward to avail various science programmes launched by government.Sixty numbers of child scientists from six blocks namely- Kalaigaon, Khoirabari, Bhergaon, Udalguri, Rowta, Mazbat participated in the district level science competition. It needs mention that block level science based model, science based extempore speech and science based poster drawing competitions were organised in all the six blocks prior to the district level competition. And students who had won first three places in each category were only allowed to participate in the district level competitions.
Thaneswar Malakar,DC,Udalguri attended the prize distribution at 2 PM as the chief guest. On the occasion he congratulated participants and winners. He requested them to take interest in science activities.He said that such science based competitions could very much help to bring out inner creativity of students. He advised students and teachers to use scientific experiments for the benefit of common people living in the villages. Results: In the science model competition- Rodali Das and Diksha Devi (Arunodoi Academy,Tangla) won first, Meenakshi Dutta and Dibyarupa Rabha (Maharishi Vidya Mandir,Tangla) second prizes; in science based extempore spech competition- Deepanand Basumatari (Arunodoi Academy,Tangla) won first,Pankaj Sarmah (Orang HS School) won second prises while Prastuti Parashar (Lokapriya Bordoloi Public School,Kalaigaon) and Kalyani Rabha (Maharishi Vidya Mandir, Tangla) won first two places. All the winners will represent Udalguri district in the All Assam Aryabhatta science competitions to be held at Silpagram,Guwahati on April 3 and 4.The state level meet will be organised by Assam Science Technology & Environment Council (ASTEC) Guwahati.