21 August : Since 20th August 2004, Rajiv Gandhi Akshay Urja Diwas, (Renewable Energy Day) the birth anniversary of Late Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi has been celebrated annually throughout the country. At Mon too, Rajiv Gandhi Akshay Urja Diwas, (Renewable Energy Day) was observed on the 20th August 2008 with Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mon, Neposo Theluo as the chief guest at council hall.
In his address the chief guest said that in our country especially the people living in the cities are dependant on fossil fuels which is very expensive and gets depleted very fast besides creating air pollution and global warming. He urged the students and the gathering to promote and conserve the use of renewable energy sources for sustainable energy supply. Concerning global warming and climatic changes due to emission of carbon dioxide, he said if only 3% of Indian population were to use solar cookers than it would save 3.2 million tones of wood every year and reduce emission of carbon dioxide by 6.7 million tones per year. He also called upon the gathering to create awareness about the benefit of using renewable energy to the people and protect our environment.
The program started with invocation by Father Stephen, DBS followed by short speech by President, Mon Town Students Union, Pangmai, who exhorted the students about the advantage of renewal energy and asked the students to learn more about the world around them besides their academic career. Naga Idol Finalist 2007 Samuel Konyak entertained the audience with special numbers. EAC Mon, Temjensangla declared the result of the competitions and the chief guest gave away the prizes to the winners. Vote of thanks was proposed by Project Officer, Theyiesituo Kuotsu and welcome address was pronounced by the chairperson SDO Civil, Mon sadar, Hiazu Meru.
To mark the event, various competition items like marathon race, sssay writing, painting, singing and extempore speech covering different aspects of Renewal Energy was organized school wise. Altogether 13 (thirteen) schools under Mon town participated in the competitions. The aim of such public activities is to generate mass awareness and disseminate information about the advancement made in the renewable energy technologies from biogas to biomass to solar, hydro and wind energy.
Marathon race for boys started from new site junction at 6 a.m and ended at Helipad ground. The First prize was bagged by Shoktong of Model School, 2nd by Honom of St. Mary School and the 3rd by Manon of GHSS. For girls it started from old DEO office junction and winded up at Helipad. Nyamshan of DBS, Monyu of Konjong School and Wonsham of St. John School bagged First, Second and Third respectively.
Free T. Shirts on Renewable Energy were also distributed to the participants. Earlier, the chief guest flagged off the race and later he exhorted the students to participate with enthusiasm in the various competitions and also highlighted the importance of the event at the helipad. SDO Civil, Mon Sadar, Hiazu Meru, informed the students about various competitions and read out the main program to be held at Council hall.
Extempore Speech and Singing competition was held at Council hall respectively. In Extempore Speech, Konang Bangmei of Konjong, Wangying of St. Mary and Rekha of Noel School bagged 1st, 2nd, & 3rd. In Group Singing competition St. Mary, St. John and Edith Douglas Schools bagged the Prizes respectively.
Painting was held at Don Bosco School. It was divided into three categories: Sub-Junior (Class I-III) Junior (Class IV-VI) and senior (class VII-VIII). Sub-junior was bagged by Shatijung of DBS, Phongnyei of Angjong School and Mankem of Christ King School. The junior Category was bagged by Khampa of Edith Douglas, Nyamnyei of St. John and Chenlei of Angjung School. The senior category was bagged by Phongnyei of Konjong, P. Moba of St. John and Methlung of Little Flower School.
The Essay competition was held at Angjong School. The senior category (Class XI and above) was bagged by Nyamwang, Chingwang and Rishikesh Kumar all from GHSS. The junior category (class VIII-X) was bagged by Heihying of St. Mary, Purkumzuk of Noel and Daniel of Konjong School. The program was jointly organized by the District Administration, the District Advisory Committee for Renewable Energy and the concerned department.
PHEK OBSERVES RAJIV GANDHI AKSHAY URJA DIWAS
Along with the rest of the country Phek district observed Rajiv Gandhi Akshay Urja Diwas (Renewable Energy Day) at Phek on August 20th 2008 with Superintendent of Police, Phek, P.F. Zeliang as a chief guest.
In his speech, the chief guest said that a country like India with the second largest population in the world can benefit from the use of renewable energy sources as even the most remote villages are able to have light in their homes. He said many departments/institutes have imposed compulsory use of solar lights in Offices and in colleges and schools etc. Solar water pumps have eased the woes of many villages in India. He pointed out that the occasion was observed with a view to create awareness on the renewable energy systems and devices to sustain its economic growth of energy. He said that the main renewable energy sources are biomass, biogas, sun, wind and small hydropower and added that these sources will remain as long as the world remains.
The chief guest said that conventional sources of energy to run our vehicles, engines and electricity for our homes have been coal, oil and gas, which are all fossil fuels, and said that the World Energy Forum has predicted that fossil based oil, coal and gas reserves will last for less than another ten decades. Use of fossil fuels causes pollution and environmental problem for mankind and other living animals and plants for whereas renewable sources of energy do not, he said.
The function was chaired by SDO (C) Chubawati Chang while vote of thanks was pronounced by Nuchisalu Khesoh, Principal GHSS, Phek. Earlier the rally was flagged off by Dr. Nobert Noraho, Principal, Phek Govt. College and culminated at Gate-I 33rd AR. To mark the occasion and to create awareness various competitions were held. In marathon race (girls) First prize was bagged by Podulu, Second by Pelhile and Third- Vephilu, all from Bishop Abraham School, Phek. In Boys category First prize was bagged by Mudoveyi, second by Vesahu and third by Shevoto, all from Govt. Higher Secondary School, Phek. In Quiz competition Phek Govt. College secured 1st, while GHSS, Phek begged 2nd position. In the painting competition, Ruveyi Khamo of Royal Foundation School Phek emerged 1st, Vevoto Venuh 2nd and Mhashe Hoshi 3rd both from Bishop Abraham School Phek. In essay competition, Amolu Jossy of Royal Foundation School Phek, Nilanjan Dey of Holy Care School Phek and Khoveyi Vese of Christian Higher Home School Phek secured 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions respectively.