Staff Reporter

Various events planned on June 5 to create awareness on environmental degradation

Penna Cements and Nippo Batteries to receive awards for cleaner production technologies Chief Minister will flag off a Green Rally from his residence on June 5Theme for the day is "Deserts and Desertification - Don't Desert Drylands"

HYDERABAD: Anantapur, Nizamabad and Vizianagaram districts have been selected for special World Environment Day awards by a high-level committee comprising senior officials from Rural Development, Panchayat Raj and Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board (APPCB).

At a press conference here on Saturday, APPCB Member Secretary Rajeshwar Tiwari said two industries - Penna Cements, Nalgonda and Nippo Batteries, Nellore were selected to receive awards for cleaner production technologies and reduced emissions. The awards will be given by Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy at Ravindra Bharati, where World Environment Day (WED) celebrations are to be held on June 5.

Prize distribution

On June 5 morning, Dr. Reddy will flag off a Green Rally from his residence. Also, 106 prizes would be given away to students who excelled in various competitions conducted by APPCB in association with National Green Corps and Jawahar Bal Bhavan between May 25 and 28. Over 4,500 students competed in four categories of age groups spanning LKG to Class XII in painting, art with waste material, environmental quiz, essay writing, story writing by seeing pictures, elocution, group songs and group dances.

Elaborating on the theme of WED this year, Mr. Tiwari said United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) had declared "Deserts and Desertification - Don't Desert Drylands" as the focus in all nations that were signatories to the Kyoto Protocol.