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IRCS state unit observe ‘World Red Cross Day’

(1) Minister for PHE Dr. Ngangshi K. Ao lighting a candle representing the principles of the Red Cross movement on World Red Cross Day, Friday, Kohima. (DIPR).
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Published on 9 May. 2009 12:45 AM IST
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Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS), Nagaland State Branch on Friday observed World Red Cross Day on the theme ‘your world, our move: come together for climate change’ at the conference hall of Red Cross office, Kohima . Speaking at the occassion as chief guest, minister for PHED Dr. Ngangshi K. Ao said Red Cross which was founded by Henry Dunant on 1863 had 146 years of history and grown in worlds largest humanitarian network with its presence and activities in almost every country. Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) was established in 1920 under the Indian Red Cross Society Act and is one of the largest humanitarian organizations having more than 700 district and sub-district branches providing relief in times of disaster/emergency and promotes health care of the vulnerable people and communities, congratulating the Nagaland Branch of Indian Red Cross for their benevolent services to the deprived section of people Ngangshi urged them to re-dedicate themselves to take a solemn oath to carry forward campaign aggressively in combating senseless degradation of nature and to bring about a positive climate change. Speaking on the theme, Conservator of Forest, Nagaland, Illusing Meru, IFS said that in the last 30 years the mean temperature of the earth had risen by 0.6-12 degrees which was caused by fire and natural causes and these has been controlled by department itself and by some interested persons. Earlier the programme was chaired by Povotso Lohe, chairman Indian Red Cross Society Nagaland, special numbers were presented by JRC students of Khedi Baptist School, Kohima and YRC students of Baptist College Kohima, invocation prayer was led by Pastor Keneilevi Khate, Union Baptist Church Kohima, welcome address by, R.F. Lotha managing committee member and vote of thanks by Malemla Imlong, managing committee member. DIMAPUR: Indian Red Cross Society, Dimapur unit Friday celebrated World Red Cross Day at S D Jain Girls’ College with DC Dimapur Moangwati as chief guest and Dr Sashidharan as the resource person. Speaking on the occasion, DC said global warming and climate change was a matter of concern and each one should participate to preserve the environment. About the Red Cross, he said that it is a good platform for the young people to work for the betterment of the mankind. He encouraged the young people, especially the students to enroll themselves in the Red Cross Movement to serve the country. Dr K S Sashidharan, Chief Conservator of Forests, presented a power-point presentation on the impact of climate change and global warming and suggested measures for global warming. The programme was chaired by outgoing honorary secretary, Captain Hekiye Sema. The occasion was attended by senior Red Cross members, officials from district administration and students from various schools and colleges. MOKOKCHUNG: As the current year marks commemoration of three landmarks- 150th anniversary of the Battle of Solferino, which inspired Henry Dunant to form the International Red Cross and Red Crescent, 90th anniversary of the founding of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the 60th anniversary of the ratification of the Geneva Conventions that govern the rule of war and conflict globally, the IRCS Mokokchung District Branch joined the rest of the world in the celebrating the World Red Cross Day on May 8 on the theme ‘Your World, our move: Come together for climate change’. According to IRCS Mokokchung district branch honorary secretary Dr. Kika Longkumer commemorating the day, district branch conducted a cleanliness drive at D.C office complex by members of Red Cross and volunteers from NCC unit of Dilong GHS. In addition the cleanliness drive, several eco-friendly waste baskets made of bamboos were installed at strategic location around the office Complex. The Deputy Commissioner and Chairman, IRCS Mokokchung District Branch CM Tsanglao while speaking on the theme ‘Your World, our move: Come together for climate change’ also exhorted the volunteers for their commitments to the Red Cross movement. He reminded that human activities had resulted in profound adverse climate change. Climate change was projected to increase disaster risks through altering average climatic conditions, creating greater climate variability, increasing the magnitude and frequency of extreme events, and generating new threats in regions with no previous experience of them, he said besides urging all to promote conservation and preservation of environment by consciously adapting ways to tackle the problems of climate change. Meanwhile, IRCS Mokokchung district branch has thanked all well wishers, Red Cross members and volunteers particularly cadets of NCC Unit Dilong GHS for making the celebration a grand success. PEREN: Indian Red Cross Society, Peren District Branch observed World Red Cross Day at Peren town Youth Red Cross from Peren Government College, Peren and members of Junior Red Cross from Government High School, Peren led by teacher counselor, Pinghabo along with officials of IRCS Peren and other life members observed the Day by planting silver oak saplings at the Office Complex of the deputy commissioner, Peren N. Mesen . Earlier, vice-principal of Peren Government College, Peren who is also a life member of IRCS addressed the participants on the significance of the Day and on volunteerism. The joint secretary of IRCS Peren, Albert also shared a few words with participants and a prayer was offered by N.K. Dikwa, honorary treasurer IRCS Peren. WOKHA: Joining with the rest of the state, Indian Red Cross Society Wokha branch observed World Red Cross Day at conference hall of the deputy commissioner A. Wepretso Mero who was the chief guest of the occasion. Among those who attended the programme included Rev. Nyanchumo associate pastor, Wokha Town Baptist Church, Dr. N.M Kithan chief medical officer Wokha unit, P.M Ezung, Hony secretary IRCSW Branch, Dr. K.C Murry spoke on the topic ‘your world, our move: come together for climate change’. Besides IRCSW officials, two medical officers from 41st BN Assam Rifles attended the programme. Earlier at the function, deputy Chief medical officer, Wokha Dr. W.N Ezung delivered the vote of thanks.

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