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As a part of the National Reading Month (June 19 to July 18) celebration, the Arunachal Pradesh department of public libraries on Wednesday conducted a book review competition among the school children of the Capital Complex at the State Central Library in Itanagar.

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National Reading Month, the month-long nationwide programme, initiated by NITI Aayog in collaboration with concerned institutions at the state level aims to inculcate in the citizens, the habit of reading.

Altogether, 46 students from five schools of the Capital Complex took part in the ‘book review’ competition.

Earlier, a demonstration session on how to properly look for a book in the correct section of the library and the proper way to review it was given.

Attending the event, Rajiv Gandhi University’s Botany professor Dr Sumpam Tangjang stated that the youths of the state are in a vulnerable position without the knowledge imparted by active and lasting reading.

“The recent CBSE results are a proof to that,” he said while stressing on the importance of reading in building a strong foundation of a child and in fostering an innate cultural development within.

Dr Tangjang also appreciated the State Central Library for the initiative in promoting reading culture in the State.

Also in attendance was public libraries under secretary Mabi Taipodia Jini, who spoke of the intrusive nature of social media and urged the students to spend some time everyday to read a book for pleasure.

Later, the public libraries director Jotom Borang and other officers presented the awards to the winners of the competition.

Raj Nalo and Phurbi Dolma Nago of Government Middle School, Niti Vihar won the first and second prizes respectively while Mariya Singkom of Government Middle School, C-Sector was adjudged third.

Tania Tayo of Government Secondary School, P-Sector and Jumon Borah of Government Middle School, C-Sector walked home with the fourth and fifth prizes respectively.


Damien Lepcha is Northeast Now Correspondent in Arunachal Pradesh. He can be reached at:

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