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‘Book reading can save youths from dangerous trends’
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 ITANAGAR, Aug 25 - While pointing out the alarming rise in drugs/alcohol and mobile phone addiction among the youths, Yalum Ama, the chairman of Cultural and Literary Society of Mishmi (CALSOM), Tezu block, has suggested for developing the habit of book reading that can save them from such “dangerous trends”.

 Warning the youths about the severe spread of addiction problems in Arunachal Pradesh due to drugs and excessive use of mobile phones, Ama advised them to work for improving their lives by focusing on reading and realising the value of books.

The CALSOM leader was addressing a gathering in a function at Tezu in Lohit district today, which was organised to mark the 12th annual day celebrations of Bamboosa Library and Lohit Youth Library Network.

The highlight of the annual day function was the presentation of the annual Ranganatha Award for meritorious library services and educational motivation. Kamlesh Raut, a teacher-volunteer of APNE Library, Wakro, was given the Ranganatha Award. This award was instituted in honour of two great figures of Indian library scene – Rev Swami Ranganathananda ji and Professor SR Ranganathan.

The Sister Nivedita Award for outstanding support to Bamboosa Library services and stimulating reading habits among youths of Tezu was awarded to Jimu Mele, a library mentor and now an assistant engineer posted at Anini.

Dr Rajendra Babu, associate professor at Indira Gandhi Government College, Tezu, explained why reading and possessing printed books are far more practical, prudent and healthy both for mind and eyes.

“Your precious collection of books can be lost forever if the tiny microchip that stores them falls on the ground! Or when your mobile phone is lost or goes out of order – and both are so common! Yet your book collections stay and give you company throughout your life,” he said.

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