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The Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu in collaboration with the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board, celebrated the World Environment Day on the 7th June 2016. The programme was held at the auditorium of the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board, Guindy, Chennai. The programme started with the lighting of the lamp. Dr. H. Malleshappa, I.F.S., Director, Department of Environment welcomed the gathering.  Shri Hans Raj Verma, I.A.S., Principal Secretary, Environment and Forest Department, Government of Tamil Nadu delivered the keynote address and the Hon’ble Minister for Environment, Thiru.K.C.Karuppannan., delivered the presidential address. The annual Environmental Awards for the year 2014 and Awards for encouraging the collection of throwaway plastics (2013-2014 and 2014-2015) were also distributed by the Hon’ble Minister for Environment. A book titled “Coastal Identities” published by the Department of Environment was also released by Hon’ble Minister for Environment. Dr.R. Kumar., ACEE, Tamil Nadu pollution control board proposed the vote of thanks. More then 1500 students and general public participated in this programme.