News & Event

I. REGULAR ACTIVITIES

Publication of Journal

Science Vision Science Vision No. of Issue per Year : 4 Periodicity : Quarterly Months of Publication : March, June, September, December Issue No. (Print) : (Print ISSN 0975-6175) News & Events I. REGULAR ACTIVITIES Publication of Journal Science Vision, a quarterly bilingual (English & Mizo) Science Journal was published by MIPOGRASS since 2001. This publication is financed by the Council of science, Technology and Environment, Planning Department, Government of Mizoram. The journal has been registered (Regn. RNI MIZBIL/2001/4252) from Govt. of India. Science Vision is now a refereed journal with an ISSN 0975-6175.

Coaching Class

The morning coaching class for class XII(Sc) dropped out students was regularly conducted at Sikulpuikawn, Aizawl since 2001. About 150 students have passed out from this coaching. Some of our ex-students are now our society members, MBBS final year and B.E students. This year under the coordinatorship of Mr. L.P. Lalduhawma, 33 students are attending the coaching class. Condense Course of Education Scheme was offered for 2008-09 session by the Central Social Welfare Board, New Delhi through the State Social Welfare board, Aizawl. Out of the sanctioned amount Rs. 1,43,000.00, a sum of Rs. 67,810.00 has been so far granted to us for conducting this scheme. In continuation of this scheme, we are selected to conduct the course for 2009-10. The CCE course is smoothly going on.

Awareness campaign

The society has conducted a number of science popularization campaign and environment awareness campaign. The Ministry of E&F, New Delhi has selected us to conduct National Environment Awareness campaign (NEAC) through CEP for a number of consecutive years.

Seminar

Along with our regular annual conference, a state level seminar on some burning topics have been organised since 2001.

II. SOCIETY NEWS

I. 13th General Conference

The 13th MIPOGRASS General Conference is to be held on 20th August 2010 (Friday) at I&PR Auditorium, Aizawl. Election of leaders for 2010-2012 will be conducted and a paper presentation on Impact of Climate Change on Biodiversity is expected from Dr. Lalnundanga, Associate Professor & Dy. Director of Academic staff College, Mizoram University.

The programme is like this-

Registration : 12:00– 12:30 p.m.

Session I : Official (12:30 to 2:00 p.m.)

Chairman : Dr. Lalnuntluanga, President

Hunserh : Nl. Lalramengzami, Executive Comt. member

Report : Dr. H. Lalruatsanga, Asst. Gen. Secretary

Ph.D. hmu thar leh New species hmu tu te lawmpuina hlan : MIPOGRASS Advisers Rorel

General Election: 2010-2012 O.B thlanna conducted by MJA

LUNCH :

Session II: Seminar on “Biodiversity & Climate Change”: (02:00 - 04:00 p.m.)

Chairman : Dr. R. Lalfakzuala, Vice President

Short Speech: Dr. Vanlalzara, Principal Scientific

Officer, Science, technology & Environment,Planning Department, govt. of Mizoram

Resource person: Dr. Lalnundanga, Associate Professor, MZU

Topic : Impact of Climate change on Biodiversity

Discussion :

III. Congratulations!

Dr. Lalthlamuana Pachuau, MIPOGRASS Secretary i/c Information & Publiccity has been recruited for Scientist B under Central Silk Board and he is posted at Guwahati. He joined our member Dr. B. Collin, so now we have two of our member in CSB.

Mr. Liansanga Pachuau has been awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy(Ph.D) by NEHU on his work on “Studies on roles of calcium ions and absisic acid in modulating detoxification pathways during osmotic stress in seedlings of maize (Zea mays L)” at the Department of Botany, NEHU, Shillong in June 2010.

Recently, two of our members H.T. Lalremsanga and Dr. Lalramliana has described new species animals from Mizoram.

Mr. H.T. Lalremsanga and his colleagues Saibal Sengupta, Saipari Sailo, A. Das & I. Das has described a new species of megophryid frog, named as Leptolalax tamdil from Tamdil lake and the description was accepted and publish in Zootaxa 2406:57-68(2010). H.T. Lalremsanga is working at Department of Zoology, Mizoram University.

The new species is diagnosable in showing the following combination of characters: SVL 32.3 mm in the only male and 31.8 mm in the only female known; dorsum tuberculate; eyelids with tubercles; tympanum and supratympanic fold distinct; supratympanic fold extending to posterior edge of tympanum; macroglands, including preaxillary, pectoral, femoral and ventrolateral glands present;

Finger II > I; toe tips not dilated, bearing dermal fringes; relatively long hind limbs, with heels in contact when limbs are held perpendicular to body; dorsum with dark blotches; flanks with small dark blotches; dark tympanic mask present; venter pale; labial bars present and limbs with dark cross-bars.