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Ranchi schools lock horns
- Debate topic thrust on national interest

After Dhanbad and Jamshedpur, Ranchi has joined the war of words.

Eighteen speakers from nine Ranchi schools expressed their views on the topic — Nations of the world should increase protection of economic rights of the developing countries with respect to trade — at an inter-school debate held at Loreto Convent on Friday. The event was organised under the 8th Millennium Development Goals (MDG) set by UN member states.

The speakers were judged on thought, expression, eloquence and free flow of idea. While ICSE-affiliated St Xavier’s School was adjudged the best school, host Loreto Convent became the runners up.

“I personally feel that global economy can be a key factor for improving productivity and also guarantee overall growth. Moreover, the new trading system must ensure free and fair trade among countries,” argued Class X student of St Xavier’s Aditya Bhattacharjee, who spoke against the motion.

Temmate Vivek Gupta, a Class IX student, spoke about economic protection that should be given to developing nations but not at the cost of exploitation.

St Anthony’s, St Francis, Delhi Public School, Sacred Heart Convent, St Thomas, Bishop Westcott Girls’ School and Jawahar Vidya Mandir Shyamali also took part.

Chief convenor of MDG in Ranchi schools Laura Murphy graced the occasion as chief guest. Principal of St Xavier’s School Father Ajit Khess co-ordinated the programme.

Khess said they would organise a series of events based on MDG in the coming months.

“We will hold a painting contest before the summer vacation and a skit competition in June,” he said, adding that a dance contest was on the cards in September.