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Bright Bengal

Bengal without poverty, a Metro network connecting Calcutta with Darjeeling and no rape — these were some of the dreams of young students at the Andrew Yule Sesquicentenary Elocution Contest 2012 final at GD Birla Sabhagar. Eighteen of the 150 students who took part in the contest made it to the final round, where the topic was “My vision of 21st Century Bengal”.

Sri Sri Academy students celebrate Grandparents’ Day with a colourful programme promoting unity in diversity

The elocution was held in English, Hindi and Bengali.

Archi Roy of Patha Bhavan, Santiniketan, was the winner in Bengali. “I dream of a Bengal with no illiteracy. We should see a day where there is no female foeticide or where no mother has to sell her child for food,” summed up Archi. Shoumorup Mukhpadhyay of Don Bosco, Liluah, who wanted “equal opportunity for all”, was declared the winner in the English category. Ayush Chamaria from M.C. Kejriwal Vidyapeeth School won in the Hindi category. The winners were given a voucher of Rs 12,000 each. Industries minister Partha Chatterjee and education minister Bratya Basu were the chief guests on the occasion. The latter highlighted some initiatives undertaken by the state in the education sector.

Children’s carnival

National High School for Girls recently hosted Zest Honey Bees Carnival at Lion’s Children Park in Deshapriya Park. The attractions included food stalls and rides for kids. Children enjoyed games such as Treasure Hunt, 7up7down, Hit The Wicket and Rainbow. This was the second edition of the fest and saw participation from 16 schools. “Such events give the primary and kindergarten students a chance to showcase their talents,” said Meenakshi Raman, the headmistress of the KG and primary section of National High School for Girls. Tennis player Soumi Mondal was the guest of honour at the event.