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Global letter contest on Jan. 6

Dear postman, long time no hear.

For a generation which keys in digital words and doesn’t write them down, postcards, inland letter forms and stamps only have museum value. Even love letters are replaced by sweet nothings over SMS.

Taking up the challenge, India Post (Jharkhand Postal Circle) department will host a statewide contest for schoolchildren up to 15 years as part of the annual International Letter-Writing Competition for Young People held by Universal Postal Union, headquartered in Bern, Switzerland.

The state postal department received a letter to this effect from its New Delhi counterpart about this activity spearheaded by the Universal Postal Union.

“Write someone a letter explaining why water is a precious resource”, the Universal Postal Union has said.

Students from any state, ICSE or CBSE school can write a letter in English or any recognised language between 500 and 800 words.

“Students can take part in the one-hour competition scheduled on January 6. We will decide the venue of the January sit-in contest,” said director of Jharkhand postal department S.S. Kujur.

Youngsters get to choose whom they want to address — a friend, a public figure, someone in the family, a favourite teacher — and bring out the real flavour of the letter.

The three best letters from the state will get Rs 2,000, Rs 1,500 and Rs 1,000. The fun doesn’t stop here, as India’s three best letters will jostle for global acclaim.