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Karate chops at Tarang 14

Close to 10,000 girls from government schools in the state would show off their karate skills on the last day of Tarang 14.

The five-day festival will start on Sunday. At Tarang’s first edition last year, around 2,500 girls had demonstrated their karate moves. Chief minister Nitish Kumar was one of the spectators at the event and had directed officials concerned to organise the next Tarang on a bigger scale. Following up on Nitish’s directive, the education department has planned Tarang 14 on a large scale.

Education department principal secretary Amarjeet Sinha said: “This year, Tarang would be held on a larger scale. 10,000 girls would exhibit their karate skills.”

Nitish would grace the live demonstration of the karatekas (people showing karate moves) during the closing ceremony of Tarang 14 on Thursday.

Education minister P.K. Shahi will inaugurate the festival at Moinul Haque Stadium on Sunday.

Last year, Nitish had assured that girls performing well in martial arts would be provided financial assistance for participating in international events.

This year’s Tarang would also find around 2,500 students participating in a state-level championship at the Bihar Sub-Junior Sports Meet. Students from classes VI to VIII would compete in up to 11 events, including athletics, kabaddi, volleyball and even painting.

Sinha said: “The state government wants to ensure overall development of the students — in academics as well as extracurricular activities. Girl students are being trained in martial arts.”

The championship would be held at different venues, including Patliputra Sports Complex, Kendriya Vidya-laya, Kankerbagh, and Raghunath Balika Vidyalaya, Kankerbagh.

Tarang 14 is being organised by Bihar Education Project Council. The council started preparations long back and held inter-school, block-level and district-level competitions to select teams for Tarang 14.

Finally, teams of 26 boys and 26 girls from each of the 38 districts were selected for the festival.

Six students were also selected from each district to participate in quiz, painting and musical contests, taking the total number of participants to 62.Last year, former cricketer VVS Laxman had come for Tarang and for the latest edition, too, the education department expects eminent sportspersons.