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Newsmakers at peace meet

If there is news, can the media stay away? A press committee comprising 20 students was the highlight of The Peace Mission 2014: A Model United Nations Conference at St. Thomas’ Boys’ School.

As the delegates discussed a host of issues such as territorial dispute in Antarctica, US defence, Indira Gandhi’s Emergency rule and amendments to the UN charter, the members of the International Press Corps took photographs and wrote reports.

The reporters had to submit an article at the end of the day. The reporters also interviewed the delegates, chasing them during the lunch breaks.

The best report on each committee was published in the Press Report, along with selected photographs.

The second day saw a press conference being held. “This was the first time that a press team was introduced at Peace Mission. The team comprised 12 reporters and six photographers who had to report whatever happened in the committee. I had a great time and this was my first time chairing a committee. I had to judge the reports and manage everything. The feedback was great,” said Avra Biswas of Class XII at St. Thomas’, the chair of the press committee .

The committee had lots to write on — the Department of Defence’s debate on the civil war of Thailand and reforms to the National Security Agency, the Lok Sabha Committee’s deliberations on Emergency and Operation Blue Star, SpecPol’s attempts to save Antarctica and the Security Council’s proposals.

The participants were a healthy mix of veteran MUNers like Suman Mitra, Class XII — attending his 15th MUN — and first-timers like Titha Ghosh, a Class X student of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan and a part of the SpecPol committee. “It was an excellent experience. I had to study and read up a lot,” she said.

“The standard of debate was extremely high. The speakers were referring to international law books,” said Sparsh Agarwal, Class XI, Don Bosco Park Circus.

Kriti Dugar, a Class X student of Sushila Birla Girls’ School, for whom this was the third MUN, found the Peace Mission to be a learning experience. She was also happy to make friends.