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Friday , March 22 , 2013
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Girls pack a punch
- Laxman & drill thrill crowd

It was a double treat for the crowd at Moinul Haque Stadium on the last day of Tarang 2013, as they witnessed some stunning karate moves and an appearance by former cricketer VVS Laxman.

Around 2,300 girls performed martial drills at the four-day Bihar sub-junior sports meet, a part of Bihar Divas celebrations starting on Friday.

The theme for this year’s function is women empowerment and the karate session played out chief minister Nitish Kumar’s dream of every girl receiving training in martial arts such as judo, taekwondo and others. Nitish said: “Martial arts are necessary, as physical strength would enable girls to defend themselves if harassed.”

The students, who performed at the event, had received guidance attaining the status of master trainer. They would in turn instruct girls in 4,600 government middle schools. Under the scheme, each master trainer will instruct around 50-60 students.

Nitish assured that the girls performing well in martial arts would be provided financial assistance to take part in international events.

Laxman said: “I have heard about the state’s growth. The credit for development goes to chief minister Nitish Kumar. He is an inspiration not only for Bihar but for the entire country.”

Students of classes VI to VIII competed in 14 events, including races, high jump, long jump, kabaddi and volleyball in the tournament.

Education minister P.K. Shahi said: “This event would be made an annual feature.”