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Planet Young story-writing contest awards presented

By City Correspondent

GUWAHATI, Dec 1 - Liza Gogoi, a Class XII student of Salt Brook Academy, Dibrugarh, won the first prize in the sixth annual children�s story-writing competition - Spinning a Yarn, 2018 organised by Planet Young, the popular children�s supplement of The Assam Tribune.

The second prize was won by Bipasha B Gayary, a Class X student of Delhi Public School, Guwahati, while Pratyush P Baruah, Class X, St Montfort School, Abhayapuri, bagged the third prize.

�Honourable mention prizes� were won by Shubhangi Kakati of Class VII, Maria�s Public School, Guwahati; Bhraaz Kashyap of Class X, Don Bosco School, Guwahati; Chaki G Bulton of Class IX, St Mary�s Higher Secondary School, Guwahati; Stuti Priyadarshini of Class IX, St Mary�s Senior Secondary School, Maligaon and Pratyusha Talukdar of Class XI, Gurukul Grammar Senior Secondary School, Guwahati.

Meanwhile, Yashvi Khemani, a Class VII student of Holy Child School, Guwahati was given the Best Contributor of the Year Award for her creative work in the Planet Young supplement.

Speaking in the award distribution programme of the competition held today at the Kanaklal Barua Auditorium of the Assam State Museum here, educationist and writer Loya Agarwalla said, �If anyone has the ability to think something creative and to express the feelings into words, then it is a great gift of life. Our children are our future. Every youth should keep in mind that they can do anything in life.� In this context she referred to the life story of her mother Dhira Chaliha Hazarika, the first Assamese woman pilot.

Educationist and theatre personality Asha Kothari Choudhuri, who was the judge of the competition, said there were around 40 stories in the competition and each of them had around 900 words. But she rued that there was a very poor presence of folk tales in the stories.

�For a writer it is very important how to engage the reader. Moreover, there should be control over the language. For better writing, reading is very much essential for a newcomer,� she added.

Speaking on the occasion, Executive Editor of The Assam Tribune PJ Baruah said, �From its inception, The Assam Tribune has been playing a vital role among the people of Assam. Today I remember our founder Radha Govinda Baruah, who started the journey decades ago. I feel very happy when many well-established Assamese people say that they learned English through The Assam Tribune.�

On the occasion, storyteller Yuveka Singh read out three stories, while students of Snehalaya Children�s Home presented songs and acclaimed mime artiste Moinul Haque performed mime. Editor of The Assam Tribune PG Baruah, among others, was also present on the occasion.

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