Five students set for showdown in Rome


FIVE schoolchildren will represent Malaysia at an international English competition in Rome, Malaysia Nanban reported.

Twins R. Useytha and Ushana, 13, R. Thania, 10, and sisters V.R. Sharvika, 12, and nine-year-old Deepika, will be competing against students from 55 countries at the TeenEagle Global Finals starting Saturday.

The students have been preparing for a year for the finals, which will feature public speaking, spelling contests, general knowledge and other competitions.

The students received RM10,000 in sponsorship from Puncak Emas Infra Sdn Bhd for the competition.

> Authorities in Tamil Nadu have started a manhunt for a councillor who allegedly kicked a farmer, Makkal Osai reported.

The incident happened during a town hall meeting organised by a local member of the legislative assembly, Manraj, in conjunction with Mahatma Ghandi’s birthday.

During the event, a farmer named Ammaiyappan suggested that local councillors be rotated rather than remaining static and working in the same areas.

The councillor for the farmer’s constituency, identified as Thangapandian, then walked over angrily and kicked the farmer in the chest.

The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.

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