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Meet Saanya Verma: 11 year old highest scorer in Mensa IQ test

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New Delhi: Saanya Verma, an 11-year-old Indian girl in Britain scored the maximum possible marks in the MENSA IQ test. She has scored 162 – the highest possible score on a Mensa test which only one per cent of the population have achieved.

Newsgram personally interviewed Sunita Pati Verma, the proud mother of the year 7 girl, studying in a leading independent school in London.

Mensa invites only those students who are able to achieve top 2 percent score on either of diagrammatical test or the verbal reasoning ability. Mensa spokesperson confirmed it and said that she is one of the youngest to achieve this feat.

A student of year 7 in a leading independent school in London, Saanya has a bagful of choices and interests when it comes to studies. A voracious reader who is interested in Maths and Cosmos from the beginning. Her mother Sunita Pati Verma told NewsGram that Saanya these days has developed an interest in robotics. She has also been developing the codes for the robots (Lego Mindstorms) and electronic instruments (Arduino).

The Library Monitor of her school, Saanya enjoys reading. She is part of many clubs in school like Debating, Science, Maths, French and current affairs.

Her father, a banker by profession, Sunil Verma spends a reasonable amount of time with her discussing areas like science and robotics. He says that Saanya surprises him with questions.

She further added that Saanya has loved every visit to India. She believes in the act of sharing and she hopes to influence children to take an active part in the education. She wants to help in encouraging children to study and shine across the world.

Her mother said that this is a proud moment not just for the family but the whole Indian community. She says India has been an important part of the journey. A lot of the family members are still back in India and they are happy of her achievement.

Saanya Verma’s success is the story of a girl, who has shown signs of brilliance that could help her do great things for herself and the society. However, the challenge starts from here, the guidance and preservation will be important.

Saanya like any other 11-year-old has a lot of aspirations. She wants to be a scientist, or may be a mathematician or may be a banker like her father. One thing is clear if she keeps getting the same support and working hard, she will be able to attain great heights.(Image-Sunita Verma)

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Britain To Ban Sale Of Plastic Straws In Bid To Fight Waste

Britain planning to ban the sale of Plastic products

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Stainless steel straws are displayed at the cooperative Sin Plastico (Without Plastic), which offers environmentally friendly household items free from plastic materials and packaging, in Bilbao, Spain, April 6, 2018. Britain plans to ban the sale of plastic straws and other single-use items. VOA

Britain plans to ban the sale of plastic straws and other single-use products and is pressing Commonwealth allies to also take action to tackle marine waste, the office of Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May said.

It said drink stirrers and cotton buds would also be banned under the plans.

May has pledged to eradicate avoidable plastic waste by 2042 as part of a “national plan of action.”

“Plastic waste is one of the greatest environmental challenges facing the world, which is why protecting the marine environment is central to our agenda at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting,” May said in a statement ahead of a Commonwealth summit Thursday.

A woman drinking from plastic straw
A woman drinks from a paper cup through a plastic straw on Westminster

Leaders from the Commonwealth — a network of 53 countries, mostly former British colonies — are meeting in London this week.

May is looking to deepen ties to the Commonwealth as Britain seeks to boost trade and carve out a new role in the world ahead of the country’s departure from the European Union in March next year.

Britain will commit 61.4 million pounds ($87.21 million) at the summit to develop new ways of tackling plastic waste and help Commonwealth countries limit how much plastic ends up in the ocean.

“We are rallying Commonwealth countries to join us in the fight against marine plastic,” May said.

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“Together we can effect real change so that future generations can enjoy a natural environment that is healthier than we currently find it.”

The statement said environment minister Michael Gove would launch a consultation later this year into the plan to ban the plastic items. It gave no details who the consultation would be with.  VOA

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