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New York: Nandita Dasrath won the title of “The Community’s Queen” on Sunday when she participated in the Community’s Queen Pageant. The twenty-eight-year-old Dasrath is a New York-based Guyanese.

Speaking with reporters immediately after the Community’s Queen Pageant, the brilliant Dasrath said that winning the title was not easy. A very emotional Dasrath said that she was happy that she made Guyana proud competing against six other contestants from around the world including India, Trinidad, Haiti and Italy.

“The competition was stiff and posed a real challenge; I didn’t give up. I am truly honoured to win the title as Community’s Queen,” the newly-crowned queen told.

When asked what she intended to do during her reign, the classical dancer said, “I am expected to be a role model for our young women. I plan to do this by working closely with Fashions By Renu, Guyana Chunes Radio, and the Save Abee Foundation to organise and participate in a variety of fundraisers.”

Nandita Dasrath after winning the Community's Queen Pagaent
Nandita Dasrath after winning the Community’s Queen Pagaent

She said her goal was not to wear a crown for fame but to help mould young women in society. The pageant focused on empowering young women from various countries and communities.

There were four segments in the pageant: cultural wear, business attire, evening gown and a question-and-answer.

The swimsuit segment was removed, Dasrath said, to help the community understand that young women should not be seen as eye candy but rather be appreciated for their minds and intellect.

The pageant was organised by Fashions By Renu Production, the dominant force in New York’s Indo-Caribbean community. Over the years, it has used its business to assist and help young people garner confidence in themselves through various activities.

(The report was first published in guyanatimesgy.com)

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‘Doodle 4 Google’ Opens Public Voting

The first edition of "Doodle 4 Google India" was held in 2009 and the theme was "My India"

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Google on Tuesday opened public online voting for 20 children shortlisted for its annual ‘Doodle 4 Google’ competition.

The annual competition, announced early in August, encouraged creative, art-loving students across India to bring their imagination to life for the search engine giant’s logo.

This year’s theme was “what inspires you”. The doodle, incorporating letters G-o-o-g-l-e, were to be created using crayons, clay, water colours and graphic design.

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From a beautiful sight at the beach to nature’s tiny creatures; India’s farmer community to the Indian folk music; space exploration to learning from animals; children drew their inspiration using crayons, clay and graphic designs, the tech giant said in a statement.

Of the 75,000 students, from Class 1 to 10, across the country who sent in their entries, more than 55 per cent were from non-metro cities, including Visakhapatnam, Bhopal, Jabalpur, Bareilly, Kottayam and Bhubaneswar.

Out of these, Google shortlisted 20 from five categories: Group 1 comprising students from Class 1 to 2; Group 2 with students from Class 3 to 4; Group 3 with students from Class 5 to 6; Group 4 with students from Class 7 to 8 and Group 5 with students from Class 9 to 10.

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A Google logo is seen at the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, VOA

The online voting, which began on Tuesday, will continue till November 6 (until 10 a.m.). People can cast their votes on the Doodle 4 Google 2018 voting page.

The doodle with the maximum votes will get featured on Google’s home page on Children’s Day that falls on November 14.

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The national winner would win a Rs 5 lakh college scholarship, a Rs 2 lakh technology package for their school, as well as a trip to the Google office in India, among other prizes, the company said.

The first edition of “Doodle 4 Google India” was held in 2009 and the theme was “My India”. (IANS)

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