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Proud moment: Chirag Rupani, Praveek Trivedi, Slakshnu and Pranav Bang with their trophies at a news conference on Thursday. - Photo: Mohd. Yousuf
Proud moment: Chirag Rupani, Praveek Trivedi, Slakshnu and Pranav Bang with their trophies at a news conference on Thursday. - Photo: Mohd. Yousuf

The answers seemed to come from thin air. No matter how complex the calculations were, the solutions were out by the time the audience in the cramped hall could even take in the question. Abacus whiz kids wowed audience with their swift, accurate calculations, reinforcing their flair in computational mathematics, yet again here on Thursday. Four students from the State won trophies at the 10th international abacus and mental arithmetic competition at Manilla, Philippines recently.

The event saw the participation of children from nearly 16 countries from USA, Canada and UAE to Nigeria, South Africa, Indonesia, Cambodia and a host of other South East Asian countries. Five children represented India at the event.

It was eight-year-old A.K. Slakshnu, a class IV student of Aditya Public School in Kakinada that stole the limelight. Despite being the youngest to compete in Grand Master C-level, he won a trophy in an international tournament, J. Sampath Kumar, area partner, SIP Academy (AP) said. This was Slakshnu's first international tournament.

Eleven-year-old Chirag Rupani of Neeraj Public School, also a Grand Master C-level, emerged as the runner up, it was stated. Competing in the eighth level, 13-year-old Pranav Bang of Delhi Public School, Vijayawada and nine-year-old Praveek Trivedi walked away with runners up trophies.


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