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Regional finals of The Hindu Young World Quiz 2009 today

Correspondent

Hundreds of schoolchildren get ready to pitch their skills at the event

BANGALORE: One of the city’s well-known landmarks, the Chowdiah Memorial Hall, Gayathri Devi Park Extension, Vyalikaval, is the venue for one of the best known quizzes on Wednesday.

Yes, the annual high energy, multi-city The Hindu Young World Quiz 2009, an integral part of The Hindu-NIE initiative, is slated to attract students from over 300 schools across Bangalore and neighbouring districts.

Actor Puneeth Rajkumar will be the chief guest at the function.

The competition is open to students from Classes VII to IX. About 450 teams have already confirmed their participation in the 10th edition of the competition, with many more expected to register at the venue.

Reporting time

The teams have to report at the venue latest by 11.45 a.m. as the written preliminary will start at 12 noon to select six teams for the Regional Finals, which in turn will begin at 2 pm.

Quizmaster V.V. Ramanan will explain the rules of the competition. Teams are directed not to carry cellphones inside the auditorium.

The winning team will represent Bangalore at the Grand All India Final at Coimbatore on November 6. The Hindu will meet the cost of travel, board and lodging of the team, and for one accompanying parent or teacher.

Prizes

The winning team from Bangalore will also be richer by Rs. 8,000 and carry home a host of goodies from sponsors.

The first runner-up will receive a cash prize of Rs. 6,000, and the second runner-up Rs. 4,000.

All participants will receive certificates.

Sponsors

For the 2009 edition, S&M Kids Wear is the title sponsor, and Kalasalingam University is the associate sponsor.

The national sponsors are Black Thunder, Tamilnad Mercantile Bank Ltd., Gold Winner, Arokya Milk, Vizag Steel Plant, Lotte Caramilk, Crocs Shoes, Firefox Bikes, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Penguin Books, Cherry Blossom and Reynolds. Dabur Real Fruit Juice is the beverage sponsor.

The regional sponsors are Eco Crystal Water Filter, Ramee Guestline Resort, BPL Technovision, Computer Warehouse, Silicon Kids and Brain Button.

Prism Books is the snacks sponsor while iads & events is the event manager.