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    Three teens from India to participate in junior-8 summit

    New Delhi (PTI) Three teenagers representing the country at the junior-8 summit, being held parallel to G-8 in Rome this week, will highlight the story of their struggle against poverty and social odds.

    16-year-old Sanjukta Pangi from Orissa and 17-year-old Samuel Venkatesan from Tamil Nadu and 19-year-old Narendra from Uttar Pradesh are the three teens among 86 youngsters from across the globe to participate at the seven-day summit starting on Saturday.

    They will discuss on issues of climate change, financial crisis, poverty in Africa.

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    "I will speak about the poverty I faced and the way I got education. Poverty is rampant in Koraput district of Orissa, where people are not sending their children to schools and marrying them off at an early age," Pangi told PTI.

    "There is need for sensitisation and awareness.

    Besides, the children need to have self motivation to beat all odds in life. This can be followed by the African countries also," she said.

    Pangi, whose father is a farmer, said that she would raise the issue of a depletion of forest areas caused by industrial units.

    Samuel, whose mother works a domestic help, said he would stress on having a child-friendly environment for growth of children. The government should provide more support to the orphans for their studies, he said.


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