Odisha joins country in celebrating children&’s day
Statesman News Service
Bhubaneswar, 14 November
It was the day of fun, frolic and merry-making for the kids ~ and soul-searching and introspection for the adults ~ as  Children’s Day was celebrated with much zeal and zest across the state today.
The educational institutions and voluntary organizations working for children as well as several corporate houses had lined up a slew of programmes including, apart from the fun-centric ones, different types of competitions, signature campaign, human chain formation, symposia etc.
At Raj Bhavan, Governor Dr SC Jamir celebrated the day with children from Maria Montessori School of Little Angels. He paid tribute to the first Prime Minister Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru on the occasion.
Prominent educational institutions including DAV Public Schools at Chandrasekharpur and Pokhariput organised several events to mark the Day.
At Maharishi Public School, performance of a skit by the teachers and a fancy dress competition among students, among other things, were part of the Children?s Day celebration.
Meanwhile, the 12th Anjali National Children?s Festival came to an end. Thousands of children who had assembled in Bhubaneswar for the annual event participated in the fun and entertainment programmes. The annual Sishu Mela organised by well-known voluntary organisation, People’s Cultural Centre (Pecuc), kicked off today.
At Bhawanipatna, Janakalyan Sanstha organized its Sishu Mela with children from nearly 30 gram panchayats participating in it. Several crucial and serious issues like child abuse, impact of liquor on family life and children in particular etc were discussed. Mahavir Sanskrutik Anusthan had also conducted another Sishu Mela. 
Meanwhile, continuing with its practice of celebrating Children?s Day with difference, the Dhamra Port Company Ltd (DPCL) organised a special programme for the HIV infected children of Bhadrak district.
Around 20 children in the age group of three to 16 years, who have been identified as HIV infected, were taken on a tour to Dhamra port. “It was a great joy for the children when a cake was cut to celebrate the birthday of all these children, most of whom have already lost their parents and many of their family members due to HIV/ AIDS infection,” said chief operating officer of DPCL, Mr Subrat Kumar Tripathy.
The CSR head Mr Himansu Shekhar Sahoo informed that the company will support these children for their education and nutritional diets. Extra-curricular talents among these children will also be promoted through various competitions. At a function held within the port premises, several students of periphery schools, who secured more than 75 per cent marks in the HSC examination, were awarded with DPCL Merit Scholarship. 
Colourful dance and fancy dress competition shows were staged by children of DPCL DAV Public School to mark the Children&’s Day.