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Communism binds: Chavez-funded school in West Bengal
December 05, 2007 17:41 IST
From Latin America to West Bengal, it is Communism that binds. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has sent a cheque for Rs 11.91 lakh to construct a new building of a school in North 24 Parganas district in West Bengal. Chavez, a man of strong words and actions, promised during a visit to West Bengal in 2005.
The cheque was handed over on Wednesday by Venezuelan Ambassador Milena Santana Ramirez to Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee for the Bagu Primary School.
Chavez had promised the school authorities a donation for the construction of a new building and for improvement of the mid-day meal scheme for children, Ramirez told reporters after meeting the chief minister.
The school at Rajarhat is in the village of Nikunja Sen, a teacher who inspired freedom fighters Badal Gupta, Benoy Bose and Dinesh Gupta, zilla sabhadhipati Aparna Gupta, who accompanied Ramirez, said.
As per Chavez's wish, the new building would be named after Venezualan revolutionary Simon Bolivar, Gupta said.