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American Telugu Association prepares for grand celebration of 25 years completion

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Chicago(IL): The premier national organisation of Telugus in North American is all set to unveil its Grand ATA conference as it completes 25 years. The conference will be at s scale achieved never before, showing the rich enduring Telugu culture in the form of art, music, dance, literary, religious, social, economic, health forums from July 1 to 3rd in Chicago at Rosemont Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois.

To make it successful, ATA’s top tier team from all across the country, gathered at Westin Hotel in Princeton, New Jersey so that the needed step could be taken to host this epic silver jubilee convention. All the regional teams representing various US cities showed great commitment to organise the largest conference in Chicago in the celebration of silver jubilee.

This huge convention will be hosted by over 70 important committees served by 70 chairs and 100 co-chairs with over 200 members/ advisors and over 300 vendors. A large number of families are expected to arrive to arrive in Chicago this summer to join the convention. Telangana government announced that it will send a 15 member cultural troupe to augment the ATA festivities at the convention.

Chandrasekhar Reddy Palvai was elected as Conference Convener and KK Reddy was elected as Conference director. Krishna Mushyam and Jagan Bukaraju were elected as Co-Convenors for the Conference. The team also appointed a new Treasurer Vinod Koduru and five new trustees and Mahidhar Musukula was appointed as Office Coordinator.

ATA President Sudhakar Perkari thanked and congratulated the ATA team for commitment and hard work they have put. He also thanked Telangana government for their help in hosting of ATA Vedukalu in Hyderabad.

Conference Convenor, Chandrasekhar Reddy Palvai said that there is a new momentum, new energy within the Telugu families in the United States to be part of the historic convention. He promised that scale of the convention will be unmatched.

KK Reddy, Conference Director give the assurance of organising ATA convention in a manner that will go down in the history as one the grandest festival to showcase the 25 years journey.

He also has predicted that no efforts will be left to attract the 12,000 attendances from all across the US and even India. He outlined the steps taken to mobilize funds to defray the enormous cost needed for the hosting of this convention. He said it was challenging for the team to stay competitive in raising funds with the overview of the long-term humanitarian mission of ATA.

Kamala Chimata, Conference Coordinator highlighted the goal of the convention which is to promote literary, cultural, educational, religious, social, economic, health and community activities of the people of Telugu origin.(Source-AsianmediaUSA)

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Low Cure Rate For Childhood Cancer in India: Experts

On International Childhood Cancer Day, the hospital organised a ‘Sit and Draw competition’ with pediatric patients and rewarded the winner

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Health insurance covers only for hospitalization and doesn’t necessarily cover the medical expenses incurred for the treatment of major illnesses. flickr

Childhood cancer comprises almost 3-5 per cent of the total cancer cases in India, experts said here on Friday, expressing concern over the low cure rate due to lack of available data.

“The disturbing reality is that the cure rate of pediatric cancer is almost 80 per cent in the developed countries. When we see the data from major cancer centres, it actually can match up to the Western standard but this data is not enough,” Haemato-Oncologist Vivek Agarwala said at an awareness programme conducted by Narayana Superspecialty Hospital, Howrah.

According to the Indian Council for Medical Research, cancer in children constitutes approximately 3-5 per cent of the total cancer cases in India.

Agarwala said a large portion of the incidence of childhood cancer in society is still not addressed.

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Also, a large section who don’t have access to premier institutes are often diagnosed late due to financial crunch and that is why the overall treatment rate in India is low.

“Probably, the government and society at large are not considering it a big problem as it is just around 5 per cent. We are always campaigning for breast and cervical cancers,” Agarwala said.

“We must remember this 5 per cent of cancer is majorly curable if given proper treatment,” he said.

Leukaemia and retinoblastoma (a form of cancer where children have a white eye) are the two common forms of cancer in children.

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Talking about awareness and symptoms that parents need to watch out for, he said: “Symptoms are different for different cancers, but children who have cancer have poor growth, poor weight gain and decreased appetite. One must get their children evaluated on seeing these symptoms”.

On International Childhood Cancer Day, the hospital organised a ‘Sit and Draw competition’ with pediatric patients and rewarded the winner. (IANS)