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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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World’s Anti-Corruption Day

The U.S. Statement Department said in its Friday statement that it pledges "to continue working with our partners to prevent and combat corruption worldwide."

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Bulgarian anti-corruption protesters march during a demonstration in downtown Sofia, VOA

Corruption costs the world economy $2.6 trillion each year, according to the United Nations, which is marking International Anti-Corruption Day on Sunday.

“Corruption is a serious crime that can undermine social and economic development in all societies. No country, region or community is immune,” the United Nations said.

The cost of $2.6 trillion represents more than 5 percent of global GDP.

The world body said that $1 trillion of the money stolen annually through corruption is in the form of bribes.

Patricia Moreira, the managing director of Transparency International, told VOA that about a quarter of the world’s population has paid a bribe when trying to access a public service over the past year, according to data from the Global Corruption Barometer.

Moreira said it is important to have such a day as International Anti-Corruption Day because it provides “a really tremendous opportunity to focus attention precisely on the challenge that is posed by corruption around the world.”

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An activist places candles and flowers on the Great Siege monument, after rebuilding a makeshift memorial to assassinated anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, in Valletta, Malta. VOA

Anti-corruption commitments

To mark the day, the United States called on all countries to implement their international anti-corruption commitments including through the U.N. Convention against Corruption.

In a statement Friday, the U.S. State Department said that corruption facilitates crime and terrorism, as well as undermines economic growth, the rule of law and democracy.

“Ultimately, it endangers our national security. That is why, as we look ahead to International Anticorruption Day on Dec. 9, we pledge to continue working with our partners to prevent and combat corruption worldwide,” the statement said.

Moreira said that data about worldwide corruption can make the phenomena understandable but still not necessarily “close to our lives.” For that, we need to hear everyday stories about people impacted by corruption and understand that it “is about our daily lives,” she added.

She said those most impacted by corruption are “the most vulnerable people — so it’s usually women, it’s usually poor people, the most marginalized people in the world.”

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Anna Hazare raised his voice against corruption and went ahead with his hunger strike at the Jantar Mantar in New Delhi. Wikimedia Commons

The United Nations Development Program notes that in developing countries, funds lost to corruption are estimated at 10 times the amount of official development assistance.

What can be done to fight corruption?

The United Nations designated Dec. 9 as International Anti-Corruption Day in 2003, coinciding with the adoption of the United Nations Convention against Corruption by the U.N. General Assembly.

The purpose of the day is to raise awareness about corruption and put pressure on governments to take action against it.

Tackling the issue

Moreira said to fight corruption effectively it must be tackled from different angles. For example, she said that while it is important to have the right legislation in place to curb corruption, governments must also have mechanisms to enforce that legislation. She said those who engage in corruption must be held accountable.

“Fighting corruption is about providing people with a more sustainable world, with a world where social justice is something more of our reality than what it has been until today,” she said.

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It is important to have the right legislation in place to curb corruption

Moreira said change must come from a joint effort from governments, public institutions, the private sector and civil society.

The U.S. Statement Department said in its Friday statement that it pledges “to continue working with our partners to prevent and combat corruption worldwide.”

It noted that the United States, through the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development, helps partner nations “build transparent, accountable institutions and strengthen criminal justice systems that hold the corrupt accountable.”

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Moreira said that it is important for the world to see that there are results to the fight against corruption.

“Then we are showing the world with specific examples that we can fight against corruption, [that] yes there are results. And if we work together, then it is something not just that we would wish for, but actually something that can be translated into specific results and changes to the world,” she said. (VOA)