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Celebrating the centennial of Gandhi’s return to India: India Discovery Centre, Massachusets

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The Indian diaspora, or the Indians living abroad are known to have very firm associations with their roots. Their respect towards Indian culture and staunch belief in Indian values can be easily observed by the many activities they organize.

Celebrating the Indian heritage and the legacy of father of our nation- Mahatma Gandhi, The India Discovery Centre (IDC), a non-profit organization based in Massachusetts, is organizing an event called “India Heritage Weekend.”

The programme will be a celebration of the centennial of Gandhi’s return to India and will consist of a planned set of activities including movies, music concert, exhibition and a lecture.

Gandhi returned from South Africa in 1915 and launched India’s nonviolent civil disobedience movement that helped gain India’s freedom. He is remembered and respected throughout the globe because, along with being the catalyst for the liberation of his own people, he also helped South Africa and many other African and Asian nations to liberate from the British Raj.

Adding to the highlights of the programme, the IDC also plans to conduct a national level essay competition. The contest will be open to all school and college students below twenty years of age. The topic is “Gandhi’s message and its influence on the world.” There will be cash prizes for the winners.

The deadline for submission of essays will be the 30th of September 2015. The results will be announced in the second week of October.

For more details: visit www.IndiaDiscoveryCentre.org  or Contact: Mr. Sanjeev Tripathi at IDCinBoston@gmail.com or by calling him at 781-248-0591.

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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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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)