As part Independence Day celebration, students of Baalyaa School, Keelkattalai, donned the roles of freedom fighters. One of the main features of the programme was a play on Kodi Kaatha Kumaran, a freedom fighter from Tamil Nadu.

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Members of Chitlapakkam Muthulakshmi Nagar Welfare Association celebrated the Independence Day. Association president, L. Sundararaman presided over the event in the presence of V. Ramajeyam and R.M. Easwaran, vice-president and joint secretary respectively. The National Flag was hoisted by N. Viswanathan, Director, Deepam Hospital, Chromepet. In his address, he spoke about the sacrifices made by our freedom fighters. He appreciated the activities of the association and advised the members to remain united and bring more development to the area. The winners of Chithirai Kolam competition were given prizes.

Town Panchayat Member R. Karunamurthy listed the development projects undertaken in the area and assured to co-operate with the association in introducing mini-bus services to Chitlapakkam.

Association joint secretary, V. Venkataraman, welcomed the members and treasurer, C.S. Venkatesh, proposed a vote of thanks.

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Gandhian Integrated Forum Trust in association with Harijan Sevak Sangh Tamil Nadu State Br., Akhil Bharat Rachanatmak Samaj, Tamil Nadu State br, Youth Forum for Gandhian Studies, Khadi Gramodyog Bhavan Chennai, Thakkar Bapa Vidyalaya Samithi, SRS Sarvodaya Girls Hostel, Gandhi Global Family, organised Freedom at Midnight Celebrations for Global Peace at the Marina, behind the Gandhi Statue .  

SRS Sarvodaya Girls Hostel took part and rendered inter-religious bhajans and prayers. They even recited excerpts from the Vishnu Sahasaranamam. Not minding the midnight hour, boys and girls sang songs with patriotic fervour. Bharathwaj Sastrigal and Rev.Manuel Titus recited prayers for Global Peace. Following this exactly at the stroke of midnight 65 electric lights were lit to mark the 65th Independence Day. All the dignitaries and students held an electric lamp in their hands for a few minutes and some of the girls held colourful lamps to mark the joyous occasion.

This year the programme was organised for Global Peace and dedicated to Guru Didi Nirmala Deshpande.  It was attended by G.A. Rajkumar, Additional Chief Secretary, secretaries - G. Santhanam, Dr.M.Rajaram, IAS Officers such as Dr. J. Umamaheswari and S. Murugaia and S.N. Seshasai, Joint Commissioner of Police, Chennai East. Senior Gandhian and  educationist, Dr Selvi. K.S. Lakshmi, social activists, CDV Raghavulu, Ashok Kumar Goel, Sujatha Natarajan, Booma Srinivasan, Vanaja Krishnamurthy and R. Shanthi were also part of the event.

From the corporate / public sector T.K. Sankara Vadivel, Karur Vysya Bank, young Gandhian activists _ M.A. Deepa, Mani Bharathi, M. Sridharan, Balakrishnan, Karunakaran, Dr. Prabhudoss, K. Arunprasad, J.S. Maris of Miracle Waves and Balasrinivasan participated.

This trust has been organising this event from the 50th year of independence on the advise of Didi Nirmala Deshpande, simultaneously in India and Pakistan for amity between the two countries. With encouragement, support, and inspiration from important personalities from various walks of life the trust is holding the event for the 15th year.

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“There is a misconception among people that cancer is incurable. It is curable when detected early, and both the doctor and the patient need to remain positive,” said Dr. Anita Ramesh, Medical Oncology, Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Ramachandra University.

Speaking at ‘Freedom From Cancer’ – an event organised for cancer survivors to narrate their success battle with the disease on August 14, she said that one can lead a normal life after undergoing treatment for cancer.

The event was a perfect opportunity to bust myths and misconceptions related to cancer.

Many who have conquered the disease shared their experiences on the occasion. “There has been an improvement in cancer treatment due to rapid advances in medical sciences. Chemotherapy and radiation have helped many people overcome the disease. It is necessary not to miss the follow-up care appointments after the treatment ends,” she added.

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NAEYAM (Nidhi Alumni for Education of Youth and Advancement of Mankind), a Charitable Trust formed by Alumni of AJS Nidhi Higher Secondary School, Alandur, organised the Independence Day Festival ‘ID Fest 2012’ on August 14 and 15 in the school premises.

Various competitions such as fancy dress, skit, patriotic songs, exhibitions, face painting, speech with quiz, etc, were organised on August 14 to promote the feeling of patriotism among the students. P. Sanjay Gandhi, Additional Government Pleader, Chennai High Court, who was the guest of honour, distributed prizes and certificates to the winners of various competitions. Sanjay Gandhi, who is also the President of Intellectual Property Rights Attorney Association, gave an inspirational speech with highlights from his own life that motivated him to take up charitable services to the needy.

The highlight of the programme was the exhibition organised by the students themselves. The model of Canon Tank used during the First Revolt of 1857 exhibited by IX Standard Students collecting stuff from waste materials was greatly appreciated by everyone who visited the exhibition. Other models displayed were on ‘Jallianwala Bagh Tragedy’, ‘Green Revolution’, ‘Salt Satyagraha Movement’, ‘Life history of Gandhiji and Bharathiar’, etc.

An innovative quiz competition was conducted to ensure participation from all the students in the school. All the participants received a certificate and a prize. On the Independence Day, R. Kiran, Trustee of NAEYAM, hoisted the National Flag. ***

The Lakshmi Nagar Civic Welfare Association in Nanganallur also celebrated Independence Day. Lawyer Satish Parasaran was the chief guest. V. Rama Rao and T. Ayyamperumal, secretary and president of the association were present. Advocates S. Vanchinathan, S. Choodamani, Sujatha, Sowmya and Chandrasekaran were honoured on the occasion. Prizes were distributed to students who had excelled in this year’s public examinations.

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