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      One more polio case confirmed



      By P.Sunderarajan




      NEW DELHI,


      JUNE 9.

      The Union Health Ministry has confirmed one more polio case, taking the total reported in the country till now this year to 11. The latest case has been reported from Srikakulam district in Andhra Pradesh. The affected child is a 14-month boy from a fisherman colony in the district.

      Disclosing this, senior Ministry officials told The Hindu that as a follow-up, Andhra Pradesh as also Orissa had been asked to be immediately step up their ant-polio efforts as the area from where the child hailed was close to the border between the two States.

      The case, they said, could have serious implications, as it had occurred in an area that was so far considered freed of the virus. The last time a case occurred in Srikakulam district was in 2000. The detection of the case clearly showed that there was some slackening of the anti-polio efforts in Andhra Pradesh.

      Till about a month ago, the country seemed to be finally on the verge of totally eliminating the disease, as there has been a sharp decline in number of polio cases in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, the traditionally high risk areas. But, with the occurrence in Srikakulam, there is now an element of uncertainty over whether the country will be able to achieve the goal of zero polio transmission by the end of the year.








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        Young World




        Eco friendly celebration



        KAMALA BALACHANDRAN


        With Vinayaka Chathurti round the corner, here are some dos and don'ts while you enjoy yourself.




        PTI



        Make a difference at this year's celebrations.



        Are you planning to get together and install your own "Ganesa" this year? Then make a note of these points:

        The standard pink, baked idols are a source of pollution in lakes where they are immersed. Instead you could make one yourself. All you need is a big bag of clay, an idol or a picture to serve as model, about three hours of time and lots of enthusiasm. Scout around construction sites and you will find good clay in the excavated soil. Make sure that the image is ready a couple of days before the day of the Puja, so that it is reasonably dry.

        On the day of the festival, you could install the deity and then decorate it. A red `silk' cloth could be draped as the panche. Costume jewellery, aluminium foil crown, flowers, just add anything you fancy.

        Ideally choose a garage or a porch to house Ganesa as this will provide you with safe lighting and power sockets. Never plan to block the road even if it is "allowed" on the festival day.


        Environment-friendly



        Say a definite NO to the plastic cups for prasad distribution. Go in for the old, dry leaf jonne. These are no doubt more expensive than the plastic ones, but they must be listed as a non-negotiable expense, at the planning stage itself.

        If space permits, arrange to have a small dais by the side of the deity All morning there could be recitation of shloka or singing of devotional music by children. In the evening, you could have a dance/drama. Make sure you have space to accommodate the crowd that will surely turn up to watch! Film music? Say no to that.

        The immersion trip to the lake is increasingly becoming more dangerous and unfit for youngsters to participate in. So, with all reverence perform the immersion in a drum of water. If your Ganesa is homemade and so unbaked, it will dissolve in a day or two. Decant the water in the garden and let the clay dry in the sun. Store the fully dried clay in a bag. You could use the same clay next year too.









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