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‘All Bengal Chess Competition for the Blind in Kolkata

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Kolkata, June 28 (IBNS): As many as 60 visually impaired players competed against one another at the ‘All Bengal Chess Competition for the Blind’ here on Thursday.

The chess competition was organized by the National Institute of Professionals (NIP) NGO.

The blind students were selected from different blind schools and organizations of different districts of West Bengal.

Chess Grand Master Dibyendu Barua inaugurated this chess competition.

West Bengal Commissioner of Disability Mita Banerjee was also present to grace the occasion.

Barua said, “Chess is just about the only sport where blind people can compete with ordinary people. I am really happy to see them so motivated. What has struck me is their love for chess. I think they are quite motivated and feel deep down that they will be successful.”

Banerjee said “Chess for the visually challenged should not merely be a pass time, but be an instrument to hone their concentrating skills and to develop their personality so that they have better self esteem.”

She also informed that there are already more than 15 international masters in the world from the visually challenged fraternity in India.

Their playing technique is very similar with just a few differences.

Blind players are allowed to touch the pieces of their opponent during the game, which is not allowed in ordinary games. And each board has small holes in it; the pieces have nails in the bottom so they can then be attached into the hole.

There were some very exciting games and some close finishes.

The competition was held in 5 rounds followed by the prize distribution ceremony.

RESULTS – The winner of this Chess competition was Sankar Chakrabarthy, at the second position stood Beebtyajeet Dey and the third place was backed by Ganesh Kisku.

There were few other categories of awards too like the Best Junior prize was given to Mirjan Seth and the Best Lady award was secured by Pratima Ghosh.

Along with this, all the participants taking part in the competition were given certificates of participation too by the NIP NGO.

Book on mental depression unveiled in Kolkata

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Kolkata, June 17 (IBNS): Leading bookstore chain Oxford Bookstore and publisher Aadarsh Pvt Ltd on Saturday hosted the book launch ‘Reclaim Life Fight Depression’, penned by psychiatrist and social worker Dr. Hiranmay Saha.

The book was released by GTA (Gorkha Territorial Administration) chairman Shyamal Sen along with National Association for the Blind West Bengal Secretary Kanchan Gaba.

Saha said: “My aim is to create awareness about mental depression because in a country like India it is not possible to reach every corner. And our job is to aware everyone.”

“Research says by 2020, mental depression would become second devastating disease in the world and there is a dire need of awareness among the people that will help them fight depression,” he said.

He said that the book tells about the symptoms of depression, how to overcome them and real life stories that narrate how the patients survived.

“Mental depression is just a disease and is treatable. But it has to be you who will identify the changes in daily life that leads to depression,” Saha informed.

He said: “Whenever your daily life is hampered for a long time you should realize there is something wrong. Extreme lethargy and sadness in mind without any reason are the most visible symptoms of depression. Suicidal tendencies are the last stage of mental depression. ”

Kanchan said: “The book will teach people to find out whether they are suffering from depression or not.”

“Keeping the scenario in mind we find many people going through tension. It can be due to monetary reason, promotion, health etc. This tension turns into anxiety and this anxiety turns into depression.”

“So it is very important to understand the difference between anxiety and depression.”

Commenting on the easiest way of overcoming depression, Saha said: “There is no hard and fast rule to overcome depression but there are so many ways that will help you do so. You can indulge yourself in whatever makes you happy… it can be outing, exercise or yoga.”

But he cautioned saying: “There is a tendency of denial among the Indian people. They avoid visiting psychiatrist due to shame. They feel that they may be termed as mad by others.”

“People must understand this is just an illness and is curable.”

The book has already been released in four Indian languages that include English, Hindi, Bengali and Assamese.

Talks are on to release this book in 20 more languages worldwide, said the author.

(Reporting by Tania Roy)

Kolkata Politics: Sangma dials Mamata for support

Monday, June 18th, 2012


New Delhi, June 17 (IBNS): Former Lok Sabha speaker and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader P A Sangma on Sunday said he has appealed to Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee for supporting his candidature in the Presidential election.
Informing that he is not opting out of the race yet, Sangma said: “I have talked to Mamata Banerjee day before yesterday and last evening. I have appealed for support.”
However, reports said Mamata Banerjee has not yet shown any inclination to support Sangma and stuck to her choice- A P J Abdul Kalam.
She even launched her Facebook account to begin with appeal for supporting Kalam.
“I gave voice to what millions of Indians want to see in a President. My Party is a small party. We are not a big party with none of the resources others possess. We are led by truth and conviction,” wrote Mamata in support of Kalam, calling him a seeker of truth.
A divided National Democratic Alliance (NDA) on Sunday failed  to arrive at a decision on their presidential election candidate or supporting UPA candidate Pranab Mukherjee.
The meeting at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP leader LK Advani’s house was attended by leaders like Sushma Swaraj and Jaswant Singh besides JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav.
After the meeting Sharad Yadav told reporters that the NDA leaders would discuss further before arriving at a consensus.
“We will have another meeting and take a decision,” he said.
While some NDA partners like Janata Dal (United) are in favour of supporting United Progressive Alliance (UPA) candidate Pranab Mukherjee, others are in favour of a contest.
Biju Janata Dal (BJD) leader Naveen Patnaik is in favour of supporting former Lok Sabha speaker P A Sangma. Sangma is also a candidate of AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa.
However, Trinamool Congress, which is in UPA but virulently opposes Pranab Mukherjee’s candidature, is not in favour of supporting Sangma and wants to only back A P J Abdul Kalam.

Kolkata News: Book on mental depression unveiled

Monday, June 18th, 2012
Leading bookstore chain Oxford Bookstore and publisher Aadarsh Pvt Ltd on Saturday (June 16, 2012) hosted the book launch ‘Reclaim Life Fight Depression’, penned by psychiatrist and social worker Dr. Hiranmay Saha. The book was released by former West Bengal governor Retd Justice Shyamal Sen along with National Association for the Blind West Bengal Secretary Kanchan Gaba.