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The latest call to fight the disease of alcoholism
has come from a leader of the Indo-Trinidadian com-
President of the National Council of Indian Culture
(NCIC) Dr Deokienanan Sharma said alcoholism is
"one of the greatest disease afflicting this country."
Addressing hundreds of patrons at the Rainbow
Dance Festival to mark the 52nd anniversary of Inde-
pendence at Divali Nagar on Saturday night, Sharma
said, "It appears that no function is considered successful
or can be successful if alcohol is not served and people
feel light and free to do as they please."
Of the many consequences to alcoholism, the most
feared is drinking and driving, he said.
"We all, drinkers even, know the terrible consequences
of so doing, contributing not only to the awful loss of
lives that will result, innocent lives in most cases, but
to a total breakdown of law and order.
"What is even further troubling is the alarming
number of young lives who perish on our roadways
because of intoxication and speed," he said.
Drinking responsibly, he said, was a major way to
improve road safety that is solely dependent on people s
own behaviour and attitudes.
"I say responsible drinking because I think it would
be quite far-fetched to call for a total ban."
Sharma pointed out that apart the pomp and
pageantry associated with the Independence celebra-
tions, it was important to take stock of what present
and previous governments have achieved, and "what
we as citizens have individually and collectively done
to make this country a better one."
Fight the disease of
The Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha
(SDMS) Shiva Mandir, Narinedath
Badall of Nio s Trinidad roti shop and
West Indian bakery, and Anoop Dhan-
pat, founder of Sansaar Sangeet and
New York Mastana were among 12
people and organisations recognised
with awards at an Independence Day
ceremony hosted by the Consulate
General of T&T in New York.
The awards were given for "an out-
standing contribution in their sphere
or community that raised the interna-
tional profile of T&T", a release from
the consulate said yesterday.
Musician Ravi B provided entertain-
ment at the festivities, which came in
the lead-up to New York s Labour Day
In her address to the hundreds gath-
ered, Consul General Dr Rudrawatee
Nan Ramgoolam said T&T s success in
non-traditional areas of business such
as the creative arts and innovation
makes it the ideal site for the 8th Amer-
icas Competitiveness forum, which
takes place in Port-of-Spain on October
10.The release described the awardees
as "truly representative of the multi-
cultural, multi-ethnic and multi-reli-
gious components" of T&T society.
12 honoured in Independence
Day celebrations in New York
• Narinedath Badall of Nio's Trinidad Roti
Shop and West Indian Bakery
• Colette Cyrus-Burnett, CEO, Super Wings
• Adesh Harryjinsingh, Singh's Roti Shop
• Wazo Rahaman, Trinidad Golden Place
• Bishop Donna Faria, Spiritual Founder of
the Court of St. Michael's S.B./Orisha
• Anoop Dhanpat, Founder of Sansaar
Sangeet, New York Mastana and
Trinidadians and Tobagonians USA
• Trinidad and Tobago United Community
Association (TATUCA) Inc
Education and Health
Trinidad and Tobago Nurses Association of
• Imam Ahamad Ali
• Rev Father Antonious Peter Gopaul
• Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha (SDMS) of
the West Indies Inc Shiva Mandir
• Horace Morancie
Neha Dawar performs the Khatak
dance to the sound of the steel pan
played by Rawle Motilal, right, during
the National Council of Indian Culture
(NCIC) 4th annual Independence
Festival of Dance at the Divali Nagar,
Chaguanas on Saturday night.
PHOTO: SHASTRI BOODAN
Helicopters from the National Operation Centre's fleet fly in formation
during the annual Independence Day Parade at the Queen's Park Savannah,
Port-of-Spain yesterday. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
NEW YORK CONSULATE GENERAL AWARDS
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