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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Apr 2:

Officially it was themed around the Utkal Divas as on April 1, 1936 Odisha was formed as a separate state, but at Patha Utsav today awareness and performances on both the stages were the major attractions.

Utkal Divas Celebration

City-based organization Help Mate organized various competitions among children and visitors to Patha Utsav to celebrate Utkal Divas. While 21 kids participated in the drawing and painting competition, seven took part in the dance competition and five in the singing competition. The audience were asked several questions in the form of a quiz competition. Winners from the three categories of competition and the quiz participants were also felicitated by the president of Help Mate Rita Pujari and Secretary Nibedita Bhanja.

World Autism Awareness Day

As 2nd April is celebrated as World Autism Awareness Day, there was a huge awareness programme by several organizations to make people aware on the issue.

Autism is a mental condition, present from early childhood, characterized by difficulty in communicating and forming relationships with other people and in using language and abstract concepts.

While the city-based institute CATCH organized activities by autistic kids and carried out a campaign wall with signatures of the participants to mark the international day, Department of Social Security and Empowerment of Persons with Disability (SSEPD) also put a stall at Patha Utsav displaying objects and items made by autistic children. Both these events drew thousands of crowd.

The impressive performance on the World Autism Day, however, came from the members of the Bharat Scouts and Guides under the leadership of their teachers as they organized a huge rally with blue caps to mark the autism say as the day is celebrated with a theme “light it blue for the Autism month’’.

Awareness on Acid Attack Victims

Students of KIIT University organized street plays on the welfare of the acid attack victims. They also displayed placards to attract people to participate in a marathon on April 8 to further the cause and move more and more people for the welfare of such individuals in our society.

A group of women and transgender volunteers from Palaspalli under the aegis of Saibaba Mahila Arogya Samiti took out an awareness rally to tell people that intake of pure and boiled water can cure the society from the jaundice menace.

Emergency Care Awareness

City-based organization from Gandaganar Square Jay Jagannath Accident Helpline and health-care major Apollo Hospitals created awareness on the emergency health care and how the `Golden Hour’ or the first few hours are very important for the life saving act for an accident victim. Both the organizations gathered the enquiries from the participating people and also gave away valuable suggestions for the proper care for the accident victims.