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Report from M.R.Rangaswamy Chairman IS U3A (South)
Banashankari Second Stage JNANAJYOTHI, the parent body of JNANAJYOTHI U3A BENGALURU, KARNATAKA, celebrated its sucessful innings of TENTH ANNIVERSARY on 20th December. The
function had a wide range of activities and saw over 60 people actively participating in the presence of over 250 members, family and guests. The following message was received:
Dear Friends & well wishers, On behalf of Jnanajyothi, I wish to thank all of you for having made our 10th Anniversary celebrations a grand success. It was but a reflection of the way we have been interacting & functioning these past 10 years.
I look forward to our forum achieving greater heights in the near future.

Warm regards,
Usha Madhuranathan

Chitrakoot Worldwide U3A Conference: Applications to attend continue to arrive and it is not too late for you to join us. The registration form can be downloaded from here and information about travel can be seen if you click here.

There is no doubt that this will be a joyous occasion, when old friends meet once again, but also a wonderful opportunity to make new friends.

Tom Holloway
WorldU3A Secretary-General

In response to a growing need for similar training expressed by Senior Citizens, The College of Social Work in Mumbai has initiated a three-month course in Social Work.
COURSE BEGINS: 11th January 2010.
TIMINGS: 2.00 - 5.00 p.m.

The Health Management and Research Institute (HMRI) seen at http://www.hmri.in/ is a nonprofit organization working towards improved access and quality of healthcare services for all. HMRI has a fleet of 470 Mobile Medical Units fully equipped with doctor, para medics, medicines etc. The mobile van calls on villages on a fixed day such that all residents beyond three km of any PHC can be served. The service is aimed at rural poor. Even medicines are distributed and complete medical history of visitors are maintained.The target is women and children.

We salute our member and colleague, 62 years old F S Cheema, retired Chief Manager, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. Lucknow proved that age is no barrier to realize a lifetime dream.

He dared Srinagar, Khardungla and Chungla and decided to visit Leh, on his motorcycle. realised his lifetime dream of Motorbike expedition to Himalyas. He made a presentation to all of us highlighting his experiences.

(Editorial note: Can other U3A Groups tell us about the exploits and achievements of their members? We are sure there are many who have much worth telling).

The World Economic Forum Survey 2003 ranked India 45th out of 49 countries on the honesty of its officials in the Corruption Perception Indices (CPI). Transparency International have also depicted India as one of the most corrupt. Thus, India has the dubious distinction of belonging to the category of the most corrupt nations in the world. See http://www.transparencyindia.org/project_overview.htm for details of their project.

Book-lovers will be delighted to learn that November saw a groundbreaking agreement between GOOGLE and authors and publishers. A huge number of books and magazines are now available to read FREE at http://books.google.co.uk/

From Sailesh Mishra, President of Silver Innings, India.
More and more seniors are now experiencing Internet. 70% of the people who know computer have used Internet in their life which is a very healthy sign for Internet in India. It shows that people are becoming aware of the Internet and are moving ahead to experience it.

People have started realizing that Internet can serve as a one stop point for all their needs. Be it communication, entertainment, shopping, information search, Internet serves as a panacea for all their requirements. This has led 70% of the ever users to glue themselves to the Internet and access it on a regular basis.

Dr P Vyasamoorthy sends this report:
In December the Research & Advocacy Centre at Agewell Foundation carried out a nationwide survey of 10,000 senior citizens to study and identify the difference between myth and reality about the status of older persons in nuclear families. The results are now available here.

Our photograph shows a picnic held by members of Senior Citizens Council of Udaipur at the Garden located at the bank of Fatehsagar Lake of Udaipur.

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