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Category: Sports and Health

Date: Mar 27, 2017

India and Bangladesh are both leading at the end of the second round of the IBCA Asian Chess Championship for the Visually Challenged 2017.

Bangladesh's Husain Ejaz, and Kishan Gangolli, Ashwin K. Makwana and Yudhajeet De from India have two points each.

The games are being broadcast on Radio Chess application online. This is the first time in the history of the visually challenged that a move-by-move live audio commentary is being broadcast.

The games are also being live telecasted in Monroi.com and Follow Chess App.

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Category: Current

Date: Mar 27, 2017

A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court of India by two colorblind students to open the door of medical colleges for them.

They say the present practice of not allowing color-blind students to join MBBS courses is backward and should be done away with.

The court has appointed a committee of senior doctors to see which courses color blind students could join.

The two students were denied admission in college after clearing the entrance examination in 2015 as they had partial color blindness. They say that a complete ban on admission to MBBS course goes against the constitutional principle of equal opportunity and fair treatment.


Category: Business

Date: Mar 27, 2017

After her husband, who has Parkinson's disease, found it difficult to do up the buttons on his shirts, Maura Horton came up with magnetic buttons.

She found that most types of adaptive clothing were for either the elderly or people with disabilities. There was nothing for people who were still independent but needed ways to make their tasks simpler.

She decided to change her husband’s shirts by replacing the buttons with machine washable magnets. She now has a business making them for other people.

She launched her MagnaReady buttons online and soon brands like Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, will be selling MagnaReady shirts in stores in the United States and Canada later this year.


Category: Sports and Health

Date: Mar 27, 2017

The government of India will soon change the definition of blindness to bring it in line with the criteria of the World Health Organization. This is to ensure that Indian data on blindness meets the global estimates.

Under the National Programme for Control of Blindness, a person unable to count fingers from a distance of six metres is categorized as blind in India. The WHO rule is three metres.

The government says that because of the current definition, India projects a higher figure of blind people. So India gets presented in a poor light compared to other countries.

India also has to achieve the goal set by WHO which recommends reducing the blindness prevalence to 0.3% of the total population by 2020.

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Category: Sports and Health

Date: Mar 27, 2017

Disabilities in children are difficult to diagnose. They can be seen in subtle ways like withdrawal, hyperactivity or inability to focus on a particular task at hand.

Since many disabilities are linked to behavioral issues, parents are often blamed for poor parenting rather. Doctors say that many of these disabilities may be linked to exposure to toxins in uterus during pregnancy,

A little bit of care in eating and in other aspects during pregnancy can help avoid preventable causes of learning disabilities.

These include reduce exposure to cigarette smoke, both active and passive during pregnancy, reduce chemical exposure by way of hair colors and bleaches.

Eating healthy and staying away from roadside food. Staying away from drugs and alcohol even in small quantities during pregnancy as these is known to affect brain development in the growing fetus.

It is recommended that fruits and vegetables are washed well by soaking them before eating. Peel fruits like apple before eating as the top layer has the highest concentration of pesticide.

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Category: Business

Date: Mar 27, 2017

The BSE Sensex and NSE Nifty were trading red on Monday. This was after US President Donald Trump failed to officially accept an important healthcare bill. It created doubts among investors who feared the possibility of Trump not being able to pass his tax policies and public spending plans.

The BSE Sensex closed 187.96 points down at 29,233.44 while the NSE Nifty closed 62.80 points down at 9,045.20.

The top three Sensex gainers were SBI India (+1.20%), Power Grid (+0.88%) and HDFC (+0.87%).

The top three Sensex losers were Tata Steel (-3.15%), Reliance (-2.76%) and Asian Paint (-2.07%).

The top three Nifty gainers were Bank of Baroda (+1.69%), Infratel (+1.56%) and Indus Ind Bank (+1.11%).

The top three Nifty losers were Idea (-3.63%), Tata Steel (-3.51%) and Hindalco (-3.44%).

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    Category: Current

    Date: Mar 27, 2017

    If your Permanent Account Number is not linked to your Aadhaar card by December this year, there are chances that the PAN card will become invalid.

    This is part of the Centre's move to make more people enroll for the Aadhar card.

    At present, all taxpayers need to have a PAN number to file income tax return. The government says many of these PAN cards are obtained through fraud and hence the Aadhar card is needed.

    More than one billion Indians have so far got the Aadhar card which aims to stop misuse of government entitlements and benefits.

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    Category: Sports and Health

    Date: Mar 27, 2017

    A study says that children who exercise regularly may have less risk of developing depression in later life.

    The research suggests a positive relationship between exercise and depression.

    The study was done on 90,000 participants between the ages of eight and 19 years old.

    The participants were healthy and were not diagnosed with depression.

    It suggests 60 minutes of physical activity a day for children and teenagers to reduce the symptoms of developing depression in later life.

    Depression is a state of low mood that can affect a person’s thoughts, behaviour, feelings and sense of well-being.

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    Category: Current

    Date: Mar 27, 2017

    The government of Odisha has asked all district collectors to conduct a survey on beggars. The government aims to improve the lives of beggars by including them in rehabilitation schemes.

    The district collectors across Odisha have been given a deadline till 30 April to submit rehabilitation plans.

    The proposed plans include land, houses, insurance coverage, Aadhar card, ration card, healthcare, skill development for the beggars in the state.

    Elderly beggars will be moved to old age home and female beggars and Lepers will be taken care of in different houses. The scheme also includes education and scholarship facilities for the children of the beggars.


    Category: Get Hooked

    Date: Mar 27, 2017

    Paid non-medical care for senior citizens who stay alone is becoming common these days.

    Aaji Care, an organisation from Mumbai offers monthly non-medical care packages for senior citizens.

    For example, once a senior citizen signs up for a package, a volunteer will come to his or her home once every few days just to talk to him or her.

    The volunteer will take the senior citizen to a wedding or party or to the doctor, to the bank or for shopping so he or she does not have to go alone.

    The idea is to engage senior citizens in daily activities and reduce their loneliness.

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