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Category: Current

Date: Jun 23, 2017

The government of India plans to start Aadhaar-based smart cards for senior citizens of the country.

The officials of ministry of social justice and empowerment discussed with the national council of senior citizens about the smart card scheme for senior citizens in a meeting held recently.

The Aadhaar-based smart card will store and feature health information along with other personal details of senior citizens through registration of biometric data.

Earlier, the ministry launched the Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana for the benefit of senior citizens of below poverty line (BPL) category to provide physical aids and assisted living devices for free of cost.


Category: Get Hooked

Date: Jun 23, 2017

Generally, disabled students find it difficult to navigate public spaces in colleges and educational institutes due to the inaccessible infrastructure.

However, students with disabilities at Delhi University’s Indraprastha College for Women have many reasons to enjoy. It is because the college has been providing many accessible facilities for disabled students since 2013.

The entrance of the college has tactile tracks, which provides the visually impaired students the required help to move around in the college on their own.

Different ramps have also been set up for students with physical disability using wheelchairs. The college also provides three wheelchairs, out of which one is used by the medical room for emergencies.

The officials have made sure that visually impaired students get access to computers with special Braille software. It is a software that helps the blind use the computer without any guidance. The canteen of the college also provides special Braille menus for the visually impaired students.

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Category: Business

Date: Jun 23, 2017

The Drug Administration department of Nepal has ordered Baba Ramdev's Patanjali Ayurved to recall some products due to poor quality. Six of Patanjali’s medical products have been found to be of poor quality.

Authorities in Nepal found that six medicines had failed microbial tests when inspected. The use of these medicines has been stopped in Nepal with immediate effect.

The medicines were being sold through Patanjali Ayurveda Kendra in Kathmandu.

As per reports, 40% of Ayurveda products, including items from Patanjali, were found to be of substandard quality by Haridwar’s Ayurveda and Unani Office.


Category: Current

Date: Jun 23, 2017

Children with disabilities are struggling hard to get good education due to lack of special educators in Telangana, says a report.

Nearly 68,163 disabled children are facing problems due to the ignorance of the state government to provide them special educators in primary and secondary schools in the state. These children find it difficult to continue with their studies as special educators are not appointed on a regular basis to meet their special needs at academic and administrative level.

The government is also not working properly towards organising survey of disabled students, their physical identification, distribution of aids and appliances, providing the disabled children with minor corrective surgery, home based education, speech therapy, physiotherapy, and others.

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Category: Get Hooked

Date: Jun 23, 2017

98-year-old Nanammal Amma is the oldest yoga guru in the country. She learned yoga from her grandfather and grandmother who died at the age of 107.

All her family members also practice yoga and take inspiration from the discipline and self-control of Nanammal Amma.

She has won six gold medals in national level competitions for Yoga. Amma has trained hundreds of people in Yoga who came to become her students.

She still practices yoga three times a day and believes it to be the reason for her physical fitness.

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Category: Business

Date: Jun 23, 2017

The BSE Sensex and NSE Nifty were trading low on Friday due to profit booking ahead of long weekend.

The BSE Sensex closed 152.53 points down at 31,138.21 while the NSE Nifty closed 55.05 points down at 9,574.95.

The top three Sensex gainers were Sun Pharma (+0.97%), Wipro (+0.79%) and ICICI Bank (+0.71%).

The top three Sensex losers were Tata Motor DVR (-2.18%), Tata Motors (-2.14%) and Hero Motoco (-1.95%).

The top three Nifty gainers were Power Grid (+1.83%), Vedanta Ltd (+1.30%) and Sun Pharma (+1.09%).

The top three Nifty losers were Bank of Baroda (-2.66%), IOC (-2.35%) and Eicher Motors (-2.16%).

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    Category: Current

    Date: Jun 23, 2017

    There is a growing outcry against the Centre's move to levy a 5% tax on all items for people with disabilities. The GST Council has proposed a levy of 5% GST on all items for PwD, and items like Braille typewriters and carriages for the physically disabled face a tax between 15-18%.

    These are assistive aids and appliances which are of absolute necessity for persons with disabilities. Activists say this move goes against the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016 that provides for equal rights, opportunities and non-discrimination.

    Various disability groups have sent representations to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley as well as finance ministers in states. The next meeting of the GST Council is scheduled for 30 June, and it is time to raise awareness about the need to take away this proposal. Send letters, faxes, emails or just a Tweet and a Facebook post tagging the Prime Minister's Office, Finance Minister, Additional Secretary, GST Council and the Department for People with Disabilities.

    Join the campaign by the National Centre for Promotion of Employment of Disabled People - 'Rollback GST for Persons with Disabilities' (#RollbackGST4PwDs).

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    Category: Get Hooked

    Date: Jun 23, 2017

    I did my graduation from Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru College. I am vision impaired by almost 100%. My sight started diminishing during college and I had to switch to e-text.

    There was no facility to get books converted into accessible format like many universities have now.

    This meant that I had to scan all the study materials on my own and convert them into e text, which was a big challenge. The other challenge was getting a writer during exams. The whole process was quite orthodox and bureaucratic. One had to go the university that the college was affiliated to for permission. The university was three hours away and to travel there each and every time for a letter was quite hard. I feel the college principal should have been given the authority to issue these letters.

    It would have helped if the computer labs had suitable software like screen reading software. The colleges can be more proactive so students get to focus on their studies rather than handle logistics. The basic study material should be provided. I know providing accessible content in math is hard but at least theoretical material can be made accessible.

    I want to make a special mention of the professors and staff who made up for the shortcomings by being very supportive. They did everything they could do to help me. They took time to explain concepts and gave extra copies.

    About the Writer

    25-year-old Ajay Minocha went on to do his MBA from IIM-Indore. He is currently based in Mumbai and works in the investment banking division of the Royal Bank of Scotland.

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      Category: Current

      Date: Jun 23, 2017

      People with autism, mental illnesses, intellectual disability and victims of acid attacks may get quotas in central government jobs and for promotions.

      The Department of Personnel and Training has suggested vacancies, promotion quotas and an age relaxation for those with disabilities in a draft policy. The move may create controversy as reservation in promotion for persons with disabilities is before the Supreme Court of India.

      The vacancies earmarked will be for the posts of office assistants to Indian Administrative Service officers. Benchmark disabilities have been defined as blindness, low vision, deafness, and hardness of hearing, locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, dwarfism, muscular dystrophy and cured leprosy.

      Besides, acid attack victims, those with autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability, mental illnesses and deaf blindness (a combination of sight and hearing loss) will also be entitled to one per cent reservation.


      Category: Science and Technology

      Date: Jun 23, 2017

      All India ITR - www.allindiaitr.com, a government approved e-filing website has introduced a mobile app to make the process of income tax e-filing simple.

      The All India ITR app makes it easy for individual tax payers to file their income tax returns in less time and without the need of a tax consultant or chartered accountant.

      The app is available on Android and iOS and lets users file tax returns from anywhere.

      When users open the app, there are four options available – start e-filing, income tax calculator, HRA calculator and rent receipt generator.

      Click on start e-filing and you will get two tabs – one where you can upload your Form 16 and the other tab is for submitting documents. Upload your Form 16, enter the password or PAN card number and click on submit.

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