Date: Apr 29, 2017
K L Arora is a pensioner based in Pune and lives in a senior citizens’ home. He has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi about improving the system of Aadhaar identification in the country.
The senior citizen has not been able to get an Aadhaar card for himself as his fingerprints have faded and become very light due to age. The Aadhaar scanners are not able to read his prints and he has been denied enrollement at Aadhaar centres.
Arora has suggested that the government should find alternate methods as many people like him have the same issue. He has written in the letter that the current system is not inclusive and barrier-free.
The first ‘Kindle for the blind’ will be on sale by the end of 2017. It's called the Canute and it will turn the text downloaded from a memory stick into Braille. This will give blind readers access to a range of books.
Developers say it is the world’s first multi-line digital Braille e-reader that will allow people to read nine lines of Braille with 40 characters on each line.
The price won't be cheap and it will work in much the same way as a regular e-reader. Engineers have been working on the Canute since 2012.
Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt’s new film Bhoomi will release on 22 September this year. The film was earlier planned to release on 4 August.
However, the makers have shifted the release date to get more time to promote the film.
The new release date was confirmed by the film’s producers Bhushan Kumar and Sandeep Singh.
The film is an emotional drama that shows the relationship between a father and daughter.
The film also stars Aditi Rao Hydari and Sidhant Gupta. It is directed by Omung Kumar, who has made successful films like Mary Kom and Sarabjit.
Bhoomi film will mark the return of Dutt to the film industry after his jail term. Dutt was last seen in 2014 in Aamir Khan’s successful film PK.
The stress of managing parenting responsibilities with the demands of work makes it sometimes difficult for many parents to achieve a balance in their personal and professional lives.
Here are some tips to balance parenting and work stress:
Think about your professional strengths and have confidence in them to meet your working-parent challenges.
Accept that every working parent is different and you cannot follow or do the way others manage their work and parenting responsibilities.
Plan your calendar every week and analyse your tasks that you could have avoided or done differently at work. This will help you to get some more time to work on household tasks or spend quality time with family.
Use technology to allow you to complete your office work and house-work on time. For example, the calendars, apps, reminders, to-do lists can be used for managing both personal and work lives.
Have backup plans ready for possible problems like caregivers getting sick, clients’ increasing demands at work and other immediate needs.
Working parenthood is a tough challenge for anyone but it has no magical solution. But keeping yourself motivated will help you to come up with creative ways to overcome short-term problems and achieve balance in the working-parent journey.
Category: Sports and Health
Date: Apr 29, 2017
Scientists at the Indian Institute of Science in Bengaluru have discovered a new way to treat tuberculosis.
The team has found a way to kill the mycobacteria that causes TB by cutting of its nutrition supply.
This is done with the help of two types of bacteria that they have developed that can fight TB in a more aggressive manner. This method will be faster and more effective than the treatment used at present.
India has a very large number of people suffering from TB. The country accounts for 27% of the total number of TB cases reported across the world. As per data, 2.8 million people developed tuberculosis in India in the year 2015 alone.
Director - Lasse Hallström
Cast - Britt Robertson, KJ Apa, Juliet Rylance, John Ortiz, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Peggy Lipton, Dennis Quaid and Josh Gad.
A hearing perspective:
American film ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ is a movie from a dog’s perspective. It has comedy, drama and adventure.
The film starts with a young boy Ethan who saves a dog and names him Bailey.
Ethan and Bailey enjoy being together and form a strong bond of love and care for each other.
As years pass, Ethan grows into a big and strong high school football player who falls in love with his classmate Hannah.
Due to a sudden turn of events, Ethan badly fractures his leg which makes him feel low and he breaks off his relationship with Hannah.
After sometime, an aged Bailey slowly dies at the hospital after a teary goodbye with Ethan.
The film surprises the audience when Bailey takes a new birth not once, but thrice, as Ellie, Tino and Buddy.
Each time, he is born again, the film shows his story from life to death, except in the life as Buddy, where he meets his original owner Ethan again.
The film shows how dogs teach humans to laugh, love and live.
There were lots of cuteness and emotional moments in this film.
I simply forgot myself and got immersed in the film for one hour and half hour.
The film deserves all the appreciation and support for its beautiful direction, awesome storyline and lovely dogs.
The film is an amazing experience to see life differently. Go for this and you won’t regret. :)
Category: Get Hooked
Date: Apr 29, 2017
Shalini Saraswathi lost both her arms and legs to a rare form of bacterial infection on returning from a vacation in Cambodia.
This did not come in the way of her strong will and positive spirit. Shalini is now a blade runner and has run in races including the TCS 10k race in Bengaluru last year.
She overcame her anger and frustration and decided to live her life to the fullest. She started running and was soon taking part in races and winning them.
Shalini says that with or without limbs she has the power to live her life the way she wants to.
A study says that stressful situations like a sudden change in workplace, bad performance and sudden serious illness are some of the reasons for adjustment disorders and depression.
The research found that around 14 percent of patients who are in hospital or are suffering from dangerous diseases like cancer suffer from this disorder.
Adjustment disorders are seen in patients after major operations due to the emotional trouble and pain that these patients go through.
Promoting positive mental health in social and work cultures is important to do away with this disorder.
Regular exercise, relaxation, good sleeping habit, avoiding alcohol, choosing a hobby or an activity of one's liking are some activities to reduce the disorder effectively.
A study by researchers at the Boston University School of Medicine in the United States says that people who sleep more than nine hours at night have double the risk of developing dementia in 10 years than those who sleep less.
The study followed participants for 10 years to see who developed the disease. Apart from sleep patterns, researchers found that those who developed dementia had smaller brain volume.
The study also showed that those who are highly educated but sleep over nine hours show less chances of getting dementia. So a change in the length of sleep may help in early detection.
Date: Apr 29, 2017
The minimum marks for students with disabilities appearing for JEE-Advanced examination has been kept at the score of one.
This means, students with disabilities who have scored one mark and above in JEE-Main are eligible to appear for the next level exams.
The announcement has been made by the CBSE for the exams to be held on 21 May. As a result, all students with disabilities who appeared for the JEE-Main have been declared qualified to appear for the next round of exams.
The cut off has been reduced as a very few number of students with disabilities appeared for the exam.