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"Focus on your abilities, not disability" - My Take by Ira Singhal, IAS Officer

Ira Singhal, Deputy Commissioner of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation, recently in the news after she targeted in an abusive social media attack, won kudos for her tact and toughness. In My Take, she talks about the influences that shaped her journey and inner toughness. I was born in Meerut and moved to Delhi with my family 25 years back. After class 12 at a mainstream school, I did a degree in engineering and then an MBA in Finance and Marketing before sitting for the Civil Services exams. I was Read More...

Accessibility July 23, 2019

#RareDiseases - Indian Rett Syndrome Foundation is raising awareness about this genetic brain disorder

In our July campaign on rare diseases, we look at Rett Syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects physical movements, mental growth, and communication skills. The syndrome is found mostly in girls and awareness levels are rather low in India Stigma, misinformation and poor support are just some of the major barriers that families caring for children with Rett Syndrome come up against. Compounding this is the fact that the disorder is mostly linked to girls, who face the burden of stigma much more. The Read More...

Get-hooked July 14, 2019

Finance Minister presents Budget - Key highlights

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is presenting the first budget of the second term of the Narendra Modi government. This is the first budget for Sitharaman, who is the second woman finance minister after Indira Gandhi. Here are the key announcements so far: India will become a $3 trillion economy in 2019. For this, there is heavy investment needed in infrastructure, digital economy, job creation. More women-led initiatives promised. One woman in every self help group will also be made eligible for a Read More...

Headlines July 5, 2019

Growing number of fake disability certification rackets highlight need for stricter checks & action

People with disabilities and disorders are provided with some exemptions and benefits by the government that can help them find equal standing in mainstream life. This is being hampered by the fact that many non-disabled people use fake documents to claim the benefits of these schemes. Just this month in Mumbai, the Central Railways busted a major racket in which non disabled people were found using fake disability certificates to corner seats in long-distance trains. This is not a one off. The Mumbai Read More...

Get-hooked June 22, 2019

Breast cancer detection training for blind women to be expanded to more Indian cities

In Story of the Week, we look at the Discovering Hands programme in India under which visually impaired women are being trained to detect breast cancer lumps by touch. This year the programme is being expanded to Bengaluru and Kashmir. Hasiba, 25 years old, had signed up for a computer training course at the National Association for the Blind Center of Blind Women and Disabilities in 2016 when she heard about the Discovering Hands programme that was soon to be launched. Under the programme, visually Read More...

Employment June 12, 2019

Budding poet Neerada uses words to shatter notions about autism

Just 17 years old, Neerada Saseendran has already published two books. This teenager on the autism spectrum is raring to make her mark in the literary world. In poetry, Neerada Saseendran finds a powerful medium to express her views about life. Through words, this 17 year old writes about current affairs and other topics close to her heart. Words also offer her a way to shatter the various myths about autism. As a person on the spectrum, this is something especially close to Neerada’s heart. The Read More...

Get-hooked June 10, 2019

Benefits of possessing a disability certificate

A disability certificate is a document that can be used by people with disabilities to avail some benefits and facilities meant for people of the disabled community. As per the 2011 consensus there are around 3 crore disabled people in the country. There are several schemes that the government in India runs for disabled people and a disability certificate is needed to get the benefits of these. I feel it is important to get a disability certificate as it helps get benefits and exemptions in many Read More...

Get-hooked May 28, 2019

I would rather scale Mt. Everest than buy a car - Guest column by Vishant Nagvenker & Monika S Kshatriya

Our guest columnists this week are Vishant Nagvenker, a statistician in the Department of Tourism, Goa Government of Goa and Monika S Kshatriya, a journalist and filmmaker. The two are part of iDare (Initiative for Disability Awareness Rights and Empowerment) in Goa. For most people a car is not just a mode of transport, it’s a display of their aspirations and success. But for me, it’s a lifeline. I have 75% disability in both the lower limbs. Getting from home to the bus stop or a taxi stand is a Read More...

Accessibility April 29, 2019

Political participation of disabled people under focus at meet of wheelchair users in Kerala

In a massive awareness exercise, the All Kerala Wheelchair Rights Federation (AKWRF) held an annual meet in Kochi for over 100 wheelchair users from across the state. The focus was on the various programmes and schemes that need to be implemented for the welfare of wheelchair users. Rights awareness formed a big part of the focus as well. Some crucial gaps in infrastructure availability were discussed like the lack of disabled-friendly coaches in new trains. In the old trains, exclusive coaches earmarked Read More...

Get-hooked April 8, 2019

Vijaya & Dena Banks merged with Bank of Baroda

Branches of Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank will function as branches of Bank of Baroda from 1 April after the merger coming into effect. This merger is going to make Bank of Baroda India’s second largest public sector bank after the State Bank of India. The sign boards of Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank will include Now-Bank of Baroda caption along with it. Big statement from the Bank of Baroda chief at #BSBankingForum. He says the public sector bank had informed the government that it was not ready for a merger Read More...

Headlines April 1, 2019

Narendra Modi addresses rallies at Meerut, Uttarakhand & Jammu

On Thursday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed rallies in Meerut, Uttarakhand and Jammu as part of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. While speaking at the rally at Meerut, Modi said that he is confident of his BJP winning the Lok Sabha elections because the nation has seen how the country has progressed ever since BJP came into power in 2014. Modi added that his party will ensure that there is safety and security in the nation when he is in the Prime Minister. Dear friends, Over the next few Read More...

Headlines March 29, 2019

Understanding Inborn Errors of Metabolism

Inborn errors of metabolism- IEM are a range of rare genetic diseases related to congenital disorders of metabolism. Since IEM are related to metabolism they affect the ability of the body to convert food into energy. The body is unable to breakdown the consumed food into Aminoacids and other elements that can be utilized by the body. When the body is not processing the food properly, it can result into production of harmful toxins that cause several other health problems. Inborn errors of metabolism are Read More...

Get-hooked March 17, 2019

Wheelchair Basketball Introductory camp at Meghalaya

Wheelchair Basketball Federation of India, WBFI is happy to announce our new camp at Meghalaya, Shillong. The Introductory camp on Wheelchair Basketball Organised by Wheelchair Basketball Federation of India, WBFI in partnership with District Election Officer, East Khasi Hills District Shillong, Meghalaya, District Sports Promotion Society, East Khasi Hills District,Shillong, Meghalaya And Star Health and Allied Insurance Co Ltd.Event DetailsStarts on: Wednesday, 13 Mar 2019 at 09:30 AMEnds on: Thursday, Read More...

Events March 8, 2019

Understanding Prader-Willi syndrome

Prader-Willi syndrome is a rare disease and affects one in every 15000 to 20000 births. Prader-Willi syndrome is a congenital condition meaning it is present in a child from birth. Cause Prader-Willi syndrome is caused by the deletion of a gene on chromosome 15. Intellectual disability, behavioral problems, Obesity, low muscle tone, mental impairments, hypogonadism are some of the conditions caused by the syndrome. Ideally, only the father's copy of this particular gene is active in a child while the Read More...

Get-hooked March 3, 2019

Army kills 3 JeM terrorists in Pulwama

After the recent suicide attack on a CRPF convoy in Jammu & Kashmir, security forces had carried out massive operations to eliminate terrorists from the region. Lieutenant General KJS Dhillon has informed that Indian Army has killed the leadership of Jaish-e-Mohammed- JeM terror group in Jammu and Kashmir. Three terrorists were killed by the army in the state after an encounter in Pulwama yesterday. The terrorist are believed to be heading the operation of JeM in Jammu and Kashmir State. JeM terrorists Read More...

Headlines February 20, 2019

Understanding Rare Diseases

Rare diseases are those that affect lesser number of people in the general population as compared to other diseases and disorders. A Rare disease is also referred to as orphan disease and is defined as a condition that affects less than 200,000 people in the country. There are around 7000 known rare diseases that affect people across the world, the number could be more. Since these disease are rare and affect few people, there is not enough information available about their cause, diagnoses, treatment Read More...

Get-hooked February 10, 2019

Odisha government pulls up district schools for failing inclusion measures

District level authorities in Odisha have been slacking in making the elementary schools accessible for students with disabilities. Time and again the state government has asked the district education departments to take steps to make government elementary schools inclusive. However, there has been no report filed about progress made in this regard. The Odisha Primary Education Programme Authority (OPEPA) has now issued a final reminder and asked schools be made inclusive by 2020 with a report about the Read More...

Education January 6, 2019

PM Narendra Modi addresses last 'Mann ki Baat' of the year

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the last 'Mann ki Baat' programme of the year 2018 yesterday. It was the 51st telecast of 'Mann ki Baat' on All India Radio since it was started by PM Modi on 3 October 2014. He spoke about Ayushman Bharat, the health insurance scheme launched by the government. PM Modi also mentioned several achievements of his government such as making electricity available in villages across India, construction of the 'Statue of Unity'. PM Narendra Modi said "Let's come together Read More...

Headlines December 31, 2018

Mithali Raj is highest T20I run scorer in India, beats Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma

Indian cricketer Mithali Raj, who is presently captaining India in the ongoing ICC Women's World T20, has achieved a milestone no other Indian cricketer has until now. Raj is the highest T20I run-scorer for India in the T20I format, and is ahead of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. Other cricketers in this list are India women's captain Harmanpreet Kaur, Suresh Raina, and M S Dhoni. The International Cricket Council (ICC) shared her achievement through a tweet. Mithali Raj tops an illustrious list of India's Read More...

Headlines November 17, 2018

"It was like the whole universe came together" - My Take by Ruma Roka, founder, Noida Deaf Society

What led Ruma Roka, who has no background or personal experience coping with a disability, to think of empowering deaf and hard of hearing children and youth? In My Take this week, the founder of Noida Deaf Society, shares her story. Maybe it's my upbringing or because I am a practicing Buddhist, but I always had a desire to do something good, something of value. I was thinking about starting a school and was exploring ideas in my head, when on a Sunday afternoon, I saw this woman on TV read the news in Read More...

Get-hooked November 13, 2018


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