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Volume 6 Issue 13

December 15, 2009


  • An ‘Unsporty’ Affair!
    The recently concluded International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports (I.W.A.S.) World Games in Bengaluru was nothing short of a national shame. But what is most surprising and shocking is the way the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports is shielding the organizers, the Paralympic Committee of India (P.C.I.). With allegations of rampant corruption doing the rounds, Dorodi Sharma of D.N.I.S. takes a hard look at how crores of tax payers’ money is being swindled in the guise of ‘special sports’.


  • "Disability brought my life into focus," Deepa Malik

    An army man’s wife, mother of two, a restaurateur with a social cause, a former beauty queen, an accomplished swimmer on the international platform and now a wannabe biker; 38 year-old Deepa Malik wears a multitude of hats and firmly refuses to let any conversation veer to sympathy that her disability often attracts. Malik became a wheelchair user in 1999. Most recently, she became the first paraplegic to participate in the gruelling Tour-de-Himalaya Car Rally. Allister Mark Syiemlieh of D.N.I.S. caught up with her.


  • World Disability Day celebrations held at India Gate

    D.N.I.S News Network, India: Thousands of people from all across the country gathered at India Gate, New Delhi to join the World Disability Day celebrations on December 3. The event was organized by National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (N.C.P.E.D.P.) in collaboration with National Association of Deaf (N.A.D.). This was the 13th ‘Walk to Freedom’ and this year’s theme was ‘Say No to Amendments. Say Yes to New Law’.

  • 11th N.C.P.E.D.P. Shell Helen Keller Awards wind up to a full house

    D.N.I.S. News Network, India: The 11th N.C.P.E.D.P. Shell Helen Keller Awards came to a close on the night of December 2, on the eve of World Disability Day. The award ceremony began shortly after 7 p.m. and was hosted at the India International Centre Auditorium, New Delhi.

  • Thousands of deaf protestors bring Planning Commission to a standstill

    D.N.I.S. News Network, India: As the Government celebrated another cosmetic World Disability Day on December 3, around 2000 hearing impaired people from across the country under the banner of National Association of the Deaf (N.A.D.) stormed Yojana Bhawan in New Delhi, which houses the office of the Planning Commission, protesting against the non-implementation of the XIth Five Year Plan.

  • Urban Development Minister assures N.C.P.E.D.P. on Access Guidelines

    D.N.I.S. News Network, India: In a meeting with Jaipal Reddy, Minister for Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation on December 5, Javed Abidi, Honorary Director, National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (N.C.P.E.D.P.) urged him to ensure that the Ministry’s efforts to make public places accessible are carried out with proper technical knowhow. Abidi highlighted the need to revise the Access Guidelines under the National Building Code (N.B.C.).

  • Rights group writes to H.R.D. Minister on discriminatory Copyright Act

    D.N.I.S. News Network, India: The proposed amendment to the Copyright Act has come under the scanner of disability rights groups for being discriminatory towards persons with cerebral palsy, dyslexia, multiple sclerosis and upper body paralysis. Coalition for an Inclusive Society has written to Kapil Sibal, Union Minister for Human Resource Development apprising him on the need to revamp the proposed amendment.

  • Limited early bird discounts for Techshare 2010 participants

    D.N.I.S. News Network, India: Some good news for people planning to participate in Techshare 2010. BarrierBreak Technologies have announced early bird discounts for participants who are yet to register. The early bird discount offer is available only up to December 25.

  • Indian Blind Cricket League called off

    D.N.I.S. News Network, India: Post the World Games disaster, another shocking news for the Indian disability sector. The Indian Blind Cricket League for visually impaired people, an international tournament which was scheduled for February 2010 has been called off due to lack of funds and a clash with preparations of Commonwealth Games next year.

  • C.A.T. runs into more trouble

    D.N.I.S. News Network, India: The cup of woes seems to be overflowing for I.I.M. Ahmedabad authorities as the first ever online C.A.T. exam has been a disaster from the word go. The exams which were scheduled over a period of 10 days from November 28 to December 7 had to be rescheduled as the server crashed at many test centres. This spelt inconvenience for many disabled aspirants as it meant giving the test again at inaccessible centres.

  • ‘Want daughter to be a doctor, to take care of me.’

    D.N.I.S. News Network, India: In July this year Supreme Court upheld the right to motherhood of a mentally retarded girl who was raped at a Nari Niketan in Chandigarh. Earlier this month she gave birth to a healthy baby girl. Contrary to the apprehensions that the U.T. administration had about her capability to raise her child, she has adapted smoothly to her new found role.

  • Disabled people to be recruited as volunteers for Commonwealth Games

    D.N.I.S. News Network, India: In a bid to make the upcoming Commonwealth Games a success, the Commonwealth Organising Committee has launched an inclusive recruitment and training programme for volunteers which will also include persons with disabilities. The programme called ‘Delhi United’ aims to ensure that Delhi is remembered for hosting the best Commonwealth Games ever.

  • Karnataka High Court issues notice on reservation for disabled people

    D.N.I.S. News Network, India: A Division Bench of the Karnataka High Court comprising Chief Justice, P.D. Dinakaran and Justice Anand Byrareddy has issued notice to Bruhath Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (B.B.M.P.) in response to a Public Interest Litigation (P.I.L.) filed by Karnataka State Physically Handicapped Reservation Forum of Bangalore regarding non-implementation of 3 percent reservation for disabled people.

  • Government schools discriminate against disabled children

    D.N.I.S. News Network, India: Even though we have an Act that enjoins children to enjoy free and compulsory education, yet this is not quite the case. There are as many as 2 crore children with disabilities in the country and less than one percent of them are attending school. Even those who have the privilege to attend schools, they still face problems like absence of special teachers, aids and appliances and study material.