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Volume 5 Issue 2

January 15, 2007

Feature

  • Are we blind to seeing ‘ability’ in ‘disability’?
    T. Muralidharan, alumnus of I.I.M., and A. Rohit Shenoy, alumnus of Cardiff Business School, U.K., in this article, focus on the urgent need to recognise the abilities of disabled people and opening avenues so they can compete on the same platform as the rest of society.

Interview

  • "We are an equal opportunity company": Niranjan Khatri
    Niranjan Khatri, General Manager of WelcomEnviron Initiatives, I.T.C. Welcomgroup, was recently awarded the N.C.P.E.D.P. – Shell Helen Keller Award. In an interview with Chitra S. Shankar, he speaks about I.T.C. and its innovative approach in employing disabled people. This interview is the third in the series starting 15 December 2006.

News


  • 170 million children to get polio cover; U.P. and Bihar committed to give their best
    D.N.I.S. News Network – The Government kicked off its pulse polio immunisation programme on 07 January 2007, aimed at covering 170 million children in the country. Uttar Pradesh (U.P.) and Bihar are committed to give their best and actively motivate various communities to ensure maximum coverage, the Government has stated.

  • Madras High Court directs states to set deadline for implementing Disability Act
    D.N.I.S. News Network - Madras High Court Chief Justice A. P. Shah urged State Governments to formulate plans and set deadlines to implement the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995.

  • Unemployment allowance for disabled people hiked
    D.N.I.S. News Network - The Haryana Government has decided to enhance the allowance of about 900 educated unemployed persons having 100 per cent disability who are registered with the employment exchanges. The increased allowance will be paid with effect from 01 April 2006.

  • Visually impaired children denied admission in schools in Capital
    D.N.I.S. News Network - The Disability Act 1995 clearly states that no school can deny admission to disabled children, and it also makes it mandatory for schools to make their premises barrier-free and provide infrastructure for facilitating such children. Yet, a large number of visually impaired children are left behind as a result of most schools denying admission to them.
  • Quota for disabled
    D.N.I.S. News Network – In a positive development, the Madras High Court recently directed the Government to give 3 per cent reservation for physically disabled persons with 40 to 50 per cent disability for the post of Village Administrative Officers (V.A.O.s).

  • Chennai Institute of Mental Health to become a regional centre of excellence
    D.N.I.S. News Network – Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss has announced that the Institute of Mental Health in Chennai will be one of the six mental health institutions to be upgraded as regional centres of excellence. Moreover, the Union Government will invest in modernising mental health institutions in India.

  • Braille computers for blind schools in Tamil Nadu
    D.N.I.S. News Network – Government schools for the blind in Tamil Nadu will soon receive Braille computers as part of the State Government’s efforts to upgrade the training programme and to make blind students computer-savvy.
  • Parents keep disabled girl child-sized; ethical debate on across the globe
    D.N.I.S. News Network – 9-year-old Ashley who has static encephalopathy, a severe brain impairment, has received treatment at Seattle Children’s Hospital for the last few years designed to stunt her growth, outraging doctors and caregivers who feel that such treatment is a violation of a person’s dignity.

  • Hawking plans a trip to space
    D.N.I.S. News Network – Genius astrophysicist Stephen Hawking’s spirit of adventure continues as he announces his plan to undertake a zero-gravity flight aboard an airplane this year as a precursor to a journey into space.
  • Mother kills disabled children, commits suicide
    D.N.I.S. News Network – In a shocking incident, a 36-year-old woman drove herself and her two mentally disabled children to death at Paud near Pune. What initially seemed to be an accident, later proved to be a suicide, with three suicide notes left by the young mother Neha addressed to her husband, brother-in-law and her mother, throwing light on the incident.