Sunday, 6 November 2016
It has been reported that only two percent of disabled children are in schools and 0.5 to 0.6 percent of them comprise girls.
The enrolment of children with special needs especially girls are in a bleak condition in the State. The National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA) report points out that 74,805 disabled children are enrolled in Class I to V of which, o.6 percent are girls i.e. about 30,641 and there are 40,243 students in this category in Class VI-VIII and out of which 0.74 percent are girls i.e. about 17,165.
Overall in the country, a recent report pointed out 2.6 million disabled children either never been to school or had to drop out. The report has pointed out higher literacy rate for disabled in urban areas at 68% than in rural areas which is 49%. The census report across all age group reports that the literacy rate among the disabled has increased from 49% in 2001 to 54.5% in 2011 was much lower than the overall literacy rate of 74%. The differences in the literacy rate between males and females is wider in rural than in urban areas.
Source : ENA India , 3rd Nov 2016
The muted yellow in the floral miniatures on the stately Badi Pol takes on an iridescent sheen in the sharp rays of the morning sun. As the day grows brighter, in its warmth, you look at the 400-year history of the Suryavanshi dynasty that ruled Mewar.
Through the Badi Pol, built by Rana Amar Singh I, you walk up the slope to the imposing Tripoliya built in 1711. A triple arched gate with ornate jaalis, jharokhas and cupolas, it gives one the first glimpse of Udaipur’s royal past. Through the Tripoliya you arrive at the Manek Chowk, which like any other chowk or junction has been seeing intense activity. Originally used for ceremonial processions, horse cavalry and elephant parades, now tourists throng the place for taking photographs with the colossal City Palace Museum as the backdrop. In the evenings, it is also the site for the sound and light show that chronicles bloody battles, seiges, Mughal intrigue and Rajput valour.
The gallantry of the region’s legendary warriors is symbolised in the crest at Darikhana ki Pol, the entrance to the museum.
As you step inside to explore Mewar’s living heritage, one of the walls illustrates the genealogical tree of the Suryavanshi rulers. At the Assembly Hall, a youthful portrait of Maharana Bhagwat Singh Mewar beckons your attention.
In 1969, he set up the Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation (MMCF) and converted the 30 mt. high and 333 mt long City Palace into a museum.
A young guide, and an elderly Bhupendra Singh, administrator-in-chief, MMCF, take you through winding narrow staircases with exquisite Victorian tiles lining their side walls, quaint porticos and balconies with resplendent views of the city of the sun.
You stop by the Saleh Khana or the armoury and admire the paintings that pay homage to Panna Dhai, the selfless caretaker of a young Udai Singh (founder of Udaipur), who sacrificed the life of her son to save the prince. The golden chapter in the yellowed pages of history comes alive at Pratap Gallery I that houses the original armour, sword and shield of Maharana Pratap, the hero of the Battle of Haldighati (1576).
The Mewar style of construction integrates Persian architectural influences in Chandra Mahal, an outcome of Rana Karan Singh’s visit to Delhi to sign a treaty with Emperor Jehangir.
Baadi Mahal on the fourth of the palace has 104 elegantly carved pillars and is the highest point of the monument. It is here that royal banquets were hosted. In one of the balconies that flank this mahal is the chair that was placed in Delhi Darbar, held in honour of King George V, for Maharana Fateh Singh, who refused to attend the darbar.
A few sections of the palace indicate how art and literature thrived in Mewar. For instance, the miniature paintings at Dilkush Mahal, the walls and ceilings of Kanch ki Burj carry glass inlay work, Chitram ki burj showcases elaborately painted wall murals depicting court scenes, boat rides, festivals and processions.
Vani Vilas is where Kaviraj Shyamaldas wrote the four volumes of ‘Veer Vinod’, the official history of Mewar and Madan Vilas displays pages from the book ‘The Annals and Antiquities of Rajasthan’ by Lt. Col. James Tod, who came to Udaipur as a British representative and stayed on for five years, undertaking extensive tours.
The book is a labour of his love for the region.
The physically challenged Maharana Bhupal Singh was the last Maharana to live in this palace before Mewar merged with the Union of India in 1948.
Though most parts of this palace, constructed in a phased manner, stand out for their blend of different architectural styles, the Surya Chopad and Surya Gokhada capture the design aesthetics and culture of Mewar.
On a cloudy day, the people and royal family used to look at this ornamental sun and begin their routine.
The Surya Chopad opens into a spectacular courtyard where ends the tour of the Mardana Mahal or the Kings Palace. A narrow passage leads to the the Zanana Mahal or the Queen’s Palace. Royal textiles, musical instruments, sculptures, paintings, photographs and palanquins preserved caringly transport you to a world of grandiose.
As you exit through Moti Chowk, the dun-coloured Aravallis and the still waters of Lake Pichola seem to reiterate that the sun never sets on Mewar.
(The writer was in Udaipur at the invitation of Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation)
Source : The Hindu , 3rd Nov 2016
Source : The Hindu , 3rd Nov 2016
High Court has directed the University of Jammu to provide admission in MA Sociology subject to a physically challenged girl under reservation category.
The petitioner Shivangi Sharma, daughter of Inderjeet Sharma of Rajpura Mangotrian Jammu, with 75% permanent disability had sought admission in Jammu University under reserved category (handicapped).
But she was not given admission on the ground that she has failed to secure minimum marks which were prescribed for general category candidates as well as other categories namely scheduled caste and scheduled tribes.
The petitioner took up the matter to the High Court which ordered to reserve one seat for the candidate.
Lateron a final order dated 01-09-2016 was also passed in favour of the candidate thereby directing JU to consider the person at par with other resereved categories availing reservation.
But JU authorities outrightly denied justice and Vice Chancellor JU preferred to take the matter with Division Bench against the Single Judge judgment.
The Division Bench comprising Justice Alok Aradhe and Justice B S Walia passed an order directing the Jammu University to consider the physically disabled candidate on the basis of Inter-se merit for MA Sociology and complete the exercise within a period of two weeks.
Source : Daily Excelsior, 3rd Nov 2016
While confirming the life sentence awarded to a man who brutally killed a physically handicapped person, packed his body in a plastic bag, and threw it near Gorewada Ring Road, the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court ruled that prosecution was not bound to prove motive of crime every time to secure conviction. It noted that if chain of circumstances sufficiently proved an accused's guilt, there was no need to establish motive.
"Motive is one of the circumstances in prosecution case based on circumstantial evidence. An accused may not exhibit his motive to anybody prior to the commission of an offence. It is not possible that every time the prosecution will have evidence to show that accused was having any motive to commit an offence," a bench of Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice Vinay Deshpande held.
The ruling came on a plea by Paramjit Singh Kake, who contended that the prosecution had failed to show there existed any motive and there was not sufficient evidence to prove it. "Every time the prosecution is not obliged to establish motive or its adequacy in commission of an offence. It is enough if some motive is established that indicates it would be the accused who is interested in doing the crime. Non-payment of rent and gold ornaments, which were ultimately found in petitioner's possession, could be treated as motive for commission of offence," the judges said before rejecting the petition.
The deceased, also known as Goldie, was suffering from post-polio paralysis and used to drive a scooter with additional wheels. A resident of Lashkaribagh, his family had rented out their old flat to Kake, who failed to pay the rent for long. The deceased had a habit of stopping by in the same area to meet with friends. On August 23, 2011, the deceased didn't return home and a search by relatives was in vain. Next day, the police received information that a blue bag containing something was found in area between Gorewada Ring Road and Katol Naka Chowk. Police found deceased's body in it tied up with lace.
After that, a search was conducted at Kake's house. Several bloodstained clothes were discovered from his home and chemical analysis confirmed that those matched with Goldie. Kake was arrested and he confessed to killing Goldie during interrogation. His confessions led to recovery of deceased's vehicle along with weapon and also about 16 tolas gold ornaments that Goldie used to wear.
Nagpur Sessions court sentenced Kake to life imprisonment, which he challenged it in the high court that upheld the verdict while noting down 32 circumstantial evidences to nail his role in the killing of the handicapped man.
(With inputs from Sakina Dawood)
Source : TOI , 4th Nov 2016
PJ Princess Regency is a pretty surprise tucked away in a secret nook of Puthuvype in Vypeen. The property pops up at the end of a narrow road, a couple of kilometres off the main road. The white Indo-European style building sits on a lush five acres, surrounded by coconut palms and the backwaters. A perfect fit for the ‘God’s Own Country’ tag line. A statue of a cheery blue cavorting dolphin, the mascot, welcomes us to the property.
Holiday luxuryA view of the property
Built by entrepreneur Prakash James, the resort is a dream come true for him. “The dream was to build a five star property, I want to provide the best of facilities but I had to open it as a three-star rating,” he says. But now, it is ready and waiting for a five star rating. An island of calm, it looks like the perfect getaway from the city, without really going away. The rooms spell luxury and comfort, the view is resplendent - take in the sunrise or the sunset or watch the moon rise, its reflection skimming the water’s surface.
Luxury suites, premium, deluxe and basic rooms are the options you can choose from. The categories, and the levels of the luxe element may differ, but the same attention has been given to each room.
There is a room for the physically challenged, with all requirements met. Interestingly, the art on the walls represent aspects of the Kochi of yore, painted versions of old photographs.
The proximity to the beach would make it more attractive for the lovers of the sea. The view from each of the rooms, especially the premium ones, is breathtaking. At nights you can see the light from the lighthouse play peekaboo. A mangrove by the backwaters near the resort forms a cover over the canal, unfortunately it is not in a state to be used for boating or any kind of tourism-related activity. The Puthuvype beach is close by as is the light house. Cherai beach is another 15 or so kilometres away. A curio shop offers memorabilia and sports gear such a swimsuits and such.
The property also boasts a spa, a health club and of course, a swimming pool. There is a larger pond for peddle boats. The resources, like the backwaters, have been utilised well. Not just as a weekend getaway, it is ideal for conferences, get-togethers, workshops, parties and weddings too - these can be accommodated in a boardroom (Leo), a mini hall (Ashwathi) which can fit in 75-85 and a larger hall (Abin), which can fit in around 450-500.
There are a couple of lounges which can also double up as play area and even a boardroom.
Each of these bears the names of Prakash’s family members. The restaurant offers a bouquet of cuisines - the star is seafood. “We have access to fresh seafood and we offer the best of the catch. In the expert hands of our chefs, we assure you the best will be put on the table,” says Andrew Noronha, deputy general manager.
“There are a number of activities for our guests - indoor and outdoor games, canoeing, pedal boating, bird watching and angling. There is a special play area for kids also,” he adds. Tours can be arranged to nearby places of interest as well, Andrew says.
Source : The Hindu , 4 Nov 2016
Sources pointed out that she had previously been arrested by Jaipur police in 2015 on similar charges. "Sharma was spotted in a car she had stolen from a businessman. Also, she has many aliases such as Smriti Sharma, Lady Coca," they added.
On many occasions, Sharma posed as an IAS officer and extorted money from men, she befriended on social media. "Sharma had created a fake Facebook ID, in which she called herself an IAS officer. She came into contact with a lot of people, including those from the upper strata of the society, people from the film industry, etc. Following an initial round of conversation, she went out with them on parties and other such outings. She would later extort money from them threatening to file rape charges. Her Facebook account, which has been blocked, has many photographs wherein she is posing as an advocate," sources said.
Recalling a car-jacking incident that involved Sharma in 2015 in Delhi, a senior police officer said, "One evening, Sharma took a lift from a man from DCM near Ajmer Road, Adarsha Nagar, Delhi. She subsequently asked the man to take her to Raja Park, after managing to gain his confidence. Sharma then asked if the man was interested in getting intimate with her, and when he responded in the affirmative, she asked him to bring contraceptive from a medical shop. The man then drove the car to a chemist, and just as he alighted from the car, Sharma drove away with the automobile."
"We are cross-checking with police officials across the city to see if Sharma was involved in other cases, After questioning her, we shall hand her over to Rajasthan police," DCP, east Bengaluru, Satish Kumar told TOI.
Source : TOI , 6 Nov 2016
Source : TOI , 6 Nov 2016
In its contempt plea, the NGO had contended that there were 26,031 posts of teachers, including special educators for differently-abled children, lying vacant in municipal and Delhi government-run schools.
The Careers Network, an initiative to drive workplace inclusion for people with cognitive disabilities in the UAE, has been launched to organise a panel discussion on various aspects of the issues and policies by different stakeholders.
The initiative launched by Emirates NBD under its flagship #TogetherLimitless advocacy platform seeks to help people with cognitive disabilities find private or public sector employment and further their full inclusion.
The programme will also assist partners in the private sector with the selection, hiring and training of potential employees.
In collaboration with its strategic partners, the Community Development Authority, Manzil, and Sustainable Square, the Careers Network will enlist work-ready individuals from pre-existing work-training programmes from centres, organisations, and schools, and aid them in taking on long-term employment positions with the programme’s corporate partners in the public and private sector.
The launch was announced at the third edition of the #TogetherLimitless panel discussion where Dr Sheikha Alya Al Qassimi, Acting CEO of Social Care & Development Sector, Community Development Authority (CDA); Majid Abdulla Al Usaimi, Executive Director for Dubai Club for the Disabled; Ahmed Altarawneh, Senior Customer Care Specialist, Road Transport Authority (RTA) were present.
Source : Gulf Today , 5th Nov 2016
In an attempt to create Guinness World Record, Manipur Saturday distributed hearing aid and assistive devices to more than 6000 persons in an event held in Imphal’s Khuman Lampak Indoor Stadium. By distributing a total of 600 hearing aids within 8 hours in a single camp, India’s Gujarat state has held the world record in September 17 this year.
In today’s camp held in Imphal, it was targeted to distribute 700 hearing aids within an hour. “Our target is to achieve distribution of 700 hearing aids within an hour to set a new world record”, state health commissioner PK Singh has said.
To set the record, hearing aids were distributed to over 6000 beneficiaries coming from across the state by opening 49 camps at the venue. The total cost of the hearing aids was Rs 4.44 crore. The event was organised by the Programme for Prevention of and Control of Deafness, National Health Mission Manipur in collaboration with Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation of India (ALIMCO) and Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India. Union minister of social justice & empowerment Thaawarchand Gehlot and Manipur chief minister O Ibobi Singh jointly opened the event which was started at 8 am.
Addressing the occasion, Union minister Thaawarchand Gehlot said that the Centre was taking steps to prepare Universal Identity Card for differently abled persons. “The total number of people with disabilities in the country was 2.68 crore as per the 2011 census report and we have to take care of them with sympathy and rehabilitate them,” he asserted.
The camp held today in Manipur was the biggest event held ever in India, he said while expecting distribution of hearing aids to 6400 beneficiaries.
Today’s camp held in Imphal has broken the record set by Gujarat and will be the biggest camp of its kind in the world.
Asserting that government of India has introduced a number of schemes for persons with hearing impairment and persons without limbs, the Union minister said that Pre Matric and Post Matric scholarships were being provided to differently abled students.
Free treatment was being provided to children below five years with hearing impairment, he added.
Manipur chief minister O Ibobi Singh, in his address, reiterated his government’s commitment towards better healthcare service and said that 4% of the state’s Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) was being investing this sector.
Source : Nagaland Post , 5th Nov 2016
If one has to recall a book where a protagonist or for that matter even a side character is differently-abled, it is hard to do so. This is because there are barely such characters written about at all.
Vidya Sagar, a school for the differently-abled, decided that in its fight for an inclusive society it is also important to include the differently-abled in literature and stories.