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Volume 4 Issue 17September 01, 2006
- Happy Anniversary!
01 September 2006 is the third anniversary of Disability News and Information Service (D.N.I.S.), India’s pioneering fortnightly online news service on disability. It is time to celebrate. Yet, it is a good time to pause and reflect on the journey so far. Chitra S. Shankar goes back in time to track the developments since its inception.
- What planning this, ladies and gentlemen??!!
The preparations for the XIth Five Year Plan are on. Steering Committees, Working Groups and Thematic Sub-Groups have been set up and in most Ministries the work is taking place in a reasonably serious manner, especially with the September deadline looming heavily on everyone’s mind. In contrast, the behaviour and the manner of functioning on the part of the Planning Commission as well as the Ministry of Social Justice, when it comes to the welfare and well-being of India’s 70 million disabled people, leaves a lot to be desired. Javed Abidi, Convenor, Disabled Rights Group (D.R.G.), critically analyses the lack of planning and performance on the part of the powers that be.
- D.N.I.S. through the eyes of our eminent readers
As 01 September 2006 is the third anniversary of D.N.I.S., we decided to ask eminent readers from the disability sector to share their thoughts/comments/feedback on the journey so far.
- History created - Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities adopted
D.N.I.S. News Network - The United Nations (U.N.) Convention was adopted on August 25. It is the eighth international human rights Treaty in history, which will prohibit discrimination against 650 million disabled people across the world. Five years of intensive negotiations at U.N. forced countries to agree on the new Convention. The treaty is the first human rights text adopted in the past 16 years.
- Government will provide care to the disabled: P.M
D.N.I.S. News Service – Even as the disability sector rued over the fact that education and access have eluded over 60 to 70 million disabled people in India even after six decades of having attained independence, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh promised assistance to disabled people.
- Union Health Minister admits India will miss polio eradication target
D.N.I.S. News Network – In all likelihood, India will miss its polio eradication target and its efforts will continue well beyond 2006, given the recent rise in figures of polio cases in recent months. This has also been confirmed by the Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Dr. A. Ramadoss.
- Vaccine fails; 160 new cases of polio in U.P.
D.N.I.S. News Network – In a negative turn of events, 160 cases of polio have been detected in Uttar Pradesh (U.P.) this year alone. What’s more shocking is the fact that all those affected are children who were administered the polio drops.
- A ray of hope for Haemophilics - Health Ministry to set up P.F.U.
D.N.I.S. News Network – The Union Health Ministry has decided to set up India’s first Plasma Fortification Unit (P.F.U.) that will provide the life-saving F8 and F9 proteins to people having haemophilia.
- Theme for World Sight Day 2006 is Low Vision
D.N.I.S. News Network – The theme for World Sight Day (W.S.D.), which falls on 12 October 2006, will be Low Vision. 124 million people have low vision, the world over and millions are functionally blind due to uncorrected Refractive Error.
- Madras High Court Chief Justice calls for removal of lacunae in Disability Act
D.N.I.S. News Network – The Chief Justice of the Madras High Court, Justice A.P. Shah has called for the removal of numerous lacunae in the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act 1995.
- Workshops held in Ranchi and Rajgir to sensitise P.A.C.S. partners
D.N.I.S. News Network - In a series of Peer Learning Workshops, Poorest Areas Civil Society (P.A.C.S.) organised a State Workshop in Jharkhand and a State Workshop in Bihar for its Civil Society Organisation partners.
- Paralysed I.M.A. ex-cadet gets relief after 11 long years
D.N.I.S. News Network – After a long wait, paralysed Indian Military Academy (I.M.A.) ex-cadet Navin Gulia was recently awarded benefits and consequential relief. Over 11 years ago, he had sustained injuries during training at I.M.A. which left him completely paralysed chest downwards.
- Delhi University to open multi-purpose Resource Centre in Braille
D.N.I.S. News Network - Delhi University will soon open a multi-purpose Resource Centre with a variety of study materials in Braille format and special studios which will transform text messages in audio cassettes. Braille production, talking book production and electronic text production will be the three focus points for the Centre. This development will provide the much needed facility for over 400 visually-challenged students and faculty.