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Sunday, 22 May 2016

Anurag Thakur elected BCCI chief, Ajay Shirke Secretary

Anurag Thakur was on Sunday unanimously elected as the second youngest BCCI president, while Ajay Shirke was chosen as Secretary in a smooth transition of power at a time when the world’s richest cricket Board is sailing through choppy waters.
Anurag Thakur elected BCCI President. 
The 41-year-old Thakur replaced Shashank Manohar who quit the position to take up the ICC Chairman’s job. The Maharashtra Cricket Association chief and business magnate Shirke expectedly filled in the Secretary’s post which was left vacant by Thakur’s resignation yesterday.
Senior BCCI vice-president C.K. Khanna chaired the Special General Meeting (SGM) and announced Thakur’s name for the top job.
“I feel humbled and honoured to be sitting here; it’s a journey which started 16 years ago,” Thakur said after taking over.
Manohar’s exit from the top post barely seven months into his tenure had necessitated the election of the new chief of the world’s richest and most powerful cricket body.
Soon after his resignation, Thakur got the signatures of all six east zone units in his BCCI presidential nomination form yesterday, paving the way for his unanimous choice as the 34thpresident of the world’s most influential cricket body.
In a show of solidarity yesterday, all the six east units — Cricket Association of Bengal, Assam CA, Tripura CA, NCC and Jharkhand SCA — had signed his nomination papers, even though the rules required only one unit to nominate the name of the presidential candidate. It was the East Zone’s turn this time.
The BJP MP from Hamirpur in Himachal Pradesh will be taking over the reins of the embattled Board in rather tough times as the BCCI is facing heat from the Supreme Court to implement the Justice R.M. Lodha Committee’s recommendations for sweeping reforms.
Thakur, incidentally, will go into the books as the first first-class cricketer to turn BCCI president after Raj Singh Dungarpur ended his tenure in 1998-99.
Although cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar had held the post jointly with another Test cricketer Shivlal Yadav briefly, specifically in charge of IPL affairs, that had been done at the direction of the Supreme Court which ordered then President N Srinivasan to step aside in the wake of the 2013 IPL betting and spot-fixing scandal.
While Dungarpur had played 86 first-class matches for Rajasthan and the then Madhya Bharat as a medium pacer and also claimed 206 wickets, Thakur has represented Himachal Pradesh in a lone Ranji Trophy game as a right-hand batsman and off-break bowler in 2000-01 season.
Thakur is also the third person backed by the East Zone to be elected to the top post during the 2014-2017 period.
Jagmohan Dalmiya, who was the consensus candidate after Srinivasan’s exit, died in office last year and Manohar took over in October, 2015.
He made the following announcements:
1)    BCCI to give advertisement for National team’s chief coach’s post and the deadline to submit applications will be June 10.
2)    Rs 100 Crore earmarked for one-year water conservation project using Solar Panels, trying ‘Rain Water Harvesting’ and ‘Sewage Treatment’ to conserve water during crisis like drought.
3)    Rs 5 crore corpus created for next 5 years to help the visually challenged and deaf and mute cricketers.
4)    Santosh Rangnekar appointed new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) as part of reforms suggested by Lodha Panel.
5)    Minimum 10 percent free tickets for international matches allocated for girl students, specially-abled persons.
6)    Specially designated seating area for the physically challenged.
7)    All stadiums in India to have seats with numbers for convenience of spectators.
8)    All state units told to create official Facebook/Twitter accounts as well as have websites wherein they can engage fans by uploading relevant information and statistics.
9)    Creating ‘Mobile Coaching App’ licensed by BCCI which can be used in cricket academies in remote areas where they can get access to state-of-the-art coaching as 70 percent associated with these academies have access to smartphones.
10)  Implementation of Central Contracts for India’s women cricketers and a detailed report sought within a month

Source : Tribune India , 22nd May 2016 

Specially-abled Ajay secures 71% in class 10th examinations

A specially-abled student from Mainpuri district of Uttar Pradesh secured 71% marks in the board examination. Despite being physically challenged, Ajay Kumar beat all odds to write the examination with his legs. Ajay who hails from a humble background aspires to be an engineer but hasn’t received any help from the school or government. Ajay’s father Dayaram also expressed his happiness over his son’s result saying they would do anything to secure the child’s future. Ajay is the youngest among his five brothers and sisters.

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State’s first railway escalator goes to sleep - VIJAYWADA

Stranded:Passengers using the staircase on Platform Number 1 at Vijayawada Railway Station as the escalator goes out of order. —Photo: Ch. Vijaya Bhaskar
Stranded:Passengers using the staircase on Platform Number 1 at Vijayawada Railway Station as the escalator goes out of order

Passengers, particularly the aged and physically challenged, feel the pinch

It has become a source of disappointment for hundreds of passengers. Racing against time, they look forward to a little relief before rushing on to the footbridge. But the “out of order” board at the escalator hits them like a slap in the face.

Those who are forced to take the steps groan with disappointment.

The escalator on the first platform at the Vijayawada railway station has been defunct for quite some time, causing a lot of problems to the passengers. People are nowadays greeted with the ‘out of order’ board on a daily basis.

Passengers, particularly the aged, physically challenged and pregnant women, experience hardship while climbing up with their baggage, especially during rush hours.

Spare parts are not available

Railway officials said that spare parts were not available for the escalator, which outlived its utility.

“It is the first escalator in South Central Railway which was set up in 2000 by the then Railway Minister 
Nitish Kumar,” said a senior railway official.

Vijayawada station is the second busiest railway junction in the Indian Railways next to Mumbai Central and is categorised as an A-1 station. It is also one of the ten model stations in the division.

The station caters to the various needs of 250 trains that carry passengers and 150 trains that carry freight. On an average, 1.40 lakh passengers board, alight or just pass through the station.

Escalators are important not only for those who find it difficult to negotiate steps while carrying luggage, but to prevent staircases from becoming bottle-necks.

“Though I came in advance to the station, I got held up at the steps leading to the foot bridge and by the time I got on to the platform the train had left,” said Kanakamahalakshmi who came from Kankipadu to catch a train.

The few lifts that are working are the only source of relief for the aged and the infirm.

“As the city is in the heart of the new capital, railway authorities should improve the passenger amenities without further delay,” said a retired employee.

Source : The Hindu, 21st May 2016 

Guj to get institute for the mentally challenged: Gehlot - AHMEDABAD

Gujarat will get a national- level institute focusing on treatment and development of mentally challenged persons, Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot said here today.

The minister made the announcement while speaking at the inaugural event of a workshop under Centre's Accessible India Campaign.

Gujarat Social Justice and Empowerment minister Ramanlal Vora had made a demand for such a centre to the Central government.

"Ramanbhai Vora has asked for something...let me announce that Centre will provide all support and will work towards setting up a national institute and Gujarat will get it soon," he said.

The institution will have various facilities related to treatment, training, skill development of mentally challenged people, he said.

Gehlot said his Ministry has completed the formalities on using "divyang" as the term for differently-abled persons after a call for the same was made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his radio show 'Mann Ki Baat'.

"People have accepted the term 'divyang' for differently-abled persons after the call made by the Prime Minister. And therefore, my ministry has also completed the formality on nomenclature 'divyang'," he said.

He said four Gujarat cities are among 50 selected by his ministry under the Accessible India Programme where 100 buildings in each city will be made disabled-friendly.

"The four cities selected in Gujarat are Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Rajkot and Surat. In the first phase, 100 buildings will be identified in each city which will get ramp, lift, sign language and toilet facilities, among other things which are disabled-friendly," the minister said.

Source : PTI , 21st May 2016 

Faridabad Girl Tops CBSE Class 12 Exam in Differently-Abled Category

Mudita Jagota, a student of DAV Public School in Faridabad, has been declared the CBSE Class 12 national topper in differently-abled category with 97%.

Faridabad Girl Tops CBSE Class 12 Exam in Differently-Abled Category
               CBSE Class 12 national topper Mudita Jagota in differently-abled category

Siddhartha Biswas of Kendriya Vidyalaya in RK Puram, New Delhi, scored 96.8% and Rakshit Malik of Amity International School, Noida, scored 96.4% to come second and third respectively.
Rakshit, who aspires to become a lecturer or join the Indian Foreign Services, said, "Such a result is not that difficult. If you have your parents and teachers with you, then nothing is difficult. I never took any coaching classes, I just had my mother and teachers."
The overall pass percentage of 2016 is 83.05 which is an improvement over 2015's 82%.
In all a total of 10,65,179 candidates had registered for the exam this year, a 2.38% increase over the number of candidates that appeared in 2015.

In a statement released, the CBSE said that for the second consecutive year, CBSE has declared results of all ten regions on the same day.
The duration of examination was from March 1 to April 26 2016.
The schools will automatically get their results on the email ids already registered with the Board.
Starting this year, CBSE will also provide Class XII digital mark sheets in DigiLocker at The DigiLocker account credentials will be sent to students via SMS on their mobile number registered with CBSE.
The Board results for all its regions can be accessed at on three, and

Source : News 18, 21st May 2016 

CBSE: Differently abled Varanasi girl scores 91%, says inspired by Modi - VARANASI

A differently abled student, who drew inspiration from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to score an impressive 91.04% marks in the CBSE class 12 exams, wants to become either an “IAS officer or an economist”.
A student of Glorious Academy in Varanasi, Sumedha Pathak lost movement in both her legs two years ago after an infection in the spine. Varanasi is also the Lok Sabha constituency of Modi.
The physical challenge, however, did not deter Sumedha, whose name translates to wise in Hindi.
“I dream big. I can’t let anything take over them. What was destined had already happened. There is no use of looking back now. I would work hard to achieve my goal,” she said on Saturday after the results were announced.
Helped by her father Brijesh Chandra Pathak, who used to drop her at school and pick her up later, Sumedha studied five to six hours a day to achieve her goal.

Sumedha with her family members. 

She also dreams of becoming the governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and see her signature on Indian currency notes.
“I like accountancy and economics. I want to work round-the-clock for my nation after completing my education. First of all, I will prepare for civil services exam. In case, I am selected, I will work to improve facilities for physically challenged persons,” Sumedha said.
Giving credit to her parents for her success, Sumedha said she drew inspiration from Modi.
“Modi is different. He is working tirelessly for the country. I have heard that he sleeps only for three to four hours a day. (The) PM is taking initiative for every section and schemes launched by him will definitely yield results,” she said.
He father said that she never misses any opportunity to listen to Modi speak on radio or television.
“My journey is going on and it has certainly to go a long way,” Sumedha added.

Source : Hindustan Times , 21st May 2016 

Government Working On Protocol For Differently-Abled Children: Smriti Irani - NEW DELHI

Government Working On Protocol For Differently-Abled Children: Smriti Irani
Smriti Irani also said that it has been ensured that all teachers get a training to teach such children. 

HRD minister Smriti Irani today said the government is working on a protocol which will help parents in getting assistance for their differently-abled children in the field of education.

"The NCERT, in association with the Ministry of Social Justice, is working on creation of a protocol that would list the measures which parents want to empower their differently-abled children through education and what assistance they can get," Ms Irani said.

She also said that it has been ensured that all teachers get a training to teach such children.

"Already 3 lakh teachers have been been given the training," Ms Irani said during an interaction on Twitter.

During the interaction, Ms Irani also narrated an instance where she had put a students grievance related to fellowships before an official of the education department who continued to be dismissive.

Ultimately, she said, she had to tell the official that it was her own sister.

The minister also elaborated about the measures taken by the government to streamline the process related to disbursal of scholarships and fellowships.

She claimed that after coming to power, the NDA government had received around one lakh grievances of which 99 per cent have been addressed.

Source : ND TV , 20th May 2016 

Taxi operator Meru Cabs launches special service for differently abled and elderly commuters

Summary: The Meru Enable fleet will come equipped with a state-of-the-art hydraulic lift, which can comfortably lift a passenger seating in a wheelchair and help him/her to board the cab without any support. The cab interiors are specially designed and modified to accommodate the wheelchair and three 3 co-passengers. This specially designed fleet of cabs will enable people with special needs to commute across the city with or without any caregiver, giving them freedom to travel independently.
(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Radio taxi operator Meru Cabs has announced the launch of a specialised service for differently abled and elderly commuters called ‘Meru Enable’.

The Meru Enable fleet will come equipped with a state-of-the-art hydraulic lift, which can comfortably lift a passenger seating in a wheelchair and help him/her to board the cab without any support. The cab interiors are specially designed and modified to accommodate the wheelchair and three 3 co-passengers. This specially designed fleet of cabs will enable people with special needs to commute across the city with or without any caregiver, giving them freedom to travel independently.

It also has specific space to keep their belongings, extra room for caregivers/co-passengers, amongst several other elements to ensure a comfortable travel experience for people with specialised needs. Employing spacious vehicles, this distinctive service has been customized to fulfill the needs of a unique set of travelers that include elderly citizens, pregnant women, differently abled passengers and medically obese persons. Apart from handling wheelchairs, creating adequate space and driving with care, drivers of Meru Enable undergo special training and are sensitized to assisting passengers with mobility constraints.

Piloted in Mumbai, the service will soon be available in Delhi and Bangalore by the second half of 2016 followed by Chennai, Hyderabad and Kolkata in early 2017. Siddhartha Pahwa, Group CEO Meru Cabs said, “With a fleet of over 20,000 cabs on road serving over 6 million passengers, Meru Cabs now expands its travel portfolio by providing differently abled commuters an affordable and comfortable cab journey with the launch of Meru Enable.” Apart from the wheelchair & the hydraulic lift, every Meru Enable cab will also be equipped with: • Wheelchair restraint to safely hold the chair during movement• First-aid kit for the basic needs• Special training to drivers, sensitized to assist passengers• Spacious and hygienic interiors• Extra room for care givers• Fire extinguisher .

Source : Nyoooz , 19th May 2016 

Govt hikes rehabilitation fund for rescued bonded labourers, sex workers to up to Rs 3 lakh from Rs 20,000

The new norms put forth by the Labour Ministry also provides for Rs 4.5 lakh assistance for survey of bonded labours in sensitive districts.

Rescued bonded labours, including differently-abled, sex workers and minors will now get a maximum of Rs 3 lakh for rehabilitation as the Labour Ministry has notified changes under the government scheme.
On Tuesday, the Labour Ministry announced a slew of measures including hike in financial assistance package for freed bonded labours and stringent deterrents to tackle forced prostitution, organised begging rings, child labour, among others.
"We have notified the changes in the scheme for rehabilitation of (freed) bonded labourers and issued instructions in this regard to all concerned officers," Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya told PTI.
As per the changes in the scheme, the quantum of financial assistance has been raised from Rs 20,000 to Rs 3 lakh per person for differently-abled, females and children rescued from trafficking, sexual exploitation, and transgenders.
A special category comprising female and minor will get Rs 2 lakh per person and a normal adult male bonded labour will get Rs 1 lakh.
This rehabilitation amount will remain in an annuity account controlled by District Collector and a monthly earning will be given to the beneficiary in his or her account. The District Collector will take a decision on the corpus amount.
The new norms also provide for Rs 4.5 lakh assistance for survey of bonded labours in sensitive districts. The ministry will also create a permanent and renewable district-level rehabilitation fund of Rs 10 lakh that will be under the discretion of district collector. It will be used as a stopgap arrangement before reimbursement by the Centre through the DBT system.
The government will ensure that bonded labour cases are tried and judgement pronounced the same day like other summary trial cases as per Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), the ministry said.
"It will also be ensured that such cases are monitored by Sessions Courts and state High Courts by way of regular review as per their respective criminal manual apart from the state Home and Revenue departments," the minister had said.
Also, suitable provisions will be made for institutional involvement of officials from NHRC, State Human Rights Commission, NGOs and Union Labour Ministry, Dattatreya had said.

Source : DNA , 19th May 2016 

Simhastha Kumbh Mela: MP govt runs bus for differently-abled - BHOPAL

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today flagged-off an AC bus from his official residence here carrying visually impaired and other differently-abled people to the ongoing Kumbh Mela in Ujjain. 

The trip was organised under the aegis of Madhya Pradesh Blind Relief Association 

The initiative has come as a boon for many physically challenged persons who harbour the wish to visit the Kumbh Mela and take a holy dip in river Shipra. 

Sunanda, who is unable to walk properly because of her disability, was elated that the government has made arrangements for people like her to visit the sacred Kumbh Mela. 

"I am going to Ujjain for the first time in Simhastha Mela and feeling so good that I can't explain," she said. 

"We are really grateful to the Chief Minister for taking people like us to Simhastha (Kumbh) Mela and making all arrangements for the holy dip which otherwise is impossible and totally unthinkable," Jai Prakash said. 

Addressing the devotees on the occasion, Chouhan highlighted the arrangements made for the differently-abled and asked them to feel the spiritual milieu while taking a holy dip in the pious Shipra river. 

"I am really happy for all of you that you are going to Ujjain for the darshan of Lord Mahakal and taking a holy dip in Shipra on the occasion of Simhasth mela," he said while welcoming the group at his residence. 

He asked the officials to make all arrangements for their comfortable journey, visit to ghats and meals. 

"Nearly 44 persons are going to Simhastha mela as part of the initiative," association's chairman Nasir Hussain said. 

Hussain said it was for the first time such an initiative was taken by the government for physically challenged persons.

Source : Business Standard , 19th May 2016 

Dubai Customs jobs for differently-abled

Initiative taken at Careers UAE 2016

The first two days at Careers UAE 2016 were quite busy at the Dubai Customs stands, as a total of 1,000 job applications were lodged thus far; 403 of which were handed over to the staff at both exhibition stands, while 597 applications were emailed to DC careers email address.
Around 40 job seekers were interviewed on site, until the list was whittled down to 16 final candidates.

They will immediately be joining Dubai Customs work force, with 11 of them integrating the Customs inspection cadre.

Dubai Customs has allocated 2.5% of vacancies on offer throughout 2016 to the differently-abled, including the 128 vacancies announced at the Careers UAE Ahmed Obeid Al Falasi, Executive Director of Human Resources, Finance and Administration at Dubai Customs, said, "Empowering individuals with special needs and integrating them into the society are in line with nationwide drive to cater to all segments of the society. Dubai Customs currently has 10 employees with disabilities on board its staff.”"

Khamis Al Muhairi, Recruitment Senior Manager at Dubai Customs HR Department, said that "both Dubai Customs stands at the fair were like a beehive in the past two days, buzzing with ambitious job seekers. Interviewing and assessing potential candidates take an average of 20 minutes."

Source : Emirates , 2/7 News : 19th May 2016