July, 2014

City schools far from disabled-friendly

Despite India being a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), and with legislations like the Right to Education in place, city schools are far from inclusive, a recent study has found. The study on the status of ‘Inclusion of children with disabilities in registered schools’ conducted by Equals, Centre for Promotion of Social Justice in 34 city schools, found that only 47 per cent of the schools surveyed had enrolled children with disabilities. Of these only 19 per cent schools gave the number of students with disabilities enrolled. According to the study, as many as 76 per cent schools stated that they do not have an inclusive policy and only two of the 34 schools have such a policy.

Light is used to switch neurons on and off

MIT scientists switch bad memories for good ones in mice. They use a technique in which light is used to switch neurons on and off.

Pak. Army Chief is appointed as mediator and guarantor by PM

Pak Army Chief is appointed as ‘mediator’ and ‘guarantor’ by Prime Minister Mr. Nawaz Sharif for bringing the ongoing crisis between the Government and protesters to an end.

PMJDY is launched by PM

The PMJDY is launched by the Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi, with a record opening of 1.5 crore bank accounts on the Day One. The scheme envisages financial inclusion of all Indians.

Chief Justice of Madras High Court

Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul was sworn as the Chief Justice of the Madras high Court on July 26. Mr. Justice Kaul, 55, is the 27th Chief Justice of the Madras High Court since Independence.

Aspirin – harmful drug

A new research finds that millions of people across the world taking a daily dose of aspirin to ward off heart attacks are actually increasing their risk.

Italy wins Tour de France in cycling

Vincenzo Nibali of Italy wins the 101st edition of the Tour de France in cycling. Nibali led the race for 18 days out of 21.

Three were killed on kidnap case

The wife of Cameroon’s Vice-Prime Minister is kidnapped and at least three people are killed in an attack by Boko Haram militants in Kolofata, Cameroon.

38 rioters are arrested for communal violence in Saharanpur

About 38 rioters are arrested for communal violence in Saharanpur. An apparent land dispute between Sikhs and Muslims sparked the violence in the Western Uttar Pradesh city a day back, which left three dead and 33 injured.

Parking lot to hold 2,000 cars

There are indications that the booking IT hub of Siruseri will soon get a multi-level car parking facility that should accommodate at least 2,000 cars and 50 buses at a given time. Siruseri, situated 24.5 kms from Madhya Kailash on Rajiv Gandhi Salai (Old Mahabalipuram Road), has seen a huge influx of motor vehicles, especially with the establishment of the IT park there in 1998 by SIPCOT. The Tamil Nadu Road Development Company (TNRDC) recently appointed a consultant to prepare a feasibility study for a multi-level parking lot near the IT park.