Judgement of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of Union of India & Others Vs National Federation of the Blind & Others dated 08/10/2013 on failure of the Govt of India to provide reservation to the blind and low vision persons and they are virtually excluded from the process of recruitment to the Government posts as stipulated under Section 33 of the Persons with Disabilities (Equal
Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995.

Scientists have successfully developed “artificial bones” from umbilical cord stem cells, paving way for repair of bones and replacement of lost cartilage in limbs.

The State of the World’s Children 2013: Children with Disabilities examines the barriers – from inaccessible buildings to dismissive attitudes, from invisibility in official statistics to vicious discrimination – that deprive children with disabilities of their rights and keep them from participating fully in society.

Rehabilitation centres for Endosulfan affected victims are in need of experienced and skilled physiotherapists and aesthetic- prosthetic engineers and modern instruments. Localites should be trained as physiotherapists at least to provide minimum treatment for differently abled people, said Disability Commissioner K V Rajanna.

The interim report of Joint Expert Committee on endosulfan submitted to the Supreme Court. Says that the ban on this pesticide should be limited to Kerala and Karnataka only, since none of the other states have reported adverse health effects.

 

Chronic diseases (eg, cardiovascular diseases, mental health disorders, diabetes, and cancer) and injuries are the leading causes of death and disability in India, and we project pronounced increases in their contribution to the burden of disease during the next 25 years. Most chronic diseases are equally prevalent in poor and rural populations and often occur together.

Kamal Bakshi

Counting the “invisible” children of Mother India.

While the current focus of political debate is on ‘caste and census,' there is another important aspect that deserves attention. This concerns disability.

Randeep Ramesh

Wealthy families in Britain are a third less likely to have a disabled child, a statistic that reveals an alarming social gradient because poorer families unlucky enough to have such children are pushed further into poverty by the pressures of caring for them, according to research.

The Right to Education Bill, likely to be passed by Lok Sabha on Monday, is at the centre of a new row with disability activists alleging that it deliberately excludes disabled children from its ambit, in effect denying some 30 million children their right to education.

Used phony journals to push Vioxx pharma giant Merck has been accused of using unscrupulous methods, including publication of fake journals, to promote its anti-arthritis drug Vioxx. The evidence against Merck was presented before an Australian court in May after it began hearing a four-year-old lawsuit. Merck paid a well-known academic publisher, Elsevier, to compile favourable

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