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Meet Bengaluru-based Pushpa, who has scribed 681 exams for differently-abled people over the last 10 years

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 10:40 -- geeta.nair

Remember going to the exam hall? The butterflies in your stomach, sweaty palms, and feverish prayers that the questions be easy – then the post exam stress of how well you’d score!


Most of us write our exams out of compulsion and, well, because we don’t really have a choice. Now think of someone who has braved the exam stress over 10 years, writing a whopping 681 exams, and all of it willingly. That is NM Pushpa Preeya for you - an exam scribe from Bengaluru, who was awarded the Nari Shakti Puraskar this year.


Knives, pins safety tools for blind women'

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 11:22 -- geeta.nair

Facing safety challenges, visually impaired women across the state are forced to carry folding knives and safety pins. A survey on the condition of working women with visual impairment conducted by Karnataka State Government Employee's Association  for the Blind also stated that the government has not trained them in navigation and smart mobility technology such as the smartphone app Eye-D, electronic canes, Google Map and other navigational aids.

Election Commission makes voting accessible for disabled in Karnataka

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 10:30 -- geeta.nair

BENGALURU: Election Commission in the state has received registrations of four lakh physically disabled voters and has left no stone unturned to ensure their voting process is hassle-free. 

Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Karnataka, Sanjeev Kumar told The New Indian Express that visually impaired voters will be provided with Braille-enabled voter slips and voter guides. The visually impaired and blind voters will also be provided with the candidate list, that will be written in Braille. They will also have candidate symbols in braille.

New guidelines for safety of schoolkids

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 12:25 -- geeta.nair

Ahead of the new academic year, the government has released a fresh set of guidelines for schools keeping in mind the safety of children. A government notification lays down guidelines on the structural and functional aspects of educational  institutions. The norms range from specifications of the area in which schools ought to be constructed to what children are to be taught. Schools will be mandated to introduce gender sensitivity to students from class 1 to 12.

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Ban on party posters, poll graffiti on public property all across Jharkhand

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 12:05 -- geeta.nair

The use of public properties for political advertisements during the election campaign has been prohibited in Jharkhand following an order issued by the chief electoral officer (CEO) in Ranchi on Sunday.

Additional CEO Manish Ranjan said that political advertisement on railway station premises, government hospitals, post offices, bus stands, airport, bridges, railway overbridges, electricity and telephone poles, public and government buildings and campuses would be prohibited during the period that came under the model code of conduct for Lok Sabha polls.

Accessible Coins for Visually Impaired Are Welcome, But the Vision Must Expand

Thu, 03/14/2019 - 10:14 -- geeta.nair

I guess it’s time to celebrate.

India finally has a new set of coins that are accessible to the visually impaired. Recently released by the government, these coins – in denominations of Re 1, Rs 2, Rs 5, Rs 10 and Rs 20 – are easily recognisable by their distinct weight, size, touch and feel.


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