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Editorial

Editorial

The last census in Pakistan was held in 1998, after a gap of 16 years, and now, after a gap of 16 more years, it has still not been conducted although it is supposed to be on a decennial basis. This is just another sign of the decay of national institutions which are of critical significance in a civilised society …

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MIRPURKHAS: Sindh Wheelchair Double Wicket Cricket Tournament

MIRPURKHAS: Sindh Wheelchair Double Wicket Cricket Tournament

Karachi Wheel Chair Cricket team have won the Abdul Sattar Edhi Sindh Wheelchair Double Wicket Cricket Tournament by defeating Omerkot team by 56 runs on Friday at Mirpurkhas. Sindh Wheelchair Double Wicket Cricket Tournament was held at Gama Stadium Mirpurkhas under Naya Qadam center Mirpurkhas with the collaboration of district government Mirpurkhas and patrons. President of Naya Qadam Jaweid Malik …

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‘Census can’t distinguish between citizens, aliens’

‘Census can’t distinguish between citizens, aliens’

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Finance and Statistics was informed on Tuesday that there was no mechanism to differentiate between Pakistanis and non-Pakistanis in the census process. The census is scheduled to begin in the country from March this year. To avoid any controversy in the meeting, Committee Chairman Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh requested that members refrain from making …

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Can Technology Redefine Disability?

Can Technology Redefine Disability?

India is undergoing a technology boom: media, politicians, corporates – and everyone in between – love to throw around terms such as ‘Smart India’ and ‘Digital India’. But can this new India be truly inclusive? Is there space for persons with various challenges, be they physical or intellectual, to take part in ‘Smart India’? It is certainly true that technology …

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Outrage in India after textbook lists ugliness, physical disability as causes for dowry

Outrage in India after textbook lists ugliness, physical disability as causes for dowry

Though local authorities have said that the passage will soon be taken off the textbook, people have expressed their anger, with some highlighting the evils of the decades-old practice on social media. - REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui NEW DELHI: A major controversy has erupted in India over a textbook in the western state of Maharashtra that has listed "ugliness" and "physical disability" …

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SRHR for the Disabled

SRHR for the Disabled

Sexual Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) is the concept of human rights applied to the fields of sexuality, reproductive system, and health for both men and women. In a country where basic requirements such as education, food and shelter are not met with, one's sexuality could very well be at the end of the list of priorities; but should it really? …

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Games for all-round development

Games for all-round development

Future of national sports depends on the willingness to think long term and invest in local infrastructures and human resources The hosting of the National Games held last month has the potential to be a milestone in the development of sports in Nepal. Despite many logistical and other organisational challenges, the fact that the National Sport Council and its partners …

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The uncertainty of tomorrow

The uncertainty of tomorrow

Children with disability need a secure future even when their parents are gone I recently read an article published in the Guardian titled ‘Facing my fear: to save my autistic son’s future I had to let him go’, written by Elaine Robertson Demby, a mother of a child with autism spectrum. In the article, Elaine confessed that sending her son, …

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Creating transgressions

Creating transgressions

Photo: Kazi Tahsin Agaz Apurbo When I walked next to Anita on the streets of Kathmandu, I went through a series of emotions. Anxiety, dread, nervousness, and then eventually confidence. Anita is a wheelchair user, and the streets of Kathmandu, very much like that of Dhaka, are not accessible or wheelchair friendly. Part of my emotional rollercoaster was because Anita …

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Physical violence against children common in Bhutan

Physical violence against children common in Bhutan

Report: More than six out of 10 children aged between 13 to 17 years have experienced at least one incident of physical violence, a study on violence against children in Bhutan has found. The report produced by the National Commission for Women and Children (NCWC), the government and UNICEF Bhutan in May 2016 stated that physical violence that caused bodily harm …

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Modified Transportation Opens Up World to Disabled in Phnom Penh

Modified Transportation Opens Up World to Disabled in Phnom Penh

'The wheelchair is very heavy. I am alone and I can't do it unless we have two people to hold her tightly,' Khem said. 'We stopped taking her out, so she stayed at home on the bed all the time.' Today, the Mobilituk - with a steel ramp that pulls down to allow a wheelchair to roll up - gives …

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No free ride for foreign drivers with disabilities on Japan’s expressways

No free ride for foreign drivers with disabilities on Japan’s expressways

British tourist N.W. contacted Lifelines about benefits for disabled drivers in Japan. He is the holder of a Blue Badge, a government-authorized ID that affords certain privileges to British citizens with disabilities, both at home and abroad. Japan is apparently on the list of countries where the ID is recognized, entitling disabled visitors to the same benefits as Japanese residents, …

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Japan: Designing a Society for All

Japan: Designing a Society for All

Faced with the challenges of becoming the ‘oldest’ society in the world, Japan has embarked on a mission to adapt universal design principles to its unique culture, a process which has seen unprecedented collaboration among its major brands As a designer and educator with a life-long commitment to ‘enabling design’ which dates back to my time as a master’s student …

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Workplace Disability Discrimination Claims Set New Record

Workplace Disability Discrimination Claims Set New Record

Charges of disability-related job discrimination hit a record high for the second year in a row, the EEOC said. (Thinkstock) Federal officials say they are receiving an increasing number of complaints of disability-based job discrimination. For the second year in a row, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said charges of job bias related to disability hit an all-time high, …

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Bournemouth admit meeting disability access deadline "extremely challenging"

Bournemouth admit meeting disability access deadline "extremely challenging"

Bournemouth accept meeting an August deadline to become fully compliant with disability access requirements at their current Vitality Stadium home "will prove extremely challenging". A report by the Culture, Media and Sport select committee listed Bournemouth as one of four Premier League clubs - the others being Chelsea, Liverpool and Crystal Palace - likely to miss the deadline. Bournemouth are in the process of identifying …

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Woman alleges Life Insurance Co. of North America wrongfully terminated disability benefits

Woman alleges Life Insurance Co. of North America wrongfully terminated disability benefits

LOS ANGELES – A former Carrington Mortgage Holdings employee alleges she is still disabled and that her disability benefits were wrongfully terminated. Margaret Ploof filed a complaint on Jan. 19 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against Life Insurance Co. of North America citing the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. According to the complaint, the …

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