Estanara Magazine

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Editorial

Editorial

The acceptance of the social cause of disability was followed by a clearer understanding of the functional cause of disability. Disability follows an illness or accident which alters an individual’s health condition. This alteration we call disability. Any human being can have an illness, and so it follows that any human being can have disability. Therefore disability is a part …

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KARACHI BUILDINGS LIGHT UP BLUE FOR AUTISM AWARENESS

KARACHI BUILDINGS LIGHT UP BLUE FOR AUTISM AWARENESS

Karachi—Buildings in Pakistan’s financial capital Karachi were illuminated blue on Saturday evening as part of a global campaign to create awareness for Autism spectrum disorder. A statement on Saturday said that Special Children Educational Institute Principal Saima Haq described the Light it Up Blue as a unique global initiative to promote better understanding of autism and living with disabilities. “Any …

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World Autism Day being observed

World Autism Day being observed

The eighth World Autism Day is being observed today, but the awareness about this disease in Pakistan and many other parts of the world is still virtually nil, unfortunately even among the doctors, while treatment and other facilities about the persons suffering from it are also rare. The day was designated by the United Nations General Assembly through a resolution …

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Could Your Commute Improve Your Physical Health?

Could Your Commute Improve Your Physical Health?

ISLAMABAD: A recent study published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology shows that the way in which we travel to work has a significant impact on our body mass index. Those who cycle walk or use public transport in midlife are likely to have a lower percentage of body fat than drivers. New research shows that catching the bus is …

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AYESHA BRIEFS WOMEN PARLIAMENTARY CAUCUS OVER LEGISLATION

AYESHA BRIEFS WOMEN PARLIAMENTARY CAUCUS OVER LEGISLATION

Compulsory immunization & Protection of Health Workers bill Islamabad—Members of the Women Parliamentary Caucus were briefed on the Compulsory Immunization and Protection of Health Workers Bill in its general body meeting here on Thursday. The bill has recently been passed by the Upper House and will soon be introduced in the National Assembly. Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq, mover of the …

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Overall Law, Order Situation Improved Significantly in 2015

Overall Law, Order Situation Improved Significantly in 2015

Islamabad The human rights indicators remained alarming in the country but the overall law and order situation significantly improved in 2015 as there were 31 per cent less suicide attacks and 40 per cent decrease in death of people as a result of violence and anti-state violence dropped below 2008 levels, when incident of terrorism started escalating. The statistics made …

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Saima: Govt Committed to Ensure Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Saima: Govt Committed to Ensure Rights of Persons with Disabilities

National Advisory Committee on Autism Chairperson Saima Wazed Hossain, also the daughter of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, said the government is very much sincere to fulfill its commitment of ensuring all rights of people with disabilities, including autism. "My country, Bangladesh , the Awami League government and in particular my mother Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, have always been strongly committed …

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India to Host World Assembly on Rights of Disabled

India to Host World Assembly on Rights of Disabled

20 years after passing of the Persons with Disabilities Act 1995, there is no state policy on disability  In 2015, United Nations' Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that target a range of International development outcomes such as access to water, sanitation, maternal and child health etc gave way to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Unlike the MDGs, the SDGs are more …

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Girls with Disabilities Face Hardship in India

Girls with Disabilities Face Hardship in India

Pandita Ramabai, founder of the Ramabai Mukti Mission/ Help India Kids. (Photo courtesy of Help India Kids via Facebook). India (MNN) – In a culture struggling to recognize the worth of women, India is an especially rough home for girls with disabilities. Jonathan Bollback of Help India Kids spoke with us regarding this issue. “Girls in India are not highly valued. And …

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In U-turn, Defence Ministry, Army to File Appeals in Disability Pension Cases

In U-turn, Defence Ministry, Army to File Appeals in Disability Pension Cases

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar The panel had also taken note of lower life expectancy of soldiers as compared with civilian employees. In a turnaround from the stated policy of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, his ministry and the Army headquarters have issued instructions to government lawyers to once again start filing appeals in the Supreme Court, against pension granted to disabled …

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St. Lucian to Serve on The World Council of Disabled People International on His Visit to India

St. Lucian to Serve on The World Council of Disabled People International on His Visit to India

Press Release PRESS RELEASE – President of the National Council of and for Persons With Disabilities (NCPD Inc.), Merphilus James, travels to India on Thursday April 7th to attend the 9th World Assembly of Disabled People’s International (DPI). This assembly will be held in New Delhi from April 11th – 13th and will feature prominent disability and human rights advocates from …

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DMU Students Use Degree Skills to Help Disabled Children in India

DMU Students Use Degree Skills to Help Disabled Children in India

Students and staff have flown to India to discover how they can put their skills into practice helping communities in one of the country’s biggest states. A team led by Nick Rowan of DMU Product Design are due to arrive in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, tomorrow (6 April) where they will begin work on a project to design useful aids for disabled children. Meanwhile …

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Mysterious Disease Attacks Children 

Mysterious Disease Attacks Children 

Mohammad Al-Masum Molla, back from Gaibandha Children in Khatiamari village, Gaibandha are afflicted with a mysterious disease that causes their triceps muscle to cave in Photo- DHAKA TRIBUNE Ten months ago, 10-year-old primary schoolgoer Sakib’s father noticed that a small white spot had appeared on the upper arm of the little boy. At first, Sakib’s father Zahidul, who is a …

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Persons with Disabilities, Their Rights & Woes

Persons with Disabilities, Their Rights & Woes

The United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) entered into force on May 3, 2008. The convention is targeted at ensuring that ratifying states adequately protect the rights of the disabled, and promote respect for their inherent dignity. Sri Lanka ratified the CRPD on February 8, 2016. As a ratifying state, Sri Lanka is bound to …

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Table Tennis for Nepal - Inauguration Ceremony

Table Tennis for Nepal - Inauguration Ceremony

Kathmandu hosts the main event of World Table Tennis Day and promotes Table Tennis among people with a disability in Nepal. Kathmandu has the honour to be the capital of the World Table Tennis Day (WTTD), celebrated by Table Tennis enthusiasts all over the world to show the public a sport able to gather all kind of people having fun …

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Worldwide Diabetes Prevalence Has Quadrupled Since 1980

Worldwide Diabetes Prevalence Has Quadrupled Since 1980

The number of people worldwide with diabetes has quadrupled since 1980. The number of adults with diabetes worldwide has quadrupled from 108 million in 1980 to 422 million in 2014, according to a study published in The Lancet. By 2025, the global target is to halt the increase in age-standardized adult prevalence of diabetes to its 2010 levels. The results of …

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Not Pollution, Second-Hand Smoke a Major Cause of Asthma in Indians

Not Pollution, Second-Hand Smoke a Major Cause of Asthma in Indians

Asthma is a global health priority due to the extent and duration of disability, affecting 334 million people worldwide. (Representative Image) TORONTO: Countries with higher male smokingrates such as India and Bangladesh can push upasthma and wheezing cases as a result of more exposure to second-hand smoke. This is what Jayadeep Patra, an epidemiologist at the Centre for Global Health Research at …

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Count Me In 

Count Me In 

“I didn’t like school at all. My parents and the neighbourhood tried to get me involved but I never went because the other children made fun of me and I didn’t like to study.” Ashraful, the third son of a poor mason is now 20 years old. As a youngster he spent his time like millions of other rural-based boys; …

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US Among World Leaders in Death Penalty, Surpassed only by Saudi, Iran & Pakistan – Amnesty

US Among World Leaders in Death Penalty, Surpassed only by Saudi, Iran & Pakistan – Amnesty

Editor's Note: Amnesty has produced a lovely colourful graphic (see below) to illustrate their point that the US is among the biggest users of the death penalty for punishment/retribution. Apparently, they are not concerned about the millions of people executed by the US over the past century or so, all round the world. While executions at home might be for …

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New Evidence Links Zika to Serious Brain, Spinal Cord Infections

New Evidence Links Zika to Serious Brain, Spinal Cord Infections

Scientists suspect a strong link of Zika virus to serious brain and spinal cord infections.(Representational Image)Reuters Scientists now believe that Zika virus can be more dangerous than predicted, causing a series of nerve cell disorders, besides the birth defect microcephaly and the muscle paralysing Guillain-Barre syndrome. They suspect the link of Zika virus to serious brain and spinal cord disorders, …

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A MOTHER’S JOURNEY

A MOTHER’S JOURNEY

Our children didn't choose to have autism, but it has become an undeniably reality of their lives As in any regular family, my son Krit's birth brought enormous happiness to our home. He was the first grandchild to both parental houses, making him special from the very start. People often commented on how he might be one of the best-looking …

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Action on Mental Health Needs Global Cooperation

Action on Mental Health Needs Global Cooperation

Sven Torfinn/Panos As threats to populations transcend national boundaries, it is crucial that responses to mental-health problems do too, say Pamela Y. Collins and Shekhar Saxena. A counsellor at Nairobi Women's Hospital. Mental-health disorders are the leading causes of disability worldwide. Nearly 30% of people around the world experience a mood, anxiety or substance-use disorder in their lifetime1. The resources …

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Not Just a Game

Not Just a Game

  More discussions and better comprehension of the impact of sports on development are needed While watching a badminton match or a cricket game, only a few of us might think of the transformative impact that sports can have on people’s life. Rooting viscerally for a team is something that can bring people together, helping for example a youth to …

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Model With One Arm Wants to Increase Diversity in Modeling: 'I Never Considered Myself as Disabled'

Model With One Arm Wants to Increase Diversity in Modeling: 'I Never Considered Myself as Disabled'

Kelly Knox FRED JONNY Born without her left forearm, model Kelly Knox never felt like she was missing out. "I never considered myself as disabled," Knox, 31, tells PEOPLE. "Growing up, we never used the word; my arm is part of me, just like every other part is." So the London-based Knox was a bit surprised when she heard about …

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Miscarriage is a Disability, says Ontario Human Rights Tribunal

Miscarriage is a Disability, says Ontario Human Rights Tribunal

MELISSA GOLDEN / NEW YORK TIMES FILE PHOTO In a recent interim decision the province’s human rights body found losing an unborn child to be a disability. A recent interim decision by Ontario's Human Rights Tribunal has found losing an unborn child to be a disability. The issue arose in the aftermath of an Ontario woman's dismissal from her job. …

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Obama Claims Power to Make Illegal Immigrants Eligible for Social Security, Disability

Obama Claims Power to Make Illegal Immigrants Eligible for Social Security, Disability

(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) Does the president of the United States have the power to unilaterally tell millions of individuals who are violating federal law that he will not enforce that law against them now, that they may continue to violate that law in the future and that he will take action that makes them eligible for federal benefit programs for …

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