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April 19, 2017

Save Motherhood and Prevent Maternal Death

Save Motherhood and Prevent Maternal Death

Save Motherhood and Prevent Maternal Death

Every year, National Safe Motherhood Day is observed across India on the 11th of April to create and raise awareness about proper healthcare and maternity facilities for pregnant and lactating women. It is an initiative of the White Ribbon Alliance India (WRAI) to enforce that women must have adequate access to care during pregnancy, childbirth and postnatal periods.

The White Ribbon Alliance (WRA) is a nonpartisan, non-profit and non-governmental membership organisation that aims to decrease maternal and newborn deaths globally. It was formed to address the voices of women at risk of dying in childbirth. The alliance grew rapidly as thousands of people and groups joined the network, speaking as one voice, identifying problems in their own communities and finding specific solutions at a national level across Africa and Asia.

Every minute of every day, somewhere in the world and most often in a developing country, a woman dies from complications related to pregnancy or childbirth. Our mission, as a result, should be to inspire and convene advocates who can campaign to uphold the right of all women to be safe and healthy before, during and after childbirth.

To achieve the same, WRAI organises activities and campaigns throughout the country. As a matter of fact, members of WRAI also join hands with other NGOs to share resources and technical expertise on National Safe Motherhood Day.

Due to lack of education and adequate health and medical services, about 44,000 Indian women die during pregnancy and childbirth. This number can be reduced with simple and proven techniques, and by improving accessibility and education among women. One of these measures could be informing mothers about their nutrition needs from the time they get pregnant to the time they deliver their baby. Another could be educating them about keeping their baby safe after birth through immunisations that are essential for his or her growth.

When a woman dies, children lose their primary caregiver. Her death is a major loss for her family, community and country.

Here are a few ways to prevent maternal deaths:
● Ensuring delivery by qualified and skilled birth attendant.
● Reducing anemia among women during adolescence and childbearing years.
● Educating women on nutrition during pregnancy.
● Informing women about family planning and safe methods.
● Improving antenatal care.
● Shedding light on the importance of breastfeeding.
● Providing postnatal care for pain, infections, excessive bleeding and nutrition.
● Preventing child marriage.
● Improving education of the girl child.
● Providing immunisation and other disease prevention methods.
● Detecting and managing birth complications.

With the help of organisations like UNICEF, WHO, WRAI and various NGOs across the country, India has been successful in lowering its abysmal maternal mortality rate (MMR). We owe this to their continuous efforts to bring about this positive change.

Article Source: http://www.thepontychadhafoundation.org/blog/health/save-motherhood-and-prevent-maternal-death/

April 18, 2017

World Heritage Day – Do Your Bit

Do you know the fact that according to UNESCO, a monument can only be included in the World Heritage list, if it is well-preserved?

April 18th marks the World Heritage Day, also known as World International Monuments and Sites Day. This day celebrates the diversity of cultural heritage where people across the world pledge to protect and conserve the rich heritage of our monuments. But looking at the dismal condition of heritage sites in India, let us all ask each other a question. Are we doing every bit to protect our monuments?

The answer to this question is evident from the images below.

Taj Mahal

The pristine beauty of one of the world’s seven wonders – Taj Mahal – is suffering from the effects of pollution and is slowly turning yellow.

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Lodhi Tomb, Delhi

Not only stripped off it’s beauty, the Lodhi Tomb in Delhi is not the only victim of human intervention, there are many forts and monuments in India which have been ruined by the rampant graffiti.

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Daulatabad Fort, Aurangabad

Once reciting the glorious history from the 14th-century, the Daulatabad Fort is now left in ruins.

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These forts hold the stories from our rich culture and history which is why it is more of our prerogative to ensure that we keep them safe and preserve their natural beauty..

But you must be thinking that how can you alone preserve the monuments?You can only do your bit if you take small steps and think of the safekeeping of our heritage as your own responsibility.

  • Whenever you visit a monument, don’t throw away plastic bags, eatables or garbage around.
  • Ensure that people around you do not scribble anything on the walls.
  • Use Govt. helplines if you see anyone harming the heritage sites.
  • Spread awareness in your reach to not damage our heritage.
  • You can also adopt a local monument in your area and pledge for its safekeeping.
  • Form local committees and groups with like-minded people who share the same passion for upkeep of our heritage sites.
  • Contact govt. bodies aligned with the preservation of our historical monuments and ask them how you can volunteer or help.

Taking small steps for conservation of our monuments and making people aware of their rich cultural heritage can go a long way in preserving our roots. Remember that these monuments are not public property, they are our national treasure!

Artice Source: http://www.thepontychadhafoundation.org/blog/environment/world-heritage-day-do-your-bit/

April 11, 2017

Tackling Depression: Tips for Parents of Children with Special Needs

Tackling Depression

Depression: It might not have a significant presence in our lives, but it is possible that someone around us, near us, has been suffering from depression for long enough without us even noticing.
Surprising, yes, but it could happen!
The questions we all have in mind: What is depression? How does it manifest itself? What has made it one of the most severe mental problems in the world?

Imagine having a heachache, a strong one… one that people dismiss as just a heachache, and not something to make a fuss about.
Imagine feeling empty all the time; no one to share your feelings with, nobody to talk to.
Imagine being amidst a sea of people, yet feeling all alone.
Imagine for once that nobody cares whether you exist or not.
That feeling is depression… and it isn’t pretty, especially since most of us don’t even talk about it, or so much as acknowledge its presence.

Depression could be of different types and it could affect people for different reasons, but it is often the parents of children with special needs who are its most common victims. They don’t suffer because they have a special child. They suffer because our society does not treat them as normal. And the only thing that can reduce their suffering is acceptance. It won’t cost us anything to extend a hand of help.

At Mata Bhagwanti Chadha Niketan (MBCN), we treat every child like our own – with compassion, respect and care. As a result, parents feel assured that their child is loved and well looked after at this home away from home. Not just children, we care equally for parents as well.

In her article on coping with depression, Director, MBCN, Dr. Vandana Sharma lends some useful advice to parents of children with special needs.

Read on for insightful excerpts:

“They need to see this vulnerability and work to adopt effective coping skills to deal efficiently with the situation. It will ultimately benefit their special children also. They can deal with children more effectively and patiently if they themselves are at mental peace.”

Setting Limits on Expectations
There are limits to what one person can do. You shouldn’t expect yourself to think about your child all the time. And your child with a disability shouldn’t expect to be the center of attention all the time or the center of your life all the time. It is often easy to have the child with disabilities set the schedule and tone for all family life. You have limits and your child has limits; learn to recognize both and give yourself a chance to examine the situation before responding in anger or fatigue or with frustration. You are not SUPERPARENT.

Having Fun With Your Child
When every activity becomes ‘a therapy session,’ a lot of pleasure can be lost that would otherwise be shared by you and our child. You are the one who lives with your child, and you are the one who is being asked to do just one more thing. If you cannot do something tonight, or every day, okay. That is your decision. Having fun with your child with cerebral palsy can be a radical idea when you are surrounded by people telling you what to do or what should be happening next.

You are not your child’s therapist or teacher. You are Mommy or Daddy. Therapy and educational activities at home are certainly beneficial but you and your child need time to just fool around, tickle, giggle, tell stories and just hang out. These times are one of the most important parts of your child’s “education” and the love and social skills learned by them will stand in good stead for the future as they will contribute greatly to the self-esteem of your child – and your own self-esteem as a parent.

Taking Time Off or Having a Life
As a parent you need time to yourself, with your spouse or partner and with other family members, and just time without kids around. Many parents describe the first time they went to the grocery store alone after their child was born as a tremendous feeling of freedom — even though they were doing a chore, and even though they didn’t talk to anyone but the checkout clerk. There are many parts of your life and each deserves as much attention and nurturing as does your special needs child. At one point I realized that I had no social life and, even though it meant spending money for a respite worker, the time taken to build friendships has probably helped me be a better parent to my child. And even if it has taken time and energy away from my child, I now have ‘a life’ and can talk about more than my son and his disability.

Being the Expert-In-Charge
You know your child better than anyone else as you have spent the most time and lived the longest with this child with a disability, longer than anyone else. You know what works and what doesn’t; you have the big picture and history of your child and can utilize this in any situation. Support personnel come and go but you are the expert with the experience and first-hand knowledge of your child.

As the expert you have the right to be in charge of your child’s educational, social and medical and other decisions, at least until your child can do this for him or herself. Professionals do not live the consequences of their decisions, so while you want their opinions, remember that they are only ‘informed’ opinions and not facts. They shouldn’t tell you are wrong, that you will regret it, that you are selfish, or that you are not looking far enough ahead. Nor should they make you feel guilty or pressure you into a decision.

As suggested by Dr. Vandana Sharma herself, do not forget that someone around you might be a sufferer too. Look out, it isn’t that tough. It could be a friend, a cousin, or even your neighbour from next door.

Let’s start by asking the simplest yet most important question: How are you?
#LetsTalk!

Source: http://www.mbcnschool.org/blog/tackling-depression-tips-for-parents-of-children-with-special-needs/

 

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March 20, 2017

7 ways to Empower Women

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8th March is celebrated worldwide as International Women’s Day, a day when every individual pledges to honour, respect and value the women in their lives.

However, in a gender-biased society, how do we ensure gender parity all year long? In a world where women are often misjudged for the most trivial of choices, can we really say that women are empowered at all? Probably not.

Before we talk about how to empower women, we must first know why we need to. The reason is simple and universal. Women deserve to be empowered and deserve an equal footing because they certainly aren’t the weaker sex. It is their right to get all the opportunities and benefits that have been limited to men for years.

Ways to empower women!

Empowering a woman doesn’t mean giving her riches… Empowerment begins with small yet meaningful steps that bring about a positive change. Here are some easy ways to help empower women all around.

1. Ensure women’s safety
Out in the streets, women fight an unspoken war every day. Some are assaulted, some molested, and some violated. Truth be told, there is no safe haven for women anywhere, since most of these horrific cases occur inside homes and offices. While the government does need to initiate strict laws for the safety and security of women, we too need to keep our eyes open for wrongdoers.

2. Education
An educated girl can not only live life on her own terms, she can very well change the world. As responsible citizens, it is our duty to take that first step. From that urchin girl who begs for alms to that ragpicker who lives under the bridge, every girl needs and deserves to be educated. Teach one, teach all, and open new pathways for her bright future.

3. Healthcare
Safety isn’t just fighting criminals but also creating a safe, survivable environment for women all over. Ensure a safe, holistic environment and regular health check ups.

4. Save a Girl.
We focus on women empowerment every now and then, but how will we initiate the steps mentioned above when there will be no women? Girls in many parts of the world including India are killed before birth. Reason are many, but the consequences are horrific.

5. Teach job skills
A small skill is enough for a woman to start a career. Be it gardening, sewing or craftsmanship, these efforts can help them start a small-scale business of their own. Share new ideas with them and help them learn, because empowerment begins with small initiatives.

6. Raise your voice against gender inequality
Above all, raise your voice. Stand up for every woman and help decrease the prevalent gender disparity in all the stratas of society.

7. Give her Freedom
“Don’t travel late, stay within limits.” At every step we tend to imply restrictions on women. Now is the time to change the equation.
Don’t bind them in the chains of orthodox views. Give them the freedom they deserve.
If you wish to change something, broaden your mind and see what great achievers women can become.

Empowering women starts within our families, workplaces, and neighborhoods. Appreciate those superheroes who start their day much before you and end it much later. Say thanks to your mom and that teacher who encouraged you years ago. Say thanks to your sister who inspires you at every step. Say thanks to your daughter, whose smile is enough to fill your day with happiness.

Source: http://www.thepontychadhafoundation.org/blog/inspiration/7-ways-to-empower-women/

March 16, 2017

Let’s Pledge to Keep Each Other Safe

Imagine a child being lured into taking a candy from a stranger with unhealthy intentions. You know the stranger looks dubious but you turn a blind eye and placate your conscience by saying that maybe the man knew the child, but leaving the fate of that child to your voice of reason is downright inappropriate. If it’s all happening in front of you, it is your duty to intervene and inform the police.

We live in a world where ensuring safety is not just the job of lawmen, but also each one of us. We must pledge to keep each other safe rather than leaving it all in the hands of the government or police. That’s the theme for this National Safety Day/Week 2017 which says ‘Keep Each Other Safe’.

Apart from real world safety and security, workplace safety is also a prime concern when it comes to industrial workers and factory labour, who work in unsafe environments and dire conditions. To safeguard the interests of this section, National Safety Council was set up on 4th March, 1966 to create, develop and sustain a voluntary movement on Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) at the national level. National Safety Day is celebrated every year throughout India to reiterate the importance of safety and create awareness throughout the country.

Key Objectives of the National Security Council

1. To make people aware of the Safety, Health and Environment issues throughout the country
2. To gain active participation from different industrial players at various levels
3. To promote a culture that involves both employers and employees in SHE activities
4. To develop need-based activities, SHE management systems and compliance with statutory requirements
5. To cover SHE sectors not included in any legal parameter
6. To remind employers of their responsibility in ensuring workplace safety

Rapid industrialization post-independence saw a rise in many industrial accidents and workplace mishaps. The chief objective of establishing NSC was to minimise harm to workers by preventing such accidents.

Organisations are also realising the importance of workplace safety and carrying out activities for awareness around the same. Training sessions, workshops, safety drives, and awareness campaigns are being carried out to sensitize employees and employers about this issue.

This National Safety Day/Week, let’s pledge to keep each other safe by creating a secure environment not just at the workplace, but outside of the workplace as well.

Source: http://www.thepontychadhafoundation.org/blog/inspiration/lets-pledge-to-keep-each-other-safe/

August 4, 2012

Home Minister Shinde to visit Pune today

Mumbai: Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde is scheduled to visit the blast sites in Pune on Saturday. Image

Shinde is likely to review the security situation at a meeting with top officials here.

Four low-intensity explosions took place in the busy J M Road area in Pune on August 1.

Shinde, who took charge as Union Home Minister the same day, was supposed to visit the city that evening, but the visit was cancelled.

Source: zeenews.india.com

August 20, 2011

Govt blinks, ready to talk to Anna

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New Delhi: At a time when the UPA is on backfoot over Gandhian Anna Hazare’s indefinite fast, pressing for a stronger Lokpal Bill, government has hinted that it was ready to talk to Team Anna to find a midway, if approached formally.

The indications came after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh chaired an hour-long meeting of Congress core group late last night, to take stock of the situation arising out of Anna’s fast at Ramlila Ground.

The meeting was attended by senior Union Ministers Pranab Mukherjee, P Chidambaram and AK Antony. Sonia Gandhi’s political secretary Ahmed Patel was also present in the meeting.

“The government has no problem in holding talks with the civil society group led by Hazare if they express readiness,” highly placed sources in the Congress party informed.

A number of Congress leaders, speaking on condition of anonymity said the government should re-engage Team Anna in talks.

Govt blinks, ready to talk to Anna The meeting came against the backdrop of Hazare setting a deadline of August 30 for the government to get the Janlokpal Bill passed in Parliament, failing which he decided to continue his fast “till his last breath”.

Meanwhile, Congress launched damage control exercise over handling of Anna issue with East Delhi MP Sandeep Dikshit stating that the Gandhian should not have been arrested and adverse comments made against him could have been avoided.

The civil society led by Anna Hazare have been demanding inclusion of Prime Minister, higher judiciary and conduct of MPs inside Parliament under the ambit of Lokpal.

The Hazare team is also demanding a strong public grievance redressal mechanism, lokayuktas at state-level and independent selection, funding and removal mechanism to ensure autonomy of function.

The Lokpal Bill cleared by the cabinet seeks to keep the office of the Prime Minister outside the purview of the ombudsman during his term in office and also exclude higher judiciary and conduct of MPs inside Parliament.

The Lokpal, consisting of chairperson and eight members, half of them judicial, will have its own prosecution and investigation wing with officers and staff necessary to carry out its functions.

(source: zeenews.india.com)

July 18, 2011

IM, Taliban join hands to target India?

New Delhi: In what may emerge as a big trouble for India, the Taliban is said to have joined hands with India-based terror outfit Indian Mujahideen (IM).

As per a report, Monday, the nexus was unearthed by investigating agencies while following leads after the arrest of key IM operative Danish Riyaz in June.

Danish’s emails have divulged details of the former being in touch with Haroon of Kolkata along with four other IM operatives, the report said. It has also revealed that the network spreads across other countries.

Not only this Haroon’s emails have revealed that ten people from India were to be sent to Pakistan and then Afghanistan for terror training, the newspaper quoted crime branch official as saying.

Haroor is said to be in touch with Taliban. The investigating agencies are now looking whether ten people were sent for terror training or not.

The investigating officials believe that Danish was in touch with some Gujarat youths as well. The sleuths are working to identify those local contacts.

However, the officials have refused to divulge more details about Danish citing sensitivity of the issue.

Earlier, reports claimed that the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) is looking into the possible involvement of an Indian Mujahideen (IM) operative, Abdullah alias Nata, in the terror strikes.

Officials of the Maharashtra ATS have got in touch with the Kolkata Special Task Force (STF) and have sought details of railway passengers who travelled on the Kolkata-Mumbai and Kolkata-Kanpur route eight days before the blasts.

Abdullah is believed to be a close aide of IM co-founder Amir Raza. Raza has been on the run since the arrest of IM operatives in 2008.

Meanwhile, the Maharashtra ATS are also looking into the possible involvement of IM’s Azamgarh module in the blasts. ATS officials have already discussed the same with a visiting Uttar Pradesh STF team.

So, far the Mumbai Police have interrogated more than 100 people, including former SIMI activists and aides of arrested or wanted IM suspects.

Also, over 100 phone numbers have been put under surveillance.

(souce: zeenews.india.com)

July 16, 2011

Tata Group to launch Rs 32,000 houses for rural market

https://i2.wp.com/im.sify.com/sifycmsimg/aug2008/Finance/14740098_Ratan_Tata_04.jpgHyderabad: After Rs 1-lakh wonder car ‘Nano’, Tata Group is all set to launch a house for nearly Rs 32,000 aimed at rural market by the end of next year.

“At present, the housing project is in the pilot stage in 30 locations spread across the country and we are in discussions with various agencies like Coir Board, Jute Board and also state governments,” Sumitesh Das, head global research programme of Tata Steel, said.

The houses will be made in pre-fabricated, or ‘prefab’, format, under which the company will provide a kit consisting of roofs, doors, windows, etc, which can be erected or assembled.

“It is quick house built in seven days if you have a patch of land. Basic model of 20 sq metres, with flat roof will cost around 500 euros (around Rs 32,000).

Upgraded model with 30 sq metres, which is the Indira Awas Yojana model, will cost 700 euros,” Das said  on the sidelines of Conference on Best Practices of Intellectual Property Management.

“Similarly there are other models which may come with a solar panel on the roof of the house,” Das added.

The 2001 census places the rural housing shortage figure in India at 1.48 crore and the situation may prove to be a big bonanza for the Tatas.

Giving details of the project, Das said by the end of this year, they will get feedback from all the stakeholders like manufacturers, suppliers and various Panchayats.

“In the first pilot project, we saw the interest of people in verandah which we have incorporated, though it was not there earlier. We thought if we incorporate verandah, the buying will be much higher. We need feedback from Panchayats, who are our final customers,”  he added.

He, however, refused to draw parallels between Nano car manufactured by Tata Motors and the 500-euro house by Tata Steel, saying that the market segments are different.

Replying to a question on the challenges that the project might face Das said, “The main challenge it may face is supply chain management due to shortage of production of panels”.

“We are in touch with Coir Board and Jute Board also. The pilot is also to see the supply chain arrangements. If a coir manufacturer cannot meet the demands, then we will have to think of some other product to replace.

We have technology but we do not have entrepreneurs. That’s what we are looking for, people who can invest and make products for us,” Das said.

The life of the house will be 20 years at this stage and may go up as the research goes on, he added.

(source: zeenews.india.com)

July 16, 2011

Ilyas Kashmiri is alive: Report

https://i0.wp.com/znn.india.com/Img/2011/7/16/Pakistani280.jpgIslamabad: Mohammad Ilyas Kashmiri, the Al Qaeda commander who was believed to have been killed last month in a US drone attack in Pakistan, is alive, a media report said Saturday.

Kashmiri is still active in the border areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan, Dawn said on its website quoting unnamed sources.

Media reports had earlier said that Kashmiri was killed in a US drone attack in Pakistan’s South Waziristan tribal region.

The US and the Pakistani government however could not confirm his death.

Anti-terrorism experts describe Kashmiri as one of Al Qaeda’s main commanders. He was held responsible for a number of attacks in Pakistan, including the May 22 attack on a navy airbase in Karachi and the 2009 attack on the army headquarters in Rawalpindi.

The US believe that Kashmiri, who is also a member of the terror group Harkat-ul Jihad al Islami (HuJI), was behind the March 2006 suicide bombing of the US consulate in Karachi that killed four people and wounded 48 others.

The US State Department designated him as a “global terrorist”.

(source: zeenews.india.com)