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Mar. 16-31, 2012

Vol. 7, Issue - 18

THE VOICE OF “ VOICELESS CHILD � I

n emphatic listening, you listen with your eyes, and with your heart. You listen for feelings for meaning. You listen for behavior. You use your right brain as well as your left. You sense, you intuit, you feel. Empathetic listening is powerful because you give accurate data to work with is the daily reflection for highly effective people', is the view of eminent human behavior psychologists. As Custodians, the Apex Courts, are all most Effective People, this country can think of, hence this article is made out. Even readers can write letters on this ARTICLE, their own views 'for and against', as they may be affected or not but their views are needed in a 'democracy' LIKE INDIA. You will appreciate that public exchequer moneys are deviously and dubiously are stolen away or taken away by so called 'public servants' to assuage their own

(Dr. G. Balakrishnan)

'unappeasable appetite for' illegal moneys or other kinds of grafts, under devious schemes to be exploited on poor taxpayers. In the name of education of 'poor child of poor parents' of all castes, in which castes PROTAGONISTS have played unabashedly to avoid the inclusion of 'other children', just to garner the tax payer moneys which do not identify 'castes at all'. Can you identify a child which caste it belongs? That is again a paradox played politicians just to divide and rule and in fact they cheat all 'castes' that is the fact. So public exchequer moneys if to be spent on human resources development it means that has to be spent on 'have nots' children, and certainly not to be spent any 'creamy layer' people. After 'all creamy layers' can afford to spend on their wards. If spent on 'creamy layer' most

favored itself is corruption or illegal, as such expending is unnecessary strain on public exchequer. Such transfer of public exchequer moneys on any 'creamy layer' is a corrupt practice. After all, the 'education' is a methodology to develop the 'child' to fit into the scheme of worldly life. Education helps develop 'creative working skills' without damaging natural resources, most innovatively; after all, every 'child' is very creative in thinking, perceptions, and innovations. We need to encourage the 'child' of all classes of economically poor, as 'poor parents send their small children' for all sundry jobs to earn whatever little moneys they can get, just because the poor parents cannot afford to meet education costs which are 'soaring' day by day. 'Present generation of edu(continued on page 3 )

Who are the real Extortionists ? Human rights groups & NGOs or corrupt corporations ?

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few recent reports and columns in Indian newspapers comparing Human Rights Groups and NGOs to extortion gangs seem to be some of the most atrocious accusations and the most ridiculous writings ever published in Indian newspapers. It is shameful that newspapers of repute even print such articles written by seemingly interested parties. This is nothing but the best example of paid news. Paid for by corrupt corporations and written by potheads and crack heads whose brains function only after smoking

M. Thomas, USA

a few joints or taking in a few sniffs. After reading those articles one even wonders whether the writers were high on methamphetamine or some similar drug and whether the publishers were paid huge sums of money to publish such utter rubbish. This comparison has come shortly after the Indian Prime Minister recently accused NGOs of getting foreign funding to protest against environmental degradation by corporations be it

nuclear power plants being constructed in dangerous earthquake prone areas or dams being built in the wrong locations leading to environmental destruction or land grabbing and impoverishing of tribals and farmers in the name of SEZ or plain degradation of the environment through dumping of wastes and toxins in the country's soil, water and air. Is it not enough that in the last few decades of industrialization, these corporations have made India one of the most unlivable (continued on page 2 )

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LAND ACQUISITION TUSSLE P

eople affected by proposed Navi Mumbai airport yet to agree to compensation but soften stance to allow survey of Chinchpada village THE long-standing issue between the development body City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra (CIDCO) and a group of project- affected people ( PAP) whose land it wishes to acquire for the airport in Navi Mumbai seems to be making some headway, as both groups try to negotiate the path towards a resolution that is mutually profitable. In response to some offers made by the development body, the PAP have allowed it to conduct a survey of a small part of the proposed airport site. Both parties have a long way to go, however, before a final solution to the deadlock is achieved. Six months ago, members of the Navi Mumbai International Airport Project Affected People had prevented CIDCO from carrying out any kind of work at the site set aside for the construction of the airport, unless they were paid `20 crore per acre for their rehabilitation. The development body had then formed a committee comprising the divisional commissioner of the Konkan division, and local politicians. The committee had offered the PAP two rehabilitation related compensation options: a) 12.5 per cent of developed land at the ready reckoner rates, in addition to monetary compensation; b) 22.5 per cent developed land in Navi Mumbai. Small but significant ? In response, the PAP have now allowed CIDCO to carry out survey work in the Chinchpada village. However, they still haven't agreed completely to the compensation options offered by the CIDCO. The PAP pressure group has made it clear that it hasn't yet accepted the offer made by CIDCO, and will reach a decision only when CIDCO fulfils a list of its demands, one of which asks for appointments against pending vacancies in the development body, (continued on page 3 )

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"Obituary of the Workers Party" C

ommunist Party or more suitably called the Workers party has gone down to new lows by using “The Last Supper” picture to market its propaganda. The communist ideology was first put forth by Karl Marx in his Communist Manifesto against the growing evils of imperial capitalism. It sprouted due to the industrial revolution, which significantly added a growth momentum to European economy, while also making life intolerable for the common workforce. The workers were Subjected to long hours in inhuman conditions so as to achieve the objectives ofthe company. This prompted workers to make their own unions to demandfor better treatment from their owners. Karl Marx, & Freidrisch Engel while writing the Communist Manifesto were on the lookout for an utopian world, in which all men are treated equal, and where norespect is given to the natural evolution theory of “Survival / Growth of the fittest”. Indian Communism in the contrary has hardly bought about any change to the plight of the common man. Its policies have been completely hog washed to help those in power and sprout & spread laziness in West Bengal &

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places in the world? The world's dirtiest cities to the world's most polluted cities to the world's dirtiest rivers to the world's dirtiest shoreline to the world's most polluted and adulterated air, water and food to the world's most dangerous roads and railways to the world's largest number of poverty stricken people to the world's most number of people defecating in the open are all found in India. India's forest cover is depleting fast. India's glaciers in the Himalayas are covered with soot and are melting at a very rapid rate. North India's air is always in a haze with toxic smoke being dispersed by greedy corporations that pay to flout every pollution control rule in the book. Indians have the world's largest number of fatalities in road and rail accidents. Indians breathe the most toxic air, drink the dirtiest water and eat the most

Kerala where it is present as a prominent opposition. Even China, where growth statistics & progress are applauded, scores low in human rights index & suffers from government screening of all types of media. Was this the Utopian world that Karl Marx dreamt of ? Certainly not. Now who are classified as workers? Labourers, bus drivers, electricians, carpenter, etc. Is the communist party being a true workers party by distorting a picture of the “Worlds most well known Carpenter?” The Communist party treats America & its friends as the axis of evil, thus replacing the image of Jesus Christ with Barack Obama was with inherent malice to score brownie points with the media. Jesus Christ was a Jewish carpenter, and according to Christians – The Son of God, the coming of God as a common man, which also qualifies him to be of the worker class. Thus the so called worker's party is not just being disrespectful to Christianity, but also to its own agenda by maligning 'the last supper' picture. Political parties & people should refrain from using cheap tactics such as these which hurt people's sentiment while attempting to bring across their point. polluted food laced with the most dangerous pesticides and herbicides. Indians suffer the most number of pollution related sicknesses and all this has reduced the health and life spans of people living in this country. An average European at age 80 is healthier than an average Indian at age 50. Custodial torture and Human Rights abuses of the poor are also huge problems in India. And who is responsible for all this? Greedy Corrupt Corporations, of course! Who fights against all this ? The Human Rights Organizations and other NGOs, of course! It can very well be seen who the extortionists and crooks are and who the saviors are. If India allows foreign funding for these greedy corrupt corporations in the garb of Foreign Institutional Investments (FII), then why try to ban foreign funding for Human Rights Organizations and NGOs who work for the good of the common man and his environment?

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Forgotten Victims

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he civil trial takes the form of victim versus offender while the criminal trial takes the form of offender versus the State. The offence is not just against the victimised person but against the state. The state becomes the victim and not an arbiter in the struggle between the victim and the offender. If the victim feels that nobody cares for his suffering, it is in fact, so, because institutionally nobody does. Both victim and defendant have to stand as witnesses in the court of law during trial, but as the witness, the victim is more vulnerable than the defendant. The victim, unlike the defendant, can be asked about his history and character and he can be subjected to severe cross-examination by both the counsels. The status of the victims in the adversarial system thus remains quite vulnerable. A very important grievance of

(The writer is a Post Graduate from Indian Institute of Human Rights, New Delhi.)

the victims is their lack of 'standing' in the criminal processes. In the U.S.A, a victim of crime while testifying before the Presidential Committee set up to study the condition of the victims said, “why didn't anyone consult me ? I was the one who was kidnapped and not the state of Virginia”. Research works on the subject alone in various countries

have shown that the victims demand not only compensation or punishment of the offenders, but they also wish to be recognised as important and necessary participants in the criminal justice system. The 1990 report of the Compensation Tribunal in Victoria (Australia) documents that for the victims being heard is as important as being compensated. The presumption that the prosecutors represents the victim is very often not correct. It is contradicted by the experience of many victims. If the public interest comes into conflict with that of the victim, the former prevails, Priority given to certain types of cases may determine the decision whether the offender will be prosecuted or not. Even when the offender is charged, there is no guarantee that the judiciary, will be aware of the full impact of the crime upon the victim.

CONSTITUTIONAL LAW PROPRIETIES (continued from previous issue)

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ight to legal aid to an accused has been required (Mandatory)' in Hoskot v St of Mah, AIR 1978, SC 1548; Hussainara Khatoon v St of Bihar, AIR SC 1369; Khatri v St of Bihar, AIR 1981 SC 928; Snu Das v UT of Arunachchal Pradesh, AIR 1986 SC 991) Judgment implies (if) 'Right of Victim' to a 'fair and impartial investigation' is violated; HC can issue direction to the CBI by exercising ITS power of 'Judicial REVIEW' under Article 226. Critiques wanted - What needs to be considered? Whether the power gets whittled down by any argument put forth by petitioner (WB Govt.) in relation to Federal set up and separation of power? Critique (protagonist of governmental power) said 'Instead' of examining: 'These arguments' under 'BASIC STRUCTURE' doctrine, it wanted. Whether any such 'restriction' has to be provided by Court, to HIGH COURT power of judicial review under federal set up ? Supreme Court held 'Judiciary itself' is the protector to UPHOLD the 'Constitution' (as Custodian) cannot be termed as 'VIOLATING' of Federal structure. COURT adequately analyzed the POWER of High Court under

Dr. G. Balakrishnan [Ph.D (Econ) ML., (Professor Emeritus) (Economics & Management) & Advocate(original side), Bombay High Court & High Court appointed Mediator, Sr. Counsel, Supreme Court of India]

Article 226, and Held – 'While petitioner (WB Govt.) is correct in asserting, (that if) such a law, if passed, by Parliament would be 'INVALID'? It need to be 'Understood', that the 'Illegality' is not because of violation of a basic structure /feature but BECAUSE of the Parliament 'legislative competence' (is limited) to enact such a law as per Art 226 (of Constitution of India). 'Framework of Constitutional procedure for Federal set up - 'provides* DISTRIBUTION' of Legislative and Executive powers between Center and States (and not that of Judiciary powers of constitutional courts) – St of Karnataka v UOI, AIR 1971 SC 68; St of WB v UOI, AIR 1963 SC 1241; Ramnath v S P, Central Jail, AIR 1974 SC 311; S R Bommai v UOI, AIR 1994SC. 1918 (MEANS THERE IS *NO FEDERAL POWER DISTRIBUTION WITH JUDICIARY POWER of Constitutional courts to be clearly noted);

Further the CONSTITUTION provides 'INTEGRATED JUDICIARY' (created and provided by very Constitution itself) (means High Courts are not created and provided by any Act of Parliament created by application of Article 368* (amendment to constitution) like '1956 Reorganization of States Act' (born out of application of Art 368 and the resulting amendment to Constitution). HENCE BOTH 'SUPREME COURT AND HIGH COURTS HAVE 'INTERSE' POWER OVER 'State and Union Laws, and having 'Jurisdiction' and for providing 'Remedies' in all ' C O N S T I T U T I O N A L L AW CASES'. St Of WB v UOI, AIR 1963, SC 1241; S P Gupta v President of India, AIR 1982 SC 149; St of Bihar v Bal Mukund Sah, Air 2000, sc 1296; Constituent Assembly Debates Vol.7,(48-49)at 34, 36-37. Insertion of Art 226 (2), 'H C In whose 'Territorial jurisdiction' falls States, (State concerned) where the 'cause of Action' arises; (So it) can issue Direction to any Government or authority situated even beyond the territorial jurisdiction. ONGC v Utpal Kumar Basu, (1994) 4 SCC 11; Navinchandra Majitya v St of Maha(2000) 7 SCC 640: Kusum Ingots v UOI, AIR 2004SC 2321.

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Murder in the class room

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he news was shocking and unimaginable. A 15 year old boy goes to his class room, takes out a knife and stabs to death his own teacher. This is what exactly happened last month in a Chennai school. It was a crime which had no parallels. No one has ever heard of a teacher being killed in the class room by one of her own students. 41 year old Uma Maheshwari, a teacher in the well known St. Mary's Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School on Armenian street in Chennai was stabbed to death by a 15 year old student of class IX. She had reportedly volunteered to take special classes for students with Hindi as the second language and it was a free period when the boy (identity withheld) walked in. There were just six students who were to attend the class. The boy straightaway went to the class room, took out the knife which he had concealed in his books and repeatedly stabbed her. The other students who came into the class were horrified to see the teacher slumped in a pool of blood and the assailant standing with a knife in his hand. When the boys tried to nab him, he is reported to have brandished his weapon and threatened to attack them. Hearing their cries, students and teachers from other classes rushed in and overpowered the boy before calling the police. Uma Maheshwari was a teacher in the school for the last ten years and taught science and Hindi. It was 11-40 in the morning and she was on the first floor of the school waiting for the students to come for the special class when the incident happened. “He walked in with a knife wrapped in a paper”, said a

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cated' has exhausted its ability or skills, and its 'cutting edge of abilities' as they have already 'reached plateau' in their skill levels. Among the 'public servants', that 'plateau is prevailing. Bad (incapable) people are born just because their thinking abilities hit the plateau. So they attack natural resources most irrationally, for they do not know how to go about, just because their creative skills are at lowest ebb. I saw in USA, how a skilled worker performs 'tasks', in a most judicious way with labor saving sensible devices, either crafted by his own innovation or available in a mall. That kind of development has not yet percolated so far in India, though we 'tom tom' our great abilities without sensibly 'honing' our skills in a lot many areas.

student who witnessed the incident. “He stabbed her first in the neck, then thrice more in her chest and abdomen. It was learned that Maheshwari begged for help but the students and teachers were too scared to react immediately. They, however, regained composure and rushed her to a private hospital, but she succumbed to her injuries on the way. The police recovered the blood soaked knife from the killer boy and arrested him on charges of murder. “The boy had bought the knife for Rs. 20, out of his pocket money, from a shop near his house and had carried it to the school on the previous two days also. He kept it in his bag waiting for the right opportunity to strike. However, he couldn't attack the teacher as he found her always surrounded by students. On the fateful day, she was alone in the class room. The boy grabbed the opportunity to strike her.” Said a police officer. The boy's school mates said that he was not aggressive by nature, although a little aloof. He never mingled with others, said one of the students. His neighbours too said that he was a quiet child. “The boy would leave for school in his father's car and come back in an auto rickshaw. He would not step out or play with other children in the neighbourhood”, said a shopkeeper near his house. The victim Uma Maheshwari was known as an affable and helpful teacher who never used the cane. She was a relative of the former Police Commissioner of Chennai, Nanjil Kumaran. She is survived by her husband and two children. The 15 year old assailant has been sent to a remand home for juveniles. According to an investigating officer, the offender was worried that he would not be promoted to Std X. He was upset that the teacher kept on complaining to his father about his poor performance in Hindi. He, therefore, planned to kill her. It is a fact, however deplorable, that crimes by teenagers and

school children are taking place all the time. Even murders are being committed by school children. But they are committed outside school premises. However, bullying and fighting amongst school children take place inside the schools. . It happens every day in every school. Occasion-ally, the fighting turns ugly leading to injuries followed by an uproar by the parents. So far only one case of murder has been reported. In December 2007, there was a shoot-out in Euro International School in Gurgaon, the first of its kind in the country. Two students of class VIII pumped five bullets into another student of the same class. Akash Yadav who brought his father's pistol was the prime accused and his friend Vikas Yadav was the co accused in the case. The victim's name was Abhishek Tyagi. It goes without saying that this case created an unprecedented outcry in the academic circles. Every one deplored the advent of the gunculture in the schools. In Kerala too, there was also a case of class room murder. A teacher, Jayakrishnan, was stabbed to death right in front of his students, by a group of CPM goons. It was a political murder and no student was involved in it. The Chennai incident of February, 2012, is the first reported case of a school boy killing his teacher in an open class. The incident has sent shock waves throughout the country, sparking a debate as to who is to be blamed, the parents, teachers or films. Commenting on the gory episode, Casilda Nimmi, a teacher in the Kendriya Vidyalaya, Chennai had this to say : When a three year old boy sings the 'Kolaveri” song, his parents are thrilled, proud as if he has achieved something great in his life. Make your children recite the Bghagavatgita, read the Bible and chant the Koran. Let us not enjoy films of violence with children.” There is certainly a point in her argument.

Indian education mostly, pen or pencil pushing related some kind of clerical work and not in any mechanical or technical skills. You cannot avoid 'vocational skills' and that need to be taught, as in multi purpose schools. But we do not have a lot of 'Multipurpose schools' (for example like Fr. Agnel's technical schools) in India, in necessary numbers as we illogically concentrate in so called higher education 'where every one cannot fit-in' just because we adopt technics of trying to fit 'square pegs' in all kinds 'round holes', in the name of 'education'. And also in schools there are no teachers in attendance but 'imaginary teachers' draw salaries and allowances, with 'tacit connivance' of 'public servants', in the name of educating poor! Is it not corruption, perpetrated by powers be, in the name of 'elected' representatives, right

from 'panchayats' on ? Does it not mean driving 'holes' in public exchequer bags of tax payers' moneys? So is it not high time for us to plug the 'holes on public ex-chequer bags' ? To locate, we need to get detailed information from governments under right to education Acts, 'tom tomed' as a great public measure by governments of today. Unfortunately you will never get the information, may be it may take a protracted time as public information officers find it difficult to get from the powers be, as the 'powers be' in the guise of 'public servants' do not want to part just because of their hands are 'tainted' with a lot of corrupt activities of 'siphoning of public moneys' in every conceivable kind of manipulations, a great corruption, which is questioned by people like Anna Hazaree and like NGOs.

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NAVI MUMBAI - NEWS - Staff Correspondent Best School Award St. Augustine's High School, Nerul has been adjudged as the Best School from Navi Mumbai for the Academic year 2010-2011. Chairman of CIDCO : Mr.Pramod Hindurao, Social Welfare Officer : Mrs. Reema Dikshit, Ms. Snehal Pinto, Juries Dr. Priyamvada Desai, Mrs. Shrimali Snehal Deshmukh, Mrs. Rekha Rohira ,and other dignitaries were present. Best teachers, meritori-ous students of Std. X and XII were there to receive the prizes. Mrs. Lily Zachariah Head Mistress of St. Augustine's High School, Nerul, is expressing her thanks to Chairman Dr. Augustine Francis Pinto and Managing Director Madam Grace Pinto who pioneered new concepts towards their objective of 'Education for all' and excellence in Education. Through their administrative flair and determined efforts, they co-ordinate activities of far flung schools and keeps at peak performance levels. Because of the motivation, guidance, encouragement and unflagging support of Chairman and Managing Director Madam Grace Pinto, sincere efforts of teachers and students and the incessant support of the parents, our school could achieve Best School Award.

RTO helpline number needs help Residents of Panvel, Kamothe, Kalamboli and Kharghar are upset with Panvel Regional Transport Office (RTO) as its helpline number has not been working for the few days. Observing the increasing number of complaints from the general public about auto drivers, the Panvel RTO started its own helpline number 99306 82636 in November 2011. As per RTO's plan, if any auto driver overcharged the commuters or misbehaved with them, the commuter could directly register a complaint about the driver through the helpline. However, according to residents, the number is unavailable always. Vishal Mhatre, a resident of Kharghar, says, "Arrogant behavior of auto drivers is not a new thing in areas like Kharghar and New Panvel. They don't charge according to the meter and if any commuter asks them to use the meter, they don't feel hesitation in abusing the commuter." He adds, "We don't have any other option, but to travel without meters as bus services are also not up to the mark in these areas. Therefore the helpline number came as a sigh of relief when it was first introduced, but for the last one and half month the helpline number is not functional." Abhijit Roy, another resident, says, "For the first two months, the helpline responded very well. It worked between 7 and 10 pm. We also noticed a change in the behaviour of the auto driver, but they are back to their usual self now that the helpline has stopped working." Official sayKalidsh Zanzane, an official of Panvel RTO office, says, "Given the offensive behaviour of the auto drivers we started the helpline number around four months ago, and we realised its significance in the first two months. However, the helpline was a mobile number and it was not suitable for residents all the times. Therefore, we plan to provide a toll free helpline number, and if everything goes according to our plan, it will be activated within next fifteen days. Till then the residents can use our office number 2742 4444 for registering their complaints."

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which are reserved for PAP. The offers made by the body has, however, somewhat softened PAP's stand. R C Gharat, representative of the group, said, “After a series of discussions with CIDCO, we have decided to allow the body to carry out a survey, only at Chinchpada village, and not at the other nine villages within the proposed airport site. We will allow the airport work gradually as negotiations proceed. We still want our old demands to be fulfilled by the development body, if it wants our land.” Tenders coming up At the other end, CIDCO has already started developing land at two villages to be given to the PAP. The body is also readying itself to issue tenders for work needed for development of these lands.“We have started developing plots at Dapoli and Vadghar, which will be given to PAP as compensation for the acquisition of their land. We have started the tendering process for development of various facilities and infrastructure at Vadghar and Dapoli,” said an official from CIDCO on the condition of anonymity. DISCLAIMER The news published by various authors in this publication are their sole opinion and Editor is in no way accountable and responsible.


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Ready Possession

A SPECIAL PLACE V. K. S. Menon - Sub Editor

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ashi will soon have an all new Education and Training Center, a special school catering to differently abled students. The school promises to accommodate 500 students and is expected to be operational by June 2012. Out of the 22 million people in India who have some form of disability, only five percent of them have access to formal schools. To fill the gaps in the education system, the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) started a unique programme known as the Education and Training Centre for Children with Different Abilities (ETC). However, the centre has been facing a difficulty to accommodate all the students who wish to seek admission, due to lack of

infrastructure and staff members. Thus the NMMC has now started the development of a new ETC building on a plot of 10,000 sq meters, opposite Vashi railway station. The project is expected to be completed by June 2012 so that the school can be operational from coming academic year. The current building can accommodate 333 students, while the new building will be able to accommodate 500 students. Varsha Bhagat, director of ETC informs, "Currently there are many students who wish to take admission, but due to lack of space they are kept waiting. Fortunately, with the upcoming center at Vashi, the problem will soon be solved. Once the new center is inaugurated, we will shut the other two centers in the city." She further

Health benefits of Broccoli

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adds, "The new building has a capacity of 500 students. At present we have 70 professionals and 25 non teaching staff. We have also put forward a proposal to increase the number of staff members, which will be needed once the number of students in all categories increases. The ratio of child and teacher would be 1:8 and if a child has multiple disabilities, the ratio would be 1:4." The NMMC ETC is specifically designed, staffed and resourced to provide the appropriate special education for children with different abilities. Their principle aim is to integrate their students into the mainstream. The center has known to be one of the best in the state.

The new ETC will have a special unit for cochlear implant, where surgery on children with hearing disabilities, will be conducted. The overall cost of the project would be around `10 Crore. Due to the initiative taken by the municipal corporation, Navi Mumbai got its first special school in Rabale in 2007, which focused on 40 children with hearing disabilities. In 2008 they launched another branch at Airoli for men-tally challenged, autistic children and children with multiple disabilities. They also started home based training for children who were unable to reach either of the centers.

A parent shares, “Children with different abilities (CWDA) often feel neglected and have to create a niche for themselves in society. However, Navi Mumbai is a city that gives equal opportunities to them as well. This not only boosts the morals of the children but also motivates us as parents.” Talking about the future plans, Bhagat, shares, “We have a few plans regarding the school. Some of which include starting a separate school for the blind, starting manpower development programme and instead of providing only basic training, we would like to train the teachers in all categories of disability.”

How fish oil benefits you F

ish oil wouldn't be so popular if there weren't so many health benefits from taking it. In fact, for anyone serious about their health, fish oils is becoming an essential part of their daily vitamin intake. The Omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil are what make the fish oil benefits so potent. Here are just a few of the ways you can see fish oil benefits when you start taking it: Joint Health The EPA found in fish oil has been shown to help people with conditions that inflame their joints. Some of these conditions include rheumatoid arthritis, morning stiffness and joint tenderness. This is because the fish oil “lubricates” the joints, making them more easily and more freely. This reduces pain and can even help some people reclaim the ability to do things they may have lost due to joint pain. Another great benefit of fish oil is that it can be used to prevent strokes. A stroke occurs when plaque builds up in arteries and veins, constricting blood flow and causing blood clots to form. When one of those clots breaks free from its point of origin, it can travel through the body up into the brain. A stroke occurs when this happens and can lead to long lasting symptoms such as paralysis, loss of movement or speech or even death. Fortunately, fish oil helps to prevent strokes by causing plaque to break down in the veins, keeping the veins and arteries clear and preventing clots from forming. This greatly decreases the risk of stroke.

Inner Wheel Club of Pen awards Mrs. Sunitha Sonawne for the best Social Worker.

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