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‘Special’ kids show sporting side on World Disability Day

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>These kids may be special but their infectious enthusiasm at the Second Annual Special Sports Meet held to mark World Disability Day showed that they were dependent on no one. At least, not on the playing field. Students from local schools like Upasna, Green Ribbon, Udaan, Stimulus, Billabong International participated in the event which was held at Kothari International School Sec 50 Noida.Children in the age group of 3 years to 16 years made their parents proud as they participated in different races and games. The parents were equally involved in all the activities as they beamed and cheered on their kids.Talking to DNA, Meena Vardhan, mother of Akash Vardhan who was one of the participants said, “I worked as an organiser, volunteer and host in these types of events and I really support them in each event.” “Parental support is the most important thing for a child and i support my kid in every other way. It is really good that schools are merging with this foundation,” said Vikas Sharma, father of another of the special participants.The event involved activities like a one legged race for the age group of 8-11 years, shotput for 5-7 years, basketball for 12-16 years, hit the target (throw ball) for 3-5 years and 6-8 years and many more sports.Volunteers said that such events, if held regularly, would help boost the confidence of the participants. “It is the second sports meet and it is beautiful experience to see all these children participating,” said a volunteer.Sharing her experience about the meet, Dr Sonali Kataria Co-founder of Sunrise Learning Foundation said, “This second sports meet is different from the first one as it involved more participants and volunteers this time. We help the children to feel the joy of participation, competing and wining.”Winners were awarded special prizes, certificates and medals were awarded as a gesture to boost their confidence and learning skills.

Delay in granting special status to Andhra Pradesh irks Chandrababu Naidu

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesday expressed displeasure over the Centre not yet granting special category status to the state following its bifurcation in 2014.He also expressed unhappiness over the inadequate central support for the construction of the state’s new Capital city Amaravati.The CM conveyed his displeasure to Union Secretary (Department of Personnel and Training) Sanjay Kothari who visited the Secretariat in Hyderabad to take stock of the Government employees’ distribution between Andhra<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pradesh and Telangana and also the implementation of the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014.Naidu discussed the issues with Kothari through video-conferencing from Vijayawada and wanted the latter to convey his feelings to the Centre.Special category states get significant central grants and a slew of sops for various sectors.An official release later said the Chief Minister lamented the inadequate assistance from the Centre for the capital construction.”People (of AP) didn’t want the division but the Congress indiscriminately split the State. It paid a heavy political price for it. Justice has not yet been done to AP in many respects,” the Chief Minister told Kothari.He wanted the Centre to complete distribution of employees between the two states in a proper manner.”The attitude that we will do something only when asked for is not right. Explain the current situation in AP and the agony of the people to the Prime Minister,” he told the Union Secretary.The Chief Minister also pointed out that at least Rs 5 lakh crore would be required to build Amaravati and also establish institutes of higher learning (like IIT, IIM).”I have been repeatedly telling this but there is not adequate assistance from the Centre,” the Chief Minister regretted.State Chief Secretary Satya Prakash Tucker and other senior officials also took part in the video-conference.

dna Impact: Maharashtra govt ignores definition of kin, saves 3 lives

Maharashtra government’s decision to forget the legal definition of who is a ‘close relative’ is going to save three lives.For nine months, a 62-year-old man had wanted to donate his kidney to his 45-year-old niece, under what is called a domino transplant.But the Human Organ Transplant Act (HOTA), 1994, under which kidney transplants are performed in India, insists that donors and recipients should be close relatives. This Act doesn’t recognise a maternal uncle and niece as close relatives.In this case, the transplant covered three persons. dna is withholding the names of the three to protect their identities.When several meetings with state authorisation committee officials, who give the go-ahead for domino transplants, did not yield results, relatives of the patients approached Governor C Vidyasagar Rao.dna had published a series of articles, starting from April 4, 2015, highlighting their case. The last report was published on November 8, 2015.With the government nod, the transplant will now take place in the third week of January.Of the three surgeries, two will be done at PD Hinduja hospital and one at Bombay hospital. Hinduja hospital nephrologist Dr Jatin Kothari, who is part of the transplant, said: “The two previous domino transplants were hugely successful. Their success has set a precedent. It encourages people to opt for the transplant as it reduces waiting time.””Great thanks to Governor C Vidyasagar Rao, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and minister of medical education Vinod Tawde, who all took keen interest in the case. This is the third time we will be performing a domino transplant,” he said.”All three transplants will be conducted the same day. About 20-24 doctors will perform the transplant in six operation theatres,” he said.The previous domino transplant, consisting of six donors and six recipients, was held on January 25, 2014, in Mumbai.Talking to dna, Tawde said: “We carefully examined the case to see that there is no exploitation and everyone benefits. On humanitarian grounds, we granted permission as it will save three lives. In future, if such cases come to us, definitely we will look at them positively. The law cannot be above human life.”<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>