Families take ministers to court over special needs education

 Special educational needs funding campaigners outside the Royal Courts of Justice, London. Photograph: Sian Harrison/PA Lawyers representing children with special educational needs and disabilities have told the high court there is a crisis in funding that is depriving children of a proper education and risking blighting their lives forever. The hearing, a landmark legal challenge to the government’s funding policy, was told the allocation for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (Send) was “manifestly insufficient” in the face of clear and incontrovertible evidence of a “substantial…

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Special programmes for education of ST students

Minister for Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes A.K. Balan has said that special programmes will be implemented to raise the standard of education among Scheduled Tribe students. He was speaking at the inauguration of an education programme under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan in Kuttampuzha on Saturday, said a press release here. Ten ‘Ooru Vidya Kendras’ would be started in Kuttampzuha and Vengoor panchayats, the press release added. “A hundred common study places will be arranged this year to improve the standard of education of the students,” the Minister…

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What’s so special about manuka honey?

Honey’s been used as a medicine for centuries, due to its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties—all of which are related to the nectar the bees gather, which can vary plant by plant. As for manuka honey specifically: According to Sharon Palmer, RDN, author of Plant-Power for Life, manuka comes from New Zealand, where it’s made by bees that pollinate the flowers of the local, native manuka bush. “Manuka honey has high concetrations of compounds with antibacterial activity,” says Palmer. “There’s even a grading system for manuka, called UMF, which scores quality.”…

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Diwali Special: How to Detox After The Festivities

Diwali festivities are over and the one thing that we dread is the weighing scale. Indulgence has been at its peak and all that we probably need right now is to detox and cleanup. For a lot of people, the word detox conjures up images of struggles with alcohol, caffeine, sugar laden and processed food, but detoxification is a natural process. Your body knows how to clean and flush out toxins. It’s one of the most basic automatic functions. Just as your heart beats nonstop and your lungs breathe continuously,…

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Diwali 2016 Special: 3 Breathing Exercises to Help You Deal With the Pollution this Diwali

  Diwali, the festival of lights, is here and we all are geared up with our favourite mithais, namkeens and other goodies. Diwali festivities are never devoid of firecrackers that cause a measurable spike in air pollution levels every year. Delhi Pollution Central Committee (DPCC) suggests the contamination levels in the capital city to have markedly skyrocketed before Diwali. This pollution majorly originates from the smoke emitted from firecrackers and adversely affects the health of a lot of people, especially those suffering from respiratory problems like asthma. According to the…

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Navratri 2016 Special: 8 Reasons Why You Should Eat Singhara, a Native Superfood

Image Credits: Instagram/thecuriousjalebi This Navratri 2016, eat singhara and reap the benefits. Also known as water chestnut, buffalo nut, bat nut, ling nut or Singhara, it is actually the seed of the fruit of a floating aquatic plant. Singhara is grown in sluggish water or fresh water lakes in India. Come Navratri and one can see cart loads of this fruit being sold along the road side. The fruits are eaten as such or dried and ground to a flour. It is a phalahar and is an integral part of…

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Special footwear may not improve knee arthritis

Shoes with modified midsoles designed to relieve pressure on the knee joint don’t improve pain and function for people with knee osteoarthritis any more than a new pair of regular walking shoes, according to an Australian study. Knee osteoarthritis, caused by wear and tear of the knee joint, may affect up to a quarter of women and 15 percent of men over age 60, the researchers write in Annals of Internal Medicine. “It is somewhat surprising that we did not observe greater pain relief with the Gel Melbourne OA shoes…

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Special footwear may not improve knee arthritis

Shoes with modified midsoles designed to relieve pressure on the knee joint don’t improve pain and function for people with knee osteoarthritis any more than a new pair of regular walking shoes, according to an Australian study. Knee osteoarthritis, caused by wear and tear of the knee joint, may affect up to a quarter of women and 15 percent of men over age 60, the researchers write in Annals of Internal Medicine. “It is somewhat surprising that we did not observe greater pain relief with the Gel Melbourne OA shoes…

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iPhone SE Stands for ‘Special Edition’, Confirms Apple

Soon after Apple on Monday unveiled its latest 4-inch iPhone dubbed iPhone SE, one of the biggest questions people had was what does the SE stands for? Apple on Monday during the keynote never talked about the naming of the new iPhone but Twitter was all buzz with people guessing the name. Some of the Twitter users believed SE to stand for ‘Standard Edition’ while some even took digs at Apple with tweets saying SE stood for ‘Still Expensive’. The Cupertino-based giant has put an end to the speculations by…

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