Get Wired 19/8: Guj’s Idea of Mental Health, Living With Pride, Slowing Growth, and More

Gujarat introduces mental health programme for school going children

A detailed seven-page questionnaire part of “The Mental School Health Program” in Gujarat schools has been prepared for parents and teachers. It deals with 16 mental diseases. It also includes questions such as “whether a boy behaves like a girl” and “a girl like a boy”, “whether a girl expresses her wish to be a boy and a boy expresses his wish to be a girl”, and “whether a child gets consumed in thoughts of his/her gender most of the times”. In addition it lists dyslexia, autism, mental retardation, Down’s syndrome, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, psychogenic pain, depression and enuresis. It also covers slow learning, cognitive delay, speech and language delay, attention deficit disorder, and oppositional defiant disorder (ODD). The idea is to enable teachers to identify these disorders at any early stage.

Hurriyat leaders to meet Sartaj Aziz

The Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi has invited the leaders of the separatist group Hurriyat to meet Sartaj Aziz (National Security Advisor of Pakistan). The meeting is said to be on the day that Sartaj Aziz is set to meet his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval. This development brings back memories of talks that were called off by India in August last year after the Pakistan high commissioner held consultations with the separatists. “Pakistani authorities want to take separatists on board before they resume talks with India,” Ayaz Akbar, spokesman for the Geelani-led Hurriyat faction, said, confirming the invite.

Allahabad High Court tells govt. staff to send their children to govt. schools

Taking note of the pathetic state of affairs in public primary school education, the Allahabad HC asked the chief secretary to ensure that children/wards of government officials/servants, those serving in the local bodies, representatives of people and judiciary, etc., send their children to these schools. This direction from the HC stated that these actions should be taken within six months.

Hindus should live in India with pride, says Sena official

Samna the Shiv Sena mouthpiece contained highly controversial remarks, suggesting that Hindus should act as “human bombs” and invade Pakistan on Tuesday. Further statements suggested that its founder, Bal Thackeray, had instilled the “fear of Hindus” in other Indians. These comments came in response to the most recent edition of the Tehelka that portrayed Bal Thackeray as a terrorist.  The Tehelka cover contains images of  Dawood Ibrahim, 1993 blasts convict Yakub Memon, who was hanged recently, Sikh extremist Jarnail Singh Bindranwale and Bal Thackeray, with a primer, “Who is the biggest terrorist?”

Delhi officially India’s ‘rape capital’

Not a particularly new suggestion, but the capital of India is now statistically proven to be the region in the country where there is the highest incidence of rape. According to data from the National Crime Records Bureau, despite the decrease in pace of the number of reported rapes, the number of cases proportionate to the female population was higher than any other city or state. In the past years, Delhi reported a larger actual number of reported rapes than other cities, but cities in Madhya Pradesh like Gwalior and Jabalpur, reported higher numbers of rapes proportionate to their populations.

Forty percent of kidnappings in India are of women

Recent data collected by the National Crime Records Bureau indicates that ransoms are no longer chief motivators for kidnapping. The data reveals that 40% of the kidnappings take place for the purposes of marrying the abducted women. Out of 77,000 kidnappings that took place this year only 676 had ransom motives attached to them, while 31,000 cases were to force women in to matrimony. The data indicated that UP, Bihar and Assam accounted for almost 50% of all kidnappings for marriage. UP recorded the highest such offences with 7,338 cases of kidnapping of women.

BJP yet to provide IT returns information to the EC

The election watchdog from the Association for Democratic Reforms has pointed out that almost 80% of the income from 5 national parties comes from unknown sources. The BJP is yet to submit their Income tax returns despite the deadline being set for November last year. The total income declared by the CPM, CPI, BSP, NCP and the Congress is Rs 844.71 crore. Unknown sources are declared in the I-T returns, which the party that forms the majority in Parliament today has not yet filed. This income comes from sources such as sales of coupons, purse money, relief funds, miscellaneous income, voluntary contributions and contributions from meeting.

India’s growth to slow to 7% because of below-normal monsoon

Contrary to government and central bank claims that the economy is accelerating, international credit assessor Moody’s Investors Service forecast that India’s growth would slow to 7% in the year to March from 7.3% in the previous year because of below-normal monsoon rain. “We have revised our GDP growth forecast down to around 7%, in light of a drier-than-average monsoon although rainfall was not as low as feared at the start of the season,” Moody’s said in its Global Macro Outlook released on Tuesday.

Lack of access to district hospitals is the reason for increase in death toll

Researchers from the University of Toronto mapped district hospitals and reviewed the quality of healthcare in over 3,800 of 4,064 “postal codes” in India. They found that “mortality increased with increasing distance from surgical care”, with people living at 100 km or more from a “well-resourced district hospital” at the highest risk. The study found that 79% of the people surveyed died due to a peptic ulcer, which could have been easily cured with better access. The study found that only 21% of around 72,000 deaths due to acute abdominal conditions occurred in hospitals. It further revealed that 89% of the population was within 50 km of district hospital and 57% within 50 km of “well-resourced” district hospital.

Continental Warehousing could raise $100 million

The company that operates one of the largest container freight stations in Mumbai’s Nhava Sheva could raise as much as $100-150 million by diluting a minority stake. The company is reportedly in talks with a joint fund managed by the State Bank of India, Australia’s Macquaire Group and I squared Capital. India has planned Rs 40,000-crore dedicated freight corridor projects, which are expected to change the game for India’s logistics and container operator industry, said the Citigroup on Tuesday.

Saudi Arabian women vote for the first time

Women in Saudi Arabia began to register to vote for the first time this weekend. This takes place four years after the announcement made by King Abdullah that women would be granted voting rights and equal opportunity to run for office.  While initial voter registration turnout was low among women in the two cities, registration will continue to be open for the entire country till September 14. At least 80 women are expected to run in the upcoming elections said sources.