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Saba Rahman


Saba is a Deputy Associate Editor based in New Delhi. Follow her on Twitter @sabarahman8

When a small dive turned into a giant leap for India’s disabled
Fri, Oct 04, 2019

Operation Blue Freedom, part of a recently formed adventure sports initiative called Special Forces Adventure (SFA), focuses on the disabled, both civilians and soldiers. SFA is participating in the Asian Dive Expo 2019 being held in Mumbai on October 4-7.

Manasi Joshi’s demand for GST waiver reopens debate on tax on disability aids
Fri, Sep 13, 2019

When the GST regime came into effect in July 2017, the tax on disability aids and devices were decided at a whopping 18 per cent. A public outcry forced the government to scale it down to 5 per cent but not drop it entirely.

AirAsia airline deboards visually and hearing impaired activist at Pune airport
Tue, Sep 03, 2019

The incident happened on August 30 evening when Zamir Dhale, 44, was on his way to Delhi from Pune to catch a flight to Geneva where he had to address a meeting of disability experts organised by the United Nations.

Ramzan has always been the time to look inwards, build bridges
Mon, Jun 03, 2019

Ramzan has always been the time to look inwards, build bridges

Peppa Pig’s Mandy Mouse, in wheelchair, welcomed by parents
Tue, Apr 23, 2019

“Mandy just wheels in and joins the gang. It has to be that simple in everyday life. I don't think it's necessary to sugarcoat everything for children.”

Chennai’s mental health institute scripts history, its 159 inmates vote for first time
Thu, Apr 18, 2019

Dr P Poorna Chandrika, the director at IMH, Chennai, said over the phone: “The residents who have voted are very happy. There is a festive atmosphere here today. It is a historic moment for us, we have all become part of history.”

Gauhati HC penalises private gym for discrimination against disabled activist
Sun, Apr 07, 2019

The court has directed a high-end gym and the Assam government to pay Rs 50,000 each to the NGO run by Arman Ali, who terms the verdict a wake-up call for the private sector

Your name missing from voters’ list? This app can help
Wed, Mar 27, 2019

Since the launch of Missing Voters app earlier this year, thousands of eligible voters have been added to the rolls, most of them aided by hundreds of volunteers who downloaded the app to lend their help to the project.

A Muslim can choose not to participate in Holi and still remain secular
Thu, Mar 14, 2019

It would have been more progressive had the boy playing a Muslim in a recent detergent brand commercial said he doesn’t want to play Holi, and the other children had happily let him be. It would have sent out a stronger message of inclusivity and harmony.

Leprosy hasn’t made a comeback in India, new cases due to proactive detection: WHO Goodwill Ambassador
Wed, Jan 30, 2019

'Early detection and early cure remain a challenge. It is with this that the eradication goal can be achieved,' says Yohei Sasakawa, who is the recipient of Gandhi Peace Prize 2018 for his role in tackling leprosy.

NEET 2019: Time running out, disabled medical aspirants remain in dark over eligibility criteria
Wed, Jan 23, 2019

NEET 2019: While the draft MCI guidelines state that hearing-impaired equal to or more than 40 per cent disability are not eligible, a Delhi High Court judgment has allowed a 70 per cent hearing impaired girl to pursue MBBS at a medical college in Delhi.

NEET application process set to close, no clarity yet on disability quota
Sun, Dec 02, 2018

Doctors with Disabilities, a body of doctors with disabilities, has termed the revised MCI draft guidelines for admission into MBBS courses under disability quota as "unfair, discriminatory and unlawful".

The Holiness of the Heart
Mon, Nov 12, 2018

Ani Zonneveld — Grammy-winner, filmmaker and imam — discovered Islam as a religion of equality.

Punish Babul Supriyo, it will serve as a deterrent to others: Rights activists
Mon, Sep 24, 2018

“Until and unless the act is implemented in letter and spirit, nothing will change, people will think it’s normal to abuse people,” says an activist.

Make it impossible for people to ignore disability, says new NCPEDP head Arman Ali
Wed, Aug 15, 2018

When a child is born disabled, or becomes disabled, parents and family look at her as, first, karma, and then (social) stigma, says disability activist Arman Ali as he underlines the need to make disabled people visible.

Muslim Personal Law Board will not contest if SC scraps Section 377
Fri, Jul 13, 2018

The Supreme Court is hearing a batch of petitions challenging Section 377 while also reviewing its earlier verdict banning the IPC section.

Lust Stories: Dibakar Banerjee’s episode has a strong message for women, and it is about assertion
Wed, Jun 27, 2018

Reena has a powerful presence as she easily towers over the two men who wear their flaws on their sleeves, and are at a loss to deal with her or her clarity of thought.

Bye-election Results 2018: 10 things to know
Thu, May 31, 2018

The May 28 Kairana Lok Sabha bypoll, which was necessitated after the death of BJP MP Hukum Singh, saw a broad coalition of the Rashtriya Lok Dal, SP, BSP and the Congress joining hands

Karnataka government formation: What has happened so far
Wed, May 16, 2018

Karnataka govt formation: While BJP's CM face Yeddyurappa said the Governor has assured of "appropriate" decision, Siddaramaiah said the JD(S)-Congress combine should be invited to form the government as they have the support of 117 MLAs. In the evening, Congress and JD(S) took their MLAs to parade before the Governor, who, however, rejected the demand.

No minister Abhimanyu, AMU already has a portrait of Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh
Mon, May 14, 2018

The claim that Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh, a university alumnus, donated huge stretches of land to AMU has been refuted by university authorities, who term it an “exaggeration” while clarifying that it was the Raja's father who had donated land and money.