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Rotary's platinum dreams: a polio-free nation: Sevabharathi schools

TNN 22 September 2009, 02:38am IST

BANGALORE: The Rotary Club of Bangalore is celebrating its platinum jubilee year, completing a long history of public service and contribution to
society. The celebrations were kicked off on Monday by Rotary International president-elect Ray Klinginsmith.

As part of the programme, new initiatives have been planned and the earlier ones are being given an extra push. "We dream of a polio-free country in three years. We will focus on states like Bihar and Uttar Pradesh now," Rotary officials said.

The Seva Bharathi School at Nagadevanahalli, which the club brought under its ambit in 1984, got funds for constructing another building with 10 classrooms.

The Rotary-TTK blood bank was given more machinery on the occasion. The `Platinum Club Book' containing details of the club's activities and its members was released.

"Education, health and providing clean drinking water will remain our main focus through the years to come…

Audio Book Reader to help visually-impaired URVASHI SARKAR

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Shirish Darwhekar of SAKSHAM, flanked by visually-impaired persons demonstrates the use of Audio Book Reader in New Delhi on Monday. Photo: V.V.Krishnan.

A pocket-sized Audio Book Reader (ABR) was launched here on Monday by Saksham, a Nagpur-based non-government organisation, to enable the visually impaired to pursue their studies with greater ease. The device has been in use since 2008 when it was launched in Nagpur. “The main feature of the ABR is that it reads audio files as opposed to other learning aids which read text files,” said Saksham special projects director, Shirish Darwhekar, at a press conference here on Monday. “The ABR, which can store up to 60 hours of audio, is designed to read audio files that can be randomly accessed. The device is a compact model with mobility and has embossed buttons and a voice menu that make for easy navigation. The buttons help the user to identify book ti…

Prasanna Counselling Centre, Bengaluru Helping those in distress


By Pramod Kumar
It is a scientific fact that depression causes most of the diseases. It is found more among women than men. But instead of seeking medical advice, most of the people believe that mental disorders are due to the influence of evil spirits, which sometimes complicates the problem. The fact is that mental disorders develop due to chemical reactions in the brain and they all are curable. What is needed is right approach and proper guidance to the victims and their family members. 
It was with this objective that some workers in Bengaluru started helping the persons in distress about 30 years back under the banner of Prasanna Counselling Centre. Today, it is the most trusted counselling centre in Karnataka to which even the psychiatrists from National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) and many other reputed doctors refer their patients for counselling and rehabilitation. The patients there are provided guidance by experts free of cost. About 40 t…