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Purushottam Express will get first Braille signage coach in India

Screenshot_10Purushottam Express (Train Number 12801/12802) will become the first train in India to be attached with a Braille-embedded AC coach for visually challenged passengers by the end of February 2014. Purushottam Express is a super-fast train running between Delhi and Puri.

  • Purushottam Express (Train Number 12801 UP/12802 DOWN)is a daily train which runs between Puri in Odisha and New Delhi
About the first Braille signage coach in India
  • Manufactured at Integrated Coach Factory in Chennai with the inputs received from Research Designs and Standards Organization (RDSO), Lucknow and in consultation with blind associations.
  • Costs about Rs. 40,000 to make a coach visually-challenged friendly as Braille printing are superimposed on the stickers which can be used by both a person with normal vision as well as a visually impaired person.
  • The AC coach is equipped with Braille-embedded signages on berths, toilets, wash basins and doors as well. 

Presently, coaches are provided with signages, instructions, seat numbers, etc that are mostly in the form of vinyl stickers or metallic plates and have no Braille characters and cannot be read by visually-impaired passengers.

Note: It was declared in the Rail Budget of 2013-14 that Braille stickers will be introduced for visually-challenged passengers.


Avinash Arun’s Marathi film “Killa” won Crystal Bear award at Berlin Fest

Screenshot_9Mr. Avinash Arun’s directorial debut, the Marathi feature film “Killa” won the Crystal Bear (Glasernen Bar) for the Best Film awarded by the Children’s Jury in Generation Kplus section at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival (also known  as the Berlinale).

About Marathi film Killa

First Indian feature film to win Crystal Bear award.
Deals with the universal conflict of migration and how it impacts the lives of people, especially children.

  • The story is about an 11 year old child, Chinu, who is coping with the death of his father and finds it difficult to adapt to a new place he has migrated to.
  • Directed by Avinash Arun.
  • Produced by Madhukar R Musle, Ajay G Rai and Alan McAlex under the banner, Jar Pictures and presented by M R Filmworks.
  • Will be released in May, 2014.

Note: ‘Killa’ is the third Marathi film to premier and compete at the Berlin film festival.


Dr. VV Dongre and Prof. Guocheng Zhang bagged International Gandhi Award 2013

The President of India, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee presented the International Gandhi Award for the year 2013 to Dr. Vijaykumar Vinayak Dongre and Prof. Guocheng Zhang for making outstanding contributions in the field of leprosy to eradicate the disease through treatment, training and research at Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi.

International Gandhi Award
  • Instituted by the Gandhi Memorial Leprosy Foundation (GMLF) that was established in 1950 to commemorate Mahatma Gandhi’s service and scientific approach towards leprosy.
  • GMLF introduced the International Gandhi Award in 1986.
  • Recognizes the commendable contributions of individuals and institutions in ameliorating the quality of life of people afflicted with leprosy.
  • The two awards are given every alternate year to individuals/institutions for making outstanding contribution in the field of leprosy.

Note: Leprosy is an infectious disease that causes severe, disfiguring skin sores and nerve damage in the arms and legs.