Tuesday, May 15, 2018

CMC organizes three days Hemophilia workshop

Tue, May 15, 2018 at 3:40 PM
Hemophilia is a common bleeding disorder
Ludhiana: 15th May 2018: (Punjab Screen Bureau)::
The department of Clinical Hematology and Bone Marrow Transplantation in association with Hematopathology held a state level workshop "AHEAD”–Advancing Haemophilia Education Awareness & Diagnosis at Christian Medical College, Ludhiana. It is a three day workshop, starting on May 15, 2018. Hemophilia is a common bleeding disorder, but facilities for adequate diagnosis and treatment are lacking in the community.
AHEAD is a state level training program for doctors in all the medical colleges and civil hospitals in Punjab, with the patronage of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, National Health Mission. The theme for this year's program, adapted from the World Federation of Hemophilia is "Sharing knowledge makes us stronger". The training course consists of three arms, consisting of Doctors, technicians and physiotherapists.
The highlight of the program includes lectures by experts in the field from CMC Ludhiana. Dr. M Joseph John, Dr. Chepsy Philip and Dr. Suvir Singh from the department of Clinical Hematology spoke on clinical management and manifestations of Hemophilia. Dr Naveen Kakkar and DrVandana from Hemato-Pathology spoke about various lab aspects, and are planning hands on training sessions for lab technicians, to make them adept at laboratory techniques required to diagnose and monitor patients with Hemophilia. DrMullai and her team from the department of physiotherapy also spoke on muskuloskeletal manifestations of Hemophilia and measures to treat them. External faculty for the program also consists of eminent experts from PGI Chandigarh, including Dr Pankaj Malhotra, Professor and Head of Clinical Hematology, and Dr Deepak Bansal, Professor of Pediatrics, and Dr Anita Tahlan from GMCH, sec 32. They will be speaking on various aspects of diagnosis and management of patients with Hemophilia. Dr. William Bhatti, Director CMC hospital, Ludhiana was also among the dignitaries present and he congratulated everyone for the efforts made to conduct this three day workshop. 

The program was graced by Dr. Parminder Pal Singh Sidhu, Civil Surgeon Ludhiana, who was the chief guest for the occasion. DrManpreetChhatwal, Additional Project Director and DrSukhwinder Singh, Joint Director Blood Transfusion Services Cum SNO, State blood cell, graciously accepted to be guests of honor. This program was done as prelude to National Health mission (NHM) providing free anti Hameophillia factors to all theGovernment medical colleges and CMC Ludhiana for the patients of Punjab. It is hoped that such workshops would help to increase awareness about Hemophilia in the community and improve facilities for diagnosis and treatment at the state level. This would help towards the long term goal of making Punjab a Hemophilia free state, and provide free or subsidized treatment for patients.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Protest by UFBU against IBA’s meager offer of 2% hike

From November, 2017, IBA did not call
Ludhiana: 8th May 2018: (M.S. Bhatia//Punjab Screen)::

On the call given by United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU), bank Workmen and Officers are holding massive demonstrations opposing IBA’s meager offer of 2% hike and demanding Expedited & Adequate Wage Revision. As per decision, United Forum of Bank Unions (Unit:Ludhiana) held a massive demonstration  in front of  State Bank of India, Fountain Chowk, Ludhiana. Com. Naresh Gaur, Convener, United Forum of Bank Unions, Com. J.P.Kalra, President State Bank of India Officers Association, Com. Pawan Thakur, President, Punjab Bank Employees” Federation,  Com. J S Mangat, Dy. General Secretary, State Bank of India Officers’ Association, Com. Iqbal Singh Malhi, Dy. General Secretary, SBI Staff Association, Com. K K Khullar, Regional Secretary,  SBI Staff Association, Com. Gurmeet Singh and Com. Chiranjeev Joshi from AIBOA addressed the bank employees.      
While addressing the bank employees, leaders of  United Forum of Bank Unions said that  you are aware that in view of the impending expiry of 10th Bipartite wage settlement/officer wage revision as at the end of October, 2017, the Government had been sending their directive to Banks as early as from 12-1-2016 advising the Banks and Indian Banks Association to commence the wage negotiations and conclude the same not later than November, 2017 when the revised settlement will become due.  There have been several reminders from the Government to the IBA in this regard.

With the same intention to expedite the wage revision settlement, we had submitted our charter of demands to the IBA as early as May, 2017 with a request to negotiate and resolve the demands before November, 2017.  IBA also assured they would endeavour to complete the discussion and conclude the settlement before November, 2017. Even though the discussions by IBA with the UFBU commenced in May, 2017 and even though 15 rounds of negotiations have been held by IBA with the Unions so far, IBA, one pretext or the other, had been avoiding to make any offer in regard to increase in wages. Discussions have been held only on other service conditions but IBA did not make any offer on wage revision.  

From November, 2017, IBA did not call for any meeting to discuss our demands. In this frustrating background, we met the Hon Finance Minister on 21-11-2017. The IBA re-commenced the discussions with UFBU and another round of talks were held after a period of 6 months.

While we were expecting a reasonable offer from the IBA to make a basis for further negotiations, to our surprise and utter disappointment, IBA made an offer of 2% hike in the Wage Bill as on 31-3-2017.  In the last settlement from 2012 to 2017, it was agreed at 15% hike in wage bill.  Since then the banks’ business have grown, workload on employees and officers have increased beyond tolerable limit and hence it was expected that wage revision will be better than last time. 

To substantiate their offer, IBA stated that the financial position of our Banks is not conducive to offer better wage revision and that the Banks profits have been eroded in the recent years. It is well-known that all the Banks have been earning more Operating Profits year after year.
Rs in Crore.

The net profits are getting reduced only due to huge provisions for bad loans and not due to any reasons attributable to the employees and officers of the Banks. Hence denying reasonable wage revision for the bank employees and officers on this count is unfair.


At this hour, we feel that the wage revision demands of bank employees should be settled expeditiously so that the entire workforce in the Banks can concentrate their time and energy in addressing the multiple challenges facing our Banks and to restore the confidence of the people on our Banks.  But the approach of the IBA in attempting to victimise the bank employees and officers with merger wage revision despite best contributions being extended by them in the present trying situation will only result in serious industrial unrest in the Banks and dislocation of banking services.

Hence we expect from IBA to adequately increase their offer and come forward to resolve our demands without precipitation.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Foot ball for Unity launch event at Chandigarh

Sat, Apr 7, 2018 at 8:05 PM
An alliance with Las Rozas Football Club, Spain 
Chandigarh: 7th April 2018: (Dr H K Kharbanda //Punjab Screen Bureau)
His Excellency  Governor of Punjab  Shri V P Singh Badnore, Advisor Parimal Rai, HS Anurag Aggarwal, BJP President Sanjay Tandon,Sports Secy Punjab , MLA Bassi Pathana Gurpreet attended Foot ball for Unity launch event 

His Excellency  Governor of Punjab Shri V P Singh Badnore Today Launched Football for Unity UK alliance by Southhall Football Club at Chandigarh , Football for Unity is an unique alliance initiated by 
Lord Diljit Singh Rana, Baron of Melone, Chairman Cordia Group , in India UK"s Premier Southhall Football Club, a premiere football club of UK now in alliance with Las Rozas Football Club  will impart training to coaches and students in different parts of the country, starting from Cordia Edu City, Sanghol,  Punjab. Apart from this the management is also introducing Football for Unity,  an alliance with Las Rozas Football Club, Spain , 
a global initiative to  :
1. Promote unity by developing cultural exchanges between children and young people of different ages.
2. Provide structured football games and training facilities for children of all backgrounds, particularly those from under privileged families.
3.  Promote healthier lifestyles among young people through exercise and team spirit.
His Excellency V P Bandore while launching Football for Unity said ,Its such a great begining that will shape up our young budding footballers ,the best part is World standard training by International  Masters will boost India's chances in Football World and they will definately shine like stars in Football world too.He extended whole heartedly support for upliftment of Football in Punjab and Chandigarh by offering scholarship to deserving talented young footballers . Whereas promoting cultural and sports exchanges will bring lots of harmony in our relationships too . 
Present on the occasions were
1.      Angel Campos Martin ( Chairman of Las Rozas Football Club)
2.      Jaime Campos Ventureia (representative  of Las Rozas Football Club)
3.      Carlos Rodriquez ( Football Coach & Ex Player of Real Madrid football club)
4.       Lord Diljit Rana Member of House of Lords and Baron of Meloni.
5.    Charanjit Gill (Chairman of Southall football club and Founder Trustee Football for Unity)
6      Karan Veer Singh Vice Chairman India,  Southall Football club and Football for Unity
8       Umesh Ghai Director India, Southall Football Club and Football for Unity
9.       Tommy Taylor Coach Southall Football Club
Founder Trustee of Football for Unity Charanjit Gill  said our aim is to provide world class coaching  to India's budding football aspirants irrespective of their financial status, what we are looking is strong will and dedication of from economically weaker /stronger young footballers so that we may train them to face International football world.
Speaking on the occasion the Vice Chairman, Karan Veer Singh, said this International initiative among Big Boys of football will act as a bridge to channelise the Abundant energy of the youth of Punjab in a positive way which would also give our Youth the International exposure and  put Them at par with International Football players.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Young Women Achievers Awards

 Function 2017-18, organised by the FICCI
The Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh being presented a memento, during the Young Women Achievers Awards function 2017-18, organised by the FICCI, in New Delhi on April 06, 2018.
(Photo and details by PIB)

Thursday, March 22, 2018

India to be Self-Reliant in Silk Production by 2020

Posted On: 22 MAR 2018 5:21PM by PIB Delhi
India will be self-reliant in the production of silk by 2020

The Minister of Textiles Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani interacting with media today regarding efforts of the Govt. of India to make the country self-reliant in silk production
New Delhi: 22nd March 2018: (PIB//Punjab Screen Bureau)::
India will be self-reliant in the production of silk by 2020, said the Minister of Textiles Smriti Zubin Irani in a media interaction today. The Union Cabinet’s decision approving the Integrated Scheme for Development of Silk Industry will help increase the production of Bivoltine silk (high quality) by 62 percent by 2020. The Minister further said the aim of the government is to increase the number of people engaged in the silk sector from 85 lakhs to one crore in the next three years. She said, 50 thousand people will be trained in this sector. Smt. Irani told media that an inter- ministerial committee of related ministries will be set up under the Textiles Ministry to disburse a sum of Rs. 1000 crores for development of Research & Development.
Seed production units will be equipped and strengthened, besides increasing the production capacity to cater to the increased demand for silk in the future. Elaborating further the Minister said that under Digital India, web-based solutions will be provided to farmers engaged in seed production and other allied activities. Farmers and seed producers will get all subsidy by Direct Benefit Transfer.
The minister informed that market development is a very important area and 21 cocoon testing centres are being set up in the main silk producing states of the country. Apart from this, 19 basic silk seed farms, 20 silk worm seed production centres, 131 chawki rearing centres and 500 acres of land is being set aside for improved varieties.
Infrastructure development by individual farmers and silk producers will be financially supported by the Central Government which will bear 50% of the costs.  For beneficiaries belonging to SC or ST category, the Centre will bear 65% of the cost. In case of beneficiaries from North East States, J&K, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh, the Centre will bear 80% of the cost.  A Helpline will be set up for timely redressal of grievances and all outreach programmes.
Smt. Irani informed that the State Governments have been urged to participate in implementing the Scheme as they have an important role to play in increasing the silk production of the country. The Minister said that out of 26 silk producing and consuming states, only 17 have a separate Department or Directorate of Sericulture.


President of India presents Standard to the 51 Squadron

Posted On: 22 MAR 2018 11:18AM by PIB Delhi
Colours to the 230 Signal Unit of the Indian Air Force
The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind,presented the Standard to the 51 Squadron and Colours to the 230 Signal Unit of the Indian Air Force at Halwara, Punjab, today (March 22, 2018).


Speaking on the occasion, the President said that the 51 Squadron and the 230 Signal Unithave distinguished themselves in service to our nation. They have a rich history of professional excellence and have served India with honour and distinction, during peace and hostilities. It is a proud moment for him to honour the units for their dedication, professional conduct and courage.  He complimented the personnel and families, past and present, of these units for their selfless sacrifice and service to the nation.



The President said that the Indian Air Force symbolises our military excellence. The performance of its personnel in exercises, both at home and abroad, is a glowing testimony to its high standards. The Indian Air Force, besides safeguarding our sovereign skies, has always been at the forefront of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations. The resilience, tenacity and zeal of our valiant Air Warriors is a source of pride for every Indian.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Gurdev Singh Khush foundation holds event at PAU

Fri, Mar 9, 2018 at 5:00 PM
Diversification to maize can be an important change for Punjab
Ludhiana: 9th March 2018: (Punjab Screen Bureau)::
We need to  consider quantity rationing  of water usage by stopping free electricity and curb the subsidy on fertilizer over five years, said Dr Montek Singh Ahluwalia, eminent economist and former Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission, Government of India while delivering his talk on " Challenges in Agriculture: Some Policy Options” at the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) today. 14 students and scientists of PAU were awarded the G.S. Khush travel grant for participation in conferences in India and abroad, while another 38 from PAU and 14 from GADVASU  were bestowed with the G.S. Khush Merit Scholarship at the annual award ceremony of the  Gurdev Singh Khush Foundation for Advancement of Agricultural Sciences. The dignitaries on the dais also included Dr Gurdev Singh Khush, PAU alumnus and father of the rice revolution, Mrs Harwant Khush, Dr B.S. Dhillon, PAU Vice Chancellor, Dr S.S. Johl, Chancellor, Central University of Punjab, Dr K.S. Gill, former Vice Chancellor, PAU, Dr A.S. Nanda, Vice Chancellor, GADVASU and Dr D.S. Brar, Secretary, Khush Foundation.
 Dr Ahluwalia, while addressing a huge gathering of faculty members at the Pal Auditorium emphasized on the need to have an educated and informed electorate so that government leaders can be held accountable for relevant targets. He also pointed the absence of a risk mitigating system in agriculture that is one of the chief reasons of farm distress. While stressing on the need for pro farmer policies Dr Ahluwalia recalled the period from 2004 to 2011 when the country reported increase in farm income and biggest decline in poverty. “The factors responsible were better land productivity, supportive prices for farmers, boom in construction investment and increase in farm product prices”, he elaborated.  Dr Ahluwalia further stressed on the need to diversify from cereals to horticultural crops and setting of transformational targets to capture these changes over a period of ten years. “ Diversification to maize can be an important change for Punjab as also dairy if the CM’s objective of getting out of paddy is to be achieved”, he observed.  While suggesting the development of integrated value chains as a part of the ‘plough to plate’ approach, Dr Ahluwalia appealed for conviction on the part of the policy makers towards eliminating policy constraints.  He highlighted the imminent need for judicious use of water which he said can be achieved by having public sector pumps responsible for quantity rationing.  Voicing his concern in the field of research, the economist said that we need to think about institution structures and vested interests in the system that deny flexibility to the academia to do ground breaking research.  He called for shift in attitude and more clarity towards the requirement of GM crops, failing which we will be negatively unique in the world, given the high degree of threat of climate change that looms in front of us. Dr G.S. Khush congratulated the award winners and motivated them to strive for further excellence in their fields. He also urged the rural students to dream and work hard to achieve them.  
Earlier Dr Dhillon welcomed the dignitaries and formally introduced the speaker of the day. He dismissed agricultural distress in the state citing record productivity in non basmati rice, wheat and cotton, and rather stressed on the need for strong policy interventions to boost agriculture in Punjab.