Monday, August 7, 2017

Declare nuclear weapons illegal-IDPD

Ludhiana Seminar urged India and Pakistan 
Ludhiana: 6th August 2017: (Punjab Screen Bureau)::
Nuclear weapons biggest public health hazard- Opportunity to prevent now Indian and Pakistan urged to support the UN treaty declaring nuclear weapons illegal
People from all walks of life including doctors, lawyers, teachers, women, youth, students and trade unionists etc. at a seminar held at Circuit House, Ludhiana today through a unanimously adopted resolution called upon the governments of India and Pakistan to join the United Nations Treaty legally binding the nations to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons, Leading Towards their Total Elimination. The UN resolution adopted by 122 votes in favour and only one against declared the nuclear weapons possession, development, sale, keeping them on launch as illegal. This is a big step forward towards the total elimination of nuclear weapons from earth. Ironically the nuclear weapon states did not join the deliberations.
Addressing the seminar Dr Arun Mtira – Senior Vice President IDPD said that the tiny atomic bombs (as per the standards of the present day nuclear weapons) killed around 140,000 people in Hiroshima and nearly 70,000 in Nagasaki and roughly half of the deaths in each city occurred on the first day. Out of 300 doctors 272 died; 1684 of 1780 died and 42 of 45 hospitals were destroyed. There was complete lack of medical care. High dose of radiations added to the woes. It is assumed that there are nearly 17000 nuclear weapons on earth today which are enough to destroy all the flora and fauna several times over. A hypothetical study named  “Bombing Bombay”  by M. V. Ramana, a physicist who works at the Nuclear Futures Laboratory and the Program on Science and Global Security, Princeton University, reveals that even a small bomb, such as the one used in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, would kill from 150,000 to 800,000 (8 lakh) people. Up to 2,000,000 (20 lakh) people would be injured. Besides this there would be large amount of collateral damage causing chaos all around.  The radiation effect will last for many years to come.
Dr Balbir Shah  gave a heart-rendering description of destruction by the nuclear weapons through poetry by Sahir  and expressed sadness that unfortunately the world has not learnt lesson and nuclear weapons continue to remain on earth.
Dr Bharti Uppal, quoting the study by Dr Ira Helfand, Co President of IPPNW on Climate Consequences of Regional Nuclear War pointed out that even a limited nuclear war could put over two billion people at risk globally. Based on a study with an example, a war between India and Pakistan involving 100 Hiroshima-sized bombs, would kill up to 20 million people outright.
Prof. Jagmohan Singh said that methodology should be evolved by the civil society to force the nuclear weapon states to abide by the decision of the UN General Assembly. 
M S Bhatia – Co-Convener Social Thinkers Forum said that people cannot be made to suffer at the whims of the military industrial complex. India and Pakistan are amongst the countries with very low indicators on human development index. Our people desperately need health and education. The arms race must be stopped and money diverted for development.
Through another resolution it was requested to the government of Punjab that this subject should be made part of the curriculum for school students. 
Others who addressed include Dr Sanjeev Uppal, Dr S K Prabhaker, Mrs Kusum Lata, Ranjit Singh, D P Maur, Vicky Mahesri, Deepak Kumar etc.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Doctors irked over Togadia’s participation in IMA rally

Dr. Arun Mitra wrote a letter to IMA president
Ludhiana: 8th June 2017: (Punjab Screen Bureau)::
The ranks of medical fraternity under the Indian Medical Association (IMA) here are divided on the participation of VHP leader Pravin Togadia in the protest held by the IMA in New Delhi on June 6. Doctors across the country had observed a strike demanding a central legislation to deal with violence against doctors.

In an open letter written to IMA president KK Aggarwal, former district president and former state senior vice-president Dr. Arun Mitra said the doctors here had whole-heartedly supported the nationwide strike on June 6 because they were convinced that the majority of the doctors were sensitive towards their duty and sincerely tended to the sick and infirm.

Taking strong exception to inviting ParveenTogadia to address the IMA rally at New Delhi, Dr. Mitra charged the IMA president of either being ignorant and naive about Togadia’s hard line views or having some ulterior motive. “The act of inviting Togadia to the rally has lowered the professional prestige of the organization,” he remarked.

Mitra said doctors were entitled to know the reason for inviting Togadia to address the rally when he has no locus standi. 

In his letter Dr. Mitra said,"We actively participated in the  protest against violence on  doctors organized by the   IMA on 6th June 2017 because we are convinced that most of the doctors are sensitive towards their duty of care to the patients, they are compassionate and are truthful in their total approach to the care of the sick and the infirm.  Even though we have strong reservations over certain approaches of the IMA central leadership, for example, getting support from the pharmaceutical companies for organizing education programs in a lavish manner,  endorsing certain commercial products and also on holding IMA meetings in places like  Pataya in Thailand. As concerned members, we had pointed out about these from time to time." 
He further said,"I, Arun Mitra have been an active member of the association since the early 1980s and was President of the Ludhiana unit and then senior vice president of Punjab state IMA in 2009. Therefore despite the reservations mentioned above we have been involved in the IMA because I feel that this is the premier body of the doctors which carries legacy of eminent persons like Dr A K N Sinha and Dr B C Roy. But we were utterly perturbed to learn that Parveen Togadia was invited to address the rally at Delhi.

Doctors are taught to have patience and provide care within best of our ability to the patients irrespective of caste, creed or community. As a doctor we give declaration and pledge that we will consecrate life to the service of humanity. This clearly means that we dedicate ourselves to humanity. Parveen Togadia is well known for venomous hate speeches. When one possesses bias against a particular community how can one justify the commitment to serve all the people in the same manner?
Inviting ParveenTogadia to address indicates that either you are ignorant and naive about Togadia's views or you have some ulterior motive.  This act of inviting Togadia has lowered the professional prestige of the organization.

As citizens of the country and members of IMA we have every reason to know why he was invited to address when he has no locus standi, he is neither any office bearer of the IMA nor he is a doctor of great eminence that his presence will boost the cause of IMA. 

Monday, June 5, 2017

The success story of Punarjot eye donation movement

Mon, Jun 5, 2017 at 4:07 PM
Let’s work together to control of blindness 
New Delhi: 5th June 2017: (Punjab Screen Bureau)::
Let's come forward to make India corneal blindness backlog free country with joint efforts
We shared the success story of Punarjot eye donation movement of Punjab at let's talk cornea national conference of CAMBA cornea Andhatav mukt Bharat Abhiyan under the aegis of Saksham NGO of  Madhav netripedhi of Nagpur for blindness free India campaign at Manekshaw convention center, Delhi Cantonment.
In power presentation, A struggle story of Punarjot eye donation, collection of highest collection of donated eyes in NGO sector, providing free corneal transplantation to all, free training of eye banking staff, was appreciated by corneal surgeons and eye banking social personalities from all northern states of India  and  it will help in movement of corneal blindness backlog free India campaign l.
Beautiful Manekshaw convention center with motivating ambiance.
Eye donation movement also represents a sense of equality and national unity and integration.
Let’s work together to control of blindness to serve humanity.
For any more information and details, please feel free to contact.
Dr Ramesh MD
Dr. Ramesh Superspecialty Eye & Laser Centre,
65-A, BRS Nagar, Ludhiana, PB,
Ph. 0161-2464999, 98143-31433, 9780015715

Saturday, June 3, 2017

India must take firm stand against Trump

Sat, Jun 3, 2017 at 5:28 PM
BJGV Jatha criticized Trump's Anti India Rhetotic 
Meeting opposed his stand on Paris agreement 
Ludhiana: 4 June 2017: (Punjab Screen Bureau)::
The Bharat Jan Gyan Vigyan Jatha has criticized US President Donald Trump for pulling out of Paris agreement on climate change. After a meeting of the Jatha held under the chairmanship of its president Shri Ranjit Singh it was said that this act of Trump is a total violation of international commitments. The Paris agreement is based on commitment to prevent climate change by reducing the carbon production. Through this agreement the developed countries, who are responsible for excess carbon concentration in the atmosphere, which is causing green house effect and thus climate change will take steps to mitigate this harmful change.  Under the agreement the polluter countries would pay back in form of carbon credits to the developed countries to keep up their economies. Whereas the whole world agrees to this the US has now pulled out. Not only that trump has given a statement against India accusing us of having desire to extract billions.   This is totally wrong, uncalled for and against all norms and forms of international relations based on mutual respect. The govt. of India should give an effective reply to this statement of trump. Those who participated in the deliberations include Dr Arun Mitra, M S Bhatia, I S Sodhi, Dr Rajinder Pal singh Aulakh, Rector Kathuria, Pardeep Sharma.

Friday, May 19, 2017

MTSM: Sakshi bagged 8th position in university

Fri, May 19, 2017 at 2:56 PM
First in college by securing 68% M.A-English 1st sem
Ludhiana: 19th May 2017: (Punjab Screen Bureau)::

Students of Master Tara Singh Memorial College for women were on the cloud nine as they clinched two from the top ten University positions in M.A-English 1st sem. Examination conducted by Panjab University, Chandigarh. Sakshi bagged 8th position in university and first in college by securing 68% whereas Riju Bala stood 9th in University and 2nd in college with 67.75%. Poonam secured 3rd position in college with 67% marks.

         College Principal Dr.Mrs.Kirandeep Kaur applauded the efforts of the faculty members and the students by saying that the students have added another feather to the cap by securing University Positions. College President S. Swaran Singh Ji and Secretary S. Kanwalinder Singh Ji congratulated the students who worked hard to achieve their goals and faculty members for their proper guidance and teaching. They also gave the students their warm and best wishes for a bright future.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Nehal Wadhera of BCM Arya to attend Zonal Cricket Camp

Wed, May 17, 2017 at 12:03 PM
Nehal is a part of select group of 24 players
Ludhiana: 17th May 2017: (Punjab Screen Bureau)::
Nehal Wadhera of BCM AryaSenior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, is a part of select group of 24 players from all the states of North India i.e. Punjab, Delhi-Haryana, Himachal, and J&K. He is the only player of Ludhiana from his age group to be part of this elite camp.
These players from their respective States are chosen after their exemplary performance in recently held U-16 National level tournament called Vijay Merchant Trophy. This left-handed batsman is known for his fantastic cricketing techniques.
As per principal Mrs. Paramjeet Kaur, “We are very happy to see that along with the passion for the game, he maintains good academics too.“
Son of prominent education entrepreneur Mr. Kamal Wadhera of TCY group, Nehal has been a very dedicated player since age 8. According to his mother Gurpreet Wadhera, “Nehal has always been highly focused and dedicated towards his game.”
Further, these 24 players will be under strict observation of the best coaches for almost a month. At the end of this camp, top players for the inter-zonal tournament will be taken out.  

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Defeat forces of communalism and hatred-CPI

Save harmony, unity and secular values of Indian society
Ludhiana: 7th May 2017: (Punjab Screen Team)::
Whatever they may do, people of India will not let the efforts of communalists of any brand using any religion as the cover for their nefarious designs to create social disharmony and split the society with the motive to establish a theocratic state succeed. This is because our people fought together irrespective of religion, caste, creed or gender to overthrow the British imperialism when the RSS and its outfits not only did not fight against the British rather connived with them. Our constitution guarantees right to freedom of speech and life with dignity to all its citizens and these hard earned rights will not be allowed to be taken away. This was said by Com. Amar Jeet Kaur, national secretary of the Communist Party of India (CPI) while addressing a seminar to commemorate the victory over fascism and challenges & resistance to such tendencies in present-day India. She said that Fascism was at its peak in the 1930s in Germany, Italy and Japan. Supported by the corporate sector, rights of freedom were fully curbed and any kind of dissent was not allowed. This caused holocaust killing lakhs of people, the Jews, Communists, Socialists, Trade Unionists and ordinary people in Germany. Second world war resulted in the death of over 5.5 crore people. But ultimately these forces were defeated and 9th May is observed as the day of victory of fascism. Such tendencies are being witnessed in our country these days. The BJP has resorted to the Gobbelian theses of - "If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it." The RSS guided BJP used this thesis during elections as well as during demonetization with the help of a section of media. But all the promises made have fallen flat; Rs.15 Lakh in every pocket has not been met with. The promise of the generation of 2 crore jobs has turned out to be totally false as only 1.35 lakhs could be generated. Price rise continues in the same way; corruption is at its peak and incidents like Vyapam in which 47 people have been killed; a case of fraud by Lalit Modi; Vijay Mallya's running away under the nose of the government are some big examples. To hide its failure there is all out effort to divert the issue in the name of Cow protection or building Ram Mandir. Prime Minister's rhetoric that demonetization will end terrorism has been totally belied. Kashmir is in the worst situation in its history. Borders have become tense. But the government is out to spread jingoism and war-mongering not realising that any war between India and Pakistan could lead to nuclear disaster.   Minorities are being persecuted in the name of cow protection, love jihad or religious conversions. Same is true of their approach towards Dalits. Now the reports that even Hindus taking cows for milking have been targeted. All those who give dissent are labelled as anti-nationals and are even eliminated. Universities are being targeted and students movements raising their demands are being dubbed as anti-nationals. But our country which has grown on values of democracy and respect for all religions and inhibits people from diverse ethnic groups will not let this continue for long. She further said that fundamentalists and communalists of each brand supplement each other’s efforts thus further endangering communal feelings among the majority community. This has to be fought back vociferously. But for this we need unity at the broader level she said.
Speaking on the occasion Com Kartar Singh Bowani District Secretary of the party said that such events need to be organised at several places.
Dr Arun Mitra Asstt. Secretary of the district unit of the CPI said that we have to struggle hard against the ideology of hatred as being spread by the RSS and it outfits and builds our country based on love and brotherhood of all human beings.
Com Ramesh Rattan City secretary said that party will organise such events at different places.     
Others who spoke on the occasion include Com D P Maur, Com Gurnam Sidhu, Com Gulzar Goria, Com Charan Sarabha and Com Kewal Singh Banwait.