Saturday, January 20, 2018

Shri Kiren Rijiju meeting to Shri Alphons Kannanthanam

Meeting between two ministers
The Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Kiren Rijiju meeting the Minister of State for Tourism (I/C) and Electronics & Information Technology, Shri Alphons Kannanthanam, in New Delhi on January 20, 2018.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Demand for withdrawal of anti people banking reforms

Central Bank of India employees union organised signature campaign
Ludhiana: 14 January 2018: (Punjab Screen Bureau)::  
The Central Bank of India Employees Union (North Zone) and Central Bank Officers Union (Chandigarh Zone) jointly organized a special signature camp as a part of campaign launched by All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA), outside the Central Bank of India at Nizam Road, Ludhiana. It is worth mentioning that this campaign has been launched against the so-called reforms of banks, which will make the common people very distressed. Under this campaign, the public is being made aware about the privatization of the banks. This campaign will continue till January 20. Under this campaign five lakh signatures from Punjab and one crore from across the country will be obtained and mass petition will be presented to hon’ble speaker of Lok Sabha. The customers associated with the banks, as well as the common people, are supporting this campaign by giving a huge response. About one thousand people signed the petition during the camp. 

The leaders who led the campaign in Ludhiana include Comrade Rajesh Verma, General Secretary, Comrade MS Bhatia  - Regional Secretary Central Bank of India Employees Union (North Zone), Comrade Gurmeet Singh - Deputy General Secretary and  Comrade Sunil Grover  Regional Secretary - Central Bank Officers Union (Chandigarh Zone). Members from all the branches of Ludhiana participated in the camp. During this camp, the public asked many questions about banking reforms, which were replied by the organizers. 

The petition this regard includes demand for withdrawal of the FRDI Bill, which is frightening the general public. At the same time, there was a demand for stern action against defaulters who were taking big loans and looting public money. It was demanded that the burden of such loan defaulters should not be imposed on the general public by increasing various service charges. It was also demanded that regular banking services should not be out sourced to private contractors.  Similarly, there was opposition to the handing over of regional rural banks to private sectors. Rate of interest on the bank deposits should be increased and be exempted from income tax. More loans should be given for employment generation projects and to agriculture sector.  

Thursday, January 11, 2018

CPI has condemned govt's decision to allow 100% FDI

Thu, Jan 11, 2018 at 4:41 PM
It will more increase the employement
Ludhiana: 11th January 2018: (Punjab Screen Bureau)::
The Communist Party of India (CPI) has condemned government's decision to allow 100% FDI in single brand retail . In a statement the party said that it will lead to job displacement and will in no way help country's economic growth. Single brand retail products are used by hardly 2-5% of population. Large chunk of the money flow is used in merger and other things while real investment is very low. This will  also affect our small traders. As admitted by the government that GDP will come down to 6.5% there is likelihood of loss of obs. In the event of job loss there is apprehension that there may not be sufficient buying capacity with the people.  The government should concentrate on increasing employment in small scale sector for improving economy at the ground level. It is pertinent to note that the BJP had vehemently opposed the FDI in retail when it was not in power few years back.

When people become unemployed, they will not have any jobs, then the purchasing power of the people will also fall further. The oppressed people of capitalism will have to face new troubles once again. Thus, does this decision lead to the risk of new slavery?
CPI Local Leaders Dr. Arun Mitra, Comrade Kartar Singh Buani, Comrade Ramesh Rattan, Comrade Gurnam Singh Sidhu, Comrade Vijay Kumar and others expressed regret that this is being done by the party whose leaders have opposed the even 50% FDI. Agitations were launched against the FDI. Protests were also done on roads. When the same leaders came to power now, 100 percent of the FDI is justifying it as a big gift to India.
This decision has been proved by the government that the which party running this government is like an elephant whose teeth have different teeth to eat and the tooth to show. The party said that the government should focus on increasing the employment of small-scale sector for economic reform at the grassroots level. With the loud emphasis on the slogan of the indigenous Swadeshi Party, what is the principle now that foreign companies are coming to the country and inviting the people of the country to grab everything?
The party also invited organizations such as Kendra and Swadeshi of the party that they now question the leaders of this party in public places and answer their questions.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Calendar "Symbols of faith in Sikhism" released

e, Jan 2, 2018 at 3:24 PM
Calendar released by several eminent personalities
Ludhiana: 2nd January 2018: (Kartika Singh//Punjab Screen):
As a mark of respect on the 350th Prakash Purab to Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji, a calendar “Symbols of Faith in Sikhism” 2018, by noted Lawyer and former Additional Advocate General Punjab government Mr Harpreet Sandhu was released at a function held at Gurudwara Sri Singh Sabha, Sarabha Nagar, here today. 
The calendar was released by noted economist, Chancellor Central University of Punjab Padma Bhushan Dr SS Johl, Chairman Punjab Arts Council Padma Shri Dr Surjit Patar, Chairman Markfed Punjab Mr Amarjit Singh Samra, noted Punjabi poet Prof Gurbhajan Gill, former Estate Officer PAU Mr TS Sandhu, Dr Anurag Singh, Mr Avtar Singh Dhindsa, DIG Mr Yurinder Singh Hayer, eminent photoartist Mr Tej Pratap Singh Sandhu, Mr Gurpreet Singh Toor, and other eminent personalities of the state.
While speaking during the launch of calendar “Symbols of Faith in Sikhism” 2018, Mr Harpreet Sandhu said, “In the year 2017, I visited various historical Gurdwaras across the country, where the Symbols of Faith in Sikhism impressed me to capture the visuals in form of a Calendar. Gracious Guru guided my steps towards his door at Gurudwara Thanda Burj (Fatehgarh Sahib), Gurudwara Bangla Sahib (New Delhi), Gurudwara Jyoti Saroop (Fatehgarh Sahib), Gurudwara Kesgarh Sahib (Sri Anandpur Sahib), Gurdwara Damdama Sahib (Sri Muktsar Sahib), Gurdwara Garhi Sahib (Sri Machiwara Sahib), Sri Akal Takhat Sahib, Harimandir Sahib (Sri Amritsar Sahib).”
Former Additional Advocate General Punjab Mr Sandhu thanked the Akal Purakh, Waheguru ji for granting him the strength to accomplish this venture to capture Sikh Symbols depicting Sikhism.
While speaking on the occasion, Dr SS Johl said that he is delighted to see the artistic side of Mr Harpreet Sandhu, which he has brought to life in the form of a visual calendar.
Dr Surjit Patar shared that this calendar depicts the Symbols of Faith in Sikhism in a very dignified way and would help the young generation in understanding them in a better way.
Prior to this, Mr Harpreet Sandhu had also prepared a calendar having theme “Visual Images of Sri Palki Sahib” in the year 2017. That calendar had referred the “Mool Mantar” on the  photographs of Palki Sahib clicked in year 2016 during his visits to Zanzibar – Tanzania (Kenya), Gurudwara Fatehgarh Sahib, Gurudwara Nadha Sahib, Panchkula, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, New Delhi, Gurudwara Jyoti Saroop, Fatehgarh Sahib, Gurudwara Sec – 8 Chandigarh, Gurdwara Kandh Sahib, Batala, Gurudwara Kesgarh Sahib, Anandpur Sahib, Gurudwara Makindu Sahib, Kenya, Gurudwara Patshahi Chevi, Ludhiana, Palki Sahib- Sri Akal Takhat Sahib, Amritsar, Gurdwara Harmandir Sahib, Amritsar and Palki Sahib at home.
Prominent among those present on the occasion included Mr Mohinderjit Singh Gill, Mr Jagpal Singh Khangura, International Photographer Mr Ankur Patar, Mr Puneet Pal Singh Gill, Mr Sonu Nilibar, Mr Harpreet Singh Chandok, Mr Deepinder Singh Chahal, Acting President District Bar Association Ludhiana Mr Harjot Singh, besides several others.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Join the Treaty Prohibiting Nuclear Weapons (TPNW)

Mon, Dec 25, 2017 at 5:40 PM
India should take initiative to convince nuclear weapons states 
Ludhiana: 25th December 2017: (Punjab Screen team)::
Time has come now for all the nuclear weapons possessing countries to join the TREATY PROHIBITING NUCLEAR WEAPONS (TPNW) and phase out these weapons of mass destruction to save earth. This was said by Dr Arun Mitra – Co President IPPNW while addressing a seminar on Nobel Peace Prize to ICAN – Tasks Ahead at Circuit House, Ludhiana today. Large number of people from different walks of life including doctors, teachers, lawyers, women, students, youth and social activists participated in this seminar organized jointly by Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD) and Social Thinkers Forum.   
A seven member delegation from Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD) from different parts of the country  including Dr Arun Mitra -  Co President International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), Dr S S Soodan-President, Dr Satyajit Kumar Singh-Senior Vice President, Dr Shakeel Ur Rahman-General Secretary, Dr Jeetendra Singh-Secretary of IDPD, Dr Bibha Singh and Dr Yahya Khan    participated in the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony to International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) in Oslo, Norway  on 10th December 2017. Expressing joy at the award as a recognition to the anti nuclear movement said Dr Arun Mitra that it is time to not just rejoice the award, but for commitment to work hard to make all the nine nuclear weapons states join the treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons (TPNW) passed by the UN General Assembly by 122 vs one vote on 7th July 2017. The ICAN was launched as a group of various peace movements around the world on 23rd April 2007 as an idea conceived by the IPPNW to build a broad based movement for nuclear disarmament. It now has 468 partners with IDPD as one of them. Various researches have shown that even a limited nuclear war using 100 Hiroshima sized bombs will put 2 billion people at the risk of starvation and death. Total number of nuclear weapons on earth at present is estimated to be about 17000 which can put all the flora and fauna at the risk of extinction. Such catastrophic effects must not be allowed and therefore the nuclear weapons must be abolished for good. For this the ICAN has organised several civil society meets around the world on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons. This ultimately convinced the UNO to discuss the issue and succeeded in getting the TPNW through.
It is imperative that there should not be any escalation of tension in Indian subcontinent and all efforts should be undertaken to maintain the peace in the region. Any small arms low level conflict has in it implicit danger of use of nuclear weapons because both India and Pakistan have over 120 nuclear weapons each. The IDPD has reiterated commitment for a nuclear weapon free world.   Click here to see more pics on FB
Dr N S Bawa said that India should take initiative and convince all the nuclear weapon states to join TPNW. He further narrated the harrowing images of mass destruction he had seen during his visit to Hiroshima peace museum.
M S Bhatia–Co Convener Social Thinkers Forum called up all the participants in the seminar to spread this message.
S.Ranjit Singh–President Bharat Jan Gyan Vigyan Jatha gave vote of thanks.
Others who joined the seminar are Dr Shakti Kumar, Dr Jaswinder Singh, Dr Tejinder Toor, Dr Gursharan Singh, Dr Gurcharan Kaur Kochar, Student leader Deepak Kumar, Gurnam Gill, Gurnam Sidhu, Jagdish Rai Bobby, Swaroop Singh, Vijay Kumar, B S Walia, Avtar Chibbar.
For more details please contact:M S Bhatia–Co Convener Social Thinkers Forum. His mobile number is: 9988491002

Friday, November 17, 2017

Glacial dust streams into the Gulf of Alaska

16th November 2017
Glacial Dust from the Copper River Valley
The NOAA/NASA Suomi NPP satellite’s VIIRS instrument captured this plume of glacial dust streaming into the Gulf of Alaska from the Copper River Valley. As glaciers flow, they grind against underlying bedrock, which produces a very fine powder known as “glacial flour” or “rock flour.” Rich in iron, this silty substance often flows into rivers and lakes, giving the water a brown or grey tinge. When water levels are low, the flour dries out on riverbanks and deltas. Winds then lift the dust into the air and can transport it over several hundred miles of open ocean. Researchers are using satellite data to better understand how glacial dust events in the Gulf of Alaska can trigger phytoplankton growth, which affects marine ecosystems in the region.

Although true-color images like this may appear to be photographs of Earth, they aren't. They are created by combining data from the three color channels on the VIIRS instrument sensitive to the red, green and blue (or RGB) wavelengths of light into one composite image. In addition, data from several other channels are often also included to cancel out or correct atmospheric interference that may blur parts of the image.   
(Image and details source:NOAA/NASA)

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Heavy rain and snow battering the Pacific Northwest

14th November 2017
The storm system will deliver high winds and heavy rain

A strong low pressure system approaches the Pacific Northwest in this image from NOAA’s GOES-16 satellite, taken November 14, 2017. The storm system will deliver high winds and heavy rain to coastal areas, while heavy snow is expected across the mountain ranges of the Pacific Northwest and parts of the Sierra Nevada. The National Weather Service has issued winter storm warnings in high-elevation regions of the Pacific Northwest, and gale warnings are in effect along the Oregon and Washington coasts.

Created by our partners at the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere, the experimental geocolor imagery enhancement displays geostationary satellite data in different ways depending on whether it is day or night. In daytime imagery (shown here), land and shallow-water features appear as they do in true-color imagery. Please note: GOES-16 data are currently experimental and under going testing and should not be used operationally. (Image and detail source:NOAA

NOAA National Weather Service