Thursday, May 23, 2013, at 4:27 PM
Congress on Social and Health Effects of Small Arms from 30th May
Rising Arms Race is a serious threat
Indian Doctors for Peace and Development will undertake a bike tour
Ludhiana, May 22, 2013(Rector Kathuria): A 22 member delegation of Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD) is going to Germany to participate in the international congress on Social and Health Effects of Small Arms. This is first such congress being organized by the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) at Villengen Schwenningen, the cities located near the major gun producing industry Heckler and Kohl from 30th May to 2nd June 2013. The congress will focus on “Small Arms – weapons of mass destruction, how their production, trade and use affects health and development, Economic roots and impact of global arms trade, Conversion, political framework and alternative security concepts and Solutions and Actions: Perspectives and activities international, regional, national”.
The Indian delegation includes doctors and medical students from Punjab – 7 and rest from other parts of the country. From Indian delegation Dr.Arun Mitra will make a presentation at the plenary session on the subject “Arms Race And Socio Economic Development South Asian Perspective”. Dr S S Soodan along with Dr Tipu Sultan of Pakistan will conduct a workshop on “Small arms production, trade and use affect health and development – Solutions and Actions”. Dr N S Bawa will put up an exhibition on the deadly effects of small arms. Four medical students from IDPD will undertake a Bike tour in Germany from Ulm to Villingen.
Number of Arms in India 40,000,000 and Pakistan 18,000,000 pose a serious threat to their population. Continued violence in the different parts of India has cost immense loss of life. More than 21000 people died in the terrorist related violence in Punjab 1981 to 1995. Similarly more than 43000 people have died in the state of Jammu & Kashmir in the last 21 years. In the North Eastern part of India due to internal conflicts substantial number of people have died in the past. Everyday violence in Pakistan has led to 47000 people dead in the last 10 years. The civil war in Sri Lanka for quarter of a century, claimed around 130,000 lives. The UN estimates that 40,000 civilians alone died in the five months before the war's end in May 2009. Nepal reports a violent death rate of 6.2 per 100,000 in an average year between 2004 and 2009.
Therefore it is important that the production of small arms and their trade should be highly regulated and gradually phased out. IDPD has already demanded that no arms licenses should be issued to the civilians as these are mostly used for bullying purpose. We will further demand:
Permanent members of the UN security council are the chief producers and suppliers of small arms. There should be political and moral will to curtail their weapon industries.
All weapons should have international registry code to trace their origin.
Funds should be created to purchase and destroy illegal small arms.
Illegal trade and support to terror groups should be regulated in terms of small arms supplied.
Chief arms suppliers should consider human rights violations.
The recently signed arms trade treaty (ATT) should be amended accordingly.
IDPD has also planned an international students exchange programme at government medical college Amritsar, Faridkot and Bathinda.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Ludhiana observed a bandh at Ferozepur Road
Ludhiana: May14, 2013: (Rector Kathuria): More than 500 small shopkeepers on Ferozpur Road Ludhiana observed a bandh.On the call given by joint Action committee of “Aarti Chowk Shopkeepers Association”, “Bharat Nagar Chowk area Shopkeeper Association” and Agar Nagar Shop Keepers Association. The Shopkeepers were protesting against the atrocires action of MCL and Police against them in name of implementations of directions of High Court.
The Leaders of the Action Committee Mr. Pawan Kumar Puri, Charanjit grewal and Ramesh Rattan explained to the media that Ferozpur Road is the only road where some parking was developed by the MCL some year back. Mr. Deepak Badyal showed the document where the MCL has issued the tenders to develop these parking’s in 2007, and they have spent crores of rupees from public funds to develop these parking. But, now all of a sudden the local authorities has not only changed their version regarding these space but also began to torture shopkeepers by absolutely prohibiting them and their employee from parking their cycle or scooter in marked public parking’s in front of these shops. It is to be particularly mentioned that these parking are neither made on part of Main Road nor on service lanes and are not causing any hindrance to the smooth flow of traffic. They further told that some police personal are permanently deputed on the road by the police and they are not permitting any vehicle of customer to approach these shops to give order or making purchases.
The police personal standing here mishandle with the visiting customers and their employees. Some time they puncture their vehicle and deflate their tiers. These activities are causing anguishes and harassment to their customers.
Mr. Pawan puri told that now no customer comes to these shops and if some activities are happening here it is only to deliver order booked on the phone or sometime customer from remote areas unaware of these action may visit them and often become victim of these actions .They are facing losses in their business. The sales of those shops have already come down from 80% to 90% and it become difficult for these small shop keepers to generate sufficient income to met with daily expenses of these shop and for met their daily expenses to run their family affair smoothly. They are passing their time in utter tense situation and it began to effect their peace of mind and their families also getting effected by these actions. Some veteran Shopkeeper Mr. Raj Kumar and Mr.Madhok near Aarti Chowk feel that because large number of police personals are deputed on these duties so the situation of Law and Order has deteriorated unprecidently.
One more Shopkeeper and leader of the association Mr.Sushil Kumar Aggarwal told that they began to face problems as many employees began to left these shops because neither small shopkeepers are able to provide a parking space of their cycle scooter in the shops nor are they able to park these at some other place.
After the Bandh Shopkeepers conducted a rally at Aarti Chowk which was addressed by MLA Bharat Bhushan Ashu, Deputy Mayor R.D Sharma, Councilor MLC Mr.GOGI and later taken a demonstration to D.C office. They were carry play card with Slogans that “NADARSHAHI FARMAN MURDABAD” etc. Shopkeepers tried to get explaination from D C about the real situation and want to know why they are discriminated and victimized by prohibiting them from parking while an all the other road these parking spaces are provided by the authorities by marking Yellow lines. They also wanted the clarification that parking is not permitted in constructed exclusive parking area.
They also demanded if there is any proceeding in count which is affecting their interest then if must be made known to them through public information system. The view and fact put before the court must be made known to them and may be consulted with their representative.
They also demanded that free legal aid by way of providing them competent advocate by the government be given to them. As all of these Shopkeepers are running their business in legitimate manner and paying lacs of taxes to Government.
On this occasion some other trade associations also made announcement to support these shopkeepers in their just cause Among them were MR.D P MAUR, Ashok Jindal, Rajan Shukla, Amarveer Singh.
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Prizes distributed by the MLA Bharatbhushan Ashu
Ludhiana, May 4, 2013: When the majority of peoples are after drugs, wine and other addictions then Ludhiana is creating a new record in health and fitness. Swasthya Gym celebrated its 7th Anniversary today. To commemorate the event a competition was held at the gym. Free Weight Challenge and Power Bench Press were the main attraction of this competition. Among the male & female gym members media persons also participated in this competition. The best achiever was honored with the best achiever award. Devoted to peoples MLA Bharatbhushan Ashu has distributed the Prizes to winners.
The Detail of winner is given below:
Free Weight Challenge (Male)
Total Participant: 18
Winner: Mr. Vikas Sharma
1st Runner- up: Mr. Parvesh Sharma
Power Bench Press Competition
Total Participant: 08
Winner: S. Ishwar Singh (Only one winner no runner-up)
Free Weight Challenge (Female)
Total Participant: 08
Winner: Miss Taranjeet Kaur