Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Official team of AAP may visit Punjab from tomorrow

Shashi Kant

Monday, December 30, 2013

Green clearance to the Fatehabad Nuclear Power plant

 Mon, Dec 30, 2013 at 3:46 PM
IDPD has expressed serious concern
Ludhiana: 30 December 2013: (Rector Kathuria//Punjab Screen):
                   Courtesy Photo
The Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD) has expressed serious concern at the decision of the ministry of Environment government of India to grant green clearance to the Fatehabad Nuclear Power plant. In a statement issued here today Dr L S Chawla – President and Dr Arun Mitra - General Secretary IDPD said that the nuclear power plants are potentially dangerous. The nuclear facility at Koodankulam in Tamil Nadu has failed to fulfill all the environment obligations fully but still the government allowed it. Same thing is likely to happen here. Moreover this area is densely populated. The nuclear accidents have been major disasters worldwide, the main being Chernobyl (Ukraine in 1986) and Fukushima (Japan in 2011). Our country has dismal record of even domestic waste management; how do we expect the management nuclear waste which otherwise also is very difficult to manage. Our organization has conducted studies on the health status of people living around Jadugoda uranium mines and found significant effect on their health. We have enough of renewable energy resources like the Solar, Wind and Bio Waste, but are not paying so much attention to these. Instead we are purchasing the nuclear power from those countries who have virtually stopped using nuclear energy for power generation.

People Against Nuclear Reactor at Fatehabad, (Haryana, India)

02-09-2011 को अपलोड किया गया
People Against Proposed Nuclear Reactor at Gorakhpur (Haryana, India) at Fatehabad, (Haryana, India) A Lokvaani Production. 2011

Auction of Spectrum in 1800 MHz and 900 MHz bands

30-December-2013 12:42 IST
Dates Extended for the Auction

New Delhi: 30  December 2013: (PIB):
The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has extended the dates related to the auction of spectrum in 1800MHz and 900MHz bands. Now, the Auction will start on 3rd February 2014 instead of 23rd January 2014. The Department had issued an NIA (Notice Inviting Applications) on the 12th of this month in which it was specifically mentioned that any changes in the Auction Timelines will be communicated through the DoT website and the participants have been requested to monitor the DoT website actively. The revised dates are as follows: 
*         Clarifications to NIA                                         2nd  January 2014
*        Last date for submission of Applications             15th  January 2014
*        Publication of ownership details of Applicants      20th  January 2014
*        Bidder Ownership Compliance Certificate             23rd  January 2014
*         Pre-qualification of Bidders                              25th  January 2014
*        Last date of Withdrawal of Applications              27th  January 2014
*         Final List of bidders                                        29th  January 2014
*         Mock Auction                                          30th–31st  January 2014
*         Start of the Auction                                         3rd  February 2014

Total Spectrum put to Auction is 46 MHz in 900 MHz band and 403.2 MHz in 1800 MHz band. The details of the NIA are available on the website of DoT.
The Auction will be conducted online on URL <dot.abcprocure.com>


Sunday, December 29, 2013

AAP Govt. will collapse very soon-Grewal

Sun, Dec 29, 2013 at 8:18 PM
It will will happen due to its own contradictions
Ludhiana:29 December 2013: (Punjab Screen Bureau)::
BJP Kisan Morcha National Secretary and Prabhari Himachal Pradesh Sukhminderpal Singh Grewal on the eve of Arvind Kejriwal's swearing function in as Delhi chief minister, said that our Party BJP asked its newly elected MLA's to be prepared for snap polls in near future, stating that tenability of AAP government with Congress support looks extremely suspect. In a press statement here today he said that the whole idea of a party professing clean politics aligning with the most corrupt political party in history is ridiculous and it's collapse would be under its own contradictions. He said that the new dispensation has started on a shaky wicket in view of the dissenting statements from Congress over support to AAP. Grewal stated that there are several statements from the Congress leadership, it's one says support as per manifesto, other says it is unconditional support and third say no, no, it is simple support. He said it's the beginning, of Aam Aadmi Party itself seems to be on a shaky wicket. Grewal taking a dig at AAP, said it is the same party which had called all other political parties thief. He questioned now are they Aam Aadmi Party ( AAP ) happy going with them ( Congress ). I wish that they would not have called all the political parties thief. He demanded that AAP and Congress come clean on the deal between them over government formation, he said Arvind Kejriwal led new government should start fulfilling its promise of starting inquiry into scams and corruption cases committed by the previous dispensation. Grewal said it's should be clear that people of Delhi also want to know the deal between AAP and Congress. He said that the intention of the new government would soon become clear when it opens corruption cases against Congress. Grewal also demanded that the new government order a high-level and time bound enquiry into the bungling committed during the former Chief Minister Delhi Sheila Dikshit regime. He said that there are over two dozen's scams. There are Commonwealth Games scam, Yamuna cleaning scam, DTC bus purchase bungling, power and water scam among many others. He also demanded the new Government should ensure stern punishment to the guilty. He said that our Party BJP welcomes the new government and expects that it will fulfil the promises made to the public within a fixed time frame so that people suffering due to Congress misrule for the last 15 years may get relief to the people of Delhi.

Ninder Ghugianvi "Life & Struggle"

Posted on FB: December 29, 2012 at 4:11pm
He feels proud when he goes to that court
The Judge is sitting in the Court. A boy aged 20 is sitting outside on a shabby old wooden bench with a shattered heart. He is wearing a khaki uniform as he is a Class Four employee for the Judge. The Class Four position is called Ardali in India. His job in the court is to call the offenders into the court. He is not happy because he is unsatisfied with his job. He feels like a slave. Why is it?
Getting State Award
Ninder Ghugianvi
He is not a common man. He knows that he was not born to be an Ardali. He is a folk singer and an author. He has been writing since his childhood and his books have been published. He plays a traditional Punjabi musical instrument called a Tumbi (Ik Tara) as well as his writing. He used to present his singing & Musical art as a folk singer, on Indian Radio & Television. But due to his financial circumstances there is no other option for him, but to do his job unwillingly. Since he started this job, he has not been connected to his Inner Artist, due to him working and being a slave to his Judge 24 hours a day!
He works daytime at the court and after this; he works as a personal unpaid servant at the Judge’s house. He cooks his meals and even polishes his boss’s shoes. He feeds milks and cleans his animals. In short he has to do all the household chores for his boss. To save his job he had no choice. He had to do this. In spite of all his hard work he could not make his boss happy or respect him. He is getting more depressed day by day. He wants to run away where he would be a free person to fulfill all his ambitions. Whenever he dreams of this, the very next moment he thinks about his family’s poor financial condition, and he feels helpless with the reality of his circumstances.
Until, one day he had enough of being treated with no respect, and so with all the courage he could find within, he resigned. This is when his life began.
After that incident, that boy wrote his autobiography that was named “Main saan judge da Ardali” which was published in his mother’s tongue of Punjabi. It was also translated In English “I was a servant to a Judge”. This was published in 10 different countries as a weekly serial in Punjabi newspapers. This is a true story that depicted the State Indian judicial system, and how the judicial class 4 employees are used as personal servants. This is not supposed to happen as this is against the law.
This book became so popular that it was published in 7 editions and then translated in Hindi and English languages. This Autobiography also became part of the syllabus at Punjabi university,Patiala India.
Next the boy decided to make a tele-film based on his life experiences, which was a big phit. People loved this common man’s story. London radio (Desi) broadcasted a serial based on this true story.
That common boy became an international fiction writer who has since written 35 books at the age of 33.
When that boy resigned from his job with the Judge and the courts, a few months later he got a position as a gardener at the Punjab Language Department. His role was to water the plants and looked after the garden. Whenever there is any literary function taking place he played his musical instrument Tumbi (Ik-Tara). As he was starting to become popular, some officers in his department started to become jealous. Due to this, controversy happened, and he was fired from that job.
However, no one could stop him from going further, and in time he was selected to be a member of Government Language Department.
Finally his dream came true.
After these achievements whenever he goes to his office he always looks at the plants that he had planted whilst working as a Gardner, and he talks to those plants. What's more, the same officer who fired him from this job as a gardener, started to address him as Mr. Ninder Ghugianvi ji, and treated him with respect.
Sanman-and-thanks giving, to Ninder Ghugianvi and Sarabjit Sohal
On his career path he has been invited to Canada in 2001 and was honoured by the Prime-Minister of Canada for his Literature services. He also was invited by his fans to visit the U.S.A in 2003.
In June 2005 he played his musical Instrument (Tumbi) at London Parliament in front of the Parliament Members and the Indian Community. His efforts towards Punjabi heritage are appreciated and respected all over the world by his fans.
At the present time he is travelling all over Australia.
Brief information about Ninder Ghugianvi ji contribution to Punjabi heritage:
He has researched about the anonymous folk singers of Punjab while with them in their homes.
He has made a couple of documentaries based on Punjabi folk singer’s lives and art.
He produced narrative features for Radio.
His famous books became very popular that were based on Punjab’s folk artists such as:
*Punjab di Koel-Surinder kaur
*Yamla Jatt-Jiwan te kala
*Shiv kumar batalvi
*Puran shah koti
*Balwant Gargi
*Santokh singh Dheer
*Jagdev singh Jassowal

Working for Punjabi University Patiala, he has researched some famous personalities in the Music Industry such as: Yamla Jatt, Karnail singh Paras Master Madan, Nusrat fateh Ali Khan, Lata Mangeshkar and Ustad Bismillah Khan.
In 2005, he wrote a Book named Lok Gayak (Folk singer) for Guru Nanak University Amritsar.
Ninder Ghugianvi says that  where he used to work as an Ardali, and now he work within the Language Department and is not the gardener anymore. He now feels content and satisfied when he looks back on his journey as it is a symbol of becoming a true writer and artist.    --By Joginder Kundi
Ninder Ghugianvi "Life & Struggle"

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Seven Days NSS Camp at Govt. College for Girls, Ldh

Tribute paid to the Acid Attack victim Ms.Harpreet Kaur
Ludhiana: 28 December 2013: (Rector Kathuria//Punjab Screen):
A seven days NSS camp was started on 28th Dec 2013 to 3rd Jan 2014 at GCG, Ludhiana today. College principal Mrs.Gurminder Kaur was the chief guest on this occasion. This camp is being organized by the three NSS units under the leadership of program officers Prof..Baljit Kaur, Prof Sarita Khurana and Dr. Jaspreet Kaur.

Prof. Baljit Kaur welcomed the chief guest. Madam Principal motivated the volunteers to whole heartedly participate in this camp. The volunteers paid tribute to the victim of Acid Attack Ms.Harpreet Kaur.
Dr. Rakesh Kumar (College Professor) was the guest of honor for the function. He shared his views on positive thinking and encouraged the students to be expressive.
Volunteers presented an entertaining cultural programme. A documentary on air pollution was also shown.
Prof. Sarita presented a vote of thanks. The second resource person of the day Dr. Bhavdeep Singh Ahuja presented a lecture on Dental Care.
The Committees were formed for the smooth functioning of the camp and Volunteers cleaned the different areas of the college campus.

Increase health spending from 1.2% of the GDP to 6%

Sat, Dec 28, 2013 at 4:27 PM
Dr Arun Mitra demanded in a seminar
Ludhiana: 28 December 2013: (Punjab Screen): 
Increase health spending from 1.2% of the GDP to 6% to provide comprehensive health care to all. Addressing a seminar organized by the NSS at the Government College Boys Ludhiana  Dr Arun Mitra – General Secretary Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD) said that despite the recommendations of the planning commission on health to allocate 5% of the budget towards health, the government of India allocated only 1.9% of the budget to health. Quoting Amritya Sen, Dr Mitra said that health and education are the basic assets required for development and inclusive growth of any country and society. Our public health spending is among the three lowest in the world in line with Sierra Leone and Haiti. Therefore we are likely to miss the millennium development goal (MDG) to bring down infant mortality rate to 27 and maternal mortality rate to 109 by 2015. It is an irony that we spend huge amount on the arms race because of perpetual tension between India and Pakistan. Both of us have nearly 100 nuclear weapons each which if used could lead to death of up to 1.2 crore people. A recent study done by Dr Ira Helfand  has warned of risk to over 2 billion people because of fall in food production resulting due to climatic changes in the event of a nuclear exchange between India and Pakistan. He called for a mass movement on these issues. Many students asked questions concerning his talk. Present among the faculty members were Prof. Pooran Singh, Prof. Paramjit Singh and Prof Joshi.

BJP achieve the goal with the "Ashirwad" of the people of India

Sat, Dec 28, 2013 at 2:50 PM
A toyota Innova is big enough to carry all Congress MLA around Delhi - Grewal
Ludhiana: 28 December 2013:(Punjab Screen Bureau):

National Secretary BJP Kisan Morcha and Prabhari Himachal Pradesh Sukhminderpal Singh Grewal said that Congress Party's only eight candidates were elected in the recent Delhi Assembly elections. In a press statement here today, He said that only a Toyota Innova was big enough to carry all the Congress MLA's around Delhi. He said that it's a culture in the Congress Party's Leadership that they every time speaks that our Party, the Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP ) is a thief, poisonous and the merchant of death's Party, but our party Leadership and workers don't get angry. He said that our Party Leadership, workers and people of India only get angry when they realize our borders are shrinking, Pak soldiers behead our military jawans, our neighbor China makes incursions, and US Government does not give Headley to our country. He said it's now clear to everybody that no power on earth can stop BJP from getting majority in coming Lok Sabha elections. Grewal said that people of the country have given a clarion call for change. He said that it has come out that people of the country have made up their mind that there is a need for big change. Grewal said that now Congress Party is saying that how can a tea vendor, Narendra Modi become the Prime Minister. He said it's clear for everybody in the world that USA President Barack Obama has sold ice cream in his country. He said that Former President of India Abdul Kalam sold newspapers, American Former President Abraham Lincoln cut woods in his country, if  they can reach position, so it's clear that Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janta Party ( BJP ) also achieve the goal with the "Ashirwad" of the people of India in coming Lok Sabha 2014 elections.

Friday, December 27, 2013

All India Conference of AIKF on March 28, 29 and 30, 2014

Fri, Dec 27, 2013 at 5:26 PM
Kirti Kisan Sabha, Punjab Ludhiana holds its meeting
Doraha: 27 December 2013: (Pawan Kumar Kaushal//Punjab Screen Bureau):
Ludhiana district committee of Kirti Kisan Sabha Punjab met here under the president ship of Azad Singh Khatra, a veteran Kisan leader.
Com. Lakhwinder Singh Buani, General Secretary Kirti Kisan Sabha Punjab placed the agenda and the history of the organization in the state. He also mentioned the struggles launched by the organization for the cause of kisan movement.
Com. Kuldip Singh member of central co-ordination Committee of All India Kisan Federation reported on the decisions of the meetings of central co-ordination held in Warangal (Andhra Pradesh), Jaipur (Rajasthan) and Patna (Bihar). He also disclosed that All India Conference of A I K F is being organized on March 28, 29 and 30, 2014 at Kisan Bhavan Chandigarh.
The meeting passed resolutions demanding adequate MSP on wheat as it felt that price announced is too low to cover even the costs incurred by the farmers. The meeting also demanded compensation for the damages on the Paddy for the loss suffered by them due to untimely rain and hailstorm.
The meeting in a special resolution demanded subsidy on diesel to the farmers and regular power supply of ten hours daily.
The meeting expressed its serious concern over the menace of stray cattle in Pujab. Stray cattle are causing harm to the crops. The meeting demanded that the government should make proper arrangements in this regard. The meeting also opposed the property tax imposed on the common man. Among those present were Jang Singh, Sukhdev Singh, President and Secretary of district Kirti Kisan Sabha respectively Amanjit Singh Chankoyan, Amarjit Singh Faizgarh, Darshan Singh and Surjit Singh Malaud and others
Statement released by the District Secretary, Kirti Kisan Sabha, Ludhiana Comrade Sukhdev Singh, Kila Raipur.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Short Film - Thalassemia

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Hello everyone, 
Here is my schedule for upcoming walk and poster ... Please have a look and don't forget to share ...
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1.Jan – Kotkapura To Bariwala -> Muktsar = 30 km ..
2 jan – Muktsat To Malout -> 30 km..
3 jan – Malout To Abohar -> 32 km..
4 jan – Abohar To Fazilka -> 33km.
5 jan – Fazilka To Jalalabad -> 35 km.
6 jan – Jalalabad To Lakho ke Behram -> 32 km.
7 jan - Lakho ke Behram To Firozpur -> 22 km.
8 jan – Firozpur To Zira -> 40 km.
9 jan – Zira To Sarhali -> 37 km.
10 jan – Sarhali To Chabba -> 32 km.

11 jan – Chabba To Amritsar - > 10 km -> Amritsar to jaintpure -> 27 km.
12 jan – jaintpure To Gurdaspur -> 28 km. 
13 jan – Gurdaspur To Dinaanagar -> 32 km.
14 jan – Dinanagar To Pathankot -> 26 km.
15 jan – Pathankot To Bhangala -> 33.6 km.
16 jan – Bhangala To Gardhiwala -> 37 km.
17 jan – Gardhiwala TO Hoshiapur -> 30 km.
18 jan – Hoshiapur To Mahilpur -> 23 km.
19 jan – Mahilpur To Banga -> 24 km.
20 jan – Banga To Balachaur -> 33 km.
21 jan – Balachaur To Ropar -> 27 km.
22 jan – Ropar to Mohail - > 40 km.
23 jan – Mohail To Chandigarh -> 8km to Banur -> 26.9 km.
24 jan – Banur To Patiala -> 40 km
25 jan – Patiala To Fatehgarh sahib -> 32 km
26 jan - Fatehgarh sahib To Manij sahib ,biza -> 30 km 
27 jan – Maniji sahib To Ludhiana -> 30 km.
28 jan – Ludhiana To Phagwara ->40 km .
29 jan and 30 day – Phagwara To Jalandhar -> 24.8 km.
31 jan – Jalandhar To Kapurthal -20 km -> Balehar Kalan -> 10 km.
1 Feb – Balehar Kalan To Nakodar -> 23 km
2 Feb – Nakodar To Bhodiwala -> 29 km
3 Feb – Bhodiwala To Moga -> 25 km.
4 Feb – Moga To Lohara -> 31 km
5 Feb- Lohara To Barnala -> 34.8 km.
6 Feb – Barnala To Joga – >29. Km.
7 Feb – Joga To Mansa -> 22 km.
8 Feb -Mansa To Maiser khana -> 30 km.
9 Feb- Maiser khana To Bathinda – 30 km
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11 Feb – Jaitu To Faridkot -> 30 km…

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Monday, December 23, 2013

‘Mobile Seva’ Launched

23-December-2013 19:03 IST
The national mobile-governance initiative of Deity
IT Signals the Beginning of a Nationwide Initiative Aimed at Providing Government Services Through Mobile Devices 

The Secretary, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Shri J. Satyanarayna releasing the logo, at the dedication ceremony of the ‘Mobile Seva’ (the National Mobile Governance initiative of DeitY) to the Nation, in New Delhi on December 23, 2013.  (PIB)
New Delhi: 23 December 2013: (PIB): The ‘Mobile Seva’ (the national mobile-governance initiative of Deity) was dedicated to the citizens here today by Shri J. Satyanarayana, Secretary, Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY), at a function organized at DeitY, Electronics Niketan. The logo for ‘Mobile Seva’ too was unveiled at the function. 

Mobile Seva aims to provide government services to the people through mobile phones and tablets. It has been developed as the core infrastructure for enabling the availability of public services through mobile devices. Mobile Seva enables the integration of the mobile platform with the common e-Governance infrastructure consisting of State Data Centers (SDCs), State Wide Area Networks (SWANs), State and National Service Delivery Gateways (SSDGs/NSDG). It enables a government department to integrate both web and mobile based services seamlessly and enhances the access to electronic services tremendously leveraging the very high penetration of mobile phones, especially in rural areas. Availability of government‐wide shared infrastructure and services enables rapid development and reduced costs for the departments in rolling out mobile based services. 

As on date, 833 Central and State Govt. Departments are using Mobile Seva for providing SMS-based services, and over 55.25 Crore SMS notifications have been sent to citizens for various mobile based services. Citizens can now directly interact with Government Departments through SMS. As on date, 254 public services have been made available to the citizens. A Mobile Applications Store (m-App Store) has also been developed by DeitY as part of Mobile Seva. The Mobile Governance Portal and the m-App Store can be accessed at http://mgov.gov.in/. The m-Appstore currently hosts over 240 live mobile applications. The live applications can be downloaded and installed free of cost on a mobile phone by any person. 

A Mobile Applications Store (m-App Store) has also been developed by DeitY as part of Mobile Seva. The Mobile Governance Portal and the m-App Store can be accessed at http://mgov.gov.in/. The m-Appstore currently hosts over 240 live mobile applications. The live applications can be downloaded and installed free of cost on a mobile phone by any person. Citizens can visit http://mgov.gov.in/ for more information.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Grand Baby Show at Mother's Pride, Ludhiana

More than 200 babies participated      Sun, Dec 22, 2013 at 4:04 PM
Ludhiana: 22 December 2013: (Punjab Screen Bureu)
A Grand Baby Show was organized at Mother’s Pride, Ludhiana on Sunday 22nd December, 2013.
A show that showcased baby’s most spell binding antics and qualities. Children were evaluated under different age groups i.e. 0 - 6 months, 7 - 12 months, 1 -2 years & 2-3years. Ramp walk was done by participants with their family members that turned their little heroes into megastars and superheroes. Family fashion show added a massive attraction. Be it a mesmerizing smile or a flittering expression in the eyes, there were several titles like Most Active Baby, Most Attractive Baby, Friendliest Baby, Most Sparkling Eyes & Sunniest Smile along with grand prizes. Titles & gifts were also given to parents like the Most Aware Parent & Best Dressed Family. Surprise gifts were given to all the participants. Title of ALL ROUND SUPER BABY was also given to the child securing the highest scores in all the categories.
The Baby Show received huge response from the premium segment of Ludhianvies as more than 200 babies participated in the show. Great energy can be seen in the participants, who surely had a fulfilled Sunday with lots of pomp and show. It was a moment of great celebration. Almost 70 participants received prizes in different age categories under different titles. The participants were evaluated not only on their cute quotient but also on the health and activeness by the renowned doctors of the city i.e. Dr. Rama Sofat, Dr. Anurag Jain, Dr. Sunaina & Dr. Deepak. Winners were given the title of Most Healthy Baby. 
It was not only a health educative session, but also provided abundant parenting knowledge to the parents. 
The Director of the School, Shobhan Soi told the parents about the importance of Parenting and Nurturing children in the right manner.
Grand Baby Show at Mother's Pride, Ludhiana

Friday, December 20, 2013

Indo-Pak Calendar Launch on 21st December, Saturday

Fri, Dec 20, 2013 at 2:19 PM
We, Aaghaz-e-Dosti group invite you
We, Aaghaz-e-Dosti group invite you in our Indo-Pak Calendar Launch that is scheduled on 21st December, Saturday
As you know this is our second year of Indo-Pak Calendar Launch and a discussion 'Sharing of Hopes'. This calendar launch will be organized at Islamabad also on 24th December
We are working gradually but consistently with all efforts towards Indo-Pak Peace and Friendship. Started by Mission Bhartiyam, an India based organization, the initiative has collaborators in Pakistan named The Catalyst and CYDA. We all together are trying to enhance people to people contact and to establish a bond of understanding and love for each other. 
Details of program are given here:
Launch of 'Calendar of Peace & Love-2014'
'Sharing of Hopes' - A discussion on Indo-Pak Peace
India International Center (main building)
21 Dec: 2 to 5 PM
Jawed Naqvi (Correspondent - Dawn, Pakistan at New Delhi)
Pankaj Singh (Eminent poet, Member of Foundation of SAARC writers)
Sonia Fatah (A Pakistani filmmaker, columnist with Times of India)
Satya Pal (Peace activist, Secretary General-South Asian Fraternity)
Prof (Dr.) D. S. Rana (Chairman- Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, that is first established in 1921 at Lahore and then in 1954 at New Delhi) 
Ravi Nitesh

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Gurbakhsh Singh will survive for only 3-4 days more......

Hunger strike in sensitive period   Thu, Dec 19, 2013 at 12:42 PM
                                                            --A Report by Jagminder Singh
Bhai Gurbaksh singh is sitting on hunger strike until death since 14th November, 2013 for the release of Sikh prisoners in jails despite having completed their terms.  Today is 35th day of his hunger strike, Doctors informed “health of Bhai Gurbaksh singh deteriorates to dangerous levels. He will survive for only for 3-4 days if he will not start taking liquids”. Many prominent personalities came and understand their demand of freedom of Sikh prisoners behind bars. Anupam Kher, actor;  Gurdas Mann, singer; Bhagwant Mann, comedian; Bhai Ram Singh, head of Tamdami Taksal; Sant Ranjit S Dharianwale; Avtar S Makkar, President SGPC; Jathedar Gubachan Singh, Head priest of Sri Akal Takhat Sahib; Shashi Kant, DGP; Pammi Bai, Singer and many others support their movement.
Everyday people from different parts of Punjab, Delhi, Haryana, U.P. is going to participate in movement started by Bhai Gurbaksh Singh ji for freedom of Sikh prisoners in jails not released even after serving full terms. Tomorrow i.e. 20th December, 2013 200 people from Delhi will also join the movement. In other countries i.e. Canada, United Kingdom, United States of America, Australia, New Zealand, and Belgium Sikhs also protest to support the movement.
More than 500 Sikh organizations supporting the movement for release of Sikh prisoners languishing in jails. Group of Sikh organizations seeks U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detentions seeks intervention to secure the release of Sikh activists in India who are still detained even after the expiry of their prison term.
Bhai Gurbaksh Singh sends his last will to Sri Akal Takhat Sahib. His Last will is after demise, his body would be presented to Sri Akal Takhat Sahib. Sri Akal Takhat Sahib would have authority to donate his organs and body parts anywhere.
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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

ASHFAQULLA KHAN : The Immortal Revolutionary

The whole country protested against the death sentences
N P Shankaranarayana Rao
   It was December 19, 1927. The winter sun rose late. But its golden rays brought warmth and joy to people shivering in the biting cold.
Courtesy Image
At the same time, in the District Jail at Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh, officials were getting ready to put an end to the life of a man. He was a revolutionary. Officials, both high and low, were busy. The Chief Jailer carefully inspected the rope, the sandbags and other things necessary for his execution . He was fully satisfied with the arrangements. Then he called out to his subordinate, "Bring the convict here". The official went with ten soldiers. The door of the cell of the man who was to die opened with a loud, harsh sound. That was the last time the door opened for this man.The brave patriot was waiting for this call. He asked cheerfully, "Is everything ready?"
The Lion Among Men
    The hero in chains walked upright and with resolve between soldiers who led him to the hangman’s post. Those who were there forgot their positions and prestige and gazed at him with wonder and admiration. Once at the foot of the steps leading to the post, he covered them in two leaps and stood facing the post. When they removed the chains, he put forward his arms, drew the rope towards him and kissed it. He said, "My hands are not soiled with the murder of man. The charge against me is false. God will give me justice".Then he prayed in clear, ringing tones "La ilahi il Allah, Mohammed Ur Rasool Allah".The hangman’s noose came round his neck. The moment the lever was pressed, the plank on which he stood moved quickly and he went down into the pit below. He joined the band of the brave immortal heroes of the land. This hero was Ashafaqulla, the immortal revolutionary.
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Born in the early part of the twentieth century in Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh, Ashfaqulla was the son of Shafiqulla Khan. In 1921 the clouds of the non-cooperation movement were gathering all over India. Mahatma Gandhi had called on Indians not to pay taxes to the Government or cooperate with the British. This had kindled the fire of freedom in the hearts of all Indians. But at a place called Chauri Chaura people indulged in violence and set ablaze a police station resulting in the death of some policemen. Gandhi became sad on hearing this. It pained him much. So he called off the non-cooperation movement in February, 1922. The youth of the country were greatly disappointed and dejected on account of this.
    Ashfaqulla was one such dejected youth. The country should become free as early as possible – this was his yearning and so he joined the revolutionaries. It was then that he decided to win the friendship of Ramaprasad, the revolutionary of Shahjahanpur. Pandit Ramaprasad Bismil was already a famous revolutionary.
    Ashfaq had one great difficulty in winning the friendship of Ramaprasad. He was a member of the Arya Samaj. He was eager to explain the greatness of the Hindu religion to those belonging to other faiths. He was eager to take back to the Hindu fold those who wished to return. He had almost taken a vow to do this. Ashfaq was a devout Muslim. But his religion did not come in the way of his attempt to win the friendship of Ramaprasad. Though initially Ashfaq met with some resistance from Ramprasad, eventually his relentless pursuit to strike up a friendship with Bismil bore fruit and they became friends. They ate and lived the revolutionary lives together. In the end both became martyrs on the same day but in different jails.
The young revolutionaries wanted to make use of revolver, bombs and other weapons to fight the British. Kashi (Varanasi) was the centre of their activities. They formed the Hindustan Republican Association. Their main objective was to win freedom for the country through armed revolution.
    This Association published a manifesto called ‘Krantikari’ in 1925, spelling out its aims and objectives. The manifesto said it was wrong for one man to become rich by making another man work hard; it was also wrong for one man to be the master of another. The Association wanted to put an end to such things. Ramaprasad became the chief organiser of the Shahjahnpur wing of the Association. To meet their financial needs Ramaprasad and his assosiates looted some villages. Ashfaq took part in these activities with his brother’s licensed rifle.But the money they got by this means was not enough for their activities.
    The idea of the Kakori train robbery was conceived in the mind of Ramaprasad while travelling by train from Shahjahanpur to Lucknow. At every station he noticed moneybags being taken into the guard’s van and being dropped into an iron safe. At Lucknow, he observed that there were no special security arrangements. He ran up and noted down the time and number of the train from the time table. He calculated that the money would amount to at least ten thousand rupees. He decided not to miss this chance. This was the beginning of the famous train dacoity at Kakori.
    At a meeting with revolutionaries from Kashi, Kanpur, Lucknow and Agra, Ramaprasad explained his plans to them . He said, "If we loot the money belonging to the Government, we will get enough for our activities. Moreover, we will not have to harm our own people for money. The task is difficult. It needs to be done with great care. But our efforts will bring excellent rewards. The government also will come to know that the revolutionaries do not mealy talk but act".The members liked his idea.
    Ashfaq listened silently. From the day he had heard it from Ramaprasad, he had thought about it thoroughly. So he got up and said, "Friends, I consider it a hasty step. It may be a good plan in some ways. But let us think of our strength and the strength of the Government. In an ordinary dacoity, much money is not involved. Besides, the Government will treat it as one of the many usual occurrences. So we shall have to face only what the police normally does in such cases. It will be a different tale when he meddles with money belonging to Government. The entire government machinery will be used to trace and crush us. In my opinion we cannot escape detection and punishment. Our party is not strong enough. Let us drop this plan".
    But the revolutionaries were caught up in a flood of enthusiasm; they were not prepared to listen to sense. After debating the plan for a long time they decided to go ahead and entrusted the task to Ramaprasad. At the outset he sounded a word of caution. He said, "Friends, we should not fire at any one unless they fire at us. As far as possible let us do this deed without bloodshed". The meeting broke up.
Kakori Train Robbery
    On August 9, 1925 when the No.8 Down Train from Shahjahanpur to Lucknow was approaching Kakori , some one pulled the chain and the train stopped abruptly. Ashfaqulla got off the second class compartment with his friends Sachindra Bakshi and Rajendra Lahiri. He had done the first part of his duty in the Kakori plot that day.
    The guard got down to find out in which compartment the chain had been pulled and why. Two revolutionaries fell on him and made him lie down on his face. Two others pushed the driver from the engine to the ground and stood guard over him. One revolutionary stood at each end of the train and both fired shots with their pistols. In the meantime they shouted, "Travellers, do not be afraid. We are revolutionaries fighting for freedom. Your lives, money and honour are safe. But take care not to peep out of the train".
    Four young men entered the guard’s van. They managed to push the box to the ground. It had a strong lock. There was an opening on the top; through this opening they could drop moneybags into it. But nothing could be taken out of it.The revolutionaries started dealing blows with hammers to break it open. Ashfaq was the strongest of the group and ran towards the box. He dealt blows after blows on the opening of the box to widen it.
    Suddenly they heard the sound of a train coming from Lucknow. Ramaprasad was frightened for a moment. He trembled at the thought of the moving train colliding with the train they had stopped.
    All eyes were on Ramaprasad. He ordered, "Stop firing. Turn down the pistols. Do not strike the box. Ashfaq, wait a little". The few minutes were like an age. The fast moving train passed by on the other track. The slit in the box was widened and the moneybags were taken out. During this time all passengers remained quiet including the British officers thinking that a big gang of dacoits had attacked the train.
    The safe lay open. They were busy taking out the moneybags bundling them in rugs. Some of them walked towards Lucknow with the bundles on their head. Just ten young men had done this difficult job because of their courage, discipline and patience, leadership and, above all, love for the country. They had written a memorable chapter in the history of India’s fight for freedom. These revolutionaries were Ramaprasad Bismil, Rajendra Lahiri, Thakur Roshan Singh, Sachindra Bakshi, Chadrasekhar Azad, Keshab Chakravarty, Banwari Lal, Mukundi Lal, Mammathnath Gupt and Ashfaqulla Khan.
    A month passed after the Kakori dacoity, and yet no one was arrested. But the Government had spread a big net.
    On the morning of September 26, 1925 Ramaprasad was arrested. Before the police could arrest Ashfaq, he had escaped from his home and hid in a sugarcane field half a mile from his home. The police grew tired of searching for Ashfaq. All except Ashfaq had been taken into custody. He managed to reach Kashi after a difficult journey and met a few friends in the Benares University. They advised him to live quietly at least for some time. With the help of these friends he went to Bihar. He got a job as a clerk in an engineering firm at Daltonganj in Palamau district. He worked in the firm for about ten months. This long and forced rest became tiresome for him. So he went to Delhi to find out how he could go abroad and began making preparations. He met a Pathan friend from Shahjahanpur. They had been classmates at school. He was happy to meet Ashfaq after a long time. He took Ashfaq to his room and ordered a nice meal for him. They went on talking about old times till 11 o’ clock at night. Then Ashfaq went back to his room.
    The next morning Ashfaq was sound asleep. Suddenly there was a loud knock. Ashfaq was still sleepy-eyed as he opened the door. And at once he fell into the hands of the police. Friendship, duty and even the feeling of belonging to the same place – none of these could check the Pathan’s greed for money. The Pathan had fed him, talked to him in a very friendly way and then had handed Ashfaq to the police.
    The police wanted to use Ashfaq to suit their plans; they tried very hard to do so. An army officer, Tasadruk Khan, was in the police department and had rendered useful service to the British as their agent in Arabia during the First World War. He met Ashfaq in prison and tried to make him agree to give evidence against his former friends. But Ashfaq did not like his advice. The police charge -sheeted him in the court. By this time the Kakori case had progressed much; the case against Ashfaq was combined with it. A committee had been formed to defend the accused in the main case. Motilal Nehru was the chairman. There were eminent men like Jawaharlal, Sriprakasha, Acharya Narendra Dev, Govind Ballabh Pant and Chandra Bhanu Gupta on the committee.
    Life in prison had made Ashfaq very pious. He said his prayers regularly and during Ramzan fasted very strictly. The main case and the complementary case relating to the Kakori train robbery came to an end. The Court of Justice under the British rule gave its judgement. Ramaprasad Bismil, Ashfaqulla Khan, Rajendra Lahiri and Roshan Singh were to be put to death; the others were given life sentences.
    The whole country protested against the death sentences. Members of the Central Legislature petitioned the Viceroy to reduce their death sentences into life sentences. Appeals were sent to the Privy council, the highest court in those days. But British imperialism was thirsting for the blood of the Indian revolutionaries.
    The four revolutionaries sentenced to death died with a smile on their lips and a prayer that they be born again in India so that they could fight again for the country’s freedom. And so they became martyrs.

    Ashfaq and Ramaprasad were poets just as they were revolutionaries. Ashfaq had composed poems mostly in Urdu and a few in Hindi. His pen names were Varasi and Hazarat. Ashfaqulla was an ideal revolutionary. His devotion to the cause he admired made him the foremost among those who gave their lives to win freedom for the country. Love for the motherland, clear thinking, courage, firmness and loyalty were embodied in Ashfaq to the hilt. He deserves to be remembered and cherished by all Indians for his noble qualities. (PIB features)