Thursday, August 27, 2015

Letter to Jathedar Akal Takhat Sahib JI by H S Phoolka

Thu, Aug 27, 2015 at 3:16 PM
Dismal Sex Ratio Cause of Decline in Sikh Population

Ludhiana: 27 August 2015: (Punjab Screen Bureau):

Mr. H.S. Phoolka has written a letter Jathedar Akal Takhat Sahib stating that a statement of him and other Sikh Organisations to produce more children is not a right step in the present day modern world.  There are many reasons for decline of the population and among them the major cause is the lowest Sex Ratio among the Sikhs at National level.  The Sex Ratio among the Sikhs is 903 Female compare to 1000 male.  The sex Ratio among other religions is - Christian 1023, Muslim 951, Hindu 939.  One of the reasons of increase in Muslim population is the higher sex ratio which is much more than Hindus and as well as Sikhs.

Mr. Phoolka had requested to Akal Takhat Jathedar that to check the decline in Sex population and female Feticide, the works need to be done at ground level.  Mere advertisement  in the TV and Newspapers are not enough.

Mr. Phoolka has given an example of a scheme implemented in 2005-06 by the then Dy. Commissioner of  Nawanshahr Mr. Krishan Kumar.  This scheme had almost stopped the Female Foeticide in the District.  The said Dy. Commissioner received International Award for this.  Instead of implementing this scheme in all the District of Punjab, after transfer of Dy. Commissioner in 2007 the scheme was almost stopped. 

Mr. Phoolka has requested to Jathedar Akal Takhat Sahib Ji to take immediate steps on ground level and implement this scheme throughout Punjab and take other necessary steps to increase the Female Ratio and check the Female Feticide.  Copy of letter is enclosed.

GADVASU conducts training for cattle feed millers

Thu, Aug 27, 2015 at 3:53 PM
Training was conducted for 55 feed millers
Ludhiana:27 August, 2015: (Punjab Screen Bureau):
In dairy business feed cost alone is around 65% of the total dairy farming expenditure.  Dairy farmers make their best efforts to make the balanced feed but availability of feed ingredients, their quality and prices are area of concern. Guru Angad Dev Veterinary & Animal Sciences  University in collaboration with Department of Dairy Development, Punjab regularly conduct trainings for cattle feed millers to update their knowledge and making economical feed for the high yielding animals. One of such training was conducted by Vet Varsity for 55 feed millers coming from different parts of Punjab. According to Dr Parminder Singh, course coordinator, the training schedule included lectures from different aspects of feed manufacturing viz. selection of feed ingredients and their storage, ration formulation for different categories of animals, toxic substances in feed ingredients, processing of feed and feed ingredients, importance of bypass fat and protein, significance of  uromol mixture, role of mineral mixture, prevention of metabolic diseases, aflatoxins and their control and cattle feed act. There were healthy discussions among the feed millers to get the better results. It is pertinent to mention that this training is mandatory after three years for all feed manufacturers for renewal of license as per govt. norms. Even this course is compulsory for them who manufactures mineral mixtures for the cattle & buffaloes and who sells & holds feed ingredients for livestock feeding. 

Dr HK Verma Director of Extension Education distributed the certificates and advised the feed millers to adopt the recommendations of the experts while formulating the feed. He stressed upon the feed millers as well as farmers to read the dairy related literature. Dr. JS Bhatti, Head, Department of Veterinary Extension proposed the vote of thanks and highlighted the services which GADVASU provide for the dairy farmers and feed millers. He asked the feed millers to take the help of university in organizing awareness camps for the benefits of the farmers.

Joint call to observe All India Bank Strike on 2nd Sept. 2015

* March on to National Protest Strike on 2nd September, 2015            
* Oppose anti-worker Labour Reforms.
* Oppose anti-people Banking Reforms.
* Make the Strike a success in all Banks.
Ludhiana: 27 August 2015: (Punjab Screen Bureau):
All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA), AIBOA, BEFI, INBOC, NOBW, INBEF AND NOBO has given joint call to observe All India Strike on 2nd Sept. 2015 against anti-people Economic Reforms and anti-worker Labour Reforms of the Central Government. More than 100 million workers from all over the country and belonging to all Central Trade Unions and in all sectors will be joining the Strike. It is going to be a most powerful protest and massive disapproval of the retrograde economic and labour policies of the present NDA Government.   
All of us are fully aware of the increasing attacks on the workers and trade unions on their rights and privileges and the encouragement and concessions being extended to the employers in our country.  There are open attempts to amend the various labour laws in favour of the employers and to the detriment of the workers.  The neo-liberal economic policies are only aggravating the problems of the workers and common masses. Banking industry is no exception.  In the Banking industry, we are already aware of the Government’s continuous attempts to push through their reforms agenda aimed at privatisation of banks, consolidation and merger of Banks, etc.  More and more private capital and FDI are being encouraged.  Regional Rural Banks are sought to be privatised and the Bill has been passed by the Government in the Parliament despite protests by our Unions. Primary Agricultural Co-operative Societies (PACs) are under threat of winding up. Urban Co-operative Banks are under threat of delicensing. Private sector executives are imposed on the public sector banks.  All the Government schemes are being imposed on the Banks without proper infrastructure and manpower resulting harassment and problems faced by the bank staff.  Bank officers are being denied regulated working hours.    Permanent and regular jobs are being outsourced on contract basis and contract employees are being exploited. Government would like to proceed on its agenda to amend the labour laws without any proper consultation with the trade unions.

Hence it is necessary and imperative to join the general trade union movement and register our protest against these anti-worker policies of the Government.
(Naresh Gaur)

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

PM Modi with successful candidates

Success after training at Sardar Patel Institute 
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi with the successful candidates of the UPSC examination, who underwent training at the Sardar Patel Institute of Public Administration, Ahmedabad, in New Delhi on August 25, 2015. (PIB)

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Skill Development meeting

25-August-2015 15:27 IST
CM Badal Charing the meeting
New Delhi: 25 August 2015: (PIB)
Final meeting of the Sub-Group of Chief Ministers on Skill Development held on 25th August, 2015 at NITI Aayog 

The final meeting of the Sub-Group of Chief Ministers on Skill Development was held at NITI Aayog in New Delhi today. The meeting was presided by the Convenor of the Subgroup and the Chief Minister of Punjab, Shri Parkash Singh Badal. The Chief Ministers of Assam, Chhattisgarh, Meghalaya Tripura and Goa attended the meeting. The Minister for Employment, Technical Education & Training from Odisha was also present at the meeting. The rest of the member States namely Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry were represented by their senior officer. Member of NITI Aayog Dr.V.K.Saraswat and other senior officials were also present at the meeting. The CEO of NITI AAYOG Smt. Sindhushree Khullar, presented the recommendations of the Draft Report before the Members for their views. 

The deliberations focused on empowering and strengthening the State Skill Development Missions to address the challenge of skill development at the State level in a decentralized manner so as to improve the outreach of skill development. The emphasis was also laid on increasing participation by women and other socio economic groups. It was suggested that appropriate credit and market linkages be provided for entrepreneurial development which can act as force multiplier for employment generation. The Sub-Group focused on need for overcoming the shortage of trainers by involving the industry and national level institutions such as IIT, IIM and universities. It was decided that after incorporating the additional views shared by the member States today the final Report would be submitted to the PM within a fortnight. 

The NITI Aayog Sub-Group on Skill Development was constituted as per the decision taken in the first meeting of the Governing Council of the NITI Aayog chaired by the Prime Minister on 8th February, 2015. The Sub-Group consists of Chief Ministers of Assam, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Odisha, Punjab, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and Tripura. (PIB)

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Giant rock boulder hit the Manikaran Sahib Complex

Many peoples killed-Whatsapp report says 35 dead
Manikaran: 18 August 2015: (Punjab Screen and Int):
Many people have been killed and several others trapped after a giant rock boulder hit the famous Gurudwara complex at Manikaran in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. Figure of killed persons changing and yet not sure the actual number. iIn Whatsapp 35 persons stated killed. According to a report in Whatsapp from New Delhi-In an unfortunate tragedy, nearly 35 people were killed and many were feared trapped under debris after landslide triggered boulders fell on Gurdwara Manikaran Sahib in Kullu (HP).
According to eye witness, 7 bodies have been taken out so far while many have been feared trapped after boulders fell on Gurdwara Manikaran Sahib (HP) building due to a landslide. After the tragedy News started coming as flood but many were not confirming the facts. Figure of the killed persons was changing in every news because rescue operation was continue and as soosn as any body found the administration confirm the number. some reports told it 7 in initial reports and some others described the number10. 

Rescue operations underway.
Manikaran is located in the Parvati Valley along the banks of river Parvati, northeast of Bhuntar in the Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh. This Gurdwara known for its natural beauty which provides the peace of mind. Hot and cold water Source are very famous in devotees.

Manikaran is a pilgrimage centre for Hindus and Sikhs. The Hindus believe that Manu recreated human life in Manikaran after the flood, making it a sacred area. It has many temples and a gurudwara. There are temples of the Hindu deities Rama, Krishna, and Vishnu.The area is well known for its hot springs and its beautiful landscape.
According to legend, when the Hindu God Shiva and his consort Parvati were walking in the valley, Parvati dropped one of her earrings. The jewel was seized by Shesha, the serpent deity, who then disappeared into the earth with it. Shesha only surrendered the jewel when Shiva performed the cosmic dance, the Tandava and shot the jewel up through the water. Apparently, jewels continued to be thrown up in the waters at Manikaran until the earthquake of 1905.
Sikh belief: Manikaran Gurdwara
Traditional feeding of visitors at Sikh gurdwara at Manikaran, Himachal Pradesh, in 2004
According to the Sikhs, during third Udasi, the founder of Sikhism Guru Nanak came to this place in 15 Asu 1574 Bikrami with his disciple Bhai Mardana. Mardana felt hungry and they had no food. Guru Nanak sent Mardana to collect food for the langar (the Community Kitchen). Many people donated atta (flour) to make Roti(bread). The one problem was that there was no fire to cook the food.Guru Nanak asked Mardana to lift a stone and he complied and a hot spring appeared. As directed by Guru Nanak, Mardana put the rolled chapatis in the spring to his despair the chapatis sank.Guru Nanak then told him to pray to God saying that if his chapatis float back then he would donate one chapati in His name. When he prayed all the chapatis started floating duly baked.Guru Nanak said that anyone who donates in the name of God, his drowned items float back.


News of this tragedy came as big shock for those whose reletives are on a visit to Manikaran Sahib. Reports said seven bodies have been extricated from the four-storey building, located on the banks of Parvati river while search and rescue operation was in full swing at the site. The area has been cordoned off fearing more rock slips from the mountain.
The boulder, which slipped from a nearby mountain, has smashed a rear portion of the Gurudawara damaging a few floors. The incident occurred in the afternoon.
Officials, however, said the main Gurudwara is safe.

Honour for a deseving person

SMO Dr Sethi was honoured on 15 August
Amritsar: 17 August 2015: (Punjab Screen Bureau):
Congratulations to my friend Dr. Rabinder Singh Sethi for being bestowed with State Award on the Independence Day. He is an honest, hardworking, and kind hearted doctor. I am proud of you...Wish you many more deserve them. this comment was posted by Dinesh Kumar a friend of Dr Sethi. 
In fact  mostly peoples don't know Dr Sethi's Moral and secret commitment to humanity, society, country and the down trodden poor peoples. He never tells that how many times he donated his blood to unknown persons. He never disclose that how many children getting their school fee from his pocket. He is carrying this torch of silent services which he got from his father S. Parduman Singh who is also known as father of pension scheme.
He is a hidden gem. Senior Medical Officer (SMO), Dr RS Sethi, presently holding the charge of medical reimbursements at Civil Surgeon Office here, was honoured during the Independence Day celebrations for providing excellent services. Dr Sethi was honoured by Cabinet Minister Bikram Singh Majithia. His colleagues in the department said Dr Sethi posted as SMO had been assigned various other duties by the department because of his honest and hardworking nature. He always remain smiling even in challenging situations. He deeply watch the issue, search the facts, verify them and after consulting all the concerned  he declare his analysis which is mostly accepted as the final decision by all the related persons.
“Most of the inter-departmental inquiries are entrusted to Dr Sethi because he is known for presenting his report on the basis of the facts. In all cases where the department wants to find out the real truth behind an incident, it is always Dr Sethi, who is asked to lead the inquiry team,” said an employee of the Civil Surgeon’s office. His all friends know his human friendly nature.
Professor Balwinder Singh also awarded
Prof Balvinder Singh from Guru Nanak Dev University was felicitated at Independence Day function. Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal gave away the prize at a state-level function of Independence Day held at Mohali. The award was given in recognition of his contribution for bringing awareness about the conservation of heritage and traffic management in Amritsar city. District administration has already felicitated him on January 26, 2001 and on August 15, 2014. The government also nominated Prof Balvinder as a member of the Mission Directorate Hriday in Municipal Corporation, Amritsar. He has also been nominated as member National Expert Panel IHCNF of UNESCO in August this year. The Himachal Pradesh government has nominated him as member, Heritage Advisory Committee, Shimla.
President’s Police Medal
Assistant Sub Inspector Ramandeep Singh, who is posted at CID unit of the Amritsar police, was awarded President Police medal for his meritorious service during Independence Day celebrations organized by Ministry of Home Affairs.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

70th Anniversary of atomic bombing on Nagasaki

Over 350 delegates attended the CME
Ludhiana: 11 August 2015: (Punjab Screen Bureau):
There is need for collective effort to prevent the biggest ever health tragedy as atomic bombing on Hiroshima and Nagasaki killed over two lakh people in a matter of minutes. Doctors are duty bound morally and ethically to work for the development of society through health. This was the message that emanated from the Continuous Medical Education programme organized to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of atomic bombing on Nagasaki in Japan on 9th August 1945, by the department of Community Medicine, Government Medical College, Amritsar in collaboration with Indian Doctors For Peace And Development (IDPD) & Social Medicine Association on the Theme “Health, Development & Ethics”.

The event discussed several related subjects viz: Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons; National Health Policy; Medical Ethics and Food Security Act  - Strength and Limitations.

Principal GMC, Amritsar Dr. Santokh Singh inaugurated the CME followed by welcome speech by Dr. S.S. Deepti.

Dr. Tejbir Singh, Head of the department of Community Medicine, GMC Amritsar highlighted the importance of the conference and invited Dr. S.S.Soodan (Vice President IDPD) who gave a brief history of the idea behind the formation of IDPD and also about the work being done so far concerning the peace in various nations around the world.

Dr. Amarjit Singh Sidhu from School of Buisness, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar started with his first session on Food Security Act; he stressed that the need of this act is because of the inequalities in wealth and total income. Only 2.5% of the people own 83% of global wealth. He further elaborated regarding the various entitlements and beneficiaries covered under the act. Following this, Dr. G.S.Grewal (President, Punjab Medical Council) emphasized the importance of principles in life, particularly the role of ethics in medical profession. He said that it’s a noble profession and all doctors should commit themselves not to indulge in any malpractices. To regulate the medical profession in the state the PMC has to take several steps  to stop the practice of cuts and commissions and advertisements to entice the patients, he said.  
In the second session, Dr. Bharti Uppal; National Finance Secretary, IDPD discussed about Wars and its devastating long term consequences on health. Then Dr. Arun Mitra (Gen.Secretary IDPD) gave a brief note on medical ethics and its falling standards.

After this in the end, Panel discussion was conducted on “National Health Policy (Draft) 2015” by Dr. A.S. Padda, Ex-Principal & Head Department of Community Medicine, GMC as moderator. The first panelist Dr. Shakeel ur Rehman (Secretary IDPD) highlighted that privatization of secondary and tertiary health services should not be there and he said that 2% of Indian population is going below the poverty line every year due to out of pocket expenditure on health. After this Dr. Karanjit Singh (Ex-Director Health Services Punjab) discussed about mother & child health component of the policy and the progress made so far. Dr. Vitull K. Gupta (Associate professor Medicine, AIMSR, Bathinda) emphasized that there is total disconnect between ground level reality and the implementation of the policy. He further enlightened that there is need to implement what is being written in the draft.

The last topic of discussion was by Dr. Amritpal Kaur Dhillon (Associate Professor Obst & Gynae, GMC Amritsar) regarding women health issues addressed in the policy.

Over 350 delegates attended the CME. The session concluded with the valedictory function and vote of thanks by Dr. Sanjeev Mahajan.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Police campaign against anti social elements

Ludhiana police arrested 17 person in gambling act

Police recoverd 15 lac rupees cash & 4 cars from this raid

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Sri Sanghmeshwar Sewa Dal active for human servicses

Sun, Aug 2, 2015 at 3:48 PM
10th Blood  Donation Camp organized at Ludhiana
Ludhiana: 2 August 2015: (Punjab Screen Bureau):
Akhil Bhartiya Sri Sanghmeshwar Sewa Dal, Ludhiana branch organized a ‘Blood donation camp’ on the occasion of 75nd   birth anniversary of Anant Shri Vibhushit Mahant Ganga Puri Ji Maharaj, Sri Sanghmeshwar Mahadev Mandir, Arunai (Pehowa, Haryana) at Ludhiana today on 2th August 2015 revealed  Dr. Harish Verma, Secretary , Sri Sanghmeshwar Sewa Dal L:udhiana, Branch. Sh. Bharat Bhushan Aashu, M.L.A. Ludhiana West was the Chief Guest inaugurated the Blood Donation camp and said that this is an excellent gesture and congratulated the organizers for this good cause and emphasized that there is an urgent need of more such camps in the city, Sh. Gurpeet Gogi, Councillor, Ward No. 53  presided over the function. Two teams from DMC& H and RED cross Society, Ludhiana collected the blood from voluntary donors. The donation camp was supervised by a team of doctors from DMC&H , Ludhiana under the leadership of Dr. Ramneek Locham  and Dr G P Mangla from Red cross This is tenth time that a blood donation camp was organized by the Ludhiana branch  of Sri Sanghmeshwar Sewa Dal. The camp started with the seeking of blessings from Almighty. In a novel gesture, members of Dal, other people and even local leaders came forward and donated the blood voluntarily and a total of 75  units of blood were donated. Mr. D. K. Puri, president,  Ludhiana branch, Sri Sanghmeshwar Sewa Dal informed that the Dal is  organizing such camps at regular interval along with other social welfare activities. 
Dr. Harish Verma, Secretary , Sri Sanghmeshwar Sewa Dal, said that Punjab is far behind in blood donation, where as Gujrat  State is at number one in blood donation in whole of the country by contributing 11% of blood units. Further, Dr. Verma told that the Dal has already solemnized two times the mass marriages function in which 25 girls were married, has arranged nine    blood donation camps and loaded trucks containing food items were sent  to earth quack victims of Gujrat, Uttranchal and J. K. states . Sh. Rajinder Mohan Tandon, treasurer of the Dal said that now we are also motivating the people for   pledging to donate eyes. Mr. Puri  specially thanked S. Mohinder Singh, President, Prabhandak Committee Gurudwara Singh Sabha, Gobind Nagar, for their whole hearted support for organizing this camp. The camp was attended by dignitaries of Sanghmeshwar sewa dal, arunai, (Pehowa) and members of  Khanna & Gobindgarh  branches. The camp ended with the pledge by dal members to organize such camps more frequently especially for Thalassemia affected children and for cause of society. Dal members  highlighted the benefits of blood donation and persuaded people for voluntary donations for the cause of society and to relieve sufferings of people.
For more detail Dr Harish Verma may be contacted at 98159-73929
who is Secy of Sh. Sangmeshwar Sewa Dal Ludhiana Branch.