Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Installation Ceremony of Red Cross at GCG Ludhiana

Wed, Aug 30, 2017 at 4:27 PM
A PowerPoint presentation was also presented
Ludhiana: 30th August 2017: (Kartika Singh//Punjab Screen)::
Govt. College for Girls, Ludhiana organized an installation ceremony of  the  Red Cross Society in collaboration with Anti Drug Society . Prof. (Dr.) Mohinder Kaur Grewal, Principal of the college was the Chief Guest on the occasion. The principal was given floral welcome by Mrs. Kiranjit Kaur Brar, Miss Satveer Kaur, Mrs. Gurwinder Kaur and Mrs. Rosy Nagpal. While addressing the students, the hon'ble chief guest shared her words of wisdom and enlightenment with the students. Badges were given to all the office bearers and executive members of the society by the chief guests as a form of blessings and best wishes for future responsibilities. A PowerPoint presentation was presented by the students followed by delightful Punjabi song and cultural performance. At the end of the ceremony Prof.(Dr.) Mohinder Kaur Grewal gave her blessings and precious remarks. The ceremony, thus came to an end by Student in charge Red Cross Society, Gurleen Kaur giving a vote of thanks.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

World suicide prevention day contest

Tue, Aug 29, 2017 at 4:58 PM
PAU Extends date for receiving entries

Ludhiana: August 29th, 2017: (Kartika Singh//Punjab Screen)::
Dr. Sarabjeet Singh, Professor of Journalism, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), informed today that the last date for receiving entries for World Suicide Prevention Day Contest (by PAU) has been extended till Friday i.e. September 1, 2017. He said the University has already received a number of entries and there was huge enthusiasm among participants throughout the state. It is noteworthy here that the College of Basic Sciences and Humanities, PAU, is organizing this state level contest in connection with suicide prevention initiatives. Every year World Health Organization (WHO) and International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) mark September 10 as World Suicide Prevention Day. This year the theme is “Take a minute – Change a life.”
Giving details, Dr. Sarabjeet Singh said, “The contest includes five competitions, namely writing of an essay, poetry, story, slogan coining, and poster making. There are two levels for participation: Level I- Students from class 9th to 12th and Level II – Youth in the age group of 18-35 years (residing in Punjab).” The topics have been designed in such a way that builds the remedial and coping skills of the people, thereby, helping them face the odds of life, he added. These include ‘How to pass difficult moments of life?,’ ‘Suicide: A Problem, not a Solution,’ ‘Perseverance is the hallmark of Punjabis,’ ‘Shun big fat Weddings/Bhogs,’ and ‘Boost brotherhood – Reduce tension.’  
           For essay contest, the word limit is 400-500 words, the creative poem should have a minimum of 8 lines, the number of slogans should be 3 to 5, the size of the poster should be half chart and story should be in less than 1000 words, he told. The language for the contest can be Punjabi, Hindi or English, he said. One can participate in one or more competitions, he said, adding that entries should be one’s own creation and no plagiarism should be involved.
Soft copies of entries can be sent at or hard copies can be mailed by post to Head, Department of Agricultural Journalism, Languages and Culture, PAU, Ludhiana.  Winners will be honored at PAU on Sunday i.e. September 10.

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.