Tuesday, January 30, 2018

70 Democratic mass organisations protested

Tue, Jan 30, 2018 at 4:36 PM

Protest against Blank-Ban on right of peaceful protest 
Ludhiana: 30th Jan 2018: (Punjab Screen Bureau)::

Today more than 70 democratic mass organisations of workers, farmers, students, women, intellectuals and democratic people held a rally at Shaheed Kartar Singh Park to register a strong protest against blank ban on right of protes peacefully by imposing 144 in whole of Ludhiana and that too for unspecified  time. They also held a protest march to DC Ludhiana office. A protest note was handed over to him demanding that this order which is violative of Supreme court order be withdrawn immediately. This mass rally also protested against Punjab government policy of impossing draconian laws which impinge on the democratic rights of people and strongly demanded  cancalation of such laws. In case of failure of government in this it will have to face more serious  and broder protests.

 The speakers strongly emphasised that this action of Ludhiana administration to impose 144 without any reason and that too for unlimmited time is a serious violation of the supreme court rulings. Some speakers emphasised that it is violative of democratic rights and constitutional rights of people. The Punjab Goverment which came with a promise to protect rights of people is instead working on sneakingly is trying to impose such laws which will make Punjab a police state, which is strongly condemned. When the policies of governments are such as to create inequality and  hence putting people into great distress . The rally was unanimous in demanding that  the government  must adopt the policy of inclusiveness instead of repressing civil liberties and democratic rights. It was reminded that it is government duty to work for providing social and economic justice to people.
In todays protest following organisations participated. Association for Democratic Rights, Bjgul Majdur Dasta, Inqulabi Kendar Punjab , Kirti Kisan Union , Lal Jhnada Bhatha Mazdoor Union, AITCU, CITU, Jamhuri Kisan Sabha, Bharti Kisan Union (Ugrahan), Naujawan Bharat Sabha, Inqulabi Lok Morcha, Kamagatamaru Yaadgaar Commetee, Peoples Media Link, Tarksheel Society, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Naujwaan Sabha, Punjab Students Union, Bharti Kisaan Union (Dakaunda), Aanganwari Mulajam Union, Textile-Hausary Kamgar Union, Laal Jhanda Bajaj Sons Mazdur Union, Democratic Lawyers Association,  Pendu Mazdur Union (Mashaal), Moulder And Steel Workers Union, Pendu Mazdur Union, CTU, Safai Lebour Union (AITUC), Laal Jhanda Hero Cycle Mazdur Union,  Karkhana Mazdur Union, Rehdi Fadi Fedration, Mazdur Adhikar Sangharsh Abhiyan, BKMU, INTAK, Punjab Khet Mazdur Sabha, Inqulabi Naujwan Vidiyarthi Manch, Lok Manch Punjab, Hausary Mazdur Union (AITUC), Punjab Roadways Employes Union (Azaad), Kisaan Manch Punjab, Punjab Lok Sabhiyachark Manch, Municipal Workers Union (AITUC), Dehati Mazdur Sabha, DYFI, Manrega Union (CTU), Government Teachers Union, Railway Pensioners Association, Disposal Workers Union(AITUC), Narega Mazdur Union, Punjab Nirman Mazdur Union, Laal Jhanda Pendu Chaunkidaar Union, Maha Sabha, Punjab Road Moter Transport Workers Union (AITUC), Lok Ekta Sangathn, DTF, PSEB Employees Federation (AITUC), Costruction Workers Union (AITUC), Bharti Khet Mazdur Union, Punjab Palledar Workers Union (AITUC), Istree Mazdur Sangathn, FCI, Palledar Workers Union (AITUC) , Kabaadi Accociation, Auto Riksha Union, PRTC Workers Union (AITUC), TSU, Medical Practitioners Union, Lal Jhanda Huasary Mazdoor Union, Lal Jhanda Ecotech Mazdoor Union, Kul Hind Kisan Sabha, Kul Hind Khet Mazdoor Union, Lal Jhanda Mini Hedal workers Union, Bharat Nirmaan Mistri Mazdoor Union, Democratic Mulajim Federation, PCMSRU, All india Kisan Federation, BSNl employees Union, AICCTU, Shaheed Baba Bhaan Singh Gadar memorial Trust, NRMU  ect. Prof Jagmohan Singh, DP Maur, Rajwinder, Kanwaljit Khanna, Jagdish Chand, Raghbir Singh, Karamjit Kotakpura, Harjinder Singh, Awtar Virk, Jasdev Lalton ect. addressed the rally.

Friday, January 26, 2018

69th Republic Day was celebrated at IMA House

Fri, Jan 26, 2018 at 12:23 PM
Dr. Rajoo Singh was the Chief Guest
Ludhiana: 26th January 2018: (Punjab Screen Bureau)::

69th Republic Day was celebrated at IMA House BRS Nagar Ludhiana today.
Dr. Rajoo Singh Dean Academics, DMC&H was the Chief Guest. Dr. Manoj Kumar Sobti Member Punjab Medical Council & Dr. Arun Gupta President IMA Ludhiana welcomed the Chief Guest.
Dr. Rajoo Singh  hoisted the National Flag. He paid homage to the martyrs & reminded the doctors of their duties and advised them to come upto the expectations of the society. He gave prizes to the children who performed cultural program. Dr. Sanjeev Uppal & Dr. Amarinder Singh sang patriotic songs.
Dr. Saroj Aggarwal Honorary Secretary IMA Ludhiana conducted the function. She welcomed the delegates and sang Vand-e-Matram. Around 100 doctors attended the function.
Dr. P.S Jassal President Elect-2019, Dr. Pritpal Singh Sr. Vice President, Dr. Dheeraj Aggarwal Vice President, Dr. S S Sibia Finance Secretary, Dr. Ashish Ohri Joint Secretary, Dr. Avinash Jindal Past President, Dr. Bimal Kanish Past Secretary, Dr. Kusum Gupta and others prominent doctors were present.

Punjab Agricultural University celebrated 69th Republic Day

Fri, Jan 26, 2018 at 11:59 AM
Take pride in being citizens of a democratic nation
Ludhiana: 26th January 2018: (Punjab Screen Bureau)::
The Punjab Agricultural University marked the 69th Republic Day of the country with the unfurling of the tricolour by the worthy Vice Chancellor and Chief Guest of the day, Dr B.S. Dhillon.  He also inspected the parade by the NCC cadets as officers, faculty and students of the university looked on.
While paying rich tributes to the martyrs of the great Indian freedom struggle, Dr Dhillon exhorted the audience to take pride in being citizens of a democratic nation, at the same time uphold the constitution ideals for a strong and prosperous India. The Vice Chancellor laid stress on the contribution of Punjab towards achieving food security in the country. "Even today, whenever the country faces environmental stress like droughts or floods, the contribution of Punjab is highest to the national pool." While lauding the efforts of the Punjab Agricultural University in agricultural empowerment of the state, Dr Dhillon stressed on the need for greater emphasis on farm input as compared to farm income. He further advocated the use of stronger extension methods to convince farmers for adoption of conservation techniques to minimize use of fertilizer, pesticides, water and better stubble management. 
"Among the other important contributions of PAU, the increased organic carbon content in soil and decreased pesticide residue in food samples are worth mentioning", said Dr Dhillon while adding that the need of the future is research on better processing and export. He called on the farmers to shift focus from MSP and rather take up subsidiary occupations to give boost to the per capita income of the state. He also highlighted the need for skill development, the infrastructure development for which is near completion in the university. "Another initiative worth lauding is the slogan of Saade Vyaah, Saade Bhog given by the university", emphasized Dr Dhillon and motivated the youth to adopt simplicity in lifestyle while curtailing expenditure on social functions.
The Vice Chancellor called on the post graduate students to give further fillip to the university rankings. "We are ranked number one in publication and citation among state funded universities", said Dr Dhillon while asking the students to read extensively and work hard for better recognition in research. "Finally we all need to reflect on the power and responsibility that comes with democracy and adopt tolerance, unity and hard work to take this country to greater heights", signed off Dr Dhillon.
Earlier Dr R.K. Dhaliwal, Director Students Welfare accorded a formal welcome to the officers, faculty and students of the university and motivated all to contribute in the important task of nation building.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Vodafone CEO Compliments Indian Government

Thu, Jan 25, 2018 at 3:01 PM
Compliments for Marked Improvement in Ease of Doing Business 
World Economic Forum, Davos25 January 2018: (Punjab Screen Bureau)::
During his speech at a WEF Governors meeting this morning, Mr. Vittorio Colao, Vodafone Group Plc‘s CEO, complimented India and Prime Minister Modi’s government for a marked improvement in the ease of doing business in the country during the last four years. 
After the meeting, Mr Colao elaborated and said “Digital India and Make in India are transformational initiatives. The focus of Prime Minister Modi’s government and India’s new progressive policy framework are ensuring their successful execution. India’s enhanced economic liberalisation will bring more international investment into its growing economy, which will in turn generate exciting opportunities and boost job creation.”
Within the telecom sector specifically, Mr Colao said “India has significantly increased the amount of spectrum which is now available to operators. The proposed increase in spectrum caps will further hasten the roll out of networks to the benefit of customers, government and industry.”
“Simplicity and transparency are key to the reforms introduced and this has been recognised by the significant improvement in India’s position in the Ease of Doing Business global rankings. The swift progress we have made in just under a year towards the completion of our merger with Idea Cellular is testimony to this fresh approach.  India has a clear set of well-defined M&A rules and we are seeing their fair and speedy implementation”, said Mr Colao.
Vodafone India:
Vodafone is the co-creator of the telecom ecosystem and a catalyst of the telecom revolution in India. Since starting operations in India in 2007 it has invested over INR 134,700 crore in India and contributed over INR 143,000cr to the Indian exchequer as at 31 March 2017. Vodafone’s India business, in addition to being the highest contributor to Vodafone Group’s service revenue growth, has the largest customer base (over 210 million customers) and the largest data traffic market (by volume).
Vodafone also operates high-end technology centre and IT and customer experience centres in Pune and Ahmedabad and is setting up a state-of-the-art Tier-4 data centre to service the evolving communications needs of businesses and enterprises. The IT and customer experience centres service Vodafone companies globally, exemplifying the “Make in India” opportunity and highlighting its success to the world. 
Merger update:
On 20th March, 2017 Vodafone Group Plc and Idea Cellular announced an agreement to combine their operations in India (excluding Vodafone’s 42% stake in Indus Towers) to create India’s largest telecom operator with complementary footprint and amongst highest overall spectrum holding of 1,850 MHz across multiple bands. The merger transaction is subject to approval from the relevant regulatory authorities. Approvals are already received from (a) ‘Competition Commission of India’ (CCI), (b) SEBI & Stock Exchanges and (c) National Companies Law Tribunal (NCLT). The merger is on track and is expected to complete in first half of calendar year 2018.
About Vodafone:
Vodafone Group is one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies and provides a range of services including voice, messaging, data and fixed communications. Vodafone Group has mobile operations in 26 countries, partners with mobile networks in 50 more, and fixed broadband operations in 19 markets. As of 30 September 2017, Vodafone Group had 522.8 million mobile customers and 18.8 million fixed broadband customers, including India and all of the customers in Vodafone’s joint ventures and associates.

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.