Friday, July 30, 2021

PAU Signs MoA With Patiala Based Company

 30th July 2021 at 11:03 AM

Collaborated with Sunny Engineering Works for Janta Model Biogas Plant

: 30th July 2021: (Kartika Singh//Punjab Screen)::

The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has collaborated with Sunny Engineering Works, Patiala for commercialization of Modified PAU Fixed Dome Type Janta Model Biogas Plant having capacity from 25 m3/day to 500 m3/day technology. Dr NS Bains, Director of Research, PAU and Sunny Engineering Works, Patiala signed the Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) on behalf of their organizations.

Dr Rajan Aggarwal, Head, Department of Renewable Energy Engineering, said that the technology helps in getting economical fuel, manure and maintaining cleanliness, especially, during rainy season.

Giving details about the technology, Dr Sarbjit Singh Sooch, Principal Scientist, Department of Renewable Energy Engineering, explained that the construction of this type of plant is easy and it is an all brick masonry structure. This design is suitable for all regions of the country, he added.

Dr MIS Gill, Dean, College of Agriculture; Dr AS Dhatt, Additional Director of Research (Horticulture and Food Science); Dr PPS Pannu, Additional Director of Research (Natural Resource and Plant Health Management); and Dr Amarjit Kaur Associate Director, Technology Marketing and IPR Cell congratulated Dr Aggarwal and his team as well as the proprietor for sharing the responsibility of disseminating this technology developed by PAU.

Dr Usha Nara, Plant Breeder, TMIPRC, informed that PAU has signed a total of 256 MoAs and commercialized 67 technologies.

Friday, July 9, 2021

SIT Files Challan in Bargari Sacrilege Case

 Friday: 9th July 2021 at 8:08 PM

Challan filed Before Faridkot Court

Chandigarh: 9th July 2021:  (Gurjit Billa//Punjab Screen)::

The Special Investigation Team (SIT) constituted to investigate sacrilege cases on Friday filed the first challan in a case of desecration of Sri Guru Granth Sahib before the court of JMIC Faridkot.

Disclosing this here today, SIT head and IGP Border Range Amritsar S P S Parmar said that the challan has been presented against 6 accused arrested in this case of desecration pertaining to strewing of torn pages of Sri Guru Granth Sahib at Bargari on October 12, 2015 with the next hearing fixed for July 20. The SIT after informing the Illaqa Magistrate regarding the starting of investigation on 16.05.21 had arrested all the accused wanted in this case, the IGP added.

It may be recalled that an FIR No. 128 dated 12.10.2015 U/S 295, 295-A, 153-A, 201, 120-B IPC at Police Station Bajakhana was registered on the statement of Manager of Gurudwara Sahib Bargari Kulwinder Singh.

Pertinently, this SIT was constituted under the Chairmanship of S P S Parmar IGP Border Range, Amritsar, with other members being Rajinder Singh Sohal, AIG/CI Punjab, Lakhbir Singh, ACP/ERS Amritsar and Insp Dalbir Singh, IC CIA Faridkot and others, after the handing over of cases to Punjab Police by the High Court.

The six accused arrested were Sukhjinder Singh @ Sunny, Shakti Singh, Ranjit Singh @ Bhola, Baljit Singh, Nishan Singh and Pardeep Singh, a spokesperson said.

The above case was transferred to CBI for investigation on 2.11.2015, following which Govt of Punjab on 6.09.2018 had notified to take back sacrilege cases from CBI. The CBI had submitted Joint Closure Report on 4.07.2019 in all the 3 cases.

Later in the the Punjab and Haryana High Court had transferred the investigation of this case to Punjab Police, the spokesperson added.

Rs.380 Crores Sanctioned for 3rd Covid Surge

 Friday: 9th July 2021 at 6:55 pm

Amount Sanctioned for the All Required Preparation

Punjab CM gives go Ahead for Recruitment of  674 GDMO; 283 MO (SPECIALISTS); 2000 Staff Nurses and 330 Faculty Positions 

Promises All Funds needed to Combat Pandemic

Chandigarh: 9th July 2021: (Gurjit Billa//Punjab Screen)::

Even as the second surge continued to abate in the state, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday approved Rs. 380 crore to be spent by the Health and Medical Education departments in preparing for a possible third wave of the Covid pandemic.

At a virtual review meeting of the situation in the state, the Chief Minister also gave go ahead for filling of 674 GDMO, 283 MO (Specialists); 2000 Staff Nurses posts, along with 330 faculty posts in Patiala and Amritsar Medical Colleges. He also asked the departments to bring the proposal for any additional posts needed to the Cabinet to ensure that all vacant posts are filled at the earliest.

The Rs. 380 crore amount approved by the Chief Minister shall be spent on PSA oxygen plants, MGPS Load enhancement and package substations, cryogenic liquid medical oxygen tanks, as well as  BLS Ambulances amongst others.

Asserting that funds have never been allowed to become a constraint in the state government’s response to Covid, the Chief Minister made it clear that funds will continue to be made available even in the future, as per requirement. The state was ready for the third wave, with preparations being made for 25% more patients than in the second wave, he added.

The Chief Minister directed the departments to ensure testing at minimum 40000 a day, with smart testing to ensure timely information on any upsurge.

Appreciating the detailed Surveillance strategy prepared by the Health and Medical Education departments, in consultation with experts, for prevention and containment of the third wave, the Chief Minister said GIS based surveillance and prevention tools will be used with an auto trigger mechanism for localised restrictions in the first instance. Regional or statewide restrictions will be unveiled in the second instance if the need so arises, he said, adding that districts will be categorised, on the basis of risk levels, into three categories, enabling districts to implement restrictions for containment on scientific basis.

The Chief Minister directed that data cells in each district be activated for collection and analysis of data.

Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan informed the meeting that funds and Oxygen plants have been provided as necessary to ensure that there is no shortage.

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

NMC's onsite training for doctors of J & K at CMC

Wednesday: 7th July 2021 at 4:09 PM

 National Medical Commission’s training is for three days 

Ludhiana: 7th July 2021: (Pardeep Sharma//Kartika Singh//Punjab Screen)::

Photo Collage by Kartika Singh

National Medical Commission’s (NMC) Nodal Centre for Faculty Development, CMC, Ludhiana is conducting three-day course on revised basic course  workshop (rBCW) in medical education which is mandatory for faculty in medical colleges. Dr. William Bhatti, Director, CMC while inaugurating the program, highlighted need for continuous training for faculty in medical colleges and appreciated the efforts of faculty for attending the training courses for teachers in medical colleges. Dr Jeyaraj D Pandian, Principal, CMC welcome the participants from new colleges of Jammu & Kashmir and Punjab for the onsite training and emphasised that for teaching in new competency based MBBS curriculum in India, teachers in medical colleges need this training. He explained the role of CMC Ludhiana as a beacon in medical education in training the faculty of allocated 28 medical colleges in basic course and 66 medical colleges in advance course. Dr. Dinesh Badyal, Convener of NMC nodal centre, CMC informed that Department of medical education faculty is training 3o doctors in team building, principles of learning and competencies, assessment, interactive large group teaching, and AETCOM ( attitude, ethics & communication) module as per new competency based MBBS curriculum introduced in the country in 2019. RBCW has restarted in offline version after a gap of 5 months. The trained teams will conduct rBCW  in 28 medical colleges allocated to Nodal Centre, CMC, Ludhiana under observership of Nodal Centre, CMC. Dr Badyal informed that this course has  now become part of promotion criteria for faculty working in medical colleges.  Dr. Badyal is Member, NMC Task Force  for implementation of new MBBS curriculum. Dr. Anjali Jain, Professor, Department of Anatomy, Co-convener and incharge rBCW informed that the program is being held following strict COVID appropriate behaviour. She added that various activities are being used for innovation in training of teachers who are members of Medical Education Units (MEU) of new medical colleges.  The program resource faculty included Dr Dinesh Badyal, Dr. Anjali Jain, Dr. Bharti Uppal, Dr. Roma Isaac, Dr. Kavita Mandrelle, Dr. Pamela K. Alice, Dr. Aroma Oberoi, Dr. Gagandeep Kwatra, Dr. Maria Thomas, Dr. Christina George, Dr. Clarence Samuel and Dr. Deepshikha Kamra. 

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Tuesday, July 6, 2021

KLF backed terror-module busted in Punjab

Tuesday 6th July 2021 at 8:32 pm

Ex-soldier, who escaped from Patiala Jail among 4 held

*Jaspreet alias Noopi, who joined Indian Army in 2012, had raised a terror module to carry out targeted killings, says DGP Punjab Dinkar Gupta

Chandigarh//Khanna: 6th July 2021: (Gurjit Billa//Punjab Screen)::

Punjab Police on Tuesday has busted another targetted killing module backed by Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) handlers based abroad with the arrest of its 4 operatives, including a former Indian Army Sepoy, who had managed to escape from Patiala Jail in April 2021.

Director General of Police (DGP) Punjab Dinkar Gupta said that accused Jaspreet Singh alias Noopi, who had joined the Indian Army as a Sepoy in 2012, was lodged in Jail in a murder case in 2017. “After escaping from Jail, Noopi came in contact with foreign based KLF handlers who  motivated and induced him to raise a terror module to carry out targeted killings in the state,” he said.

The other three arrested persons have been identified as Jaswinder Singh, a resident of village Fatehpur Bunga in Ropar, Gaurav Jain alias Minku of village Kaliawala in district Sirsa and Parshant Silelan alias Kabir, a native of Meerut UP and presently staying at Dhanas in Chandigarh, the DGP added.

Sharing details, SSP Khanna Gursharan Singh Grewal said that, following inputs, the Khanna Police had stopped an Etios car during a special checking at GT Road Khanna and three persons, who got out of the car, tried to flee after opening fire at the Police Party. However, the Police party managed to nab Jaswinder and Minku on the spot, while Noopi was arrested later, alongwith Kabir, his another accomplice.

The Police have also recovered two .32 bore Pistols, alongwith 4 magazines and ammunition from the possession of accused persons besides an Etios car bearing fake registration number PB01AS6845, which had been snatched by Noopi at gunpoint from Zirakpur last month.

DGP Dinkar Gupta said that, during investigations, Noopi confessed to have snatched the Etios car, besides looting Rs 50000 from a Petrol pump in Kharar on July 3, 2021, with the help of his associates.

“Noopi disclosed that he had come in contact with militant anti-India individuals and elements based abroad with links to KLF terrorist outfit, who had funded him from abroad for carrying out target killings in Punjab and also arranged Pistols for him from UP to carry out terror acts in Punjab,” said DGP Dinkar Gupta, while adding that Noopi also did recce of sensitive targets in Punjab towards in pursuance of his violent intentions.

SSP Khanna said that preliminary investigations had revealed that the module had received funding from abroad via various digital platforms including Western Union, Paytm etc and foreign handlers also provided three weapons to the module from Rudrapur in Uttrakhand. Further investigations are on, he added.

Meanwhile, an FIR no. 140 dated 04.07.21 has been registered under sections 379-B, 411/34, 307, 332 and 336 of the IPC and section 25 of the Arms Act at City-2 Police Station Khanna.

Friday, July 2, 2021

Takht Jathedar’s Role Serves ‘Love-Jihad’

 Kendri Singh Sabha criticized Jathedar’s Role in Kashmiri Sikh Girl

Chandigarh: 2nd July 2021: (Punjab Screen Bureau)::

The way Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh intervened in the issue of Kashmiri Sikh girl’s alleged religious conversion and marriage to a Muslim clearly went to serve Sangh Parivar’s sectarian agenda of 'Love-Jihad' political agenda.

Sikh intellectuals associated with the Kendri Singh Sabha here said That in a letter to the Jammu and Kashmir Lt. Governor the Jathedar sought the implementation in the state of “an interfaith marriage law of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh against forcible conversion and for the safety of Sikh minority girls there”.  

Besides that, the Jathedar’ addressing the J&K Lt Governor as “Your Excellency” lowering to the dignity of the Akal Takht which is the highest religio-temporal authority among the Sikhs. As per Sikh religious principles and traditions, the Jathedar should not acknowledge any worldly authority as supreme except than the All-pervading Akal-Purkh represented by the Akal Takht.

Most of the Sikhs feel that their religious sensibilities have been hurt as some self-proclaimed Delhi Sikh leaders aligned with the ruling BJP made the Jathedar write the letter which fits into the Sangh Parivar's political program of projecting a certain minority as an 'aggressor' and pitting other minorities against that.

The intellectuals said the Jathedar should not talk in terms of enacting or implementing anti-conversion laws when the Sikh religion do not subscribe and acknowledge the practice of religious conversion Adopting “divide and rule” as a strategy in India, the British rules promoted religion identity of Indians as a marker of demographic strength and representation of the communities by holding decennial Census in 19th century. The Indian rules have been following that ‘divide and rules’ and polarization and exercise more vigorously now.             

The statement jointly signed by: Sukhdev Singh Journalist,  Jaspal Singh Sidhu Journalist, Gurbachan Singh, Editor Des Punjab, Bhinder Singh (GM Industry), Dr. Kuldip Singh Surgeon Patiala, Rajinder Singh (Khalsa Panchayat), Prof Manjit Singh, Gurpreet Singh President Global Sikh Council, Prof. Bawa Singh Former Vice Chairman National Minorities Commission, Rajwinder Singh Rahi.

Khushhal Singh, General Secretary Kendri Sri Guru Singh Sabha may be contacted on this number for any clarifications 9316107093