Sunday, November 26, 2023

50 years of Successful Transplant Trajectory by PGIMER

  Sunday 26th November 2023 at 18:00

 ‘The Golden Anniversary Summit on Renal & Pancreas Transplantation’

*Witnesses convergence of over 300 including globally acclaimed professionals from the world 

*Prof. Mukut Minz and Prof . Vinay Sakuja, former Heads, presented with Life Time Achievement Awards for their immense contribution 

*Other highlights include Award of License for Skin Bank, Launch of Pancreas Transplant Society & Release of Transplant Manual

 *Owing to stellar performance, PGIMER to take lead in designing transplant centres that manage multi-organ transplants:  Dr V.K. Paul, Member, NITI Aayog 

:26th November 2023: (Karthika Kalyani Singh//Punjab Screen)::

The Golden Anniversary Summit on Renal & Pancreas Transplantation, the three day milestone event in the field of organ transplantation organised by PGIMER’s Deptt. of Renal Transplant Surgery, concluded successfully with not only celebrating the achievements of the past five decades, but also setting a road map for new collaborations, innovation, and excellence in organ transplantation.

The landmark Summit that witnessed the convergence of over 300 experts, clinicians, researchers, policy makers  from across the globe to deliberate and exchange the latest advancements in renal and pancreatic transplantation, was graced by Prof V K Paul, Member NITI Aayog ,   as the Chief Guest and Dr. Krishan Kumar , Head, National Organ & Tissue Transplant Programme (NOTP), MoHFW and Prof. Vivek Lal , Director, PGIMER as the Guests of Honour at the inaugural ceremony. 

Commending PGIMER for the accomplishments in organ transplantation, the Chief Guest on the occasion, Dr. V K Paul , Member NITI Aayog stated, “Having performed close to 300 deceased donations leading more than 550 kidney transplants from these donors along with liver, pancreas, heart transplants, PGIMER’s model has delivered stellar results. So leveraging their experience, I urge PGIMER to take the lead in designing advanced transplant centres that manage multi-organ transplants in various situations of our nation across on the systems that are potentially possible.”

Dr Paul enumerated various initiatives undertaken by the Government to ease various aspects of organ transplantation that included Online pledging through a very friendly portal that generated almost 90.000 pledges since 3rd August, Removal of upper age limit of 65 years for eligibility for registration to receive deceased donor organ and  doing away with domicile issue under Government of India’s “One Nation, One Policy” for Organ Donation and Transplantation, Special casual leave for 42 days for a live donor, coverage of renal transplant under Ayushman Bharat, to mention a few.”  

The Chief Guest further stated, “Though there are stumbling blocks but the government is relentlessly pursuing the mission of organ transplantation in a systematic manner. The cause calls for an integrated, synergized and sustained effort of the government, healthcare professionals, and community and non-government organizations to create a culture of voluntary deceased organ donation.” 

Prof. Vivek Lal, Director PGIMER addressing as Guest of Honour , recounted the journey of PGIMER’s transplantation as he stated, “We go back 50 years and Prof. Prof. KS. Chugh and Prof. RVS Yadav put their heads and hearts together and raised a trajectory that has brought us to this pass that we are the spearhead of transplant surgeries in India.”

Speaking as the Guest of Honour, Dr. Krishan Kumar, lauded PGIMER for its commitment to innovation, patient care, and its significant contributions to the field of organ transplantation as he said, “PGIMER’s commitment to excellence and their significant advancements in the field of renal transplantation have undoubtedly elevated the standards of healthcare delivery. It’s easier to initiate a programme but not only to sustain it, but take it to greater heights by accomplishing multiple milestones is no cake walk and PGIMER has demonstrated this through its journey of five decades with remarkable success rates, since first renal transplant in 1973.”  

It was a proud moment as Prof. Mukut Minz, former head, Deptt. of Renal Transplant Surgery  and Prof. Vinay Sakuja , former head, Deptt. of Nephrology were  presented with Life Time Achievement Awards for their immense contribution in the field of renal transplantation.  

Elated with the success of the Summit, Prof. Ashish Sharma, Head, Deptt. of Renal Transplant Surgery & Organising Chairman stated, “The other highlights of the inaugural session included award of licence for Skin Banking to PGIMER which would help the burn patients, Launch of Pancreas  Transplant Society , to promote training  and research in pancreas transplant in country, Release of a book “Transplant Manual ” detailing protocols being followed at PGI Chandigarh for managing post-transplant patients.

Talking about the firsts in the Summit, Prof. Ashish Sharma,  stated, “The Summit had many firsts to its credit; the highlight was the Surgical ‘Hands-On’ Workshop’, the  first of its in Northern India that was designed to train surgeons for multi-organ retrieval and was participated by around 40 delegates with  trainers from England, Australia and United States.” 

Prof. Ashish Sharma further detailed, “Encompassing a wide range of topics, from innovative surgical techniques to advances in immunosuppressive therapies, the Summit presented focussed and comprehensive scientific sessions on Pancreas Transplantation, Immunology & Immunosuppressant for Surgeons, Unmet Needs in Transplant and Donation after Circulatory Arrest & Surgical Aspect Kidney Transplantation .  

“It goes to the credibility of PGIMER that globally acclaimed eminent  experts and think tanks in the field of transplantation joined us as esteemed speakers and shared their insights, experiences, and the latest research including Dr Vijay Mittal , Program Director of General Surgery at Ascension Providence Hospital in Michigan, Dr Shantanu Bhattacharjya , Director of Transplant Surgery at the Central Adelaide Local Health Network, Dr Ajay Sharma , a distinguished Consultant Surgeon at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Dr. Randeep , a PGI alumnus and now Professor of Surgery at the University of Rochester, Dr. Balamurugan N. Appakalai , Professor of Paediatrics and Surgery and Director of Islet Cell Transplantation at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Ohio State University, Dr Vrishali P Patil , Program Director of Transplant program at Dr. D. Y. Patil Super Specialty Hospital in Pune, Dr .  Pranjal Modi , Vice Chancellor of Gujarat, University of transplantation sciences and pioneer of minimally, invasive and robotic kidney transplant, Dr. Mukut Minz ,  Former Head of Renal Transplant Surgery at PGIMER Chandigarh and Pioneer in multi-organ transplantation with over 3500 kidney transplants to mention a few.

Presenting a rich mix of engaging panel discussions, probing discussions and exchange of views, the  three academic extravaganza concluded with delegates finding it an extremely enriching experience.

Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Stubble Burning: Red Alert Sounded in Punjab

15th November 2023 at 6:53 PM

 Violators to face the music 

*SPL DGP Arpit Shukla Visits Hoshiarpur & SBS Nagar to Review Status of  Stubble Burning 

*CPs/SSPs Directed to sinsitise farmers, kisan leaders about ill effects of stubble burning 

*SPL DGP Urges Farmers to Refrain from Burning stubble 

Chandigarh/Hoshiarpur: 15th November 2023: (Punjab Screen Bureau)::

In order to ensure compliance with the directions of the Hon'ble Supreme Court to put a full stop to stubble burning, Special Director General of Police (Spl DGP) Law and Order Arpit Shukla on Wednesday said that a red alert has been sounded in all the districts and legal action will be initiated if anyone found burning stubble. Pertinently, DGP Punjab Gaurav Yadav had appointed Spl DGP Arpit Shukla as the Police Nodal Officer to monitor action against stubble burning.

He said that CPs/SSPs have been directed to engage farmers, citizens and various stakeholders to sensitise them about the ill effects of the stubble burning, which is also a violation of law and action and action could be initiated against them.

“All DSPs and SHOs have been asked to have discussions with Sarpanches and Kisan leaders to sensitize them about the ill effects of stubble burning, which not only affect the urban people but each and every individual,” said Spl DGP Arpit Shukla, who was on a whirlwind tour to review the stubble burning cases in Hoshiarpur and SBS Nagar district.

He also called a meeting of all the gazetted rank officers and Station House Officers (SHOs) in Hoshiarpur and SBS Nagar to review the status of stubble burning in their areas.

The Special DGP urged farmers to cooperate and not put matchstick on crop residue, which will not only lead to deterioration of the environment but will also affect the health of children.

He said that depending on the area and size of the Police Station, a sufficient number of additional patrolling parties are already activated, while, flying squads have also been keeping vigil on stubble burning. Strict legal action will be taken against violators, he reiterated.

Meanwhile, Spl DGP Arpit Shukla accompanied by SSP Hoshiarpur Sartaj Singh Chahal also visited the venue of a rally, scheduled to be held on November 18, to review the security arrangements.

Monday, November 13, 2023

A total of 23 patients came to the Advanced Eye Centre

 13th November 2023 at 18:07

Youngest victim of crackers was 6 years old

Chandigarh: 13th November 2023: (Karthika Kalyani Singh//Punjab Screen)::

Advanced Eye Centre PGIMER Chandigarh remained active and alert during this Diwali also. PGI staff saved many injured persons by providing the quick medical help and required services. In view of the Diwali Festival and anticipation of many emergencies due to cracker injuries, the Advanced Eye Centre, PGIMER has made an elaborate arrangement to meet and provide immediate treatment to the patients reporting to the PGIMER. 13th November 2023 at 18:07

The department has doctors and staffs on special emergency duty round the clock at the Advance Eye Centre PGIMER, Chandigarh from the morning of 11-11-2023 to 14-11-2023 (8 am) to attend the patients on arrival. 

A total of 23 patients came to the Advanced Eye Centre on 11-11-2023  (8 AM) to 13-11-2023 (8 AM) with alleged history of fire crackers injuries in 48 hours. There were 18 males and 5 females, of theses 10 were age 14 years and the youngest being 6 years old. There were 14 patients from Tricity (Chandigarh-10 Mohali 1 and PKL- 2) and rest from the neighboring states of Punjab (3), Haryana (6), Himachal Pradesh (2). Thirteen patients were bystanders and rest 10 were bursting crackers themselves. 

Out of 23 patients 7 eyes have open globe injuries and needed emergency surgeries. 16 had closed globe injuries and 13 of these have serious injuries.  Rest 3 out of 23 have either minor injuries or skin injuries and were managed conservatively. We have comparative data of previous 3 years and we feel it was comparatively lesser cases in this Diwali 2023. 

Sunday, October 8, 2023

23 faculty members are included in the career-long database

PGIMER faculty members feature on top 2% global Researchers

Chandigarh: 08th October, 2023: (Punjab Screen Network):: 

The Stanford Ranking: 

The Stanford University analysis is published ( in updated science-wide author databases of standardised citation indicators - Oct,2023, includes 23 PGI faculty members in the career-long database and 43 scientists are included in the single recent year dataset.

The PGIMER Faculty members are listed in top 2 per cent scientists in the world as per a subject-wise analysis conducted by Stanford University, California in United States of America.

Stanford University published database of 100,000 top-cited scientists that provides standardized information on citations, h-index, co-authorship adjusted hm-index, citations to papers in different authorship positions and a composite indicator (c-score). 

Scientists are classified into 22 scientific fields and 174 sub-fields according to the standard Science-Metrix classification.The selection is based on the top 100,000 scientists by c-score (with and without self-citations) or a percentile rank of 2% or above in the sub-field. 

43 PGIMER scientists ranked among the highest cited researchers in the world in single year

“Excellence is result of resilience, experience, knowledge, and critical thinking.I am proud of the fact that faculty members of the institute have the power to rise above any situation and deliver the best results no matter whatever the circumstances are, said Dr Vivek Lal, Director,PGIMER, Chandigarh. Dr Lal congratulated all the scientists and their coworkers for the diligence and hard work. 

 Separate data are shown for career-long and, separately, for single recent year impact. Career-long data are updated to end-of-2022 and single recent year data pertain to citations received during calendar year 2022. Calculations were performed using all Scopus author profiles as of October 1, 2023.

Monday, August 28, 2023

Hidden and Real Colors of life were shown by DAAR

Hidden and Real Colors of life were shown by DAAR

A Great Art Exhibition and Cultural Evening 2023 

Chandigarh: 28th August 2023: (Kartika Singh//Punjab Screen Desk)::

Colors of life, Colors of love, Colors of poverty, Colors of fear, colors of wisdom, colors of spiritual practice and colors of loneliness--all colors were presented in the the art exhibition.

This years event was dedicated to Late S. Harinder Pal Singh an international folk dance artist. event was organized by DAAR with the blessings and active cooperation of Punjab Arts Council at Kala Bhawan Chandigarh.

DAAR which stands for Dance And Art Researchers, is a unique society founded by artists who have been contributing in the field of performing and visual arts for the past several years. 

Dr. Surjit Patar, along with Lakhwinder Johal and Dr. Yograj paid a visit to the Exhibition. It was a moment drenched in inspiration and butterflies in stomach for the artists to show off their pieces to the dignitaries. One art piece was also got selected for the Magazine KaavLok. 

Gurmeet Kaur Goldie, a sculpture, show casts her talent in the exhibition as well. She had been into art besides being a Principal of a Govt School in the city beautiful. Her designed and crafted sculptures had been put up on the Sukhna Lake as well. She is not just creating but living her life in Art. 

This year’s event began with a collective exhibition which inaugurated on 25th August 2023, Friday, at 04:00 pm; Venue - Sobha Singh Art Gallery, Panjab Kala Bhawan, Sector-16 Chandigarh. Sh. Anurag Aggarwal, IAS-Chief Electoral Officer & Secretary to Government (Labour Deparment),Haryana was the Chief Guest of the evening.

The exhibition features more than 78 artists working with various media such as painting, printmaking, sculpture, installation, drawings, mix media, digital art and photography.

Adding to its uniqueness, DAAR announced various awards for students of visual and performing arts for which entries were called without any entry fees from all around the tricity. We received an overwhelming response form around 80 students of visual arts.

The exhibition was followed by the award ceremony. A total of 6 awards including 4 cash awards and 2 merit certificates in the category of visual art were presented to the winners. 

Senior eminent artists of tricity Mr. Madan Lal and Mrs. Jaskanwaljit Kaur were presented with the Award of Honour for their contribution in the field of Visual Arts and Prof. Dr.Tirthankar Bhattacharya, famous Art Historian from Panjab University for his contribution in the field  of Art History.

The next day, 26th August 2024, was followed by Live Art Demonstrations by artists Mandeep Singh, Kukwinder Singh and Nakshdeep Singh.

Cultural Evening was organised at Tagore Theatre, Sec-16, Chandigarh,  on 28th August 2023. Various Folk Dance performances such as dandas, gidhaa and luddi were performed at the event to promote the culture of Punjab. Various awards in the field of Folk dances were also presented to honour Artists, Dhol players and coaches.

The closing ceremony was held on 28th August 2023. Padamshree Sh. Surjit Pattar ji was present at the closing ceremony. He appreciated the achievements of DAAR Society and wished us best for our future endeavours.

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Saturday, August 26, 2023

CM gives befitting reply to the Governor with statistics

Chief Minister’s Office, Punjab// Saturday 26th August 2023 at 4:33 PM

Punjab government has been working diligently

*War against drugs: Over 23,518 drug smugglers arrested, 17,623 FIRs registered and recovered 1,627 kg of heroin in Punjab so far

*According to a report, Punjab ranks second among the states with better law and order

*records investment of Rs 50,871 crore under his government due to cordial environment for investors, says CM Mann

*Says, Union Minister admitted in the Rajya Sabha that the MSME Punjab leads north India in registrations

*Punjab government working for people while the Governor is busy in appeasing his bosses through these letters

Chandigarh:26th August 2023:(Kartika Singh//Punjab Screen)::

Giving a befitting reply to whims and fancies of Governor Banwari Lal Purohit, the Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann on Saturday said that Punjab government has been working diligently for the welfare of the people, which is yielding positive results.

The Chief Minister said that the law and order situation is intact in the state under his regime.  Citing an example of the congenial atmosphere in the state, the Chief Minister said that since March 2022, an investment of Rs 50,871 crore has been recorded in the state and 3,420 projects were approved. He said that Tata Steel is setting up the country's second steel plant in Ludhiana.

 Similarly, the Chief Minister said that investments are being made by Sanathan, Nestle, Nabha Power Plant.

He said that a record 2.70 lakh registrations of micro, small and medium enterprises have been registered in the state and Punjab has secured the first position in north India and these figures were presented by none other than the Government of India in the Rajya Sabha. Bhagwant Singh Mann said that a leading magazine of the country has ranked Punjab second in its report on better law and order situation.

 The Chief Minister bemoaned that though his government has been working for the development of the state and implementation of welfare schemes, but the Governor was appeasing his masters through such nasty letters. Rejecting the calumnious attacks by the Punjab Governor on the drug situation in the state, the Chief Minister said his government has launched a crusade against drugs. He said that Over 23518 drug smugglers were arrested after registering 17623 FIRs and seizing 1627 kg heroin while Rs 13.29 crore has been recovered from smugglers and properties of 66 drug smugglers have been seized and action is underway to confiscate the rest to make the state drug free.

Referring to the action taken against gangsterism in the state, Bhagwant Singh Mann said that his government had constituted an anti-gangster task force and so far 753 dreaded gangsters have been arrested and a large quantity of arms and vehicles have been seized.

Bhagwant Singh Mann said that his government is taking more stringent steps to wipe out the menace of drugs from state. Listing other pro-people initiatives, the Chief Minister said the people are getting 600 units of free electricity and 90 per cent of the people have been getting zero bills. He said that so far more than 31,000 youth of the state have been given government jobs and more than 12,000 jobs of contractual teachers have been regularised.

Highlighting the steps taken for the welfare of farmers, the Chief Minister said it was for the first time that the cooperative sugar mill had cleared all the dues of sugarcane growers. He said that on one hand the state government has been taking strenuous efforts to ensure progress of state and prosperity of people but on the other hand the Governor is conspiring to derail this pace of development. Bhagwant Singh Mann said that this will not be tolerated at any cost and any attempt to thwart the peace, progress and prosperity of state will be given a befitting reply.

Thursday, August 10, 2023

PM replies to Motion of No Confidence in Lok Sabha

 Posted On: 10 AUG 2023 8:24 PM by PIB Delhi

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi replied to the Motion of No Confidence

*“I have come to express immense gratitude towards each and every citizen of India for repeatedly showing their trust in the government”

*“Many key legislations did not get the discussion they deserved as the opposition put politics above them”

*“This time period of the 21st century will impact the country for the next thousand years. We all should have a single focus”

*“We have given the youth of India a government free of scams”

*“Today a trust has arisen in the heart of the poor to fulfill his dreams”

*“Opposition is not able to see the trust of people as they are so steeped in distrust”

*“In 2028, when you will bring a No Confidence Motion, the Country will be among the top 3”

*“Opposition believes in changing names but they can’t change their work culture”

*“Freedom fighters and founding fathers of the country always opposed dynasty politics”

*“Crimes against women are unacceptable and the Central Government and the State Government will work to ensure that the guilty are punished”

*“There will be peace in Manipur and it will march on the path of development”

*“I assure the people of Manipur, the mothers and daughters of Manipur that the nation stands by them and the House stands with them”

*“Government will leave no stone unturned so that Manipur gets back on the track of development”

*“Our government has given first priority to the development of the Northeast”

*“For us, Sabka Saath Sabka Vishwas is not a slogan but is an article of faith, a commitment”

*“Parliament is not a platform for a Party. Parliament is the revered highest body for the country. Every second here should be utilized for the country”

*“The India of today does not crumble under pressure. The India of today does not bend, does not tire and does not stop”

New Delhi: 10th August 2023 by PIB Delhi//The KTV media)::

Addressing the House, the Prime Minister said that he has come to express immense gratitude towards each and every citizen of India for repeatedly showing their trust in the government. He recalled commenting that it is not a floor test for the government but for those who introduced it in the house in 2018 when the opposition brought a no-confidence motion. “When we went to polls in 2019, the people had declared no confidence in them with utmost strength”, the Prime Minister said as he underlined that both NDA and the BJP won more seats. In a way, the Prime Minister said, the no-confidence motion introduced by the opposition is lucky for the government. He also expressed confidence that the NDA and the BJP will break all records and come out victorious in 2024 with the blessings of the people. 

The Prime Minister said it would have been better if the opposition had participated with due seriousness since the beginning of the session. He mentioned that important legislations were passed in the past few days and they should have been discussed by the opposition who gave preference to politics over these key legislations. “There were many bills that were linked with the fishermen, data, poor, deprived and tribals but the opposition has no interest in them. This was a betrayal of the expectations of the people. They have proven that for them, the party is above the country”, he said. The Prime Minister said that the country is watching the opposition and they have always disappointed the people.   

The Prime Minister pointed out that a time comes in the life of a nation when it breaks free from the old shackles and moves forward with new energy and determination. “This time period of the 21st century is a time of fulfilling all our aspirations. Whatever is shaped during this time period will impact the country for the next thousand years. Therefore, we have a huge responsibility and we should have a single focus- development of the country and full dedication to realize the dreams of the countrymen”, he emphasized. He said that the strengths of our people and youth can take us to our destination. 

He continued, that in 2014 and later, due to the track record the country chose a full majority government as they knew where lies the capability of realizing their dreams. “We have given the youth of India a government free of scams. We have given them courage and the opportunity to fly in the open sky. We have repaired India's standing in the world and have taken them to new heights”, he stressed. “Opposition have made an unsuccessful attempt to break the confidence of the people in the garb of No Confidence Motion”, he said. Shri Modi mentioned the growth in the startup ecosystem, record foreign investment, and new peaks of exports and said, “Today a trust has arisen in the heart of the poor to fulfill their dreams.” He also talked about the NITI report about 13.5 crore people coming out of poverty. 

The Prime Minister mentioned an IMF working paper which states that India has almost eradicated extreme poverty. Quoting the IMF, the Prime Minister said that the Indian DBT Scheme and other social welfare schemes are a ‘logistical marvel’. He also quoted the WHO which states that the Jal Jeevan Mission is helping save 4 lakh lives in the country and the Swacch Bharat Abhiyan helping save 3 lakh lives. “These are the poor people of the country who reside in urban slums”, he added. Quoting UNICEF on the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, the Prime Minister said that it is helping the poor families of the country save Rs 50,000 per year. 

Criticizing the ostrich approach of the opposition the Prime Minister said that they are not able to see the trust of people as they are so steeped in distrust. The Prime Minister said that the opposition's bad language and constant nitpicking works like a ‘Kala Tika (to ward off bad omen). 

The Prime Minister said that all the target institutions of the opposition’s criticism invariably shine and called it the ‘opposition’s secret boon’. “Whoever they wish bad for, ends up doing well”, he said. 

The Prime Minister recalled the attitude of the opposition towards the developments in the banking sector and said that they tried their best to spread misinformation and confuse the people. However, the Prime Minister interjected, the net profit of the public sector banks increased twofold. He also touched upon the phone banking scam which pushed the country towards an NPA crisis and said that the country has revived itself from this and is now moving forward. Shri Modi also gave an example of HAL which was severely attacked by the opposition. He said HAL is touching new heights of success and has registered the highest-ever revenue. Throwing light on the ills spoken by the opposition about LIC, the Prime Minister said that LIC is growing stronger with each passing day.

“The opposition does not believe in the capabilities and dedication of the nation”, the Prime Minister remarked as he recalled saying a few days ago that in his third term, India will become the third largest economy in the world. As a responsible opposition, the Prime Minister said that they should have questioned the government on their roadmap to achieve this goal or at least provided suggestions but that was not the case. He called out the laxity of the opposition which claims that nothing needed to be done to become the third-largest economy in the world. The Prime Minister said that such an approach by the opposition indicates the lack of policies, intentions, vision, the know-how of world economics and the understanding of the capabilities of India.

The Prime Minister underlined how India sank into poverty and was on the verge of bankruptcy in 1991. However, after 2014 India found a place in the top 5 economies of the world. He said that this was achieved through the mantra of ‘Reform, Perform and Transform’ with definite planning and hard work. This will continue and necessary reforms will be done, he added. “In 2028, when you will bring a No Confidence Motion, the Country will be among the top 3”, he told the House. 

Continuing the distrusting approach of the opposition, the Prime Minister talked about their lack of faith in the campaigns like Swachh Bharat, Jan Dhan Account, Yoga, Ayurveda, Startup India, Digital India and Make in India.   

The Prime Minister highlighted the infiltration of militants in Kashmir during the Congress rule and that the then government would agree with Pakistan and continue peace talks simultaneously. He also touched upon their association with Hurriyat instead of the Kashmiri populace. Speaking about the Surgical Strike, the Prime Minister mentioned how the opposition chose to believe the narrative spun by the enemy instead of trusting the government on the issue. 

“The opposition is quick to trust those who speak ill of the country”, the Prime Minister said and mentioned a misinformed report by a foreign agency that touted a nation dealing with food insecurity ahead of India in certain parameters. He said that the opposition latches on to such misinformed reports and tries to defame the country at every opportunity it gets. He also gave the example of the Made-in-India Corona vaccine and said that the opposition did not trust it but instead looked towards foreign-made vaccines. He underlined that the opposition does not trust the capabilities of India and its people and similarly, the level of confidence for the opposition in the eyes of the people is at an extreme low.  

The Prime Minister also said that cosmetic changes of alliance building cannot fool the people of the country and a simple change of name will not change the fortune of the opposition alliance. “They have taken the help of NDA to survive but added two ‘I's of arrogance, first for the ego of 26 parties and second ‘I’ for the ego of one family. They even splintered India into I.N.D.I.A.”, he said. “Opposition believes in changing names but they can’t change their work culture”, he emphasized. Referring to the divisive comment of a Minister from the Tamil Nadu Government, the Prime Minister reiterated his faith in the state and said that Tamil Nadu is a state where a stream of patriotism flows continuously. The Prime Minister dwelled on the fascination of the opposition with names and mentioned how every scheme and key marker was named after the members of the one family. The Prime Minister called I.N.D.I.A, a ‘Ghamndia’ coalition (arrogant coalition) and underlined the contradictions among the partners. 

Shri Modi emphasized that the freedom fighters and founding fathers of the country always opposed dynasty politics.  Dynasty system damages the common citizen. Key leaders suffered due to the dynasty politics, he said. He said many portraits of stalwarts who were victims of this type of politics found a place in the Parliament only in the later years of non-Congress governments. He also mentioned the Statue of Unity and Pradhanmantri Sangrahalaya. The Museum is dedicated to all Prime Ministers and rises above party politics. 

The Prime Minister reiterated that even though the people of India elected a full majority government twice after 30 years, the opposition is perturbed by a ‘Garib ka Beta’ who is sitting on the Prime Minister’s chair. He pointed out that the misuse of aircrafts and naval vessels in the past by the opposition is now rectified for the transportation of vaccines and bringing back those stuck in foreign lands. 

The Prime Minister warned against the politics of freebies and cited the situation in the neighboring countries as an example of the havoc that such politics can bring. He lamented the tendency of winning elections through reckless assurances and people are being put under tremendous pressure as development projects are being shelved. 

The Prime Minister said that the opposition was never interested in discussing the Manipur situation. He said that the Home Minister explained the issues in great detail with patience and without any politics. The explanation by the Home Minister was an effort to convey the concern of the country and the nation, it was an attempt to convey the House’s confidence to Manipur. It was an honest effort to discuss and find ways. 

Speaking about the Manipur issue, the Prime Minister said that the violence in Manipur is saddening. “Crimes against women are unacceptable and the Central Government and the State Government will work to ensure that the guilty are punished. I assure the people of India on the basis of our effort we are making that there will be peace in Manipur in the coming times”, the Prime Minister said. He assured the people of Manipur, the mothers and daughters of Manipur that the nation stands by them and the House stands by them. He also assured that the Government will leave no stone unturned so that Manipur gets back on the track of development.  

The Prime Minister registered a strong protest against the use of objectionable language for Maa Bharati in the House and said that these are the people responsible for the Partition and who even berated Vande Mataram. Shri Modi also mentioned the Kachchatheevu issue as an example of the failure of the opposition. 

The Prime Minister mentioned three incidents regarding the Northeast. First, on 5th March 1966, when the Airforce was used to attack people in Mizoram. Second, a radio transmission by then Prime Minister Nehru in 1962 when the people of Northeast were left to fend for themselves during the Chinese invasion. He also cited Ram Manohar Lohia’s allegation about the neglect of the region. The Prime Minister informed that in the current government, the Ministers have done 400 night stays in various district headquarters of the Northeast and the Prime Minister himself has visited 50 times. “I have an emotional attachment with the Northeast. Even before becoming PM, I have traveled across the region”, Shri Modi said. 

The Prime Minister reiterated that the situation in Manipur is being presented in a way that the conflict arose only recently but the root cause of all issues in Manipur is Congress and its politics. “Manipur is filled with rich Indian culture and heritage. Manipur is the land of innumerable sacrifices”, he said. He recalled the time of Congress government in the state when every institution operated at the beck and call of extremist organizations and putting up a photograph of Mahatma Gandhi in government offices was forbidden. He also mentioned the bombing of the statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose at the Museum of Azad Hind Fauj in Moirang. He further recalled when singing the National Anthem was forbidden in the schools of Manipur and a campaign was initiated to burn the books from libraries. The Prime Minister gave several examples of extremist activities in the region during the Congress rule and mentioned temples shutting their doors at 4 in the evening, the bombing of the Iskcon temple in Imphal that led to loss of lives, and protection money paid to the extremists by government officers. 

The Prime Minister said that in the coming days, the Northeast is going to be a center of development. He said he is aware of the fact that movements in the global system will bring change in South-East Asia and ASEAN countries and what impact will that have on the Northeast. That is why, the Prime Minister said,  “Our government has given first priority to the development of the Northeast.” Shri Modi talked about the investment in the infrastructure in the Northeast and mentioned how modern highways, railways and airports are becoming the identity of the Northeast. “Agartala got connected with rail connectivity for the first time, Goods train reached Manipur for the first time, for the first time modern train like Vande Bharat ran in the region, first greenfield airport was constructed in Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim got connected with air travel, for the first time AIIMS opened in the Northeast, National Sports University is being opened in Manipur and Indian Institute of Mass Communication in Mizoram for the first time Northeast’s participation increased in the Council of Ministers, and for the first time, a woman represented Nagaland in the Rajya Sabha.   For the first time so many people from the Northeast were honoured with Padma Awards and a hero like Lachit Burfukan was celebrated on Republic Day and a Museum with the name of Rani Gaidinliu was established”, he said. 

“For us, Sabka Saath Sabka Vishwas is not a slogan but is an article of faith, a commitment”, said the Prime Minister adding “I assure the people of the country that I will devote every particle of the body and every moment to the service of the countrymen.”

The Prime Minister emphasized, “Parliament is not a platform for a Party. Parliament is the revered highest body for the country. Therefore, it is imperative that Parliamentarians have certain seriousness for this. So much of resources are being devoted here. Every second here should be utilized for the country.” He added that with a lack of seriousness, one can do politics but the country can not be run. 

In the last 9 years, the Prime Minister said that the trust of the common citizens is soaring to new heights and every Indian is filled with confidence. “The India of today does not crumble under pressure. The India of today does not bend, does not tire and does not stop”, Shri Modi said. He urged the citizens to move forward with trust and resolution and said that it is the trust of the common people that inspires the world to believe in India. He credited the growing trust of the world in India to the growth of confidence in the common citizens. 

In the past few years, the Prime Minister said that the government has succeeded in laying strong foundations for Viksit Bharat. He expressed confidence that it is this foundation which will lead India to become a developed nation by the year 2047. He underlined that the nation has come out of worse situations together and urged the political parties to not misuse the land of Manipur for petty politics. “We must empathize with the pain and suffering and do our best for recovery. This is the way forward”, the Prime Minister appealed.

Saturday, August 5, 2023

There is one amputation every ten minutes-Dr. Luv

Saturday 5th August 2023 at 13:36

Main causes of amputation are diabetic feet, gangrene

: 5th August 2023: (Karthika Singh//Punjab Screen)::

An awareness program and press meet was held at Global Heart and Multispeciality Hospital , Ludhiana on the eve of National Vascular Day that is celebrated on 6th August every year. The meeting was headed by Dr Brajesh Badhan, Director Cardiology and was convened by Dr KC Mukherjee,  Head, Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery. 

Dr Luv Luthra, Consultant, Department of Vascular and Endo vascular Surgery at Global Heart and Multispeciality Hospital,  talked about National Vascular day and Vascular and Endo vascular surgery. 

The entire team unveiled the moto and mission of Amputation Free India that has been started by the vascular society of India. On the 6th of August the vascular surgeons are doing walkathons in 24 cities of India and spread awareness regarding vascular diseases and prevention of amputations. 

Dr Luv enlightened us on various vascular diseases like varicose veins, peripheral vascular disease (gangrene) , diabetic foot disease, and carotid artery disease and the available minimal invasive  treatments . He also said that Global Heart and Multispecialty Hospital is the only Hospital in the region where all kinds of vascular diseases involving brain, heart, limbs and abdomen are treated with the latest invasive techniques. 

About amputations Dr Luv Luthra mentioned that there is one amputation every ten minutes. The main causes of amputation are diabetic feet, gangrene due to lack of blood supply in legs, deep vein thrombosis if untreated, trauma, sudden stoppage of blood due to thrombosis of arteries. He also said that all these amputations can be prevented if the patient sees a vascular surgeon on time. He has treated and operated more than 300 cases , most of whom were referred to or advised amputations in the last 2 years. 

At Global Heart and Multispeciality Hospital all venous and arterial diseases are treated with the latest techniques. Varicose veins are treated with the newest laser machine 1940 laser that is the first one in punjab. We do bypasses as well as peripheral angioplasty and stenting to save limbs. For dialysis patients creation of arteriovenous fistula, perm cath insertions and all other procedures are done by our vascular team.

The main objective of this meeting is to spread awareness on vascular diseases, teach the general public and make them aware about vascular diseases and its treatment. The Global team has launched the programme of Amputation Free Punjab where we will educate and spread awareness on vascular diseases to prevent amputations. 

In the last Dr Luv Luthra said that all the amputations are preventable if the patient is diagnosed and referred at the right time. 

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Monday, July 10, 2023

Jakhar reached flood victims before the coronation

 Monday 10th July 2023 at 5:26 PM 

Jakhar Reached flood victims to know ground zero reality

*Before officially taking over It was act to come more close the peolples 

*BJP workers asked to make every possible effort to help the flood affected people 

Mohali: 10th July 2023: (Kartika Singh//Punjab Screen Desk)::

The incessant rain was not taking the name of stopping. There was water like canals in every street. In such a situation, an media message came that the newly appointed BJP state president is reaching Chandigarh a day before his coronation, but this sudden visit is to know the flood victims of Kharar area. The aim was to reach out to those people who were sold expensive houses, cottages and flats by building residential enclaves on the land on the river. 

These people are now feeling cheated. The houses built with their lifetime's earnings were washed away in the surge that came with the very first hit of rain. When its time came, the river showed its formidable form with anger to those who occupied its land. 

The victims of the Panchwati  Enclave Kharar were also angry and sad. Senior BJP leader and former MP Sunil Jakhar, who entered the fray even before assuming the post of state BJP president, visited the flood-affected areas of Kharar on Monday and took stock of the situation. He went deep into the Kharar and reached those areas which were completely inundated and the threat was constant.

He warned the Punjab government to be prepared for the worst also becauset the rains were unrelenting and the situation was becoming increasingly critical in some areas. Sunil Jakhar urged the state government to provide all possible help to the needy. Appealing to ensure that lakhs of our people are suffering due to incessant rains in the state and many of them are in danger of losing their lives. 

The state government should be serious. He said that many districts of Punjab are facing heavy losses due to floods. In such a situation, it is the duty of all of us to stand with the flood affected families and do everything possible to deal with this situation. Zakhar listened very carefully to every sorrow of the people. Saw their devastation very closely by meeting them. The people around him looked very eager to see him. Perhaps for the first time someone has understood his sorrow.

On this occasion, Jakhar requested the administration to immediately implement the evacuation plan and ration scheme to take the people trapped in the water to safe places in case of heavy rains in the coming days. 

He said that it is necessary to ensure timely evacuation and make advance arrangements for the stay of the people. The routine life of common people seemed to be in complete disarray. On their expectations, fire water had discolored their every color. Jakhar, who reached out to him in this hour of grief and sorrow, said that the people of Kharar have expressed fear of losing their houses and valuables as the administration has issued vebal notices to them to vacate their houses in low-lying areas. 

The safety of their life and property should be ensured till the situation returns to normal. He said that this is not the time for fault-finding and it is important that everyone comes together to ensure the safety of the people. 

The senior BJP leader called upon all political parties to protect their people in view of this grave situation. If it is not dealt with properly now, then this tragedy will cause huge loss to the people of our state. Taking a serious note of the crisis, Jakhar said that this is the time to be vigilant and face any crisis with full preparedness. It's time to be ready. There should be no laxity in this. Jakhar urged the BJP leaders and workers to coordinate with the local authorities and make every effort to extend all possible help to the needy.

Senior leaders Balbir Singh Sidhu, Gurpreet Singh Kangar, Arvind Khanna, State Secretary Parminder Brar, District President Sanjeev Vashisht, Kamal Saini etc. were also present with Jakhar during his visit to the flood affected area. BJP's state spokesperson Anil Sareen had specially arrived from Ludhiana in his convoy. Mr. Jakhar's convoy stopped among these people for about an hour and after a brief meeting with the media, left to see other flood affected areas. 

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Tuesday, June 20, 2023

SFS standing in solidarity with PU Contractual Workers

WhatsApp News : 13th June, 2023

Fired PU Workers on Protest from past 50 Days, Demands End of Contract System 

: 20th June, 2023 : (Kartika Singh/Punjab Screen Desk)::
Today a large number of students came to support protesting fired PU workers. The protest has been going on for the last 50 days. All speakers unanimously opposed the exploitative contract system and demanded regular and permanent recruitment by PU authorities.

Students raised slogans against the pro-contractors and anti-workers PU authorities.

Gagandeep, SFS General Secretary coordinated the protest and address the gathered students, research scholars and workers. 

He said that PU authorities has been following the neoliberal policies of privatization and contractualization. It has destroyed the whole essence of Public University be it the issue of workers, students and teachers. Therefore, we must resist all kinds of contractualization and privatization from all fronts. It is our duty as students to stand with PU Workers and oppose Contract System. 

Students Organizations raised the following Demands: 

Rejoin all fired PU workers

End Contract system

Regularize all PU Workers 

Student organizations also extended solidarity with PU Workers and demanded that all fired PU workers be rejoined immediately. 

SFS President, Sandeep
said that PU authorities has become inhumane and not ready to end the exploitative contract system. It has caused intolerable financial losses apart from mental trauma.

Moreover, It is not only the issue of 32 PU workers, it is about the livelihood of 32 families. But PU authorities is totally indifferent to the demands of our PU workers and aggressively contractualization. Therefore, we have to fight against contractualization. We need to mobilize wider sections of our society to oppose privatization. 

Students unanimously pledged that we will mobilize students in solidarity with our PU workers. They warned PU authorities to rejoin fired PU workers immediately otherwise students will intensify the PU workers' protest. 

Speakers from workers, research scholars ASA, PSU (L) also addressed the gathering. 

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

PAU Alumni Mark Presence at Reunion

Wednesday: 29th March 2023 at 4:34 PM

The event saw students from diverse areas coming together 

: 29th March 2023: (Kartika Singh//Education Screen Desk)::

As the old students from the 1985 and 1986 batches of Forestry, College of Agriculture celebrated the alumni reunion; the event saw students from diverse areas coming together for a toast to the old memories and promises of keeping in touch in future.

As a special honour to Real Estate and Mortgage Consultant, Balwinder Singh, who came all the way from Surrey, Canada, to attend the meet, the Communication Centre presented him with PAU souvenirs and other memorabilia. Dr Tejinder Singh Riar, Additional Director of Communication and an ex-student of forestry from the same batch shared the integral role played by PAU in connecting alumni from different batches and backgrounds and fostering a spirit of camaraderie and collaboration.

 In his welcome address, Dr Rishi Indra Singh Gill, Estate Officer, PAU, emphasized strengthening the bond between all ex-students and the need to play a vital role in the prime positioning of the university. The technical session included a discussion about agroforestry followed by a walk on the college campus.

Among those present were ex-students Satnam Singh IFS, Conservator Forest, Parvinder Jamwal, Chief Manager PNB, Mr Baljinder Singh and Gurwinder Singh from MNCs, Mr Tejwant Singh from GNDU Amritsar along with alumni Dr Baljit, Dr Ravinder, Dr GPS Dhillon, Dr Rishi Gill, Dr Ramandeep Singh, working as faculty of PAU.

Tuesday, March 7, 2023

PAU Scientists visit Telangana to study water conservation

Tuesday 7th March 2023 at 3:26 PM

Visit is a follow-up of CM Bahgwant Mann’s visit to Telangana 

Ludhiana: 7th March 2023: (Kartika Singh//Punjab Screen)::

Underscoring the need to combat the challenge of depleting water resources in Punjab, a three-member team of scientists of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) is on a visit to Telangana to study various initiatives taken by the Telangana government for water conservation and irrigation water management. Scientists comprising Dr Manmohanjit Singh, Director, Regional Research Station, Ballowal Saunkhri; Dr Sanjay Satpute, Scientist, Soil and Water Engineering, and Dr Abrar Yousuf, Scientist, Soil and Water Engineering, Ballowal Saunkhri, PAU, are on a tour to Telangana under the directions and stewardship of Dr Satbir Singh Gosal, Vice-Chancellor, PAU. It is pertinent to mention that the visit is a follow-up of Chief Minister of Punjab Sardar Bahgwant Mann’s visit to Telangana and being coordinated by Dr HS Sidhu, Dean, College of Agriculture Engineering and Technology, PAU.

Mr Sridhar Rao Deshpande, Officer on Special Duty to Chief Minister of Telangana, welcomed the PAU delegation. The PAU scientists visited various locations of lift irrigation and renovated interlinked irrigation tanks developed by the Irrigation Department under Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project and Mission Kakatiya. Besides, the impact of these projects on groundwater recharge was also shown. The team was accompanied by Mr Hari Ram
, Chief Engineer; Dr Pandit, Director Groundwater Board and other officials of the Irrigation Department. The PAU team also visited Komati Cheruvu tank, Peddarayan Cheruvu tank, Pandavula Cheruvu tank, Oora Cheruvu tank, Check dams of Kudleruvagu and Kondapochamma Sagar in Siddipet district. Check dams in Nijalapur, Kommreddypally and other MI tanks in nearby areas of district Mahabubnagar were also shown.

Later, a special meeting was organized with Dr Rajat Kumar, Special Chief Secretary, Irrigation and CAD, Telangana; and Mr C Muralidhar, Engineer in Chief, Telangana regarding water conservation initiatives taken by the Telangana government and the possibility of replicating these initiatives in Punjab.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2023

CHB Employees Co-ordination Committee Meeting

 Wednesday: 1st March 2023 at 11:53 AM

Now President Pawan Kumar Chauhan and General Secretary Surinder Singh

Chandigarh: 1st March 2023: (Punjab Screen Bureau)::

On 28th February 2023, a general body meeting has been held in the basement of Block C of CHB at 1:00 PM to elect the office bearers of the Chandigarh Housing Board Employees Co-ordination Committee and office bearers have been elected unanimously. Chairman Sukhpreet Singh, Vice Chairman Anand Gupta, President Pawan Kumar Chauhan, Senior Vice President Brij Pal, Vice President Raj Kumar, Convener Jarnail Singh, Co-convener Manjit Singh and Sarabjit Singh, General Secretary Surinder Singh, Joint Secretary Salinder Kumar, Press Secretary Mohinder Singh Rana, Propoganda Secretary Rakesh Kumar, Cashier Satwinder Bains and Auditor Naveen Kumar. 

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Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Magic of Acupuncture is rising throughout the World

Tuesday 14th February 2023 at 09:47 PM 

Dr. Inderjeet Dhingra explained the miracles of this therapy

Ludhiana: 14th February 2023 (Special Medical Feature)

After Consultaion with Dr. Inderjeet Dhingra by Punjab Screen Desk

Acupuncture is a wonderful treatment that is done with needles only,  there is no need of surgery or medicinal therapy. 

The technique of inserting needles in the human body is termed as acupuncture therapy. 

The search for this mode of therapy began by the Chinese doctors after the independence in the year 1949 and now this therapy is not used only in China but also approved in the other parts of the world. This mode of treatment started in 1958 in India by Dr. Vijay Kumar Basu in kolkata, who was a member of the the medical mission to China in 1938. He formed a committee in India in the memory of Dr. Kotnis and started teaching acupuncture to other young Indian doctors as a result of which various acupuncture centres are currently running in the different states of the country. In North India first indoor acupuncture hospital started in the year 1975 which is run by Dr. Inderjit Singh Dhingra and patients not just from punjab but also from various other states come for the treatment in this hospital. 

This therapy is based on the energy in human body which flows from one end to another in the body and is maintained in balance for 24 hours in the body. When there is disturbance in this balance of energy,  the disease state arises. Ying and yang are the two of opposite energies which are kept in balance in the human body by acupuncture therapy. There are specific meridians of the body in which needles are penetrated for different diseases which have a great effect in maintaining our body energy levels .

This mode of therapy has been recognized first in the year 1996 in West Bengal and then in 2017Maharashtra. 

This therapy has also been considered as an independent mode of therapy by the government of India in the year 2019.

Acupuncture has been proved to be very successful in treating diseases like asthma, joints pain,  cervical spondolytis,  anxiety,  frozen shoulder,  arthritis,  lung infections , insomnia,  facial paralysis, trigeminal neuralgia and many grave diseases which have no permanent cure in modern medicine.

Acupuncture has proved to be safe,  economical, successful and a permanent therapy for the diseased individuals. 

For the development of acupuncture in india, medical colleges providing degree and diploma courses will be opened in the coming years which will help the young ones to learn this therapy and provide good health to the countrymen. 

The world health organization has also recognised this therapy and has aimed towards the development of acupuncture for providing good health to the people.

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Monday, January 23, 2023

Decisive War Against Drugs

Monday:  23rd January 2023 at 4:02 PM

241 Drug Smugglers Held With 5kg Heroin and 4.90-KG Opium 

Rs 7.89 Lakh Drug Money also recovered in a week 

*On Directions of CM  Bhagwant Mann decisive actions lanched 

*Punjab Police Coommitted to wipe out Drug Menace from the state 

*Drive to arrest POs/Absconders in NDPS Act cases also 

*Witnesses significant surge as toll reaches 636

*Strict action against China Dor also

*Punjab Police Recover 11364 Chinese Dor Bundles

*Arrest 255 People in a month

Chandigarh: 23rd January 2023: (Kartika Singh//Punjab Screen)::

While crime increases rapidly under the influence of drugs, the younger generation starts degrading in many ways. Where the youth trapped in the trap of drugs reach the world of crime, anti-national elements also start taking advantage of them. If we have a look at the campaign launched by the police, many horrifying pictures come to the fore. Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann has taken vigorous initiative to change this whole atmosphere.

Amid the ongoing decisive war against drugs launched on the directions of Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, Punjab Police have arrested 241 drug smugglers/suppliers after registering 173 first information reports (FIRs), including 18 commercial, under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) act across the state in the last week.

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Headquarters Sukhchain Singh Gill, while addressing his weekly Press Conference here on Monday, said that the Police have also recovered 5-Kg Heroin, 4.90-Kg opium, 5.92 quintals of poppy husk, and 1.95 Lakh tablets/capsules/injections/vials of Pharma opioids besides recovering Rs 7.89 Lakh drug money from their possession.

He said that with 13 more Proclaimed Offenders (POs)/Absconders in NDPS cases arrested in the last week, the total number of arrests reached 636 since the special drive to arrest POs/absconders was started on July 5, 2022.

Sharing monthly details on action taken against sellers trading in the Chinese Kite string, the IGP said that Police teams have recovered 11364 Chinese dor bundles after registering 234 First Information Reports (FIRs) and arresting 255 people indulged in selling this fatal kite flying string. As per the directions of Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, Punjab Police will take strict action against those buying/selling Chinese kite flying string, he added.

Pertinently, Director General of Police (DGP), Punjab Gaurav Yadav had given strict instructions to all the CPs/SSPs to investigate backward and forward linkages minutely in each and every case, especially related to drug recoveries, even if they recover a meager amount of drugs.

Meanwhile, on the direction of Chief Minister Punjab Bhagwant Mann to make Punjab a drug-free state, extensive anti-drug drives have been launched by the Punjab Police to combat the menace of drugs from the border State. The DGP has also strictly ordered all the CPs/SSPs to identify all hotspots where drugs are prevalent and all top drug smugglers in their jurisdictions. He also directed the Police chiefs to effectively forfeit the property of all the arrested drug smugglers so that their ill-gotten money could be recovered.