Thursday, July 26, 2012

Iftar dinner at the Pentagon

A woman listens to Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta speak at the annual Iftar dinner at the Pentagon, July 25, 2012. Iftar refers to the evening meal when Muslims break their fast during the month of Ramadan, the Islamic faith's holiest time.

CMC surgeon does the region proud

Dr. Navneet Kumar Chaudhry has been elected as President 
Dr. Navneet Kumar Chaudhry, Professor & Head of Surgery at Christian Medical College Hospital Ludhiana has been elected as the President of Association of Minimal Access Surgeons of India (AMASI), North Zone for the term 2012 -2014. Professor Chaudhry was elected to this position during recently held 7th International Congress of Association of Minimal Access Surgeons of India, at Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, from July 19-22, 2012. With more than 4500 members, AMASI is the largest section of Association of Surgeons of India (ASI).
The international congress was attended by more than 2500 delegates from all over India and surgeons from Australia, UK, Korea, Germany and US. During the congress, Dr. Chaudhry delivered a guest lecture and chaired 3 sessions on live advanced laparoscopic surgery.
According to Prof. Chaudhry, the main aim of the AMASI is to bring safe and affordable minimal access surgery to the masses, with a special focus on training young surgeons in this highly technical and patient friendly surgical technique.. Dr. Chaudhry is the first surgeon from the state of Punjab to be elected as President of AMASI north zone.
CMC Hospital, Ludhiana pioneered minimally access surgery in early nineties and has played a key role in making this technique popular in North India. ----Shalu Arora and Rector Kathuria

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

F-15C Eagles participate in a Red Flag exercise

Three U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagles participate in a Red Flag exercise over the Nevada Test and Training Rang on, Nellis, Air Force Base, Nev., July 19, 2012. The aircraft crews are assigned to the 493rd Fighter Squadron, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England. The Nevada Test and Training Range hosts and organizes the realistic, combat training exercise.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

:Maruti Suzuki Workers Union (MSWU)

Management has resorted in a pre-planned manner
The Maruti Suzuki Workers Union (MSWU) is anguished at the recent developments in Maruti Suzuki plant, IMT Manesar where the management has resorted to anti-worker and anti-Union activities in a pre-planned manner leading to violence and the closure of the factory yesterday.

We have had a long tough struggle with the strong unity of our permanent and contract workers to establish and register our Union last year, and had recently as of April 2012 submitted our Charter of Demands to the management of Maruti Suzuki, and the process of negotiation for wages and other demands was underway. However the management has done its utmost to derail the process since long and is trying to break the back of the spirit of unity of the workers and the legitimacy of the Union.

It is due to this, and continuing with this vindictive attitude and in a pre-planned manner, yesterday, the afternoon of 18thJuly, a supervisor in the shop floor abused and made casteist comments against a dalit worker of the permanent category, which was legitimately protested by the worker. Instead of taking action against the said supervisor, the management immediately suspended the worker concerned without any investigation as was demanded by the workers. When the workers along with Union representatives went to meet the HR to demand against the supervisor and revoke the unjust suspension of the worker, the HR officials flatly refused to hear our arguments, and it was in no mood to resolve the issue amicably.

When the negotiation was going on with the leaders of the Union inside the office, the management called in the entry of hundreds of bouncers on its payroll from outside the plant to attack the workers, and blocked the exit. This is completely an illegal vindictive action in the spirit of conspiracy to corner us into submission even as our demands and methods are legitimate and peaceful. The exit gates were closed by the security on behest of the management and the bouncers brutally attacked the workers with sharp weapons and arms. They, joined by some of the managerial staff and police later, beat up a number of workers who have had to be hospitalised with serious injuries. The bouncers, who are anti-social elements on hire, also destroyed company property and set fire to a portion of the factory. The gates were later opened to oust the workers and enforce a lockout by the company.

We have the workers and the company’s welfare in mind and have worked towards it after the resolution of the dispute last year, and to blame the current violence on us is unjust, which should be properly investigated. We are still keen to dialogue with the company and want to sit with the company management and the government labour department to amicably resolve the matter and restore industrial peace in the factory.

Ram Meher

President, Maruti Suzuki Workers Union (MSWU)           
19TH July 2012


U.S. to Work with Japan on Osprey Analysis
By Karen Parrish
American Forces Press Service
TOKYO, July 21, 2012 - Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter answered a barrage of questions on the V-22 Osprey during a press conference with Japanese media representatives here today.

U.S. defense leaders plan to introduce the Osprey, a tilt-rotor aircraft, into service supporting Japan-based Marine Corps operations later this year. Full operational capability is currently set for October, but several Japanese leaders have notified the central government of their reservations about the aircraft's safety.

Reporters cited two recent crashes -- one in Morocco in April, which killed two people, and another in June that happened in Florida and injured five people -- as cause to delay operating the aircraft in Japan.

The first 12 Ospreys intended for use in Japan are now loaded on cargo ships and heading for Iwakuni, a Japanese port city that is also the site of a U.S. Marine station.

Reporters' questions today focused on whether the United States will stick to the October timeline, despite the concerns of several Japanese leaders and some residents of Iwakuni and Okinawa.

"The Osprey is an important capability; it's going to make an important new contribution to deterrence and to the deterrent capabilities of the alliance," Carter said. "And it's an aircraft that we are flying ... the world over."

The deputy secretary added that as DOD's chief management officer, "The safety of aircraft is a great concern to me, and a great responsibility of mine."

He said he understands that aircraft safety is also extremely important to the government and people of Japan.

"I think that's entirely appropriate," Carter said. "And we are committed to providing your airworthiness experts with all of the data and all of the information about the entire flight history of the V-22, including the two recent incidents, and allowing them to analyze that data and take every step they need to make to reconfirm the airworthiness of that airplane."

The U.S. and Japanese governments have agreed that flight operations will not begin until that reconfirmation has taken place, Carter said.

"This is a process, a technical process of assessing airworthiness," he said. "I think you have to let the experts do their work, have their access to their data, and so forth."

The two governments routinely work together to address airworthiness issues, the deputy secretary noted.

"It's a normal part of the process of confirming flight safety of aircraft of all types," Carter said. "So it's something that is totally understood by Japanese experts as it is by our experts."

Carter said addressing Japanese concerns over the Osprey's safety is an issue the two governments will solve together.

"That's what longstanding, trusting allies that are democracies -- this is how they work things through," the deputy secretary said. He added, "And, you know, we're going to resolve it. That's the whole point.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Remembering the Victims of the Aurora, Colorado Shooting

Remembering the Victims of the Aurora, Colorado Shooting
President Obama honors the victims of the tragedy in Colorado, those who knew and loved them, and those who are struggling to recover.
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U.S. Deputy Defense Secy addresses Japanese media

U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter, right, addresses Japanese media in Tokyo, July 21, 2012. Japan is Carter's third stop during a 10-day Asia Pacific trip to meet with partners in Hawaii, Guam, Thailand, India and South Korea
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Monday, July 16, 2012

A new success by Dr. H S Bedi at CMC Ludhiana

Rare major open heart surgery saves  a new life
Ludhiana, 16th July, 2012 (Shalu Arora and Rector Kathuria)
Mr Vikas Masih – a   35 year old teacher – was in a very serious condition. He had developed a large blood clot in his lungs – a condition called massive pulmonary embolism – due to which he was not able to breathe. He was referred to Dr Harinder Singh Bedi – Head of Cardio Vascular Endovascular & Thoracic Surgery at the Christian Medical College & Hospital, Ludhiana. On examination and investigation Dr Bedi realized that Mr Vikas was in imminent danger of death as his oxygen levels were dangerously low. This was damaging his brain and kidneys.
He had already been put on maximal medical therapy including the latest blood thinners at another hospital – but they did not work. The only option to save his life now was a major and rare open heart surgery called pulmonary thrombo-endarterectomy. Dr Bedi said that the surgery is done on a heart lung machine but additionally for a short period of time the circulation even through the heart lung machine has to be stopped. This is called circulatory arrest and is like totally stopping the heart and the lungs - both the natural and artificial ones.
Dr Bedi explained that this is because otherwise the blockage in the lungs cannot be seen clearly. During the tense 10 minutes while the patient was ‘clinically dead’ - on no circulation at all – his lungs were totally cleared of all the deadly clot. Dr Bedi is a pioneer in this field and in fact has trained in this rare surgery at the St Vincents Hospital in Sydney. However this was a very challenging case as Vikas is very young and this extent of disease was unexpected.
The other members of the Heart team are Dr A Joseph, Dr Sheetal Garg, Dr Melchi, Dr Paul, Dr Reenus ,  Dr Dinesh, Dr Pratap, Dr William, Dr Pearl,  Dr Savan, Dr Meenu, DR Nina and Dr Ashwin  . The heart lung machine was manned by Mr Jairus and Mr William – who are the senior most perfusionists of Punjab – along with Mr Mathew.
Dr Abraham G Thomas – Director of CMC & H – said that the CMC was committed to bringing the latest technology to Punjab so that the people of this area were given the best possible therapy.

Final Call for duty --

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Respected Colleagues:  Namaskar!
Hindu Unity Day (Hindu Sangathan Divas), the most momentous event for which Hindus from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Trinidad,  Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Fiji,  and Guiana, living in New York and New Jersey area,  are eagerly waiting to is to be celebrated with vigor and vitality on Saturday, July 21st from 04:00 to 07:00 p.m.  at HINDU TEMPLE AUDITORIUM, 143-09 Holly Avenue, Flushing, NY 11355
 India is going to be a real super power soon.  Hindus are the backbone of India.  They are more than 83% of the total population of India – 1.3 billion.  We number about 900 million – three time the population of the USA.  Hindus are holding very important positions all over the world.  We are a power to reckon with.   Individually we are second to none.  However, we have to learn how to work in unison.  Please come and listen to our leaders who will tell us how to achieve Hindu unity among Hindus all over the world.

Dr. Subramanian Swamy, the dynamic Hindu leader who has been spearheading and guiding Hindu renaissance in this country for several years, and conducting crusade against corruption and loot  in India,  will talk about “Globalization of Hindu Unity”.

 Dr. Subramanian Swamy, President of Janata Party, and former Law Minister, Govt. of India
Other Distinguished Speakers:

Pandit Jagdish Tripathi
Disciple of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Pt. Swasti Narayan Dubey
President & Priest of the Maha Lakshmi Mandir Inc.

Dr. Narinder M. Kukar, former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Association of Indians in America (AIA)

Sheetal Shah, Senior Director, Hindu American Foundation

Badri Hiriyur, studied engineering at Johns Hopkins and Columbia University for PhD degree

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Khap bans mobile for women, love marriage

The panchayat directed women to cover their head  
The decision by a Khap panchayat of a Uttar Pradesh village banning love marriages and restricting use of mobile phones by women below 40 years has rankled politicians and activists across the country.
The activists have urged the government to motivate people to reject the diktats of such panchayats. “Khap panchayats do not have constitutional power. Therefore, they have no right to make such laws.
We are living in the 21st century and when such incidents take place, it is ironical,” Mamta Sharma, chairperson of the National Commission for Women (NCW), told reporters.
“The government should take some action and tell the people not to accept what these panchayats say,” Sharma added. Among the bizarre orders pronounced by the Khap panchayat on Thursday in Uttar Pradesh’s Baghpat district, women in the Asaara village were asked to cover their heads before leaving homes.
BJP leader Nirmala Sitharaman pitched for action from the government. “The diktat that women should cover their head and cannot use mobile phones, all this is wrong,” she said.

“Wherever such things happen, government should take action immediately,” she said. Brinda Karat, politburo member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), added that the caste panchayats are entirely “illegal” in existence.

“Caste panchayats are self-declared bodies which have nothing to do with the framing of laws. All the fatwas, diktats and farmans (orders) directed by them are illegal,” Karat said. Villagers at the community gathering in Asaara village declared that couples who opt for love marriages would be ex-communicated.

The women activists have demanded action from the government to motivate people to boycott the hardliners coming up with such diktats. “Such panchayats have no existence in law and there is no point in agreeing to what they say,” said Girija Vyas, Congress leader and member of parliament.

“Government should come forward and tell the people that there is a constitution. And such panchayats have no identity before it,” Vyas told a news channel. Meanwhile, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram too criticised the Taliban-style decision saying that ‘dictates have no place in democracy’. “Dictates have no place in democracy. Police must act against anyone giving dictates,” he said.   (Courtesy: Kracktivist)

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Enter in Diversity Video Competition

Accepting Entries For The 2012 Diversity Video Competition

Are you interested in filmmaking?

Are you tired of being looked at suspiciously because you are Sikh?

 Enter in the Sikh Coalition’s Diversity Video Competition to make a difference, and have your voice heard.
The Sikh Coalition invites you to create a video for this year’s Diversity Video Competition! The first place winner will receive a $1,500 cash prize and have his/her film premiered at the Sikh Arts and Film Festival in New York City in November! The deadline for entry is September 30, 2012.
Once entries are submitted, the public will be given an opportunity to view the top films, and vote for their favorites. Then, a panel of expert judges will select the 1st and 2nd place winners.
Competition Topic
My Crown - My Faith
How does it feel to be a Sikh? Why don’t you try! Walk a mile in our shoes!
Film-makers are encouraged to create a 5 minute video (or less) which depicts a non-Sikh adorning/wearing a Sikh turban for a day, and presenting himself/herself as a Sikh. The turban is a Sikh article of faith, and should always be treated with respect. The film should capture the reactions of passersby, friends, and family members. Pre and post interviews with main characters are encouraged.
The application, rules, and submission instructions are available by clicking here.
  • Contestants of all ages may submit to the competition.
  • Prior film experience is not necessary.
  • All entries will be considered without regard to race, sex, national or ethnic origin, citizenship, religious affiliation, or disability
Submission Deadline
All entries must be submitted online no later than September 30, 2012. To download an instruction and application form, please click here. All information, details, and contact information for inquires may be found at  

Friday, July 13, 2012

Parents & Students Dharna at DOE office

Demanding withdrawal of arbitrary Class XI Admission CriteriaManu Samriti still at work in minds of top govt. officials
The Directorate of Education vide its order dated 28-05-2012 have changed the criteria for admission in XIth class in Science and Commerce streams. No justification or rationale behind the change in criteria is forthcoming, this circular not even finds mention in the web site of the Directorate of Education

In regards to Science stream, a candidate having CGPA6 was eligible previous year but now minimum CGPA7 is required, furthermore where earlier a student needed overall grade C1 in total and individually in subjects English, Mathematics and Science, but now it is mandatory to obtain minimum grade B2 in English, Science and Mathematics individually to be eligible in Science stream. As a result where last year, based on the earlier admission criteria, nearly 15000 students got admission in Science stream but now, based on current revised criteria, not more than 5200 students will get admission in Science stream.

It is important to know that presently also Science stream is not available in all Government Schools. The numbers of Government Schools with Science stream in 2011-2012 have reduced in comparison to the status of 2008-09.
In regards to Commerce stream a candidate having CGPA5 was eligible previous year but now as per present criteria minimum CGPA 6.6 (with mathematics) and 6 (without mathematics) is required. In addition to, CGPA difference a student needed overall grade C2 in total and individually C2 in subjects English and Social Science and C1 in Mathematics but now it is mandatory to obtain minimum grade C1 in English and Social Science and B2 in Mathematics to be eligible in Commerce stream.
Last year, based on the earlier criteria, nearly 36000 students got admission in Commerce stream but now, based on current revised criteria, not more than 20000 students will get admission in Commerce stream.
It appears that the Government is adhering to a policy of totally eliminating Science stream and diminishing the number of students in Commerce stream in Government schools. There is also some change in criteria for the change of Humanities stream where at-least CGPA 6 is needed to get Economics as a subject.
As a result of the modified criteria for the 2012-13 for admission in Commerce and Science streams, even formation of Sections for these streams has become difficult in many of the Government schools and is resulting in forcing students to opt for either Humanities stream or take admission in Patrachar Vidyalaya (where students have no future except to get XIIth Class Certificate).
It appears that the intention of Government behind such arbitrary criteria is only to promote Unaided Private schools where schools are at liberty to fix their own criteria for admission in to various streams. The parents of the students wanting to take admission in the particular streams will have no other alternative than to succumb to the unjustified demands of the Private Unaided Schools. By reducing the admissions in the Science and Commerce stream in the Government Schools the Government is ensuring that most of the future Engineers, Doctors, Chartered Accountants and Economist will come from the Private Unaided Schools and all the Labourers, Workers, Subordinates will come from the Government Schools. That directly translates in to that only those who can afford to pay for the Education will get the Education, thereby converting Education in to a Commodity where one has to Invest to get returns in future.
The Government statistics itself project that 85% of the school going population studies in the Government run Schools and only 15% of the school going population can afford Education in Unaided Private Schools.  It implies that the 15% will prevail over the 85% of the population and this 85% population will always remain exposed to all kind of exploitation. The masses will remain the exploited lot. That comes out of Manu Smriti.

We all have to join hands and protest against the demonic design of the Government to fail the plan of the Government to indirectly Privatise the Education. To protest against the plan of the Government to convert Government Schools in to Workers/ Labourers manufacturing factories and to fight for the Social Justice in Education for all, the All India Parents Association (AIPA) is organizing a VISHAL DHARNA in front of the office of Delhi Directorate of Education, Civil Lines Delhi-110054 on Monday 16th July 2012 at 16:00Hrs. All are requested to join the protest in large numbers.

Ashok Agarwal, Advocate     
Inderjeet Singh Ghambir
National President, AIPA       President, AIPA (Delhi)
M-09811101923                        M-9810133325
12 July 2012

Monday, July 09, 2012

CMC organized another event for patient

A Free Medical & Dental Health Check-up Camp
Ludhiana, 8th July, 2012: (Shalu Arora and Rector Kathuria)
A  Comprehensive Free Medical Health Check-up Camp was organized at Sirish Hospital/CMC City Center,(B-XX 1140, Krishna Nagar, Ghumar Mandi), Ludhiana on Sunday, 08th July.  
Specialist Doctors from Christian Medical College and Hospital examined medical and surgical patients; for Skin, Pediatrics (Child Specialist), Ob/Gyn (Problems of ladies), Ophthalmologist (Eye Specialist), Dentist (Problems of Teeth), Ear, Nose and Throat, Orthopedics (Bones and Joints),etc.
The team of doctors, nurses and paramedical staff examined about 300 patients in the camp. This is the first time CMC Hospital has organized a free camp at Sirish Hospital.
Mr Gurprit Bassi (Gogi), Municipal Councilor, Chief Guest for the occasion, inaugurated the camp by cutting the ribbon. He lauded the efforts of CMC and Sirish Hospital for extending free medical check-up service to the community. He wished success for the camp and opined that such medical camps should be held more frequently. The camp was dedicated with a prayer by Rev Rogers.

Dr Sirish Chandra and Dr Baljinder Kaur expressed their gratitude to CMC Doctors for conducting this camp and for providing expert consultation for the patients.

Dr.A.G.Thomas, Director CMC, mentioned this camp is part of the commitment of CMC to serve the community by providing expert health care.

Also present on the occasion were: Dr Kim Mammen, Dr S C Khosla, Dr Vijay Obed, Mr Ashley Isaih. 

Saturday, July 07, 2012

An urgent appeal

Woman Needs Help to Survive

Ludhiana, 7th July, 2012 (Shalu Arora and Rector Kathuria) Mrs. Sosan Daniel from Ludhiana is in a difficult situation. Sosan Daniel (Hospital Unit No. C-7171827) is a 60 years old lady.  She has been hospitalized since 2-6-2012 with a diagnosis of Diabetes mellitus type 2, Diabetic nephropathy, CKD- stage V, systemic hypertension and obstructive sleep apnoea. She requires respiratory support for her OSA and has been advised dialysis which has been deferred due to financial constraints.
The patient is poor, her outstanding bill is nearly Rs. 1 lakh and her daily expenses is approximately Rs. 5000/-per day. The cost of initiating hemodialysis is Rs. 10000/- for three consecutive sessions and maintenance hemodialysis for a period of 1 month is approximately 25000/-. She requires prolonged hospital stay and her family is desperately in need of financial support for continuation of treatment.For further details Please Contact Dr.Navjot Singh- 9815543708

India’s Informal Economy and Foreign Investment

Amanpreet Singh Chhina                                                                            06 July 2012 
Oxford: Depreciating value of Indian rupee has raised enthusiasm among foreign investors/NRIs to invest in India; however, without seriously analysing the fact that 80 percent businesses in India are based in informal economy and huge amount of black money is involved in the real estate and private sector. Generally, the purchasse of any property in India involves 60 to 70 percent of black money and therefore the seller faces many obstacles to bring that investment back to the foreign country. “Many foreign investors are facing money laundering inquires by the investigating officers in foreign countries” said Makhan Singh (NRI), Solicitor Advocate of England and Wales.
In India, growth in informal sector is much higher than formal sector and even the Prime Minister of India is not sure about the actual GDP of the country. It is estimated that illegal transactions in the property sector alone generate about Rs. 2,000 crores of black money in a year in India, assuming that there are about fifty lakh transactions in urban property every year. Necessary steps should be taken by the Government of India to match government value of the property with fair market value to clamp down black money and money laundering in the country. It must be remembered that a simple ‘Welcome Back’ slogan by the Prime Minister of India will not attract back Indian professionals and investors unless a corruption free infrastructure and business environment (single-window clearance) is provided. GOI should develop policies to combat money laundering and black money issues so that foreign investor or NRI’s can invest in India.

A S Chhina on FDI

 India’s Informal Economy and Foreign Investment