Wednesday, December 25, 2013

President, First Lady Salute Troops, Vets, Families

12/25/2013 05:58 AM CST                                                                 Wed, Dec 25, 2013 at 5:42 PM
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Dec. 25, 2013: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama today wished all Americans a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays and provided special holiday greetings and thanks to U.S. military members, veterans, and their families for their service and sacrifice to the nation.
 The Obamas also employed the president's weekly address to the nation to remind Americans to visit the Joining Forces website to find ways to give back to military families. The First Lady and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, launched the Joining Forces campaign in April 2011 to rally national support from all sectors of society to honor and support service members, veterans and their families.
The President and the First Lady also said that during this holiday season all Americans should come together to find ways to support U.S. service members, veterans and their families, and to keep working to be good parents, friends, neighbors and citizens in their communities.
Here is the text of the President's and First Lady's weekly national address remarks:
THE PRESIDENT: "Hello everybody, and Happy Holidays."
THE FIRST LADY: "We know how busy this time of year is for everyone, so we're not going to take much of your time.
"But we did want to take a moment to wish you all a Merry Christmas, from our family to yours."
THE PRESIDENT: "This is a season for millions of Americans to be together with family, to continue long-held holiday traditions, and to show our gratitude to those we love. And along the way, some of us might even watch a little basketball or eat some Christmas cookies, too."
THE FIRST LADY: "Here at the White House, over the past few weeks, we've had about 70,000 people from all across the country come visit us and look at our holiday decorations.
"This year's theme was, 'Gather Around: Stories of the Season.'
"And in every room of the house, we tried to tell a story about who we are as Americans and how we celebrate the holidays together.
"And we made certain to highlight some of the most powerful stories we know -- the stories of our outstanding troops, veterans, and military families and their service and sacrifice for our country."
THE PRESIDENT: "Our extraordinary men and women in uniform are serving so that the rest of us can enjoy the blessings we cherish during the holidays. But that means many of our troops are far from home and far from family. They're spending some extra time on the phone with their loved ones back home. Or they're setting up video chats so they can watch as the presents are opened. So today, we want all of our troops to know that you're in our thoughts and prayers this holiday season.
"And here's the good news: For many of our troops and newest veterans, this might be the first time in years that they've been with their families on Christmas. In fact, with the Iraq war over and the transition in Afghanistan, fewer of our men and women in uniform are deployed in harm's way than at any time in the last decade."
THE FIRST LADY: "And that's something we all can be thankful for.
"And with more and more of our troops back here at home, now it's our turn to serve -- it's our turn to step up and show our gratitude for the military families who have given us so much.
"And that's why Jill Biden and I started our Joining Forces initiative -- to rally all Americans to support our military families in ways large and small.
"And again and again, we have been overwhelmed by the response we've gotten as folks from across the country have found new ways to give back to these families through their schools, businesses, and houses of worship."
THE PRESIDENT: "That's the same spirit of giving that connects all of us during the holidays. So many people all across the country are helping out at soup kitchens, buying gifts for children in need, or organizing food or clothing drives for their neighbors. For families like ours, that service is a chance to celebrate the birth of Christ and live out what He taught us -- to love our neighbors as we would ourselves; to feed the hungry and look after the sick; to be our brother's keeper and our sister's keeper. And for all of us as Americans, regardless of our faith, those are values that can drive us to be better parents and friends, better neighbors and better citizens."
THE FIRST LADY: "So as we look to the New Year, let's pledge ourselves to living out those values by reaching out and lifting up those in our communities who could use a hand up.
THE PRESIDENT: "So Merry Christmas, everyone. And, from the two of us, as well as Malia, Sasha, Grandma, Bo ..."
THE FIRST LADY: "And Sunny, the newest Obama."
THE PRESIDENT: "We wish you all a blessed and safe holiday season.
THE FIRST LADY: "Happy holidays everybody, and God bless."
 Video published on 17-05-2012  Courtesy:BarackObamadotcom// YouTube
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Monday, December 23, 2013

Interview with NASA Administrator Charles Bolden

20-12-2013 पर प्रकाशित
For most astronauts, the love of space is sparked at an early age. But for NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, it was the military, and a chance meeting with a legend, that started it all. Armed with Science's Jessica Tozer sits down with this veteran-turned-astronaut, who tells his amazing story of going from service member to space man.

Monday, December 16, 2013

SGPC demanded a corridor for Sikh pilgrims

Mon, Dec 16, 2013 at 11:47 AM
Punjab Dy. CM & Shahbaz Sharif Pays Obeisance at Golden Temple
Prays for Peace and Prosperity for Both Countries
Amritsar: (Gajinder Singh King//Punjab Screen): 
The Chief Minister of Pakistan Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif and Deputy Chief Minister Punjab Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal and Revenue Minister of Punjab Mr Bikram Singh Majithia today paid obeisance at Sri Darbar Sahib Amritsar on the concluding day of his four day visit to India.
       Both leaders have prayed to the Almighty to grant peace and prosperity to both the countries. Meanwhile, the President of Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee Jathedar Avtar Singh demanded a corridor for Sikh pilgrims to frequently pay obeisance at historic Gurdwara Sri Kartarpur Sahib and also sought more visas for the Sikh pilgrims, especially on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji being celebrated at Nankana Sahib.

       The SGPC also made a proposal to construct a ‘Saran’ at Gurdwara Dera Sahib Lahore for pilgrims/ jathas who visits Pakistan every year.

           Earlier, the SGPC President  Jathedar Avtar Singh honoured Mian Shahbaz Sharif, Pakistan delegation with siropas and  replica of Sri Darbar Sahib and a book set. Shahbaz Sharif assured SGPC chief that he would take up the matter with Pakistan Government.
Prominent amongst present on the occassion included Mr Kamal Sharma BJP President and CPS Mr Inderbir Singh Bolaria.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Tentative List of 119 Sikh Political Prisoners

Still in Different Jails of India 
Death Sentence to Sikh Political Prisoners
1. Prof. Devinderpal Singh Bhullar (Since 1995) Tihar Jail, Delhi
2. Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana (Since 1995) Central Jail, Patiala

Life Convicts Sikh Political Prisoners
Maximum Security Jail, Nabha
1. Lal Singh  (Since 1992)
2. Dilbagh Singh (Since 1999) 
3. Swaran Singh (Since 1991)
Model Jail, Burrial
4. Lakhwinder Singh (Since 1995)
5. Gurmeet Singh (Since 1995)
6. Shamsher Singh (Since 1995)

7. Subheg Singh (Since 1995) Central Jail, Ldh.
8. Nand Singh (Since 1993) Central Jail, Patiala

Central Jail, Amritsar
9. Baj Singh (Since 1993)
10. Hardeep Singh (Since 1993)
11. Waryam Singh  (Since 1991) Central Jail, Pilibhit, UP
12. Gurdeep Singh Kherra (Since 1990) Central Jail, Gulberg, Karnatka
13. Gurmeet Singh Fauji (Since 1995) Central Jail, Bikaner

Tihar Jail, Delhi

14. Jagtar Singh Hawara (Since 1995)
15. Paramjit Singh Bheora (Since 1995)
16. Daya Singh Lahoria (Since 1995)

7/10 Years R.I. or Under-trails Sikh Political Prisoners
1. Bapu Dr. Assa Singh 94 Years  (District Jail, Hoshiarpur)
2. Bapu Maan Singh 69 years (Central Jail, Ludhiana)

Model Jail Kapurthala
3. Bapu Harbhajan Singh 84 Years 
4. Bapu Balwinder Singh 61 years 
5. Bapu Mohan Singh 72 years 
6. Bapu Saroop Singh 64 Years 
7. Bapu Avtar Singh 76 years 
8. Bapu Sewa Singh 73 years
9. Jaswant Singh UK 
10. Balwant Singh 
11. Kashmir Singh 
12. Kulwinder Singh 
13. Ashu Singh 

Maximum Security Jail, Nabha
14. Bapu Gurjant Singh 71 years
15. Harjinder Singh Kali 
16. Kulvir Singh Barra Pind 
17. Harnek Singh Bhapp 
18. Balbir Singh Bira 
19. Bakhsish Singh Baba 
20. Gurpreet Singh Khalsa 
21. Harminder Singh 
22. Daljit Singh Coach 
23. Amrajit Singh 
24. Kewal Singh Sondh 
25. Darshan Singh Baba 
26. Jagmohan Singh 
27. Gurmail Singh Boba 
28. Jaswinder Singh 
29. Gurjant  Singh 
30. Manjinder Singh 
31. Jasbir Singh Jassa 
32. Ravinder Singh Rinku 
33. Parshotam Singh Bunty 
34. Avtar Singh Materi 
35. Pargat Singh Bhalwan 
36. Harjant Singh DC 
37. Gurjant Singh 
38. Sukhwinder Singh Sukhi 
39. Kulwant Singh Bant 
40. Sukhwinder Singh Boxer 
41. Sandeep Singh 
42. Harpinder Singh Chehal 
43. Piara Singh 
44. Satnam Singh 
45. Lovejeet Singh 
46. Avtar Singh 
47. Sandeep Singh
48. Mandeep Singh 
49. Ajmer Singh 
50. Balwant Singh 
51. Satnam Singh 
52. Amrik Singh 
53. Daljit Singh 
54. Lakhbir Singh 
55. Rana Partap Singh
56. Maninderjit Singh 
57. Tarandeep Singh 
58. Karamjit Singh Bunty 
59. Sarwan Singh
60. Jatinder Singh Happy 
61. Dharam Singh 
62. Kashmir Singh 
63. Labh Singh 
64. Harwinder Singh 
65. Gurwinder Singh 
District Jail, Nabha
66. Bibi Sukhjinder Kaur 
67. Surinder Singh Thikriwala 
68. Baljodh Singh 
69. Parminder Singh 
70. Narinderpal Singh 
71. Sukhjinder Singh 
72. Surinder Singh 
73. Harpreet Singh 

Central Jail, Patiala

74. Mohinder Singh 
75. Kulwant singh 
76. Warayam Singh 
77. Bhupinder Singh 

Tihar Jail, Delhi
78. Baljit Singh Bhau 
79. Tarlochan Singh 
Central Jail, Sirsa
80. Shivraj Singh 
81. Balkaran Singh 
82. Bhai Amarjit Singh 
83. Nirmal Singh 
84. Gurpreet Singh 
85. Raju Singh  
86. Gurbinder Singh Sonu 
Central Jail, Amritsar
87. Pal Singh France 
88. Narain Singh Chaurra 
89. Makhan Singh Gill 
90. Sukhdev Singh Chirra 
91. Nishan Singh 
92. Gurmukh Singh 
93. Darshan Singh 
94. Jagtar Singh 
95. Sukhwant Singh 
96. Sukhdev Singh 
97. Sher Singh Bhutal

Amfula Jail, Jammu

98. Malkeet Singh Bhotna 
99. Jagjeet Singh 
100. Surjeet Singh 
101. Harbans Singh 

(TOTAL 119)
Prepared by:
Advocate Jaspal Singh Manjhpur
District Courts, Ludhiana
{Press Sec. SAD (PP)}
Released by:
SAD (Panch Pardhani)
Dal Khalsa
Sikhs For Human Rights, 
Lawyers For Human Rights International
On 10th December 2013 (International Human Rights Day)
at Gurdwara Sahib, Sec-34, Chandigarh.

Saturday, December 07, 2013

CME on Infectious diseases was conducted in CMC

Sat, Dec 7, 2013 at 2:05 PM
Dr. Aroma Oberoi spoke in the CME at CMC Ldh
Ludhiana, 7th December, 2013: (Rector Kathuria//Punjab Screen): A continuing medical education (CME) programme on Infectious diseases was conducted in Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMC), Ludhiana on December 7. The CME was jointly organized by the Departments of Medicine and Microbiology of CMC, Ludhiana. Dr. Abraham G Thomas, Director of CMC was the Chief Guest. Along with him, Dr. Karamveer Goyal, President of Local Indian Medical Association, Dr. S.M. Bhatti, Principal of CMC, Dr. Kanwal Masih, Medical Superintendant, CMC, Dr. Kim J Mammen, Associate Director, CMC inaugurated the CME officially. A total of 170 delegates from different parts of Punjab attended the meeting.

The participants in this CME included distinguished faculty members from different medical colleges, specialists in district hospital and other government hospitals, medical officers and private practitioners from the state of Punjab. The aim of this update was to improve the understanding of common infectious diseases relevant to clinical practice and interpretation of microbiological results. The meeting was accredited with two hours by the Punjab Medical Council.
Dr. Aroma Oberoi, Head of the Department of Microbiology spoke on the topic “Role of a clinical microbiologist in the present era of pan drug resistant bugs and no drugs”. She mentioned the importance of clinical microbiologists in tackling the emergence of antimicrobial resistance. Mrs. Shereen Rachel Varghese from the department of Microbiology educated the audience on the various mechanisms of drug resistance.

Dr. Mary John, Head of the department of Medicine gave a talk on “Antibiotic Stewardship”. In this talk, she stressed on the need to have an antibiotic stewardship programme in the hospitals to prevent the emergence of drug resistance. Dr. Jency Koshy from the Department of Medicine spoke on “Pre-ART work up in HIV infection”, in which she educated the audience on the importance of work up before starting antiretroviral therapy. Dr. Divya Deodhar fom the Department of Medicine talked on “Syndromic approach to Acute Undifferentiated Fevers”. She gave an overview of the clinical diagnosis of undifferentiated fevers.

Dr. Sanjay Rajpal from New Delhi spoke on newer diagnostic methods in Tuberculosis, in which he updated the audience on the newer tests for the diagnosis of Tuberculosis. The delegates actively participated by asking questions to the speakers. The scientific sessions were chaired by eminent Professors from CMC like Dr. Anna Mani, Dr. Nitin Malhotra, Dr.Vandana Berry and Dr. Chanchal Gera. The in-charge of the scientific session was Dr. Vipin Sam Alexander. The Masters of ceremony were Dr. Eshani Dewan and Dr. Chris Baby. The vote of thanks was given by Dr. Sangeetha Mohan from CMC. As per the delegates, the CME was a very enriching and educational feast.
Dr. Aroma Oberoi in “Infectious Diseases Update-2013”