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Vol.8 , No. 1054 Thursday, December 02, 2010
17 Maghar, Nanaksahi Calendar 542
Thousands attended Punjab Bachao Rally
Khalistan will end conflict in the Region
Tarn Taran-Punjab:-(Nov 28-2010):The president of Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) Simranjit Singh Mann during his address at nearly 60 thousands Sikhs gathered at the Punjab Bachao rally in Tarn Taran said that Khalistan will ensure peace in the region. The threat of nuclear is unavoidable, if a war starts between India and Pakistan involve nuclear bombs, the people of Punjab will suffer the most. Mann raised his demand for the formation of “Khalistan”. Mann said that he will forward his struggle for Khalistan totally in a democratically way. Mr. Mann and others who addressed the rally, paved very clear path for “Khalistan”. He said he was in favor of a separate Sikh state to be established between China, India and Pakistan. Sikhs has no enmity with either of these communities; this buffer state will guarantee peace in the subcontinent said Mann. Mann remembered painful times of Punjab when thousands of Sikh youths were killed in the hands of the security forces and or Punjab Police.
Sikhs waited 26 years for the justice. He said Hindu government never fairly shared power with Sikhs in the Country. Sikhs never felt HOMELY in India. Sikhs are always treated second degree citizens in their own country, for which Sikhs sacrifice were out numbering majority Hindus community. S. Simranjit Singh Mann said thousands of Sikhs were killed in 1984, Sikh genocide, but not even a single person had either been identified or convicted by any court. Mann called this rally is a wake up call for all Sikhs in Punjab who will be going to polls to elect new members of Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee. Mann alleged the elections of the SGPC were being deliberately being delayed. He condemned the Union Government for not handing over the Punjabi speaking areas to Punjab and not solving the river waters issue. Mann urged the people of Majha region to elect SADA members in SGPC, which will make be the good start of the freedom of Khalistan.
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We will not tolerate violence against journalists...CJFE Fearless Journalism awarded at CJFE`s annual Gala
“Those who are in attendace just gave a bad day to those who are against the free expression (Carol Off - CBC Radio) In this field of journalism; this profession has been targeted always with terror, aggression and intimidation. Most of the times the journalists in Punjab had been putting himself for sale on very mean type of tactics when they sell their conscience for a drinks or a few chips of rupees. Before the Punjabi Press club of Canada came into existence; the standard of journalism
was looked down upon as very menial. In the times of Air India enquiry by Justoce major, It became public that the journalist had been bought for some 10,000 dollars to write in favor of the Indian Government. Even some of the journalist had been evaluating themselves for upgrading their seat if they are pas-
sengers of Air India. It is a shame if any journalist is prey for such activities. On the other hand if any journalist explores and explains the hidden truth; it is a pious act of professionalism. It is often considered that journalism is the fourth pillar of Democracy. No building can stands on three pillars. This is the main cause that the democracy that functions as an “India rubber stamp” in the hands of the dictatorial people is bound to collapse sooner or later. (Continued to next page)
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We will not tolerate violence against journalists...CJFE The Canadian Journalist of Free expression organization celebrated their 13th annual gala on Thursday November 25th 2010 in Royal York Hotel with class professional display. Although the ticket was 350 dollars a plate yet the presence of 600 guests showed the popularity of acceptance of the show. The Punjabi Press of Canada participated with Mr. Sukhminder Singh Hansra of Ankhila Punjab and Punjabi Daily, Mr. Sukhdev Singh Gill of radio Aaj Di Awaz, Mr. Tehal Singh Brar Co-ordinator of Punjabi Press Club of Canada and Dr. Solomon Naz of Sikh Press. It was a great surprise that there was not a single political dignatory invited. The journalists and the reporters who braved insult, violence, imprisonment, torture and even some of them who died in this field, there family members were the guests of honor. Big business corporations sponsored the event. Scotiabank along with CTV and CBC were the main sponsoring hosts for this occasion. The participation of the newspaper publishers, the reporters, journalists and the cameramen was self evident in many forms and ways. The abuse of power against the journalists by the authorities and police the violence against free expression were the talk of the evening. The uniqueness of this Gala Night is not enshrined in its dazzling show but the dedication of the purpose for the freedom of the journalists’ Profession and the freedom of expression in the world. The organization called Canadian journalists for free Expression has a history of its inception since 13 years. The main purpose is to see that the re-
porters, journalists, camera men print and celluloid media stand for the freedom of expression. They must be dignified have self esteem, protected while they put their own life on the line to bring to the public the truth behind the happenings all over the World. The news paper you glance through at the cup of tea or coffee; has a history behind not alone of the events that occurred World over, but the strenuous hard work of the people who went through the hell fire to bring that bulletin before you. This organization stands for these journalists who brave
these hardships and against perilous conditions. Some of them are shut up in jails, some died in the hands of their oppressors, some of them are severely beaten, harassed and tortured. Let us see what this CJFE is all about with the mission this organization has in hand. This organization has 90 other such unions of the journalists Worldwide; who are affiliated with this Canadian Organization. This organization looks after all over the World that the journalists stand for free expression of speech and see that the journalists
are not working under any duress and pressure. That the journalists have been protected and secure in the country they work with. That the Organization has funds enough to secure their livelihood and protect their families in case of any mishaps. During this meeting; a slide show about the suffering of the journalists and how they were tortured in some countries were put on the screen. Some of them even died in performance of their duty.
Diabetic Retinopathy and Vision Loss About Diabetic Retinopathy Diabetes occurs when the body is unable to control the level of sugar (glucose) in the blood because it cannot produce a hormone called insulin. Diabetes can affect many parts of the body, including blood vessels, nerves, kidneys, the heart – and our eyes. Diabetic retinopathy is the most common diabetic eye disease. It is caused by changes in the blood vessels that feed the retina, which in its early stages can cause swelling and blurred vision (nonproliferative retinopathy). In advanced stages (proliferative retinopathy), new blood vessels grow along the retina and the clear vitreous gel inside the eye. These blood vessels have thin fragile walls that leak easily causing blurred vision or severe vision loss and blindness. Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of
vision loss in Canadians under 50 and affects 7.2% of the people that come to CNIB. An estimated half a million Canadians have some form of diabetic retinopathy. Risk Factors Nearly all Canadians with Type I diabetes and 60 per cent of those with Type 2 develop some form of diabetic retinopathy during the first 20 years they have the disease. Other risk factors include: • High blood sugar • High blood pressure • Smoking • Ethnicity - people of Aboriginal, Hispanic, Asian, South Asian or African descent typically have a higher risk of developing the condition than the general population Treatment and Prevention During the early stages of the diabetic retinopathy, there are often no symptoms and vision is not affected. However, with-
out treatment, the disease can advance to uncorrectable vision loss or even blindness, usually in both eyes. Controlling diabetic retinopathy and preventing vision loss requires a twofold approach: 1. Good long-term control of blood glucose levels is essential to minimizing damage to the eye. It’s therefore important to seek medical support if you need help keeping blood sugars within a healthy threshold. 2. Regular eye health examinations with an eye care professional can also help uncover complications that wouldn’t otherwise present themselves through physical symptoms, particularly in the early stages of the disease. While lost vision resulting from diabetic retinopathy cannot be restored, early detection and treatment can prevent vision from getting worse. Economic Impact
A 2007 study by CNIB and the Canadian Ophthalmological Society estimated the annual cost of diabetic retinopathy to the Canadian economy at $521 million, including direct
health costs and other indirect costs such as unemployment due to vision loss. With the number of Canadians with diabetic retinopathy projected to increase by 61 per cent by 2031, this eye
disease will have a major impact not only on public health, but also on the Canadian economy. About CNIB Founded in 1918, CNIB is committed to passionately providing community-based support, knowledge and a national voice to ensure Canadians who are blind or partially sighted have the confidence, skills and opportunities to fully participate in life. To do that, we work with clients in their own homes and communities, providing the services and support they need to overcome the challenges of vision loss, rediscover their independence and pursue their goals. We also advocate for equal access and an inclusive society, and strive to reduce unnecessary vision loss by promoting the effective prevention, diagnosis and treatment of eye disease.
December 02, 2010
PM's 'political trouble' prompted D-Day invite
Prime Minister Stephen Harper's "political troubles" prompted the French government to extend to him a lastminute invitation to attend the D-Day commemoration last year, according to a diplomatic cable published by the renegade WikiLeaks website. The revealing cable
is authored by an American diplomat writing about a conversation he had in Paris with Jean-David Levitte, the chief diplomatic aide to French President Nicolas Sarkozy. Levitte told the diplomat that the June 6, 2009, D-Day commemoration was originally supposed to be
a Franco-American event, but Sarkozy ended up inviting Harper and then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown for political reasons. Harper and Brown were invited because they were each "in such political trouble at home that the survival of their governments
was at stake," according to the cable that was prepared on June 8, 2009. Levitte said Sarkozy had originally intended to invite German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the commemoration. But the French president was advised that if he invited Merkel, he would have to invite other European leaders "who would have to be given an opportunity to speak as well, which would lengthen an already long ceremony," according to the diplomatic cable. Because of the "exceptional" circumstances in the United Kingdom and Canada, Brown and Harper were invited to attend. WikiLeaks intends to publish more than 250,000 U.S. diplomatic cables on its website against the wishes of Washington. It began uploading its massive cache of diplomatic secrets on Monday and the Harper-Sarkozy details was included in one of the early cables to be released on the Web. The French government has said the WikiLeaks releases mark the "height of irresponsibility" and French official Francois Baroin has indicated that France will now change the way it send its diplomatic messages back to Paris. Meanwhile, the U.S. is fielding calls from governments around the world about the content of the diplomatic messages that are gaining headlines every day. While attending a meeting in Kazakhstan on Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that the continuing revelations from the WikiLeaks issue will not hurt American diplomacy. Clinton also said that "there will be a lot of questions that people have every right and reason to ask, and we stand ready to discuss them at any time with our counterparts around the world." Police around the world are currently on the watch for any sign of Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks who is wanted on a warrant in Sweden. Swedish authorities are currently in the midst of a rape investigation and they have indicated Assange is suspected of rape, sexual molestation and unlawful coercion, in the case of encounters with two women in Sweden this past August.
SIKH PRESS CITY SPACE Statement by the Liberal Party of Canada on World AIDS Day OTTAWA – Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff made the following statement on World AIDS Day: “On World AIDS Day, we renew the global effort to raise awareness, fight prejudice and improve education of this deadly disease that afflicts 33 million men, women and children worldwide – including 65,000 Canadians who live with HIV/AIDS. “Stephen Harper must answer for his government’s deplorable record on combating HIV/AIDS, starting with his refusal to attend Canada’s world AIDS conference in 2006. His government left HIV/AIDS off the G8/G20 agenda, treated longstanding non-governmental partners with proven track records of battling HIV and AIDS with contempt, and slashed funding for research to find a vaccine. “The Conservatives must explain why they cut $36 million in federal funding for initiatives to address HIV and AIDS in Canada, at a time when HIV infections are increasing. Instead, they prefer to mount an ideological legal assault costing millions against Insite, a proven HIV/AIDS harm-reduction program in Vancouver. “On behalf of the Liberal Party of Canada and our parliamentary caucus, I call on all Canadians to reflect upon World AIDS Day and to take action through fundraising, awareness campaigns and advocacy to combat this deadly disease.” Liberal Health Critic Ujjal Dosanjh added: “Liberals believe that Canada has both a domestic and international responsibility to combat HIV/ AIDS. More needs to be done to prevent new infections amongst Canadians, slow the progression of the disease, safeguard the human rights and improve the quality of life of Canadians living with HIV and AIDS. "Canada must restore its leadership role in working with developing countries and non-governmental organizations on sustainable initiatives to reduce the burden of this disease – especially in Africa, where an estimated 1.4 million of the two million worldwide AIDS deaths occur.”
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Editorial End Times of the World Dr. Solomon Naz(416-661-7272) Last two years have seen the economic collapse of the whole World and there was not a single country that was not the effect of it. It made us to think in the back flash of tsunamis, earth quakes, hurricanes, epidemics, food scarcity, wars among Nations and religious conflict, what will happen if the whole system fails. What about; if there is no one to rescue and all the population is victim! Even in the case of food shortage if the whole World becomes an example like Haiti crisis! The conflict syndrome has come to the conflagration point in the in Nations like North and South Korea. Afghanistan and the UN confrontation on Taliban open war. Iran nuclear proliferation is another explosive situation getting out of hands every day. Piles of atomic warheads in countries tell the tory that there are 65000 nuclear warheads in the World. There are 8000 nuclear bombs ready to go on a notice of seconds. After all; one day they are going to be triggered or else will explode themselves as the geological thermal heat may trigger self destruct button. Some may say that I am pretty negative and I am not thinking of the survivals’ positivity aspect. How would you be in a creativity zone when all that lies before you speak of the destruction? Disease alone took a sizeable toll of 55 million people in the year 2004. Look at the human aspect; Individualism, self interests, profiteering, defiling of the earth, water and the atmospheric pollution! Under humanism it is imperative to quote Apostle Paul who said about to days’ world some 2000 year back that the times are not far when the people will be“Professing themselves to be wise; they became fools. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lust of their own hearts, to dishonor their own body between themselves. For this cause, God gave them up into vile affections : for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature. Men leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another. Men with men; working that which is unseemly. Even God gave them over to a reprobate mind. Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness, full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity, whisperer, backbiters, hater of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents. Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful.” This looks to be photo fit sketch of the men and women of the day. At another place Prophet Isaiah describes the end times of this World about 2500 hundred years ago.“The land shall be utterly emptied and utterly spoiled; the earth mourns and fades away; the haughty people of the earth do languish. The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants there of; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinances and everlasting covenants. The curse has devoured the earth, and they that dwell there in are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth burned and a few left. All the merry heart do sigh. The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is utterly clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly. The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgressions shall be heavy upon it; it shall fall and not rise. The recent instability of the governments, riots and fights within and wars outside tell the story that the nations and the countries are becoming ungovernable. The recent wiky leak tells the episode of deceitful and misleading attitude of the governments in dealing with the World affairs. If the system collapses it tells the awesome mishap that nothing is safe in this World. What about if someone steals the codification of the nuclear bombs and the secrets of nuclear science to be sold to the terrorists! The hard fact to digest is not that somebody will steal the bomb, but the secrets of its assembly and technical knowhow is in danger. Let me say in plain language that World is balanced on an unstable pinnacle of uncertainty. It is believed that the age of this planet called earth is supposed to be 4.54 billion years. The strange irony is that man today, can destroy it in the flick of a finger.
The two Punjabs, Sikh and Pakistani, ought to coordinate efforts to solve their shortage of river water problem? If offered Pakistani Punjab may be ready to buy water for cash or in exchange for natural gas! Sikh-friendly Pakistani Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif attended & addressed the international seminar, held in Lahore, last Thursday, on the subject of, “Pani Bina Punjab Kithay” organized by the Lahorebased Dyal Singh Research and Cultural Forum on the 542nd Parkash Divas (birthday) celebration of Baba Guru Nanak Sahib by Dr. Amarjeet Singh Washington D.C. Wednesday December 1, 2010: Last week’s Khalistan Calling dated November 24, 2010, was headlined with a question:- “Is Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh in cahoots with the Indian Supreme Court, in the conspiracy (which is currently brewing in New Delhi) to grab control of the vital Shahpur Kandi dam, Thein Dam/Ranjit Sagar project and the Modhopur Head Works from Punjab - all presently run by the Punjab government of the water-short Indian occupied Sikh Homeland? The above scuttlebutt about strangulating Sikh Punjab has been confirmed by a report published in the Chandigarhbased TRIBUNE newspaper, on November 23, 2010, headlined, “Water Dispute With Punjab – Supreme Courtto expedite disposal of suit.” The above mentioned column (Khalistan Calling of Wednesday November. 24, 2010) concluded with the following comment and two questions:- “The Supreme Court has fixed the next hearing for the second week of February, 2011. The Bench said the parties - Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Rajasthan, besides Punjab and Haryana - would exchange draft “issues” that day that would have to be adjudicated. The Bench would also consider Haryana’s plea for interim relief then. IT IS OBVIOUS THAT THE CONSPIRACY AGAINST PUNJAB IS READY. What role will India’s SIKH Prime minister Dr. Manmohan Singh play? Will he have the moral courage to support his kith and kin in riparian Punjab – the Sikh Homeland – to protect the river water infrastructure from the Supreme Court intrigue in cahoots with non-riparian Hindumajority states of Rajasthan and Haryana or will he, as is his wont, avoid the matter again by ‘pussy-footing’ around the issue? As luck would have it, on Thursday November 25, 2010, hundreds of diaspora Sikhs who were visiting Pakistan to celebrate the 542nd Parkash Divas (birthday) celebration of Baba Guru Nanak Sahib, the great founder of the Sikh religion, received invitations to attend an international Seminar in Lahore, Pakistan, organized by the Dyal Singh Research & Cultural Forum (Director Mr. M. Nadeem; Patron, Mr. Syed
Asif Hashmi, who is also the Chairman Auqaf and Pakistan Evacuee Property Trust board: on the ‘hot’ subject of “Pani Bina Punjab Kithay”- what is the fate of Punjab without water? ‘Punjab’ here means both Sikh Punjab and Pakistani Punjab. The Dyal Singh Research & Cultural Forum is a part of the historical Dyal Singh Trust Library, located at 25 Nisbet Road Lahore Pakistan. The master of ceremonies for the above 2-hour long seminar, was Mr. Riaz Mahmood, the popular host of the Lahore Radio Station’s ‘Punjabi Durbar’ program, which has a very big audience in Indian occupied Punjab. This fact bothers Indian intelligence bosses to no end. From time to time they react with stupid half-baked stories released to the Indian media against the Punjabi program, hoping that the Sikh masses would somehow stop listening to the excellent program broadcast by the Lahore Radio Station of Radio Pakistan. Incidentally, the Dyal Singh Trust Library Lahore has a very interesting history. It was established in Lahore in the year 1908, more than a century ago, in pursuance of the Will of Sirdar Dyal Singh Majithia (18481898) a great Sikh patriot/philanthropist banker and a champion of progressive social reform measures in British occupied Punjab. The library was first setup in the Exchange Building, which was also the residence of Sardar Dyal Singh Majithia in Lahore. Later, it was shifted to the existing building. Initially, it was started with one thousand books and a grant of Rs.60, 000/= provided by Sirdar Dyal Singh Majithia, to meet the financial requirements of the Library. Sirdar Dyal Singh Majithia also founded the Dyal Singh College Lahore and the Tribune newspaper Lahore which is currently based in Chandigarh, in Indian occupied Punjab. The income from his personal properties was also donated to run the day to day affairs of the Library, supervised by a Trust which was established. The Dyal Singh Trust Library enjoyed great popularity before partition of the subcontinent in August 1947, when it suffered considerable loss/damage owing to communal riots in Lahore and a good number of books and its property were lost /damaged during those lawless days. The Library remained
closed for seventeen years owing to the migration of its Sikh Trustees. The library – one of the biggest repository of Sikh history - started functioning again when it opened its doors in 1964, when the administrative control was taken-over by the Pakistan Evacuee Trust Property Board. After the partition of the subcontinent in 1947, Dyal Singh College and Dyal Singh Library in Lahore became government Dyal College and Dyal Singh Trust Library. While the names of many institutions in Pakistan and India have changed, but it is a tribute to Sirdar Dyal Singh Majithia’s transcendent qualities, that the Pakistan Government retained his name for the College and the public library. In 1985 under a directive of the President of Pakistan, its administrative control was transferred to the Education Department, Govt. of the Punjab, but was again returned to the Evacuee Trust Property Board, Government of Pakistan, in 1989, (current Chairman Mr. Syed Asif Hashmi) which has been supervising the historic library (140, 000 books) at its historical location at 25-Nisbet Road, Lahore, ever since, serving the public of Lahore and visiting Sikh research scholars. Pakistani Punjab’s Sikh-friendly Chief Minister, the Honorable Mohammad Shahbaz Sharif, who is the younger brother of former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, was the chief guest last Thursday (November 25, 2010) at the above-mentioned seminar, (held in the main hall of the five star Avari Hotel, Lahore) where he gave his frank views and suggestions on the subject under discussion; “Pani Bina Punjab Kithay”. He addressed the meeting in Punjabi for over twenty minutes and gave his views on the water problem and narrated stories about his family’s connections with his ancestral home in the village of Jati Umra, now a part of Sikh Punjab. Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif who was enjoying himself stayed for over two hours for the full duration of the seminar. Earlier Dr. Pritpal Singh, Coordinator of the American Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee was the first speaker to address the gathering after the opening remarks by Mr. M. Nadeen the Director of the Dyal Singh Research & Cultural Forum and Mr. Syed Asif (Continied to page no 7)
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Maharaja Ranjit Singh:Master of military might Amarinder Singh’s book,The Last Sunset, gives an insight into the legacy of Maharaja Ranjit Singh as a military strategist and anable administrator. Excerpts… Maharaja Ranjit Singh had a great knack for choosing leaders, both civil and military, but did not allow the army to interfere in administration Maharaja Ranjit Singh had consolidated his empire by the age of twentyone. His quest for knowledge, both to better his empire and his army, continued unabated. A contemporary of Napoleon, he was greatly interested in the happenings in Europe, the wars, military organisations, tactics, and weaponry. His inquisitiveness, verging on impatience, was geared towards improving his military arsenal and capability, and thereby his military strength and efficiency. He had the hostile Afghans on the western border and a potential threat, the British, in the east. No matter how friendly and conciliatory the British attitude was at that time, their conquest of the rest of the Indian subcontinent indicated their ultimate objective – the subjugation of his kingdom at an appropriate time. This period coincided with the end of the Napoleonic wars and a number of European soldiers of repute, formerly of the French Army or those of their allies, looked east in order to soldier on. Persia became the destination for many as Ranjit Singh’s reputation had not reached the continent till then. Once in Persia, however, tales of Ranjit Singh and stories of his kingdom and his military prowess drew many to Lahore to offer their services to him. By the end of his
reign in 1839, thirtynine European officers, including six generals, were in his service. In addition, there were three doctors. The first reorganisation on modern lines and consolidation of the Lahore Army took place in 1822. The entire emphasis then
was on cavalry and artillery. The infantry component was geared towards garrison duty. Sikhs in those days were great horsemen and as a consequence the emphasis was on the cavalry. It was only after the arrival of the European officers and Ranjit Singh being convinced of the role the infantry played in the major battles fought between Wellington and Napoleon, both during the Peninsular wars and in northern Europe, that
the infantry was reorganised along the lines of the European armies. As a result, its role in battle was recognised by the Sikhs, many of whom then opted to join it. The strength of Ranjit Singh’s army in 1821 stood at 50,000. The Fauj-eKhas comprised 11,000 Ghorcharras divided into 15 Derahs led by eminent sardars, amongst them Sham Singh Attari, Gurmukh Singh Lamba, Hari Singh Nalwa, and two by non-Sikhs, the Mulraj Derah and the D o g r a Derah`85 Ranjit Singh’s leadership and army were respected by the British, and they, therefore, preferred him as an ally, till such time that they had consolidated the rest of India. Even more importantly, they considered him a natural ally in keeping the aggressive designs of the Afghan rulers in check. As a consequence, a mission led by Charles Metcalfe (later Lord Metcalfe) visited Lahore in 1809 and a treaty of friend-
ship was entered into. Ranjit Singh, in turn, respected British military capability and adhered to the Treaty of Amritsar for the rest of his life. He was a realist and a politically astute man and knew his strengths and shortcomings. In his autobiography, Colonel Alexander Gardner, Ranjit Singh’s American colonel of artillery, who died in the service of the state of Kashmir at the age of ninetytwo in 1877, writes: "An incident occurred during the visit of Metcalfe’s mission which brought home to Ranjit Singh’s mind a sense of the true value of discipline, and made him all the more determined to build his army on the European model. Among the Sikh troops of 1809 was a turbulent and fanatical group known as the Akalis, or Immortals, whose headlong valour had often served Ranjit Singh and turned the fortunes of a doubtful battle. The Akalis (led by Akali Phula Singh) infuriated by the sight of the religious observance of Metcalfe’s escort of Hindustani sepoys, suddenly and without the slightest warning made an attack in overwhelming numbers on the camp of the British mission, which was defended only by two companies of native infantry. Though taken by surprise, the escort quickly rallied and repelled the attack. The Akalis, in turn, incurred the wrath of Ranjit Singh more for their ignominious defeat, than for the inconvenience caused by their misconduct in making the attack"`85
Maharani Jinda Kaur, Regent of the Lahore Durbar (1843-49) Though Ranjit Singh appointed many generals from amongst the foreign soldiers who came to his durbar, besides the many who had been elevated to this rank from amongst those who had fought his battles for him over the years, his mind was still occupied with the question of his future command. The choice to produce future military leaders fell naturally on his sardars – be they Muslim, Sikh or Hindu – and their sons. Baron Hugel comments on a General Ram Singh: ‘He was only fourteen years’ old, notwithstanding his youth, his talents, vivacity and desire for knowledge promise great things’. However, in a general observation he also states, ‘The building completed, the Maharaja does not think the same care necessary for its preservation as for its construction, and boys, simpletons and dotards are here as in older services, creeping into command’. On the contrary, the traveller McNaughton records: "General Officers have been selected from sons of sardars who have had their children carefully trained in the European system of military tactics. They are generally very young men, not more than
seventeen years of age, and some of them whom I have seen are remarkable for their military spirit". Ranjit Singh had a great eye for choosing his leaders, both civil and military. It is, therefore, difficult to accept the fact that he would choose anything other than able commanders for his troops in his regular army. His successes are proof of this`85. In 1836, after Ranjit Singh suffered a stroke, he appointed General Ventura, in whom he had developed implicit faith, to an appointment called ‘Chief General’. What precisely his task was is not clear, he was perhaps a chief of staff or a deputy, as in armies today. As he had been partly incapacitated due to the stroke and his health was a concern, Ranjit Singh per-
haps felt it necessary to do so, in case a battle was thrust upon him while he was indisposed. Captain Osborne records this observation of the Lahore Army: "... the Sikh Army possesses one great advantage over our own – the ease with which it can be moved. No wheel carriage is allowed on a march, their own bazaars carry all they require; and 30,000 of their troops could be moved with more facility, and less expense and loss of time, than three Company’s regiments on this side of the Sutlej`85" He goes on to give an insight into Ranjit Singh’s character as a military commander. He writes: "He is in a most facetious humour,
which rather surprised me, as reports had been received overnight from Peshawar, by no means favourable to the success of arms in that quarter. His old enemy Dost Mohommed Khan, with his Afghans, had attacked and utterly defeated a large body of the Sikh Army under one of Ranjit’s favourite general and had killed and taken prisoner upwards of 500 of them. The Maharaja seemed to bear the reverse with great equanimity, and, in an answer to some questions I ventured to put to him on the subject, said that a trifling defeat now and then was useful, as it taught both men and officers caution"`85 Before Ranjit Singh, the Punjab had enjoyed international reputation in the seventh century during the reign of Harshvardhana of Thanesar due to the visit of the celebrated Chinese pilgrim Hiuen Tsang. After 12 centuries, it once again came into the limelight under Ranjit Singh, mainly on account of the Sikh Army, which was equal to any armed force in the world at that time. Mohanlal Kashmiri, a young man of 20, during his travels in Central Asia in (Continued to next page)
December 02, 2010
Ending the 'war on cars' a top priority-Ford Rob Ford outlined the four priorities of his government in his first speech as Toronto's mayor on Wednesday, promising better customer service, a smaller government and an end to the "war on cars." Ford officially became the mayor of Toronto on Wednesday, after winning an election by a wide margin just over a month ago. He said his government would immediately start revising Toronto's transit plans and get control of wasteful spending at City Hall. "My campaign was based on a simple idea, that city hall should respect the taxpayer," Ford told reporters. "That simple message reflected what people across this great city were saying, and what they continue to expect from this new city council" Ford outlined the four priorities his government would focus on during their first months in office. He promised to improve customer service at City Hall and government accountability, two tent poles in his
mayoral campaign. Ford said reducing the size and cost of government was his third priority, promis-
creases to come to an end. Toronto taxpayers do not want a larger budget and more spending," Ford told reporters on Wednesday.
ing there would be no tax increases or service cuts next year. He said he would stick to the current budget for the time being. "Toronto taxpayers expect the wasteful spending and the annual tax in-
His fourth priority was reimagining the city's transit plan and putting a full stop to a provincially funded plan to build a network of light rail lines across the city. Ford said he would instead build
The two Punjabs, Sikh and Pakistani, ought to coordinate efforts to solve their shortage of river water problem? Hashmi the President of Evacuee Trust Property Board. Mr. Riaz Mahmood, the host of the popular Radio program Punjabi Durbar acting as the master of ceremonies introduced each guest speaker. Dr. Pritpal Singh drew the attention of the audience to the highway robbery by non-riparian states of Rajasthan and Haryana who have been stealing riparian Sikh Punjab’s river waters for over fifty years, without paying a penny, despite the fact that under Indian constitution river water resource is a provincial subject. This water theft has resulted in Indian occupied Punjab which is surplus in river water becoming a water-stressed state. Other speakers were Dr. Jasbir Kaur, Punjabi University Patiala, Sirdar Manmohan Singh Khalsa,
President of the U.K. Sikh/Muslim Friendship Society and Sirdar Sham Singh, President of the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee. The New Yorkbased Wall Street Journal, one of the great newspapers of the world today, in its issue of Monday 29th November, 2010, in the Energy section R-3, in an article by Benoit Faucon, headlined, “Stepping on the Gas – Natural-gas vehicles are taking off in some surprising places,” made a surprising discovery. He started the article by writing, “Here’s a question few people are likely to answer correctly: Which countries in the world have the most natural-gas vehicles on the road? Here’s a hint: The list doesn’t include the U.S. or any other industrialized nation. Of the 11.4
million natural-gas vehicles, currently in use world-wide, most can be found in the developing world, according to the International Association for Natuiral Gas Vehicles, an industry body. PAKISTAN (surprise, surprise!) led the world with 2.3 million natural-gas vehicles in use as of December 2009, followed by Argentine with 1.8 million, Iran with 1.6 million, Brazil with 1.6 million and India with 935 thousand naturalgas vehicles.” This responsible information strengthens the suggestion put forward in the second headline of this column that ‘if offered Pakistani Punjab would be ready to buy water in exchange for natural gas or cash’ from Sikh Punjab. Here is food for thought for the leadership of Sikh Punjab! Khalistan Zindabad
Maharani Jinda Kaur, Regent of the Lahore Durbar (1843-49) 1832 happened to attend a royal durbar at Mashad in Iran, on a national festival day. The presiding prince was Abbas Mirza, father of the king of Iran. The prince asked Mohanlal whether Ranjit Singh’s court vied in magnificence with what he now saw before him, and whether the Sikh Army could compare in discipline and courage with His Highness’s Sirbaz (regular Iranian troops). Mohanlal replied modestly but firmly that Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s durbar tents were made of Kashmir shawls and that even the floor was made of the same expensive material; and as for his army, if Sardar Hari Singh Nalwa were to cross the Indus, His Highness would soon be glad to make good his retreat to his original government of Tabriz. Ranjit Singh created his kingdom with the help of this army. He maintained
peace and order in the country and checked foreign invasions by it, but the army was not given a position superior to civil authority. The army was not allowed to interfere in administration, nor was it permitted to indulge in political brinkmanship. It did not challenge his authority at any time nor did it attempt to tyrannise the people`85 With this army, Ranjit Singh carved out his Punjab, as it was in 1947, from an entirely hostile environment west of the Sutlej river. A man full of foresight and intelligence. A man who used cunning, treachery and ruthlessness, along with diplomacy and the military might he created, to achieve what he did. Die all mortals must, but few leave a legacy like Ranjit Singh, creating, consolidating and ruling a vast kingdom for 42 years with these extraordinary qualities and an iron fist.
subway lines underground, including a Scarborough line he promised during the election. "Ladies and gentlemen, the war on the car stops today," Ford announced. "We will not build any more rail tracks down the middle of our streets." The announcement came after a busy morning for the newly minted mayor, whose first order of business was to tell the TTC chief general manager Gary Webster to abandon the Transit City plans. "He has asked the TTC to work with Metrolinx and our board… on a new plan, a revised plan, that is more consistent with his vision for subways," Webster said after the morning meeting. Webster said the TTC would report back to the mayor in about six weeks. About $130 million has already been spent by the province to build the light rail. Ford said the TTC board would put a "full stop" to spending at their first meeting on Dec. 8.
December 02, 2010
New Democrats Propose Tax Changes To Encourage Charitable Donations Ottawa : New Democrat Deputy Leader and Finance Critic Thomas Mulcair (Outremont) tabled a private member’s bill today, supported by National Revenue Critic Carol Hughes (Algoma— Manitoulin—Kapuskasing), which would introduce changes to the Income Tax Act to encourage charitable contributions. The NDP bill would raise the non-refundable tax credit rate from 29 to 39 per cent for every new donation above $200 that exceeds the donation
given in 2009. “Through this bill, we ask government to encourage people across the country to make donations to charities,” said Mulcair. “This would be a very significant help for charities. Their work is extremely important and we should all do what we can to help charities get the support they need to do good work in our communities. We hope that MPs from all parties will rally behind us to pass this bill as fast as possible.” The total amount of the tax credit
cannot surpass the maximum amount already authorized by the Income Tax Act that an individual can ask for during his or her lifetime, which is currently $10,000. “Charities often are underfunded. As MPs, we must help those organizations increase their funding,” Hughes added. “This bill is a much needed legislative response to this underfunding. It will provide help for charities, whose frontline work to help those in need is something we should all encourage.”
Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy Works for Peel: Delaney & Mangat Affordable housing provides the foundation for Ontarians to build a strong future for their families and their communities, MPPs Amrit Mangat and Bob Delaney said today. Bill 140, the Strong Communities through Affordable Housing Act, 2010 was announced yesterday as part of Ontario's Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy. The legislation builds on the government’s significant investments in affordable housing, and will deliver even better results for Ontarians. Since the Province recently announced its intention to repeal the Social Housing Reform Act of 2001, and replace it with a new piece of leg-
islation [Bill 140]… what will this proposed legislation do for those in the 905 belt with housing needs?” Bob Delaney (MPP – Mississauga— Streetsville) asked the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing today. “Our proposed Legislation sets the framework for a more local approach to the way housing and money is targeted for people with housing needs by providing more flexibility to Service Managers to meet the needs of their community,” responded Minister Rick Bartolucci. Stakeholders were heard loud and clear that even if more money was provided, the restrictive approach to the way funding is delivered, as
set out in the 2001 legislation, would not meet the needs of every community in Ontario. Amrit Mangat (MPP – Mississauga—Brampton South) noted that more than $2.5 billion invested provincially since 2003 and the more than $430 million in annual funding being invested towards affordable housing, in supplementary to the Minister’s response. “What [are] these investments doing in Mississauga, and how will this proposed new legislation enhance the value of those investments?” The Minister commended the Peel members for their work at the local level, listing the results of investments they have helped secure:
Prime Minister Stephen Harper Welcomes Douglas George Phillips As Yukon’s Next Commissioner Ottawa – Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced that Douglas George Phillips will serve as the new Commissioner of Yukon. He will assume his new duties after taking the Oath of Office in December. The Prime Minister met with the Commissioner-designate immediately after his appointment. “Mr. Phillips brings a wealth of experience to this new position, having contributed to public and community service in Yukon for more than 30 years,” said Prime Minister Harper. Mr. Phillips was first elected to the Yukon Legislative Assembly in 1985, and has served in a number of portfolios in Cabinet, including Tourism, Education, Justice and as the Minister Responsible for the Women’s Directorate and
the Public Service Commission. He also served
as Government House Leader from November 1992 to February 1996, and as Official Opposition House Leader from December 1996 to April 2000. Mr. Phillips has also been actively involved in community service in Yukon for many years engaging in wildlife conservation, and, most recently, serving as director of the Yukon Hospital Founda-
tion which he helped found. He has also served as Yukon Administrator since 2007. Territorial Commissioners are appointed by His Excellency the Governor General on the advice of the Prime Minister and fulfill many of the same duties as the Lieutenant Governor of a province. They are responsible for swearing in Members of the Legislative Assembly and Members of the Executive Council, opening the Legislative Assembly and providing assent for legislation passed by the Assembly. The Prime Minister also thanked outgoing commissioner of Yukon, Geraldine Van Bibber, for her tireless devotion in serving and representing the people of the Territory and helping build a stronger Yukon.
December 02, 2010
Sikh body to hold candle light vigil on HR Day Amritsar : All India Sikh Students Federation have decided to organize a peaceful candle march on International Human Rights Day, 10th of December in evening at Amritsar (Sri Akaltakht Sahib) to raise voice against people who were involved in killing of Sikhs in November 1984 Sikh Genocide. President of AISSF Karnail Singh Peer Mohammad said that from previous 26 years the victims and witnesses of November 1984 Sikh Genocide are fighting for justice but government and courts have not given them the right justice. All the people in the world celebrate the Human Rights Day on December 10, every year and we take this opportunity to appeal the
organization of Universal Declaration of Human Rights to support us in helping victims and witnesses of November 1984 Sikh Genocide. A Meeting regarding this declaration took place in Chandigarh today at Gurudwara Shaheedi Bhagh which involved more than 200 people including former member of SGPC Mr.Amrinder Singh and Social Worker Bibi Manjit Kaur. Sikhs for justice (U.S based human rights group) has also given their full support to AISSF in this activity, Mr.Gurpatwant Singh Pannun the legal adviser of Sikhs for justice said that they will also do some programme on International Human Rights day on December 10th in U.S.A.
Sikh Leaders Meet Pak PM Gilani Lahore : As per a news published in The Express Tribune (dated: 28th November) a delegation of Sikh representatives met with Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Saturday and presented him with a list of their demands. The prime minister reiterated his government’s commitment to protecting the rights of minorities and women. Indian Sikh leader Sardar Swinder Singh complained to the PM stating the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) had sold land belonging to the Gurdwara Ramdas at Choona Mandi. Singh said that the construction of a
plaza on the plot of land had already started. “In the Sikh religion, the land of any gurdwara is never sold and only another gurdwara can be built on the land,” Singh said. Gilani immediately asked ETPB chairperson Asif Hashmi to stop construction on the proposed plaza and assured the Sikh community that the land would be restored to them. Sardar Swinder Singh also told the prime minister that some
influential locals had encroached upon the land of Gurdwara Bhai Taro Singh at Naulakha Bazaar. The PM assured him that the land would be re-possessed and returned to the original owners. Asif Hashmi informed the PM that some clerics had occupied the gurdwara’s land and that he would try to resolve the matter amicably. Singh said that PM has assured him that all gurdwaras in Pakistan would be made functional.
He also asked the PM to allow members of the Sikh community to celebrate all their religious events in Pakistan. He said that the PM had assured the delegation all efforts would be made to grant this wish. Prime Minister Gilani told the Sikh community that if India granted Pakistan permission to establish a counsulate at Amritsar the Sikh community would get visas for Pakistan more easily. Singh demanded that visas be is-
sued to all Sikhs’ whose passports said that they were born in ‘undivided India’. Gilani asked ETPB’s chairman Asif Hashmi to ensure that Sikhs who were born in Pakistan before partition were issued visas on a priority basis. The Sikh community’s demand to be provided residence in Lahore was accepted by the PM. Dr Manmohan Singh of Dal Khalsa of UK, Dr Pritpal Singh of USA, ETPB’s additional secretary, PSGPC’s president Sardar Sham Singh and Federal Minister for Minorities Shahbaz Bhatti also met with the prime minister. “The government believes in promoting interfaith harmony and the relations between the Sikh and the Muslim communities in Pakistan are a very good representative of our commitment,” Gilani said.
UK royal family too not spared London : New Delhi may be stung by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s dismissive comments about India as a “self-appointed frontrunner” for a permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council, but the hurt feelings of Indian officials pale by comparison with the upset caused to other countries and their leaders. Others affected by WikiLeaks disclosures include Britain's Prince Andrew, the Duke of York and fourth in line to the throne, whose performance during an official visit to Kyrgyzstan was monitored by the resident US ambassador, Tatiana Gfoeller. Describing him as “rude and cocky”, Gfoeller, in a secret cable to Washing-
ton, says: “Rude language a la British... [Andrew] turned to the general issue of promoting UK economic interests abroad. He railed at British anti-corruption investigators, who had had the ‘idiocy’ of almost scuttling the Al-Yamama deal with Saudi Arabia. His mother's subjects seated around the table roared their approval.” During the lunch that she attended where Andrew was present, Gfoeller recalls how the conversation turned to the issues of local corruption. “At this point, the Duke of York laughed uproariously, saying that 'All of this sounds exactly like France'." The UK's record on race relations also comes in for criticism from another
US ambassador, Ray Seitz, who headed the US embassy in London in 1985. ”Dickens described the squalor, overcrowding and poverty in Britain's cities over a century ago,” Seitz commented in his cable. “What has changed is that the people affected are increasingly likely to be members of minority groups.” He added that Britain appears unprepared to deal with the profound change in the complexion of its society. The cable mentions, "We are likely to see more rioting ahead. While the onset of winter may inhibit street violence, spring cannot be far behind." Not all is gloom and doom, however, where the WikiLeaks disclosures are concerned.
December 02, 2010
Toronto stock market to open higher as commodities, dollar gain strength TORONTO - The Toronto stock market was set for a higher open Wednesday as commodity prices were buoyed by a report that showed stronger Chinese manufacturing numbers and hopes for more positive economic reports in the United States. The Canadian dollar added 0.72 cents to 98.13 cents US as other global currencies also made strides against the U.S. dollar. The January crude contract was up $1.39 at US$85.50 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The December gold contract gained $7.50 to US$1393.60 an ounce on the Nymex while the December copper contract moved up six
cents to US$3.88 per pound. Sentiment in global markets has been buoyant since figures showed China's manufacturing boom accelerated in November, sustaining hopes that the world's second largest economy is still continuing to grow strongly. Robust Chinese growth means strong demand for commodities like oil, and reports from the rapidly developing country are of particular interest to investors on the resource stock-heavy TSX. The state-affiliated China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing said its purchasing managers index â€” a gauge of business activity â€” rose
to 55.2 last month from 54.7 in October. A competing index, the HSBC
China Manufacturing PMI also rose solidly. "Chinese economic data has come in ahead of expectations so this may help cheer investors a little, underlining the fact
there's still strength in this booming economy," said Ben Potter, research analyst at IG Markets. The figures proved to be a welcome relief to investors, who have for days only been interested in one thing â€” whether Europe's debt crisis, which has already seen Greece and Ireland bailed out, will spread to other euro countries, notably Portugal, or more dangerously Spain. As a result, stocks around the world have been on the retreat, while the euro has slid to its lowest level since mid-September. U.S. stocks were also poised for a solid open Wednesday awaiting several new reports including November auto sales, the ISM manufac-
turing index and a thirdquarter productivity report. The Federal Reserve will also put out its report on regional economic activity. The Dow Jones futures were up 127 points at 11,123 and Nasdaq futures added 23 points to 2,140. The S&P 500 futures were 15 points higher to 1,194.60. Hopes are high that the figures to be released Wednesday will continue a trend of positive economic data coming out of the U.S., including improved consumer confidence levels. On the TSX, investors will keep one eye focused on the financial sector after National Bank (TSX:NA) became the first big Canadian bank to
boost its dividend since 2007 on Tuesday after it beat expectations and reported its fourth-quarter profits grew 19 per cent from a year earlier. The country's sixth-largest bank raised its quarterly dividend by four cents to 66 cents per share. The other Canadian banks will report earnings later this week. Elsewhere, a report suggests Rogers Communications (TSX:RCI.A) is in talks to buy the Toronto Maple Leafs in a deal worth more than $1 billion. In Europe, the FTSE 100 index gained 1.6 per cent, while Germany's DAX was up two per cent, and France's CAC-40 was 0.4 per cent higher.
December 02, 2010
SIKH PRESS PUNJAB Sukhbir Demands Inquiry In Multi Thousand Crores Corporate Loan Write Off By Banks Jalandhar : Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal, President Shiromani Akali Dal and Deputy Chief Minister Punjab today demanded a multi agency probe into thousands of crores corporate loan write off done during UPA rule to benefit few corporate houses. Talking to media persons here today after party rally, Mr. Badal said that on one hand farmers of Punjab were feeding the whole country were neck deep in debt, UPA government was focussing to benefit few corporate houses, ignoring the 70 percent population of the country. He said that the corporate debt waived off to few chosen corporate houses. A multi agency probe should be initiated that how tax payer’s money was diverted to the balance sheets of
few companies. Attacking congress led UPA
for ignoring the farm sector Mr. Badal regretted that out of 71000 crore farm debt waiver, Punjab contributing 70 percent to national pool, got less than 1 percent. He said that all central policies were tailor made to exclude Punjab from its benefit. Demanding a upward revision of debt swap scheme from Rs. 50 thousands to Rs 5 Lakh, Mr. Badal said that he had met RBI governor and requested him to raise the limit to five lakh so that farmers having their agriculture loan from Arthiyas
could benefit from this. He said that though banks have
announced enhancement of limit from Rs 50 thousand to Rs. 1 lakh but until and unless the limit was raised to 5 lakh, most of the farmers would not be able to avail the benefit of the scheme. Speaking about the exceptional revenue growth of the state Mr. Badal said that SAD-BJP government by plugging the loopholes and rationalizing the tax structure could achieve highest ever 33 percent growth in the revenue and the state which was at 19th position has now risen to No. 1 in the country.
Punjab has highest number of drug users HIV infected CHANDIGARH: World AIDS Day is being observed throughout the state of Punjab on 1st December 2010. Necessary instructions have been issued to all Civil Surgeons in the State to observe the day at the District level. Disclosing this here today Health and Family Welfare Minister Punjab Prof. Lakshmi Kanta Chawla said that the Punjab State AIDS Control Society has released grant to all the districts of Punjab with the instructions to observe this day in order to disseminate the theme of World AIDS Day so that new infection in the State of Punjab could be stopped and care and support could be provided to the people living with HIV/AIDS without any discrimination. The theme for World AIDS Day ‘10 is ‘Universal Access and Human Rights-Light the Rights’. Global leaders have pledged to work towards Universal access to HIV and AIDS treatment, prevention and care, recognizing these as fundamental human rights. This theme is to emphasis that access for all to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support is a critical part of human rights. It is now more than 29 years since AIDS was first detected. At that time, in 1981, no one could have anticipated that this infection would become a global problem of extra ordinary scope and unprecedented ramifications. Even till a decade ago, HIV and AIDS was regarded primarily as a serious health issue. Today, it is clear that AIDS has become a devel-
Khalsa Heritage Complex to Be Dedicated to The Nation During August 2011-Dr Upinderjit Kaur Chandigarh: The Punjab Government has directed the officers of Anandpur Sahib Foundation to complete the interior exhibit designs of the Khalsa Heritage Complex by July 30th so that the prestigious project could be dedicated to the Nation during August 2011. This was stated by DrUpinderjitKaurFinance Minister Punjab and Chairperson Anandpur Sahib Foundation here in the executive committee meeting of the Foundation. She said that this
project was a unique endeavour of the Punjab Government to showcase the different facets and various aspects of 500 years of Sikh history for the future generations about their rich Punjabi culture and glorious traditions.She asked the officers to complete its interior exhibit designs at the earliest in a transparent and fair manner by ensuring and maintaining its quality and standard also. The Finance Minister said that the architectural
grandeur of Khalsa Heritage Complex (KHC), being built at a cost of Rs. 254.84 crore, would enable it to become one of the wonders of the modern world in propagating the basic tenets and philosophy of Sikhism besides the fusion of culture highlighting the concept of Punjab, Punjabi and Punjabiat. She also advised to incorporate and change some gurbani couplets and vocal sounds in the audiovideo aids and textures.
opmental disaster and evidence suggests that the trend,
if not reversed, will erode the development gains achieved so far. As per global estimates, a total of 33.3 million people are living with HIV; nearly half of them are women. In 2009, around 2.6 million new HIV cases were detected globally out of which 50% cases are of people from 15-24 years of age group. More than 1.8 million people died of AIDS related illness in 2009. As per the HIV estimations 2010, India is estimated to have 23.9 lakh people infected with HIV in 2009 at an estimated adult prevalence of 0.31%. Adult HIV prevalence among men is 0.36%, while among women, it is 0.25%. HIV/AIDS continues to be one of India’s most complex epidemics- a challenge that goes beyond public health, raising fundamental issues of human rights and is threatening developmental achievements in many areas. The epidemic is unfolding rapidly, with heterosexual transmission playing the predominant role. HIV infection is no longer confined to high risk group population in India but is
spreading from population with high risk group to the general population, and is also moving from urban to rural areas. The need to prevent further spread of the epidemic and also to provide care and support for those infected or affected by HIV/AIDS calls for a joint effort from all sections of the society. Punjab is estimated to have 60,836 people infected with HIV in 2009 at an estimated adult prevalence of 0.32%. Adult HIV prevalence among men is 0.37%, while among women, it is 0.26%. The increase in HIV estimates of Punjab is primarily due to increased HIV prevalence among Injectable Drug Users (IDUs). As per the mapping estimates (2009), there are around 23,000 IDUs in the state with HIV prevalence of 26.1% (HSS 2008) whereas the national prevalence among IDU is 9%. At present, Punjab State AIDS Control Society (PSACS) is reaching out to the IDUs with HIV prevention services through twenty five Targeted Intervention projects in 18 districts of Punjab. Recently PSACS has started five Opioid Substitution Therapy Centers in Amritsar, Tarn Taran, Batala, Jalandhar and Ludhiana as part of the harm reduction services. The services will be expanded in time to come in other districts as per the program requirement. Efforts are being made to reach out to the IDU population with the requisite HIV prevention and treatment services so that new infection among the population could be prevented.
December 02, 2010
Criminal Complaint Filed against Canadian MP Ujjal Dosanjh Chandigarh : “Sikhs For Justice” an international human rights advocacy group through Avtar Singh a Canadian citizen has filed criminal complaint in the Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Chandigarh against Ujjal Dosanjh the member Parliament from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada for his statement made in Chandigarh India, against the Sikhs raising the voice for Khalistan. Jatinder Singh Grewal, a Canadian citizen and Youth Coordinator for “Sikhs For Justice” will be the primary witness in the complaint.Human Rights Lawyer Navkiran Singh representing complainant Avtar Singh on behalf of “Sikhs For Justice” stated that criminal complaint against Ujjal Dosanjh
has been filed under Section 500/501 of Indian Penal Code. The Court has fixed December 12th, 2010 as the date for hearing of the preliminary evidence and on the basis of that evidence Ujjal Dosanjh will be summoned before the court for the criminal offence of Defamation. Advocate Navkiran Singh stated
that in case the court finds substance in the allegations made in the criminal complaint, the court can order an imprisonment of two years. According to New York based human rights lawyer Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, Legal Advisor to “Sikhs For Justice”, the basis of the criminal complaint against Ujjal Dosanjh is the statements made by him while addressing a press conference in Chandigarh on September 11, 2010 in which Ujjal cautioned the Canadian government about the second and third generation of Sikh immigrants propagating
Khalistan. Attorney Gurpatwant Singh Pannun stated that complaint against Ujjal is a warning for other such elements in Canada and elsewhere who have been involved in systematic campaign against Canadian Sikh community in retaliation of the growing support in the community for Sikh Human Rights issues. Such elements often work for or on behest of Indian agencies and aim to discredit Sikh community’s legitimate and genuine grievances regarding gross human rights violations against Sikhs in India and continued practice of impunity by the Indian Government, added attorney Pannun who practice asylum and refugee law in the United States.
Bajwa submits own list for state party posts to Sonia Chandigarh, November 30 The fragile unity in the Punjab Congress is in for a severe test with Gurdaspur MP Partap Singh Bajwa submitting his own list for party posts in the new Pradesh Congress Committee following the appointment of Amarinder Singh as state Congress President to party chief Sonia Gandhi. Bajwa has submitted an eight-member list to Sonia Gandhi comprising party leaders from the Majha and Doaba regions of the state, indicating he represents both regions though his roots are in the Majha belt. Though Amarinder Singh’s appeal is statewide, he is more known for his influence in the Malwa region. The submission of the separate region-specific list by Bajwa indicates that he is still to settle issues with Amarinder Singh. When questioned why he had shot off a list to Sonia Gandhi, the MP said:
“If he (Amarinder) had taken me into confidence I would have sent the list to him”. While claiming that he was still to meet the new Pradesh Congress chief, Bajwa said the Majha and Doaba regions would be crucial for the party in the Assembly elections in 14 months’ time. He claimed the party had lost ground in the Malwa region in the parliamentary elections held one and a half years ago. The MP said the SAD-BJP government had also concentrated on the Malwa region during its present tenure and that the Congress should focus on the Majha and Doaba regions, from which it had lost heavily in the last Assembly elections, if it was to bounce back in the state. Bajwa said he on his part had submitted a list of party leaders, including Amarinder supporters, who could give the best possible fight to the SAD-BJP combine.
December 02, 2010
December 02, 2010
avinder Ravi’s (RR) “Badla Jatti da” and Akshay Kumar’s first movie “Saugandh” both were released in (according to my guess) same year and both had same storyline. As I remember RR’s Punjabi movie came first and proved super hit by audience. This time RR is back with Tere Ishq Nachaya (TIN) to use the popular love triangle formula to give the reason for something terrible happening in the Punjab. What is this terrible happening and why
this is still continuing- if you want to know the answer-forget the love triangle formula-come and watch TIN in cinema. tere ishq nachaya Mannat singh and Daksh ajit singh So we start with script and storyline- Twist- yes, everybody likes to see the twist in the movie-and here love triangle is not the real twist, you don’t need to worry about this inquiry- who takes the girl? As all main three characters will get your sympathy through the whole film. You will see
Tere Ishq Nachaya fast paced events, without unnecessary humour and comedian’s participation. Gavie Chahal (GC) tried to control himself as he does not make you feel anytime that he is overacting. GC’s dialogue delivery is effective however his character development not allows him to express different facial expressions required to prove the acting skills. tere ishq nachaya gavvie chahal Mannat Singh acting skills are perfect but the chemistry required for the boygirl reaction fails to work for the audience in some scenes because of not suitable role given to her. Still Mannat Singh manages to give convencing performance. Dakash Ajit Singh is the surprise of the film. Good acting skills with effective dialogue delivery. Audience will be waiting for his next film. Kanwaljit’s presence in the film is the second surprise- gives winning performance with ease and looks natural and different from his all films. Other supportive cast- no complaints.
Direction of Ravinder Ravi is top notch for this Punjabi film. All characters are under his control through the whole film. Thanks for not bringing unnecessary jokes in the film. Art work is noticeable. Various shooting locations
as comparing to other Punjabi movies. Few scenes could be prevented to shoot in same bedroom (Never Mind). Music and songs entertains and do not slow the film. Same/exact location used for two songs. Back-
ground score appears to be very loud at times. Thanks to Producres and Ravinder Ravi for introducing Dakash Ajit Singh and using the love triangle formula for real purpose. A fine ticket.
Balbir Singh Tanda – Tanda Films Norway
Balbir Tanda is the man behind the Tanda Films Norway, the company that’s coming up with Lion Of Punjab featuring Diljit Dosanjh in the lead role. We dug up some information about Balbir Singh Tanda from Norway and the zeal he has for films. Balbir Singh Tanda didnt have any background in Films and had no real connections to speak of. he got associated with Films due to one actor who inspired him. The actor that inspired him and made
him decide to join the film industry, was the great hero of Dewaar(1975), Amitabh Bachchan. Amitabh Bachchan’s movies like Trishul, Parvarish, Don, Muqaddar Ka Sikander, Khoon Paseena, Lawaris, Naseeb, Sholay and Amar Akbar Anothony were the reason he got so provoked, indeed so much provoked to go for films that Mr. Balbir left his studies midway. Secondly he was inspired by the great directors like Yash
Chopra, Mannmohan Desai, Prakash Mehra, Manoj Kumar and J. Om.Prakash, and their movies along with writers like Saleem Javed. Later the influence came from our own lion of Punjab, Dharemandra ji. His movies such as Jugnu, Dharam Veer, Pathar aur Payal, Sholay, Phool aur Pathar, Seeta aur Geeta and Chacca Bhateeja… Perhaps its the same inspirtaion that he has decided to call his first major Punjabi film Lion of Punjab.
December 02, 2010
'Allah Ke Banday' makes it a point not to glorify crime
Salman Khan graces IBN 7 super idol awards at Taj Lands End in Mumbai
Ayan Rishi Kapoor asks en e tw e b e s o o h c to Mukerji
n a r a K d n a r i Ranb After the success of Ayan Mukerji's directorial debut Wake Up Sid, it was pretty much certain that Ayan would once again be directing close friend Ranbir Kapoor and that too for a Karan Johar production. However, that seems highly unlikely now especially after an episode of 'Koffee With Karan' featuring Sonam Kapoor and Deepika Padukone that has not gone down too well with Rishi Kapoor and his family members. By now its common knowledge that both Rishi and Neetu Kapoor are mighty upset with Karan for the way
he conducted that particular episode of 'Koffee with Karan'. Now Rishi has even gone ahead and given young Ayan an ultimatum that he either chooses to work with Ranbir or Karan. Ayan was instructed in clear terms that if he wishes to direct Ranbir he will have to find another producer. Rishi has even gone on record and said that his family of Kapoors will not work in any Dharma production film as of now. While Karan is known to play mediator to many fights within the film industry, it remains to be seen who will play mediator this time around in this big fight..
Dev Anand allows Rohan Sippy to use the song
'Dum Maaro Dum' Dev Anand has always been extra possessive about his films and songs. Not exactly forthcoming about any kind of remake that one might want to make. But even Dev Anand knows where his work would be respectably recreated as he has finally given his blessings to the team of Dum Maaro Dum when Rohan Sippy approached him with the proposal. Once he realised, what Rohan Sippy, the director of the film, wanted to do with his cult song 'Dum Maaro
Dum', which we remember for the retro look and the then-popular-culture of drugs, he was more than happy to give Rohan Sippy the rights to remake it. The movie Dum Maaro Dum, starring Abhishek Bachchan, Bipasha Basu and Rana Daggubatti, will now have the remixed version of the cult classic of the yesteryears. The remixed version of the song, is supposed to be young and contemporary, so that today's generation too can relate to it.
Film: "Allah Ke Banday"; Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Sharman Joshi, Faruk Kabir, Anjana Sukhani, Atul Kulkarni and others; Writer-Director: Faruk Kabir; Rating: *** A feeling of foreboding and damnation builds up in the narration from the first frame itself. Here's a gloriously gutsy film exploring the underbelly of Mumbai through the lives of two slum kids who grow up in identical circumstances, but with somewhat disparate values. First-time director Faruk Kabir displays remarkable skill in creating a pastiche of mammoth crime and little punishment. The pace leaves meagre space for grace. And yet "Allah Ke Banday" creates a world filled with acute aggression, repression and damnation with a reasonable amount of paciness to the edgy narrative. The world that Faruk Kabir's characters inhabit is reminiscent of Danny Boyle's "Slumdog Millionaire", Irrfan Kamal's underrated "Thanks, Maa", Mahesh Manjrekar's "City Of Gold" and Chandan Arora's "Striker". Deriving its lingering study of juvenile delinquency from these sources "Allah Ke Banday" moves forward and
acquires a life of its own. The gripping narrative takes us through the world of petty crime and underage lawlessness nonjudgementally. Faruk Kabir's deeply-felt concern for children who dodder dangerously on the edge of society is never overdone. The director creates a world of uncertainties with unwavering confidence. The nervous anxiety of the characters is rather aptly replicated in the film's rough and unvarnished look. Kabir's cameraman Vishal Sinha goes through the rugged merciless slums searching for
only Allah-knows what. The actors wear their unwashed demeanour casually, so much so that at times we forget the existence of the camera. At the same time, there are uneven sections in the narrative that mar what could otherwise have been a standout exposition on the genesis of social outcasts. Sharman Joshi and Faruk Kabir play the two driving forces of the plot with a deep understanding of their characters and the milieu. Both seem to have got right their characters' physicality and then proceed to explore their inner worlds. For a first-time actor and director, Faruk Kabir handles both his jobs with more than a reasonable amount of compelling confidence. The others in the cast merge into the relentless milieu. As usual, the extraordinarily brilliant Naseeruddin Shah is under-used. Whenever he shows up on screen, an extra dimension is effortlessly added to the proceedings. Notches above the run-of-the-mill entertainer is the genuine concern for juvenile delinquency. The lives on the streets never looked more dangerous and less glamorous. This time, crime is not glorified. Thank god for small mercies.
December 02, 2010