Former Punjab CM Capt Amarinder tests Covid positive

Raghav Chadha files a defamation suit against false and baseless allegation

Chandigarh: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA and Punjab Affairs Co-in-charge Raghav Chadha filed a criminal defamation case against Saurabh Jain from Patiala. In a public statement issued by the Advocate of Raghav Chadha, all the allegations made by Saurabh Jain in press conference are false and baseless. It claimed that various nefarious elements are trying to hurt Raghav Chadha’s goodwill and reputation and these allegations are made under a sponsored campaign and propaganda against him.
According to the statement allegations made by Saurabh Jain about corruption and money being involved for election tickets are false and part of some preconcerted campaign to malign the unblemished reputation of Raghav Chadha.
A criminal defamation case, under IPC section 499/500 which warrants punishment of imprisonment of 2 years for irreparable damage to someone’s reputation, to be filed against Saurabh Jain in Rouse Avenue Court of Delhi.

ESMA amid doctors’ strike, Covid surge in Haryana

Chandigarh: Due to the doctors’ protest during Covid pandemic in the State, Haryana Government invoked the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) for six months prohibiting the healthcare workers to go on strike.
The health services in the government hospitals in Haryana were hit as doctors suspended OPD work in support of their demands.
Emergency services and COVID-19 vaccination drive continued in the state but OPD services were affected, said Rajesh Sheok and of Haryana Civil Medical Services Association, a body representing government doctors.
Haryana Civil Medical Services Association is demanding creation of a specialist cadre, amendment in post-graduation policy and stoppage of direct recruitment of senior medical officers in the state.
Acceding to one of the key demands of the doctors, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar gave in-principle approval to creation of Specialist cadre post for MD or MS doctors. Besides this, it was decided that the doctors will not be given any administrative work and will practice in their concerned specialty.
Home and Health Minister Anil Vij said that ESMA has been implemented in Haryana considering the spread of pandemic Corona and now health workers will not be able to go on strike for next six months. A notification in this regard has also been issued.
Hanyana Health Minister Vij said that the whole country is fighting Corona and at such a crucial time a group of doctors has announced to go on strike which will adversely affect the fight against Corona.
“We had accepted their demands and forwarded them to the Chief Minister and other departments immediately. After meeting with the Chief Minister on Monday, their demands were fulfilled and were given in-principle approval. The doctors still insisted to go on strike,” Vij said. He alleged that there is someone who wants to disrupt the fight against Corona that’s why the Government had to implement ESMA.

IPR workshop organised at RBU

Mohali: A workshop on Intellectual Property Rights was organised by the Intellectual Property office of the Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry in collaboration with the Rayat Bahra University.
Ashish Prabhat, Examiner of Patents and Designs IPR, was the Keynote speaker, he said that awareness about Intellectual Property Rights was the first and the foremost objective of the national IPR policy. There is a need to create IP awareness among all sections of the society as IP is creation of the mind and elaborated on the process of patent filing and guided the participants about patentable and non-patentable innovations.
Vice-Chancellor Dr Parvinder Singh highlighted the significance of the awareness on IPR. He said that the main objective of intellectual property is to encourage innovation and provide incentives for innovation by granting temporary protection to inventors.
Dr Simerjit Kaur Shergill, Organising Secretary of the workshop, stressed on the need of IPR awareness as inadequate knowledge about the rights of individuals to protect their ideas and innovations and low awareness about the procedures involved in obtaining an IPR had hindered India’s growth in intellectual property.
With India’s potential and its importance in the global arena, it is time to rise to the occasion and become a leader in innovation and intellectual property, she added.
Prof BS Satyal, Registrar, Rayat Bahra University, proposed a vote of thanks and appreciated the information shared by the expert.
The workshop was followed by an interactive session with the participants.

MCM celebrates National Youth Day

Chandigarh: Celebrating 38th National Youth Day on the occasion of birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, Mehr Chand Mahajan DAV College for Women, Chandigarh, in collaboration with the college’s NSS units and Young Communicators Club, organised an Indian Council of Philosophical Research sponsored Periodic Lecture titled ‘A Friend Request From Vivekananda’.
While, inaugurating the lecture, Principal Dr. Nisha Bhargava hailed Swami Vivekananda as a major force behind reform movements, highlighting his efforts to spread the message of eternal Vedanta philosophy and to seek foreign assistance and technical knowledge for India’s development. Paying tribute to this distinguished son of Mother India, Dr. Bhargava added that Swami Vivekananda’s philosophy is life transforming and his life journey is so inspiring that students can learn many valuable lessons from him.
Resource person Sudhir Baweja, Coordinator, Department of Philosophy and Vivekananda Studies, USOL, Panjab University said that if you want to be a person with muscles of iron and nerves of steel, then Swami Vivekananda’s friend request awaits you and impressed upon the youth to befriend Vivekananda through reading of his writings and emulating his lessons in one’s life.
Referring to Vivekanada as the eternal youth icon, Sudhir Baweja shared Swamiji’s toolkit that can transform anyone into a beautiful person and help him/her achieve true success in life. He elaborated on Swamiji’s toolkit for success that includes not yielding to weaknesses, ‘shraddha’ (self confidence), conviction in the power of goodness, absence of jealousy and suspicion, helping those who are trying to do good, positivity, character, focus, and so on. The lecture ended with an interactive session wherein the participants put forth their queries to the expert.

SAD leader appears before SIT in NDPS case

Mohali: Former Punjab Cabinet Minister SAD Leader Bikram Singh Majithia today appeared before the special investigation team probing the drugs case registered against him.
It is pertinent to mention here that SAD Leader Majithia was granted anticipatory bail by the high court on 10th January in the matter.
After about two hours of interrogation, Bikram Majithia came out and said case has been registered against him due to the political pressure by the Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Channi, Home Minister Sukhjinder Randhawa and MLA Mr. Kulbir Zira. Majithia said, “I reached well on time before 11 am to appear before the SIT,” while talking to the reporters outside the state crime branch at Mohali.
“Whatever SIT asked me, I gave them satisfactory answers,” Majithia said and added, “I will always help in inquiries made by SIT and now it is necessary to take action against those who have filed false case.
Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday the 10 January, had directed the Shiromani Akali Dal leader to join the investigation on Wednesday at 11 am while granting him anticipatory bail in the matter.
Earlier, on the date of hearing Punjab and Haryana High Court has asked the former Punjab minister not to leave the country till the next date of hearing and has to share with the investigating agency his live location through WhatsApp.
Shiromani Akali Dal leader Birkram Majithia was booked under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act last month.

Children celebrate virtual Lohri

Mohali: Schools virtually celebrated lohri due to the pandemic restrictions, students celebrated the festival with exuberance and fanfare via virtual platform. Children wore traditional attire and were completely absorbed in the festive spirit. To mark the occasion, kids drew Lohri scene and showcased their creativity with the help of peanuts and popcorns. Through this activity, they were made aware about the significance of the festival.

Will BJP be able to get local face to contest Mohali Assembly elections 2022?

Mohali: BJP in Mohali has always been on the weaker side and same was the case of SAD, both the political parties have been contesting elections in alliance but this time with BJP deciding to contest elections from all the Assembly seats after SAD parting ways with BJP due to farm laws, both parties are still in search for candidate in Mohali.
This will be the first time that BJP will be contesting the elections without SAD alliance in the constituency.
Since, the repeal of three controversial farm laws, BJP leaders have heaved a sigh of relief and party is planning to get a local candidate to reach out maximum to the local voter.
According to sources, presentlyBJPis considering the name of Industrialist Sanjeev Vashisht, as he has already started meeting people and attending local functions to present himself as a potential candidate.
Sources said that if the seat goes in the BJP’s fry, Sanjeev Vashisht could be the fielded but local BJP leaders former MC Arun Sharma, former MC Ashok Jha, Ramesh Verma are also trying their luck to contest from Mohali SAS Nagar Constituency as a BJP Candidate.
All these leaders have been working for the party since early 90’s in Mohali and had been dedicated with the party.
The BJP and SAD were in alliance in the state and SAD used to contest from Mohali.

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Punjab needs serious people- Manish Tewari

Chandigarh: Congress MP from Punjab’s Anandpur Sahib targeted Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and state party president Navjot Singh Sidhu on reports that both are pushing to be named as the Chief Ministerial candidates.
:Congress MP Tewari, today said, “Punjab needs serious people,” and took potshots on both Channi and Sidhu and dubbed them as non-serious persons who are entertaining people.
Tewari tweeted, “Punjab requires a CM who has solutions to Punjab’s challenges, capacity to take tough decisions. Punjab needs serious people whose politics is Not Social Engineering, Entertainment, Freebies and NOT regime favourites rejected by people in successive elections.”
Congress, so far, has not named anyone as the chief ministerial face for the upcoming Assembly elections as the party considers that this leads to infighting and internal rift.
But state unit chief Navjot Singh Sidhu on Tuesday said it is the people who would choose the next chief minister of the state and not the high command.