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Pawan Dewan LudLudhiana, April 12-

 

A number of Congress workers led by Ludhiana district president Pawan Dewan on Friday staged a massive protest demonstration against the recent hike in power tariff. They demanded rollback of the hiked tariff, and submitted a memorandum in this regard to Punjab governor Shivraj Patil through deputy commissioner (DC) Rahul Tiwari.

 

The protestors carrying banners and placards, gathered at the local circuit house after passing through different parts of the city, and staged a dharna at Mini Secretariat before handing over the memorandum to the deputy commissioner.

 

Addressing the demonstration, Dewan said: "The hike in the power tariff has put an extra burden of Rs1,800 crore on the common man. When there is no power, the state government has no right to hike the tariff."

 

This was the seventh hike in the last six years of the SAD-BJP rule, he said, adding that it would make electricity unaffordable for the common man.

 

Criticising the government for its all-round failure, Dewan said the economy was in a mess, pointing out that Rs3.5 lakh government employees were yet to be paid their salaries.

 

He said the industry was moving out of the state, and the day was not too far when the local industrial focal points would wear a deserted look since the industry was not having power.

 

He said the days of the government were numbered, and its end would come with the beginning of the Lok Sabaha elections.

 

Congress leaders, including Hemraj Aggarwal, Rakesh Prashar, Parminder Mehta, Baljinder Bunty, Manpreet Grewal, Palwinder Singh Taggar, Jarnail Shimlapuri, Rakesh Sharma, Gurmukh Singh Mithu, Sham Sunder Malhotra, Amrit Varsha Rampaul and others, were also participated in the demonstration.Congress leaders, including Hemraj Aggarwal, Rakesh Prashar, Parminder Mehta, Baljinder Bunty, Manpreet Grewal, Palwinder Singh Taggar, Jarnail Shimlapuri, Rakesh Sharma, Gurmukh Singh Mithu, Sham Sunder Malhotra, Amrit Varsha Rampaul and others, were also participated in the demonstration.

 

*HT Media Ltd.

 

Vikram Protest Phillaur PunPhillaur, April 12 (YP Bureau)

 

Led by Punjab Youth Congress President Vikramjit Singh Chaudhary youth activists of Phillaur orchestrated a protest today at Phillaur. Youth activists put up stalls of sand and gravel to protest against the Badal-Majithia’s sand-gravel mafia.

 

Speaking on the occasion PYC President stated that similar programs are being conducted in the entire state and PYC aims to cover all 117 vidhan-sabhas by the 17th of this month. He said that the Badal Govt. has shattered the dreams of the common man who works hard his whole life to build a house for his family but cannot think of constructing a house today as the basic requirement to build a house i.e. sand and gravel the prices of which are sky-rocketing.

 

PYC President said that during the Congress regime the trolley load of sand was Rs 200-400 and truck load of sand was minimum Rs 5000 but now the same trolley load costs Rs. 1200-1500 and truck load costs minimum Rs.20000-25000 under the Badal- Majithia rule. He said that the Badal-Majithia are building palatial houses and hotels whereas the common man of Punjab is unable to even provide the basic necessity of life-shelter to their families. He also said that the Akali goons are hand in glove with the local police and administration and are illegally mining and selling truck loads of sand and gravel everyday and also earning lakhs every single day.(...contd.)


Chaudhary lambasted the local police for not taking action against the illegal mining on the directions of Deputy Commissioner Jalandhar Shruti Singh who visited the sites of illegal mining where the Akali goons steal truckloads of sand everyday which is also against environmental laws of India. The local police and administration in connivance with local Akali leaders are taking monthly cuts and are turning a blind eye to these illegal practices.

 

He stated that in Akali-BJP rule flour (atta) is available and cheaper than sand. PYC reiterated its stand to expose this nexus and urged the common man to expose and dispose the Badal’s and Majithia.

 

Taking a jibe at Chief Minister Punjab who stated that the state govt had hardly any role in the recent power tariff hike but Mr Badal contradicted his statement by pointing out the difference in power tariff hike with another state like Haryana.

 

PYC President also lambasted the Badal govt in failing to implement Union Govt’s notice to remove his photograph from 108 ambulances and further taking credit of the centre sponsored scheme and quoting it is “Punjab’s highly appreciated emergency response service”.

 

He also stated that now the cash starved Badal Govt is seeking donations to run its hospitals and ambulances and is willing to record the contributions made by placing the names of the contributors on the sides of the ambulances and on the main entrances of the hospitals. Badal Govt has stooped to a new level of minting money by allowing private individuals to “buy hospitals”.

 

He ridiculed the Govt for failing to deliver all poll promises and has now stopped the free education policy for girl child. Chaudhary once again questioned the stand of Akali MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal who is the brand ambassador of Nanhi Chhan that works with the objectives of empowering the rights of the girl child. Is the Mp hearing? The youth congress acitivists were raising slogans against Akali Dal like “Jija-Sala Murdabad”

 

PYC president was accompanied by Damanjit Singh Mohie,Gurvir Singh Bhattal, Jaspreet Singh Mankoo, Sukhwinder Singh Dhava, Anil Joshi, Jamsher Singh Shera, Pawan Punj, Davinder Singh, Vijay Agnihotri, Satpal Singh cheema, Jaspal Jassi, Balak Ram, Lala Kishan, M.D.

Stethoscope PunWashington, April 12 (Agency) 

 

An influential group of Indian-American doctors has proposed a comprehensive legislative agenda to end the shortage of physicians in the US, which would need a staggering 130,000 doctors by 2025.

 

Members of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), representing thousands of Indian-American doctors, spent Thursday in the Capitol Hill meeting lawmakers to press their agenda.

 

This includes a provision for green cards for physicians graduating from accredited US residency programmes in the proposed comprehensive immigration reform bill.

 

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) predicts that America will need 90,000 physicians by 2020 and a staggering 130,000 by 2025.

 

Among other things AAPI urged the lawmakers to support two bills in the house and the senate introduced by Democrat House member Joe Crowley and Democrat Senator Bill Nelson to address the shortage of physicians.

 

Crowley, co-chair of the Congressional India Caucus, who has sponsored the "Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act of 2013," assured AAPI members that he would work for their legislative agenda.

 

Other lawmakers who addressed the doctors' conclave included Republicans Phil Gingrey and Phil Roe and Democrats Jim McDermott, Frank Pallone, and Zoe Lofgren.

 

AAPI has also suggested making the J-1 visa waiver programme -- that allows international medical graduates to do their medical training and residency in the US -- permanent; an increase in residency positions and the enrollment in medical schools and providing a permanent fix to the medicare sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula.

 

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