Thursday, April 19, 2018

B S Vohra - an Environment Activist of Delhi

It started with various Published RTIs, various awareness camps, various conferences, various media coverages, and the journey is still ON with no end visible anywhere. WHO says over 30,000 persons are killed every year just due to the pollution. UNICEF says that brains of our kids are shrinking due to the pollution. Chicago University says residents of Delhi & NCR are losing 6 to 9 years of their life due to pollution. But no constructive steps visible anywhere. We the residents have to come forward to raise our huge voice, otherwise, Delhi will soon be a thing of the past.  Who will vouch for the Most polluted, most congested, city that faces Traffic jams, encroachment, potholes, waterlogging, sanitation strikes and a whole lot of nightmares, at almost every corner?

You can contact Mr. B S Vohra, Environment Activist, President, East Delhi RWAs Joint Front - Federation, on his Email ID.  Being the president of the RWAs Federation, he is also very active on all kind of issues concerning the masses.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Row over Nanak Shah Fakir: Akal Takht Jathedar calls urgent meeting as demand to excommunicate Harinder Sikka grows

Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh has called a meeting of five Sikh Jathedars on Thursday to take deliberate on producer Harinder Sikka’s refusal to abide by orders of Akal Takht to withdraw his movie Nanak Shah Fakir from cinemas. In a statement, Akal Takht Jathedar said that an urgent meeting has been called to discuss the controversy surrounding Nanak Shah Fakir movie. Meanwhile, several Sikh bodies have asked the Akal Takht to excommunicate Sikka from community for violating its diktat.
Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh had ‘imposed ban’ on upcoming Hindi Movie Nanak Shah Fakir day on April 9. It was Gaini Gurbachan Singh in first place, who had showered praises on the movie producer Harinder Sikka for making movie in 2015.
His recent statement further read, “Akal Takht has imposed a ban on the movie. It should not be shown in any part of the world. SGPC has already already taken back all the letters written giving approval to the movie. Harinder Singh Sikka should not release the movie.”
Interestingly till March 28 last month, SGPC and Akal Takht were silent on the movie Nanak Shah Fakir. Actually both institutions had already given their consent for the movie.
SGPC had even released a statement on March 28 suggesting Sikhs not to judge the movie before watching it. However, it did a u-turn very next day and that was followed by Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh’s u-turn on the issue.
Now both Akal Takht Jathedar and SGPC are under immense pressure to make Sikh community believe that both have been against the release of movie all through.
“Akal Takht Jathedar has not been left with much options. He had given a letter in praise of Sikka in 2015 . So he must take a strong decision against Sikka to undo his past association with him. It will also save face of the SGPC,” said an SGPC executive member not wanted to be named.
SGPC member Karnail Singh Panjoli said, “Sikka has been violating orders of Akal Takht on movie and hence he should be excommunicated from community.”
Paramjit Singh Mand, president of Sikh Youth of Punjab, a sister body of Dal Khalsa, said, “Akal Takht must excommunicate Sikka from community for going against the community. Otherwise Gaini Gurbachan Singh would again face warth of community.”

Nanak Shah Fakir: Supreme Court refuses to hear plea against release of the film

The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to accord an urgent hearing on the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak's Committee (SGPC) plea, seeking modification of the order allowing the movie "Nanak Shah Fakir" to be released in theatres across India.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra considered the submission of the SGPC's counsel that nobody should be allowed to portray the life of Sikh gurus, their families and the 'punj pyara' on screen .The bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, said once a film has been granted certification by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), its release can only be stalled through lawful means.
The bench did not agree to the submission of Satender Singh Gulati, counsel for SGPC, that the interim plea be heard either on Thursday or Friday as the film releases in the theatres on Friday. The bench said the plea will be listed for hearing on Monday.
The top court had on April 10 criticised SGPC, the apex religious body of the Sikhs, for imposing restrictions on the film 'Nanak Shah Fakir' and had cleared the decks for its nationwide release scheduled on April 13. 
Link: DNA

‘Nanak Shah Fakir’ released, opposed, cleared: Why film on Guru Nanak Dev is at centre of row

Kamaldeep Singh Brar explains the controversy over ‘Nanak Shah Fakir’, a film SGPC now wants banned; SC ruled in favour of its release Tuesday.

The Indian Express explains the controvery over ‘Nanak Shah Fakir’, a film SGPC now wants banned. The Supreme Court ruled in favour of its release on Tuesday.
What is the controversy around the film Nanak Shah Fakir?
Produced by Harinder Sikka, a columnist and writer, Nanak Shah Fakir is the first ever film about Guru Nanak Dev. Sikka says making a movie on the life of the first Sikh guru was his “dream”. But the Sikh Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee (SGPC) and the Akal Takht says that no person must portray the Sikh Guru and his family members and that as such portrayals hurt the sentiments of the community, the film must be banned.
The SGPC maintains that even the existing pictorial depictions of Guru Nanak Dev should never have been allowed, but their circulation is so widespread that it cannot hope to pull those back now. Now, says the SGPC, it wants to draw the line at celluloid portrayals.
In May 2003, the Dharam Prachar Committee of SGPC passed a resolution (number 5566), which laid down that: “Characters of Sikh Gurus, their respected family members, panj pyare, cannot be played by real life actors. Only baptised Sikhs can plays role of other important Sikh personalities”. The SGPC executive committee adopted and passed the resolution on July 10, 2003. The Akal Takht also adopted the same resolution.
In order to ensure that its concerns are addressed, the SGPC has long demanded representation in the Central Film Certificate Board. Several times in the past, SGPC has raised objections to the manner in which Sikhs or Sikhism are presented in Bollywood movies. Many Bollywood movies, such as Bole So Nihal starring Sunny Deol, had to first satisfy SGPC officials for a smooth release.
What authority does the SGPC have to decide how the Guru should be depicted?
As a democratically elected body, the SGPC looks at itself as the Sikh parliament and the community’s widest representative. Although its main mandate is to ensure the smooth running of gurdwaras, since its formation in 1920, its Dharam Prachar Committee has made many pronouncements on religious issues. The SGPC’s clout is seen in its tight control over both clerical and temporal matters such as the appointments of the Panj Pyare, and over the three Takhts under it — the Akal Takht, Takht Damdami Sahib, and Takht Keshgarh Sahib.
Wasn’t this film released two years ago? Why the fresh release?
The film was actually first released in 2015. Sikka had obtained the green light for the film from the Akal Takht, the supreme temporal body of the Sikh community. The Akal Takht also gave Sikka a letter, praising his services to the community. But after several Sikh bodies began to object to the film, the SGPC stepped in and demanded a ban. The Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP government in Punjab at the time, as well as Chandigarh administration suspended the screening of the movie. However, it was released in the rest of the country and in select places in other countries with a significant Sikh diaspora. But Sikka withdrew the film from everywhere, deciding to seek the SGPC’s approval first.
What was the need for Sikka to seek the SGPC’s approval?
The SGPC’s views on various matters relating to the Sikh community carry influence in the community across the world. Praise for the film from the SGPC would have ensured that more people saw the film.
But didn’t the SGPC too clear Nanak Shah Fakir later?
The SGPC finally gave its approval to the film in 2016. By then, Sikka had modified the film to present Nanak’s character in animation. In Sikka’s original film on Nanak, the Guru was played by actor Harish Khanna. In 2014, SGPC had passed Char Sahibzaade about the four sons of Guru Gobind Singh on the grounds that it was an animation movie and no real-life actor played any role in it. In Sikka’s film, though the characters of Guru Nanak Dev’s parents and sister continued to be played by real-life actors, an SGPC sub-committee cleared the film. At the time, SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar had claimed he was not taken into confidence while giving the clearance.
Why the U-turn by SGPC now?
The SGPC decided to take back approval last month after Sikh bodies, including organisations such as Dal Khalsa, Sarbat Khalsa, Damdami Taksal, and others started objecting to the movie. Padma Shri Nirmal Singh Raggi, celebrated for his Gurmat Sangeet, who has sung six Shabads in Nanak Shah Fakir, is also against the release of the film. Considered a moderate voice in the community, and a campaigner for permitting Sikh women to become raagis at the Golden Temple, Nirmal Singh says “if the community has decided something, it should be respected. It is better to not make such movies. I had advised producer Sikka against depicting character of Guru Nanak Dev ji and his family in movie. But he didn’t listen”.
What happened in the Supreme Court?
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court ruled in favour of the release of the movie. Echoing previous rulings on demands to ban films, the Court noted that once the Central Board of Film Certification gives a film the go-ahead, no one can be allowed to obstruct it. The Court asked state governments to ensure law and order, and said freedom of expression cannot be crippled. The SGPC has said it will file a review petition in the court.
What is the Punjab government’s stand on the issue?
Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said on Tuesday that “while authors, film-makers had the creative freedom of expression, such freedom could not be allowed to violate the religious sensitivities of any community.” However, the Punjab government has been saved from having to make any decisions on the film as Sikka has said he will not be releasing the movie in the state given the “sensitivities”.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Pollution Control Equipment being installed at Krishna nagar

In a war against Pollution and to give clean air to the residents, East Delhi RWAs Joint Front has arranged an open-air Pollution control equipment that SUCKS the Air from a radius of 60Ft, FILTERS  the pollutants such as PM10 as well PM2.5 and DISPERSES the clean air, as a relief to the Lungs of the people. 

It is a Patented product with a Calibrated motor that costs very little so far as the power consumption is concerned. 

"To offer clean air to the residents is a True Sewa today, and that too in a city where over 30 thousand persons are killed every year just due to the pollution”, said B S Vohra, President of the East Delhi RWAs Joint Front – Federation. 

The equipment is being installed absolutely Free of cost & the cost of the Equipment & its maintenance will be covered by way of the Advertisements on the Equipment. 

Therefore, if you too (RWAs, MTAs) require it Free of Cost, please feel free to Email us, and if approved (as the Advertisers require a space with maximum footfall), you too may get it absolutely Free.

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Singer Daler Mehndi Convicted in 2003 Human Trafficking Case, Sentenced to 2-Year Jail Term

New Delhi: A Patiala court on Friday convicted Daler Mehndi on charges of running an illegal immigration ring in 2003 and sentenced the Punjabi pop singer to two years in jail.

Daler had been accused of illegally sending people abroad disguised as members of his troupe by charging hefty "passage money”.
It had been alleged that the singer, and his brother Shamsher Singh, had taken two troupes in 1998 and 1999 during the course of which 10 persons were taken to the US as group members and were "dropped off" illegally.
Daler, on a trip to the US in the company of an actress, had allegedly "dropped off" three girls at San Francisco.
Both brothers took another troupe to the US in October 1999 in the company of some other actors during which three boys were "dropped off" at New Jersey.
Soon after the Patiala Police registered a case against Daler and Shamsher on a complaint filed by one Bakshish Singh. At least 35 more complaints came up leveling charges of fraud against the two brothers.
with thanks: IndiaToday: LINK: for detailed news

Sunday, March 11, 2018

ਮਨਜਿੰਦਰ ਸਿੰਘ ਸਿਰਸਾ ਦੀਆਂ ਦਲੀਲਾਂ ਨਾਲ ਸਹਿਮਤ ਹੁੰਦਿਆਂ ਅਰੁਣਾਚਲ ਪ੍ਰਦੇਸ਼ ਨੇ ਆਨੰਦ ਮੈਰਿਜ ਐਕਟ ਲਾਗੂ ਲਈ ਦਿੱਤੀ ਸਹਿਮਤੀ

ਮਨਜਿੰਦਰ ਸਿੰਘ ਸਿਰਸਾ ਦੀਆਂ ਦਲੀਲਾਂ ਨਾਲ ਸਹਿਮਤ ਹੁੰਦਿਆਂ ਅਰੁਣਾਚਲ ਪ੍ਰਦੇਸ਼ ਨੇ ਆਨੰਦ ਮੈਰਿਜ ਐਕਟ ਲਾਗੂ ਲਈ ਦਿੱਤੀ ਸਹਿਮਤੀ

ਅਰੁਣਾਚਲ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਦਾ ਤਹਿ ਦਿਲੋਂ ਧੰਨਵਾਦ : ਸਿਰਸਾ

ਨਵੀਂ ਦਿੱਲੀ, 10 ਮਾਰਚ : ਅਰੁਣਾਚਲ ਪ੍ਰਦੇਸ਼ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਨੇ ਦਿੱਲੀ ਦੇ ਵਿਧਾਇਕਸ਼੍ਰੋਮਣੀ ਅਕਾਲੀ ਦਲ ਦੇ ਬੁਲਾਰੇ ਅਤੇ ਦਿੱਲੀ ਸਿੱਖਗੁਰਦੁਆਰਾ ਪ੍ਰਬੰਧਕ ਕਮੇਟੀ ਦੇ ਜਨਰਲ ਸਕੱਤਰ ਸ੍ਰੀ ਮਨਜਿੰਦਰ ਸਿੰਘ ਸਿਰਸਾ ਦੀਆਂ ਦਲੀਲਾਂ ਨਾਲ ਸਹਿਮਤ ਹੁੰਦਿਆਂ  ਸੂਬੇ ਵਿਚ ਆਨੰਦਮੈਰਿਜ ਐਕਟ ਲਾਗੂ ਕਰਨ ਲਈ ਸਹਿਮਤੀ ਦੇ ਦਿੱਤੀ ਹੈ

ਇਸ ਐਕਟ ਨੂੰ ਲਾਗੂ ਕਰਨ ਦੀ ਜਾਣਕਾਰੀ  ਦਿੰਦਿਆਂ ਕਾਨੂੰਨ ਤੇ ਨਿਆਂ ਵਿਭਾਗ ਦੇ ਡਿਪਟੀ ਸਕੱਤਰ ਨੇ ਮਹਿਲਾ ਤੇ ਬਾਲ ਵਿਕਾਸ ਸਕੱਤਰ ਨੂੰਲਿਖਿਆ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਅਰੁਣਾਚਲ ਪ੍ਰਦੇਸ਼ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਨੇ ਸ੍ਰੀ ਸਿਰਸਾ ਵੱਲੋਂ ਮਾਮਲੇ 'ਤੇ ਉਪਲਬਧ ਕਰਵਾਈ ਸੂਚਨਾ ਮਗਰੋਂ ਆਪਣਾ ਇਰਾਦਾ ਬਦਲਲਿਆ ਹੈ

ਇਸ ਪੱਤਰ ਵਿਚ ਲਿਖਿਆ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਸ੍ਰੀ ਸਿਰਸਾ ਵੱਲੋਂ ਇਸ ਮਾਮਲੇ 'ਤੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ ਵੀ ਪ੍ਰਤੀਨਿਧਤਾ ਪ੍ਰਾਪਤ ਹੋਈ ਸੀ ਪਰ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਨੇ ਫੈਸਲਾਕੀਤਾ ਸੀ ਕਿ ਰਾਜ ਵਿਚ ਸਿੱਖਾਂ ਦੀ ਗਿਣਤੀ ਘੱਟ ਹੋਣ ਦੇ ਮੱਦੇਨਜ਼ਰ ਆਨੰਦ ਮੈਰਿਜ ਐਕਟ ਲਾਗੂ ਨਾ ਕੀਤਾ ਜਾਵੇ ਪੱਤਰ ਮੁਤਾਬਕ ਮਾਮਲੇਦੀ ਦੁਬਾਰਾ  ਸਮੀਖਿਆ ਕੀਤੀ ਗਈ ਤੇ  ਪਾਇਆ ਗਿਆ ਕਿ ਸੋਧ ਐਕਟ 2012 ਦੀ ਧਾਰਾ 6 ਦੇ ਤਹਿਤ ਰਾਜ  ਸਰਕਾਰ ਸੂਬੇ ਵਿਚ ਐਕਟਤਹਿਤ ਸਿੱਖ ਭਾਈਚਾਰੇ ਦੇ ਵਿਆਹਾਂ ਦੀ ਰਜਿਸਟਰੇਸ਼ਨ ਵਾਸਤੇ ਨਿਯਮ ਬਣਾ ਸਕਦੀ ਹੈ

ਇਥੇ ਦੱਸਣਯੋਗ ਹੈ ਕਿ  ਅਰੁਣਾਚਲ ਪ੍ਰਦੇਸ਼ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਵੱਲੋਂ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ ਐਕਟ ਲਾਗੂ ਕਰਨ ਤੋਂ ਇਨਕਾਰ ਕਰਨ ਮਗਰੋਂ ਸ੍ਰੀ ਸਿਰਸਾ ਨੇ ਐਕਟਦੇ ਤਹਿਤ ਵਿਵਸਥਾਵਾਂ ਤੇ ਵੱਖ ਵੱਖ ਰਾਜਾਂ ਵੱਲੋਂ ਇਸ ਮਾਮਲੇ ਵਿਚ ਬਣਾਏ ਨਿਯਮਾਂ ਦੀ ਜਾਣਕਾਰੀ ਰਾਜ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਨੂੰ ਦਿੱਤੀ ਸੀ ਉਹਨਾਂਸਰਕਾਰ ਦੇ ਇਹ ਵੀ ਧਿਆਨ ਵਿਚ ਲਿਆਂਦਾ ਕਿ ਦੇਸ਼ ਦੀ ਸੰਸਦ ਨੇ ਇਹ ਐਕਟ ਪਾਸ ਕੀਤਾ ਹੈਇਸ ਲਈ ਸਾਰੇ ਰਾਜ ਬਿਨਾਂ ਰੁਕਾਵਟ ਦੇਇਸਨੂੰ ਲਾਗੂ ਕਰ ਸਕਦੇ ਹਨ

ਅਕਾਲੀ ਦਲ ਦੇ ਬੁਲਾਰੇ ਨੇ ਹੋਰ ਦੱਸਿਆ ਕਿ ਉਹਨਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਡਿਪਟੀ  ਸਕੱਤਰ ਨੇ ਦੱਸਿਆ ਕਿ ਅਰੁਣਚਲ ਪ੍ਰਦੇਸ਼ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਨੇ ਮਹਿਲਾ ਤੇ ਬਾਲਵਿਕਾਸ/ਸਮਾਜਿਕ ਨਿਆਂ ਵਿਭਾਗ ਨੂੰ ਆਖਿਆ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਉਹ ਸਿੱਖ ਭਾਈਚਾਰੇ ਦੇ ਵਿਆਹਾਂ ਦੀ ਰਜਿਸਟਰੇਸ਼ਨ ਵਾਸਤੇ ਨਿਯਮ ਤਿਆਰ ਕਰਨਲਈ ਕਦਮ ਚੁੱਕੇ ਅਤੇ ਦੱਸਿਆ ਕਿ ਇਸ ਤਜਵੀਜ਼ ਨੂੰ ਰਾਜ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਦੇ ਕਾਨੂੰਨ ਕਮਿਸ਼ਨਰ ਤੋਂ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ ਹੀ ਪ੍ਰਵਾਨਗੀ ਮਿਲ ਚੁੱਕੀ ਹੈ

ਦਿੱਲੀ ਗੁਰਦੁਆਰਾ ਕਮੇਟੀ ਦੇ ਜਨਰਲ ਸਕੱਤਰ ਨੇ ਅਰੁਣਾਚਲ ਪ੍ਰਦੇਸ਼ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਵੱਲੋਂ ਉਹਨਾਂ ਦੀ ਅਪੀਲ 'ਤੇ ਪਹਿਲੇ ਫੈਸਲੇ ਦੀ ਸਮੀਖਿਆਕਰਨ ਦੀ ਵਿਖਾਈ ਉਦਾਰਤਾ ਤੇ ਐਕਟ ਲਾਗੂ ਦੀ ਪ੍ਰਵਾਨਗੀ ਦੇਣ ਲਈ ਉਸਦਾ ਤਹਿ ਦਲੋਂ ਧੰਨਵਾਦ ਕੀਤਾ  ਉਹਨਾਂ ਕਿਹਾ ਕਿ ਭਾਵੇਂ ਰਾਜਵਿਚ ਸਿੱਖਾਂ ਦੀ ਗਿਣਤੀ ਘੱਟ ਹੋ ਸਕਦੀ ਹੈ ਪਰ ਇਹ ਮਾਮਲਾ ਸਿੱਖ ਭਾਈਚਾਰੇ ਲਈ ਧਰਮ ਤੇ ਭਾਵਨਾਵਾਂ ਨਾਲ ਜੁੜਿਆ ਹੈ ਤੇ ਹਰ ਸਿੱਖ ਜੋੜੇਦੀ ਇੱਛਾ ਹੁੰਦੀ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਉਹਨਾਂ ਦੇ ਵਿਆਹਾਂ ਦੀ ਰਜਿਸਟਰੇਸ਼ਨ ਐਕਟ ਦੇ ਤਹਿਤ ਕੀਤੀ ਜਾਵੇ

ਸ੍ਰੀ ਸਿਰਸਾ ਨੇ ਕਿਹਾ ਕਿ ਇਹ ਸ਼੍ਰੋਮਣੀ ਅਕਾਲੀ ਦਲ ਦੇ  ਪ੍ਰਧਾਨ ਸ੍ਰ ਸੁਖਬੀਰ ਸਿੰਘ ਬਾਦਲ ਦਾ ਸੁਫਨਾ ਸੀ ਕਿ ਇਹ ਐਕਟ ਸਾਰੇ ਭਾਰਤ ਵਿਚਲਾਗੂ ਹੋਣਾ ਚਾਹੀਦਾ ਹੈ ਤੇ ਉਹਨਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਇਸ ਗੱਲ ਦੀ ਤਸੱਲੀ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਹੁਣ ਤੱਕ ਇਹ ਪ੍ਰਮੁੱਖ ਰਾਜਾਂ ਵਿਚ ਲਾਗੂ ਹੋ ਚੁੱਕਾ ਹੈ ਤੇ ਬਾਕੀ ਰਹਿੰਦੇ ਰਾਜਾਂਵਿਚ ਵੀ ਸਾਲ ਦੇ ਅਖੀਰ ਤੱਕ ਲਾਗੂ ਹੋ ਜਾਵੇਗਾ।  PR