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No jobs, differently abled

lodge protest on their day

Ludhiana, December 4- Accusing the government of adopting an indifferent attitude towards them, unemployed differently abled persons staged a protest at a state-level function here today.
The event was organised to mark the International Day of Disabled Persons at Government Institute for Blind where a large numbers of differently abled persons from across the state gathered.
They claimed that they had received information that appointment letters would be offered to them at the event.
However, when no such development took place, they started raising anti-government slogans.
Earlier, Social Development of Women and Children and Public Works Department Minister Razia Sultana was to attend the function, but she failed to turn up.
At the end of the event, many persons started raising slogans against the government for not giving jobs and pension to them. The authorities claimed that they had not made such announcement.
Sandeep Singh (32) of Sangrur said: “We got information from different sources that appointment letters would be given to 272 persons, but nothing was done. After pursuing graduation, I did diploma in arts and crafts, but I am still unemployed.”
Ramesh Kumar (27) of Lalru Mandi in Mohali said: “We are two brothers and both disabled. My mother is the sole bread earner. The government has failed to provide any facility to us. We were even disrespected on this day. It is a cruel joke on us as we were hopeful of getting jobs. Many of us don’t even get pension. Around 1,000 posts reserved for differently abled are lying vacant.”
During the event, Principal Secretary, SC/BC Welfare, R Venkat Raman said the state government would ensure the implementation of the Rights  of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016, in a  rightful manner.
He said information about the Act would be made available in Punjabi for higher awareness.
Kavita Singh, Director, Department of Social Security and Development of Women and Children, said pension for  differently abled persons would be released soon  as the process to  verify beneficiaries was being conducted.

Australian lawmaker proposes to

same-sex partner on floor of Parliament

Melbourne, December 4- An Australian conservative politician on Monday proposed to his long-term partner on the floor of Parliament, ahead of the expected passage of a measure for same sex couples to marry.
Australians overwhelmingly voted for same-sex marriage in a postal vote in September and a marriage equality bill that passed the Senate last week is being debated in the Lower House, where it is expected to pass this week.
Liberal Member of Parliament Tim Wilson proposed to his partner Ryan Bolger in the capital of Canberra, the two having already exchanged rings but having pledged to wait for the country to pass the legislation before they wed.
“This debate has been the soundtrack to our relationship,” an emotional Wilson said to his partner, seated in parliament’s public viewing area above.
“In our first speech I defined our bond by the ring that sits on both of our left hands, that they are the answer to the question we cannot ask. So there’s only one thing left to do - Ryan Patrick Bolger, will you marry me?” asked Wilson, who was formerly Australia’s human rights commissioner.
Bolger nodded yes, to applause.
Both Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s Liberal-National coalition government and the main opposition Labor Party have said they aim to pass the law by Dec. 7, but any proposed amendments could stretch out that timeline.
Passage of the bill will make Australia the 26th nation to legalise same-sex marriage, a watershed for a country in which some states considered homosexual activity illegal until 1997.
“This is an issue of fundamental fairness,” Turnbull said to parliament later on Monday. “A society that promotes freedom and equality under the law should accord gay men and women the right to marriage.”
About 80 percent of eligible voters participated in the voluntary survey, a turnout larger than for Britain’s Brexit vote and Ireland’s same-sex marriage referendum.
“The message today, to every gay person in this nation, is clear,” Turnbull added. “We love you, we respect you, your relationship is recognised by the Commonwealth as legitimate and honourable as anybody else’s.”

Philippines orders probe into Sanofi dengue vaccine

Manila, December 4- The Philippines ordered a probe on Monday into the immunisation of more than 7,30,000 children with a vaccine for dengue that has  been suspended following an announcement by French drug company Sanofi that it could worsen the disease in some cases.
A non-governmental organisation in the Philippines said it had received information that three children who were vaccinated with Dengvaxia in April 2016 had died, but Sanofi said no deaths had been reported as a result of the programme.
“As far as we know, as far as we are made aware, there are no reported deaths that are related to dengue vaccination,” Ruby Dizon, medical director at Sanofi Pasteur Philippines, told a news conference in Manila.
Last week, the Philippines’ Department of Health halted the use of Dengvaxia after Sanofi said it must be strictly limited due to evidence it can worsen the disease in people not previously exposed to the infection.
In a statement issued in the Philippines, Sanofi explained the “new findings” but said the long-term safety evaluation of the vaccines showed significantly fewer hospitalisations due to dengue in vaccinated people over 9 years old compared with those who had not been vaccinated.
Nearly 7,34,000 children aged 9 and over in the Philippines have received one dose of the vaccine as part of a programme that cost 3.5 billion pesos ($69.54 million).
The Department of Justice on Monday ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to look into “the alleged danger to public health ... and if evidence so warrants, to file appropriate charges thereon.”
There was no indication that Philippines health officials knew of any risks when they administered the vaccination.
However, the World Health Organisation said in a July 2016 paper that “vaccination may be ineffective of may theoretically even increase the future risk of hospitalised or severe dengue illness in those who are seronegative at the time of first vaccination regardless of age.”
Singapore’s Health Sciences Authority said last week that it flagged risks when the vaccine was approved there in October 2016, and was working with Sanofi to strengthen risk warnings on the drug’s packaging.
According to Sanofi in Manila, 19 licences were granted for Dengvaxia, and it was launched in 11 countries, only two of which – the Philippines and Brazil – had public programmes to administer the vaccine.

Ludhiana truck driver, owner

arrested; poppy seized in Poonch

Jammu, November 24- Two people were arrested and 50 kg of poppy was seized from them in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district, the police said on Friday.
They were arrested from the Behramgalla area on the Mughal Road on Thursday night.
Police seized 100 packets of poppy, weighing around 50 kg, from their truck. They were going from Kashmir to Punjab, an officer said.
A case was registered against the truck driver Jasdev Singh and its owner Balvinder, both residents of Ludhiana in Punjab, he said.
The matter is being investigated, the officer said.


SGPC sacks 15 ‘back-door’

employees posted in Ajnala

Amritsar, November 24- The SGPC has terminated the services of its 15 employees posted at Gurdwara Gurusar Madoke Brar in Ajnala.
The employees, who had been serving as sewadars and clerks, have written to SGPC president Kirpal Singh Badungar that if they were not taken back, they would give up Sikhism and surrender their religious symbols at Akal Takht.
Lovedeep Singh and Rajwinder Singh, both sewadars, also allegedly charged SGPC executive member Surjit Singh Bhittewad and manager of Chheharta Sahib gurdwara Jagtar Singh of asking for bribe for reviving their services.
Gurdwara Gurusar was earlier being run by a local committee till the SGPC took its control on August 10.
“None of us were paid wages after that. Rather, we were told to shell out Rs50,000 each to save our jobs. We tried to approach SGPC’s chief secretary Dr Roop Singh, but he was unavailable. Later we approached another senior SGPC member who misbehaved with us and dragged us out of his office,” they said.
Bhittewad, who was a member of the fact-finding committee, said these employees were hired through the ‘backdoor’ without following the procedure by the earlier committee, hence the SGPC executive had decided to terminate their services.
“Just a few months before the SGPC could take the gurdwara in its control, the earlier local committee had employed them in an unauthorised manner without advertising the post. The fact came to light after the committee probed the issue. There were already 27 employees on rolls and later 15 more were added. The total income from the gurdwara is around Rs2 lakh per month, whereas the salary bill comes to over Rs3.5 lakh per month. It was not viable to continue with their services, so the executive decided to lay them off,” he said.
Kuldeep Kaur, sewadarni, said they had unanimously decided to give up Sikhism. “We will wait till November 26. If we were not re-employed, we will assemble at Akal Takht, submit an apology and give up Sikhism with our families,” they said.


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