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MLA BALBIR SINGH SIDHU OF MOHALI VISITS MAI BHAGO ARMED FORCES PREPARATORY INSTITUTE FOR GIRLS

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आर्मी कैंटीन (CSD) में पतंजलि आंवला जूस की बिक्री पर रोक

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MLA BALBIR SINGH SIDHU OF MOHALI VISITS MAI BHAGO ARMED FORCES PREPARATORY INSTITUTE FOR GIRLS

Brief Jeevani of Mata Bhag Kaur (Mai Bhago)

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Mai Bhago also known as Mata Bhag Kaur was a Sikh woman who led 40 Sikh soldiers against the Mughals in 1705.
She killed several enemy soldiers on the battlefield, and led a life of true Sant Sipahi in every aspect. She was the sole survivor of the battle of Khidrana, i.e. Battle of Muktsar fought on 29 December 1705)

 In her childhood, Mai Bhag Kaur was called Bhag Bhari, which means “fortunate”. On being baptized, she was named Bhag Kaur. In the Sikh history, she is known as Mai Bhago.
She was born in a well known village, Jhabal, near Amritsar in year 1666.
She was the daughter of Malo Shah, son of Bhai Pare Shah. Her grandfather and Pare Shah’s brother, Bhai Langaha, had served under Guru Arjan Dev and Guru Hargobind.
Bhai Langaha had helped Guru Arjan Dev in the construction of Harmander Sahib and was one of the five Sikhs who accompanied Guru Arjan Dev when he went to Lahore for martyrdom.

The young Saint-Soldier

She visited Anandpur with her father in 1699 when Guru Gobind Singh created the Khalsa and was baptized along with other members of her family
She had inherited from her family ideals of bravery and courage.
Faith, truth, and fearlessness were her ornaments.
She had a well built body and started learning the art of warfare and horse riding from her father. She came to know that some Sikhs of her area had deserted Guru Gobind Singh at Anandpur Sahib and renounced his guruship in writing (Bedava).
The governor of Sirhind was planning a big attack on Guru Gobind Singh at village Dina where he was staying after the Battle of Chamkaur.
She could not hold herself, and in zeal to serve the Guru, she, the great heroine, said to her husband, “let us lay down our lives for the Guru who has sacrificed his father, mother and four sons for the Sikh faith. We must not sit idle when innocent lives are being bricked alive.”

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She motivated the ladies of the area to challenge those deserters. These ladies dressed themselves as soldiers and wanted to proceed with Mai Bhago.
She said to the deserters, “Guru Ji has sacrificed his family and comforts for our freedom. We should not hide ourselves like cowards. Everybody has to die. Why not die like a brave person? If you don’t join me, I shall take a party of women and die for the Guru.” They got armed and they took the oath to die fighting and not to retreat from the battlefield. All of them marched to help the Guru and seek his forgiveness, under the leadership of Mai Bhago Ji.They were also informed that the Mughal forces, under the command of the governor of Sirhand, were proceeding towards the Guru.

In 1704 the city of Anandpur Sahib, the residence of Guru Gobind Singh Ji was under extended siege by the combined forces of the Mughal army and Hill chiefs. The siege took its toll and the meager provisions were completely exhausted, with the Sikhs having to live on leaves and bark from the trees.
Within the Sikh ranks there was a group of Jats of the Majha region, they had had enough and they made up their mind that they wanted to escape and leave Anandpur Sahib. After much deliberation they made their way to the Guru, and their leader Maha Singh told him of their desire to leave. Guru Gobind Singh Ji understood their situation but asked them to stay and fight, but all his persuasive arguments fell on deaf ears, they were resolute, they wanted to leave.

With no alternative Guru Gobind Singh Ji with a heavy heart asked them that if they truly wished to leave then they must write a disclaimer and have it signed by all the deserters claiming that they no longer belonged to the Guru, and the Guru no longer belonged to them. Obviously we can never understand the hardship the Sikhs had to endure and the desperate situation the Sikhs were in but even so, when we think of the great sacrifices made by Sikhs like Bhai Mani Singh, Bhai Taru Singh, Bhai Mati Das, Bhai Sati Das and Bundha Singh to name but a few it is hard to understand what possessed the Majha Sikhs to put pen to paper and write a disclaimer that “Guru Gobind Singh Ji, we are no longer your Sikhs and you are no longer our Guru,” it must go down as a most shameful episode in Sikh history.

The deserters were from the Majha region and one of the villages in this area was called Jhabal, and in the village lived a woman named Mai Bhago. She was known for her faith and courage and when she saw the 40 Sikhs approaching in the distance she went out to meet them. She asked news about Guru Gobind Singh Ji, and when she heard their sorry tale her blood boiled. She could not contain herself, she charged them with cowardice and a lack of faith in their Guru. She felt, as did the other women folk of the area that they had brought shame on their region. Mai Bhago was determined to wipe this stain of infamy of the Majha sikhs. She told all the women folk not to be hospitable to the Sikhs, she shamed and censured the Singh’s for their cowardice.

Mai Bhago donned on men’s clothing and told them that either they stay behind and look after the children or they try to make amends and return with her to the Guru. Ashamed by their act of desertion they vowed to put things right and mounted their horses and set off towards Frozepur.

Knowing that the enemy Wazir Khan was advancing to attack the Guru, Mai Bhago’s group took up positions near a place called Khidrana. As the enemy forces came close the Sikhs pounced on them, a fierce battle ensued; although heavily out numbered the Sikhs attacked with ferocity and many were killed on both sides. The dust raised by the battle alerted Guru Sahib Ji who by this time had vacated Anandpur Sahib, he joined his Sikhs on a sandy hill (tibbi) and shot arrows on the enemy. As the battle raged Guru Sahib Ji mounted his horse and led his contingent from the west. The enemy could not stand a sudden attack on its left flank and after sustaining heavy loses withdrew leaving the dead and dying on the battlefield.

Guru Gobind Singh Ji dismounted from his horse and surveyed the scene. He saw one of his Sikhs lying wounded and recognised him as Maha Singh, the leader of the 40 deserters. Guru Ji sat beside him and put his head on his lap and wiped away the blood and tears from his eyes, just as a father would a son. Guru Ji was greatly impressed and pleased by his Sikhs. “Ask whatever you will, the house of Guru Nanak is open to you” spoke Guru Ji but Maha Singh only had one thing on his mind, the letter of desertion. “O Lord of all the heavens, if you are in mercy then please forgive me and my companions for our betrayal, and all that I pray for now is that you tear up the letter we handed to you.” The all knowing Guru had kept the letter on his person knowing full well that it would be needed, Guru Ji took it out and tore it in front of Maha Singh.

“You have redeemed yourself here and in the hereafter.” The forty deserters who lay dead in the battlefield were blessed by Guru Sahib Ji as the chali mukhtay –the forty liberated ones. A grand gurdwara now stands at the site of the battle, known as GurdwaraTibbi Sahib, Mukhtsar.

Mai Bhago in the meantime was also laying in the battlefield wounded. Guru Ji blessed her for her courage and fortitude in leading the Sikhs into battle and regaining their honour. In time Mai Bhago recovered from her wounds and remained in the Guru’s presence after the battle. Mai Bhago followed Guru Sahib Ji to Nanded. In 1708 when Guru Ji ascended the heavens Mata Ji settled at Bidhar about 200 km from Nanded where she lived to a ripe old age. Mata Bhago Ji is held in the utmost high regard by Sikhs and considered a saint. Her spear and musket that she used in the battle at Mukhatsar is still preserved at Takhat Sri Hazur Sahib, Nanded.

Gurdwara Tibbi Sahib is associated with the Tenth Guru, Guru Gobind Singh Ji. This place is situated in high sandy mound (tibbi means a small hillock). Guru Sahib chose this place to stay on reaching Muktsar as it provided a very good view of the area. When the battle between the Forty Muktas and the Mughals was in progress, Guru Ji helped his sikhs by shooting arrows at the Mughals from this place. The birthdays of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, Guru Gobind Singh Ji and shahidi purab of Guru Arjun Dev Ji are celebrated with great fervour here. Besides, the Magh Mela is organized on the 12th and 13th of January to commemorate the sacrifice of the Forty Muktas. Diwali and Baisakhi are also celebrated with enthusiasm.

The Guru praised the bravery of Mai Bhago. She told the Guru how the forty deserters had fought bravely and laid down their lives.
The Guru asked her to go back to her village as her husband and brother had also obtained Shaheedi in that battle.
She expressed her desire to become an active saint-soldier and stay in the service of the Guru. Her wish was granted and she stayed with the Guru as a member of his bodyguards.
She accompanied the Guru to Damdama Sahib, Agra, and Nanded and lived there until the Guru left this world.
After the Guru’s death, she left Nanded for Bidar.
She lived there & preached Sikhism till end of her life.
She was a symbol of bravery and courage. Her life history and organization skills against odds will always be a milestone in Sikh history.

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About the Institute

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Mai Bhago Armed Forces Preparatory Institute for Girls has been set up by Punjab government as an exclusive all girls training Institute. It is a unique, first of its kind initiative in the country for the girl child. The Institute provides a lifetime golden opportunity to 10 plus 2 level girls from Punjab to choose an elite career as a Commissioned Officer in the Defence Services. The Institute, named after Mai Bhago Ji, the famous Sikh saint warrior, is laid out on a sprawling 8 acres beautifully landscaped area in Sector 66, SAS Nagar. Hon’ble Raksha Mantri, Sh Manohar Parrikar, inaugurated the Institute with its first batch of 25 Lady Cadets on 25 Jul 2015.

The Institute is fully residential and has all the modern facilities to include multi gym, swimming, shooting, sports fields, walking plaza etc. The training includes three years graduation in MCM DAV College Sector 36, Chandigarh; Sports and Physical Fitness, Personality Development, Communication Skills, Grooming, Extra Curricular Activities, NCC, Professional Training and preparation for SSB Interview. At the end of three years the Lady Cadets are made to appear in the competitive examination to seek admission into the officer Training Academies based on different Women Entry Schemes for commission into the Defence Services.ante roombriefing at

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ਹਲਕਾ ਵਿਧਾਇਕ ਬਲਬੀਰ ਸਿੰਘ ਸਿੱਧੂ ਨੇ ਅੱਜ ਸੈਕਟਰ 66 ਸਥਿਤ ਮਾਈ ਭਾਗੋ ਆਰਮਡ ਫੋਰਸਿਜ਼ ਪ੍ਰੈਪਰੇਟਰੀ ਇਸਟੀਚਿਊਟ ਦਾ ਤੂਫ਼ਾਨੀ ਦੌਰਾ ਕਰਨ ਮੌਕੇ ਪ੍ਰਬੰਧਾਂ ਦੀ ਸਮੀਖਿਆ ਕੀਤੀ ਅਤੇ ਸਿਖਲਾਈ ਪ੍ਰਾਪਤ ਕਰ ਰਹੀਆਂ ਲੜਕੀਆਂ ਨਾਲ ਰੁਬਰੂ ਹੋਏ। ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਕਿਹਾ ਕਿ ਇਹ ਇਸਟੀਚਿਊਟ ਪੰਜਾਬ ਦੀਆਂ ਧੀਆਂ ਲਈ ਵਰਦਾਨ ਸਾਬਤ ਹੋਵੇਗਾ ਤੇ ਇਸ ਸੰਸਥਾ ਵਿੱਚ ਉੱਚ ਸਿੱਖਿਆ ਪ੍ਰਾਪਤ ਕਰ ਕੇ ਲੜਕੀਆਂ ਨੂੰ ਆਪਣੇ ਪੈਰਾਂ ’ਤੇ ਖੜ੍ਹੇ ਹੋਣ ਅਤੇ ਡਿਫੈਂਸ ਫੋਰਸਿਜ਼ ਵਿੱਚ ਬਤੌਰ ਅਫ਼ਸਰ ਭਰਤੀ ਹੋ ਕੇ ਦੇਸ਼ ਦੀ ਸੇਵਾ ਕਰਨ ਦਾ ਸੁਨਹਿਰੀ ਮੌਕਾ ਪ੍ਰਦਾਨ ਹੋਵੇਗਾ। ਇਸ ਮੌਕੇ ਵਿਦਿਆਰਥਣਾਂ ਨੇ ਸ਼ਬਦ ਗਾਇਨ ਵੀ ਕੀਤਾ। ਮਾਈ ਭਾਗੋ ਆਰਮਡ ਫੋਰਸਿਜ਼ ਪ੍ਰੈਪਰੇਟਰੀ ਇਸਟੀਚਿਊਟ ਦੇ ਡਾਇਰੈਕਟਰ ਮੇਜਰ ਜਨਰਲ ਆਈਪੀ ਸਿੰਘ ਨੇ ਸੰਸਥਾ ਬਾਰੇ ਵਿਸਥਾਰ ਪੂਰਵਕ ਜਾਣਕਾਰੀ ਦਿੱਤੀ। ਸ੍ਰੀ ਸਿੱਧੂ ਨੇ ਜਿੱਥੇ ਸਿਖਲਾਈ ਪ੍ਰਾਪਤ ਕਰ ਰਹੀਆਂ ਲੜਕੀਆਂ ਦੇ ਸੁਨਿਹਰੀ ਭਵਿੱਖ ਦੀ ਕਾਮਨਾ ਕੀਤੀ, ਉੱਥੇ ਸੰਸਥਾ ਦੇ ਡਾਇਰੈਕਟਰ ਦੀ ਕਾਰਗੁਜ਼ਾਰੀ ਦੀ ਵੀ ਸ਼ਲਾਘਾ ਕੀਤੀ। ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਪੰਜਾਬ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਵੱਲੋਂ ਭਰੋਸਾ ਦਿੱਤਾ ਕਿ ਇਸ ਵਕਾਰੀ ਸੰਸਥਾ ਦੀ ਹਰ ਸੰਭਵ ਮਦਦ ਕੀਤੀ ਜਾਵੇਗੀ। ਇਸ ਮੌਕੇ ਇੰਸਟੀਚਿਊਟ ਦੇ ਪ੍ਰਬੰਧਕੀ ਅਫ਼ਸਰ ਦੇ ਸੇਵਾਮੁਕਤ ਕਰਨਲ ਪੀਐਸ ਗਿੱਲ, ਸਹਾਇਕ ਡਾਇਰੈਕਟਰ ਤੇ ਹੋਸਟਲ ਪ੍ਰਬੰਧਕ ਸੁਖਪ੍ਰੀਤ ਕੌਰ ਥਿੰਦ, ਯੂਥ ਕਾਂਗਰਸ ਦੇ ਸੀਨੀਅਰ ਆਗੂ ਕਨਬਰਵੀਰ ਸਿੱਧੂ ਤੇ ਹੋਰ ਪਤਵੰਤੇ ਮੌਜੂਦ ਸਨ।


25 CRPF men killed in Naxal attack Six injured as patrol sanitising road in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district ambushed

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At least 25 Central Reserve Police Force personnel were killed and six wounded today in a Naxalite attack in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district. A paramilitary patrol, 99-personnel strong, sanitising the area for a road to be laid, was attacked at 12:25 pm in Kala Pathar area of south Bastar, close to the Chintagufa-Burkapal-Bheji axis, the hotbed of Naxal violence that has seen a series of such attacks in the past. All troops belonged to the 74th Battalion, sources said. Reinforcements, including CoBRA commandos, have been rushed to the site.(Follow The Tribune on Facebook; and Twitter @thetribunechd)“We have lost 25 men.

We are still to account for all personnel. A search is on,” said a senior CRPF officer. While 11 bodies were recovered first, 12 more were found during combing operations, he said. A jawan died on way to hospital. The company commander, Raghubir Singh, an Inspector-rank officer, was among those killed. An injured jawan, brought to a hospital here, said they were attacked by 300 Maoists. “The Naxals first sent villagers to check our position. I also saw some women Naxals. They were all in black uniform and carried sophisticated weapons, such as AK assault rifles.”  A considerable number of Naxals are believed to have been killed in retaliatory action, according to the CRPF.  Officials said the ambush set up by the Naxals was as deadly as the one on March 11 in Bheji area of Sukma district in which 12 personnel had died. Another survivor said the Naxals, who were in hiding, opened indiscriminate fire and lobbed hand grenades, taking the patrol by  surprise. The wounded troopers, who were airlifted and hospitalised, were identified as Assistant Sub-Inspector RP Hembram and constables Swaroop Kumar, Mohinder Singh, Jitendra Kumar, Sher Mohammed and Latoo Oraon. The incident comes at a time when the country’s largest paramilitary force is without a full-time chief.  Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi reviewed the situation in the aftermath of the attack at North Block.A “distressed” Raman Singh, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister, cut short his Delhi visit and rushed to Raipur. “Strongly condemn attack on CRPF personnel in Chhattisgarh; condolences to families of deceased and prayers for injured,” President Pranab Mukherjee tweeted.Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh sent Minister of State Hansraj Ahir to Chhattisgarh to take stock of the situation. “Extremely pained to know about the killing. My tributes to the martyrs and condolences to their families,” he tweeted. — PTI

Force without regular chief for 2 months

  • The CRPF remains headless for almost two months now with the government yet to appoint its regular Director General (DG), even as the country’s largest paramilitary force lost 38 personnel in line of duty in two major ambushes during the period. Post K Durga Prasad’s retirement on February 28, the Union Home Ministry appointed Additional DG Sudeep Lakhtakia to hold the charge in “additional” capacity. While officials in the Home Ministry say the appointment of a full-time DG is expected soon, those in the CRPF maintain there was “no word” yet. A senior Home Ministry official said a panel of eligible IPS officers had already been prepared but there was no finality on the name of the next DG for the nearly 3-lakh-strong force so far. PTI

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India 5th largest military spender with $56 bn outlay

NEW DELHI: India was at fifth place on the list of the world’s highest spenders on defence in 2016 as global military expenditure rose for a second consecutive year to $1,686 billion, according to a new report.

HINDUSTAN TIMESArmy tanks pass through the saluting base during the full dress rehearsal for Republic Day Parade at Rajpath.

New Delhi’s military expenditure grew by 8.5% last year to $55.9 billion, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute’s annual report on defence spending.

The US remained at the top of the list, with its military spending growing by 1.7% between 2015 and 2016 to $611 billion. Military expenditure by China, the second largest spender, increased by 5.4% to $215 billion, a “much lower rate of growth than in previous years”, the report said.

Russia hiked its spending by 5.9% to $69.2 billion, making it the third largest spender. Saudi Arabia was the third largest spender in 2015 but dropped to fourth position in 2016 as its spending fell by 30% to $63.7 billion despite its involvement in regional conflicts. Total global military expenditure in 2016 rose by 0.4% over 2015 in real terms, according to the new figures from SIPRI. In February, India hiked its allocation for defence in 2017-18 by 6% to ₹2.74 lakh crore, including ₹86,488 crore for modernisation.

However, experts said the modest increase could hurt the military’s modernisation plans, crucial to keeping up with China’s expanding might.

India’s military spending has averaged an annual increase of 10% during the past three years, much to the disappointment of the military.

The armed forces are currently negotiating several bigticket deals for Rafale fighter jets, Apache, Chinook and Kamov helicopters and the M-777 lightweight howitzers.

The SIPRI report also said military spending in North America saw its first annual increase since 2010, while spending in Western Europe grew for the second consecutive year.


Chinese media tells India to keep a check on its military goals

BEIJING: Amid reports that China’s first domestically built aircraft carrier will be unveiled soon, state media on Monday took a dig at India, saying its first home-built carrier is not even operational.

HT FILEChina had no aircraft carrier till 2012, while India’s first was purchased in the late 1950s from the United Kingdom.

The Chinese media advised New Delhi to keep its military ambitions in check and instead, strengthen its economy first.

Reports in Chinese media said the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy was making “final preparations” to launch its first domestically built aircraft carrier soon to mark the 68th anniversary of founding of its navy, which fell on Sunday.

State media took the opportunity to make a few points.

“Aircraft carriers are seen as symbols of a nation’s military might, but the construction of them consumes huge amounts of resources, thus requiring developing countries to learn how to keep their military ambitions in check,” China’s nationalistic tabloid Global Times wrote on Monday.

China had no aircraft carrier till 2012, while India’s first was purchased in the late 1950s from the United Kingdom; China’s pursuit of military development has then been in “sync” with its over economic development.

It said China’s first priority was developing its economy and then building “resource consuming” aircraft carriers.

“As the world’s second-largest economy, China is now capable of building a strong navy to safeguard the security of strategic maritime channels. China’s construction of its first aircraft carrier is a result of economic development,” the newspaper wrote.

“The country would have finished work on it several years ago if Beijing had simply wanted to engage in an arms race to have more influence in the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean regions,” it said.

Meanwhile, the Hong Kongbased South China Morning Post (SCMP) said the new aircraft carrier has a displacement of 70,000 tonnes, is 315 metres long, 75 metres wide and has a cruising speed of 31 knots.

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The new carrier features the latest equipment, including a bigger hangar to carry more J-15 fighters and more space on deck for helicopters and other aircraft,” it said.

State media reported earlier that China will eventually have six aircraft carriers; the second one to be built domestically, 002, is coming up in Shanghai.


आर्मी कैंटीन (CSD) में पतंजलि आंवला जूस की बिक्री पर रोक

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सागर मालवीय, मुंबई
कैंटीन स्टोर्स डिपार्टमेंट (CSD) ने योग गुरु रामदेव की पतंजलि आयुर्वेद के पतंजलि आंवला जूस की बिक्री रोक दी है। सीएसडी ने यह कदम इस प्रॉडक्ट के बारे में एक सरकारी लैबरेटरी से प्रतिकूल रिपोर्ट मिलने के बाद उठाया है।

सीएसडी ने 3 अप्रैल 2017 को लिखे गए एक लेटर में अपने सभी डिपो से कहा कि वे मौजूदा स्टॉक के लिए एक डेबिट नोट बनाएं ताकि उसे लौटाया जा सके। पतंजलि आयुर्वेद ने शुरुआत में जो उत्पाद बाजार में उतारे थे, उनमें आंवला जूस शामिल था। बाजार में आंवला जूस की सफलता ने कंपनी को दो दर्जन से ज्यादा कैटिगरीज में प्रॉडक्ट पेश करने में मदद की थी। कंपनी ने अपने प्रॉडक्ट्स को बहुराष्ट्रीय कंपनियों के उत्पादों के मुकाबले सेहत के लिए बेहतर बताया था।

मामले की जानकारी रखने वाले दो अधिकारियों ने बताया, ‘इस बैच की जांच कोलकाता की सेंट्रल फूड लैबरेटरी में की गई थी। जांच में उसे उपभोग के लिए ठीक नहीं पाया गया। पतंजलि ने आर्मी की सभी कैंटीनों से आंवला जूस को वापस ले लिया है।’ सीएसडी और पतंजलि, दोनों ने ही इस संबंध में ईमेल से भेजे गए सवालों के जवाब नहीं दिए।

कोलकाता की रेफरल गवर्नमेंट लैबरेटरी वही प्रयोगशाला है, जिसने दो साल पहले घोषणा की थी कि उसने नेस्ले मैगी नूडल्स के सैंपल्स में लेड की मात्रा तय सीमा से ज्यादा पाई और उन सैंपल्स में एमएसजी की मौजूदगी भी थी। यह मुद्दा इतना गरम हुआ था कि नेस्ले के पूरे भारत में मैगी ब्रैंड को वापस लेना पड़ा था। कंपनी ने फूड सेफ्टी ऐंड स्टैंडर्ड्स अथॉरिटी ऑफ इंडिया (FSSAI) के आदेश की न्यायिक समीक्षा के लिए कानूनी याचिका दायर की थी।

कैंटीन स्टोर्स डिपार्टमेंट के रिटेल आउटलेट्स में बिस्किट्स से लेकर बीयर, शैंपू और कार तक 5300 प्रॉडक्ट्स करीब 1.2 करोड़ उपभोक्ताओं को बेचे जाते हैं। इन उपभोक्ताओं में आर्मी, नेवी, एयरफोर्स के लोग और उनके परिवारों के अलावा एक्स-सर्विसमेन और उनके परिवार शामिल हैं। सीएसडी की शुरुआत 1948 में की गई थी। इसका मैनेजमेंट रक्षा मंत्रालय करता है। इसके तहत 3901 कैंटीन और 34 डिपो हैं। ज्यादातर कन्ज्यूमर प्रॉडक्ट कंपनियों के लिए सीएसडी के जरिए होने वाली बिक्री उनकी टोटल वॉल्यूम सेल्स का 5-7 पर्सेंट है।

यह पहला मौका नहीं है, जब पतंजलि आयुर्वेद अपने दावों को लेकर रेग्युलेटर्स के साथ विवादों में घिरी है। इससे पहले बिना लाइसेंस के नूडल्स और पास्ता बेचने के लिए उसकी खिंचाई की गई थी। पिछले साल एफएसएसएआई ने सेंट्रल लाइसेंसिंग अथॉरिटी को निर्देश दिया था कि वह पतंजलि को उसके खाद्य तेल ब्रैंड के विज्ञापन को लेकर कारण बताओ नोटिस जारी करे। उस विज्ञापन पर गुमराह करने वाली जानकारी देने का आरोप लगा था।

अब तक पतंजलि की मार्केटिंग अपने आयुर्वेदिक या प्राकृतिक ब्रैंड्स की तुलना उसी तरह के दूसरे प्रॉडक्ट्स से तुलना पर केंद्रित रही है, जिनमें उसके मुताबिक रसायनों का उपयोग होता है। हाल में आईं मीडिया रिपोर्ट्स के अनुसार, राजस्थान, तमिलनाडु, हरियाणा और असम के फूड रेग्युलेटरों ने प्रमुख कंपनियों के नौ उत्पादों को ‘सब-स्टैंडर्ड’ पाया था। ये उत्पाद अप्रैल 2016 से जनवरी 2017 के बीच किए गए टेस्ट्स में फेल हो गए थे।


Navy war room leak: Court allows ex-naval officer to go abroad

New Delhi, April 24

A special court has allowed a former navy officer, facing trial in the 2006 Naval War Room leak case, to go abroad for 25 days but asked him not to travel to London where prime accused Ravi Shankaran, who has been absconding, is learnt to be living.Special CBI Judge Sanjeev Aggarwal granted the relief to ex-naval lieutenant Kulbhushan Parashar, who sought permission to travel to several countries, including France, Spain, Czech Republic, Russia and Greece from June 4 to July 1 for meetings and exploring business opportunities relating to food imports.The court said Parashar would not be permitted to stay abroad beyond the permitted time and should not seek extension on any grounds, including medical.The 2006 Navy War Room leak case involves leakage of over 7,000 pages of sensitive defence information from the Naval War Room and the Air Headquarters, having a direct bearing on national security.“He shall not contact any witnesses while abroad, he will not object to the examination of witnesses in his absence and in his absence, his counsel will accept all the notices on his behalf.“It is also made clear that accused/applicant shall not travel to London, UK, during this period where accused Ravi Shankaran (proclaimed offender in the case who is absconding), is stated to be residing,” the judge said in the order.The CBI had opposed the plea, saying the case was at the stage of recording prosecution evidence and the trial was being expedited.It had also alleged that there was a strong suspicion that Prashar might not return to India, which could delay the proceedings. It had said that Shankaran was residing in London and there were chances of Parashar fleeing from justice.Parashar is facing trial along with four accused, including three former naval officers.Besides Prashar, former commander Vijender Rana, sacked naval commander VK Jha, former IAF Wing Commander Sambha Jee L Surve and Delhi-based businessman and arms dealer Abhishek Verma are facing trial in the case for the offence of criminal conspiracy under IPC and under various provisions of the Official Secrets Act (OSA). All the accused are out on bail.The court had earlier framed charges after the five accused pleaded not guilty and claimed trial. Prime accused Ravi Shankaran is still absconding and has been declared a proclaimed offender by the court. PTI


Hold ‘Defence melas’ to raise funds for ex-servicemen, kin: Governor

Tribune News Service

Jammu, April 24

The 79th annual meeting of the J&K Rajya Sainik Board, followed by 64th meeting of the State Managing Committee, for the Flag Day Fund was held at Raj Bhawan here under the chairmanship of Governor NN Vohra.The Governor appreciated the efforts put in by the Sainik Welfare Department to further enhance interaction between the ex-servicemen/serving soldiers and the civil population, including programmes organised during the Flag Day celebrations.The Governor mentioned that due to their presence in far-flung areas, the Army should be able to complement efforts of the Sainik Welfare Department in maintaining effective liaison with ex-servicemen/widows. He expressed his deep concern about the status of non-pensioner ex-servicemen/widows and observed that he had recently written to the Defence Minister to consider significantly enhancing the quantum of relief to non-pensioner widows below and above 65 years of age, which is presently too meagre to meet the cost of living.He suggested that the Sainik Welfare Department should consider organising “Defence melas” to raise funds for the welfare of ex-servicemen and their families.He called upon the citizens and civil society organisations to donate liberally for the J&K Flag Day Fund, which is used for promoting the welfare of ex-servicemen and families of martyrs.The Governor complimented the Northern Army Command Headquarters for developing software for the Sainik Welfare Department to computerise the database of ex-servicemen.He emphasised that an institutional framework should be put in place in facilitate re-employment of eligible and qualified ex-servicemen for the jobs available in the Central and state governments and impressed the importance of increasing awareness about the horizontal reservation of 6 per cent for ex-servicemen in jobs under the state government.The Governor observed that all welfare schemes for ex-servicemen and their wards should be regularly revised and updated to address their problems and stressed the need for an effective grievance monitoring system to be put in place at the district and state levels to ensure that their problems are solved expeditiously.The Rajya Sainik Board approved grants to the non-pensioner ex-servicemen and widows from the state Flag Day Funds being doubled to Rs 12,000 pm to help them financially. It increased the grant for decent last rites to Rs 5,000. For wards of ex-servicemen and widows figuring in merit list of Class XII, an incentive of Rs 5,000 has been approved and dependent children clearing the Civil Services Exams will get an award of Rs 10,000. Education grants to children of martyrs have been enhanced from Rs 1,200 to Rs 3,000 per annum.Earlier, there was no provision for widows to buy four-wheelers from the CSD, which has now been approved. The status of a number of other welfare schemes of the Centre and state governments for helping out ex-servicemen and their families in various fields, including daughter marriage, education, house repair and penury grants, was discussed and decisions taken.Brig Harcharan Singh (retd), secretary, Rajya Sainik Board, made a detailed presentation and provided details of the various measures taken for the welfare of the ex-servicemen and financial status of the board.Prominent among those present in the J&K Rajya Sainik Board meeting were BR Sharma, Chief Secretary; Lt Gen Devraj Anbu, GOC-in-C, Headquarters, Northern Command; Prabhu Dayal Meena, Union Secretary, Department of ESM Welfare, New Delhi; Umang Narula, Principal Secretary to the Governor; RK Goyal, Principal Secretary (Home) and Navin K Choudhary, Secretary, Finance.


SC notice to Centre on alleged misuse of Official Secrets Act, Sahayak system

SC notice to Centre on alleged misuse of Official Secrets Act, Sahayak system
Soldier Roy Mathew, who featured in a viral video on the abuse of the ‘buddy’ system in military camps. Photo courtesy Twitter

Satya Prakash

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 24  The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to the Centre on a petition filed by a journalist alleging misuse of The Official Secrets Act (OSA) by the authorities and abuse of ‘Sahayaks’ in the armed forces that reportedly led to suicide of a ‘Sahayak’.Petitioner Poonam Agrawal is facing prosecution under the OSA for having conducted a sting operation that allegedly led to suicide of Lance Naik Roy Mathew in Nashik.A Bench headed by Justice J Chelameswar asked the government to respond to the journalist’s petition after senior advocate Gopal Subramanium alleged that in the authorities were misusing the colonial era law against the journalist.Subramanium told the Bench that the OSA was for protection of state secrets and it could not have been invoked against the petitioner as she only reported on the misuse of the system of Sahayaks in the Army.The law could not be invoked against her for protecting “delinquent Army officers”, the senior advocate argued.

Agarwal had done a sting operation in which Lance Naik Roy Mathew was shown criticizing the sahayak system in the Army. Later, Mathew allegedly committed suicide after the video became public.Nashik police booked Agrawal under OSA and criminal trespass and abetment to suicide.Agarwal has sought quashing of the FIR and demanded guidelines to prevent misuse of the OSA, which impinged on fundamental rights and curbed journalistic freedom.Maintaining that OSA was enacted to perpetuate colonial rule in India, the petitioner contended that it could not be invoked wantonly against citizens after adoption of the Constitution that protected fundamental rights and established a state founded on the rule of law.The petitioner also demanded an appropriate inquiry into the alleged misuse of the Sahayak system in the Army, saying lower rank staff was being forced to do menial and domestic work for their seniors.


IAF enhances capabilities of Halwara base near Indo-Pak border

IAF enhances capabilities of Halwara base near Indo-Pak border
Water cannon salute being accorded to a SU-30 MKI aircraft to mark its induction into the recently resurrected 221 Squadron of the IAF, in New Delhi on Monday. PTI

New Delhi, April 24The IAF has enhanced capability of its frontline base in Punjab’s Halwara, which is close to the Indo-Pak border, by deploying additional Sukhoi fighter jets.The Su-30 MKI jets were today inducted into the IAF’s ‘Valiant’ squadron.The deployment of additional Su-30 MKI jets at the airbase comes amid heightened tensions between India and Pakistan.It will boost the offensive capabilities of the IAF in this sector, the force said about the induction of the jets into the Valiant squadron.The ‘Valiant’ was formed as an offensive fighter squadron in 1963 at Barrackpore in West Bengal.The squadron was then equipped with three types of aircraft — the Vampires, Spitfire, Hurricane and Su-7.The squadron has changed many bases during its 54 years long journey and has taken part in the 1971 war as well as in Kargil operations.”The ‘Valiants’, operating MiG-23s, were the first ones to fire weapons on the enemy during the Kargil war,” the IAF said in a release.Air Marshal C Hari Kumar, Air Officer Commanding-in- Chief, Western Air Command IAF was the chief guest for the induction ceremony. — PTI