Simrat Sumera confers Miss AIPC India award at All-India Poetess Conference

Poetesses at All India Poetess Conference at Chandigarh
November 13, 2017 02:02 PM

CHANDIGARH: Among 7 crown All-India Poetess Conference (AIPC) awards, Simrat Sumera has conferred with the Miss AIPC India award during concluding day of 3-day AIPC at Punjab Arts Council here today . Dr. Sarbjeet Kaur Sohal, President of  Punjab Sahit Akademi was conferred with Miss AIPC Punjab award.

Sunita Murti from Bangalore was adjusted as Miss Beauty with Brain ,  Sunita Shrutishree from Delhi as Miss Trip Hat Trick , Ashwani from Gulbarga as Miss AIPC Teen, Harki Virk from Chandigarh as Miss Chandigarh  and Jaspreet Sheena from Gurdaspur as Miss Popular.

In all 60 awards were given to poetess during occasion.

The others getting awards are as : Amrita Pritam Award; Surinder Geet from Canada , Gargi Awards : Surjeet Kaur from Canada, Vidyotma Award ; Snighda Rani Gagoi from Sibsagar, Kaude Andal Awards; Dr Pratibha Mudlair from Mysore, Mirabai Award; Sunanada S. Mule from Belgaum, Laldyed Awards; Surajita Handique from Dibrugarh, Taj Mughalini Award; Dr. Meghna Sharma from Bikaner, Mahadevi Verma Award; Dr Vijay Lakshmi Kosgi from Gulbarga, Subhadra Kumari Chauhan Award; Prof Rajnanda Gargi from Belgaum, Jahan Ara Award; Dr Nalini Vibha Nazil from Himachal , Habba Khatoon Award; Beena Budki from Jammu, Akka Mahadevi Award; Shanta Pastapur from Gulbarga, Janabai Award; Dr. T.M. Geetanjali from Mysore, Bahinabai Award; Manjula Devi from Tumkur, Umrao Jan Ada Awards; Kuljeet Kaur Ghazal from Australia, Begum Samru Award; Harki Virk Crown from Australia, Mahjabin Meena Kumari Award; Mangala  Kapra from Gulbarga, Sarojni Naidu Award; Alvareen Dkhar from Shilong, Taru Datta Award; Raman Preet Kaur from Jalandhar, , Nirbhaya Damini Award; Dr. Sarabjeet Kaur Soha from Chandigarh.

The nine poetesses who got Sulabh Sahiyta Academy Awards are ; Lopamudara Award; Sukhvinder Amrit from Ludhiana, Maitreyi Award; Chenamma Vallepure from Bidar, Ansuya Award; Dr Suman Sharma from Bhavnagar, Sahjobai Award; Dr Shweta Dipti from Kathmandu, Mother Teresa Award; Dalbir Kaur form England, Kasturba Award; Jayashree Bykod from Bangalore, Shri Man Arvindarashram Award; Sumangala Kothari from Gulbarga, Man Sharda Award; Usha Bhadoriya from Bhopal and Prabhavati Award; Dr Sunita Suman from Begusaria.

The 15 AIPC special awards were announced to GS Saroja from Shimoga, Lalita Belvadi from Bangalore, Ishrat Jahan Zaib from Bijapur, Dr. Supriya P. from Kasargod, Aradhana Srivastava from Agra, Puja Gupta from Nepal, Dr. Hena Haridasan from Kannur, Pomila Chetia from from Golaghar, Sarojini Bhadrapur from Pune, Surinder Kawal from Amritsar, Mitali Charkrawarty from Jorhat, Satinder Kahlon from Batala, Dr. Deepa Mathew from Kannur, Dr Radhamani C from Ernakulam and  Simrat Gagan from Amritsar.

Navratn Nariyan the life time achievement awards were announced to Satinder Kaur Pannu for exemplary contribution in social service, Jaspreet Chinna from Gurdaspur for exemplary contrition in education field and Dr Roshan Jacub from Buladnshahr for administrative service.

Speaking during occasion,  Dr. Lari Azad , founder-AIPC said that we are the only non-government body which awards 60 poetesses of every known and less known languages of Indian comprising an amount of Rs. 150000.

Sexual Assault

#MeToo is the need of the hour: Karan Oberoi

Kangna Ranaut extends support to #meToo campaign on Twitter
October 25, 2017 10:02 PM

Face book and Twitter witnessed another rallying cry for women as the words “#metoo’ mushroomed all over the feeds, speaking of the magnitude of the sexual harassment faced by the women all across the world. Talking with reference to the incidences of eve teasing, forced sex, unpleasing gropes and unwelcoming brushes, a simple #metoo gave voice to all such dark phases and thought provoking incidences that the women across the globe encountered.

The movement, which took no time to gain momentum, commenced after the actress Alyssa Milano tweeted: “Suggested by a friend: If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote ‘#meToo’ as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.” What was interesting to note is even men came forth to give voice to their bad experiences.

When asked about his take on the #meToo movement and its effectiveness, Karan Oberoi, who has been vocal about his perception on every issue, said, “Anything that creates awareness about it is an effective tool to bring about a change! This movement indeed encouraged women / men to come out on the open and address it as a larger malaise that exists in society!

But it’s another fact that the number of people coming up to bluntly share their experiences equalizes the number of those who still prefer to remain silent. Commenting further on the same, Karan said, “Brushing it under the carpet is never the answer! But the sheer enormity of the number of women that have gone through this ordeal itself reflects on the pitiable state of affairs as regards this! It’s so deeply saddening; that this patriarchal, misogynistic mindset’s that prevails even today! Being assertive and calling out the perpetrators is just the beginning of it! This movement hopefully would act as some kind of deterrent! But the need to book the violators, and create some kind of deterrent, and an urgent requirement to re educate everyone is the need of the hour! Call out, report, and make sure the culprits are brought to book!”

The whole scene began post the Harvey Weinstein incident, who was accused of sexually harassing his colleagues. Feeling disgusted at the entire episode further adds, “It boggles my mind that, in one of the more advanced, liberal industries, there are people like Harvey Weinstein that exist! With such an illustrious repertoire of films and being a part of a cinematic revolution and legacy he created, the behaviour like that of cavemen nullified the purity of the creative endeavours! Incidents like these just leave you so shocked and dismayed! I don’t want to take a puritanical stance on two consenting adults, but to use your power and influence to molest, cajole, threaten or black mail, or using their vulnerabilities to take advantage of them is horrible! You’d have to be half a man, to even want such a thing, where someone got intimate with you, without having a choice in the mater! It would make me feel quite disgusted with myself!”

But do such conditions exist in Hindi film industry as well?

Throwing light on the prevailing scenarios in Hollywood, the well-known actor of the Indian television industry said, “Yes there is an underbelly of Bollywood too! And yes, it’s important and necessary to call out the perpetrator here too! Talk, shame, bring to notice, any such experiences! The ONLY criteria for selection should be merit and merit alone!”


SDM Shahkot Navneet Bal lost her father at 13, rose to PCS ranks to fulfills father's dream

October 16, 2017 12:47 PM

JALANDHAR:  Shahkot Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Navneet Kaur Bal was just 13 when she lost her father but such was the determination of this young girl transformed the dream of her late father into reality by becoming PCS just at age of 23 years.

Keeping her late father`s dream that his daughter should work with zeal to inspire the girls from weaker sections to pursue their dreams in spite all odds as carrying conscious, PCS Officer Ms. Navneet Kaur Bal at present serving as SDM Shahkot has been securing time on regular basis so as to interact with maximum girl students of rural areas falls under Shahkot Sub Division to motivate and aware them about government`s educational schemes that could be helpful for achieving their aims of higher or vocational education.

She was only of 13 years old when Ms. Bal lost her father. It was her father`s dream he shared with her at times that his daughter must do something worthy for the society particularly for the welfare of weaker sections that inculcate strength to work hard for turning this dream into reality.  Presently posted as Sub Divisional Magistrate at Shahkot this young PCS officer is truly a symbol of women empowerment.

Though the path was strewn with thorns and there were a number of hostilities due to the sad demise of her father but she didn't lose courage and dedicatedly put all her efforts to carve a niche for herself. The biggest support came from her mother, who treated her at par with brother and gave her full freedom to pursue her career. After completing her schooling from local MGN Public school, Bal got admission in DAVIET from where she did her Engineering in Electronics and Communications. A bright student, Bal was then selected in IT Giant Wipro to be posted in Bangalore. Apart from excelling in study Ms. Bal also took a keen interest in extra-curricular activities and during her college days was adjudged best debater in Punjab Technical University.   

But before her joining she appeared for the exam for coveted Punjab Civil Service and cleared the preliminary exam with ease. At a crucial juncture of her life Ms Bal then decided to decline job in Wipro and appear for mains exam. After clearing her PCS main examination she again thought of doing a good job to support her family and she joined Mehar Chand Polytechnic College as a lecturer. Ms. Bal worked there for two months when she was finally selected in PCS by scoring the seventh rank in the state. She joined as Assistant Commissioner in Hoshiarpur before getting the charge of SDM Shahkot.

 Bal says that was really a moment of glory for her but ahead lied a huge responsibility to serve the society aptly through the service. `` Besides doing my official works I do secure time to interact or organize functions in educational institutes so that they can be made aware of the various professional fields to chose one out of them as per their dreams or talents.


Taapsee wants women to celebrate their multi-tasking art

October 14, 2017 08:05 AM

New Delhi, Oct 14- Actress Taapsee Pannu has joined a social awareness initiative tp celebrate the multi-tasking potential in women.

Taapse has joined beauty retailer Nykaa's #BreakTheHashtag campaign. In a video for it, Taapsee celebrates her many roles as a fighter, rebel, engineer and actor, breaking the stereotype that women are defined by a single role.

"As women, we play a different role every hour of the day. Not only are we a homemaker, wife, sister, daughter, we're also entrepreneurs, the boss, actors. So let's just break the hashtag," the "Pink" and "Naam Shabana" acterss said in a statement.

Nykaa launched the first leg of this campaign last year with Soha Ali Khan and Shaurya Sandhya to raise consciousness on this subject.

"We believe that Taapsee is the perfect partner for our campaign as she embodies the idea that women can play many roles in their life," said Falguni Nayar, CEO and Founder, Nykaa.com.


Punjab Police officer Deepika Singh asks girls to Equip yourself with decision making power

Deepika Singh
October 13, 2017 08:40 AM

Punjab Newsline Network
Jalandhar, Oct 13- Assistant Commissioner of Police here Deepika Singh today said that girls should make strenuous efforts for becoming capable of decision-making, which was the empowerment of women in a real sense.

Interacting with the students here during an interactive session organized by the district administration to observe Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao campaign in St Soldier College of management, the Assistant Commissioner of Police said that all efforts aimed towards empowering the women would be fruitful only if girls were capable of decision making. She said that until and unless this goal was achieved the women empowerment would remain a distant dream.Deepika Singh said that the need of the hour was to change the parochial mindset of society regarding the status of women.

Lauding the Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao campaign spearheaded in the country, the Assistant Commissioner of Police said that this was a great initiative aimed at educating and empowering the girl child. She said that this much-needed campaign has evolved a thought process in the country which was the need of the hour. Ms. Deepika Singh said that this campaign must be inculcated in our daily routine so as to make it a mass movement adding that a girl was the center figure of society so this campaign was synonymous to Samaj Bachao campaign.

Evoking the examples of key women achievers of the world, the Assistant Commissioner of Police said that the girls have proved their mettle in every sphere of life. She said that the girls should move forward with a determined and focused approach to excel in life.Deepika Singh said that there was nothing impossible for the girl if she puts all her might to realize her dreams.

On the occasion Managing Director of the institute, Manhar Arora and District Guidance Counselor Surjeet Lal felicitated the Assistant Commissioner of Police.

It may be recalled that district administration led by Deputy Commissioner Jalandhar Varinder Kumar Sharma was organizing these interactive sessions to spread awareness amongst people against exploitation of women and motivate them to empower the women.


Punajb's lady IAS officer Amrit Singh making her parents proud, earns kudos for herself

October 12, 2017 10:56 AM

Punjab Newsline Network
JALANDHAR: Fully convinced that a dedicated IAS officer could make a difference in the lives of millions of people, Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Nakodar Ms. Amrit Singh was committed to bring a change in society through her noble ideas on women empowerment and cleanliness.  

The young IAS officer of 2014 batch, has inherited the legacy of service of people as her maternal grandfather was an IAS officer of Punjab cadre. Ms. Amrit Singh, who did her BA Hons Economics from Miranda House, Delhi university, MA sociology from Delhi school of economics and MA Economics from IGNOU, grew up in an environment where her father an IAS officer of Uttar Pradesh Cadre and mother an IDES officer worked zealously for well being of people. Many a times she experienced that her parents gave up their personal lives for the larger good as they felt responsible for the improvement of the lives of others.

Inspired by her parent’s dedication towards people, Ms. Amrit Singh, as a growing, child decided that she would also join the coveted Civil Services. SDM Nakodar admits that what she was today was because of her parents. Ms. Amrit Singh said that she had positive role models in her life at a young age, she idolized them and that paid off.

In her posting as SDM in Nakodar, the IAS officer took a path breaking initiative of launching Saadiyan Dhian, Saada Maan scheme under the Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao program. The scheme aimed at showcasing the local girls who had carved a niche for themselves in varied fields by naming the streets of the city on their names. Embracing another challenge, she launched a special campaign to give a clean look to filthy spots that were in state of neglect due to one reason or another. After identifying these spots she adopted three pronged strategy to clean, beautify and create these places as public utility.

Armed with zeal to serve the humanity in a befitting manner, the SDM said that a new history was being created at this juncture and every girl should be aware of it and realize that this was time to equalize themselves to males and to realize their strength from within. She said that nature doesn't discriminate between genders but unfortunately some people does adding that girls need to change this rather than feeling lesser than men. The SDM said that the girls should optimize their abilities and excel, which would act as a catalyst to change the society. She said that girls just need to feel empowered and truly have faith in themselves.


Melania Trump responds to Ivana Trump calling herself 'first lady'

Melania Trump
October 10, 2017 10:58 AM

Punjab Newsline Network
WASHINGTON:  Donald Trump's current wife Melania slammed the US President's first wife, Ivana who called herself "first lady" as "attention-seeking and self-serving noise", the media reported.

On Monday, Ivana Trump in an ABC interview ahead of the release of her memoir, "Raising Trump", said she was "basically first Trump wife, I'm first lady".

The Czech-American businesswoman also boasted of having a direct line to the White House which she uses to she talk to the President about once every 14 days.

"I have the direct number to White House but I don't really want to call him there because Melania is there and I don't really want to cause any kind of jealousy or something like that because I'm basically first Trump wife, OK? I'm first lady, OK?" she told ABC, laughing.

The current First Lady fired back via a sharply-worded statement to CNN from her communications director, Stephanie Grisham later on Monday.

"Mrs. (Melania) Trump has made the White House a home for Barron and the President. She loves living in Washington D.C., and is honoured by her role as First Lady of the United States. She plans to use her title and role to help children, not sell books," Grisham said in the statement

"There is clearly no substance to this statement from an ex, this is unfortunately only attention-seeking and self-serving noise."

Ivana and Donald Trump divorced in 1992 after 15 years following his tabloid affair with TV personality Marla Maples, reports CNN.

Ivana Trump, who is the mother of the President's three eldest children, Donald Jr., Ivanka, and Eric, does not refer to Maples, by name in her book, which comes out Tuesday, only calling her "showgirl".

"Donald during the divorce was brutal. He took the divorce as a business deal and he cannot lose, he has to win," Ivana Trump said during the ABC interview, adding that they were now "friends".

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