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EcoSikh creates ‘First Guru Nanak Sacred Forest’ LAUNCHES AWARENESS PROJECT ‘BREATHING PUNJAB’ TO COUNTER SCOURGE OF AIR POLLUTION PUNJAB EXPRESS BUREAU Chandigarh, March 14 Shubhendu Sharma, Founder of Afforestt and India’s foremost expert on forest creation spearheaded the creation of EcoSikh’s first ever ‘Guru Nanak Sacred Forest’ in Bathinda at village Gill Patti to commemorate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak. In a 3-day workshop organised by EcoSikh, over 80 trainees were taught the Miyawaki Afforestation Methodolgy and also practically trained by Shubhendu Sharma by building this 100 sq meter forest where they planted 350 trees. A press meet was held by EcoSikh at Chandigarh Press Club on Thursday to announce unveiling of ‘Guru Nanak Sacred Forests project’ and the ‘Breathing Punjab’ initiative . The press meet was addressed by a distinguished panel of environment lovers and experts from across India. Those who participated in the press meet included Shubhendu Sharma, Founder of ‘Afforestt’, who left a cushy job at Toyota, Japan, to follow his passion of creating urban jungles across India, Charan Singh, EcoSikh Forest Creator from Mumbai, Supreet Kaur, EcoSikh, President (India), Ravneet Singh, EcoSikh Project Manager (South Asia), Gaurav Gurjar, Jungle Tree Expert, Afforestt from Jodhpur, Manjula Sularia, Director, Prasanchetas Foundation, Chandigarh, Harpreet Kaur Bagga, EcoSikh Board Member (Ludhiana) and Ibadat Singh, VP (Ops), Datawind. Unveiling the details of the Guru Nanak Sacred Forest, EcoSikh’s Forest Creator, Charan Singh from Mumbai said, “Our first forest with Datar Educational and Environmental Trust includes 33 different native species that were planted by the world famous Miyawaki Japanese method and it is also the 1st Miyawaki forest in Punjab. EcoSikh will surpass the target of 1 million trees before the upcoming 550th gurpurab.” “I strongly believe that every EcoSikh can create one Guru Nanak Sacred Forest,” added Charan Singh. Shubhendu Sharma who has planted 132 forests in 16 different countries explained, “We are happy to collaborate with EcoSikh to create sacred forests in the state of Punjab. The Miyawaki Afforestation Methodology of developing mini jungles is a very effective way to bring back Punjab’s lost forest cover. This is the most effective and natural way with which one can plant over 550 trees in 200 sq meters of space. These forests have more than 99 percent of survival and needs minimum maintenance. The forest grown by this methodology grows 10 times faster, they are 30 times denser, 100 percent bio diverse and natural.” This is needed in North India as according to the 2018 World Air Quality Report, six cities of Punjab namely Mandi Gobindgarh, Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Patiala and Khanna and five cities of Haryana namely Gurugram, Faridabad, Jind, Rohtak and Punchkula have featured in the list of most polluted cities of the World. Among Punjab cities, Mandi Gobindgarh ranks at the top at 26th position followed by Amritsar at 57, Jalandhar at 82 and Ludhiana at 95 position. ‘Hypertension management along with trans-fat elimination is key to reducing cardiac disease’ PUNJAB EXPRESS BUREAU Chandigarh, March 14 “Deaths due to cardiovascular diseases like heart attack and stroke are on the rise across the country but more so in Punjab. Hypertension is the most important preventable cause for developing cardiovascular diseases. In a clarion call for urgent action and widespread awareness among people to reign in this silent epidemic”, suggest Disha Foundation and Generation Saviour Association during the findings at media dialogue with health experts, policymakers and journalists in Chandigarh. In the meeting Dr GB Singh, Assistant Director, in charge NCD, Health Services, Department of Health and Family Welfare, Punjab, talked about the steps that the Government is working on to screen people above 30 years of age for high blood pressure and ensuring that treatment is available to all. “ASHAs and ANMs have been trained to screen people with high blood pressure and to ensure that they reg ister for treatment. The Government is making blood pressure medicines available up to sub centre level. Patients should continue taking medication lifelong to keep their blood pressure under control.” Two in five adults are hypertensive in Punjab. And almost equal number are in prehypertensive stage who are at risk to develop hypertension. Moreover, intake of trans-fatty acids can increase the risk of death due to heart attack by 28 per cent. As the highest consumer of Vanaspati, Punjab must take immediate steps to limit its consumption by regulating trans fat in oils and foods through stringent policy enforcement. Motivating people of Punjab to make diet changes will require urgent action in reducing industrially produced trans fats in foods containing partially hydrogenated vegetable oils (PHVOs). Law and order situation has gone from bad to worst: Mann



The Aam Aadmi Party on Thursday accused Captain Amarinder Singh led Congress government of turning a blind eye to the deteriorating law and order situation in state.

In a press statement issued from the party headquarters, AAP state chief and Member of Parliament from Sangrur, Bhagwant Mann said that the law and order situation in the state has gone for a toss. Not a single day passes when incidents of crime taking place in various parts of the state in broad day light are not reported.

Mann said that, in a recent incident the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) district president Patiala (Rural) Chetan Singh Joumajra was attacked by some armed miscreants, firing at him from a close range, leaving him grievously injured. He said that Jormajra was attacked at a time when he tried to save a girl from the clutches of a group of goons who had reportedly waylaid her with an ulterior motive of kidnapping her.

He had to be rushed to the nearby hospital in a precarious condition by bystanders, where he is undergoing treatment. Mann said that this is not an isolated case where criminals had their way without any fear of the law.

A delegation of Aam Aadmi Party comprising MLA Kultar Singh Sandhwan, MLA Amarjeet Singh Sandoa and head of Legal cell Advocate Jastej Singh on Thursday met the Chief Electoral Officer Punjab in this regard. Addressing the media after that Sandhwan said that due to the laidback attitude of the government our daughters are not safe enough to walk free.

There are recurring incidents of rape, chains natching, stalking, modesty blaze and other misadventures and so on.

There had been a spurt in the incidents of violence in the recent past that keep pouring in from various parts of the state. More often than not, police have been found wanting when it comes to the call of duty.

More often than not, cops, who are supposed to be the first to reach the spot of crime, land last of all. There is no denying the fact that the criminals have a free run under the protective patronage of the police.