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“Keep Your Speed Down And Buckle Up On The Roads Over The Holiday Weekend In Western Bay of Plenty”

downloadLabour Day is here and signals the approach of the warmer weather.   Being the first long weekend break in months, Police are reminding drivers in the Western Bay of Plenty to take extra care with their travel plans to ensure they arrive safely at their destination. Mount Maunganui and Tauranga beaches are the destination for many and Police expect high traffic volumes on Friday and Saturday as visitors make their way to the jewel of the Bay of Plenty and again on Monday as holiday makers head home. Police anticipate significant traffic volumes on State Highways 29 over the Kaimais and State Highway 2 from Waihi to Tauranga City and urge drivers to focus on their driving and keep distractions to a minimum.

Labour Day Weekend officially starts at 4pm on Friday 21 October and ends at 6 am on Tuesday 25 October. During Labour Day Weekend 2015, five people died and 21 people were seriously injured in crashes on our roads. Some of the most commonly cited…..

ਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਕਲਚਰਲ ਸੁਸਾਇਟੀ ਮਿਸ਼ੀਗਨ ਵੱਲੋਂ ‘ਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਕਵੀ ਦਰਬਾਰ’ ਕਰਵਾਇਆ ਗਿਆ

picture1picture2ਡੇਟਨ (ਡਾ.ਚਰਨਜੀਤ ਸਿੰਘ ਗੁਮਟਾਲਾ) – ਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਕਲਚਰਲ ਸੁਸਾਇਟੀ ਮਿਸ਼ੀਗਨ ਵੱਲੋਂ ਗੁਰਦੁਆਰਾ ਮਾਤਾ ਤ੍ਰਿਪਤਾ ਜੀ ਪਲਿਮਥ ਵਿਖੇ ਦੁਪਹਿਰ ਦੇ ਦੀਵਾਨ ਉਪਰੰਤ ‘ਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਕਵੀ ਦਰਬਾਰ’ ਦਾ ਆਯੋਜਨ ਕੀਤਾ ਗਿਆ। ਸਮਾਗਮ ਦੀ ਪ੍ਰਧਾਨਗੀ ਆਲ ਇੰਡੀਆ ਰੇਡੀਉ ਜਲੰਧਰ ਦੇ ਬਹੁਤ ਸਮਾਂ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ ਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਖ਼ਬਰਾਂ ਪੜ੍ਹਨ ਵਾਲੇ  ਸ. ਸੁਖਵੰਤ ਸਿੰਘ ਢਿੱਲੋਂ, ਚੰਨ ਪ੍ਰਦੇਸੀ ਰੇਡਿਓ ਦੇ ਗੁਰਬਚਨ ਮਾਨ ਤੇ ਸਿੰਚਾਈ ਵਿਭਾਗ ਦੇ ਸੇਵਾ ਮੁਕਤ ਡਾਇਰੈਕਟਰ ਮਨਜੀਤ ਸਿੰਘ ਗਿੱਲ ਨੇ ਕੀਤੀ।
ਸਭ ਤੋਂ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ ਸੁਖਵੰਤ ਸਿੰਘ ਢਿੱਲੋਂ ਨੇ ਆਪਣੇ ਲਿਖੇ ਗੀਤ, ” ਮੈਂ ਇੱਕ ਬੋਲ ਵਿਹੁਣਾਂ ਗੀਤਾ ਅਣਸੁਣਿਆ ਅਣਗਾਇਆ..” ਗਾ ਕੇ ਪੇਸ਼ ਕੀਤਾ ਤਾਂ ਸਭ ਸਰੋਤੇ ਅਸ਼ ਅਸ਼ ਕਰ ਉੱਠੇ। ਮੰਚ ਸੰਚਾਲਕ ਸੁਰਜੀਤ ਸਿੰਘ ਗਿੱਲ ਨੇ ਸ਼ਿਅਰ ਪੜ੍ਹਿਆ, ਬੋਲ ਸਨ “ਪਿਆਰ ਤਾਂ ਕਮਲਾ ਕਰ ਜਾਂਦਾ ਏ, ਜਿੱਤਿਆ ਬੰਦਾ ਹਰ ਜਾਂਦਾ ਏ ਜਿਹੜੀ ਗੱਲ ਲਕੋਈ ਹੋਵੇ, ਅੱਥਰੂ ਉਹ ਗੱਲ ਕਰ ਜਾਂਦਾ ਏ”। ਹਾਇਕੂ ਕਵੀ ਗੁਰਮੀਤ ਸਿੰਘ ਸੰਧੂ ਦਾ ਹਾਇਕੂ ਸੀ, “ਭਾਦੋਂ ਸਵੇਰੇ ਤਣਿਆਂ, ਸੈਰ ਕਰੇਂਦਿਆਂ, ਕਾਲਾ ਬੱਦਲ”। ਮਨਜੀਤ ਸਿੰਘ ਗਿੱਲ ਨੇ 1999 ਦੇ 300 ਸਾਲਾ ਵਿਸਾਖੀ ‘ਤੇ ਲਿਖੀ ਕਵਿਤਾ, “ਆਨੰਦਪੁਰ ਦੀ ਧਰਤੀ” ਪੂਰੇ ਤਰੰਨੁਮ ਵਿੱਚ ਗਾ ਕੇ ਪੇਸ਼ ਕੀਤੀ, ਬੋਲ ਸਨ, “ਭਾਗਾਂ ਵਾਲੀਏ ਆਨੰਦਪੁਰੀ ਧਰਤੀਏ ਨੀ, ਇੱਕ ਇੱਕ ਜ਼ਰ੍ਹੇ ਨੂੰ ਲੱਖ ਲੱਖ ਵਾਰ ਚੁੰਮਾਂ”।
ਤਿਲਕ ਸ਼ਰਮਾ, ਇਕਬਾਲ ਸਿੰਘ ਬਾਲੀ ਭਾਨ, ਪ੍ਰੋਫੈਸਰ ਸਤਪਾਲ ਗੋਇਲ ਤੇ ਪ੍ਰੋਫੈਸਰ ਰੇਸ਼ਮ ਸਿੰਘ ਸੈਣੀ ਨੇ ਵੀ ਆਪਣੀਆਂ ਕਵਿਤਾਵਾਂ ਸੁਣਾਈਆਂ। ਗੁਰਮੀਤ ਸਿੰਘ ਸੰਧੂ ਨੇ ਆਪਣਾ ਹਾਇਗਾ ਸੰਗ੍ਰਹਿ ‘ਰੰਗ-ਹਰਫ਼ੀ’ ਡਾ. ਚਰਨਜੀਤ ਸਿੰਘ ਗੁਮਟਾਲਾ ਨੂੰ ਪ੍ਰੇਮ ਭੇਟਾ ਕੀਤਾ। ਡਾ. ਚਰਨਜੀਤ ਸਿੰਘ ਗੁਮਟਾਲਾ ਨੇ ਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਭਾਸ਼ਾ ਲਈ ਉਚੇਚੇ ਉਪਰਾਲੇ ਕਰਨ ਲਈ ਕਈ ਕੀਮਤੀ ਸੁਝਾਓ ਦਿੱਤੇ। ਨਵੰਬਰ ਦੇ ਤੀਸਰੇ ਐਤਵਾਰ ਅਗਲਾ ਕਵੀ ਦਰਬਾਰ ਦਰਬਾਰ ਕਰਾਉਣ ਦਾ ਐਲਾਨ ਕੀਤਾ ਗਿਆ।

“Museum Celebrates 75 Years”

The celebrations of the 75th anniversary of women in New Zealand Police continue with a major exhibition opening this weekend at the New Zealand Police Museum. The exhibition tracks the progress of Police’s female officers from the first intake in June 1941 through to today, with women now excelling in every area of police work, including the Armed Offenders Squad, Maritime Unit and Dog Section. It uses photographs, videos and interviews to tell the stories of some of the women who have helped make New Zealand Police the organisation it is, says Museum Director Rowan Carroll. “Several current policewomen are profiled, and their stories are a celebration of their careers in Police and the amazing experiences they have been able to have in the job,” says Rowan. “I would really encourage people to come and see it, especially young women who are considering a future with Police.”

The exhibition is open to the public from Saturday 22 October. The Police Museum is located at the Royal New Zealand Police College, at Papakowhai Road in Porirua. Have a great Labour Weekend – and if you are travelling to the museum or anywhere else, drive carefully and stay safe.

Please view this story and others at: http://www.police.govt.nz/news/featured/museum-celebrates-75-years

National Isinvesting In The Health Of Kiwis

Rt Hon John Key_Portrait_LargePrime Minister Weekly Column

Delivering high quality and accessible health services is a priority for the National-led Government. We have been worked hard to achieve this goal, and I’m proud to say we are investing more than ever before into health and getting better results.

Last week we released new data which shows more families are getting the care they need for their children as a result of our free GP visits for under 13s. More than 99 per cent of general practices signing up to the scheme. The data shows that in the 12 months since the policy was introduced, 190,807 more children have visited their GP – 16.6 per cent more compared to the same time last year.

There has been an encouraging decrease of 1,600 presentations to hospital emergency departments. We have also seen an increase in access to medicines, with the number of prescriptions dispensed increased, showing that the removal of costs has improved access to medicines. As a result of this $90 million initiative, more than 780,000 children under 13 are benefiting from free GP visits and free prescriptions. Another important part of our healthcare strategy is ensuring we can meet the needs of our senior citizens. As New Zealanders live longer, healthier lives, access to elective surgery becomes increasingly important.

Under this Government, the number of patients receiving elective surgery has increased by 45 per cent. Currently District Health Board’s spend more than $4.5 billion on providing health and disability services to people aged 65 years and older. Based on the forecast growth of this age group, this spend is expected to rise to 50 per cent of DHB expenditure by 2025/26. Another key focus area for the Government is mental health.

One in five New Zealanders will experience a mental health issue during their lifetime, therefore its important people can access the appropriate services that they need. That’s why we’ve increased mental health and addiction services funding to over $1.4 billion for 2015/16. The Government is spending more on health than ever before and funding the right programs to ensure we have a world-class health system that all New Zealanders can be proud of.


Bad Weather On The Way

image004Auckland, 5 October – Auckland Civil Defence and Emergency Management is keeping a close eye on rough weather heading our way. MetService has advised there is a high risk of thunderstorms bringing heavy rain and strong winds for the Auckland region tomorrow morning (Thursday) and late evening.

Auckland Council’s Head of Emergency Operations Aaron Davis says this comes on top of more than a week of rainy weather which has left the region saturated and vulnerable to slips. With soils already fully saturated there is chance of localised flooding and slips. Predicted strong wind gusts may cause structural damage, including affecting trees and power lines.

In anticipation of further wet weather, it pays ensure drains are clear and property that might be affected by storm damage is secure. “If out and about tomorrow, please drive to the conditions and take care on the roads, especially in slip prone areas,” says Mr Davis. “Added to all of this there is a low risk of small tornados. If you see a tornado or funnel forming, take shelter immediately and help alert others,” he says.

 During and after a storm

-   Stay up to date with weather forecasts

-   Secure outdoor items

-   Drive with caution and if possible, avoid low-lying coastal roads

-   Ensure you are aware of low lying areas near you that could flood rapidly

-   Report flooding to council on 09 301 0101

-   Ensure a torch, radio and spare batteries are to hand.

National Plans To Address Housing

HousingPrime Minister Weekly Column 

A number of factors over many years have boosted housing demand and pushed up prices. There is no doubt housing is a challenge, and it’s one National is tackling head on with a Comprehensive Housing Plan. We’re taking steps that will result in more houses being built, and more affordable homes in the market.

Recent reports show we are making progress. In the 12 months to August more than 29,600 homes were consented across New Zealand, with a value of over $10 billion. We will not allow unresponsive planning and slow infrastructure development to lock New Zealanders out of the housing market. A $1 billion fund has been established to bring forward…..

Navy’s White Ensign To Fly On Auckland Harbour Bridge

downloadAuckland, 30 September - Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee and Transport Minister Simon Bridges have announced the New Zealand White Ensign will fly on the Auckland Harbour Bridge to mark the founding of the Royal New Zealand Navy.

Starting on Saturday, the flag will be flown annually on 1 October. It will also fly during the International Naval Review from 17 to 22 November this year. “Flying the Ensign during the International Naval Review will provide a clear and visible symbol of our support for the event, when up to 12 visiting ships will join our Navy in Auckland Harbour,” Mr Brownlee says.

 “This year marks the Royal New Zealand Navy’s 75th anniversary. Flying the Ensign on this occasion will recognise the important contribution the Navy makes to New Zealand,” Mr Bridges says. The New Zealand Transport Agency will now make the necessary preparations to fly the White Ensign these occasions. At present only three flags, alongside the New Zealand flag, are permitted to fly on the Harbour Bridge (the New Zealand flag flies every day, weather permitting). These are:

 ·         the Tino Rangatiratanga flag on Waitangi Day

·         the Australian flag on ANZAC Day

·         the Merchant Navy flag on Merchant Navy Day.

Our Economic Plan Is Working

HousingPrime Minister Weekly Column  

A range of indicators out recently show our management of the economy is delivering results for New Zealanders and their families. Figures just released show our annual growth rate of 3.6 per cent is now the third highest in the developed world and we also have the second highest employment rate. Our growth rate is three times that of the United States’ 1.2 per cent and compares with 3.3 per cent in Australia, 2.2 per cent in the United Kingdom, and 0.8 per cent in Japan. Our economy is being supported by a thriving construction and tourism industry. New Zealand is currently in the middle of the biggest building boom it’s ever seen and we have welcomed a record 3.4 million visitors to our…..

ਕੈਲੇਫੋਰਨੀਆ ਵਿੱਚ ਸਿਖ ‘ਤੇ ਜਾਨਲੇਵਾ ਹਮਲਾ

sਹਮਲਾਵਰਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਗ੍ਰਿਫ਼ਤਾਰ ਕਰਨ ਲਈ ਪੁਲੀਸ ਤੇ ਦਬਾਅ ਜਾਰੀ – ਚਾਹਲ
ਜਲੰਧਰ, 26 ਸਤੰਬਰ – ਕੈਲੇਫੋਰਨੀਆ ਦੇ ਸ਼ਹਿਰ ਰਿਚਮੰਡ ਵਿੱਚ ਇੱਕ ਨੌਜਵਾਨ ਸਿਖ ਮਾਨ ਸਿੰਘ ਖਾਲਸਾ ‘ਤੇ ਐਤਵਾਰ ਦੀ ਰਾਤ ਨੂੰ ਉਸ ਵੇਲੇ ਕੁੱਝ ਅਣਪਛਾਤੇ ਵਿਅਕਤੀਆਂ ਵੱਲੋਂ ਜਾਨਲੇਵਾ ਹਮਲਾ ਕਰ ਦਿੱਤਾ ਗਿਆ ਜਿਸ ਵਕਤ ਉਹ ਆਪਣੇ ਇੱਕ ਸਾਥੀ ਨੂੰ ਉਸ ਦੇ ਘਰ ਛੱਡ ਕੇ ਵਾਪਸ ਆਪਣੇ ਘਰ ਜਾ ਰਿਹਾ ਸੀ। ਨਾਰਥ ਅਮਰੀਕਨ ਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਐਸੋਸੀਏਸ਼ਨ (ਨਾਪਾ) ਦੇ  ਕਾਰਜਕਾਰੀ ਡਾਇਰੈਕਟਰ ਸਤਨਾਮ ਸਿੰਘ ਚਾਹਲ ਨੇ ਇਸ ਸਿਖ ਨੌਜਵਾਨ ‘ਤੇ ਕੀਤੇ ਗਏ ਜਾਨਲੇਵਾ ਹਮਲਾ ਹਮਲੇ ਦੀ ਨਿੰਦਾ ਕਰਦੇ ਹੋਏ ਕਿਹਾ ਕਿ ਇਹ ਬੜੇ ਦੁੱਖ ਦੀ ਗੱਲ ਹੈ ਕਿ 9/11 ਦੇ ਹਮਲੇ ਦੇ 15 ਸਾਲਾਂ ਪਿੱਛੋਂ ਵੀ ਨਫ਼ਰਤ ਕਾਰਨ ਵਾਪਰ ਰਹੇ ਮੁਸਲਿਮ ਵਿਰੋਧੀ ਹਮਲਿਆਂ ਦਾ ਨਿਸ਼ਾਨਾ ਸਿੱਖ ਬਣ ਰਹੇ ਹਨ। ਇਸ ਹਮਲੇ ਬਾਰੇ ਵਿਸਥਾਰ ‘ਚ ਜਾਣਕਾਰੀ ਦਿੰਦਿਆਂ ਸ. ਚਾਹਲ ਨੇ ਕਿਹਾ ਕਿ ਸਾਡੇ ਦਫ਼ਤਰ ਪਹੁੰਚੀ ਸੂਚਨਾ ਮੁਤਾਬਿਕ ਕੈਲੇਫੋਰਨੀਆ….

New Zealand’s World-class Education System

Rt Hon John Key_Portrait_LargePrime Minister Weekly Column  

As Prime Minister, education is a big focus for me so it’s been great to see a number of positive reports about our education system released in recent weeks. These reports confirm New Zealand has a world-class education system. We are performing strongly across all levels of education, from early childhood through to tertiary participation and achievement. A report released earlier this month confirmed New Zealand universities are excelling in what is a highly competitive international environment. The latest QS Global University Rankings had all of New Zealand’s eight universities ranked in the top 450 worldwide.

Auckland University was ranked the highest at 81st, which is an impressive result given the rankings consider 3,800 institutions worldwide. It’s also been rated the most innovative university in New Zealand and Australia by respected Asian institution Reuters in its inaugural Top 75: Asia’s Most Innovative Universities report. National has shown our commitment…..

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