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IDPD J & K Flood Relief Work

The Jammu and Kashmir state had unprecedented floods on 7th September. People in the disaster affected areas in Jammu and Kashmir are reeling under severe health problems and economic difficulties. They require long term planning for a comprehensive health care, economic uplift through massive aid by the central government. For Detailed Report Click Here....

 

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Report of 21st World Congress of IPPNW from 25th to 30th August 2014, Astana, Kazakhstana
A 38 member delegation of Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD) participated in the 21st world congress of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) held at Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan For Detailed Report Click Here....

Kangra Doctors And Medical Students Pay Homage To Victims Of Atomic Bombing
Demand Complete Nuclear Abolition For Detailed Report Click Here....

IDPD MEDICAL STUDENTS EXCHANGE PROGRAMME
MEDICAL STUDENTS TRAVERSE OVER 2000 KILOMETERS DEMAND DIVERSION OF FUNDS FROM ARMS RACE TO HEALTH For Detailed Report Click Here....

Seminar at New Delhi 9th March 2014
(IDPD) has demanded from the political parties to define their health agenda in the upcoming elections to the Parliament. For Detailed Report Click Here....

Central Council Meeting at Imphal: Seminar at Imphal and Agartala
IDPD Annual Central Council Meeting Held at Imphal (Manipur) on 9th February 2014. For Detailed Report Click Here....

16 January: Seminar at Economics Department Government College of Boys, Ludhiana
Increase in spending on health and education is the most essential perquisite for the development and inclusive growth of a society. Therefore it is of utmost importance that the spending on arms be decreased and the money thus saved should be diverted towards health and education; said Dr Arun Mitra – General Secretary Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD) while delivering a talk at seminar organized by the Economics Department SCD Government College here today. India and Pakistan both are one among the most deprived but we spend huge amount on arms. India ranks number one with 12% of total arms import and Pakistan ranks number three with 5% of total arms import in the world. Both of us now have about 100 nuclear weapons each. These are enough to put two billion people at the risk of starvation in the case of nuclear exchange between the two countries. Quoting a study carried out by the Nobel Laureate International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) President Dr Ira Helfand, he said that the fall in temperature around the world as a result of dust and soot released into the atmosphere will reduce agriculture growth to a level which could cause serious fall in production of food. The 925 million people in the world who are already chronically malnourished (with a baseline consumption of 1,750 calories or less per day), would be put at risk by a 10% decline in their food consumption. The only option before the world is to abolish the testing, production and putting on launch all the nuclear weapons. He was highly critical that India’s health spending in the last budget was only 1.9% as against the minimum of required 6%. There is urgent need to increase public health spending on the health. Prof. Poonam Mittal, Head of the Economics Department highlighted the need for an inclusive growth of the society and not concentration of wealth in a few hands. Prof. Ashwani Bhalla said that corporate oriented growth has led to widening of gaps in the society. Prof. Pooran Singh said that their department always tries to impart knowledge to the student on various related subjects. Prof. Geetanjli Malik welcomed the speaker and Prof. Iradeep Kaur thanked the participants. Students asked questions from the speakers.

30 December: IDPD Concern over go -ahead to Fatehabad N-Plant
The Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD) has expressed serious concern at the decision of the ministry of Environment government of India to grant green clearance to the Fatehabad Nuclear Power plant. In a statement issued here today Dr L S Chawla – President and Dr Arun Mitra - General Secretary IDPD said that the nuclear power plants are potentially dangerous. The nuclear facility at Koodankulam in Tamil Nadu has failed to fulfill all the environment obligations fully but still the government allowed it. Same thing is likely to happen here. Moreover this area is densely populated. The nuclear accidents have been major disasters worldwide, the main being Chernobyl (Ukraine in 1986) and Fukushima (Japan in 2011). Our country has dismal record of even domestic waste management; how do we expect the management nuclear waste which otherwise also is very difficult to manage. Our organization has conducted studies on the health status of people living around Jadugoda uranium mines and found significant effect on their health. We have enough of renewable energy resources like the Solar, Wind and Bio Waste, but are not paying so much attention to these. Instead we are purchasing the nuclear power from those countries who have virtually stopped using nuclear energy for power generation.

28 December: IDPD Seminar at Government College for Boys (Ludhiana)
Increase health spending from 1.2% of the GDP to 6% to provide comprehensive health care to all. Addressing a seminar organized by the NSS at the Government College Boys Ludhiana Dr Arun Mitra – General Secretary Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD) said that despite the recommendations of the planning commission on health to allocate 5% of the budget towards health, the government of India allocated only 1.9% of the budget to health. Quoting Amritya Sen, Dr Mitra said that health and education are the basic assets required for development and inclusive growth of any country and society. Our public health spending is among the three lowest in the world in line with Sierra Leone and Haiti. Therefore we are likely to miss the millennium development goal (MDG) to bring down infant mortality rate to 27 and maternal mortality rate to 109 by 2015. It is an irony that we spend huge amount on the arms race because of perpetual tension between India and Pakistan. Both of us have nearly 100 nuclear weapons each which if used could lead to death of up to 1.2 crore people. A recent study done by Dr Ira Helfand has warned of risk to over 2 billion people because of fall in food production resulting due to climatic changes in the event of a nuclear exchange between India and Pakistan. He called for a mass movement on these issues. Many students asked questions concerning his talk. Present among the faculty members were Prof. Pooran Singh, Prof. Paramjit Singh and Prof Joshi.

24 November: IDPD Peace Mission to Muzaffarnagar (Uttar Pradesh)
An IDPD peace team visited Muzaffarnagar on 24th November 2013. The team went to Shahpur town, Kutba, Kutbi and Kankra villages which were hit by the violence over two and half months ago........ For Detailed Report Click Here....

Seminar at Rajgarh (Rajasthan)
The Rajasthan unit of IDPD in association with the citizens organized a seminar BUILDING FUTURE THROUGH PEACE AND HEALTH on 6th October 2013 at Rajgarh Town, District Churu in which over 200 people from all walks of life participated. Dr.Rajeev Munjal gave an introduction of the event and called upon the people to work for peace. Dr Arun Mitra – General Secretary IDPD while paying homage to the victims of atomic bombing of Hiroshima said that with people’s movement we can prevent such an event from reoccurring. Peace is the only way if we want to progress. Dr. Dharmendra Verma assured that Rajasthan unit will continue to work for the promotion of peace and disarmament. He cautioned about the dangers of nuclear power plants. Prominent among others who spoke include Dr R N Laba, Dr Vinod Aggarwal, Dr Hawa Singh, Dr Jai Lakhtakia, Dr Ramaavtar Soni, Dr Teerath, Dr R Bhambu, Dr Pawan Sharma, Dr Dinesh, Dr Hari Singh, Dr Jagveer, Dr.H R Rohila, Dr H S Shendilya, Dr Ravinder Saharan, Dr Praveen Bishnoi, Dr.Ram Niwas Mann, Dr O P Lamboria. Mr.Mohd. Yasin Beg Mugal thanked the organizers for the event to promote peace and development.

3 September: IDPD Seminar at Govt. College for Girls (Ludhian)
Dr Arun Mittra General Secretary IDPD informed how we can build a secured future through peace and health. He also stressed that like all industries, the thermal generation of electricity produced waste. Whatever fuel was used, these wastes must be managed in ways to safeguard human health. He also discussed about the world’s worst nuclear disaster occurred few years back. Renewable energy sources such as hydro and wind were expected to be capable of supplying energy to the human world for another one billion years at which point the predicted increase in heat from the sun was expected to make the surface of the earth to hot for water to exist. He was addressing the faculty and the students on the occasion of installation ceremony of a science society which was organised on the premises of the Government College for Girls on 3rd September 2013. He was the chief guest on the occasion. Principal Gurminder Kaur said science society was working hard to improve the standards of science wing. Atomic energy was dangerous and we should totally ban this energy throughout the world for our betterment. The meeting was coordinated by Dr Manu HOD Botany and Sh.Amrit Pal Singh.

Seminar at Yamunanagar (Haryana)
The Haryana unit of IDPD organized a seminar on BUILDING FUTURE THROUGH PEACE AND HEALTH on 1st September at Yamunanagar. Dr Karan Singh gave an introduction of the event and called upon the people to work for peace. Dr Arun Mitra – General Secretary IDPD while paying homage to the victims of atomic bombing of Hiroshima said that with people’s movement we can prevent such an event from reoccurring. Peace is the only way if we want to progress. Dr. Balbir Singh cautioned about the dangers of nuclear power plants. He also expressed grave concern at the climate change which will change the flora and fauna pattern and endanger our lives. Dr Rajmohan Singh said that more activities should be done on this front. Others who attended include Dr Neelam, Dr Ravinder Singh Gill, Dr Vikram Bharti, Dr Kuldeep Saini and Dr Rajinder Kumar.

DEMILITARISATION OF THE HIMALAYAS AS AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPERATIVE
(Presentation Made on Behalf of Eco Monitors Society at the Eco Revival Summit 98 on 9th November 1998 at the India International Centre, New Delhi) ....... For Detailed Report Click Here....

IDPD Peace Week 6th to 13th August
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Uttrakhand Medical Relief Team
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The international congress on Social And Health Effects Of Small Arms held at Germany from 30th May to 2nd June 2013
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Fukushima Day Report of Meeting at Patiala, March 10, 2013
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Report of 9th National Conference IDPD held at Ludhiana 15 to 17 February 2013
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IDPD Activities at Adesh Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Bathinda
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Seminar at Jammu and Kashmir
JAMMU, Nov 22: A seminar on Peace & Society- Public Health Perspective was organised at Acharya Shri Chander College of Medical Sciences and Hospital Sidhra, near here today. The seminar was organised by IDPO Wing of ASCOMS students. Dr Arun Mitra, general secretary Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD) and Dr N S Bewa, vice president Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPO) were invited as main speakers on this occasion. The impact of violence of any form on the individuals, society, State and country was highlighted by the guest speakers and the loss of human life and property with its effect on physical and mental health of population, education and moral values was also deliberated. The affects of environmental pollution and degradation of natural resources were also discussed. The medical students and faculty deliberated on the public health approach to emphasize the human face of violence and role of doctors in such disaster management situations.

Programmes in Kerala, Karnataka and Tamilnadu
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NO MORE HIROSHIMAS - NO MORE FUKUSHIMAS - Message from the 20th World Congress of IPPNW 22nd to 26th August 2012 Hiroshima
The 20th World Congress of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), organized by the Japanese Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (JPPNW) was held at Hiroshima, Japan from 22nd to 26th August 2012 on the theme FROM HIROSHIMA TO FUTURE GENERATIONS. It reaffirmed the resolve to continue to work for a nuclear free world as a tribute to the victims of Atomic Bombing at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This will be achieved through its core programmes, International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), Aiming for Prevention - to check the proliferation of Small Arms. The IPPNW will also stress upon the world leaders to shun nuclear power plants and use renewable resources to fulfill the needs for energy as nuclear energy is neither safe nor economical and is a potential source for the development of weapon system. The congress demanded a Nuclear Weapon Convention under the auspices of the UNO on the pattern of convention on biological, chemical weapons and land mines. A mass movement will be build through public campaigns, advocacy and lobbying in different parts of the world. The activities will also be enhanced in the non nuclear weapon states so that they can put pressure on the nuclear weapon states. To achieve the goal, scope of the movement will be widened by collaborating with likeminded organizations and persons. ICAN will organize a Citizens’ conference in Oslo – Norway on 2nd and 3rd March 2013. This will precede the governmental level conference from 4th to 6th March. . ...... More details....

22 May 2012 - IDPD Statement in response to Government of India’s plan to engage Psychiatrists to counsel the anti nuclear protestors
The move of the Indian government to engage Psychiatrists to counsel the anti nuclear protestors at Koodankulam is very perturbing. Opposition to the nuclear power plants is not based on any delusion but on scientific evidence of effect of nuclear radiations on not only human health but all the flora and fauna around. This opposition is not just at Koodankulam but worldwide. There are ample of scientific studies to prove the detrimental effect of nuclear radiations including the one carried out by Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD) on the “Effect on Health of People Living Around Jadugoda Uranium Mines” which shows statistically significant effect on the health of the people. Fears of the people around the Koodankulam plant are therefore justified and need to be addressed to by the government rather than doing witch hunting. People who think of safe environment, well being of masses, social justice, coexistence and not competing with nature, reducing wealth gap are sanest people. This whole exercise of the government is unethical and smells of some business deals. . ...... More details....

25 April, 2012 - Press Conference on Nuclear Famine: A Billion People at Risk
ndian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD) has since long being campaigning for complete elimination of nuclear weapons as these could annihilate not only the man kind but whole the flora and fauna on earth. Even a limited use of these weapons could put crores of peoples at risk. The International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) has carried out a study in this regard which is being released internationally now said Dr.L.S.Chawla while addressing the press conference today at IMA House Ludhiana. He said that latest study by the IPPNW has warned that even a limited nuclear exchange could endanger the lives of 100 crorers people in the world. ...... More details....

15 April, 2012 - Central Council Meeting held at AITUC Bhawan, New Delhi
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21 March, 2012 - Nuclear Energy Neither Safe Nor Economical - Hoshiarpur (Punjab)
While expressing solidarity with the people of Japan at the devastation caused by Tsunami and Earthquake which led to damage to the Dai Ichi Nuclear Plant in Fukushima one year back on 11th March 2011, Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD) has demanded that India should shun the pursuit for nuclear power plants and instead look forward to utilize renewable energy resources like, wind power, bio-waste, micro-hydel and solar which are in plenty in our country...... More details....

10 March, 2012 - Seminar at Nashik (Maharashtra)
A Seminar on Health through Peace was conducted at Dr Vasantrao Pawar Medical College, Hospital and Research Centre, held in association with Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD) an affiliate of International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) to pay homage to the victims of Fukushima Nuclear Disaster which completed a year on the 11th of march 2012. Dr Arun Mitra, General Secretary of IDPD and Dr S.S Soodan, Vice President IDPD, Director ASCOMS Medical College, Jammu, were the Guests of Honor. The event took place under the able guidance of Sarchitnis, MVP Samaj Ms Neelima Pawar, and Dean Dr Mrunal Patil....... More details....