Thursday December 14, 2017

World Blood Donor Day: How you can make a difference

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Blood donation is one of the noblest services one can do for humankind. Transfusion of blood saves millions of lives all over the world every year.

June 14th has been marked by the World Health Organization to celebrate World Blood Donor Day annually to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products, and to salute blood donors for their selfless service.

This year, the theme of this campaign is “Thank you for saving my life.”

It encourages donors all over the world to donate blood voluntarily.
Their slogan is, “Give freely, give often. Blood donation matters.”

According to a report by WHO, the need for blood and blood products is increasing every year. In many areas- particularly low and middle income countries – demand exceeds supply, and blood services find it hard to make sufficient blood available while also ensuring its quality and safety.

“The best way to guarantee a safe and adequate supply of blood and blood products for transfusion is to have regular donations by voluntary unpaid blood donors,” said Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General, in the report.

The report stated that WHO provides policy guidance and technical aid to support countries in developing national blood systems based on voluntary unpaid blood donations. Efforts are also made to implement quality systems to ensure that safe and quality blood and blood products are available and used appropriately for all people who need them.

This year China will host World Blood Donor Day at the Shanghai Blood Center, a collaborating center for blood transfusion services of WHO in China.

Many people are afraid of donating blood due to the common misconception that it decreases the strength of a person. Another fear prevalent among the masses is that blood donation might transmit AIDS and other blood diseases.

NewsGram presents some facts about blood donation that might erase the misconceptions and encourage readers to donate blood:

1) Anyone who is in good health, at least 17 years old and weighs at least 50 kg may donate blood every 56 days.

2) Donating blood does not decrease the strength of the donor.

3) The bone marrow produces new blood cells in order to replenish the lost blood cells during donation.

4) AIDS and other blood diseases do not get transmitted during blood donation.

5) A single blood donation can save up to three lives.

6) Blood donation not only helps the one receiver but also improves the health of the donor by reducing cholesterol level and burning extra calories.

Every three seconds, there’s a requirement of blood around the world.

By donating blood, one does not just experience a sense of satisfaction, but also that of accomplishment.  All of us must do our bit to save a life.

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Chanda Bandh Satyagraha: More than 20,000 people have signed the pledge till now against Aam Aadmi Party

The satyagraha has called for a massive response, evident from the fact that more than 1 lakh pamphlets has been distributed so far

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No List No Donation Campaign in New Delhi
  • More than 20,000 people have signed the pledge till now under the Chanda Bandh Satyagraha Campaign against AAP
  • Single point Questionnaire has been launched so that public opinion can be recorded, and we can bring end to the corrupt practices in AAP
  • A press conference was conducted in Chandigarh on January 5, 2017, which confirmed the launching of Chanda Bandh Satyagraha in Punjab from January 9, 2017 onwards. The proliferation of this campaign very prominently highlights the success of the Satyagraha.
  • The satyagraha has called for a massive response, evident from the fact that more than 1 lakh pamphlets have been distributed so far.
  • Anna Hazare questions Arvind Kejriwal in his letter regarding the unfulfilled promises to him and the people and has come out in open support for Chanda Bandh Satyagraha
  • AAP has also been issued notice by income tax department regarding opaque funding practices, but they have not taken any step regarding the transparency in political donations
  • Anadhikrit Colony Vikas Sangh, which consists of 26 Resident Welfare Associations, too has extended the support to Chanda Bandh Satyagraha
  • Volunteers of No List No Donation campaign are distributing pamphlets and speaking about the basics of transparent political system to make public aware of the opaque funding practices in AAP
  • Apart from Delhiites, who formed majority of the crowd; people came all the way from Punjab to support the campaign

New Delhi, Jan 6, 2017: This is the 13th day of Chanda Bandh Satyagraha and more than 20,000 people have signed the pledge and taken the resolution of not donating to AAP till it makes its political funding public.

The Satyagraha has called for a massive response, evident from the fact that more than 1 lakh pamphlets has been distributed so far.

The Satyagraha Campaign against AAP is garnering support from a large number of people and their number is increasing each day. Today, apart from delhiites, who formed majority of the crowd; people came all the way from Punjab to support the campaign.

The No List: No Donation Campaign against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in New Delhi is in full swing  and the ongoing signature drive is taking place at Rajeev Chowk Metro Station, Gate no. 7 in New Delhi.

Single point Questionnaire has been launched so that public opinion can be recorded, and we can bring end to the corrupt practices in AAP.

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Youth taking active part in Chanda Bandh Satyagraha

Not only people, even social groups have also come forward to proudly support the campaign and are creating awareness among people to join the fight against corruption.

The campaign has taken on the opaque funding practices by AAP. It may be known that AAP preaches 100 % financial transparency in its donations, yet has discontinued showing names of donors from the website since June 2016.

The satyagrahis of Chanda Band Satyagraha stand at public places in Delhi with banners and placards which essentially convey the message: “Take a Pledge not to donate to Aam Aadmi Party until it makes it Political Funding Public.”

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During the ongoing campaign, the mother of a kid asked his son to support the No List: No Donation Campaign. This bears proof that there is so much need of clean politics in the nation. Anadhikrit Colony Vikas Sangh, which consists of 26 Resident Welfare Associations, too has extended the support to Chanda Bandh Satyagraha.

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Chanda Bandh Satyagraha

The satyagrahis of Chanda Bandh Satyagraha stand at public places in Delhi with banners and placards which essentially convey the message: “Take a Pledge not to donate to Aam Aadmi Party until it makes it Political Fundings Public.”

AAP has also been issued notice by income tax department regarding opaque funding practices, but they have not taken any step regarding the transparency in political donations.
Volunteers of No List No Donation campaign are distributing pamphlets and speaking about the basics of the transparent political system to make public aware of the opaque funding practices in AAP.

Anna Hazare questions Arvind Kejriwal in his letter regarding the unfulfilled promises to him and the people. The campaign -blessed by Anna Hazare- is aimed at compelling the Aam Aadmi Party to do course correction since the party has refused to make details of its political donations public.

A press conference was conducted in Chandigarh on January 5, 2017 which confirmed the launching of Chanda Bandh Satyagraha in Punjab from 9th January, 2017 onwards. The proliferation of this campaign very prominently highlights the success of the Satyagraha.
The Chanda Bandh Satyagraha initiative has been taken up by Chicago-based Munish Kumar Raizada, a medical doctor and a suspended member of AAP.

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Raizada has demanded 4 specific conditions to be met: Put all donations in public domain, donations should be searchable by name (and not only via receipt number), Missing Balance Sheets after 2014 to be made public and inquiry to be ordered in the dubious donations of Rupees 2 Cr that the party received in 2014. Kejriwal had promised an inquiry into this if came into power.

Link to online petition- www.change.org

 

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On World Disability Day, NGO Narayan Seva Sansthan to hold free-of-cost Limb Donation Camp in Delhi

In addition to corrective surgeries, the camp is expected to provide training to the specially-abled and poor people to develop their potential so that they can be self-reliant

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New Delhi, Dec 2, 2016: A charitable organisation will hold an artificial limb donation camp in which 101 aids including 51 artificial limbs, tri-cycles, wheelchairs and crutches will be distributed.

The free-of-cost limb donation camp, to be organised here on World Disability Day (December 3) by Narayan Seva Sansthan, will have around 100 amputees from across the country.

“During the camp, we will be distributing prosthesis and other devices that have been designed using the latest technology by prosthetists and not normal technicians,” Narayan Seva Sansthan President Prashant Agarwal told IANS on Thursday.

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In addition to corrective surgeries, the camp is expected to provide training to the specially-abled and poor people to develop their potential so that they can be self-reliant.

“The aim of the camp is to help, guide and encourage the patients. During such camps, we often see that patients feel encouraged when they see each other. They share their experiences and guide each other accordingly,” Agarwal said.

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“India is in great need for sensitisation, when it comes to disability and we must come together to combat the stigma surrounding disabilities,” he added.

“The Artificial Limb Distribution camp is another endeavour from our side to help these individuals in their path to a fully-functioning member of the society,” he explained. (IANS)

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On her 87th Birthday, Lata Mangeshkar asks fans to remember and donate for Soldiers

Lata Mangeshkar has appealed to her fans and well-wishers to remember and donate for the brave Indian soldiers guarding our borders

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Sept 23, 2016: Legendary singer and Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar on Friday made an unusual, heart-warming request to millions of fans and music lovers planning to celebrate her upcoming 87th birthday next week.
She has appealed to her fans and well-wishers to remember and donate for the brave Indian soldiers guarding our borders.

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“Every year, on my birthday, thousands of you send me flowers, sweets, cakes, greeting cards… This year, I humbly request you all, instead of sending me these things, that money and as much as you can give, please give it to our brave soldier brothers,” Lata said in a tweet on Friday.

She said: “I believe that mother, father, teacher, motherland and the guardians of the motherland, our brave soldiers… Whatever we do for them, it is not enough. Our soldiers… who don’t think twice before sacrificing their lives for protecting our country… Because of them we are safe.”
“Hence, it is also our bounden duty to do something for them, whatever we can,” Lata said, adding that on her part, she has made a contribution for the newly-created Army Welfare Fund Battle Casualties fund.

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“I shall consider it a favour, if you all can, as per your capacity, make your contribution for this. I am confident I shall continue to receive your love, affection and blessings always. Jai Hind, Vande Mataram,” Lata, who will turn 87 on September 28, urged her fans.
Last Sunday, Lata had condemned the terror attacks in Uri, Jammu & Kashmir and demanded the strongest action against the perpetrators.
“I consider the Uri terror attacks as an example of cowardice… These perpetrators must be paid back in the same coin… That will be a real tribute to all our martyred soldier brothers,” said Lata, who has sung scores of immortal patriotic songs in her singing career. (IANS)