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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....