Punjab [PPSC] Current Affairs - 2020

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Punjab Seeks British Govt Apology for Jallianwala Bagh Massacre

The government of Punjab has sought an apology from the British government for the JallianwalaBagh massacre. A resolution demanding an apology from the British government was passed unanimously from the Punjab Assembly.

Resolution of Punjab Assembly

The resolution passed unanimously by the Punjab Assembly states:

The resolution unanimously recommended the state government to take up this matter with the government of India to impress upon the British government to officially apologise for the massacre of innocent people at Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar.

UK condemns avoids Apology

In 2013, then British Prime Minister David Cameron visited Jallianwala Bagh. He had voiced regret over the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre and referred to it as a ‘shameful event in British history’.

In 2017 London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s called for an official apology on the 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre. Thereafter UK Foreign Office stated that government has “rightly condemned” the “deeply shameful act” in British history in the past and had invoked the regret expressed by then PM David Cameron in 2013.

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Emergency Response Support System (ERSS) launched in 16 States and UTs

The 112 helpline which was earlier launched in Himachal Pradesh and Nagaland was launched in 16 states and UTs by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh under the Emergency Response Support System (ERSS).

The 16 states and Union Territories where the helpline was launched were Andhra Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Puducherry, Lakshadweep, Andaman, Dadar and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, Jammu and Kashmir.

Emergency Response Support System (ERSS)

The Emergency Response Support System (ERSS) integrates police (100), fire (101) and women (1090) helpline numbers into a single 112 helpline number and the process is on to integrate the health emergency number (108) soon.

To access the ERSS the person can dial ‘112’ on a phone. The person can also press the power button of a smartphone three times quickly to send a panic call to the Emergency Response Centre or long press the ‘5’ or ‘9’ key to activate the panic call from the normal phone.

The ERSS can also be accessed through  ‘112’ India mobile app, which is available free on Google Play Store and Apple Store or log onto the ERSS website for the respective state and send an emergency email or SOS alert to state Emergency response centre.

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