The Indian Express – Kartarpur Sahib corridor: India, Pakistan discuss technical issues

In November 2018, India and Pakistan had agreed to set up the border crossing linking Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, the final resting place of Sikh faith founder Guru Nanak, to Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur district.
Dera Baba Nanak (Gurdaspur) – Kartarpur (Narowal)

New Delhi – India, 16 April 2019. India and Pakistan Tuesday held a meeting on technical aspects of the proposed Kartarpur corridor linking Gurudwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Narowal with to Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district in Punjab, officials said.

At the nearly four-hour-long meeting, which took place in makeshift tents at “Zero point” of the proposed corridor, experts and technicians from both the countries discussed “timing for completion of bridge, alignment of roads and engineering aspects of the proposed crossing points”, they said.

Official sources said India proposed the meeting to address outstanding technical issues for the corridor and Pakistan agreed to it, adding implementation of the project is progressing with “speed”.

While the meeting was on, civilians were not allowed access to a point on the Indian side from where they can have darshan of Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib through binoculars.

Various issues were discussed for speedy completion of the proposed project, the officials said.

The Pakistani team included 8-10 delegates from the foreign ministry, and religion and federal works departments, while the 12-member Indian team comprised officials from the Land Ports Authority of India, National Highways Authority of India, Centre Public Work Department and Border Security Force.

In November 2018, India and Pakistan had agreed to set up the border crossing linking Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, the final resting place of Sikh faith founder Guru Nanak, to Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur district.

Kartarpur is located in Pakistan’s Narowal district across the Ravi, about four km from the Dera Baba Nanak.

The first meeting to finalise the modalities for the corridor took place on the Indian side of the Attari-Wagah border on March 14.

Technical experts of the two countries met on March 19 during which alignment, coordinates and several other engineering aspects of the proposed corridor were discussed.

However, on March 29, India conveyed its strong concerns to Pakistan over the presence of a leading Khalistani separatist in a committee appointed by Islamabad on the Kartarpur project.

India also postponed a previously agreed meeting on the project which was to be held on April 2 in Wagah on the Pakistani side.

India specifically sought response from Pakistan on presence of Khalistani separatist Gopal Chawla in the Kartarpur committee.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had on November 26 last year laid the foundation stone of the Kartarpur corridor in Gurdaspur district.

The Tribune – Dubai Gurdwara to hold daily iftar during Ramzan

Dubai, 15 April 2019. In a heart-warming gesture, the UAE’s only Gurdwara here, will host iftar for workers throughout the holy month of Ramzan, offering vegetarian meals, according to a media report.

The Gurdwara in Dubai’s Jebel Ali, which has been hosting an interfaith iftar during every Ramzan in the past six years, will offer iftar meals to workers in the area everyday during this year’s Ramadan, Surender Singh Kandhari, the chairman of the Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara, said on Sunday during Baisakhi festival celebration.

Iftar, a fast-breaking meal, is a daily ritual during the holy month of Ramzan that will start in the first week of May.

“There are a lot of Muslim workers in this area. There are not many places from where they can break their fast. We will invite these workers to have iftar from our Gurdwara,” Kandhari was quoted as saying by the Gulf News.

He said the free vegetarian meal (langar) offered to every visitor in the Gurdwara will be given to those visiting to break the fast also.

“We will add dates, fruits, rose milk, buttermilk and some Indian snacks like pakora, samosa also for them. We expect to host 100 to 200 people every day during Ramzan,” said Kandhari.

He was speaking after Baisakhi ceremony, the Sikh New Year* , which was attended by top officials of Dubai’s Community Development Authority (CDA).

“This year is very important for us here in the UAE. It is the Year of Tolerance for the UAE, 550th Year of Guru Nanak’s birth anniversary, 150th year of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary, 320th year of the birth of Khalsa Panth, and 100th year of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre which happened on a Baisakhi.

“Keeping all these in mind, we celebrated Baisakhi to send across the message of love, peace, humanity and tolerance,” Kandhari added.

* Vaisakhi is not the Sikh new year, it commemorates the founding of the Khalsa in 1699.

Bosnia – Sarajevo

08 April 2019

Bosnia travellers

The fountain

Shops and restaurants around the square

Archangel Michael and Gabriel Orthodox Church
08 April 2019

Archangel Michael

Mary and Jesus

Practice reading Cyrillic letters

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