NDTV – Amarinder Singh to raise Gurdwara body’s poll delay issue with centre

Amid protests by SAD and BJP members, the House authorised Captain Amarinder Singh to raise the issue with the central government.

Mohammad Ghazali

Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 15 February 2019. Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh said people have the right to early polls of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, hours after he was authorised by the State Assembly to take up with the Centre the issue of delay in elections of the supreme body controlling gurdwaras.

The SGPC elections are pending since 2016.

Talking informally with the media outside the House, the chief minister said the delay in the SGPC elections as wrong and unfair for the people of Punjab.

It was the democratic right of every Punjabi to vote in SGPC elections which cannot be denied by Union Government, he earlier said in the House, while responding to the issue that was raised by AAP lawmaker H S Phoolka.

Amid protests by SAD and BJP members, the House authorised Captain Amarinder Singh to raise the issue with the central government. The chief minister assured the House that he would meet the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh soon to press for early initiation of elections.

Since the Gurdwara Act was a national legislation, it was the bounden duty of the central government to hold timely elections to the SGPC, he said, seeking the permission of the Speaker, on behalf of his government, to adopt the resolution moved by Mr Phoolka.

Amidst protests by SAD and BJP MLAs, the Speaker put the resolution to vote, as a result of which the House authorised Captain Amarinder Singh to raise the issue with Union Government immediately.

As the resolution was put to vote, the members of ruling party and AAP welcomed it with thumping of desks.

The Chief Minister later told media there was unanimity in the House on the issue as the elections were over due by three years. Only the Akalis and BJP were not in favour, he added.



Sikh24.com – New historic Gurdwara Sahib to come up at Baku (Azerbaijan)

Sikh24 Editors

Baku – Azerbaijan, 12 February 12, 2019. In commemoration of the 550th birth anniversary of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, a religious program was organized by the Indian Embassy at a historic Sikh place visited by Guru Nanak Dev Ji in Baku (Azerbaijan) on February 10. SGPC president Gobind Singh Longowal also attended this program.

Addressing the gathering on this occasion, Gobind Singh Longowal announced to build a beautiful Gurdwara Sahib at that place with the support of the local administration. He hailed the Indian diplomats and local Sikhs for organizing this special religious program in commemoration of Guru Sahib’s birth anniversary.


Gent: Mata Sahib Kaur Gurdwara

Mata Sahib Kaur Gurdwara
20 January 2019

Sevadars in the Gurdwara kitchen

Akhand Path – Reading the last pages of the Guru Granth Sahib
Harpreet Singh organising the Facebook broadcast

Master Ji & Granthi Singh

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The Hindu – New immigration checkpoint for Kartarpur Sahib corridor

Centre designates Dera Baba Nanak check post in Gurdaspur

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New Delhi – India, 11 February 2019. The Home Ministry has designated the Dera Baba Nanak land check post in Gurdaspur district, the exit and entry point in Punjab for visiting the Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara in Pakistan, as an authorised immigration checkpoint.

In a notification, the Ministry said on Monday that anyone with valid travel documents could exit or enter through the check post.

“In pursuance of sub-rule (b) of rule 3 of the Passport (Entry into India) Rules, 1950, the central government hereby designates Dera Baba Nanak Land Check Post of District Gurdaspur, Punjab State as an authorised Immigration Check Post for entry into/exit from India with valid travel documents for all classes of passengers,” the notification said.

Sikh bodies have been petitioning both the governments to build a pilgrim corridor over the border from Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur to Kartarpur in the Narowal province of Pakistani Punjab. The plan is to complete the project by November 23, the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak.

On November 26 last year, Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu laid the foundation stone of the Dera Baba Nanak-Kartarpur Sahib Corridor (up to the International Border) at an event at Mann village in Gurdaspur district. On November 28, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan laid the foundation stone of the 4-km corridor on the Pakistan side, which is expected to be completed by 2019.


The Tribune – Pakistan Gurdwara where Guru Nanak used to play as a child gets a new look

Varinder Singh, Tribune News Service

Jalandhar – Panjab – India, 09 February 2019. The main building of Gurdwara Bal Leela Sahib at Nankana Sahib in Pakistan has been thrown open to the pilgrims after a 10-year-long renovation.

The gurdwara holds great importance for Sikhs and Hindus around the world. It was here that Guru Nanak used to play with his childhood friends in an open field. It was here that the guru-born in Nankana Sahib in 1469, would enlighten his friends about God.

The gurdwara is located 300 metres south-east of Gurdwara Janam Asthan. The Nanaksar Sarovar on the gurdwara premises was built by Rai Bular, the ruler of Rai Bhoe Ki Talwandi, currently known as Nankana Sahib.

The gurdwara management before 1921 was with the Nirmala Sikhs. Between 1921 and 1947 Sikhs managed its affairs. After Partition, the management was transferred to the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) of Pakistan.

The dilapidated building was closed for visitors around 17 years ago.

“Now, the gurdwara has once again been thrown open to the pilgrims after completion of the ‘Kar Sewa’ with the joint efforts of the UK-based Jatha Guru Ka Bagh, Baba Jagtar Singh Kar Sewa Wale of Tarn Taran, the ETPB and the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee,” Sukhbir Singh Maan, the head granthi of the gurdwara, told The Tribune over the phone.

The langar hall, Parkash Asthan and Sukhasan Sthan had been renovated over a period of 10 years, he said.

“The old sarovar adjacent to the gurdwara is lying dried-up and needs renovation. The gurdwara is now open to pilgrims after completion of the Kar Sewa,” Maan said, adding that the ‘Parkash’ of Guru Granth Sahib is held there daily.

The sixth guru, Guru Hargobind, had reportedly visited the town and had the shrine premises enlarged. Dewan Kaura Mal, a Hindu noble, had got the holy pond renovated and brick-lined after his victory over Multan in 1748. Maharaja Ranjit Singh was behind the renovation of the holy shrine building and enlargement of the sarovar in the early 1800s.

The last renovation of the gurdwara was held under Sant Gurmukh Singh Sewa Wale between 1930 and 1940.


Firstpost – Kartarpur Sahib Corridor: Pakistan delegation to visit India on 13 March to finalise draft agreement

Islamabad Capital Territory – Pakistan, 08 February 2019. Pakistan on Thursaday said it will send a delegation to India next month to discuss and finalise draft agreement for setting up a corridor to facilitate visit of Sikh pilgrims to the Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara.

India and Pakistan agreed to open up a special border crossing linking Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Kartarpur, the final resting place of Sikh faith’s founder Guru Nanak Dev, to the Dera Baba Nanak gurdwara in India’s Gurdaspur district.

Kartarpur Sahib is located in Pakistan’s Narowal district across the river Ravi, about four kilometres from the Dera Baba Nanak gurdwara. Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib, the first Gurdwara, was established by Guru Nanak Dev in 1522, where he is said to have died.

The corridor will facilitate visa-free travel of Indian Sikh pilgrims to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur.

Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal announced on social media that Pakistan also proposed a return visit by Indian delegation on 28 March.

“In a spirit of constructive engagement, Pakistan has proposed to India that the Pakistan delegation may visit India on 13 March followed by the return visit of the Indian delegation to Pakistan on 28 March to finalise the draft agreement for the Kartarpur corridor,” he tweeted.

Faisal further said that “we look forward to positive reciprocity from India.”

Last month, the two countries floated proposals to host talks in order to give the final shape to the agreement.

Pakistan has committed to open the corridor in November on the occasion of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh on 26 November last year laid the foundation stone for the Kartarpur corridor in Gurdaspur district.

Two days later, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan laid the foundation stone for the corridor at Narowal, 125 km from Lahore. The decision to build the corridor, from Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur district to the International Border, was taken by the Union Cabinet on 22 November.

The two governments have also launched the construction work to build corridor for the Sikh pilgrims to help them visit the gurdwara through the shortest route.

But, both sides are yet to finalise the modalities of travel of the Indian pilgrims to the Gurudwara across the international border without visa.


The News – British Sikhs to invest millions in Pakistan

Myra Imran

Islamabad Capital Territory – Pakistan, 06 February 2019. Pakistan’s leading business group and British Sikh Association has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to make a commitment of working together in the development of the infrastructure for the Kartarpur Corridor and other sites of religious importance in Pakistan for Sikh pilgrims.

Signed between British Sikh Association and Hashoo Group, the objective of MoU is to ink “Expression of Willingness” by both the parties to exclusively support each other in the initiation of development projects of The Kartarpur Corridor and Sikh religious sites and to clearly identify the roles and responsibilities of each party.

According the MoU, both parties will work together to develop a suitable master plan for the project and develop a 10-year development and marketing strategy for the project. It says that the detailed terms and condition will be set out by execution of separate agreements for selected projects.

Both parties will also collaborate and support each other in promotion of the project, land acquisition, press communications, marketing strategies and raising funds to budget the projects. They will also identify mutually acceptable investment opportunities connected with the project within Pakistan.

In 1504 CE, the founder of the Sikh Faith, Guru Nanak Dev Ji,founded the city of Kartarpur.

The city is a most sacred place in the Sikh religion. It is also the place where Guru Nanak lived the latter part of his life until his heavenly departure and where the holy shrine of Gurdwara Darbar Sahib is located. The Sikhs feel that it is their birth right to be able to visit their holy shrines, which was sadly restricted since the partition of 1947.

A significant step to open the corridor was recently initiated when the Punjab Tourism Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu attended Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan’s inaugural ceremony in August 2018.

During his visit he met Pakistan’s Army Chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa who made the offer that the government of Pakistan would open the Kartarpur Corridor from Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary in November 2019 as a gesture to the global Sikh community. The corridor will allow pilgrims visa free access.

The willingness and intent of both countries was enshrined with the foundations being laid for the Kartarpur Corridor in November 2018 by Prime Minister Imran Khan and Vice President of India Venkaiah Naidu.

As a next step, for development of a permanent and sustainable corridor and related infrastructure, a delegation from Pakistan visited the UK to meet leaders from the British Sikh Community.

The Pakistani delegation included Ambassador Hameed Kidwai, Deputy Chairman of the Hashoo Group Murtaza Haswani, and Hashoo Group’s Chief Commercial and Strategy Officer Steven Henderson.

The Pakistani delegation met with Chairman of Sun Mark Ltd and Chairman of the British Sikh Association Dr Rami Ranger CBE, along with British Sikh Association President Amarjit Dassan, Vice Chairman Dr Ravi Gidar and Vice Presidents Jasbir Johal and Surjit Pandher. T

he Sikh Gurdwaras were represented by Gurmail Singh Malhi, the President of Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara, Southall, London.

A Parliamentary meeting was organised recently to share Kartarpur plans which culminated with the signing of the MoU between the British Sikh Association and Hashoo Group, signed by Dr Rami Ranger CBE on behalf of the British Sikh Association and Murtaza Haswani on behalf of the Hashoo Group.

In a statement issued after signing the MoU, Dr Rami Ranger said that it was a historic opportunity and one that he did not expect to see in his lifetime. “We are proud of the steps taken by Prime Minister Imran Khan and supported by the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi for the development and opening of the Kartarpur Corridor, it will be great benefit to both countries and is a blessing for the Sikh Community”.

Ambassador Kidwai thanked Sikh community in Britain for their warmth and support and expressed confidence that this initiative of Prime Minister Imran Khan would be appreciated by Sikhs throughout the world, as well as providing an opportunity for greater relations between Pakistan and India.

He said that the Kartarpur Corridor was the brainchild of Dr Rami Ranger, supported by Mian Tariq Javid, Saleem Sheikh and endorsed by Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Murtaza Hashwani, Deputy Chairman of the Hashoo Group, stated that the Hashoo Group is committed to making this historic project a success and as one of the leading businesses in Pakistan. “The Hashoo Group looks forward to supporting the British Sikh Association for the benefit of Sikhs globally,” he said.


Gent Gurdwara – Gentbrugse Meersen – Groen Nieuwjaars receptie

Gent Gurdwara
06 January 2019

New Nishan Sahib (Sikh flag)

Mata Sahib Kaur Gurdwara
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Gentbrugse Meersen
08 January 2019

Evi having a look at the fields of the Meersen

Wee houses on bits of trees ???

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My cousin Cornelis Adrianus Swenne is also known as Cas

Groen Nieuwjaars receptie
Parnassus – Oude Houtlei
08 January 2019

It was kind of busy ….

Orange Evi with the Greens !

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Pakistan Today – PTI MPA submits resolution in PA against construction in Kartarpur

Staff Report

Lahore – Panjab – Pakistan, 02 February 2019. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) MPA Momina Waheed on Saturday submitted a resolution in the Punjab Assembly Secretariat demanding that no construction be carried around the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib shrine in Kartarpur.

The women lawmaker states in the resolution that the shrine holds a special significance for the Sikh community. “Baba Guru Nanak plowed the fields of Kartarpur Gurdwara for 18 years. No construction should be carried out in the fields where he grew crops.”

Earlier, on 26 January, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had said the government had prepared feasibility report of Kartarpur corridor project and it would spend Rs2 billion on it.

Addressing a public rally in Umerkot, Qureshi said the entire Sikh community was very happy over the opening of Kartarpur corridor and Pakistan had received an overwhelming response on this gesture from the entire world.

Pakistan on 21 January shared a draft agreement for facilitation of Sikh pilgrims with India through the Indian high commission in Islamabad.

The Foreign Office spokesperson said that the government had appointed Director General South Asia Dr Muhammad Faisal as the focal person on Kartarpur and requested that the government of India designate a focal person at its end.

He said that Pakistan also invited the government of India to urgently send a delegation to Islamabad to negotiate and finalise the agreement.

Pakistan took this step to accommodate the longstanding request of the Sikh community, especially from India particularly in view of the 550th birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak, the spokesperson added.


The Tribune – Plaint filed against Sirsa

New Delhi – India, 31 January 2019. Gurpreet Kaur, wife of Parminderpal Singh, ex-media adviser to ex-DSGMC president Manjit Singh GK, yesterday filed a police complaint against ex-general secretary Manjinder Singh Sirsa levelling allegation for defaming her husband through a show-cause notice on the basis of “unexplained and unreasonable” evidence of corruption.

The complaint said, “My husband was honorary media adviser in the DSGMC. He has rendered his expertise for the last six years without taking any penny. But from December 22, 2018, due to internal power politics between Sirsa and Manjit Singh, Sirsaji is continuously trying to defame my husband.”

Though Sirsa refused to comment, one of his office staff said the complaint was lodged after Parminder was questioned for giving Rs 60 lakh to a TV channel for publicity during his tenure as the media adviser.