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Kartarpur Sahib corridor shut for devotees

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After temporarily suspending the movement of people and commodities from Pakistan at the joint check post at Attari near Amritsar in Punjab, the government of India shut the Kartarpur Sahib corridor from Sunday midnight for pilgrims as a precaution against coronavirus.

In the wake of COVID19 India outbreak, as a precautionary measure to contain and control spread of the disease, the travel and registration for Sri Kartarpur Sahib is temporarily suspended from 0000hrs, March 16, 2020, till further orders, a tweet by a spokesperson for the Ministry of Home Affairs said.

Fearing apprehensions of travel ban on Indian devotees visiting Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara in Pakistan, Akal Takht, the highest temporal seat of the Sikhs, two days back asked the government of India not to impose the ban.

“Unless the government (of India) is going to impose a travel ban on all international pilgrimages, it should not impose any ban on the devotees visiting the Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara to pay obeisance as it is a matter of faith for the Sikhs,” Akal Takht chief Giani Harpreet Singh told the media in Amritsar.

The 4.2 km corridor links Dera Baba Nanak town in Gurdaspur district with Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara in Shakargarh tehsil in Narowal district of Pakistan.

Officials told IANS since the scare of coronavirus, the number of devotees visiting daily to Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara has drastically reduced.

With this ban, now devotees won’t be able to travel to Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara from Monday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 9 last year opened the Kartarpur Corridor by flagging off the first lot of pilgrims to visit Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara.

India and Pakistan in October last year signed an agreement to operationalise the Kartarpur corridor to allow Indian pilgrims a visa-free visit to the holy gurdwara, believed to have been built on the site where Guru Nanak died in the 16th century, and located some 4 km inside Pakistan.

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Another cabinet reshuffle in Raj on the cards, hints Gehlot

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 Rajasthan may see another cabinet reshuffle in the coming months. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has indicated this possibility in a meeting of the party at its headquarters, said Congress sources.

The meeting was held on Tuesday.

The Rajasthan CM said that many MLAs, who have stood by the Congress during tough times, could not be accommodated in the recent cabinet expansion and reshuffle carried out in November. “However, we will ensure that work should not face any hindrance in their constituencies. They will be accommodated in the cabinet during another reshuffle if party high command allows,” said CM in the meeting, which was confirmed by party sources.

The CM was addressing party workers during a meeting to discuss the protest to be staged in Delhi against rising inflation on December 12.

On this occasion, state Congress president Govind Singh Dotasra and Rajasthan in-charge Ajay Maken were also present.

It needs to be mentioned here that five out of the six BSP MLAs, who had joined Congress, and 13 independents, who supported the Congress during the rebellion could not be accommodated in the cabinet reshuffle.

Rajendra Guda, one of the six former BSP MLAs had already expressed his displeasure on five of his team members being left unattended. Similarly, Ramkesh Meena, another independent also went vocal over the same issue. He has been appointed as advisor to the CM. But, the advisor posts would not hold cabinet rank, Gehlot clarified recently.

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President, PM lead nation in greeting Nagaland on statehood day

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 President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday led the political brass of the country in greeting people of Nagaland on the state’s formation day.

President Kovind said: “Greetings to the people of Nagaland on statehood day. The rich culture and traditions of Naga tribes enrich our ‘Unity in Diversity’. I fondly recall the warmth of the people during my visit in 2017. My best wishes for a bright future of the people and the State.”

In a tweet, Prime Minister Modi said that the people of Nagaland are making rich contributions to India’s growth.

“On the special occasion of Nagaland’s Statehood Day, greetings to the wonderful people of the state. Naga culture personifies valour and humane values. The people of Nagaland are making rich contributions to India’s growth. I pray for Nagaland’s progress in the years to come,” Modi said.

Greeting people, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu said: “My greetings to the people of Nagaland on their state formation day. Recently, I visited Nagaland and was captivated by its pristine beauty, vibrant culture and the deep connection of its people with nature. My best wishes for the all-round growth & prosperity of #Nagaland.”

Union Home Minister Amit Shah said: “I extend my warm greetings to our sisters and brothers of Nagaland on their Statehood Day. This beautiful state is known for its rich traditions and cultural diversity. May Nagaland scale new heights of progress in the coming years.”

Wishing people of the state, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted, “Best wishes to the wonderful people of Nagaland on their Statehood Day. The state is known for its natural beauty and vibrant culture. Praying for Nagaland’s continuous growth and development.”

BJP chief J P Nadda said: “Warm greetings to the sisters and brothers of Nagaland on their Statehood Day. The state of Nagaland is blessed with immense natural beauty and unique culture. I pray for continuous development and prosperity of the people of this beautiful state.

Union Civil Aviation Minisetr Jyotiraditya Scindia said: “Warm wishes to the people of Nagaland on the State’s Foundation Day. May it continue to move rapidly on the path of prosperity and growth.”

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Stalin govt mulls declaring ‘Pongal’ as Tamil New Year day

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 The DMK government is planning to make the first day of the Tamil month, ‘Thai’ as the Tamil New Year day. First day of ‘Thai’ is ‘Pongal’ and the state government, according to sources, is contemplating announcing ‘Pongal’ as the first day of Tamil New Year.

Pongal falls on January 14. If the announcement is made, then the state will go back to an order of 2008 wherein the then Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, late M. Karunanidhi, who is the father of the present Chief Minister M.K. Stalin, announced ‘Pongal’ as the Tamil New Year day. He had announced in the state Assembly then that the Tamil scholars were in full agreement to make ‘Pongal’ or the first day of the Tamil month of ‘Thai’ as the Tamil New Year day.

‘Kalaignar’ Karunanidhi had in 2008 also moved a legislation in the state Assembly announcing ‘Pongal’ as the Tamil New Year day.

However, after the AIADMK under J. Jayalalithaa came to power in 2011, she introduced a Bill in the state Assembly that the first day of the Tamil month ‘Chithirai’ was celebrated as the Tamil New Year day and that there was no need to change it to the first day of ‘Thai’. She moved the legislation in the state Assembly and nullified the changes made by the previous government.

However, ten years after the DMK government assumed office, it is being seriously discussed that the Stalin government would revert to the stand taken by the Karunanidhi government in 2008.

Speculations on this gained currency after the bags, that were meant to distribute gift hampers, were printed with the message of the Chief Minister stating, ‘Iniya Thamiz Puthaandu, Pongal Nallavazhthukal’ (Tamil New Year, Pongal Greetings). This has gone viral and the Civil Service department officials when contacted by IANS were tight-lipped on the same.

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