J & K State Gurdwara Parbandhak Board officials hand over passports to Sikh devotees after they got visa to visit Pakistan for celebrating the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji in Jammu, Tuesday, Nov 20, 2018.
India on Friday lodged a strong protest with Pakistan that despite having been granted prior travel permission by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan, the Consular officials of the High Commission of India in Islamabad were harrased and denied access on November 21 and 22 to Gurudwara Nankana Sahib and Gurudwara Sacha Sauda to meet Indian pilgrims visiting Pakistan under the Bilateral Protocol. He also announced the government's plan to develop Punjab's heritage town of Sultanpur Lodhi, which is of religious significance to the Sikh community. The decision was made at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in view of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev in 2019. In a message, President said, "the life of Guru Nanak Dev teaches us to love and harmony".
Highlighting on the key points for the development on the issue, Singh said that a High-Level Committee chaired by him will regularly review, monitor and oversee the implementation of activities to celebrate the anniversary of Guru Nanak.
"I humbly request the Government to dispense their duty towards 12 Crore "Nanak Naam Laivas" world over, by writing to the Pakistan Government".
RBI move a small victory for govt, say Finance Ministry officials
The reduction in capital adequacy ratio by 1% would release the central bank's capital worth Rs 55,000 crore for lending. The highest payout was in 2015-16, when 83% of the RBI's income was transferred to the Centre as surplus.
Commemorative coin and postage stamps will be released by the Government of India to mark this momentous occasion.
Sidhu's visit to Pakistan to attend Imran Khan's swearing-in ceremony as prime minister of Pakistan in August this year had come under fire from the Opposition for his hug to Pakistan army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa. "Kartarpur corridor project with all modern amenities and facilities to be implemented with Central Government funding".
While Sidhu had said that the Pakistan government was waiting for an official request from India to open the route, Badal had claimed that Sidhu had deliberately made it seem like Islamabad was ready to let Punjabi pilgrims in, and that the delay was from New Delhi's side.
Sukhbir Singh Badal of the SAD also lauded the Centre's move. "We welcome the Sikh community to Pakistan for this auspicious occasion", Qureshi tweeted.