Govt to com­mem­o­rate 550th birth an­niver­sary of Guru Nanak Dev next yr

The Hitavada - - NATION -

THE 550th birth an­niver­sary of Guru Nanak Dev, the first Sikh Guru and founder of the faith, will be com­mem­o­rated by the Gov­ern­ment in April next year, of­fi­cials said on Thurs­day.

The de­ci­sion has been taken at a meet­ing of the Na­tional Im­ple­men­ta­tion Com­mit­tee (NIC) headed by Home Min­is­ter Ra­j­nath Singh. The Gov­ern­ment has de­cided to com­mem­o­rate the 550th birth an­niver­sary of Guru Nanak Dev as ‘uni­ver­sal brother­hood year’ and the In­dian Coun­cil for Cul­tural Re­la­tions will hold spe­cial func­tions world-wide through In­dian mis­sions, an of­fi­cial at the Home Min­istry said.

The NIC has also de­cided to com­mem­o­rate the cen­te­nary of Jal­li­wan­wala Bagh mas­sacre. Pun­jab Tourism and Cul­ture Min­is­ter Navjot Singh Sidhu, said that the State has pro­posed a Na­tional In­sti­tute of In­ter­faith Stud­ies in Amritsar and the Home Min­is­ter has as­sured to pro­vide as­sis­tance in this re­gard. Asked about the open­ing of a cor­ri­dor to Sikh holy shrine Kar­tarpur Sahib, lo­cated a few kilo­me­tres from the in­ter­na­tional bor­der in Pak­istan, Sidhu avoided a di­rect re­ply but said pil­grims should be al­lowed to pay obei­sance eas­ily.

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