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Amarinder seeks suggestions from Sant Samaj for global celebrations of 550th Parkash Purab of Guru Nanak Dev
10.09.18 - Team PT
Amarinder seeks suggestions from Sant Samaj for global celebrations of 550th Parkash Purab of Guru Nanak Dev



Punjab Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh, on Monday sought the blessings and suggestions from the Sant Samaj for commemorating the 550th ‘Parkash Purab of Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji in a befitting manner across the globe.

Interacting with the representatives of the Sant Samaj, the chief minister said that it was a matter of pride and honour for him that these celebrations were being held during his tenure. He said that his government will ensure that the celebrations are held in the most befitting manner and they had even sought assistance for it from the union government. 
 
The chief minister urged the representatives of Sant Samaj to give their suggestions and inputs for crystallising the concept and programs for the celebrations. The Chief Minister constituted a committee, comprising Local Government Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, Cooperation Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa and PWD Minister Vijay Inder Singla, for preparing the blue print for the mega celebrations. Captain Amarinder Singh said the yearlong celebrations will focus on Guruji’s life, his ideology, and his works, which till date continue to inspire millions across the globe.

He said that the suggestions and recommendations of the Sant Samaj will be considered by the committee before finalising the blue print for the celebrations. He requested Baba Sarvjot Singh Bedi to form a committee of the representatives from Sant Samaj, which would keep in regular touch with the state executive committee to ensure meticulous implementation of final program.

The Chief Minister apprised the members of Sant Samaj that his government will be celebrating various events at the historic places closely connected with the life of Guru ji. These would include Sultanpur Lodhi, Dera Baba Nanak and Batala, besides others.

The Chief Minister said that on the suggestion of the state government the Prime Minister had formed a 36-member national committee under the chairmanship of Union Home Minister, with Union Finance Minister, CM Punjab, Union Cultural Affairs Minister and Principal Secretary Cultural Affairs as its members. He said former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh was also being consulted by the state government to chalk out the modalities and action program for these celebrations.

Giving details of the schedule, the CM said that the Parkash Purab of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji would be celebrated on November 12, 2019. The State Government would initiate development works at the historical places, associated with the life of Guru ji, in the second week of November this year.  He said that State had sought a special package of Rs 2145 crore from Centre. The projects envisaged by the state government include setting up of a National Institute of Interfaith Studies at Amritsar and a Rs 500 crore 500-bed Super Specialty Hospital at Gurdaspur in the name of Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji. Besides the government will be establishing a Heritage Village-Pind Babe Nanak Da at Sultanpur Lodhi at a cost of Rs. 200 crore and undertaking various development works.        

The Chief Minister said that the State Government had also constituted a three-member committee, headed by Vice Chancellor Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, with Head of the university’s History Department and a representative of Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee as its members, to suggest to the Government the roads, which were travelled by Guruji, so that they can be named after him.

Emphasising the need to extend all possible assistance, facilities and adequate arrangements to Sangat in lakhs, which is expected to be gathered here to pay their obeisance on this historic occasion, the Chief Minister said that the State Government was already in touch with the Ministry of Railways, GOI for running Special Trains to these holy places from different parts of the country. Besides, a coffee table book is also being brought out on this sacred occasion to highlight the philosophy and teachings of Guru ji, who preached the oneness of God, harmony, brotherhood, compassion and truth to the humanity.

Earlier while initiating the discussions, Baba Narinder Singh Ji Langran, flagged issues relating to accommodation, parking facilities, security, availability of drinking water, sanitation for the Sangat that would be visiting the state from across India and abroad. He also demanded that the road linking Phillaur, Nurmahal, Nakodar, Sultanpur Lodhi, Goindwal Sahib and Tarn Taran should be declared National Highway.
 

Disclaimer : PunjabToday.in and other platforms of the Punjab Today group strive to include views and opinions from across the entire spectrum, but by no means do we agree with everything we publish. Our efforts and editorial choices consistently underscore our authors' right to the freedom of speech. However, it should be clear to all readers that individual authors are responsible for the information, ideas or opinions in their articles, and very often, these do not reflect the views of PunjabToday.in or other platforms of the group. Punjab Today does not assume any responsibility or liability for the views of authors whose work appears here.

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SIT FOR INVESTIGATION OF SACRILEGE INCIDENTS
Punjab withdraws notifications of cases transferred earlier to CBI
06.09.18 - Team PT
Punjab withdraws notifications of cases transferred earlier to CBI



Chandigarh, September 6: In pursuance of Punjab Vidhan Sabha resolution to withdraw the investigation of sacrilege incidents of Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji from Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the state government on Thursday issued fresh notifications to de-notify the earlier notifications issued in this regard to entrust the task of investigations to Special Investigation Team (SIT). 

Disclosing this here today, a spokesperson of the Chief Minister's Office said that this decision has been taken in wake of the Report of Inquiry of the Justice (Retd.) Ranjit Singh Commission, which was discussed and deliberated upon in the special session of Punjab Vidhan Sabha on August 28, 2018. It was observed by the House that, even after a lapse of three years from such entrustment of investigation, no report has been filed by the CBI. Given this and considering the importance of the issues at hand, the Vidhan Sabha viewed it appropriate that the incidents of sacrilege to Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji which occurred at Kotkapura, Bargari, Behbal Kalan and the related incidents of police firing, for which cases were registered and investigation entrusted to the CBI be withdrawn from it and be investigated by SIT. It was also felt by the August House that this course of action would bring an efficacious conclusion to the issues of high public importance, would ensure that emotive character of the issue does not adversely affect the civil society in the state of Punjab and would be in the larger public interest. 

In exercise, the powers conferred under Section 6 of Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, 1946 (Central XXV of 1946), the Punjab Governor has withdrawn its consent given to all the members of Delhi Special Police Establishment to exercise the powers and jurisdiction of the members of the Delhi Special Police Establishment in the whole of the state of Punjab for investigation into the cases FIR No.128 dated October 12, 2015 under Section 295, 120-B of IPC, FIR No.117 dated September 25, 2015 under Section 295-A IPC and FIR No.63 dated June 2, 2015 under Section 295-A, 380 IPC registered at Police Station Baja Khana in district Faridkot by de-notifying the notification issued on November 2, 2015. Likewise, the notification issued on August 24, 2018 has also been de-notified through which the Governor had earlier  entrusted the investigations to CBI related to case FIR No.130 dated October 21, 2015 registered under Sections 302, 307, 34 of IPC & 25, 27 of Arms Act at Police Station Baza Khana in district Faridkot and FIR No.129 dated August 7, 2018 registered under Section 307, 323, 341, 148, 149 of IPC and Section 27 of Arms Act, 1959 at Police Station City Kotkapura in district Faridkot.  

 It may be recalled that the state government had constituted a Commission of Inquiry headed by Justice (Retd.) Ranjit Singh on April 14, 2017, which was mandated to conduct an enquiry into the cases of sacrilege of Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji, Srimad Bhagwad Gita and Holy Quran Sharif; enquire into the detailed facts and circumstances and chronology of events of what actually happened and to identify as a matter of fact the role played by various persons into what happened; enquire into the truth of what occurred in such incidents and factual role of the persons who may have been involved; enquire into the firing in Kotkapura on October 14, 2015 and village Behbal Kalan in district Faridkot, in which two persons died; and indentify and enquire into the role of the Police officers/officials in incomplete/inconclusive investigation into the earlier incidents of sacrileges so far. 
 

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_______________________________________________________________


Punjab Today believes in serious, engaging, narrative journalism at a time when mainstream media houses seem to have given up on long-form writing and news television has blurred or altogether erased the lines between news and slapstick entertainment. We at Punjab Today believe that readers such as yourself appreciate cerebral journalism, and would like you to hold us against the best international industry standards. Brickbats are welcome even more than bouquets, though an occasional pat on the back is always encouraging. Good journalism can be a lifeline in these uncertain times worldwide. You can support us in myriad ways. To begin with, by spreading word about us and forwarding this reportage. Stay engaged.

— Team PT


 





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