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New Delhi/Dhaka, April 5 : India and close neighbour Bangladesh are set to ink 35 agreements during the visit of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to India beginning Friday, but would the all-important Teesta deal be on the table?

According to Bangladesh Foreign Minister A.H. Mahmood Ali, the agreements to be inked when Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Hasina meet here on April 8 would be related to the establishment of border posts, information exchange, nuclear power, science, technology, electricity, energy and defence. But he declined to reveal if any agreement on sharing of the Teesta river waters, that has been hanging fire for years, would be on the table.

Hasina’s visit from April 7 comes seven years after her last bilateral visit to India in January 2010 and almost two years after Modi’s visit to Bangladesh in June 2015.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is to join a bilateral meeting between Modi and Hasina during which the issue of the Teesta water sharing and Ganges Barrage project are to be taken up, Bangladesh media said quoting Indian Ministry of External Affairs officials.

Amid speculation of a likely deal on Teesta during Hasina’s April 7-10 visit, Banerjee on Wednesday said there is no water in the river.

The West Bengal Chief Minister, whose cooperation is crucial for any river water agreement with Bangladesh, has maintained that she will prioritise her state’s interest while deciding on the proposed water sharing treaty.

She has also claimed the Centre has not consulted her over the issue.

“What will I do if there is no water? There is no water in the Teesta,” she said on Wednesday.

Banerjee is also scheduled to join a banquet dinner hosted by President Pranab Mukherjee in the honour of Hasina.

Ahead of her keenly-awaited visit, Hasina on Wednesday said that everything between Bangladesh and India would be dealt with maintaining friendly relations, and nothing detrimental to the country would be done.

At an event in Dhaka, Hasina said “vested quarters” had termed the 25 years Friendship Agreement, 1974 between the two nations as an agreement of slavery. But she said, Bangladesh gained more from the agreement including settlement of the land boundary issue.

She said that Bangladesh has been able to resolve the issue of land boundary with India keeping their friendship intact, and in a similar spirit, the issue of their maritime boundary was also settled.

She brushed aside the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s concerns on the deals to be inked and assured that her government would not sign any deal with India that may harm Bangladesh’s interest.

“Loquacious people will talk, but we (Awami League) can never harm our nation,” she was quoted as saying at her party office on Wednesday.

Hasina was earlier scheduled to visit India during last December but the visit was postponed as both sides could not agree on dates.

Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar was in Dhaka in February and met the Bangladesh Prime Minister after which it was announced that the visit would take place in April.

Ahead of the announcement of the visit’s dates last month, Indian High Commissioner Harsh Vardhan Shringla in Dhaka said India attaches “highest importance” to the visit.

Hasina is the head of government of “a neighbouring friendly country with whom we share the longest land boundary. And both land and maritime boundary issues between the two countries have been resolved within a very short time”, he said.

India has also started transmitting additional power to Bangladesh and has set up the third Indian internet gateway in Agartala, Tripura, through Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh.

Islamist terrorism is also likely to come up for discussion during the summit. With the state of affairs as it is in Pakistan, India would not like to have a similar situation arising in its eastern neighbour where Islamist fervour, particularly of the Wahhabi kind, has been on the rise since 9/11.

Hasina has not hesitated in cracking down on Islamist terrorism in her country.

Sub-regional cooperation is another area that is likely to come up for discussion during the Modi-Hasina summit.

With the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) becoming a virtually ineffective body mainly due to the tensions between India and Pakistan, New Delhi has been giving emphasis to sub-regional groupings within the SAARC and also to the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec) regional grouping.

Bimstec comprises Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal.

In fact, Hasina was among the leaders invited when India hosted the Bimstec Outreach Summit on the sidelines of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) Summit in Goa last year.

With China too cosying up to Bangladesh, New Delhi would like to see that balance of ties in the region is maintained.

President Mukherjee has also invited Hasina to stay at the Rashtrapati Bhavan during the visit.

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Women fatally shot in head during robbery in Patna

“An FIR has been registered against unidentified persons and effort are on to arrest them,” Patna SSP Upendra Sharma said.

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Patna, Nov 29: A woman was fatally shot in her head by robbers after she resisted their move to loot passengers of an aut-rickshaw in state capital Patna, police said on Sunday.

Saiqa Parveen was travelling with her husband Imran Alam in the auto-rickshaw when she was shot dead late Saturday night.

Police said that when the auto-rickshaw reached Chiraiyatadh flyover near Patna railway station, two men riding it asked the driver to stop. Two more persons riding two motorcycles reached the spot and looted all the passengers at gunpoint.

While Alam handed over his belongings, Parveen resisted the robbers. One of them shot her in the head, killing her on the spot.

Alam, a private bank employee in Siwan, was on way to his native Dehri-on-Sone town in Bihar along with his wife. As they had reached Patna at night, they were on way to the railway station for overnight stay in a nearby hotel, he told the police.

“An FIR has been registered against unidentified persons and effort are on to arrest them,” Patna SSP Upendra Sharma said.

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SFJ annouces $1M aid for agitating farmers, agencies vigilant

The SFJ had announced anti-India campaign, ‘Referendum-2020’, in November this year to seek secession of Punjab from India.

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New Delhi: As thousands of farmers from Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh are rallying at Delhi’s three interstate border points, banned secessionist group Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) is trying to fish in troubled waters by announcing $1 million aid for farmers who suffered injuries or damage to their vehicles while facing police action in Haryana.

The information has sent security agencies into a tizzy, with many deployed on protest spots in plainclothes to keep a close tab on SFJ supporters who may mingle with protesters as part of their “ill-intention” to lure innocent farmers and take undue advantage of the situation in the name of helping them.

In its recent announcement through a social media platform, the SFJ said it will provide $1 million aid to farmers from “Punjab and Haryana who have suffered bodily injuries or damage to their vehicles while facing police action during their hard-fought journey to Delhi”.

The SFJ’s message mentions its plan for opening a 24-hour call centre on November 30 in the US, Canada, the UK, France and Germany to accept online applications from farmers of Punjab and Haryana to reimburse for their losses and also to register votes for its “Khalistan Referendum”.

“SFJ is kick-starting the Khalistan Referendum voting from London on August 15, 2021 for the independence of Punjab,” mentions the message circulated by SFJ’s US-based General Counsel and group’s key leader Gurpatwant Singh Pannun — designated a terrorist by the Indian government.

Assuring farmers of Punjab and Haryana that the SFJ will bear all the losses they have suffered, Pannun stated that “once Punjab is liberated from Indian occupation, the loans of the farmers will be waived and free power supply granted”.

The group has also threatened to take up the matter at the international level if the Indian government did not repeal its three contentious farm laws enacted in September.

“If the Modi government does not scrap the farm bills, as demanded by the farmers, SFJ will initiate legal action against India at the international level with the backing of various kisan organisations,” Pannun said in the message.

Security establishment, including anti-terror agencies, have since intensified efforts against the group banned by the MHA via a notification dated July 10 last year under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) following its “anti-India activities” to disrupt law and order in the country.

However, the security officials maintained, no suspicious activity of the group has been noticed in the national capital or in the interstate border areas so far, even as central agencies are keeping a strict vigil to avoid any untoward activity.

It is the third such message circulated by the SFJ in the past one week. The SFJ earlier this week had called upon farmers of Punjab and Haryana to raise Khalistan flag at the India Gate here on the 12th anniversary of a terrorist attack in Mumbai on November 26, following which the national capital was put on high alert.

The SFJ had announced anti-India campaign, ‘Referendum-2020’, in November this year to seek secession of Punjab from India.

The move followed inputs that the Sikh community across India has rejected the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) sponsored propaganda of ‘Referendum-2020’. Pakistani intelligence agency ISI has been backing the malicious campaign launched by the SFJ as a large number of Pakistani Twitter handles have started tweeting in favour of the so-called ‘Referendum’.

Dubbing Sikhs in Kashmir as “freedom fighters and Sikh soldiers”, the US-based Khalistani radical outfit has urged them to support its most infamous agenda, ‘Referendum-2020’.

The group is already on the radar of the National Investigation Agency (NIA), which has been taking action against its key leaders such as Pannun and many others. In the beginning of September, based on NIA’s inputs, the MHA had issued an order to attach the properties of Pannun and SFJ’s Canada coordinator Hardeep Singh Nijjar.

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Guru Nanak Jayanti: Inspirational quotes and teachings by Guru Nanak Dev

This is why the Guru Nanak Jayanti 2020 is mentioned as Guru Nanak Gurpurab 551.

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Guru Nanak Jayanti 2020: To mark Guru Nanak’s birth anniversary, people across the country celebrate Guru Nanak Jayanti also known as Gurpuarb on Karthik Purnima. Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism and the first of ten Sikh Gurus, was born on the day of the full moon during the Hindu month of Kartik.

This year, the Sikh community across the globe will be celebrating his 551st birth anniversary. This is why the Guru Nanak Jayanti 2020 is mentioned as Guru Nanak Gurpurab 551.

Read on to know the motivational and inspirational teachings of Guru Nanak Dev Ji:

There is but one God. True is His Name, creative His personality and immortal His form. He is without fear sans enmity, unborn and self-illumined. By the Guru’s grace, he is obtained.

He who has no faith in himself can never have faith in God.

The production of children, the nurture of those born, and the daily life of men, of these matters woman is visibly the cause.

What should the yogi have to fear? Trees, plants, and all that is inside and outside is He Himself.

Let no man in the world live in delusion. Without a Guru none can cross over to the other shore.

If the people use the wealth bestowed on them by God for themselves alone or for treasuring it, it is like a corpse. But if they decide to share it with others, it becomes sacred food.

Even kings and emperors, with mountains of property and oceans of wealth – these are not even equal to an ant, who does not forget God.

Whatever be the qualities of the man with whom a woman is united according to the law, such qualities even she assumes, like a river, united with the ocean.

Only fools argue whether to eat meat or not. They don’t understand the truth, nor do they meditate on it. Who can define what is meat and what is a plant? Who knows where the sin lies, being a vegetarian or a non-vegetarian?

Quotes by Guru Nanak Dev Ji

The world is a drama, staged in a dream. – Guru Nanak Dev

Those who have loved are those that have found God. – Guru Nanak Dev

Let no man in the world live in delusion. Without a Guru, none can cross over to the other shore. – Guru Nanak Dev

Speak only that which will bring you honour. – Guru Nanak Dev

He who has no faith in himself can never have faith in God. – Guru Nanak Dev

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