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Kartarpur Corridor to be ready Oct 31, registration from Oct 20

The LPAI chief said, 5,000 pilgrims will be able to visit the gurdwara every day and their visit would be completed in same day.

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Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib

Dera Baba Nanak (Punjab), Oct 16 : The much-anticipated Kartarpur Corridor project for Indian pilgrims to visit the revered Sikh shrine across the border in Pakistan is expected to be completed by the end of this month and online registration for the pilgrimage will begin from Sunday.

Land Ports Authority of India (LPAI) Chairman Govind Mohan confirmed the completion of work to IANS from the ground zero of the construction site at Dera Baba Nanak in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district.

Construction of the 4.2 km-long corridor will be completed by October 31, a week before the celebrations to mark the 550th birth anniversary of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev, Mohan said.

The Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara in Narowal district of Pakistan’s Punjab province, located 4.5 km from the border near Dera Baba Nanak, is highly revered among Sikhs as it was the place where Guru Nanak spent 18 years of his life and is his final resting place.

Mohan said that pilgrims can apply online from October 20 for visiting the historic gurdwara through a website that was launched recently.

“We are expected to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Pakistan. From Oct 20, pilgrims can register at online portal,” said Mohand, who is also an Additional Secretary in Ministry of Home Affairs.

A passport is a must for devotees from India visiting Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara to pay obeisance, he added.

To a query, the officer clarified that visa will not be required but the visitors need to get themselves registered online at least a month ahead of their visit.

The corridor is expected to be inaugurated on November 8 and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh is to lead an all-party delegation across the border to Kartarpur Sahib on the opening day of the Kartarpur Corridor on November 9.

The delegation that will accompany the Chief Minister to the historic gurudwara would comprise all the 117 state legislators, Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha MPs from Punjab, Shriomani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) members, as well as members of the Sant Samaj and representatives of each recognised political party in the state.

Thereafter, the LPAI chief said, 5,000 pilgrims will be able to visit the gurdwara every day and their visit would be completed in same day.

Clarifying the point, Mohan said the pilgrims will have to complete their visit to Kartarpur shrine the same day they will cross the Indian border.

Over Pakistan seeking $20 service charge from each visitor using the Kartarpur corridor, Mohan said a Joint Secretary level officer from the Ministry of Home Affairs are in the talks woth Pakistani counterparts to resolve the issue.

(Rajnish Singh can be contacted at [email protected])

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To forestall Dubey’s surrender, police presence near news channels, courts bolstered

Checking of vehicles was conducted at various points in Noida and Greater Noida.

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Vikas Dubey.

New Delhi/Noida, July 8 : Amid speculation that wanted gangster Vikas Dubey might surrender either in a court or a news channel office, police presence has been increased outside such premises in Noida.

The Film City in Noida’s Sector 16, where many national news channels” offices are located, saw heightened police presence on Wednesday. It was apprehended that the gangster might sneak into any news channel office to evade the UP Police, which is trying to arrest the absconding accused in the killing of eight policeman as early as possible.

“We have increased the presence of the police teams at various strategic locations in Noida. Strategic routes are also checked. We are searching for the gangster and have deployed our men at all possible places where there is a slightest possibility of him being seen,” DCP, Noida, Sankalp Sharma said.

Checking of vehicles was conducted at various points in Noida and Greater Noida.

Heavy security was deployed outside the Noida court on Wednesday after speculation of Dubey attempting to surrender before the court made rounds.

Also in Delhi, police presence was heightened at strategic locations and men in plain clothes were deployed outside various courts to check the possibility of Dubey’s surrender.

The UP gangster has kept the police teams of not just UP but all the adjoining states on high alert after he went underground following the killing of eight policemen approaching his home in Kanpur.

Earlier on Wednesday, Haryana Police arrested three close associates of Dubey from Faridabad after a glimpse of the gangster was caught in a hotel CCTV on Tuesday afternoon. The gangster, however, gave the police a slip.

Earlier the UP Police gunned down Dubey”s close aide Amar Dubey in Maudaha, Hamirpur in UP. He was involved in the July 3 shootout. Crackdown by UP Police has also started in Greater Noida and Bulandshahr, while the bounty on Dubey was doubled to Rs 5 lakh from Rs 2.5 lakh.

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BJP leader, family members killed by terrorists in Kashmir

The family had component of 8 security people but unfortunately none of them was there at the time of the incident.

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BJP Leader Wasim Bari

Srinagar, July 8 : A BJP leader and an ex-district president of the party for North Kashmir’s Bandipore was killed by suspected terrorists on Wednesday evening.

According to sources, the former BJP president of Bandipora district Wasim Bari was at his shop with his father and brother when some unidentified terrorists struck and shot at them injuring them critically. All three succumbed to the injuries.

The family had component of 8 security people but unfortunately none of them was there at the time of the incident.

DGP, J&K Dilbag Singh told IANS that a probe has been ordered and all the eight men who were assigned on BJP leader”s security are being arrested.

Senior BJP leader Ram Madhav condoled with the family and tweeted: “Shocked and saddened by d killing of young BJP leader Wasim Bari and his brother by terrorists in Bandipora. Bari”s father who is also a senior leader was injured. This despite 8 security commandos. Condolences to d family.”

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BSES ”geared up” for seamless power supply in Delhi in monsoon

The discom urged customers to alert BSES in case somebody comes across any fallen cable, pole, exposed wiring or digging work on the roadsides.

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New Delhi, July 8 : Power distribution company (discom) BSES on Wednesday said that it was geared up to ensure incident-free power supply to its over 44 lakh consumers in the national capital and issued an advisory to the public on adopting simple safety precautions during the rainy season, including maintaining “social distancing” from electricity infrastructure.

In a statement, the discom said that the BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd (BRPL) and BSES Yamuna Power Ltd (BYPL) have undertaken extensive preventive maintenance works to minimise the accumulation of moisture in grids and panels.

Since water-logging during the monsoons greatly increases the risk of electricity-related mishaps, BSES advised people to “stay away from electrical installations like electricity poles, sub-stations, transformers and streetlights”.

It also advised customers to caution their children from playing near electricity installations, even if they are barricaded, and not play in parks that are water logged.

The discom also said that customers should get the entire wiring in their premises thoroughly checked by a licensed electrical contractor.

“Put off the main switch in case there is water-logging or leakage observed in the meter cabin. Put on the main switch only on ensuring that all faults have been rectified properly,” it said.

“Install an Earth Leakage Circuit Breaker (ELCB) to help avoid shocks and mishaps and also keep a tester at home to check if there is an electricity leakage,” it added.

Emphasising that power theft by hooking on to an electricity system poses a serious safety hazard, BSES also urged customers to report incidents of power theft and convince people not to illegally draw electricity by hooking on to mainlines or roadside electrical equipment.

The discom urged customers to alert BSES in case somebody comes across any fallen cable, pole, exposed wiring or digging work on the roadsides.

“Another reason for outages is unplanned digging for road repair or to lay cables/pipelines. This not only causes outages, but can also be a serious safety threat — especially during the rainy season — for the area residents/passersby,” the statement said.

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