Punjab government will invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi to preside over a seminar in the national capital on the life, philosophy and teachings of Guru Gobind Singh as a part of year-long celebrations commemorating his 350th Parkash Utsav across the country.The decision was taken by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal during a meeting to review the arrangements for commemorating the 350th Parkash Utsav of tenth guru of Sikhs, an official spokesman said here on Sunday.Badal said he would personally write to Modi requesting him to preside over a national seminar at Vigyan Bhawan which is likely to be held between November 15-30.
He also asked all legislators of SAD-BJP alliance along with the President and General Secretary of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee to personally call on the Prime Minister next week requesting him to preside over the event.Badal said Modi’s participation in the seminar would further strengthen the ethos of peace, communal harmony and brotherhood across the country towards which Sri Guru Gobind Singh had made unparalleled contribution.
He also set up a sub-committee comprising MPs of the alliance along with the representatives from SGPC and DSGMC to give final touches to the celebrations during the event.Badal approved a sum of Rs 5 lakh each for eight seminars to be held in different universities/institutions across the country to disseminate the legacy of Guru Gobind Singh.
Badal gives nod to release `22 crore for cattle ponds
Chandigarh: Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday approved release additional funds of Rs 22 crore for the completion of 22 cattle ponds across the state to house stray cattle which were posing a serious threat to human lives and causing major damage to crops in the state.A decision to this effect was taken by the Chief Minister while presiding over a meeting with a delegation of Punjab Gau Sewa Commission led by its Chairman Keemti Bhagat here, an official spokesman said. Taking part in the deliberations, the Chief Minister also asked Bhagat to rope in NGOs, voluntary and other religious organizations to run these cattle ponds for which the state government would also bear five per cent of total expenditure incurred on the maintenance of these cattle ponds including the cost of feeding.
Sept 16-17: Life and philosophy of Guru Gobind Singh at International Centre of Sikh Studies, Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib, New Delhi.
Oct 6-7: Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University, Fatehgarh Sahib.
Oct 13-14: Panjab University, Chandigarh.
Oct 22-23: Seminars at National Library, Kolkata
Oct 28: Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University, Nanded (Maharashtra).
Nov 2-3: Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar.
Nov 16-17: Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa College, Mumbai.
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