Sukhjinder Singh and Maninder Singh, who were killed in Pulwama terrorist attack, were cremated on Saturday with full state honours at their native places in Gandiwind village of Tarn Taran and Dinanagar town of Gurdaspur.
With Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh urging the Centre to give a “befitting reply” to Pakistan, the state was abuzz with a discussion that if such an action was taken, it would mean curtains on the Corridor.
While activities related to the Kartarpur Corridor on the Indian side have so far been limited to visits by officials of different departments of the Union and the state government, work on the Pakistan side, according to their media reports, is almost 40 per cent complete.
Traditionally, the president of the board is democratically elected by its 17 board members. But in 2015, the Bharatiya Janata Party government in Maharashtra amended Section 11 of the Act giving itself the power to directly appoint the board president.
Sidhu spoke to The Indian Express about the reasons behind the Congress’s change of heart, and on plans to raise funds for the Bus Rapid Transport System (BRTS) in Amritsar and the Solid Waste Treatment Plant at Bhagtanwala dump.
Kartar Chand talks with mostly with his eyes closed as he recalls his visits to the historic gurdwara before 1947. He rues that Dera Baba Nanak’s growth stagnated due to Partition, as it became a border town overnight.
So far, Sikh devotees could only see the gurdwara in Pakistan with binoculars installed on a raised platform almost on the zero line at Dera Baba Nanak. There are no signs of construction in the Indian territory except for some red flags put up by the NHAI.
During the visit, the Home Minister also laid the foundation stone for Security Force Residential Complex at the Integrated Check Post (ICP), Attari at the Indo-Pak International Border. He also unveiled newly created facilities at the Joint Check Post (JCP).