In a first since 1984, Centre allows Golden Temple to accept donations from foreign-based devotees
Thursday, 10 September 2020 After a period of over three and half decades, the followers of Sikhism based outside India will now be able to credit donations or ‘daswandh’ (one tenth of income ) directly in a dedicated account of Golden Temple after the Union government registered the holy body under Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act,(FCRA) 2010.
The 'dargah' of Peer Budan Ali Shah or Peer Baba as it is known, is the perfect example of communal harmony in Jammu and Kashmir. People of all religion throng this shrine and get blessings. Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs come to this 'dargah' in large number and pray. There is a belief that the 'dargah' protects people of this city from mishaps and evil spirits. The shrine is located in the outskirts of Jammu city at a distance of about 8 Kilometres towards the aerodrome at Satwari. Baba Budan Shah was born at Talwandi in Punjab, and it is said that another shrine of this Peer is located at Anandpur Sahib in Punjab. In spite of being the 'dargah' of a Muslim saint, Hindus and Sikh devotees who flock this religious place particularly on Thursdays are far greater in number than the Muslim followers. The devotees of Peer Baba have many interesting stories to share.
More than 180 Sikh families arrived in India from Afghanistan on Thursday. The families were welcomed at the IGI Airport by World Punjab Organisation. The families arrived in India on 'long-term' visas, DSGMC president Manjinder Singh Sirsa said. "Over 180 Hindu Sikh families arrived from Afghanistan. Indian government granted them long-term visas after requests. WPO sent a private plane to repatriate these families. Delhi’s Sikh organizations associated in bringing these families. We want to have assured them of citizenship, like Amit Shah ji assured us," he said. The evacuation comes after Kabul bomb blast which killed 25 people. The attack on the gurudwara happened earlier this year in March. Chabol Singh said, "25 people lost their lives during Kabul attack, 14 people died in Jalalabad. It is not possible for us to stay there after these attacks."
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Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC), in association with World Punjabi Organization brought 182 Afghan Hindu-Sikh migrants to India from Afghanistan. They were brought to New Delhi in a chartered flight on September 03. President of DSGMC Manjinder Singh Sirsa said, "182 Afghan Hindu-Sikh migrants to India from Afghanistan. We'll take care of them. We assured them to provide citizenship of India, as our Home Minister Amit Shah said. Apart from migrants, 8 'Saroops' of 'Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji' are also being brought to India." "25 people (Hindu-Sikh community) lost their lives in Kabul attack and before that 14 people of our were killed in Jalalabad. It's not possible for us to stay there (Afghanistan)," said Chabol Singh, Minority from Afghanistan. This is the 2nd batch of minorities who were evacuated following the Kabul bomb blast which claimed 25 lives.
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal visited Golden Temple in Amritsar on October 01. Badal led Kisan March rally from here today. The march, which also began from Sri Damdama Sahib at Talwandi Sabo and Sri Keshgarh Sahib at Anandpur Sahib and will conclude in Mohali. Sukhbir Singh Badal, "We'll give a memorandum to the Governor, with a request to Centre and President that Parliament session should be called again and Farm Laws be taken back."
The Shiromani Akali Dal has launched three ‘kisan marches’ against the farm laws framed by the government. SAD Chief Sukhbir Badal paid obeisance at the Golden Temple before launching one of the march. They are demanding that the farm laws be withdrawn. They will hand over a memorandum against the farm laws to Punjab Governor. Last week, the SAD had announced to part ways with the NDA, the third major party to walk out of the BJP-led coalition in the last couple of years. On September 17, Harsimrat Kaur Badal had quit the Union Cabinet after the SAD chief had strongly opposed the bills in Lok Sabha and said that the bills will be detrimental to the interests of farmers. Meanwhile, farmer groups continued their protests and ‘rail roko’ agitations in different parts of Punjab. Protests by farmers against the new laws have been ongoing for the past few days over that passage of three laws - The Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Service Act, 2020, and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.Watch the full video for all the details.
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