Jatha to Pakistan
in September-end: A jatha of nearly 3,000 Sikhs will leave for Pakistan in the last week of September to participate in the celebrations marking the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev at Nankana Sahib and other gurdwaras of Pakistan on November 2. Aspirants will have to deposit their passports with the SGPC authorities by September 18. The exact date for the departure will be fixed as per the travel schedule, which will be sent by the Pakistani authorities. Ram Singh, person in charge, Publicity Wing, SGPC, said after the scrutiny of passports, the SGPC would ask members to submit application forms. An SGPC official said at least six months’ validity of the passport of an applicant was must if he/she wanted to be a part of the jatha. It would stay in Pakistan for 10 days.
Principal passes away:
Bhagirathi, principal of Kendriya Vidyalya No. 5, Bathinda, died on Thursday following a heart attack. His bhog would be organised on Wednesday. Bhagirathi is survived by his wife, two daughters and a son. He had put in 35 years of service as a teacher.
Workers stage rally: The Guru Hargobind Thermal Plant
(GHTP) Mazdoor Union, Lehra Mohabat, staged a protest rally at the main gate of the thermal plant on Tuesday. Members of the Contractor Workers Union also took part in the protest rally. The rally was against privatisation of Punjab State Electricity Board.
AISSF’s foundation day: The All-India Sikh Students’ Federation (AISSF) will celebrate its 65th foundation day on September 13 in New Delhi. Karnail Singh Peer Mohammad, president, AISSF, said nearly 1,000 delegates from all over the country were expected to participate. He said the AISSF had changed the venue of its annual function from Zira in Ferozepur district to New Delhi on the demand of delegates. Former Jathedar of Akal Takht Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, MP Tarlochan Singh, senior journalist Kuldip Nayar were likely to attend the function, he added.
Cleanliness drive: A week-long cleanliness drive for 21 wards of the town was launched at the district administrative complex on Tuesday. Municipal councillors, sanitation workers of the council, members of NGOs and schoolchildren took part in the drive. Additional Deputy Commissioner Arshdeep Singh Thind, Executive Officer of the Municipal Council Surjit Singh and others launched the drive by using brooms in the complex. The Indian Oil Corporation also distributed T-shirts among 450 children. Meanwhile, an awareness rally was also held in which students from 15 schools participated.