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New Cross-Border Corridor Between India And Pakistan For Sikh Pilgrims

India and Pakistan's independence's from Britain in 1947 divided the Punjab province where Sikhism was born.

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Indian Sikh pilgrims arrive at Wagha railway station to attend the birth anniversary of their spiritual leader Baba Guru Nanak, in Pakistan. VOA

South Asian arch rivals India and Pakistan have agreed to establish a new cross-border corridor to enable religious devotees from India’s minority Sikh community to visit a historic holy temple on the Pakistani side.

Analysts said the gesture to build the entry point could help lower long-running border tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbors.

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said Thursday his government has already conveyed to New Delhi the decision to open the proposed Kartarpur Corridor for the 550th anniversary celebrations next year of the birth of Guru Nanak, the Sikhism founder.

“We welcome the Sikh community to Pakistan for this auspicious occasion,” Qureshi tweeted. He announced Prime Minister Imran Khan will lay the foundation stone next Wednesday to begin construction on the Pakistani side.

Sikh Community, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh
Children belonging to Sikh Community, Wikimedia

Qureshi’s statement came hours after India announced it had decided to build and develop its side of the corridor on the International border.

The Indian Foreign Ministry, in a letter delivered through the Pakistani diplomatic mission in New Delhi, said the government has “approached and urged” Pakistan “to recognize the sentiments of the Sikh community” and construct the Kartarpur Corridor with “suitable facilities” to facilitate visits of pilgrims from India.

The proposed border corridor aims to connect the Sikh Holy shrine at Dera Baba Nanak in India to the Kartarpur Gurdwara (temple) in the Pakistani town of Narowal. It is barely three kilometers from the border with India and considered to be the first gurdwara ever built. The place of worship is also known to be the final resting place of the Sikhism founder.

Pakistani Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said India’s “endorsement” of his government’s proposition on building the corridor is a “victory” of the peace lobby in both countries. He noted that it is a step in the right direction, adding, “We hope such steps will encourage voice of reasons and tranquility on both sides of the border.”

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A man waits to cross a portion of track once shared with the Karachi Circular Railway line in Karachi, Pakistan. VOA

Kartarpur Gurdwara is visible on clear days from a viewing stage on the Indian side, where religious devotees gather every day to have a glimpse of it.

Earlier this week, India’s government announced plans to install a high-powered telescope to enable Sikh devotees to view Kartarpur Gurdwara in Pakistan to coincide with the anniversary of Guru Nanak’s birth.

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India and Pakistan’s independence’s from Britain in 1947 divided the Punjab province where Sikhism was born. The two countries have since fought three wars and mutual tensions often hamper pilgrims’ plans in terms of getting visas to visit the shrine. Two of those wars have been over the disputed Kashmir region, which remains at the center of tensions. (VOA)

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Vivo Unveils New V17 in India For Rs 22,990

The smartphone packs 8GB RAM+128GB storage and will be available in Midnight Ocean and Glacier Ice colours

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The Vivo V17 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 675AIE processor, which requires low power consumption. IANS

Refreshing its V series in India, Chinese handset maker Vivo on Monday launched its Vivo V17 smartphone in India with quad-camera set up for Rs 22,990.

The smartphone houses a 32MP front camera which is placed into in the “iView” display with E3 super AMOLED screen.

“V17 is the latest addition to our flagship V series which has been phenomenal for vivo’s success in the Indian market. Centered on innovation and customer-first philosophy, Vivo’s V series has introduced quite a few industry-first features and we continue to bring the best for our customers at best price points,” Nipun Marya, Director Brand Strategy, Vivo India, said in a statement.

The smartphone packs 8GB RAM+128GB storage and will be available in Midnight Ocean and Glacier Ice colours.

It will be avilable starting December 17 on Vivo India E-store, Amazon India, Flipkart, Paytm mall, Tatacliq and Bajaj Finserv EMI Store, and across all partner retail stores.

The smartphone’s quad rear camera set up consists of a 48MP main camera, an 8MP super wide-angle camera and 2MP macro camera and 2MP bokeh camera.

The customised super AMOLED display is made of the latest E3 OLED and features an aspect ratio of 20:9.

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Refreshing its V series in India, Chinese handset maker Vivo on Monday launched its Vivo V17 smartphone in India with quad-camera set up for Rs 22,990. Wikimedia Commons

It also offers 100 per cent DCI-P3 colour gamut and according to the company, the smartphone filters out 42 per cent of blue light.

The Vivo V17 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 675AIE processor, which requires low power consumption.

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The smartphone runs on a 4,500mAh battery that comfortably lasts all-day long despite intensive usage coupled with Dual-Engine fast charging technology. (IANS)