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Pakistan And India To Construct a ‘Peace Corridor’

Indian pilgrims currently must seek visas to enter Pakistan and travel more than 200 kilometers to visit the Kartarpur shrine.

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Indian Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, third left, stands for the national anthem during the foundation stone-laying ceremony for the planned road corridor to the Pakistan border, at Dera Baba Nanak,. VOA

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan will lay the foundation stone Wednesday for what is dubbed as a cross-border “corridor of peace” to allow religious devotees from India’s minority Sikh community to make free visits to one of their holiest gurdwaras, or temples, on the Pakistani side after more than seven decades.

The temple, known as Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, is considered to be the first temple ever built and the final resting place of Guru Nanak, the Sikhism founder.

Indian leaders, on behalf of the Sikh community, have long been demanding Islamabad provide unrestricted access to the holy site in Kartarpur, in Pakistan’s Punjab province.

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

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Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan is seen during talks in Beijing, China. VOA

Indian Vice President Venkaiah Naidu performed the groundbreaking Monday on his side of the corridor at a ceremony just two kilometers from the Pakistani border.

The mutually agreed-to project is rare between the two nuclear-armed South Asian rivals. Historically strained ties have deteriorated in recent years and bilateral official talks remain suspended.

The fenced corridor of about five kilometers aims to connect the Kartarpur temple to the Sikh holy shrine at Dara Baba Nanak in India’s Gurdaspur district. Officials say the corridor will be in place for the 550th anniversary of Guru Nanak’s birth in November 2019.

Khan’s government has invited, among others, Indian officials and journalists for Wednesday’s groundbreaking in Kartarpur, three kilometers from the border with India. An Indian ministerial-level delegation is expected to attend the ceremony as special envoys of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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A Delhi-based Sikh organization Urges UN to Support Turbans as Religious Symbol. Pixabay

“Pakistan calls this a corridor of peace. I call it the corridor of infinite possibilities of peace,” Indian Punjab provincial minister Navjot Singh Sidhu told reporters shortly after arriving in Pakistan for the ceremony. He crossed the border by foot at the Wagah crossing near the eastern Pakistan city of Lahore to attend the event at the invitation of his friend, Prime Minister Khan.

Members of the Sikh community on both sides have welcomed the construction of the cross-border corridor linking the two holy sites.

Indian pilgrims currently must seek visas to enter Pakistan and travel more than 200 kilometers to visit the Kartarpur shrine. The temple 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.

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India and Pakistan have fought three wars, and mutual tensions often hamper pilgrims’ plans to get timely 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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Dell Technologies to Double Down on Robust Partner Ecosystem in India

"To secure that engine, we need to double down on technical training and create a platform for technical architects to talk to other technical architects," Snyder said, adding that Dell Technologies is committed to building a robust partner ecosystem in the country

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Dell laptops. (Representational image). Pixabay

For Dell Technologies, India holds a major place on its Asia Pacific growth map and the credit for the success goes to strategic alliances and a partner network that is behind the company’s overall success in the country, a top company executive has stressed.

According to Jay Snyder, Senior Vice President, Global Alliances, Service Providers and Industries, Dell Technologies, the time is ripe to bring uniquely differentiated industry solutions to market through strategic relationships with systems integrators, strategic outsourcers and Cloud service providers as the country goes big on realising its digital dream.

“The country is becoming a matured marketplace, especially around technology. India is turning out to be one of the most advanced markets around digital cities, Internet of Things (IoT), and 5G for connected experiences,” Snyder told IANS during an interaction here.

Snyder said he is excited about what the future holds for the company in cementing its footprint along with its partners in the country.

“Partners are incredibly important to us. I have 18 global Systems Integrators (SIs) that we look after in the business today and almost every single one of them has a footprint here. In fact, they may all have a footprint in India,” Snyder added.

Dell Technologies has accelerated its business – registering double-digit growth in last three years — and a significant piece of that has come from India.

“Our Global Alliance organization is nearly 580-people strong. Each one of the 18 global Systems Integrators has a global account manager. Teams in various capacities are working for them. So it runs like a multi-national, highly complex global organization,” he elaborated.

These 18 global Systems Integrators are serving nearly 200 Cloud service providers.

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Dell India also launches 2 new ‘Inspiron’ laptops. Pixabay

With more than 25 years of experience in the high-tech and consulting industries, Snyder has been with Dell EMC for 18 years where he previously ran Americas Services and was the first COO of Americas Sales and Customer Operations.

As companies in India and elsewhere aim to have a right mix of Cloud for different workloads — the global SIs are helping enterprises select their Cloud path.

“Large enterprises are looking for expertise and strategy from the global SIs to define their multi-cloud environment. My job is to make sure that they’re incredibly well-versed and understand what we bring to the marketplace,” said Snyder.

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The next on his plate is to further increase India footprint.

“We call it securing the engine. We look at the engine of the entire global alliances business being here in India, because it’s not just India-based firms but all of my firms which have most of their technical footprint here,” he emphasized.

For him, the strategy is all about enablement and training via workshops, full-day seminars and hands-on sessions.

“To secure that engine, we need to double down on technical training and create a platform for technical architects to talk to other technical architects,” Snyder said, adding that Dell Technologies is committed to building a robust partner ecosystem in the country. (IANS)