UNESCO to publish Guru Nanak Dev’s writing in world languages

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has decided to translate and publish an anthology of writings of Baba Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism (and also 1st of 10 Sikh Guru) in world languages to commemorate 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.

Also, National Book Trust (NBT) will publish Gurbani (various compositions by Sikh Gurus and other writers of Guru Granth Sahib) in different Indian Languages.

Key Highlights

The year 2019 mark 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev. Thus to promulgate the teachings of Guru Nanak Dev, Government of India is also holding a series of events and has initiated many projects which include-

  • Construction of Kartarpur Corridor from Dera Baba Nanak in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district to international border
  • Development of the historic town of Sultanpur Lodhi as a heritage town on smart city principle
  • Upgradation of Sultanpur Lodhi railway station
  • Release of commemorative coins and postage stamps
  • Setting up of a Centre for Inter Faith Studies at Guru Nanak Dev University, among others

Month:  Categories: Art & Culture


Rajasthan launches ‘Jan Soochna Portal’

The state government of Rajasthan launched ‘Jan Soochna Portal’, a portal for quick access to information on government departments. The portal was launched by Rajasthan’s Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and is a step of state government towards making Rajasthan a model state for good governance and accountability in administration.

About Jan Soochna Portal

The public information portal has been developed by state’s information and technology (IT) department. In portal 23-24 types of information will be made available pertaining to 13 departments on a single platform. The information will also be available on self-service ‘E-Mitra Plus‘ kiosk.

Rajasthan has now become first state in country to provide information about a dozen departments on a single platform.

The portal has been launched under Rajasthan Innovation Vision (RAJIV) campaign.

The move will bring transparency and accountability, and empower the right of people to seek information.

With the launch of portal, state government has expressed its intention of using technology for transparency and would further strengthen and expand the scope of the Right to Information (RTI) law. Through this portal common man will get information pertaining to 13 departments online in a lucid language. The portal is inspired by the very spirit of Section 4 (2) of RTI Act, 2005, i.e. Proactive Disclosure of Information.

Month:  Categories: Governance & PoliticsStates


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