550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Current Affairs - 2020

Kartarpur visit: Pakistan to issue tourist visas to non-Indian Sikhs

To mark the celebrations of 550th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev, the Pakistan government will now issue tourist visas to non-Indian Sikhs visiting Kartarpur corridor and other gurdwaras in the country.

Key Highlights

Under the historic Kartarpur Corridor agreement signed between India and Pakistan on 24 October 2019, the pilgrims coming from India for one day would not require visa but they can only visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur, also called Kartarpur Sahib. On 9 November 2019 Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Indian side of Kartarpur corridor.

The Indian pilgrims will have to obtain a visa for touring other holy sites in Pakistan. However, the pilgrims coming from other countries will need a visa and will be free to visit other religious places.

The Pakistan government will issue tourist visas to non-Indian Sikhs coming from United States America (USA), Europe and Canada for their visit to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, Kartarpur.

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