Harsimrat Kaur Badal Current Affairs - 2019

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Books on teachings of Guru Nanak Dev launched

Union Food Processing Industries Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ launched the three books on teachings of Guru Nanak Dev at Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Khalsa College in New Delhi. The books published in Punjabi were launched to commemorate 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.

The book launch comes ahead of inauguration of Kartarpur Corridor which will be held on 9 November 2019.  The corridor will connect the Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Punjab with Darbar Sahib at Kartarpur in Pakistan.

About The Books

The three Punjabi titles are- ‘Guru Nanak Bani’, ‘Nanak Bani’, and ‘Sakhian Guru Nanak Dev’. They have been published by National Book Trust (NBT) to spread the message of Guru Nanak Dev’s writings among readers of Indian sub-continent.

Guru Nanak Bani: The book contains various verses from original Bani of Guru Nanak Dev which have been collated theme-wise. It is compiled by Bhai Jodh Singh. The ‘Guru Nanak Bani’ has already published by NBT in five Indian languages (Urdu, Odia, Marathi, Hindi and Gujarati) and will soon be translated in 15 Indian languages so that the teachings of Guru Nanak Devji reach millions of Indians across the nation.

Nanak Bani: The book is a collection of five prominent writings (paanch bania) of Guru Nanak Dev. It is compiled by Manjit Singh.

Sakhian Guru Nanak: The book is based on these life stories of Guru Nanak Dev and contains ‘Janamsakhis’ (literally meaning birth stories) are writings which profess to be biographies of Guru Nanak. This is an illustrated book especially meant for children. It is compiled by Jagtarjit Singh

Sarbat Da Bhala Express: Train flagged off at New Delhi railway station

Union Ministers Piyush Goyal, Harsh Vardhan and Harsimrat Kaur Badal flagged off ‘Sarbat Da Bhala Express’ train at New Delhi railway station. The ‘New Delhi-Lohian Khas-New Delhi Intercity Express’ was recently renamed as ‘Sarbat da Bhala Express’ by Indian Railways. The renamed train will ply from New Delhi to Lohian Khas via holy city Sultanpur Lodhi.

The 550th anniversary of Guru Nanak will be celebrated on 12 November 2019. Several trains have been started by government to facilitate people but this train is a gift for Delhiites and countrymen.

Renaming of Train

The request to rename the train was made by Union Minister of Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal on occasion of 550th Parkash Purb. Her request was later accepted by Railway Minister Piyush Goyal. The renaming of this train is an initiative to follow the path shown by Guru Nanak ji, who was a messenger of peace.

The Prakash Utsav (or Parkash Purb) is celebrated every year to mark the publishing of teachings of Sikh gurus and saints of various communities in the form of hymns and sayings that continue to give the message of love and service to society.

NOTE: It was in Sultanpur Lodhi only that Guru Nanak ji spent 14 years of his life and taught that all communities are one.