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Follow Guru’s path, end discrimination:Ex-PM 

Anandpur Sahib: Former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh said here today that the real tribute to Guru Gobind Singh would be to follow his path of religious tolerance, peace and brotherhood and bring an end to discrimination.Addressing a gathering at the state-level function held to commemorate the 350th birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh, he said the Guru respected all people, regardless of colour, caste or creed. The former PM also called upon the people to stamp out the menace of drugs from society.Recalling the Guru’s sacrifices, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh said he was fortunate to take part in this historic event. Capt Amarinder stated that after the creation of the Khalsa Panth in 1699, Guru Gobind Singh had baptised his (CM’s) forefathers at Damdama Sahib.Cultural Affairs and Tourism Minister Navjot Sidhu said the Guru’s unparalleled sacrifice would continue to inspire generations.The CM announced that the Anandpur Sahib Urban Development Authority would be revived soon to develop the town. He said several industrial units would be set up in the area to boost economy. The CM and his wife, Preneet Kaur, accompanied the former PM at the venue set up near Gurdwara Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib. Earlier, they paid obeisance at the gurdwara. The CM announced that the skill development university being opened in Chamkaur Sahib would be named after Guru Gobind Singh. Capt Amarinder said he would request the Centre to declare Guru Gobind Singh Marg as a national highway.Why Oppn leaders not invited: SAD 

Anandpur Sahib: SAD leader and local MP Prem Singh Chandumajra has criticised the state government for not inviting Opposition leaders to the state-level function to mark Guru Gobind Singh’s 350th birth anniversary. Chandumajra said the Congress had converted a religious function into a party show. He said the state government was expected to invite at least elected representatives of Opposition parties. TNS

Gurpurb Holiday

Chandigarh: The state government has declared Monday as a public holiday on account of Gurpurb of Guru Gobind Singh. An official spokesman said December 25 had been declared a holiday in all offices, boards, corporations, educational institutions and other public undertakings of the government.

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