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JAMMU/SRINAGAR: Amid strict adherence of the COVID protocol, the 400th birth anniversary of Shri Guru Teg Bahadur was celebrated across Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday.May 1st marked the Prakash Purab (birth anniversary) of Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji, the ninth Guru of Sikhism, who is known for his supreme sacrifice and refusal to bow to tyranny and injustice.A programme was held at Gurudwara Maharani Chand Kour, which witnessed the participation of Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Raghav Langer; Deputy Commissioner Jammu, Anshul Garg; Chairman State Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee, Sardar Trilochan Singh, and Secretary District Gurudwara Prabhandak Committee, Sardar Fateh Singh.District Administration along with District Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee Jammu (DGPC) started the celebrations at a low key amid strict adherence to CoVid guidelines.Two programmes, on 1st of May and 16th of May will be held to celebrate the Prakash Diwas of 9th Guru.In a virtual mode, the School Education Department will also celebrate the Parkash Purab. Debates, cultural talks and Essay Competitions have been planned by the department.Depending upon the COVID situations in the UT future events like blood donation camps, Kirtan Sandhaya, Light and Sound Show have also been planned.The Sikh organizations had appealed to the people to cooperate with the administration for prevention of present COVID threat and to follow necessary precautions for the safety of all.In Srinagar, Directorate of School Education Kashmir held a series of online Essay Writing, Quiz Competition, Debate and Seminar on the topic ‘Teaching and Sacrifices of Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji’ in all 10 districts, to throw light on various facets of life and philosophy of Guru Ji.During the online event as many as 14208 students and 1880 teachers from 1999 different schools participated in these events.Throwing light on the celebrations, the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole said that the Divisional Administration has devised a 16 day long calendar of activities to celebrate the 400th birth anniversary of Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji and to spread the message of national integration by organising special programs from May 1st to 16th May.The Necessary changes in these activities will be done to comply Covid guidelines and lockdown.The Div Com said that the GuruJi’s unparalleled and supreme sacrifice to uphold the value of righteousness, truth and freedom of faith shall always be remembered by one and all.He emphasized that Guru Ji’s teachings must be disseminated in every nook and corner of the world.The teachings of Guru Ji were also highlighted by displaying his saying on all Visual Messaging Displays installed in various locations of Srinagar City.The audio/ video message will uninterruptedly run on the screens up to 16th may as per schedule, according to an official handout.
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