Indians are not as happy as they were last year and the country figured among the lowest 20 of the 156 nations ranked on this year’s UN World Happiness Report. India came in 140th this year, dropping seven places from 133 last year. As a result, India featured in the five countries that had the largest drop since 2005-2008 in the index, along with Yemen, Syria, Botswana and Venezuela.
Pakistan information minister Fawad Chaudhry said this decision was taken at a meeting chaired on Tuesday by Prime Minister Imran Khan to review progress in work on the Kartarpur Corridor, which will be opened to Indian pilgrims in November. read more
The Union finance ministry’s approval on Friday came a day after Indian and Pakistani officials met at Wagah and agreed to go forward with the border crossing for the pilgrims despite tensions between the two countries. read more
Differences emerged during talks between India and Pakistan on the number of pilgrims permitted daily, the number of days the Kartarpur corridor connecting the Sikh shrines of Dera Baba Nanak Sahib and Gurdwara Darbar Sahib would be operational and a... read more
Months after Pakistan agreed to open a corridor for pilgrims visiting the Kartarpur shrine, a delegation from Islamabad visited India to discuss the modalities of the issue. India insisted on entry of at least 5000 pilgrims a day, without visa, in the first phase. Delhi also asked Pakistan to allow larger contingents, with at least 10,000 pilgrims, on special occasions like Gurpurab and Baisakhi. (Hindustan Times)read more
The Centre made a renewed pitch in the Supreme Court on Thursday to persuade the judges to remove the secret Rafale papers from the review petition, arguing that this could be done under the reasonable restriction law under the Constitution and RTI. The top court later reserved its order on the government request claiming privilege on use of documents classified as secret.
Delegations of India & Pakistan began talks on Kartarpur Corridor at Attari-Wagah border. Among the numerous things that the two sides will discuss will be the modalities and coordinates for the crossing point of the corridor on the international border as well as an agreement that will allow Indian pilgrims to travel without visas to visit the Gurdwara. This is the 1st delegation-level meet since the approval of Katarpur project 3 months ago. An Indian delegation is expected to visit Islamabad on March 28 for a follow-up meeting. (Hindustan Times)read more
Technical experts from both the countries will, however, meet on March 19, 2019, at the “proposed zero points to finalise the alignment” a statement issued by the ministry of external affairs said. read more
People familiar with developments in New Delhi said the India-Pakistan meeting on Kartarpur Corridor is focused on discussing technical matters, and not a public event such as groundbreaking ceremonies for the corridor organised by the two countries... read more
India will take up the issue of insulating Sikh pilgrims visiting shrines in Pakistan from pro-Khalistan propaganda when officials of the two sides gather at Attari on Thursday to discuss the Kartarpur corridor, people familiar with developments said... read more