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Canadian PM to visit Punjab, Chandigarh today

Publish Date: 07 Nov 2012, 12:26 PM
Last Updated: 07 Nov 2012, 12:26 PM
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Canadian PM to visit Punjab today
Canadian PM to visit Punjab today

Chandigarh: Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper will visit the city, Takht Keshgarh Sahib and 'Virasat-e-Khalsa' also known as the Khalsa Heritage centre at Anandpur Sahib in Punjab on Wednesday.

Harper had visited Amritsar in 2009 and offered prayers at the Golden Temple. Tight security arrangements are in place for Harper's visit at Chandigarh and Anandpur Sahib in Punjab, official spokesman said on Tuesday.

He is expected to arrive here on Thursday afternoon and will visit Takht Keshgarh Sahib, the second most important Sikh shrine after Golden Temple, the same day and offer prayers.    Harper will also visit Virasat-e-Khalsa, a museum located in Anandpur Sahib.

The museum, which opened in November last year, commemorates 500 years of Sikh history and 300 years of Sikh scriptures (the Khalsa). Harper, who will be accompanied by his wife, two ministers of Indian-origin – Bal Gosal (Sports Minister) and Tim Uppal (Democratic Reforms Minister) - and other dignitaries, is likely to hold talks with Punjab Governor Shivraj Patil at Raj Bhawan, sources said.

He will leave for Bangalore the next day. Meanwhile, the Canadian consulate here described the proposed visit of the Prime Minister as "private."


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