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Pakistan tells India:Ready to open Kartarpur Corridor from June 29.

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Pakistan on Saturday convey to India that it ready to reopen the Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib for Sikh pilgrims on June 29, to commemorate Maharaja Ranjit Singh death anniversary.

Making the announcement, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that Islamabad is ready to reopen the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor on June 29 in commemoration of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, a valiant lead of the Sikh empire from the 18th Century.

“As places of worship open up across the world, Pakistan prepares to reopen the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor for all Sikh pilgrims, conveying to the Indian side our readiness to reopen the corridor on 29 June 2020, the occasion of the death anniversary of Maharaja Ranjit Singh,” Qureshi said on Twitter.

Sikhs celebrate Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s death anniversary on June 27 (today).

The corridor was shut in March this year as a precautionary measure to contain the spread of the novel corona virus.

In November, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had inaugurated the corridor connecting Dera Baba Nanak in India”s Punjab with the Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara in Pakistan. Indian pilgrims of all faiths are allowed to undertake round the year visa-free travel to the historic gurdwara, the final resting place of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev. Meanwhile, in April, parts of the shrine were damaged in a storm and several domes built atop the outer perimeter walls of the complex had collapsed. At least eight domes of the newly renovated Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib fell apart due to a thunderstorm, reported news agency PTI. However, the Pakistan government has claimed that it has repaired “the damage caused by winds and rains at Kartarpur Sahib within hours.”

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Prithvi Shaw needs to reduce his weight in order to get selected: BCCI official

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Young Indian opener Prithvi Shaw has been asked to reduce his weight by the selectors as they chose the 30-man squad for India’s tour to England which will also include the WTC final in June. A lot of Indian fans were wondering why Shaw was not in India’s Test squad despite performing exceedingly well in IPL 2021, well he is overweight.

A report in Times of India says Shaw is slow between the wickets and still has weight issues. A selector has also asked the Mumbaikar to learn from Rishabh Pant who had his own issues once. “Prithvi is still very slow across the turf for a 21-year-old. He needs to shed a few more kilos. He also had concentration issues while fielding in Australia. Shaw has been working hard since he returned from Australia. He has the example of Rishabh Pant right in front of him. If Pant can turn things around in a few months, Prithvi too can do it,” the BCCI source was quoted as saying.

He was also told to be a bit consistent and sustain the form in a couple of series as he has often failed to justify the faith shown in him by the selectors. “He has to sustain this form for a few more tournaments. He has often been picked on the basis of one good series and then he has struggled in international cricket, He is too good a player to be ignored for long,” the source added.

Shaw was dropped from India’s Test squad right after Adelaide Test where India were bundled out for 36–their lowest ever Test score. Shaw himself scored ducks in both the innings. He also dropped a catch which made his skipper Virat Kohli visibly angry. Although, the 21-year-old came back really hard smashing more than 800 runs in Vijay Hazare Trophy. He also accounted for 308 runs in IPL 2021. But as it turned out, selectors have something else playing on their minds.

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