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    Coronavirus: India Seals Border Posts In East, Suspends Travel To Kartarpur

    Among the three check posts exempted in Assam, two are on the Bangladesh border at Mankachar (Dhubri district) and Sutarkandi and one on the Bhutan border at Darranga

    The Government of India on March 15th, 2020 suspended passenger movements through all immigration Land Check Posts at borders with Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and Myanmar.

    “All types of passenger movements through all immigration Land Check Posts located at India’s borders with Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and Myanmar suspended w.e.f. 0000hrs, Mar15, 2020 & at India-Pakistan border w.e.f. 0000hrs, Mar16, 2020,” the Union home ministry said in a tweet.

    However, the order exempted 20 check posts in eight states – Assam, Bihar, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and West Bengal.

    Among them are nine check posts in West Bengal of which seven are on the India-Bangladesh border – Changrabandha, Hilli, Phulbari, Ghojadanga, Haridaspur, Ghede, Chitpur.

    The Raniganj check post is on the Nepal border and the one in Jaigaon is on the Bhutanese border.

    Among the three check posts exempted in Assam, two are on the Bangladesh border at Mankachar (Dhubri district) and Sutarkandi and one on the Bhutan border at Darranga.

    The government exempted the movement at the India-Nepal border in Raxaul in Bihar, Dalu and Dawki in Meghalaya on the India-Bangladesh border.

    Movements at Kawrpuichhuah on the Bangladesh border and Zokhawthar on the Myanmar border in Mizoram have also been exempted.

    In Tripura, the check post in Agartala on the Indo-Bangladesh border has been exempted.

    The restrictions will also not apply in Sonouli in Uttar Pradesh and Banbasa in Uttarakhand on the India-Nepal border.

    On the other hand, the Centre on March 15th, 2020 announced the suspension of travel and registration for Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan from midnight March 16th, 2020 till further orders as precautionary measures to combat the spread of the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

    “In wake of the #COVID19india outbreak, as a precautionary measure to contain and control the spread of the disease, the travel and registration for #SriKartarpurSahib is temporarily suspended from 12 am March 16, 2020, till further orders,” the Union home ministry said in a tweet.

    Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur, also called Kartarpur Sahib, is a gurdwara in Kartarpur, located in Shakargarh, Narowal District, in the Punjab province of Pakistan.

    The Kartarpur Corridor is a visa-free border crossing and secure corridor, connecting the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib also called Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan to the Indian border in Punjab.

    The gurdwara is also notable for its location near the border between Pakistan and India. The shrine is visible from the Indian side of the border.

    This historic moment officially allowed Indian Sikh pilgrims rare visa-free access to the site in Pakistan. It is also claimed to be the largest gurdwara in the world.

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