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Delhi Gherao postponed; next decision on March 26: Jats leader Yashpal Malik

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New Delhi, March 19: Jat protesters have postponed ‘Delhi Gherao’ after talks with Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.

Khattar had urged protestors to meet him and other ministers after they had announced ahead of the wide scale agitation across Delhi-NCR demanding reservation in government jobs, schools and colleges.

This has brought a big relief to worries that were brought in after the protest call by Jats on March 20. Haryana CM is addressing a press conference after the meeting with Jat leaders.

CM Khattar has appealed the protestors to cooperate and maintain peace and harmony.

Meanwhile, Yashpal Malik, leader of Jats said, “We’ve assured government that tomorrow’s Delhi Kooch programme has been suspended and now Jats would not come to Delhi.”

Will take decision on coming protests in a state executive meeting on March 26: Yashpal Malik, Jat leader

Ahead of his meeting with Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, Jat agitation leader Yashpal Malik had said he has seven core issues and he is hopeful of resolving them through dialogue.

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This is a major statement by the leader of Jat Stir, as failure of today’s meeting could bring National Capital Delhi to a standstill from Monday. It would disrupt public transport.

After reassurance from Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar about their cause, the Jat community in the morning confirmed to meet the leader today. 

Jat leader Yashpal Malik has confirmed the scheduled meeting with the Chief Minister at 12 p.m. today.

Read More: Jat Protest call: Delhi Noida Link Road at standstill

Read More: Four Haryana cops injured in clash with Jats

Earlier in the morning today, Khattar government has said they are serious about the issues of the Jat community.

On March 16, a meeting took place between the (jat) agitators and the government officials, during that some confusion emerged. The government is serious about the agitators’ concern. It is our foremost duty to uphold peace and fraternity in the state. We are committed to resolve this issue,” Khattar said.

Hence, I, along with other ministers, urge the agitating people to come to the Haryana Bhawan at 12 p.m. today and talk to us. I and (Minister of State for Law and Justice) P. P. Choudhary along with other ministers will be waiting. We all believe in ‘Haryana eik and Haryanvi eik’ and uphold the welfare of the state,” he added.

As a security measure, a total of 124 paramilitary companies have been deployed for controlling agitation in Haryana tomorrow. The Delhi Police has also issued a traffic advisory to the people in view of the agitation. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will also suspend its train services to and from all stations outside Delhi from 11.30 p.m. on Sunday.

Read More: Delhi Police announce closure of routes ahead of Jat Stir

On Wednesday, the Jat protesters announced that they will begin their stir in Delhi on March 20.

They gave a call for the march to besiege Parliament and to hold dharnas on the Delhi border, blocking all highways, to press for their demands for reservation.

Apart from reservation, the Jats have also been demanding jobs to the next of kin of those killed in violence in the agitation last year, compensation to those injured, withdrawal of cases against them and action against officers who ordered action against the Jats

Wefornews Bureau (with ANI inputs)

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Cold tightens grip in Himachal after more snow

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Shimla, Feb 25: The continuing cold tightened its grip over Himachal Pradesh on Sunday as the higher reaches of the state received a fresh spell of snow. However, there was widespread rainfall in the low and mid hills, the weather office said.

The weather office here has forecast more snow and rain in the state till Monday.

Shimla, which was received 15.8 mm rain, recorded a minimum temperature of 4.6 degrees Celsius, a fall by four degrees Celsius from Saturday.

“High hills in Lahaul-Spiti, Kinnaur, Kullu, Shimla, Sirmaur, Mandi and Chamba districts have been experiencing light to moderate snowfall since Friday,” a weather department official told IANS.

Keylong in Lahaul and Spiti district was the coldest in the state where the mercury plummeted to three degrees Celsius below the freezing point.

Kalpa in Kinnaur district, which recorded 19 cm of snow, saw a low of minus 1.3 degrees Celsius, while it was 1 degree Celsius in Manali, 2.2 degrees in Kufri, 4.3 degrees in Dalhousie and 8.6 degrees Celsius in Dharamsala.

Manali received 49.6 mm rain, while Salooni in Chamba district recorded 54 mm rain, the highest in the state.

However, hills overlooking Manali experienced moderate snowfall.

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After ‘Bhagwad Gita’, Haryana school kids to recite ‘Gayatri Mantra’

Opposition parties in Haryana have accused the BJP government of “saffronising the education system”.

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Chandigarh, Feb 24 : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Haryana is all set to make students in government schools of Haryana recite the “Gayatri Mantra” during morning prayers.

Haryana’s Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma said on Saturday that the state government is going to make recitation of Gayatri Mantra mandatory in morning prayers in schools.

“Haryana is the land of ‘Bhagwad Gita’ and the cow. Reciting the Gayatri Mantra will inculcate values among students,” Sharma told the media here.

The BJP government in Haryana led by former RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh) ideologue, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, had in 2015 announced that lessons from Hindu holy book Bhagwad Gita would be part of the school curriculum. This was introduced in 2016.

Opposition parties in Haryana have accused the BJP government of “saffronising the education system”.

The state has a BJP government since October 2014.

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Bihar: 9 killed, several others injures as a bolero van runs over School children in Muzaffarpur

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Muzaffarpur Accident (Photo-ANI)

Nine school students died in a road accident in Muzzafarpur of Bihar after a speeding SUV car hit them.

Almost 14 other are reported injured in a road accident at Minapur of Muzaffarpur in Bihar. The students were crossing the road while a speeding bolero van hit them.

“All the injured said to be around 20 in number, have been rushed to the Shri Krishna Medical College and Hospital for treatment. The condition of some of them was stated to be critical,” he said.

The MLA of the area has alleged that the driver of the van was drunk. Whereas Bihar CM Nitish Kumar has announced Rs 4 Lakh each as ex-gratia to the families of the deceased.

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