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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)


Two days after moderate rain, NCR air quality again ‘very poor’



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New Delhi, Dec 13: The air quality in the National Capital Region, including Delhi, again went down to “very poor” by Wednesday morning from “poor” for a day only in the wake of moderate rain on Monday.

According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the air quality at 11 of the 21 monitoring stations across NCR was “very poor”, as against only four regions on Tuesday night.

In Delhi, concentration of major pollutant PM2.5 — air particles with diameter less than 2.5 micrometers — was 133 units at 15 active monitoring stations, and 131 units at 21 stations across NCR, considered “very poor”.

On Wednesday, the number of areas exposed to toxic air jumped from four (Tuesday night) to 11 towards noon.

The most-polluted areas included Anand Vihar in east Delhi, Delhi Technical University in north Delhi, ITO, Mandir Marg and Lodhi road in central Delhi, Siri Fort and R.K Puram in south Delhi, Sector 125 in Noida and Vasundhara in Ghaziabad.

The PM2.5 in these areas ranged between 123 and 194 units — five to eight times the permissible limit.

According to System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) the overall Air Quality Index (AQI) across 10 stations in the NCR was 252 at noon, as compared with 219 at 4 p.m. on Tuesday after 7.8 mm rainfall.

As per the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the NCR with high moisture has no chances of rains on Wednesday and Thursday.

“Currently, Delhi is experiencing north-westerly winds with low speeds of 5 to 10 kmph,” an IMD official told IANS.


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Kashmir Valley freezes at sub-zero temperatures



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Srinagar, Dec 13: Minimum temperatures throughout the Kashmir Valley and Ladakh region remained below freezing point on Wednesday as the ski resort of Gulmarg recorded the coldest temperature at minus 9.8.

The weather office has forecast rain in the plains and snowfall in the higher reaches of Jammu and Kashmir till Thursday.

Leh recorded a minimum temperature of minus 6.5 and Kargil was at minus 5.8 degrees Celsius.

Srinagar was at minus 0.7, Pahalgam at minus 2.1, Jammu recorded 8.8, Katra 8.2, Batote 1.1, Bannihal 0.6, Bhaderwah 0.4 and Udhampur was at 8.0 degrees Celsius, the Met said.


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Jammu-Srinagar highway remains shut




Jammu, Dec 13: Jammu-Srinagar national highway remained shut for the third consecutive day on Wednesday due to multiple landslides in Ramban district, a traffic official said.

“Snow clearance operation in Bannihal and landslide debris removal elsewhere has started. However, travellers are advised not to undertake any journey without contacting our control rooms in Jammu and Srinagar,” news agency IANS quoted official was saying.

Divisional Commissioner of Kashmir, Basheer Khan has issued an advisory asking people not to undertake the journey till it is completely restored for traffic movement.

The highway was closed on Monday evening as a precautionary measure following the weather advisory issued by the meteorological department.

Numbers of valley-bound commuters were stranded in Jammu. They have been complaining of running out of money as hotels and restaurants have been charging exorbitant rates.

The historic Mughal Road connecting Kashmir Valley with the rest of the country, was also closed on Tuesday following heavy snowfall in the Pir Ki Gali stretch.


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