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By Ishan Kukreti and Sarthak Kaul

While Delhi was sleeping its nonchalant Sunday sleep, things were abuzz at Jantar Mantar as protesters kept coming in supporting the call of ‘Chalo Dilli 5000 Plus Mission’ today.

The protest, some 3000 strong, was an effort by many organizations like, Panun Kashmir, Roots in Kashmir etc who have been demanding the rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits.

The protesters raised slogans like ‘Punan Kashmir’ (Our Kashmir), ‘Geelani ko phasi do’ (Hang Geelani) among others and burnt Pakistani flags to express their discontent and anger.

” If I change my name to Israt Jahan, then I think the government will listen to me,” said Vivek Fotedar, describing perfectly the mood of the protesters.

Apart from the all pervasive demand for ‘Homeland’, many echoed the concern over the absence of Kashmiri Pandit voice in the ongoing dialogue between the Centre and J&K state.

‘The crucial missing part in this jigsaw puzzle is the Kashmiri Pandits themselves. The government is talking about us, but they aren’t asking us. They should speak to us and every time a separatist sneezes, they should not catch cold. Mr Mufti promises composite towns one day and the next day he backs out. The government should not get scared by a hundred odd people and should stand still on a decision,’ one of the organizers, Rashneek Kher, from Roots in Kashmir said.

However, Tarak Fateh, a Pakistan-born Canadian writer, broadcaster and a secular and liberal activist, who was also present for the rally, felt that the community needs to form a coherent strategy first, ‘ You cannot dance and sing your way to Kashmir. The priority should be making a strategy, securing the border so that militants can’t enter India and create a scene similar to the 90s.’

Ashoke Pandit, filmmaker, who has been a prominent voice in the whole issue, feels the situation is turning like that in the 90s again, with stone pelting and slogans becoming every day occurrences. ‘Separatists like Yasin Malik are talking about composite culture now. But they are the ones who made us leave. They have killed us, they have raped us and now they are talking about composite culture? Why are these people not behind bars for waving Pakistani flags? every country has laws relating to sedition.’

The passionate and optimistic gathering mostly contained middle aged men but a fair number of youth was also present. Michla Matharu, a young architect says it’s her right to go back as Kashmir is her birthplace. ‘ I have started my life from scratch once, if I can go back to my homeland, I don’t mind doing it all over again.’

‘We are going to create a Gurgaon, a Greater Noida not a Ghetto. The idea is to create a modern city which will propel J&K as state into the future. We will go back and we will go back on our terms, not of Yasin Malik’s or Geelani’s.’ Kher adds.



Surgeons attached a pig kidney to a pair of large blood vessels outside the body of a deceased recipient so they could observe it for two days, and the kidney did what it was supposed to do.

Scientists temporarily attached a pig's kidney to a human body and watched it begin to work, a small step in the decades-long quest to one day use animal organs for lifesaving transplants.

Pigs have been the most recent research focus to address the organ shortage, but among the hurdles: A sugar in pig cells, foreign to the human body, causes immediate organ rejection. The kidney for this experiment came from a gene-edited animal, engineered to eliminate that sugar and avoid an immune system attack.

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Killer Smog in Delhi.

Developed by the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune, a Decision Support System (DSS) that extends the ability of the existing air quality early warning system (AQEWS) to have decision-making capability for air quality management in Delhi-NCR was launched on Tuesday.

The website for the DSS ( is designed to help the Commission for Air Quality Management for NCR and Adjoining Areas (CAQM) by delivering quantitative information about the contribution of emissions from Delhi and its 19 surrounding districts; the contribution of emissions from eight different sectors in Delhi; and the contribution from biomass-burning activities in the neighbouring states.

These information would assist in managing the air quality in a timely manner, a release from the Ministry of Earth Sciences said.

The need was stated by the CAQM, which was formed by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, during a meeting held in January 2021.

Recently, the Commission reviewed the progress made by IITM and had in principle approved the current version of DSS for air quality management in the Delhi-NCR. The IITM has also developed a new website for DSS with the entire system made operational, the release said.

Union Minister of State for Earth Sciences, Jitendra Singh, while launching the website for AQEWS on the occasion of 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav' week organised by the Ministry of Earth Sciences, said, "DSS is a significant contribution to 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav' on behalf of MoES and IITM and suggestions are invited on this issue."

The website also has a feature whereby the users can create their own emission reduction scenarios (from 20 different districts, including Delhi) so as to examine the possible projected improvement in air quality in Delhi for the next five days.

"This information would explicitly highlight the most important emission sources responsible for the degradation of air quality in Delhi and suggest possible solutions to ameliorate the same. With a plethora of quantitative data, the AQEWS integrated with DSS could become a user-friendly tool for air-quality management in and around Delhi," the release said. (IANS/JB)

Keywords: Delhi, India, Pollution, IITM, Ministry of Earth Sciences

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On the first day of the two-day meeting of BJP and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leaders on Tuesday, discussions were held on important issues related to education and the National Education Policy-2020

On the first day of the two-day meeting of BJP and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leaders on Tuesday, discussions were held on important issues related to education and the National Education Policy-2020. Apart from senior RSS leader Suresh Soni, representatives of various organisations associated with the Sangh Parivar -- working in the field of education -- were present in the meeting in New Delhi.

According to sources, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, who attended the meeting on behalf of the government, shared information related to the National Education Policy-2020 and the government's policy on important issues related to the education sector. Pradhan also shared details of the efforts being made by the government in the field of education.

Discussions were also held regarding the impact of the situation arising out of Corona and how much it has affected the education sector. In the meeting, the RSS leaders asked several questions and provided suggestions to the Union Minister regarding the education policy of the government.

According to the sources, RSS wants the policy to be implemented expeditiously. All aspects related to the policy were discussed in Tuesday's meeting. On the second and the last day of the meeting on Wednesday, special issues related to education will be discussed in which representatives of various organisations of the Sangh, Union Ministers and several BJP leaders will be take part.

Meanwhile, in order to convey its point of view to the government on various issues, the Sangh keeps on calling such coordination meetings related to specific issues, in which RSS representatives -- working in that particular area -- provide feedback to the government. (IANS/JB)

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