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More than 62,000 Kashmiri Pandit families have migrated from Valley since early 1990s

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Due to onset of militancy in the State of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) in the early 1990s, more than 62,000 Kashmiri Pandit families have migrated from the Valley.

“Present number of registered Kashmiri migrant families is about 62,000. About 40,668 registered Kashmiri migrant families are residing in Jammu; about 19,338 registered Kashmiri migrant families are living in Delhi and about 2,000 families are settled in other states,” informed  Minister of State for Home Affairs, Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary to the Lok Sabha.

Recently, Kashmiri Pandits held a rally at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi to raise a voice for the all pervasive demand for the ‘Homeland.’

The protest also saw people  echoing 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,”  Rashneek Kher,  from Roots in Kashmir, told NewsGram during the protest.

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Delhi’s Air Quality Still Remains ‘Very Poor’

The pollution causing score of PM 2.5 was at 114 in the poor category while PM 10 was at 208 in the moderate category

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It cited the low wind speed and westerly wind direction as being unfavourable for air quality. Pixabay

For those living in and around Delhi, the coming days spell bad news as air quality entered the higher end of the poor category on Monday, with a worsening AQI score of 280, and is slated to enter the “very poor” threshold on Tuesday.

Yes, you heard it right, the blue skies that have been a complete treat for the Delhi-NCR over the last two months, off and on, are set to get grey.

The forecast of the “very poor” air quality is predicted mainly due to changing local weather conditions.

According to pollution watch by Safar (System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research) India, developed by Ministry of Earth Science and Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune the overall air quality of Delhi is in the higher end of the poor category.

“Further deterioration of the AQI is expected by October 15 to very poor category,” it said.

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A man walks in front of the India Gate shrouded in smog in New Delhi, India. VOA

The stubble burning activity in Haryana, Panjab, and nearby border regions are moderate but increasing. Safar said it is not necessarily affecting Delhi air if distance weather conditions establishing transport pathways are not favourable.

In the present scenario, although the magnitude of biomass-related transport is not very high but upper winds are flowing from North-North West towards Delhi with good speed and hence favourable enough to influence Delhi AQI with a share of more than 8 per cent by tomorrow (Tuesday) as per SAFAR forecasting model.

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After the monsoon withdrawal, the surface wind speed in Delhi continues to be slow and variable with predominant direction from the Northwest.

The pollution causing score of PM 2.5 was at 114 in the poor category while PM 10 was at 208 in the moderate category. (IANS)