New by IMD: Forecast lists PoK, Gilgit-Baltistan
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News : In a subtle shift, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has started referring to its meteorological sub-division of Jammu and Kashmir as “Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh, Gilgit-Baltistan and Muzaffarabad”. Muzaffarabad is part of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir while Gilgit-Baltistan is also under illegal Pakistani occupation.
- The change in name started to get reflected from Tuesday in the daily forecast for northwest India, issued by IMD from New Delhi.
- The daily region-wise forecasts are for the entire sub-division, and not for any specific areas within.
- The IMD move not only reflects the changed status of Ladakh as a separate Union Territory but conveys a significant underlying message.
- There are 36 meteorological sub-divisions in the country, broadly defined along state boundaries, but some large states have multiple sub-divisions while some smaller states are grouped together in the same sub-division.