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Ganderbal: Police arrested two accused persons, Javid Ahmad Malla and Mushtaq Ahmad Malla of Fethapora Ganderbal for “misusing their licensed weapon and causing huge loss to the wet lands in Shallbugh area of District Ganderbal by killing of considerable number of aquatics birds.” The police has started a special drive to act against these hunters and in this regard, FIR 21/ 2021 U/S 51 wild life protection act has been registered at Police Station Ganderbal.…

Srinagar: A Hyderabad-based major infrastructure company, Megha Engineering and Infrastructure Ltd which is responsible for the construction of the 14.5-kilometer Zojila Tunnel has chopped off 338 trees without seeking permission from the Forest Department. The fallen trees are lying along the roadside while Forest Department officials have submitted a report to Divisional Forest Officer Ganderbal seeking action against the Agency under law. “There is a road passing through the forest area of Nilgrath. We had…

From feral dogs to toxic snakes, an uncanny researcher braved it all to document butterflies of Kashmir with scientific precision. In his passionate pursuit, he even ducked bullets to bring home the winged creature’s fascinating features. It was an unruffled summer day when a visitor sporting a straw hat landed in rugged and explosive landscapes of Uri town. In that highly-militarized northern area of Kashmir—known for bombing and bloodletting—he had arrived on an exploratory trip…

Recently, viral pictures of blood stained whooper Swans generated hue and cry among netizens and nature lovers who were angry that after flying thousands of kilometres from their natural habitats, the birds arrived in Kashmir, only to be shot. Killed on the very first day of arrival, a new species to visit Kashmir, among the many winged visitors, the whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus) met a tragic end at the hands of the poachers in the…

Nearly a fortnight ago, a tipoff about a rare cross-border aerial activity alerted all and sundry in Kashmir. The chase that ensued ended up on a familiar note. The news first came in flutters. It seemed as if some vigilante had a sensational scoop for his bosses cooling their heels in frigid sanctuaries of the valley. The ‘birds of same feather’ had managed to sneak into the eyed-skies of Kashmir. In military lexicon, the guest…

Srinagar: As the season for the migration of birds from the north arrives, huge chunks of Kashmir’s Hokersar wetland have turned dry. Just eight kilometres away from the heart of Srinagar city, the wetland has gone unnoticed since the 2014 floods, and is now close to devastation. According to data from the government, the active area of Hokersar has shrunk from 14 square kilometres to less than 6 square kilometres in the past few decades.…