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Khushal Sar and Gil Sar were once pristine lakes, today they are dumping grounds Srinagar: After Jammu and Kashmir government completely failed to save two lakes of Srinagar, Khushal Sar and Gil Sar, locas have taken initiatives to restore the two lakes. Khushal Sar Lake rests in Srinagar city and once extended between Zoonimar and Aali Masjid but now it has been considerably reduced. It is connected to Gil Sar, a small lake in comparison…

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…

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…

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.…