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Ujh Multipurpose project gets clearance of forest panel Srinagar: For the first time after the abrogation of Article 370, the Government of India has given its clearance for use of forest land for non-forestry purposes in Jammu and Kashmir for construction of a multipurpose project of ‘geostrategic and national importance’. Documents in possession of news agency Kashmir News Observer lay bare that GoI has given approval for non-forest use of 680.1 hectares of forest land…

Srinagar: A day after Hyderabad-based major infrastructure company, Megha Engineering and Infrastructure Limited which is responsible for the construction of the 14.5-kilometre Zojila Tunnel, chopped down over 300 ‘trees’ without seeking permission from Forest Department, the Department attached Forest Officer Sonmarg to DFO’s office Ganderbal for not informing the higher-ups. Quoting sources, news agency KNT reported that the Forest Officer Sonmarg, Abdul Gani was attached to the office of Divisional Forest Officer Ganderbal while the…

Jammu: A two-day training and capacity building programme for forest guards organised by J&K Forest Department, regarding the implementation of the Forest Rights Act, 2006 concluded on Friday. Chief Conservator of Forests and HoFF, Dr Mohit Gera, inaugurated the training the other Day held at Forest Information Centre, Bikram Chowk. Around 100 Forest Guards participated in this training programme. In his inaugural address, Dr Gera gave a detailed account of different aspects of the Forest…

Budgam: PDP president and former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday visited several areas of central Kashmir’s Budgam district. Mehbooba Mufti first paid obeisance at Sheikh Ul Alam shrine in Charar-e-Sharief area of Budgam. Pertinently, it was her first visit after her release from the detention on October 13. She was arrested on 5 August last year when article 370 and 35-A were abrogated. As per reports Mehbooba after paying obeisance…

Anantnag: A casual labour working in Range office Verinag Anantnag on Saturday tried to set himself ablaze alleging that his salary has been withheld. An official said that casual labour Ashiq Hussian Naikoo of Batagund Verinag tried to immolate himself as his salary has been withheld. However, he said other employees present there saved him from taking the extreme step. Ashiq Hussian alleged that DFO Anantnag and Range officer Verinag have been releasing salaries in…

Srinagar: In wake of the rage among Gujjar and Bakarwal communities and outrage JK political parties showed over the recent demolition of hutments of Gujjar and Bakarwal communities, the erstwhile state’s Forest Department has issued eviction notices to more “unauthorized occupants” of the forest land in various areas of Jammu and Kashmir According to an order copy, accessed by Free Press Kashmir, one of such notice has been issued to Haji Makhan, son of Kalu…