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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: In central Kashmir’s Budgam district, the administration of Jammu and Kashmir has identified 200 kanals or 25-acre land to set up Kashmir’s first Sainik colony. A report by The Print quoting a senior official of JK administration saying that the colony is being primarily set up to provide housing facilities to retired armed forces personnel and their families belonging to the JK. The colony will also cater to ‘widows and families of deceased personnel…

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.…