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SRINAGAR: Divisional Administration Kashmir Thursday issued an avalanche warning for next 24-hours for hilly and avalanche prone areas of Kashmir Valley and Ladakh region. “Avalanche warning valid for next 24-hours from April 19 to April 20, 2018, exists for avalanche prone slopes of Kupwara, Bandipora, Baramulla, Anantnag, Kulgam, Budgam, Ganderbal, Kargil and Leh districts of Kashmir Division,” a statement of the Divisional Administration said. Accordingly, all concerned Deputy Commissioners have been asked to take precautionary measures in their respective districts and advise people not to venture in avalanche prone areas during the aforementioned period and monitor the situation regularly to avert any untoward incident.

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KULGAM: Massive hailstorm has damaged rabi crops in some parts of South Kashmir, while the harvest of wheat, mustard and fruits. The showers and hailstorm hit the farmers in Yaripora Kulgam and Bijbehara Anantnag. The hailstorm, which started around afternoon hours resulted in the loss of every standing crop in these several villages. A farmer informed that apple orchards were completely damaged due to hailstorm at Yaripora Kulgam. A fruit grower from Bijbehara said that fast rains turned into a violent hailstorm damaged orchards and other crops.

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SRINAGAR: The Department of Fisheries has confiscated 1577 illegal nets for the last five months. M.M Bazaz Chief Project Officer Fisheries Department told CNS that night fishing is not allowed along Dal Lake but  some fishermen are involved in indiscriminate fishing by means of illegal gears or installation of illegal fixed gears such as gill nets during the night hours that result in the destruction of brooders and juveniles thereby resulting in the decline of the fish catch.

 “To compensate such loss the Department of Fisheries adopts regular improvement of the fish stocks through stocking of fish seed in Dal Lake that was done last year by stocking of five lakh fingerlings procured from National Fish Seed Farm, Manasbal,” he said and warned those fishermen of stringent action who resort to illegal night fishing.

He said there are about 939 bonafied registered fishers along Dal Lake those are promptly and regularly involved in fishing activities during day time from sunrise to sunset through operation of legal gears without causing any depletion in the capture fisheries. He added that the production of fish catch of the Dal Lake has increased from 467.11 tons to 509.86 tons and such development has been achieved through  proper anti-poaching measures that has been carried out along Dal Lake by the staff posted there.