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BANDIPORA: As per the directions of High Court, the Deputy Commissioner Bandipora today initiated demolition drive against encroachments over river Jhelum in district Bandipora.   A special team of officers headed by SDM Sumbal, SDPO Sumbal, S.E. Hydraulic Bandipora and other Revenue Officers over saw the demolition of many sheds and other encroachments on the Jhelum Banks, many structures were bulldozed in village Shadipora, Wangipora and Naninara.  The Deputy Commissioner said that the drive will continue across the full length of the river from Sarai Dangerpora to Bonyari and for this purpose notices have been issued to the encroachers.

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SRINAGAR: With the advent of spring in Kashmir the Social Forestry Department has launched a massive plantation drive in the Valley and various degraded forest areas, community waste lands, road side verges and various Government-cum-Private Institutions are being enriched with tree planting. The trees planted are Ornamental, Avenue plants and Conifers. A ceremonial planting was held at Radio Kashmir premises, Srinagar and Women’s College, M.A. Road, Srinagar today.

 

On this occasion, Divisional Forest Officer, Social Forestry Division Srinagar, Mr. Nazir-Be-Nazir Social Activist and Chairman, National Society for Water Resources Wet Lands and Forests, staff of Social Forestry Range Srinagar, Assistant Engineers Radio Kashmir Srinagar, Assistant Protocol/Liaison Officer Radio Kashmir Srinagar, Principal, Women’s College M.A. Road, Srinagar, staff of the Radio Kashmir Srinagar, teaching, non-teaching staff of Women’s College Srinagar, CRPF personals and other prominent citizens of the area were present.

 

Speaking on the occasion, the Divisional Forest Officer Social Forestry Division Srinagar appealed general public to come forward and render their services in achievement of noble cause through tree planting. A number of awareness camps are being organized in educational institutions to aware the people in general and students in particular about the importance of tree planting.

 

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KANGAN: The hunting of wild fauna goes unchecked in this central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district, reports said. Reports said that some persons are hunting wild birds in forest area of Haknar in Tehsil Gund since past few days. Reports also said that some miscreants from Ganderbal district's Gutlibag area are allegedly hunting wild birds in the forest area of Haknar Gund in broad daylight with authorities watching as mute spectators.

Reports further said that four persons are visiting Haknar Gund area since four days for hunting the wild birds adding that everyday they are hunting 4 to 5 wild birds. When contacted Range officer wild life department Ganderbal, Shamas ud din Ahmed said that there are inputs that some miscreants are hunting wild fauna.

"We received inputs about some persons hunting wild birds in Haknar adding that our department is having a close vigil on the miscreants and assured that soon they will be caught hold of them" , he said. He further said that if anyone from our department indulge or favour this illegal practice, he will be strictly dealt under law. Meanwhile experts are of the opinion that the unabated hunting of birds will have serious ramification on inflow of migratory birds in coming years.

Pertinently, the Wildlife Protection Act of 1978 which was amended in 2002 states that hunting is an offense and the accused can face punishment with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years or with a fine of up to Rs 25,000 or both. “The Act seems to be on papers only as this has not been implemented in letter and spirit,” the residents alleged.