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SRINAGAR:  In order to make the students well acquainted with the medicinal plants and other environmental factors, Nature Clubs are being established in the schools of Kashmir. This was revealed during a programme “Nature Study and Tree Talk” inaugurated by Secretary Floriculture, Talat Parvaiz at Botanical Garden here today. Director School Education Kashmir Dr. G.N. Itoo, Director Ecology, Environment and Remote Sensing O P Sharma Vidhyarthi, Director Floriculture Mathoora Masoom and other concerned were present on the occasion during which students were made aware about the uses of medicinal plants.

A ‘Tree Talk’ was also held during which Director Ecology, Environment and Remote Sensing made students aware of the uses and importance of many medicinal plants found in the state. Secretary Floriculture called the event as historic and stressed upon the participants to play their role in conserving the food and water resources. Later, the students were taken for “Nature Walk” from Botanical Garden to Tulip Garden during which they were provided useful information regarding the different medicinal plants.

On the experts enumerated medicinal benefits of various plants like Bun waangun, Bergenia, Mazaar mund, Gew theer, Haapat tung, Pambe chaalan, Kah zabaan, Braare gaase, Kalryun etc. Director Floriculture informed that around 1000 varieties of flowers including 300 hundred species are found across the state. She said that as per the instructions of Secretary Floriculture, the students will be provided free entry for Educational Tours to Botanical Garden on every Saturday under prior permission. Director School Education Kashmir said that efforts are underway to establish nature clubs in the schools to inculcate environmental values and ethics among the students.

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SRINAGAR: Divisional Commissioner Kashmir today said that 1016.95 kanals of Khacharie and 166.30 kanals of State land had been retrieved from illegal occupants across the valley, after the start of anti-encroachment drive on the directions of Governor. “Anti-encroachment drives will continue across the valley till every inch of state and Kahcharai land is retrieved from the encroachers,” he further said.  

Divisional Commissioner had already directed all district collectors to immediately carry out a comprehensive mapping of all encroachments relating to state, forest and panchayat lands, water bodies, highways and public roads in their respective jurisdictions and make full use of available technologies, such as geo-tagging and satellite mapping, to prepare a fully verified database. Then carry out the anti-encroachment drives across all the Tehsils of their respective districts on daily basis to ensure that encroachment on roads, National Highway (NH), State and Kahcharai lands is removed forthwith and asked all the Tehsildars to furnish a daily report with regard to removal of encroachments in their respective Tehsils and send this daily based report to the Divisional Commissioner’s office. Divisional Commissioner Kashmir warned people not to indulge in illegal construction activities and encroachments on state and Kahcharai land. Violators will be dealt strictly according to the Law.

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SRINAGAR: Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan, Friday directed all Deputy Commissioners of the division to start an intense drive on daily basis to remove all encroachments on roads, National Highway (NH), State and Kahcharai land. The Divisional Commissioner was reviewing the progress made, so far, with regard to removal of encroachments on State and Kahcharai land at a meeting held here today.

The DCs informed the Div Com about progress on the removal of encroachments on National Highway (NH), State & Kahcharai lands in their respective jurisdictions.  During the meeting, the Divisional Commissioner impressed upon the concerned to implement the anti-encroachment drive in letter and spirit and initiate action against the violators as per the law. He directed SMC, SDA, LAWDA and R&B to start intense demolition drive to remove illegal constructions and encroachments across the city as well as in the Dal Lake area, Jhelum river and other water bodies.

Khan directed police to provide adequate security to the demolition-squads, besides DC Srinagar will provide magistrates along with the squad on daily basis. Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Dr Syed Abid Rashid Shah, Deputy Commissioner Bandipora Dr Shahid Iqbal Chowdhary, Commissioner SMC, VC SDA, VC LAWDA, Chief Engineer R&B, Project Director NHAI, and other concerned officers attended the meeting, whereas other Deputy Commissioners participated in the meeting via video conferencing.