Seventy members of a marriage party were feared dead after the bus in which they were travelling was swept away in a flash flood in Nowshera tehsil of Rajouri district today.

800 kgs of Vermi-Compost (organic manure) prepared from municipal waste at Solid Waste Management (Vermi- Composting) Project at Thandapani, Sunderbani of district Rajouri was put on sale for the g

The state government has decided to come up with micro hydroelectric projects in remote areas of the state where there is no electricity distribution network or where it is economically not viable

RAJOURI, Nov 17: Indian Council for Enviro-Legal Action (ICELA) announced committee for villages Dhangri and Saranoo in Rajouri district to organize plantation programmes, awareness among the general masses and raise the issues of environment pollution and moral degradation.

The committee members included Arun Kumar as president, Ashok Kumar as vice president, Harsh Kumar as general secretary,

An awareness programme about National Rural Empowerment Guarantee Scheme was held at Treru in Rajouri today in which MLC Ashok Sharma presided over the function while senior officers and allied departments were also present on the occasion. Sharma in his address said that NREGA along with other revolutionary schemes like debt waiver scheme for farmers launched by the UPA government would transform development profile of rural India with poor sections being the major beneficiaries of Roshni and other such schemes introduce in state. Sharma has demanded setting up of degree college and sub divisional status to Kalakote besides time bound and execution of roads and augmentation of water and power supply in Kalakote constituency. Sharma also took stock of development works at Badanoo, Dharamsal, Tatapani, Baljarlain,Tanooni,Chakli and Kallar during his three days tour of Kalakote and interacted the people. He urged for launching on spot recruitment drive in police, army and par military forces for the youth of the area and recommissioning of Kalakote thermal power plant and opening coal mines.

From pugmarks to high-tech equipment like satellite imagery and camera-traps. That's how census on wild animals in Jammu and Kashmir is graduating. Come March, and the state Government will undertake two scientific censuses on three wild animals: the highly-endangered hangul, also called the Kashmir stag, the common leopard and the Asiatic black bear, also known as Himalayan black bear. To be conducted in collaboration with the Central Government, the censuses will also get expert help from the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun. J&K Chief Wildlife Warden A K Srivastava says, "While one census will be on the endangered hangul, found only in Kashmir, the other will focus on the common leopard and the Asiatic black bear.' The Kashmir stag census will be utilised to protect the endangered animal, and the other will be used to deal with the increasing incidents of the man-animal conflicts in the state. Srivastava says the earlier censuses conducted by the state Government were not accurate as these were carried out "on the basis of their pugmarks'. "But the new censuses will be carried out, using the most high-tech equipment like satellite imagery and camera-traps,' he adds. Cameras will be put on trees in the forest areas, which will trap the movement of wild animals, recording their actual number with the help of satellite imagery. The Centre has agreed in principle to fund the census projects. "In Jammu, experts from the Wildlife Institute of India will hold a three-day training workshop for divisional forest officers and range officers of the state forest and wildlife departments,' adds Srivastava. While the hangul is not harmful, the other two have caused man-animal conflicts in the state over the past two years, killing over three dozen and injuring more than 200 people. While the hangul census will mainly focus on the Kashmir valley, the other one will cover various areas