Morning in Dal: commotion behind the scenes

An ingenious and indigenous way of cultivation

... and sewage a strong political will is needed to get rid of them?

A MAJOR operation is on to restore the famous Dal Lake in Srinagar. Encroachments around the lake are being removed by the department of housing and urban development under its lake conservation

austrian scientists might help clean the Dal Lake in Srinagar. The Austrian Deputy Chief of Mission in Delhi, Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal has said that a scientist from the Austrian ministry of

THE lakes in the Kashmir Valley are soon to get a facelift as a team of Austrian experts are visiting the valley to develop a plan for their conservation. A master plan will be framed by the

Srinagar: Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah has said 20,000 MW will be generated from solar energy in the state in the next 10 years.

He said possibilities to produce more power from water and wind energy to minimise the huge expenditure on the exploitation of conventional sources of energy would also be explored.

SRINAGAR, Sep 22: If all goes as planned, the streets of Srinagar may soon be illuminated as the Srinagar Municipal Corporation is contemplating to install street lights across the city.

Indian Govt counters environmental concerns Hit hard by the flip flop over the

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

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