Udhampur (D)

  • Mufti: Scrap power pacts with NHPC

    Udhampur: Charging the ruling NC for bartering away natural resources of the state for lust of power, PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed has called for re-negotiation of power sharing agreements with the NHPC.

  • Project started in 1982 yet to be completed

    The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India in its latest report has detected a wasteful expenditure of worth Rs 16.86 crore by the Power Development Department (PDD) on construction of a transmission line from Jammu to Udhampur. Improper planning of the department concerned resulted in idle expenditure of such a whooping amount.

  • J&K to conduct scientific census on hangul, black bear, leopard

    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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