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Heritage Day: Call to preserve monuments
Kashmiri artistes play traditional instruments at the Heritage Tourism Day function at the Sher-e-Kashmir International Convention Centre in Srinagar on Monday. Srinagar, November 27
Monuments of Kashmir, particularly of the capital, the city of sun, have been damaged due to neglect of decades by the authorities. Effort is needed to preserve these monuments.


Kashmiri artistes play traditional instruments at the Heritage Tourism Day function at the Sher-e-Kashmir International Convention Centre in Srinagar on Monday. — PTI

All set for ‘project snow leopard’
Jammu, November 27
With a committee having been set up to formulate an action plan for the protection of the highly endangered species of snow leopard, the stage is set for the Centre shortly announcing a project on snow leopard on the lines of the tiger and elephant projects.

Missing teacher’s body found from Zojila
Srinagar, November 27
The police has recovered the body of a teacher who had gone missing in the snow-bound Zojila Pass, about 100 km from here, on the Srinagar-Leh national highway.



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Pak militant killed in encounter
Srinagar, November 27
One Pakistani militant has been killed in an encounter with security forces while a large quantity of arms and ammunition recovered during searches in the Kashmir valley since yesterday.

Power Development staff threaten stir
Jammu, November 27
Linemen, working in the Power Development Department, have decided to launch an agitation in protest against the “inordinate” delay on the part of the government in regularising services of daily wage workers.




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Heritage Day: Call to preserve monuments
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, November 27
Monuments of Kashmir, particularly of the capital, the city of sun, have been damaged due to neglect of decades by the authorities. Effort is needed to preserve these monuments. States like Punjab and Rajasthan have taken the lead in this direction to bring Kashmir’s history to the notice of common man and start a discourse on historical and cultural facets of the state.

These observations were made the “Heritage Tourism Day”, function organised by the Department of Tourism, Jammu and Kashmir at the SKICC here this afternoon. “Development of Srinagar City as a Major Heritage Destination” a presentation was made on the occasion. It was attended by Tourism Minister, Mohammad Dilawar Mir, senior functionaries of the department and those associated with tourism. It was held on the heels of World Heritage Week celebration.

“We are responsible for the damage to the monuments”, said the Tourism Minister, after watching presentation with glimpses of major historical places here. It was here to take steps to preserve rich historical treasures of Kashmir. States like Rajasthan had taken a lead to preserve historical monuments and cultural heritage. Mr Mir held Budhist Gompas in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir were being preserved and adequate steps taken for their maintenance adding after a decade the region would be ahead in maintaining cultural heritage of people.

The minister assured of all help from the state administration like the Tourism, Housing and Urban Development or other agencies for the preservation of historical monuments.

Referring to the presentation, Secretary Tourism, Nayeem Akhtar said it was a “roadmap” in this direction. It proposed to create a “Naagar Nagar Archaeological Park” for the preservation of historical monuments in Srinagar with distinguished features of Mughal architecture, constructed over 100 years between late 16th and late 17th centuries.

Kashmir historian, Prof Fida Mohammad Hassnain, sought early measures for the preservation of historical and cultural monuments of Kashmir. He referred to measures taken by Punjab to revive tourism by highlighting its heritage and monuments and organising cultural shows to preserve, develop and present these in attractive way.

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All set for ‘project snow leopard’
S.P. Sharma
Tribune News Service

Jammu, November 27
With a committee having been set up to formulate an action plan for the protection of the highly endangered species of snow leopard, the stage is set for the Centre shortly announcing a project on snow leopard on the lines of the tiger and elephant projects.

However, problems being faced by the Wildlife Department in managing the high altitude abode of the snow leopard shall have to be dealt with before launching the project.

Wildlife lovers have expressed concern over the fast dwindling number of the species in the country where estimates put the number of snow leopards at only about 500.

The five Himalayan states of Jammu and Kashmir, Uttaranchal, Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh, that are the abode of the snow leopard, have expressed inability in conservation of the species with their meagre resources until the Centre comes out in a big way by announcing a project on snow leopard.

Alarmed over the depletion of the species, the Centre has constituted a nine-member committee under the chairmanship of the Additional Director-General of Forests (Wildlife) to draft the project on snow leopard.

An urgent need to formulate the project was emphasised in a recent national workshop that was held at Leh, which is considered as the home of the species. The workshop made 13 recommendations for the protection of the species.

It was stressed that the species could be conserved only through a focused strategy and action plan. It was essential that local communities were involved in the conservation efforts.

The project on snow leopard will promote research-based species recovery programme.

The population of snow leopard in the world went down to about 1000 in 1960s, but it is now estimated to have increased to more than 3500. Snow leopard is found in China, Bhutan, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Burma, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and India.

The Centre had been going slow towards conservation of the snow leopard as it was about 20 years ago that concern was expressed about the falling population of the species when an international symposium on snow leopard was held at Srinagar in 1986.

It was there that the recommendation of launching a project on snow leopard came. However, the silence of the Centre on the issue was broken only after the national workshop at Leh in July last that was organised by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, the five Himalayan states, the Nature Conservation Foundation and the International Snow Leopard Trust.

The workshop provided an opportunity to the five Himalayan states to share their experiences regarding the main issues in high altitude wildlife conservation.

Wildlife experts have expressed concern over the gradual opening of the snow leopard areas to developmental pressures that are threatening its habitat. The Ladakh area has remained neglected from the viewpoint of wildlife conservation.

Piecemeal efforts for conservation of the snow leopard have been made from time to time. A scheme for its protection was formulated in 1988 when an area of 18,627 sq km in the five states was brought under its conservation.

Conservation of the snow leopard again came into focus during 2004 when a two-day workshop was held at Jammu and a concept paper was drafted to initiate the project snow leopard.

During deliberations in the workshop at Leh, representatives of all five states shared common concern that the high altitudes of the country were generally close to international borders, some of which are also conflict zones. The presence of military and paramilitary forces often harmed the interests of wildlife. The issue required to be addressed under a project on snow leopard, they suggested.

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Missing teacher’s body found from Zojila
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, November 27
The police has recovered the body of a teacher who had gone missing in the snow-bound Zojila Pass, about 100 km from here, on the Srinagar-Leh national highway.

Search is on for the other teacher who had also gone missing during the heavy snowfall in the area on Sunday while they were on way to their home in Kashmir. No passengers were stranded on the highway, the police here said.

The body of the missing teacher, Syed Shabir Ahmad Andrabi from Pulwama district in south Kashmir, was recovered from Zojila Pass, the police said here today.

However, search is on for the second missing teacher, Bashir Ahmad Mir from Akingam, Anantnag. They had gone missing when they were caught in a snow storm while trying to cross Zojila Pass on foot. Two teams, one from Dras and the other from Matayeen, both in Kargil district in the Ladakh region, had gone for the rescue. Due to bad weather and snow storms, rescue had become difficult, the police said.

There was no passenger stranded on the highway on either side of the pass, a police spokesman here said. He added that the SSP, Ganderbal, Mr H.R. Parihar, who supervised the situation after visiting Ranga Morh on this side of Zojila, said though the weather was not favourable, yet a recce had been done by police officials of the snow-clad Zojila.

In order to take stock of problems and ensure safe passage of stranded vehicles and passengers on the Srinagar-Sonmarg-Kargil road, Minister for Social Welfare Haji Nisar Ali conducted an extensive inspection of the road yesterday.

Nearly 400 passengers and 50 heavy vehicles of the Army, police, Beacon and HCC carrying essentials were stranded at various stations over the way due to blockade, an official spokesman said here yesterday. The minister said men and machinery were striving hard to clear the blockade for ensuring safe passage of the stranded vehicles to their respective destinations. 

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Pak militant killed in encounter
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, November 27
One Pakistani militant has been killed in an encounter with security forces while a large quantity of arms and ammunition recovered during searches in the Kashmir valley since yesterday.

The police here said a foreign militant was killed in an encounter with a joint party of the police and Army in the Qazigund area of Anantnag district today.

Acting on a specific information, the police and security forces cordoned off Sesman village, where the hiding militants attacked the search party with grenades and indiscriminate firing. One Pakistani militant, code named Akash Bhai, was killed in the encounter that ensued.

One AK-56 rifle along with five magazines and two hand grenades were recovered from the site of the encounter.

The police recovered a hand grenade and five rounds of AK-47 from Mohammad Yousuf Sofi of Tral, who was presently residing in the Shalteng area here.

A militant hideout was busted in the Zazbal Tral forests in Pulwama district, the police here said. The recoveries included 10 kg of RDX along with one radio set, four Chinese grenades, 10 UBGL shells, three AK magazines, 90 rounds of AK ammunition and 10 pistol rounds.

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Power Development staff threaten stir
Our Correspondent

Jammu, November 27
Linemen, working in the Power Development Department, have decided to launch an agitation in protest against the “inordinate” delay on the part of the government in regularising services of daily wage workers.

President of the Jammu and Kashmir electric department linemen and workers union, Ghulam Nabi Bhat, said here today besides regularising services of the linemen and switch board assistants, who had put in 10 years of service, the union’s another demand was reducing confirmation period of daily wage workers.

At present services of daily wage workers were being confirmed after 10 years with the result they get neither grade one scale nor full pensionary benefits, he added.

He said every lineman, on confirmation, should get scale of Rs 4000-Rs 6000 so that at the time of retirement he could be in the scale of Rs 5150-Rs 8300.

The union also has demanded risk allowance be paid to each employee of the Power Development Department. It also demanded Rs 25,000 to the kin of the victim for which Rs 15 lakh be earmarked every year. Mr Bhat said the daily wagers who had put in seven years service be confirmed and all arrears be paid to each one of them.

He expressed concern over the nonpayment of salary to linemen and switch board assistants for the past several months. He also wanted concession to PDD employees in power consumption as those working in state roadways corporation, Medical Department and Railways had been provided several concessions.

 

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