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Kashmir wetlands, lakes host rare bird species among 4 lakh migratory visitors this season



(Asian News Hub) – At least four lakh migratory birds have arrived in the Valley to keep their date with the region. This year’s bird migration has, however, attracted the attention of bird lovers and wetland officials of Kashmir given the fact some 20 rare bird species have been found among the guests who have visited the region for the first time.

Every year, Kashmir hosts lakhs of birds who come all the way from Central Asian flyway zones that include Siberia, North China and North Europe. These birds stay in Kashmir till March.

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“This year, we have four lakh migratory birds in our wetlands across Kashmir. The main highly of this year’s bird migration is that we have received some rare bird species who have been spotted for the very first time in Kashmir wetlands,” a senior official of the wild-life department, told news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO). “These birds know their route very well as they are always led by a pilot bird who has age and experience of travelling through long routes.”

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The official said that they expect more arrivals by February end. “At present, we have around one lakh migratory birds at Hokersar wetlands and another land at Hygam while there are over 50,000 migratory birds at Shallbugh bird reserve. In other lakes and bird habitats of Kashmir, there are over a lakh birds present,” he said.

He said that there are hundreds of migratory birds also present at Chatlum and also some 30,000 Wular Lake. In Dal Lake, there are over a lakh migratory birds,” the official said.

Wild life warden for Wetland division Kashmir , Ifshan Dewan told KNO that at Hokersar there are over a lakh migratory birds present. “This time there are 10 to 20 rare bird species that have arrived. Bird lovers and bird watchers have identified the new guests along with our staff and we are analysing their nature and habitat etc,” she said.

She said that the migratory birds include new guests that are Sharpe tailed sandpiper, Glossy ibis, Dunlin, red necked phalarope, yellow hammer, tundra swan, black tailed godwit, bar tailed godwit, spotted redshank, Kentish plover, Pacific Golden plover, lasser sand plover, terrek sandpiper, curlew sandpiper, Ruff , common redshank, common greenshank , jack snipe , pin tailed snipe , common snipe , little stint etc.

She said that a bird watcher Riyan Sofi is working hard along with the wetland staff to identify new guests in Kashmir wetlands. On poaching, she said that special teams have been constituted to prevent poaching.


Army man found dead under mysterious circumstances at Badami Bagh, Sgr




(Asian News Hub) – An Army man was found dead under mysterious circumstances inside Badami Bagh cantonment Srinagar on Friday.

Official sources told the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that a 24-year-old soldier of Kilo Force identified as Signalman Anuj Singh of Banka, Bihar was found dead inside Badami Bagh Cantonment, Srinagar on Friday afternoon.

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Meanwhile, police has registered case in this regard and investigation has been launched to ascertain the cause of death.

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It’s starlink satellite train in sky, no need to panic: ADGP Jammu



(Asian News Hub) – Additional Director General of Police for Jammu zone, Mukesh Singh Friday said that starlink satellite train was seen over sky in areas of Jammu which people mistook as mysterious light of an aerial object and there was no need to panic.

ADG of Police, Mukesh Singh told news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that starlink train of satellites have been seen in sky in areas of Rajouri and Poonch.

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“The mysterious light are of satellite of starlink train category, “said ADG Singh said.

Pertinent to mention here that Elon Musk starlink satellite train is a category of satellite which are often seen in the sky.

Earlier, on Friday evening, panic gripped in areas of Rajouri, Poonch and others parts of Jammu zone too after locals spotted mysterious lights in air. People mistook it as a drone while security forces were also put on high alert.

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Residential house gutted in Mamar blaze



(Asian News Hub) – A residential house was partially gutted in a fire incident that broke out in Hariganiwan, Mamar area of Ganderbal district on Friday evening.

Reports reaching the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) said that the fire broke out in a residential house belonging to Qarisha Begum, wife of Late Muhammad Rafiq Kasana.

The firefighters and locals doused the flames and prevented the fire from spreading to nearby localities, witnesses said, adding that the residential house suffered partial damage.

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One of the relatives of the fire victim told KNO that the property worth lakhs of rupees got damaged in the blaze.

The cause of the fire was yet to be ascertained, an official, meanwhile, said.

Meanwhile, the local villagers urged the administration to compensate the losses of the downtrodden family at the earliest.

Meanwhile, police have taken the cognizance of the incident and has started investigation into the matter.

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