Asia’s Big Freshwater Lake Lost Flood Absorption Function

Srinagar, July 16 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Wular lake in Bandipore, which was considered to be one of the largest freshwater lakes in Asia, acting as a natural flood reservoir for Jhelum River to prevent floods in the Valley, today, is gasping for survival as years of encroachment and siltation are posing a mortal threat to its existence.
According to media sources, despite challenges, the occupation authorities continue to sit over implementation of an ambitious multi-crore project to dredge the heavily silted Wular, a key component of lake’s massive conservation project, and restore its lost glory. In October last year, the authorities cleared an Indo-Sino company to dredge Wular, more than six year after Rs 389 crore project for conservation of the lake was approved. The project included retrieving the encroached area of the lake and its catchment area, water management and dredging to recreate its holding capacity. Conservation of the water body requires felling an estimated 21 lakh tress, mostly willows, inside the lake. “The condition of the lake has gone from bad to worse. At some places it looks like a marshy land. The project is crucial to its conservation and restoring its lost glory,” an official told media. Another official raised questions over “sincerity” of the puppet administration in implementing the project. “This project was started on a high note and lot of pomp and show. We need to ask why has its implementation slowed down first and has now been completely halted,” the official said. Nestled between mountains, Wular acts as a huge absorption basin for floodwaters and maintains a balance in the hydrographic system of Kashmir. The lake with its associated wetlands also comprises an important habitat for migratory water birds within Central Asian Flyway and supports rich biodiversity. It is also a major fishing resource of the Kashmir valley. In recognition of its immense ecological and socio-economic importance, the Wular was designated as a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention in 1990. But today it stands neglected and craving for attention. KASHMIR VOICE
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105 Couples Tie the Knot in IOK’s First Ever Mass Marriage

Srinagar, July 16 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, in the first-ever mass marriage, as many as 105 couples tied the knot in a simple function in Amar Singh Club in Srinagar. The couples belonged to various parts of north Kashmir including Srinagar.
According to media sources, Ghulam Rasool Chakan, who organized the function told media that “It is the first such mass marriage.” “In this mass marriage, we have couples from Uri, Sumbal, Pattan, Beerwa, Budgam, Khan Sahab, Baramulla and even from Srinagar,” Chakan said. Chakan said he has a number of donors who do not wish to be identified and they function this annual exercise. “We give some items to the marking couples after the ceremony is over,” Chakan said. “This year, we are giving as many as 41 items to these new families as the basic support from the donors’ funding.” In Sunday’s mass marriages, there were 38 couples from Budgam, 34 from Bandipore, two each from Srinagar and Ganderbal and 29 from Baramulla district. KASHMIR VOICE
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APHC Condemns Summoning of Journalist by Indian NIA

Srinagar, July 16 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC has strongly condemned the summoning of an accredited journalist, Aqib Javed by the Indian National Investigation Agency (NIA) terming it a ploy to frighten the Kashmiri journalist fraternity.
According to media sources, an APHC spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar condemned the dictatorial actions of strangulating the already suppressed voice of journalists in Kashmir. Aqib is associated with the daily Kashmir Observer. Commenting on the fragile situation of journalism in Kashmir, the spokesman said: “It is a very difficult task to pursue the norms of a free press in a state of undeclared censorship as implemented by the authorities”. He expressed grave concern of involving Aqib Javed in a baseless and fabricated case against the DeM Chairperson, Aasiya Andrabi and her two associates Fehmeeda Sofi and Nahida Nasreen by the NIA. The spokesman appealed to the United Nations Human Rights Commission to take cognizance of the plight of renowned Kashmiri resistance leaders lodged in Delhi’s Tihar jail which include Shabir Ahamad Shah, Pir Saifullah, Altaf Ahamad Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Raja Meraj-u-din Kalwal, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Shahidul Islam, Farooq Ahamad Dar, Shahid Yousuf, Zahoor Ahamad Watali, and Mohammad Aslam Wani, who are the victims of political vengeance at the hands of NIA. The spokesperson saluted the resolve and high morals of the illegally detained Hurriyat leaders and people of Kashmir. KASHMIR VOICE
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TeH Delegation Pays Glowing Tributes to Martyr Nisar Butt

Srinagar, July 16 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, a delegation of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir on the directives of its Chairman, Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai visited Krad Shangus area of South Kashmir and expressed solidarity with the family of martyred youth Nisar Ahmad Butt.
According to media sources, the delegation comprised Umer Aadil Dar, Ashiq Hussain Narchoor, Mohammad Shafi Wagay, Rameez Raja, Talib Hussain, Muzaffar Ahmad and Sabzar Butt. Umer Aadil Dar speaking on occasion said that the unparalleled sacrifices given by the Kashmiris for freedom cause would not be allowed to go waste. He said: “Our youth are rendering their lives to end the decades-old slavery and brutal Indian occupation. He said that the sacrifices of Kashmiri youth would not be allowed to go waste and the ongoing liberation movement would be taken to its logical conclusion at all costs. KASHMIR VOICE
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Delhi Court Sends Aasiya Andrabi, Two Associates to Tihar Jail

New Delhi, July 16 (Kashmir Voice): Dukhtaran-e-Millat Chief Aasiya Andrabi along with her two associates was sent to one-month judicial custody by a Delhi court on the ridiculous charge of waging war against India.
According to media sources, Andrabi was produced before the court along with her associates Sofi Fehmeeda and Nahida Nasreen, today, after the expiry of their 10-day custody of National Investigation Agency, Indian probe agency notorious for implicating Kashmiri Hurriyat leaders in fake cases. District Judge Poonam A Bamba sent the three DeM leaders to judicial custody after the NIA said they were not required for further custodial interrogation. They will be kept in New Delhi’s notorious Tihar Jail. The case was registered against the three Kashmiri women leaders in April this year. Andrabi was in a prison in Srinagar after Kashmir High Court cancelled her bail, last month. The NIA, on directions of Indian Home Ministry, registered a case against Aasiya Andrabi and her associates. KASHMIR VOICE
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Waza Seeks Int Intervention for Resolution of Kashmir

Srinagar, July 16 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Hurriyet leader and Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir People’s League, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza has expressed serious concern over the use of aggressive and repressive measures by the Indian authorities against peaceful and unarmed civilians and pro-freedom leadership in Jammu and Kashmir.
According to media sources, Waza in a statement while condemning the nocturnal raids and arresting of youth in Pulwama, Shopian and other areas of south Kashmir by the Indian forces and police personnel said that the pursuing the struggle for right to self-determination was Kashmiris’ birth right. He added that the authorities were hell-bent upon curbing and strangulating the genuine aspirations and political voice for the ongoing freedom struggle. Waza also condemned the suicide bomb attack on an election rally in Mustang, Baluchistan (Pakistan) said those involved in the attack are beastly enemies of the entire humanity and Pakistan. The People’s League Chairman while thanking the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, for backing international probe into human rights violations in Kashmir said that time has come for the World Body to impress upon India for a free and fair plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir. KASHMIR VOICE
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