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High altitude wetlands of Ladakh under severe threat

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While the threat of global warming has alarmed the entire world community since past few years, back home in India it has been threatening the very existence of high altitude Himalayan wetlands in general and wetlands of Ladakh in particular. Ladakh has three main high altitude wetlands of Pangong Tso, Tso Morari and Tokhar which have been witnessing massive tourist activity thus threatening these wetlands.

“Major challenges to the high altitude wetlands of Ladakh include unplanned and unregulated tourism, tourist season coinciding with peak biological activity, infrastructure, tremendous grazing pressure, lack of awareness among the stakeholders, emerging threat of climate change and lack of coordination among various developmental agencies”, said Mr. Pankaj Chandan, India Coordinator, Himalayan High Altitude Wetlands Conservation programme while speaking at an extension lecture on the theme “Conservation and Management of Himalayan High Altitude Wetlands with a Focus on Black-necked …

Outdated public transport in hilly districts to be phased out

Tighten verification procedures for passenger vehicles: Dy CM
Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Tara Chand expressing shock and grief over the loss of previous lives in the tragic mishap near Badarkoot in Kishtwar on May 4, today said that ex-gratia cannot be a substitute for those who have lost their dear ones in the accident.
Sharing concern of the government over the increase in the frequency of the road accidents in the hilly erstwhile Doda district in a condolence meeting held here, the Deputy Chief Minister assured the bereaved family members of accident victims and citizens that no stone will be left unturned to improve the transport system and ensure safety of commuters on all the routes of the hilly district. 
MLA Kishtwar, Mr. Sajad Ahmad Kichloo, MLA Inderwal, Mr. G. M. Saroori and MLC Mr. Ajay Sadhotra were also among those present in the meeting.
A two-minute silence was also observed for the accident victims.
Reviewing the existing transport and traffic management system in the three…