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The massive fires in the forests of the hills of Uttarakhand has not only created havoc to its precious wild life, flora and fauna, the timber, green trees and the soil including damage to the catchment areas killing the pivotal water sources, it has also resulted in enhancing the temperature of the summers to 41 degree celsious in towns like Dehradun and 29/ 35 degree celsious in the interior hills termed to be the summer destinations which used to remain pleasent and pretty cool.

What is more worrying is the fact that the fire which has started from Pauri forests or the adjoining hill districts has now engulfed the forests of Tehri, Chamoli, Rudraprayag, Karnprayag and even Uttarkashi and the pictures of deers, cows, calves n roasted condition ging viral in facebook, though not yet authenticated as from which areas these pictures of dead animals in forest forest have been procured from.

Even in the stretches of Kotdwar jungles this ravaging fire have spread. According to the latest new reports, the expeditiously ravaged forests by massive fires which is still continuing due to the air pressure has also led to increase in the temperature of the hill areas particularly the towns and cities already under the influence of global warming.

Though the staff of the forest division are trying their best to didge the fire through whatever minimum means they possess but the magnitude of the fire has now gained such a tremendous proortion that its not within the reach of the limited staff of the forest departmentdevid of the lated hi tech technical facilities and equipments.

The only and the best way, though highly expensive is sprinkling of water over the forests fires through helicopters as done in countries abroad as depending on natural rains would be an extremely risky and dangerous proposition.

It may be recalled that UK had rain deficit of 68%. And Pauri Garhwal is already reeling under 82% rain deficit since Dec, Jan months. Therefore the entire forest cover has gone dry thus enraging widespread fire on a rapid scale. Decrease in rain increases temperatures and results in forest fires.

Moreover, it has been a tradition of burning the dry grass during summers expecting the birth of new grass after monsoon for fodder of animals. And in this immature exercise the entire jungles are put on fire causing irreperable damage to the flora and fauna and the wild animals on a vast scale. Some disgruntled elements also do it deliberately pre strategically and conspiratorially for various vested interests.

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Several organisations unite to discuss on clean environment. Ecological dialogue of GFI was a grand success.

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Several organisations of Uttarakhand and enlightened individuals gathered together enthusiastically and discussed about the increasing pollution and subsequent danger to the human lives at Chandigarh on 17th afternoon for three hours incessantly and came to a conclusion that such significant interactive sessions should be continued in future as well to consistently awaken the people at large about out deteriorating ecology and ways and means to get out of the increasing environmental pollution that has made our lives literally hell in almost every, city, town and the metropolices of our country now extending its ugly influence in villages and rural areas of the contry too, which once used to be our lungs giving us fresh Oxygen in abundance and making our lives healthy, strong and sturdy.

But today, we have been surrounded by polluted environment having several hundred percent increase in SPM in the air and rivers slowly and steadily converting into drains full of pollutants, plastics, chemicals and poision of factories and tanneries. Polluted Ganges and its entire tributaries like Yamuna and several other rivers are the best examples exhibiting these disturbing trends, where, despite the government and World bank’s wasting hundreds of thousands of crores since several years the situation is still to square one.

The mountains are burning. Our flora and fauna are on the extinction and huge hydropower projects still displacing people and taking their tolls compounded with destroying and disturbing the ecology of the Himalayan regions and the rural villages compelling the wild life to attack the human beings and making them, their regular preys.

The increasing use of plastics, globally, has vitiated the environment badly and if the use of plastic is continued unabatedly the time is not far when our oceans wull assume the shape of plastic mountains. A single plastic bottle and its lid takes 300 and 500 years respectively, to perish. Such is the ugly ill affect of the use of plastics which should be given up using other alternatives that are soluble in water and easily perishable like paper bags etc.

The climate change have also changed the pattern and cycle of monsoon, summer, springs and winter seasons thus throwing hazardous influence on the peoples’ health and the flora and fauna of the country.

Under the guise of revolutionery development our metropolises, cities and towns are converting into the jungles of concretes with millions n millions of cemented hi tech flats coming up but completely devoid of trees and greeneries.

The emissions of gases from the billions of air conditioners, fuels, cars, trucks and dust pollution from the construction activites have added to the already deepening environmental crisis in the offing.

The himalayan glaciers are melting with a rapid speed and have already shifted 48 klms backwards due to increasing global warming as a result of rampant green house emisions worldwide with the developed countries imposing their muscular and money oriented dominance on the developing countries, not to speak against them.

The discussion titled ” ECOLOGICAL DIALOGUE ” was quite successful as journalists, social activists, Retired Army Officers, academicians and theatre activists expressed their views and opinions in details and urged for more such healthy interactive debates on environment. Prominent amongst those who spoke on the ocassion were sr Journalists Suresh Nautiyal, Sunil Negi, Ishwar Chand Dhyani and Mr. Gulati of The Tribune, Chr, Dr. Vinod Nautiyal, Intl green activist, Colonel Parmar, Major Onkar Uttarakhandi, Bhagwan Chand, Mr. Aswal, Sundliji and others.

Prior to the event 5 Neem saplings were planted at the Tribune park in Chandigarh. The host was Green Forum India.
Sunil Negi, President, Uttarakhand Journalists Forum

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Shujaat Bukhari murder during Ramzan ceasefire is an open challenge to the peace lovers by Pak sponsored terrorists

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The brutal gunning down of the senior journalist, an eminent peace activist and the editor in chief of Rising Kashmir, Shujaat Bukhari alongwith his two armed body guards in strife torn Kashmir yesterday proves beyond doubt that Jammu, Kashmir is not a safe haven for journalists any more. Shujaat Bukhari was one of the most reputed journalists of J&K having worked in prestigious Kashmir Times, The Hindu and thereafter starting his own newspaper The Rising Kashmir in 2008 after quitting The Hindu, spanning a jouralistic career of more than three decades.

A true champion of peace and relentless fighter working hard to resolve the vexed Kashmir imbroglio he was the target of the Pak sponsored terrorists and the ISI in particular having been attacked earlier as well, for which he was accorded the armed security of two state police guards. His brother Basharat Bukhari is the minister of Horticulture in the current PDF BJP government led by Mufti Mehbooba.

Though killings of civilians, armymen and security forces troopers including militants have become the order of the day in the strife torn Kashmir which has witnessed more than 65 thousand kilings since 1990 what’s even more worrisome and anguishing is the fact that now the representatives of the fourth estate, the scribes like Shujaat Bukhari who were really championing the peace process between Pakistan, India and the Kashmiries including the militants since a long time are also being eliminated paraticularly at a time when the state was witnessing a month long ceasefire imposed by the union government during pious festival RAMZAN, with the earnest hope to regain peoples’ confidence in the valley and acompany peace and tranquility in the extremely strife torn J & K.

But the gruesome murder of the champion of the peace who was relentlessly involved in bringing tranquility to the area suffering from core militancy since several decades resulting in heavy bloodshed has once again proved home the point that the enemy nation Pakistan, its ISI and its’ aided and abetted terror organisations like Laskare Tayyeba, Hizbul Mujahiddeen and other outfits are in no mood to reconcile giving unambiguous signals that its ready to wage a war with India or is trying to provoke us to go for a serious misadventure with it i.e. Pakistan.

The issue has now adopted serious proportions and dimensions. How long will the Indian government wait now and what for, ask the people of the country?

The militants in Jammu and Kashmir are emerging out of unknown caves clandestinely in unlimited numbers and not hesitating to kill civilians, security force personels, Army troopers and now journalists. Hundreds of thousands of young jawans have so far lost their precious lives.

However, our forces have so far killed thrice the number of militants and Pak sponsored terrorists, undoubtedly i.e more than 32 thousand militants since 1990 but they are still erupting seamlessly and continuing their killing spree. When it comes to the killings of the journalists in Jammu and Kashmir the figures are no less staggering.

Since 1990, 19 journalists have been killed in Jammu and Kashmir, including Bukhari.

Their deaths have been at the hands of militants, paramilitary forces, state police and the Indian armed forces.

Under the threat perception of the state, one must also not forget how much self censorship a journalist in a conflict-afflicted state like Jammu and Kashmir has to practice.

Compare this to the Committee to Protect Journalists’s numbers from across India – 27 journalists in India have been killed since 1992 for their work, and in all, over 77 journalists and media workers have been killed in India between 1992 and 2018 and several hundred injured.

Though the motive has been established in some cases, the investigation in most cases remains as just so many loose ends.

What happens ultimately ? Messages of condolenses with crocadile tears appear in newspapers and television channels from ministers, senior police officers, big wigs and those at the helm of affairs. Some financial compensation also arrives simultaneously. Even jobs to the next of the kin are granted in exceptional cases.

And finally we are again at square one after few days, ready to confront such anguishing casualties and stereotype of the same tradition of condolenses and shedding of crocadile tears. Just ask the parents who lose their loving son, wife a beloved husband, children, their affectionate bread giver father.

Would the honourable prime minister, Home minister and Defence minister guarantee peace to the citizen of strife torn Kashmir and India is a moot question for which everybody is awaiting for a suitable answer ? What’s your take friends?

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One more sacrifice of a valiant young trooper of Rudraprayag in J&K who killed two militants

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The Pak sponsored terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir has taken one more toll of a brave young army trooper who laid down his precious life while valiantly fighting the terrorists in Bandipura, Kashmir after killing two hardended militants during the protracted encounter that lasted for several hours.

Originally hailing from the KAVILTHA VILLAGE of Kaalimath Valley under the jurisdiction of Rudraprayag district of Garhwal himalayas youthful son of Narendra Singh Rawat, Manvendra Singh laid down his precious life while fighting the hardcore Pakistan sponsered terrorists in the BAANDIPURA sector of Jammu & Kashmir two days ago.

Kalimath valley of Rudraprayag district is famous for sending maximum numbers of brave young men to Indian Army in order to serve the nation and safeguarding our porous borders. This valley has in the past too witnessed number of young sacrifices in the Army positions in the line of duty during military operations fighting the hardcore terrorists as well as in the wars against China and Pakistan.

According to the uncle of the deceased trooper Manvendra Singh, the sad and shocking news of the death of the young trooper in action in Bandipura, J& K has send a shock wave in the entire valley of Kalimath, Rudraprayag, Garhwal, Uttarakhand.

Late Manvendra Singh left behind his old parents, two children and his better half who were living in Dehradun. At present his family was in his ancestral village Kaviltha to enjoy the summer vacations where they acknowledged this traumatic anguishing news.

The entire family in shock. The coffin of this patriotic valiant soldier would be brought to his village tomorrow on 15th, June where he would be given the last farewell amidst the presence of Army officers, his old traumatic parents, family and the nearby villagers including the entire populace of the valley with full Army honours.

It may be recalled that two days ago some fully armed Pak sponsored militans had entered the Baandipura sector and started firing incessantly. The army retaliated heavily and took suitable positions.

During this hectic firing which went on for several hours Manvendra Rawat alongwith his fellow trooper succeeded in killing two militants but in the meanwhile he too was killed by one shot of the terrorists stationed on the other side. The operation continued but the miitants fled leaving the dead bodies on the spot.

The nation is proud of the selfless sacrifice of Manvendra Rawat who killed two hardcore militants before falling to their bullets and sacrificing himself at such a young age.

If we go by the HT report of 2016 there have been 42% more terrorism-related deaths in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) since the Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party government (BJP) came to power in May 2014, compared with the last three years of the second term of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA-II).

The number of security personnel killed in terrorist violence has increased 72% from 111 in the last three years of UPA-II to 191 in the BJP’s first three years, an IndiaSpend analysis of data compiled by the South Asia Terrorism Portal (SATP), run by New Delhi-based non-profit Institute for Conflict Management, shows. The SATP compiles data on fatalities from terrorism from media reports. The data are provisional and compiled as on May 24, 2017.

Since 1994 till 2016 about 64865 civilians, security force personels and militants have been killed ( latest casualties not added). If we bifurcate the figures the civilian casualties come to about 25000, terrorists killed account for 30476 numbers and about ten thousand security personels.

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