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SRINAGAR: With reference to development on weather front, a clear night sky led minimum temperatures throughout the Kashmir Valley to remain below the freezing point on Monday even as temperatures in the Jammu region showed further improvement. The Met said a fresh Western Disturbance (WD) was approaching Jammu and Kashmir and rain and snow were likely to occur from February 22onwards. The minimum temperature was minus 1.6 in Srinagar while it was minus 5.5 in Pahalgam and minus six in Gulmarg. At minus 10.5 Leh was the coldest town in the state, followed by Kargil at minus 10. Jammu city recorded 8.7, Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine base camp Katra 10.4, Batote 5.6, Banihal 3.2, Bhaderwah 2.3 and Udhampur 5.5 as the night’s lowest temperature.

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DODA: MLA Shakti Raj Parihar today inaugurated a plantation drive at Jawahar Novadya Vidayalya (JNV) Arnora Ghat, Doda. The Legislator was accompanied by DDC Bhawani Rakwal, Conservator of Forest Chenab Circle T.B. Singh, SSP Mohd Shabir Khatana and Principal JNV Arnora. Speaking on the occasion Parihar highlighted the importance of trees in maintaining the ecological balance and exhorted upon the people, especially students to actively participate in the plantation drives and strive to maintain clean and green environment.

 

“Plantation and green cover generation are essential to maintain human-ecosystem and preserve the environment to reduce landslides”, Parihar asserted. He impressed upon the officers of concerned departments to implement the action plan regarding plantation drive in the district in letter and spirit. DFO Doda, Rangers, Forest officers besides other officers and officials of various departments were present on the occasion.

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JAMMU:  On the basis of information received from SASE, Low danger avalanche warning has been issued for Baramulla, Gulmarg, Furkian-Z Gali and Kupwara-Chowkibal-Tangdhar, Poonch, Rajouri, Reasi, Ramban, Doda, Kishtwar Udhampur, Anantnag, Kulgam, Budgam, Kupwara,Bandipora, Ganderbal Kargil and Leh Districts, Bandipora-Kanzalwan-Gurez sector and Srinagar-Jammu National Highway for next 24 hrs. People living in these avalanche prone areas have been advised by the Jammu and Kashmir State Disaster Management Authority to take precautionary measures.