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    20-year snowfall record smashed in Chitral

    QUETTA / PESHAWAR / ISLAMABAD (AwesomePakistan.Net): Chitral has witnessed a record snowfall of 5 feet 3.5 inches since the start of the year, triggering landslide threats and blanketing the district in a sea of white flakes. Pakistan Meteorological Department chief Ghulam Rasul told The Express Tribune that it is being considered as the heaviest snowfall since 2006.

    The amount of snowfall recorded in upper Chitral in 2006 was 4.5 feet, he said. “Since 2007, a significant drop was witnessed in the amount of snowfall in upper


    Save our animals: Seminar calls for protection of Thar’s wildlife

    KARACHI (AweomePakistan.Net): Once home to natural habitats of wildlife and migratory birds, the Thar Desert was a jewel of nature but now these habitats are on the verge of extinction due to the conduct of human beings, lamented participants at a seminar on the ‘Protection of Wildlife in Thar’.

    The seminar was held at the International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), University of Karachi (KU) on Wednesday.

    The wildlife department’s district officer for Thar, Ashfaq Ali Memon, shared some of his concerns about wildlife in the region through a documentary.


    Into the wild: Nature’s gifts to Bahawalpur

    BAHAWALPUR (AwesomePakistan.Net): If you have a passion and love for animals, Bahawalpur Zoo is the right place to visit. With many different kinds of animal and bird species, this place will surely give you an experience of a lifetime.

    Established in 1942 by the former Amir of Bahawalpur, Sir Nawab Sadiq Muhammad Khan Abbasi, the Bahawalpur Zoo is the fourth-largest zoo in Pakistan. It was also named ‘Sher Bagh’ (Lion garden). The zoo is spread over an area of 25-acres. From 1977 to 1982, the zoo remained under the control of the Department of


    Sindh enlists court’s help for relic’s recovery

    KARACHI (AwesomePakistan.Net): Provincial authorities have appealed to the Sindh High Court (SHC) to order the federal national heritage department to retrieve from India a prized relic from ancient Moen Jo Daro.

    The request for the bronze statue of the Dancing Girl came during the hearing of a petition filed by a group of Sindhi lawyers. The provincial advocate-general surprised all by adopting the petition’s contents.


    Hunting of deer, birds prohibited in Thar

    MITHI (AwesomePakistan.Net): Sindh Assembly MPA Dr Mahesh Kumar said that hunting of deer and birds has been prohibited in 940 kilometres of Tharparkar, adding that the secretary of wildlife has also issued a notification on the directives of the chief minister. The provincial legislator said in a statement on Wednesday that the area has been named ‘Chinkara Wildlife Sanctuary’. He further said that the ban had been imposed in the north from Wajatto to Chahlihaar, in the east from Chalihaar to Bhorelo, in the south from Bhorelo to Mithi and in the west from Mithi to Wajatto.


    Punjab, Gilgit-Baltistan fusion festival kicks off in Lahore

    LAHORE(AwesomePakistan.Net): Punjab, Gilgit-Baltistan Fusion Festival-2017 is set for kick off in Lahore today. The three-day long first ever of its kind, featuring music, crafts and cuisines from Punjab and Gilgit-Baltistan is being held at Alhamra Arts Council, The Mall and Greater Iqbal Park from today (Thursday) and will continue till Saturday.

    This was announced by the Chairman Board of Governors of Lahore Arts Council & DG Walled City of Lahore Authority Kamran Lashari in a crowded press


    Funds for immediate rehabilitation of Leepa valley fire victims released

    MIRPUR (AwesomePakistan): Massive relief funds have been released by the finance department of and Kashmir (AJK) government for early rehabilitation of hundreds of people seriously affected by the inferno which raged through Leepa Valley, gutting 100 shops and a dozen houses while rendering many people jobless and even homeless.

    Acting AJK Prime Minister Chaudhy Tariq Farooq had on Monday ordered the finance department to immediately release compensation to people affected by the fire.


    Army airlifts supplies to Leepa Valley

    RAWALPINDI (AwesomePakistan.Net): With heavy snow restricting access to the remote Leepa Valley, Pakistan Army said on Thursday they had airlifted supplies to people stranded in the valley.

    In a statement released by the military’s media wing, the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), military helicopters were provided to carry out relief operations in the remote valley of Azad Jammu and Kashmir.


    Harvest festival: Bull racers provide distraction for village crowds

    ISLAMABAD (AwesomePakistan.Net): In a rural corner of Pakistan, the thrill and pageantry of bull racing offers a welcome distraction from the daily grind of village life.

    With winter crops harvested and sold, people enjoy the festivities in the open fields, local people said. Some extra cash from harvest sale and lots of free time add to the jubilant mood, they said Thousands of spectators gathered in Pind


    Trek: The shepherds’ trail

    GB (AwesomePakistan.Net): At the onset of every spring and winter, the shepherds of Hunza trek through rugged mountains to a higher altitude where they rear their sheep and goats for the remainder of the summer season — they return once the snow sets in.

    Marifat, my guide, convinces me to try this route favoured by the locals. “The lower Hunza valley will shut down for the Ashura procession,” says my guide Marifat. “We should go to Sost and trek along the shepherds’ trail to the pastureland


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