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Earthquake of 4.7 magnitude jolts Gilgit city, surrounding areas

GILGIT: Earthquake jolts measuring 4.7 on the Richter scale were felt here in the city and surrounding areas in the wee hours of Thursday morning. According to National Seismic Monitoring Centre, the epicenter of the quake which struck on early Thursday morning was located 35 kilometres southwest of Skardu at the depth of 15 kilometres. Following the jolts, people came out of their homes in panic and started reciting verses of the Holy Quran. No loss of life and property was reported in aftermath of the jolts.…

Winter hunting – a looming threat to biodiversity

The Baltistan region of GB has a wide range of fauna and flora residing in the two great mountain ranges of the Karakorum and the Himalayas. The Central Karakorum National Park (CKNP) covers the maximum part of the range inside Pakistan and starts from Hushe in Siachen valley and extends westward to the boundary of Khunjerab National Park. However, some part of the Karakorum Range (Chourbat valley) towards the east of Siachen to the line of control lies outside of the wildlife reserve due to military and strategic…