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Shrinkage, siltation and ecological degradation are taking a toll on Kashmir's largest flood basin.
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"Pressure should now be mounted on Pakistan."
Six other security personnel and a civilian also suffered injuries in the gun battle.
The area has been cordoned off as a combing operation has been launched to neutralise any untoward elements still in the vicinity.
As many as 32 schools have been targeted by unknown persons since the unrest began in Kashmir after the killing of Burhan Wani.
When I walked on the foothills and muddy roads leading to Surander a few weeks ago, the whole village was covered with a white carpet of snow. As my feet crunched into the icy ground, I felt transported by the beauty of the meadows. Birdsong and the sound of waterfalls gave me a sense of the music of nature.