Manasbal Lake, Kashmir

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  • September 16, 2022
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In News:

  • After a gap of 33 years, Manasbal Lake is once again open for training drills after raging militancy forced the Navy to abandon it.
  • Recently over 100 National Cadet Corps (NCC) cadets, both from J&K and outside, including female cadets, participated in exercises like sailing and boat pulling.
  • Such exercises here will motivate locals to join the NCC in the future.

 About Manasbal Lake:

  • Location: Central Kashmir’s Safapora area in Ganderbal district.
  • Features: It’s a freshwater lake with picturesque hills and pristine waters. The Mughal Garden, called the Jaroka Bagh, (meaning bay window) built by Nur Jahan overlooks the lake.
  • Biodiversity: The lake is a good place for birdwatching.
  • Flora: macrophytes and phytoplankton
  • Fauna: zooplankton, benthos and fish
  • History: Training in the area was suspended during the inception of militancy in the 1989 and thereby abandoned by the Navy. The NCC has been working in J&K since 1965.
  • Issues: Eutrophication (nutrient-induced increase in phytoplankton productivity) and pollution
  • Other lakes in Kashmir: Dal Lake, Wular Lake, Tarsar-Marsar Lakes

About NCC:

  • It is the youth wing of the Indian Armed Forces as a Tri-Services Organisation, comprising the Army, the Navy and the Air Force
  • Headquarters are in New Delhi, India.
  • It is open to school and college students on voluntary basis,
  • To develop the youth of the country into disciplined and patriotic citizens.
  • The emblem of the NCC consists of 3 colours; red, dark blue and light blue representing the Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force respectively. The 17 lotuses indicate the 17 directories of India.

Source : The Hindu

Previous Year Question

Q1) Consider the following pairs: (2022)

Wetland/Lake Location

  1. Hokera Wetland – Punjab
  2. Renuka Wetland – Himachal Pradesh
  3. Rudrasagar Lake – Tripura
  4. Sasthamkotta – Tamil Nadu Lake

How many pairs given above are correctly matched?

  1. Only one pair
  2. Only two pairs
  3. Only three pairs
  4. All four pairs


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