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11 dead, more than 200 injured as violent protests rock Kashmir

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SRINAGAR — At least eleven people were killed and more than 200, including 96 security personnel, were injured on Saturday as mob violence and clashes rocked Kashmir over the killing  of top Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani Burhan Wani even as authorities imposed curfew and suspended mobile internet services to contain the volatile situation.

The protests erupted as thousands of people attended Wani’s funeral in the Valley.

Wani was buried on Saturday in his home village Tral in Pulwama district in the presence of some 20,000 people who defied a curfew.

Expecting trouble during Wani’s funeral, thousands of armed police and paramilitary soldiers in riot gear fanned out across the region and drove through neighbourhoods, warning residents to stay indoors.

Protesters hurled stones, looted police weapons and set fire to three police stations and two government buildings in towns south of Srinagar.

At least three policemen have gone missing, source said.

The Government imposed curfew in several parts of Kashmir and the Amarnath yatra has also been suspended. The State has also requested for 30 paramilitary companies from the Centre to control the situation.

Saturday’s deaths were reported from Anantnag, Kulgam, Bijbehara and Kokernag.

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Over 70% of deep-sea fish of Atlantic Ocean have ingested plastic : Study

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Fragments of plastic are found throughout the world, from nearly every continent to nearly every body of water. But, researchers recently have found 73 percent of Northwest Atlantic deep-sea fish are also eating it — the highest reported frequency of plastic-eating fish in the world.

Plastic particles were found in some of the most remote parts of the Atlantic Ocean with almost three quarters of a sample of more than 230 deep-water fish collected by NUI Galway scientists having ingested plastic particles.

The contamination level among the fish species, located in the northwest Atlantic thousands of kilometres from land and 600m down in the ocean, is one of the highest reported frequencies of microplastic occurrence in fish worldwide, according to the study published in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science.

The NUIG scientists, as part of the study, participated in a transatlantic crossing onboard the marine institute’s Celtic Explorer vessel.

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PhD candidate and lead author Alina Wieczorek said, “Deep-water fish migrate to the surface at night to feed on plankton [microscopic animals] and this is likely when they are exposed to the microplastics.”

During this research cruise they took dead deep-sea fish from midwater trawls such as the spotted lanternfish, rakery beaconlamp, stout saw-palate and scaly dragonfish.

Microplastics are small plastic fragments that commonly originate from the breakdown of larger plastic items entering the ocean. Other sources may be waste water effluents carrying plastic fibres from clothing and microbeads from personal care products. Due to their low density, most of these microplastics float at the sea surface.

The fish ranged in size from the smallest species the Glacier Lantern at 3.5cm to the largest species, the stout saw-palate at 59cm.

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