Chinese media protests against unfurling of Tibetan flag in Ladakh

Chinese media is criticizing a reported move by the Tibetan government in exile to unfurl a flag representing its idea of “Tibetan national flag” on the shores of Bangong Lake, known as Pangong Lake in India, in Ladakh. The lake is near the actual line of control between China and India, a commentary in Beijing-based Global Times pointed out. The article said that the flag-hoisting, which comes in the midst of the border standoff, has “sparked wide speculation” that Indian authorities have instigated the Tibetan separatists to do this in…

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Leh celebrates Dalai Lama’s 82nd birthday

Thousands of Tibetans on Thursday morning joined in the 82nd birthday celebrations of their spiritual leader the Dalai Lama here. Large crowds donning traditional dresses began to assemble since morning at the Shiwatsel Phodrang complex on the outskirts of Leh for the birthday celebrations. “Special prayer sessions were held for the long life of His Holiness,” a Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) spokesperson told IANS. The Dalai Lama, revered by the Tibetans as a “living god”, attended the prayers and blessed the gathering. Tibetan Prime Minister Lobsang Sangay also attended the…

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Leh erupts over sexual assault on 6 year old boy

Protests erupted in Leh town to condemn the alleged sexual assault on a six-year-old boy in Shey Lamdon School in the district. The residents demanded serious action against the accused. A peaceful procession was taken out from Chokhang Vihara to Polo Ground. Thousands of school students, including people from all walks of life, carrying placards and banners raised slogans. The Civilian Alliance Society in collaboration with the NGOs working for child rights along with leaders of religions organisations and political affiliations took part in the protest and expressed solidarity with…

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Govt to promote lesser-known tourist spots of Ladakh region

As the Ladakh region is witnessing a good tourism season, the government will be promoting lesser known spots of the region to attract more tourists. During an interactive meeting with travel agents and hoteliers at Kargil, Tourism Director, Kashmir, Mahmood A Shah said, “We want tourists to stay in Kargil and spend a few nights here. For this, we will try to promote lesser-known destinations of the region.” He said major sporting events would be held in the district in which different countries would participate. Shah said high peaks which…

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Uncertainty looms over solar power projects in Ladakh

In solar power potential, Ladakh comes second highest in the country but its villages are still in darkness—courtesy the failure of the Centre and the state government to undertake two prestigious ultra mega solar power projects, having a total generation capacity of 7,500 megawatt (MW). The two mega projects were announced for Ladakh, considered the solar capital of the country, in 2014 but they have remained on paper only. According to officials, at least 19 villages in Ladakh — 11 in Leh and 8 in Kargil — are still deprived…

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‘Khimsa Festival’ creates awareness on waste management

To sensitise people about the increasing pollution in Leh town, a group of Leh-based NGOs have organised an environment week called the ‘Khimsa Festival’. The festival began on World Environment Day and will conclude on June 10. Garbage, lack of scientific measures for waste management and polluted water bodies have become a serious environmental concern in Leh. The concluding day of the festival will be marked with a debate on sustainable solutions to waste management. Tashi Murup, project director, Ladakh Arts and Media Organisation, said the garbage problem was grim…

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Ladakh the cold desert sees tourism boom

Even as the tourism sector is still on a revival path in the Valley, the Ladakh region is attracting a good number of visitors. Officials are expecting a record footfall this year as over 45,000 tourists visited Ladakh in May only. With three major festivals on the cards, the arrivals are expected to increase in summer when the region attracts the maximum number of tourists. “We received 45,000 tourists in May only. We are hopeful that the arrivals this year would exceed last year’s number of 2.35 lakh,” said Assistant…

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Shrine Board opens yatri registration facility at Leh

Umang Narula, Chief Executive Officer, Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board, informed that after taking into consideration requests received from pilgrims and certain organizations, he has held discussions with Chairman, Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board and it has been decided to provide Registration outlet at Leh to enable the tourist traveling in Ladakh to undertake the Yatra. Consequently, after discussions, Narula announced that the J&K Bank Branch at Main Market, Leh shall provide Advance Registration of Yatris w.e.f 5th of June, 2017. In this context, for the convenience of Yatris the Medical Superintendents…

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Dalai Lama to visit Ladakh later this month

According to officials, arrangements for Dalai Lama’s visit have been entrusted to the Ladakh Affairs department and “no stone will be left unturned for ensuring his smooth one-and-a-half month stay”. Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama will arrive in Ladakh later this month on a one-and-a-half month visit, Jammu and Kashmir Minister for Ladakh Affairs Chering Dorjay said today. Arrangements are being made for the spiritual leader who is scheduled to arrive in Leh on June 28, Dorjay said. He said arrangements for his visit have been entrusted to the…

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LAHDC bans construction along tourist hotpick Pangong Lake

The Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC), Leh, which governs the district politically, has decided not to allow any construction near the world-famous Pangong Lake in the Ladakh region. The move follows a Jammu and Kashmir High Court order that directed removal of all illegal business establishments close to the lake “to ensure sustainable tourism” in the area. The 134-km-long Pangong Lake is situated about 160 km from Leh town and extends from India to Tibet. The LAHDC, Leh, said the Martsemik-La in the Chusul area, which shares the border…

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