At -15.2 degrees, Leh coldest in J&K

Srinagar city recorded a minimum temperature of minus 3.6 degrees Celsius on Saturday night, while the mercury in Qazigund in south Kashmir settled at a low of minus 4.0 degrees Celsius Leh experienced the coldest night of this winter with the minimum temperature there settling around 15 degrees Celsius below the freezing point, as the mercury continued its downward trend in Kashmir valley and Ladakh region. Leh town, in the frontier Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, recorded a minimum temperature of minus 15.2 degrees Celsius on Saturday night, against…

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Allege bias, Ladakh leaders push for separation from Kashmir

Given the “discriminatory” policies of successive governments towards the remote Ladakh region, the regional divide has deepened to such an extent in Jammu and Kashmir that the elected representatives of Ladakhi people are now openly demanding “separation of Ladakh from the Kashmir hegemony”. Their grudge against the Kashmir-centric leadership lies rooted in the alleged decades-long discrimination against the people of Ladakh in every sphere, be it for jobs, education, benefits of schemes or political representation. “We want to be separate from Kashmir because Kashmir-centric leadership, Kashmir-centric policy and the Kashmir-centric…

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Losar festival begins in Ladakh

Losar, one of the biggest festivals in Ladakh, began in the Ladakh region today. The festival is celebrated to mark the New Year and the festivities continue for three to 15 days in different parts of the region. A function was organised by the Ladakh Buddhist Association at Chowkhang Vihara in Leh town here today. Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh Kumar was the chief guest on the occasion. It is the first time that a government official has attended Losar. Although the festival is celebrated in all Himalayan parts of…

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47 HIV positive cases in Leh dist

In all, 47 people were diagnosed with HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) at the Integrated Counselling and Testing Centre, SNM Hospital, in Leh district. Of them, 27 patients are locals. This was stated by the Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Leh, Dr Yangchan Dolma while sharing the present scenario of HIV-AIDS patients in Leh district at an awareness function organised on the occasion of World AIDS Day at Leh. The CMO said with the early intervention and timely anti-retroviral therapy treatment, two babies were saved from infection from their mothers. Counsellor Stanzin…

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Cold wave sweeps Kashmir, At minus 11.3 Leh coldest place in J&K

Leh in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir was the coldest recorded place in the state as the mercury settled several degrees below the freezing point there. Most places in the Valley also witnessing a decrease in the night temperature. Leh town recorded a low of minus 11.3 degrees Celsius, down nearly two degrees from the previous night’s minus 9.4 degrees Celsius, an official of the MET department here said. He said the nearby Kargil town, also witnessed a slight drop in the night temperature as the mercury there settled…

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Kargil region in Ladakh records coldest night of season

Kargil in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir experienced the coldest night of the winter so far as the mercury there witnessed a steep fall and settled over 10 degrees below the freezing point, even as most places in the valley continued to record sub-zero minimum temperature. Kargil recorded a low of minus 10.4 degrees Celsius, nearly six degrees down from the previous night’s minus 4.6 degrees Celsius, an official of the Meteorological Department here said. He said this was the lowest night temperature of the season so far in…

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Leh airport security up post terror threat inputs

The security at the strategic Leh airport in the Ladakh region has been heightened after intelligence inputs about possible terror strikes. Although the police have sought to downplay the “panic” over the inputs, sources said the security agencies guarding the airport have been put on maximum alert following the reports that militants might target the airport. “Every airport in the country is vulnerable to security threats. It would be wrong to comments on the reports which have not been confirmed by the security agencies. Still, we are maintaining a tight…

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Ladakh celebrates its glorious history with cultural festival

The second annual Ladakh dpal-nams Tuston-2017 (Ladakhi Pride Festival) was dedicated in the honour of the first Ladakhi political and social leader, late Kushok Bakula Rinpoche, on his birth centenary. The festival was celebrated on November 16 at Leh with an aim to showcase the historical pride of Ladakh to the young generation. The festival was organised by the local government and the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC). Pertinently, late Kushok Bakula Rinpoche was a renowned political leader who worked as an MLA and MP. He also worked as…

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Leh coldest at minus 6.3°C

Leh and Kargil witnessed coldest nights this winter as the temperature at the two stations dipped several degrees below the freezing point even as Kashmir Valley saw the mercury rise above freezing point owing to a cloud cover. Leh recorded a minimum temperature of minus 6.3°C on Monday night and was the coldest place in the state, a MeT department official said. He said it was the coldest night recorded in the Ladakh region this winter. Kargil town also recorded a sub-zero temperature as the mercury settled at minus 5.2°C…

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World’s highest motorable road ready in Ladakh

The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has constructed the world’s highest motorable road in the cold desert of Ladakh, which has boosted the troop movement along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the eastern sector. China had objected to the road construction up to Demchok, a village located at Zero Line, in 2016. This had led to a standoff between the Indian and Chinese armies in the sector. However, the motorable road has been constructed and its black-topping has already begun. “Despite China’s objection, we went ahead with the road…

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