Ice Stupas store hope for locals in Ladakh’s cold desert

Ice stupas — the man-made mini glaciers — are solving the water problem in the remote and cold desert region of Ladakh where less precipitation during the crucial spring has resulted in lack of vegetation. Sonam Wangchuk, an award-winning innovator and scientist who conceptualised the ice stupa, said the mini glaciers were being increasingly adopted in Leh district of the region where people face an acute shortage of water during spring months. Wangchuk said the ice stupas were now being replicated by the locals themselves. The idea behind the ice…

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Today governor, Satya Pal Malik to inaugurate Sindhu festival in Ladakh

Governor Satya Pal Malik is arriving in Leh district on Friday on a two-day visit. The Governor will on Friday inaugurate the day-long Ladakh Singhey Khababs Sindhu Festival, being organised by the tourism department on the banks of the Indus. The aim of organising the festival on the Indus is to endorse the mighty river as a symbol of multi-dimensional cultural identity of the country. Elaborate arrangements have been made for the festival in which traditions and cultural heritage of Ladakh will be presented to the visiting tourists. An official…

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Zanskar demands repolling

In a major political development ahead of the counting of votes on May 23, three of the four candidates from the Ladakh parliamentary constituency on Monday jointly wrote to the J&K Chief Electoral Officer, demanding repolling in the Zanskar subdivision of the region. Congress nominee Rigzin Spalbar and two Independents — Haji Asgar Ali Karbalai, who is a Congress rebel, and Sajjad Hussain Kargili, who has been backed by the National Conference, Peoples Democratic Party and the influential Islamia School Kargil — have alleged malpractices at all polling stations in…

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‘Old wine in new bottle’, BJP’s Ladakh manifesto continues with unfulfilled emotive

The BJP’s election manifesto for Ladakh appears to be ‘old wine in new bottle’ as it has again made the issue of Union Territory (UT) status for arid region and inclusion of Bhoti language in the 8th Schedule of Indian Constitution as its main poll planks. Opening of Kailash Mansarovar road via Ladakh’s Demchok for pilgrims, early completion of Zojila Tunnel and early execution of Kargil-Padum-Darcha road are the other major promises made by the party with Ladakhi people in its election manifesto, which was released in Leh on Wednesday.…

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Rijiju, Naqvi to mobilise Buddhists, Shias in Ladakh

Even as the BJP leadership has assigned responsibility to two Union ministers – Kiran Rijiju and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi – to mobilise Buddhists and Shias of Leh and Kargil districts, respectively, the state unit has requested the high command to organise the Prime Minister’s rally in the first week in May in Leh to ensure the retention of the Ladakh Lok Sabha seat. Polling for the Ladakh seat will be held in the fifth phase of elections on May 6 and the BJP has fielded 31-year-old Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, who…

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In Ladakh, it’s Kargil vs Leh

The Ladakh parliamentary seat would be a fight between Leh and Kargil as both regions have decided to field their own candidates to contest polls. While the rightwing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and their arch rival Congress have fielded Buddhist faces from Leh, National Conference (NC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have decided to back an independent candidate in Shia-dominated Kargil. Congress has announced Rigzin Spalbar as its candidate for the seat while BJP has announced Jamyang Tsering Namgyal as its candidate. The NC and the PDP on the other…

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Gurudwara in Leh defaced, Sikh symbols replaced with Hindu symbols

A Sikh body has expressed deep anguish and concern over the defacement of a Gurdwara located in Leh area of Ladakh division of Jammu & Kashmir. All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC) has urged Governor Satya Pal Malik to intervene and get the matter resolved within shortest possible time. In a statement, APSCC Chairman Jagmohan Singh Raina said that some elements who want to divide people in the name of religion have defaced the Gurdwara Pathar Sahib located at an altitude of 12,000 feet in Leh. Raina said that the…

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BJP fields Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, Leh Council CEC for Ladakh seat

The BJP on Friday sprung a surprise in the Ladakh region by fielding the Chief Executive Councillor (CEC) of the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, Leh, and young leader Jamyang Tsering Namgyal as its candidate for the Lok Sabha poll. The move, however, did not go down well with the cadre as senior leaders from Ladakh have vent their anger against the BJP high command for fielding a “novice” leader as candidate for the seat, which the party had held for the first time during the 2014 poll. Sources said…

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Against controversial Ladakh order, Shutdown, Protests continue in Kargil on the ​sixth consecutive day

Protests and shutdown continued for the sixth consecutive day in Kargil district of Ladakh division on Thursday to demand rotational divisional headquarters. Reports said the people from Sankoo sub division, Tai Suru block, Barsoo, TSG block, Minjee, Drass Sub-division, Batalik, Shakar Chiktan, Wakha, Shargole protested while demanding equal representation and share in Ladakh Division. Meanwhile, the Joint Resistance Committee, which spearheads the agitation to demand rotational headquarters between Leh and Kargil addressed a presser at Ismalia School Chowk about the future course of action. The JRC warned that the people…

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With divisional status, BJP tries to gain lost ground in Ladakh

The BJP’s direction to the Ladakh unit to celebrate the grant of divisional status with much ‘fanfare’ is an indication that the saffron party is trying to retrieve its lost ground in the mountainous region through this historic decision by the Governor’s administration. “The divisional status is a gift of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the residents of Ladakh who have been facing discrimination and injustice since 1947,” BJP state president Ravinder Raina told Kashmir Post, adding, “The party has asked its cadre to celebrate the decision in the entire…

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