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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Today Srinagar – Leh highway re-opens for traffic

The Leh-Srinagar highway will be re-opened for traffic on Friday after remaining closed for more than five months due to heavy snowfall. The Leh-Srinagar highway will be re-opened for traffic on Friday after remaining closed for more than five months due to heavy snowfall. Due to unprecedented snow for first time in last five years, clearing up the road on the Leh-Srinagar highway for traffic was a mammoth task this time. The road usually opens around 15th May but this year, timely planning and sincere efforts have led to opening…

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Setback for PDP, BJP as Zanskar MLA leaves coalition

Ahead of the crucial Legislative Council elections, the PDP-BJP coalition received a setback today as the Independent MLA from the Zanskar Assembly constituency, Sayed Baqir Razvi, today refused to back the PDP-BJP candidates. Razvi’s decision has spoiled the PDP-BJP combine’s arithmetic because he was earlier a part of the coalition. “The PDP-BJP coalition has betrayed us on a number of occasions so there is no logic to support the government’s candidates in the Legislative Council elections,” Razvi told Kashmir Post. However, he said the decision to support the opposition candidate…

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Multiple avalanches hit army post in Batalik Sector, three soldiers missing

Snowfall triggers multiple avalanches burying Army Post in Batalik Sector, 2 soldiers out of 5 rescued; rescue ops for 3 in progress At least five soldiers got trapped on Thursday after multiple avalanches triggered by heavy snowfall hit an army post in Batalik Sector in Jammu and Kashmir. According to media report, two out of the five soldiers have been evacuated while rescue operation to bring out remaining three is in progress. The official Twitter handler confirmed the report and tweeted, “Unprecedented snowfall triggers multiple avalanches; a Post in Batalik…

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Uncertainty, Harsh weather cast shadow on Zojila tunnel project

Bidders have shown reluctance to execute the ambitious South East Asia’s longest Zojila tunnel project, connecting Kashmir with the strategic Ladakh region, owing to “uncertainty” in the Valley and “very hostile weather conditions”. This is in spite of change in the mode of execution from the Design-Build-Finance-Operate-Transfer (DBFOT) (Annuity) basis to Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) basis. Under the new EPC model, the government is fully funding the project. “Uncertainty hangs over the execution of the project as bidders have shown strong reluctance to the project due to large-scale tension…

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Ladakh worried over costly air travel ahead of tourist season

Civil Aviation Ministry non-committal about subsidised air tickets With Ladakh bracing up to host domestic and foreign tourists, the exorbitant air travel to the arid region continues to be a cause for worry for all stakeholders as the Civil Aviation Ministry is yet to make a formal commitment on “rationalisation of airfares” for Ladakh during peak tourist season from May to September. Their only hope about some relief lies in the expected increase in the frequency of flights to Ladakh in summer. Besides Vistara, a domestic airline, has also decided…

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Cold sets in Kashmir; Leh coldest at minus 9.5 deg C

Leh in frontier Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir was the coldest place in the state with the night temperature plummeting to minus 9.5 degrees Celsius. The cold has set in Kashmir as the minimum temperatures have dipped below the freezing point in most places in the Valley along with Ladakh region, MeT office said here today. It said Kargil town, also in Ladakh region, recorded the minimum temperature of minus 5.4 degrees Celsius. Srinagar, the summer capital of the state, registered the coldest night of the season so far…

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Kargil mourning procession turns into Pro-Kashmir Protest

Thousands of people attending the fourth day ceremonies after Ashura in Sankoo near Kargil turned into protest against the recent killings of Muslims in different parts of the world including Kashmir valley. Anjuman-e-Sahib Zaman spokesperson Agha Ahmad Rizvi in a statement appealed for meaningful dialogue with all stakeholders in Jammu and Kashmir to restore peace and normalcy. “Today worst atrocities are being perpetrated in Kashmir including on women and children and Kashmir has been converted into big jail and we strongly condemn it,” the statement said. The procession organised by…

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Union Territory Status demand divides Ladakh

Day after Leh’s united face over issue, Kargil district opposes demand The long-standing demand for union territory (UT) status to Ladakh today divided the region on religious lines with the Muslim-majority Kargil area telling the Centre that it was against the division of Ladakh and its separation from the state. The move came a day after the demand of a joint delegation of all political parties, religious organisations and civil society groups in Leh to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday. The Ladakh region comprises Leh and Kargil districts.…

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Nubra valley now open to foreign tourists

The government has ordered relaxation in the protected area permit regime for allowing foreigners to visit the hitherto restricted areas in Leh district. A formal notification in this connection has been issued by the Home Department. According to a spokesman of the Home Department, foreign tourists will now be permitted to visit a number of unexplored areas like Panamik, Phukpochey, Hargam, Taksha, Sasoma, Chaglung, Kobet, Aranu, Khemi, Warshi, Yarma Gompa and Yarma Gonbo monastery in Leh. These areas were thrown open to local tourists last year. Situated at an average…

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