Zojila Pass reopens for traffic; 800 stranded vehicles move towards Sonamarg

After four days of closure, Srinagar-Leh Highway today reopened for vehicular traffic. The road was closed on 5th November after heavy snowfall at Zojila Pass. Hundreds of vehicles and passengers were stranded on both sides of the pass. In Drass many non-Ladakhi drivers were anxiously waiting for the opening of the road. District Police Kargil today informed that more than 800 vehicles were allowed to move from Drass to Sonamarg on Sunday amid severe cold. Police Officials in Kargil said, “Today we have allowed one-way traffic from Kargil to Srinagar…

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Illicit liquor seized in Kargil, 5 arrested

To check social evils in Kargil, District Police Kargil yesterday raided some dhabas at Kabbadi Nala and Byamathang and recovered 574 bottles of illicit liquor. The police was accompanied by Baseej-e-Imam (The volunteer youth organization of Imam Khomeini Memorial Trust) The accused persons namely  Budha Bhadure, Dando Sharpa, Kumari Tamang, and Kanchi Tamang,  residents of Nepal and Poshan Das from Kishtiwar, Jammu  were arrested by police on spot. Meanwhile police has lodged FIR against all the accused under Excise Act and further investigations are going on at Police Post Bazar…

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Pashkum bi-election concludes peacefully, results on Oct 10

The Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) Kargil’s bi-election for Pashkum constituency which had fallen vacant after elected member resigned concluded peacefully yesterday and result are scheduled to be declared on Oct 10. Political crisis in LAHDC Kargil had begun soon after the resignation of MLA Kargil Asgar Karbalai as councilor from Pashkum constituency. He decided to stay as MLA Kargil after winning the elections with a good margin. The then council led by Congress was toppled by National Conference (NC) with the help of Islamia School Kargil (ISK). However,…

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NYC Kargil demands regularization, stage protest

National Youth Crops Union Kargil today staged protest at Gryal Khatoon Park  Byamathang against the government for “ignoring” their demand of regularization. The protesters chanting slogans in support and solidarity of National Youth Crops Union Kashmir. They displayed placards reading, “Regularize 6000 NYC’s in the State”. Talking to media, protesters said, “It is unfortunate that formal orders of regularization are not being issued despite the matter having got cabinet’s nod.” They said, “We will continue our struggle for Justice and will not stop until we get it.” Protesters said they…

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Book to promote tourism in Kargil released by CEC LAHDC

The Dream Land -a book written by noted tourism expert Mohammed Hamza was released by Chief Executive Councilor LAHDC Kargil, yesterday. The book release ceremony was held at Auditorium Hall Kargil, where among others, Executive Councilor Aga Syed Abass Rizvi, Councilor Ghulam Rasool Nagvi, Assistant Director Tourism Syed Mohammad Taha , Author and Poet Sadiq Ali Sadiq , Shina Poet Ahmed Jawan and Raza Amjad Budgami were present . The book provides information about tourist destinations and cultures existing in Kargil district of Ladakh region. During the book release ceremony,…

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Protests erupt in Kargil after taxi drivers assaulted in Leh

The recent agreement between Leh and Kargil taxi unions brokered by Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Asgar Samoon was severed last night after five taxi drivers were attacked at Leh Taxi Stand by unknown people. The attack resulted in injuries to three drivers who were hospitalized later. In the agreement, two unions had agreed that the presidents of the two unions would be responsible for any breach of the agreement  or attack on taxi drivers. Police sources said that an FIR has been lodged against the attackers and the search operation is…

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Cloudburst damages 20 houses in Kargil

At least 20 residential houses were damaged after a cloudburst struck Choskore Wakha village in Kargil district Tuesday night. Official sources said that the cloudburst triggered flash floods in Choskore Wakha village, some 42 kilometers from main Kargil town. “The cloudburst and subsequent flash floods damaged 20 residential houses. The district administration shifted the victims to safer places,” officials said. They added that people living in hilly areas of the district have been advised to move to plain areas as there were apprehensions of more cloudbursts during inclement weather. CNS

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