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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‘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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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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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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Cloudburst hits Leh; one killed

A young Nepali boy was killed and public property was damaged when a cloudburst hit Alchinathang Yokma and Alchinathang Gongma villages, 135 km from Leh, today. The cloudburst led to flash floods which damaged irrigation canals, bridges, roads and water supply schemes in several villages in the area. The road connectivity to Arayan valley, a famous spot in Khlasi division, was lost due to the flash floods. Giving details, a resident of Alchinathang Gongma village, Stanzin Phunchok told Kashmir Post over phone that all roads had got damaged. “Water supply schemes…

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Three missing Israeli nationals traced in Leh

Three Israeli nationals, including a woman, who lost contact with their embassy during trekking in Leh district, were traced by a search party of district administration and police officials late last night. The Israeli nationals, identified as Ayelet Halael (woman), Eyal Kogat and Yirmy Sneider, had gone missing in the Markha Valley area. Parassana Ramaswamy, Deputy Commissioner, Leh, told Kashmir Post that they got a message from the Israeli Embassy that their three nationals had lost contact with it after complaining of some health problems. “We received a request from the…

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Advani, Dy CM Inaugurate Sindhu Bhavan at Leh

Former Deputy Prime Minister and Member Parliament, LK Advani along with Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh today inaugurated Sindhu Bhawan at Choglamsar, Leh. The state of the art Bhawan, would provide all the requisite boarding and lodging facilities to the yatris coming for the Sindhu darshan festival. The festival is organized every year drawing a large number of people from different parts of the country. Minister for Ladakh Affairs and Cooperatives- Chhering Dorje, Chief Executive Councilor, Dr. Sonam Dawa, Member of Parliament, Thupstan Chhewang were also present on the…

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Leh residents unhappy with post office functioning

Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Nawang Rigzin Jora today apprised Union Minister for Telecommunication and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad about the problems being faced by rural people at the main post office in Leh. The CLP leader said that people of rural areas, who come to the Leh main post office to withdraw their money on maturity of their saving schemes, are made to wait for months by officials, who adopt delaying tactics. Jora told the minister that the officials tell people that postal saving schemes transactions have been brought…

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Showing grit, four girls from Leh scale Mt Everest

Exhibiting indomitable spirit and grit, four young girls from Ladakh scaled Mount Everest – the highest peak in the world. The four young girls from Leh district in the Ladakh region were part of an NCC cadet girls’ contingent of 10 members that scaled the highest peak on May 22. It is the first time in the history of the state that four young girls from the NCC have scaled the summit. They are Stanzin Laskit of Ney, Rigzin Dolker of Nubra, Tsering Angmo of Spithuk and Tashi Laskit of…

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Avalanche hits Turtuk in Leh, Jawan goes missing

A soldier is missing and another is in critical condition after an Army patrol party was hit by an avalanche in Leh’s Turtuk on Friday morning. The Army has launched a search operation for the missing soldier. A ‘medium danger’ avalanche warning was issued for the higher areas of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday morning and people were advised to not venture into these areas. The advisory, issued by the Chandigarh-based Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment that comes under the ministry of defence, will remain effective for 24 hours beginning…

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