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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Govt defers NFSA implementation in 4 districts after ration card irregularities

People of Srinagar, Baramulla, Leh, Kargil to get ration at old rates The Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CAPD) department has deferred the implementation of National Food Safety Act (NFSA) in areas, where large scale irregularities have come to the notice of the government in updation of consumer data. Sources said ration will be provided at old rates in the districts of Srinagar, Baramulla  Leh and Kargil due to large scale irregularities in the updation of data. As per the NFSA rates, the BPL families will get rice and atta…

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Leh holds Dosmochey fair

The two-day Dosmochey mela concluded at Leh today. During the festival, the market was abuzz with activity and people took part in various games during the fair. Every year, the day is celebrated on the 28th and 29th day of the 12th month of the Tibetan calendar. This year, the famous ‘chams’ (mask dance) was performed in the courtyard of Chowkhang Vihara or Gompa Soma. ‘Dhos’ was prepared by the monks of the Takthok monastery and ‘storma’ by the monks of the Diskit monastery. The mask dance was performed by…

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IAF to vacate Leh airbase for civilian airport

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has agreed to vacate the airbase at Leh district which will be used for expansion of the civilian airport by the Jammu and Kashmir government. This was stated at a meeting held by the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Asgar Hassan Samoon, with the officials of IAF, Airport Authority of India Limited (AII) and civil administration at his office here on Thursday, an official spokesman said. Samoon was informed that the state government has identified land in lieu of the existing IAF airbase in Leh. Similarly, the…

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