Srinagar-Leh highway opens post 4 months closure

The strategic 434-km-long Srinagar-Leh national highway was thrown open to traffic on Friday ahead of the normal time. The road was closed in winter due to the accumulation of snow at Zojila. Lt Gen AK Bhatt, General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the 15 Corps, in the presence of Kargil Chief Executive Councillor Kacho Ahmed Ali Khan threw the road open by flagging off vehicles. The GOC of the 8 Mountain Division, GOC of the 31 Sub-Area, Chief Engineer, Project Beacon, Chief Engineer, Project Vijayak, officers of the 14 and 15…

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Ladakh rues delay in reopening of Srinagar-Leh highway

The delay in the reopening of the strategic 434-km Srinagar-Leh national highway for vehicular traffic after snow clearance has caused great resentment among residents in Kargil and Leh districts. They have accused the authorities of “showing least concern” to their hardships. Residents said the snow clearance operation started on March 7 and it was completed on March 18. Since then, the road had not been thrown open to public on “flimsy ground”. The Beacon, the pioneer project of the Border Road Organisation (BRO), which is responsible for snow clearance and…

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5 Years On, no end to social boycott of minority community in Zanskar

The social boycott of minority community for past nearly five years in Zanskar division of Kargil has severely affected their economy. It has been over five years since majority community enforced social boycott against the minority community. The problems of the minority community have been compounded due to failure of the state government to mitigate their sufferings. Due to social boycott, minority community has started to migrate from Kargil to Kashmir valley. “Members of majority community don’t buy anything from our shops. They don’t interact with us and further they…

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Ice Hockey tourney in Leh vies for Guinness World record

Attempting a Guinness World record for playing ice hockey at the highest altitude, a two-day tournament was organised at Chibra Kargyam village of Durbuk block of Leh district. As many as six teams, including five international teams from Canada, Germany, Russia, the USA and India, participated in the tournament, which was held from February 5 to 7. The tournament was jointly organised by Ladakh Winter Sports Club (LWSC), Hockey Foundation and Lalok Winter Sports Association. Ladakh Winter Sport Club president P Wangchuk Noney said, “With an aim to set a…

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Govt plans to turn Kargil into tourist haven

The J&K Government has formulated a comprehensive plan to develop Kargil as a tourist destination. Apart from developing the area as an adventure activity centre, the government is making efforts to promote Kargil as a favourite destination for Buddhist and Hindu pilgrims from across the globe. Once a spot of conflict with Pakistan, Kargil is now going to script a new history by becoming a tourist centre. In the year 2017, nearly 2.75 lakh tourists, including foreigners, visited Ladakh and the aim of the government is to lure more visitors…

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Ladakh Shuts in protest against bombs found in Bodhgaya

The Ladakh region today observed a peaceful bandh to condemn a low-intensity explosion near the Kalchakara ground in Bodh Gaya, Bihar, where Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama and Buddhist pilgrims are participating in a month-long Kalchakra puja since January 2. Two crude bombs were also recovered near the Mahabodhi temple. The bandh call was given by the Ladakh Buddhist Association and the All Ladakh Gonpa Association to condemn the act of terror. The Leh town wore a deserted look as all business establishments remained closed today. Ladakh Buddhist Association…

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At -15.2 degrees, Leh coldest in J&K

Srinagar city recorded a minimum temperature of minus 3.6 degrees Celsius on Saturday night, while the mercury in Qazigund in south Kashmir settled at a low of minus 4.0 degrees Celsius Leh experienced the coldest night of this winter with the minimum temperature there settling around 15 degrees Celsius below the freezing point, as the mercury continued its downward trend in Kashmir valley and Ladakh region. Leh town, in the frontier Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, recorded a minimum temperature of minus 15.2 degrees Celsius on Saturday night, against…

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Allege bias, Ladakh leaders push for separation from Kashmir

Given the “discriminatory” policies of successive governments towards the remote Ladakh region, the regional divide has deepened to such an extent in Jammu and Kashmir that the elected representatives of Ladakhi people are now openly demanding “separation of Ladakh from the Kashmir hegemony”. Their grudge against the Kashmir-centric leadership lies rooted in the alleged decades-long discrimination against the people of Ladakh in every sphere, be it for jobs, education, benefits of schemes or political representation. “We want to be separate from Kashmir because Kashmir-centric leadership, Kashmir-centric policy and the Kashmir-centric…

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Losar festival begins in Ladakh

Losar, one of the biggest festivals in Ladakh, began in the Ladakh region today. The festival is celebrated to mark the New Year and the festivities continue for three to 15 days in different parts of the region. A function was organised by the Ladakh Buddhist Association at Chowkhang Vihara in Leh town here today. Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh Kumar was the chief guest on the occasion. It is the first time that a government official has attended Losar. Although the festival is celebrated in all Himalayan parts of…

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47 HIV positive cases in Leh dist

In all, 47 people were diagnosed with HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) at the Integrated Counselling and Testing Centre, SNM Hospital, in Leh district. Of them, 27 patients are locals. This was stated by the Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Leh, Dr Yangchan Dolma while sharing the present scenario of HIV-AIDS patients in Leh district at an awareness function organised on the occasion of World AIDS Day at Leh. The CMO said with the early intervention and timely anti-retroviral therapy treatment, two babies were saved from infection from their mothers. Counsellor Stanzin…

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