BJP faces leadership crisis in Ladakh

Ahead of parliamentary elections scheduled next year, the BJP is facing a “leadership crisis” in the Ladakh region as all attempts of party leaders to mollify the “angry” lone Lok Sabha member from the region, Thupstan Chhewang, have failed to yield any positive results. Chhewang, who was the face of the BJP in Ladakh, had resigned from the saffron party’s primary membership and as a Lok Sabha member on November 14 to express his resentment for “exhibiting little concern for implementing the categorical assurance given during the 2014 elections that…

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Like the Zojila Tunnel, Train to Ladakh is another empty promise

Every national media house has carried recent news about the railways getting to Ladakh. The announcements read that the line would stretch to 465 kilometers and would be one of a kind, comparable only to the Qinghai-Tibet Railway Line in China. According to reports, the track would include 74 tunnels, 124 major bridges, and 396 minor bridges. As fascinating as this development may sound, the same cannot be accepted by the people of Ladakh without a pinch of salt. To many people, these announcements are a part of the usual…

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Via Manali, Ladakh region to get all weather road connectivity

The Ladakh region in J&K will now be accessible throughout the year, with an all-weather road giving more strategic advantage to the country. A Border Roads Organisation (BRO) official said the cold desert would now be accessible by a double-laned motorable road from Manali in Himachal Pradesh via Zanskar of Kargil in J&K, which cuts through the Himalayas. “The road will be a strategic advantage for the Kargil region, where transgressors from Pakistan took place in 1999,” he said. Under the Project Vijayak of the BRO, tough mountains have been…

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Thupstan Chhewang, Ex-MP writes to PM Modi, harps on false promises to Ladakh

Thupstan Chhewang, the BJP’s face in Ladakh who recently resigned as a Lok Sabha member, has questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi what will he tell people now after all promises made by the party to the region sound like empty rhetoric. He alleged that the Prime Minister went around the country projecting the BJP’s victories in Ladakh as “signs of its increasing reach” but the fact was that “the BJP achievement was based only on the strength of slogans”. He also accused the party’s J&K incharge and national general secretary…

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Blow for BJP as Ladakh MP Thupstan Chhewang quits party, Parliament

In a major setback to the BJP in the Ladakh region ahead of the parliamentary elections scheduled for next year, the party’s lone Lok Sabha member and its tallest leader Thupstan Chhewang on Thursday resigned from both the primary membership of the saffron party and as Member of Parliament. The BJP, however, claimed that he had resigned from active politics because he wanted to join spiritualism. In his resignation letter, widely circulated on the social media, addressed to state BJP president Ravinder Raina, Chhewang said he was resigning from the…

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Jamyang Namgyal elected as Leh Council CEC by BJP

Against the backdrop of a major debacle of the party in the recently held civic elections in the Ladakh region, the BJP on Friday sprang a surprise and elected its young district party president Jamyang Tsering Namgyal as the new Chief Executive Councillor (CEC) of the powerful Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC), Leh. In a special meeting, the general council elected Martselang councillor Namgyal as the new CEC and Chairman of the Leh Council unopposed. Namgyal, 34, is the youngest CEC of the Leh Council. Deputy Commissioner and Chief…

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Cancer rates spiral in Ladakh due to UV rays, Sedentary lifestyle

The rough terrain, the snow-capped peaks, the winding roads and monasteries – the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir is the abode of nature’s raw and untouched beauty. The region might be a haven for adventure travellers, but all is not well for the local residents. The high altitude, exposure to excessive ultraviolet (UV) rays, lack of oxygen and the sedentary lifestyle of the locals are leading to a rise in cancer cases, particularly gastrointestinal (GI) and of the skin, according to medical experts from New Delhi’s premier All India…

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Leh school to raze ‘Rancho wall’ inspired by 3 Idiots, and ban entry of tourists

The local Druk Padma Karpo School, which shot to fame after it featured in the Aamir Khan-starrer “3 Idiots”, has decided to raze the ‘Rancho wall’ and ban the entry of tourists as the authorities felt it was becoming a distraction for students. The wall was shot in a scene when one of the characters, Chatur, tries to urinate on it and gets electrocuted by an ingenious invention of schoolchildren. The school later painted it the wall, which became a picture spot for tourists. “The movie gave a lot of…

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Cloudburst wreaks havoc in Leh

A cloudburst on Wednesday night wreaked a havoc in several villages of Leh district of the Ladakh region. According to reports, the cloudburst caused extensive damage in Saboo, Shey Stakmo and Stakna villages of Leh district. Houses, link roads, irrigation canal and several vehicles were destroyed. However, there was no report of any loss of human life. Sources said the maximum damage was caused at Saboo village, about 10 km from Leh town. “Fields and an irrigation canal were affected by the cloudburst in Stakna village. The link road from…

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Five year long social boycott between Muslims and Buddhists ended in Zanskar

A five year long social boycott between Muslims and Buddhists at Padum Zanskar ended after Buddhist spiritual leader Dali Lama visited the area. The social boycott between the two religious communities ended on Sunday when an important meeting was held under the chairmanship of Dalia Lama at Duzing photang Zanskar. The meeting was called for resolving the long pending issues between the two communities of Zanskar Valley i.e Buddhist and Muslim of Zanskar since past five years. During the meeting, the members decided to form a peace committee which will…

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