‘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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Ladakh the cold desert sees tourism boom

Even as the tourism sector is still on a revival path in the Valley, the Ladakh region is attracting a good number of visitors. Officials are expecting a record footfall this year as over 45,000 tourists visited Ladakh in May only. With three major festivals on the cards, the arrivals are expected to increase in summer when the region attracts the maximum number of tourists. “We received 45,000 tourists in May only. We are hopeful that the arrivals this year would exceed last year’s number of 2.35 lakh,” said Assistant…

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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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Dalai Lama to visit Ladakh later this month

According to officials, arrangements for Dalai Lama’s visit have been entrusted to the Ladakh Affairs department and “no stone will be left unturned for ensuring his smooth one-and-a-half month stay”. Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama will arrive in Ladakh later this month on a one-and-a-half month visit, Jammu and Kashmir Minister for Ladakh Affairs Chering Dorjay said today. Arrangements are being made for the spiritual leader who is scheduled to arrive in Leh on June 28, Dorjay said. He said arrangements for his visit have been entrusted to the…

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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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Today Srinagar – Leh highway re-opens for traffic

The Leh-Srinagar highway will be re-opened for traffic on Friday after remaining closed for more than five months due to heavy snowfall. The Leh-Srinagar highway will be re-opened for traffic on Friday after remaining closed for more than five months due to heavy snowfall. Due to unprecedented snow for first time in last five years, clearing up the road on the Leh-Srinagar highway for traffic was a mammoth task this time. The road usually opens around 15th May but this year, timely planning and sincere efforts have led to opening…

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Setback for PDP, BJP as Zanskar MLA leaves coalition

Ahead of the crucial Legislative Council elections, the PDP-BJP coalition received a setback today as the Independent MLA from the Zanskar Assembly constituency, Sayed Baqir Razvi, today refused to back the PDP-BJP candidates. Razvi’s decision has spoiled the PDP-BJP combine’s arithmetic because he was earlier a part of the coalition. “The PDP-BJP coalition has betrayed us on a number of occasions so there is no logic to support the government’s candidates in the Legislative Council elections,” Razvi told Kashmir Post. However, he said the decision to support the opposition candidate…

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Multiple avalanches hit army post in Batalik Sector, three soldiers missing

Snowfall triggers multiple avalanches burying Army Post in Batalik Sector, 2 soldiers out of 5 rescued; rescue ops for 3 in progress At least five soldiers got trapped on Thursday after multiple avalanches triggered by heavy snowfall hit an army post in Batalik Sector in Jammu and Kashmir. According to media report, two out of the five soldiers have been evacuated while rescue operation to bring out remaining three is in progress. The official Twitter handler confirmed the report and tweeted, “Unprecedented snowfall triggers multiple avalanches; a Post in Batalik…

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Uncertainty, Harsh weather cast shadow on Zojila tunnel project

Bidders have shown reluctance to execute the ambitious South East Asia’s longest Zojila tunnel project, connecting Kashmir with the strategic Ladakh region, owing to “uncertainty” in the Valley and “very hostile weather conditions”. This is in spite of change in the mode of execution from the Design-Build-Finance-Operate-Transfer (DBFOT) (Annuity) basis to Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) basis. Under the new EPC model, the government is fully funding the project. “Uncertainty hangs over the execution of the project as bidders have shown strong reluctance to the project due to large-scale tension…

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Ladakh worried over costly air travel ahead of tourist season

Civil Aviation Ministry non-committal about subsidised air tickets With Ladakh bracing up to host domestic and foreign tourists, the exorbitant air travel to the arid region continues to be a cause for worry for all stakeholders as the Civil Aviation Ministry is yet to make a formal commitment on “rationalisation of airfares” for Ladakh during peak tourist season from May to September. Their only hope about some relief lies in the expected increase in the frequency of flights to Ladakh in summer. Besides Vistara, a domestic airline, has also decided…

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