Heads of religious bodies stress for communal harmony in Ladakh

Heads of various religious bodies here have underscored the need to maintain communal harmony in Ladakh. “Religious heads of all the communities should meet and resolve problems internally before spreading it to a larger scale,” said Ashraf Ali Barcha, president,Anjuman Imamia Ladakh. Tsewang Thinles, Ladakh Buddhist Association (LBA) president said “communal harmony in a society cannot be maintained by the efforts of only one group of the same faith.” “It needs the involvement of all the religions striving for peace and harmony in the real sense,” he said. He said…

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Negative publicity kept visitors away from Kashmir, Ladakh got tourism windfall

As Kashmir tourism fails to recuperate after being hit by unrest in 2016, Ladakh has recorded an increased footfall of foreign as well as domestic tourists. Although the turbulence in the Kashmir valley cast a shadow over the tourism sector in Ladakh, the unrest has turned out to a blessing in disguise for Ladakhi people as domestic tourists cancelled their trip to Kashmir and travelled to the cold desert. “The unrest impacted the Ladakh’s tourism in both negative and positive way. Due to the trouble in the Kashmir valley, this…

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Religious groups meet to soothe frayed nerves

Buddhist association wants SIT to probe conversions; DC to submit report to govt Against the backdrop of the rising communal tension in Ladakh following an inter-religion marriage, religious heads of all communities, while keeping the district administration in the loop, today got together to soothe the frayed nerves. They also demanded a high-level inquiry into such cases. The meeting, attended by Leh Deputy Commissioner Avny Lavasa and SSP Uday Bhaskar B, was aimed at restoring peace in Ladakh which had been hit by a communal discord between Buddhists and Muslims.…

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Ladakh tense over Muslim-Buddhist marriage (love jihad)

The Ladakh Buddhist Association (LBA) is up in arms against the PDP-BJP government in Jammu & Kashmir and has decided to approach Prime Minister Narendra Modi to resolve the growing feud between Buddhists and Muslims. The discord appears to have intensified after a 30-year-old Buddhist woman married a 32-year-old Shia man last year after converting to Islam. Top LBA official P T Kunzang told TOI that a Buddhist delegation has been seeking appointment with the PM to apprise him about the situation, but is not getting an audience with him.…

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After Doklam, Line of Actual Control in Ladakh a worry for Army

Even as the two-month-long standoff at Doklam between soldiers of the Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) and the Indian Army near border tri-junction in Bhutan has ended, Chinese threat along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir continues to remain a worry. J&K shares 826-km long LAC with Chinese-occupied Tibet. While the recent scuffle and stone-throwing between border guards near Pangong Tso (lake), 165 km from Leh, on August 15 during the Doklam crisis holds a great significance in the border dispute along the 3,488-km…

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Bipin Rawat Army Chief General to review security in Ladakh

In a significant development, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat will review the security scenario in eastern Ladakh over the weekend. His visit comes after Indian and Chinese troops clashed at a spot, north of the Pangong Lake in eastern Ladakh, on August 15. A subsequent meeting of the military commanders of the two countries resolved to work at the ‘existing peace mechanisms’. The Army Chief will be briefed by the Leh-based 14 Corps Commander on Sunday. The Northern Command chief, entire top brass of the 14 Corps and the local…

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Scuffle between Indian and Chinese troops in Ladakh as two incursion bids by PLA foiled

A major scuffle, which included stone-pelting, took place between Indian and Chinese soldiers along the Line of Actual Control at eastern Ladakh in the western sector on Tuesday even as the tense troop stand-off in Doklam area+ in the eastern sector remains locked in a stalemate. Sources said the confrontation between the rival soldiers took place on the north bank of the Pangong Tso (Tso means lake) in eastern Ladakh, two-thirds of which is controlled by China as it extends from Tibet to India, early on Tuesday morning. “There was…

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Mehbooba welcomes Dalai Lama at Leh, Praises him for statement on Islam

Kailash Mansarovar Yatra via Leh would give boost to tourist arrivals Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti Sunday welcomed the Tibetan spiritual leader, Dalai Lama, who is currently on a visit to Leh in connection with an annual Buddhist function. Addressing a large gathering here, CM highlighted the pluralistic ethos of Jammu and Kashmir and described it as the abode of different faiths and cultures. She said people living in amity and brotherhood is the specialty of the state and underlined the need for strengthening the bonds among various sections of the…

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Ladakh seeks Goods and Services Tax exemption

Ladakh, the cold desert of the country, has unanimously sought exemption of the goods and services tax (GST) for the Scheduled Tribes living in the region, citing “country’s security considerations in border area and to keep a check on the menace of smuggling of Chinese goods into the region”. Representatives of Ladakh, comprising lone MP from Ladakh Thupstan Chhewang, Minister of Cooperative and Ladakh Affairs in coalition government Chhering Dorjey and Congress Legislature party leader Nawang Rigzin Jora, who is also Leh MLA, have conveyed their concerns to the GST…

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Dalai Lama visits Leh Idgah

Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama visited the Leh Idgah today where both Shia and Sunni communities jointly hosted a lunch in his honour. Dalai Lama is in Ladakh for over a month-long visit since June 29. He is visiting the worship place of Muslims on the invitation of Anjuman Moin-ul Islam and Anjuman Imamia and it is his second visit to the religious place. He also released a book on the occasion titled ‘Ladakh kay tariqay aham goshay’ authored by historian Abdul Gani Sheikh. Dalai Lama felicitated two Buddhists, namely…

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