Ladakh on high alert; Residents asked to vacate border villages

Amid escalating Indo-Pak tension after the Army’s surgical strikes on terrorist camps in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), Ladakh, which shares vast boundaries with China and Pakistan, has been put on a high alert, following apprehension of “possible aggression” from the other side of the border. While the administration has sounded the alert for all habitations along the Line of Control (LoC), it has kept the situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), an unmarked boundary between China and India, on a “close watch.” The Ladakh region has 225-km LoC, 955-km…

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10,500 Year-old camping site found in Nubra Valley

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has discovered a 10,500-year-old (8,500 BC) camping site at a height of 14,000 feet en route the Karakoram Pass in Ladakh. There is an evidence of human activity at the camping site for about 800 years. The site is in the Nubra valley on the way to Saser La which leads to the Karakoram Pass. While exploring the Nubra valley in 2015-16, Dr SB Ota, Joint DG, ASI, observed both sides of the hill and valley as the serpentine road gradually climbed along the…

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Ladakh’s involvement in talks on Kashmir crisis imperative: Leh religious organisations

In a significant move, all religious organisations of Leh have jointly appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi that Ladakh’s aspirations should never be ignored while having talks with stakeholders to find a solution to the ongoing crisis in Kashmir. They asserted that Ladakh, having its own identity with no homogeneity with Kashmir in terms of culture, language and ethnicity, needs to be involved in all talks and meetings on Kashmir issue so as to avoid any resentment in future. Religious heads of Leh held a joint Press Conference at Ladakh…

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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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Shut down your car engine it will still move at 20 kmph; Magnetic Hill

There is a place in Jammu and Kashmir where even if you shut down your car engine, the vehicle would still moves forward at a speed of 20 kmph. Amazing right! The place is called Magnetic Hill and is located on the Leh-Kargil-Srinagar national highway, some 30 km from Leh. www.JKLTravels.com – www.KashmirTravels.in (Your Travel Partner In Jammu & Kashmir)

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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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Independent councillor withdraws support to Kargil council

In a significant development, Independent councillor Kacho Ahmad Ali Khan today withdrew support to the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC), Kargil, headed by National Conference (NC) councillor and Chief Executive Councillor (CEC) Haji Mohammad Haneefa Jan. The LAHDC, Kargil, governs the district politically and withdrawal of support by Kacho Khan, councillor from Yurbaltak constituency who is a former CEC, has led to a political crisis in the council. Official sources told The Tribune that the Independent councillor shot off a letter to Kargil Deputy Commissioner Hassan Khan, the Chief…

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Entire Kargil district under occupation of Army: MLA Kargil

Village in Turtuk still part of Pakistan in revenue records: Namgyal A Congress lawmaker on Saturday said entire Kargil district was under the occupation of Army. Speaking in the Legislative Assembly, MLA Kargil Asgar Ali Karbalie said Army is neither paying compensation nor rent for thousands of Kanals occupied by them in the district. “They have occupied the entire district,” Karbalie alleged. The lawmaker asked the J&K Government to recover rent and cost of the land from Army. “They have purchased land in the district despite being non-state subjects. Government…

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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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