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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Governor NN Vohra meets Dalai Lama in Leh

Governor NN Vohra, who visited Leh on Tuesday, called on His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the latter’s residence at Jive-tsal Choglamsar. They both interacted on the growing tensions across the world. During his interaction with the Governor, the Dalai Lama stressed on the importance of debate and discussion to reconcile on opposing viewpoints and study of philosophical texts to cultivate an atmosphere of tolerance and respect for all religions. He prayed for peace and prosperity in the world. The Governor was accompanied by his Advisers, Chief Secretary and Principal…

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J&K Govt will lease land to Indian Army for firing range in Kargil

The Jammu and Kashmir government has begun process to lease out 71,238 acres land to the army for field firing and artillery practice in Kargil district. The state government, in a notification, has asked the public that any objections in this regard may be communicated to the Kargil District Magistrate within a period of two months. “In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (3) of section 9 of the Maneuvers, Field Firing and Artillery Practice Act, 1938, a notice is hereby given that the Government of Jammu and Kashmir…

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Ladakh in festive mood ahead of PM Modi’s visit

Festive mood has gripped the Ladakh region ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Leh on Saturday. The Prime Minister is scheduled to join the 100th birth anniversary celebrations of Kushok Bakula Rinpoche, the architect of modern Ladakh, and to lay the foundation stone of the Asia’s longest (14.2-km) bi-directional Zojila tunnel, connecting Kashmir’s Sonmarg with the Gumri area in Kargil district, through remote control. Since taking over the reins of the country, this will be the second visit of the Prime Minister to the strategically important Ladakh region…

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Narendra Modi to lay foundation stone of Zojila tunnel on May 19

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of Asia’s longest bi-directional Zojila tunnel, connecting Kashmir’s Sonamarg with the Gumri area in Kargil district, on May 19 during his visit to Ladakh. The 14.15-km tunnel project, to be executed by M/S IL&FS Transportation Networks Ltd, holds strategic and socio-economic importance for Ladakh. First, the project will help India keep a check on the growing influence of China and Pakistan in Ladakh. The tunnel will not only meet the strategic requirements of the nation, but will also reduce the travel…

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President Ram Nath Kovind to visit Siachen base camp today

President Ram Nath Kovind will visit the Siachen base camp, world’s highest battlefield, on Thursday and interact with soldiers. President Kovind, who is also the Supreme Commander of the armed forces, will be the first President to visit this camp since the visit of then President APJ Abdul Kalam in 2004. According to Rashtrapati Bhavan, the President will also visit the Kumar post, located at 4,800 metres, from where supplies are dispatched to pickets on the Siachen Glacier. This is the second visit of President Kovind to the strategic Ladakh…

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PM Narendra Modi likely to visit Leh on May 19

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to visit Leh on May 19 to address a public gathering to mark conclusion of the birth centenary celebrations of 19th Kushok Bakula Rinpoche, the architect of modern Ladakh. The Prime Minister will address the gathering at Polo Ground, Leh. Minister for Cooperatives and Ladakh Affairs Chering Dorjay said the programme of the Prime Minister’s visit had almost been finalised. “The public function will be jointly organised by the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC), Leh, and Ladakh Buddhist Association (LBA) to mark the…

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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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