Against controversial Ladakh order, Shutdown, Protests continue in Kargil on the ​sixth consecutive day

Protests and shutdown continued for the sixth consecutive day in Kargil district of Ladakh division on Thursday to demand rotational divisional headquarters. Reports said the people from Sankoo sub division, Tai Suru block, Barsoo, TSG block, Minjee, Drass Sub-division, Batalik, Shakar Chiktan, Wakha, Shargole protested while demanding equal representation and share in Ladakh Division. Meanwhile, the Joint Resistance Committee, which spearheads the agitation to demand rotational headquarters between Leh and Kargil addressed a presser at Ismalia School Chowk about the future course of action. The JRC warned that the people…

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With divisional status, BJP tries to gain lost ground in Ladakh

The BJP’s direction to the Ladakh unit to celebrate the grant of divisional status with much ‘fanfare’ is an indication that the saffron party is trying to retrieve its lost ground in the mountainous region through this historic decision by the Governor’s administration. “The divisional status is a gift of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the residents of Ladakh who have been facing discrimination and injustice since 1947,” BJP state president Ravinder Raina told Kashmir Post, adding, “The party has asked its cadre to celebrate the decision in the entire…

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Ladakh to be J&K’s third administrative division

Ladakh to have full administrative and revenue division at par with Jammu and Kashmir divisionsLadakh’s separate administrative and revenue division—comprising Leh and Kargil districts—will have its headquarters at Leh In a major decision, the Jammu and Kashmir administration on Friday created a separate division for Ladakh, which was part of the Kashmir division till now.Ladakh will now have a separate divisional commissioner and an inspector general of police (IG) with a full administrative and revenue division at par with Kashmir and Jammu divisions, an order issued by the administration said.“Ladakh…

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PDP, Congress in war of words over granting divisional status to Ladakh

The Congress and PDP on Tuesday accused each other of ‘communalising’ the proposed move of the state administration to grant divisional status to Ladakh and the demand raised by PDP president Mehbooba Mufti to impart similar status to the Pir Panjal and Chenab valley region. Senior Congress leader Dr Karan Singh alleged that Mehbooba Mufti was trying to divide the Jammu region on communal lines while PDP spokesperson Rafi Ahmad Mir said the veteran Congress leader “seems to be playing to the gallery”. “Mehboobaji’s attempt to link this (Ladakh) matter…

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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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