Heli services started in Ladakh, covering Leh, Kargil, Padum, Lingshed, Dibling, Neyrak, Diskit, Turtuk, Srinagar and Jammu

Heli services started in Ladakh, covering Leh, Kargil, Padum, Lingshed, Dibling, Neyrak, Diskit, Turtuk, Srinagar and Jammu

The helicopter services in Ladakh are now open for tourists to travel across the Union Territory, with the first batch of tourists having already availed the heli-service, officials said. The first batch took the helicopter ride here on Tuesday. The helicopter services operated by the administration will be available to the locals and tourists across sectors in the Union Territory, they said. Rates to avail the service have been notified by the administration for the residents of Ladakh, according to the order from Ladakh’s civil aviation department. “Individuals desirous of…

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Monk march stirs communal tension in Ladakh

Monk march stirs communal tension in Ladakh

A march by a monk has triggered communal tension in Ladakh, the northernmost UT of the country. The march, started from Buddhist-dominated Leh on May 31, will end in Muslim-dominated Kargil on June 14. Choskyong Palga Rinpoche started the journey along with his followers. He aims at laying the stone of a monastery at a controversial site in Kargil. Some members of the Muslim community have already raised objections. The issue holds importance as members of both communities had, for the first time, forged an alliance last year to raise…

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7 Soldiers dead, 19 Injured in bus accident near LoC in Turtuk sector of Ladakh

7 Soldiers dead, 19 Injured in bus accident near LoC in Turtuk sector of Ladakh

Seven soldiers were killed and 19 others sustained injuries on Friday after the vehicle carrying them skidded off the road and tumbled into the Shyok river, in Ladakh’s Turtuk sector, army officials said. The accident took place at 9am around 25km from Thoise. The 26 soldiers were moving in a privately hired vehicle from the transit camp at Partapur, where an Indian Army brigade is headquartered, to a forward location in an area the army calls Sub Sector Hanif. “The vehicle skidded off the road and fell in Shyok river…

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Ladakh observe strike over statehood demand

Ladakh observe strike over statehood demand

Demanding separate statehood, a strike was observed in Leh and Kargil districts of the Ladakh region on Monday; the call for strike was given by Leh Apex Body and Kargil Democratic Alliance Demanding separate statehood, a strike was observed in Leh and Kargil districts of the Ladakh region on Monday. The call for today’s strike was given by Leh Apex Body and Kargil Democratic Alliance – an amalgam of several trades, religious and political groups fighting for the rights of the two regions of the Ladakh. All the shops and…

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Ladakh leaders announce mass agitation to press for statehood

Ladakh leaders announce mass agitation to press for statehood

Call for a strike on December 6 Accusing the BJP-led central government of being non-serious towards the issues and concerns of the people of Ladakh, prominent leaders from the union territory on Saturday announced a mass agitation to press for their four main demands, including full statehood and constitutional safeguards for the region. Govt has failed to meet demands The entire Ladakh region is united in support of our jointly chalked out agenda. The government has not shown seriousness towards addressing the demands of Ladakh. Asgar Ali Karbalai, Co-chairman of…

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GoI to form committee for holding negotiations after Ladakh leaders threaten agitation

GoI to form committee for holding negotiations after Ladakh leaders threaten agitation

In view of the threat of agitation given by the LAB due to prolonged delay in the constitution of the Panel to address their issues including the grant of Statehood to the Union Territory of Ladakh, the Government of India (GoI) is likely to constitute a high-powered committee shortly for holding negotiations with the Leh Apex Body (LAB) and Kargil Democratic Alliance (KDA). While there has been no official statement issued so far, reports with the Excelsior newspaper indicated that Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai might head…

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Buddhist-Majority Leh & Muslim-Majority Kargil unite to demand autonomy for Ladakh

Buddhist-Majority Leh & Muslim-Majority Kargil unite to demand autonomy for Ladakh

Since 2019, when Jammu and Kashmir were reduced to two union territories, Ladakhis have found themselves without a legislature and without powers over laws affecting livelihoods and community rights. Buddhist and Muslim organisations now demand statehood, more political representation, and a constitutional right to self-govern. By – Tarushi Aswani “Leh was ecstatic” Despite being from a party that opposed the move, Congressman Deldan Namgyal, 43, said he felt “happy” on 5 August 2019. As military columns secured the state of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), a communications blackout was imposed, and…

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Qamar Ali Akhoon, Asgar Ali Karbalai & Sajjad Hussain, Ladakh Residents move SC challenging dilution of Article 370

Qamar Ali Akhoon, Asgar Ali Karbalai & Sajjad Hussain, Ladakh Residents move SC challenging dilution of Article 370

The plea says that the Centre’s move to read down Article 370 imposes a ‘dictatorial regime’ wherein the entire democratic process has been annulled and the people have been left at the mercy of administrators. Two political leaders and a journalist from Ladakh have moved the Supreme Court seeking impleadment in a petition challenging the 2019 decision of the Union government to read down Article 370 of the Constitution and bifurcate the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) into the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. The…

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Leh & Kargil have different reasons to oppose Ladakh’s current status

Leh & Kargil have different reasons to oppose Ladakh’s current status

What both Ladakh districts fear is that alienation of land, loss of identity, culture, language, and change in demography, will follow their political disempowerment. When Jammu and Kashmir was bifurcated into two Union Territories on August 5, 2019, Ladakh was seen welcoming the reorganisation. Its MP, Jamyang Tsering Namgyal of the BJP, declared in the Lok Sabha that “the PM… has understood the feelings of the people and has given the region respect. He has given an address on the political aspirations, developmental spirit and even recognized the contribution of…

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For restore bilateral ties China wants India to accept the new normal on LAC

While India wants China to restore status quo ante of April 2020, Beijing apparently feels that Modi government will come to terms with the new normal on LAC and revive ties in the coming months and willy-nilly accept the rise of the Middle Kingdom. This month, External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar has made repeated public statements stating that the only way for restoring frozen India-China ties is to untangle the four friction points in East Ladakh by disengaging and de-escalating the military situation along the 1597 km Line of Actual…

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