Sonam Wangchuk put under House Arrest, All is not well in Ladakh

Sonam Wangchuk

LADAKH: The Ladakh administration on January 27 late Friday night has put Sonam Wangchuk under house arrest, Ladkah admin has restricted movement of the famous innovator Sonam Wangchuk, who is on a five day fast demanding sixth schedule of the constitution and other safeguards for the region, besides urging people to change their carbon intensive lifestyle to fight climate change.

Wangchuk, whose initiatives and innovations were popularised by a 2009 Bollywood movie Three Idiots, started his five day fast on Republic Day at the rooftop of his Himalayan Institute of Alternatives Ladakh currently reeling under minus 20 degree temperature. “All is not well in Ladakh,” said Wangchuk.

The administration disallowed him to travel to Khardungla pass – around 17852 feet above sea level – where he had planned to protest along with other supporters of his cause. He wants the Prime Minister to immediately call the leaders across Ladakh for a meeting to discuss their demands to safeguards the land, ecology, culture and employment for the region.

“In minus 20 degrees this is my third day of the fast out in the HIAL campus rooftop, partly because Khardungla Pass was blocked due to heavy snowfall and partly because the administration has restricted my fast to HIAL campus and not allowed for Khardungla Pass citing threats to my life and so on…” said Wangchuk, adding, “I think there is more to it than that because the base of Khardungla has all basic facility of security and health and I should be allowed to go to that place.” He requested the administration to allow him to the base of Khardungla Pass in coming days.

“It seems they are not worried about my security but they are worried that their failures will be highlighted from the heights of Khardungla,” said Wangchuk. “For the last three years everything has gone astray in Ladakh and the system is a total failure…on Republic Day my movement was restricted…this is like a banana republic and a dictatorial state,” he said.

The religious bodies across the spectrum and other social and economic forums in Ladakh have supported Wangchuk’s initiative and have gone on symbolic fasts at several places including the respective religious places.

The innovator from Ladakh supports the demands of the Leh Apex Body and Kargil Democratic Alliance–an amalgam of religious, social and political organisations in the UT–who have put forth four demands before the central government including statehood for Ladakh, constitutional safeguards under the Sixth Schedule of the constitution of India to protect the interest of the tribal people of Ladakh, formation of public services commission and reservation of jobs for youth of Ladakh and creation of two separate parliamentary constituencies for Leh and Kargil. “It seems that the UT administration is scared of this initiative, my lawyers have said that the right to peaceful assembly is my right and I am not breaking any law in doing this,” he said.

Wangchuk also stated that his second agenda is to safeguard the climate of the whole himalayan region and urged people to help in reducing carbon emission. “I am also going on this fast for the Himalayan glaciers and ecology,” he said.

PIB Jaipur as part of UT level press tour visit Kargil district to study developmental works

PIB Jaipur as part of UT level press tour visit Kargil district to study developmental works

Press Information Bureau (PIB), Jaipur as part of a week-long press tour to UT Ladakh on Monday visited Kargil district to study various developmental works and implementation of centrally sponsored and UT schemes in various villages.

Deputy Director PIB, Jaipur, Pawan Singh Faujdar, AE&CO DIPR Leh, Stanzin Wangmo, a group of 13 media persons and PIB official were part of the tour.

The team studied the developmental activities in the district post-formation of Union Territory, implementation of centrally sponsored schemes and UT schemes at various villages of Kargil.

They got first-hand information about the achievements of schemes like National Health Mission, Jal Jeevan Mission, National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM), Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan etc.

The team of journalists associated with various print and electronic media houses experienced the best practices followed by the UT Administration in the field of agriculture which has got recognition and the implementation of several other schemes.

During the visit to the newly constructed 300-bedded district hospital and Oxygen Plant at Kurbathang, the PIB team met the concerned officials and were apprised about the ongoing development works.

Incharge Nodal Officer, Dr Muhammad Abbas talked about various projects and their cost under mechanical, civil, and electrical departments and presented details of project cost.

The PIB officials and media persons also visited Ice Hockey Rink near airport, Astroturf Football Ground, Gallon Water Reservoir at Chay Chaythang. They also visited various villages of Kargil district.

They also visited drip irrigation Saliskote and high-density apple orchard Saliskote of Horticulture Department. Chief Horticulture Officer Ali Raza briefed them about a number of activities carried out in the apple orchard.

During the visit to Panchayat Ghar Sankoo, the Self Help Group (SHG) Sankoo showed the manufacturing of sanitary pads and its distribution at low cost. PIB official said this is completely a positive developmental activity and will help in women empowerment. The concerned VLW Jinnah detailed about sanitary pad manufacturing process.

The Deputy Director PIB appreciated the pace of ongoing developmental activities in Kargil district and also in the whole UT Ladakh.

Singh also said that the funds provided by Union Government for various schemes were effectively utilized by concerned departments of district Kargil. He thanked all the stakeholders of the tour and appreciated their support.

Fifth Indian Himalayan Youth Summit commences in Leh

Fifth Indian Himalayan Youth Summit commences in Leh

The fifth edition of the Indian Himalayan Youth Summit commenced in Leh today, The inaugural session was graced by the presence of LG Ladakh, R.K Mathur as the chief guest; Chairman/CEC, LAHDC Leh, Adv. Tashi Gyalson as the guest of honor, Dy Chairman, Tsering Angchuk; Executive Councillors, Tashi Namgyal Yakzee, Stanzin Chosphel and Councillors, Principal Secretary Wildlife/Forest, Dr. Pawan Kotwal; PCCF/Chairman, SDF Ladakh, Jigmet Takpa; Secretary Transport, Suagat Biswas; DC Leh, Shrikant Suse; Vice President, Integrated Mountain Initiative (IMI), Amba Jamir; Former CEC Leh/Member Governing Council IMI, Rigzin Spalbar, Administrative officers, District HoDs, and various youth delegates and entrepreneurs from across the mountain states and Union Territories including locals.

Terming the Himalayan regions as the most important ecologically as they determine the climate of the country and the world, LG Mathur stressed the need for youth taking part in the Summit to deliberate and record the outcomes of the event so that it could be heard and implemented at both regional and national levels. He emphasised the need to focus on quality tourism and spreading the benefit of tourist activities in all parts of a region rather than allowing it to concentrate in a few places. He emphasised the need to balance the environment, economy, and socio-cultural aspects to achieve sustainable tourism.

Presenting the keynote address, CEC Tashi Gyalson informed that the Summit is a platform for youth from Ladakh to interact with youth from other Himalayan states and UTs to discuss common issues and learn from each other. He stated that youth can make a lot of difference in coming up with possible solutions and drafting policies for the benefit of the people of the Himalayan regions.

Earlier, a Member of Governing Council, IMI, Rigzin Spalbar, presented an overview of IMI and the objective behind the Youth Summit in his welcome address whereas Namrata Neopaney from IMI informed about the journey of the Indian Himalayan Youth Summit since its first edition held at Kohima in the year 2013.

Later, LG Ladakh in the presence of CEC LAHDC Leh and all the other dignitaries launched E-Vehicles (EVs) during the occasion with an aim to promote carbon neutrality in Ladakh.

The day-long program had interactive technical sessions themed on sustainability, opportunities, challenges, and solutions for young entrepreneurs in the Indian Himalayan Region.

Horticulture Department organizes annual exhibition at Shilikchey

Horticulture Department organizes annual exhibition at Shilikchey

Horticulture Department organizes annual exhibition at Shilikchey, Director urges farmers to adopt modern techniques for better yield Fruit growers showcase 540 different fruit varieties.

Horticulture Department Kargil today organized the annual exhibition 2022-2023 under the chairmanship of Director Horticulture, UT Ladakh, Muhammad Yousuf Dar, at Shilikchey village where fruit growers showcased 540 different fruit varieties in stalls.

On the occasion, the director said that cultivating practices in horticulture should be in line with the changing trends and demands adding that fruit growers need to be updated with better processing, packaging and marketing procedures so that they improve their economy.

Dar also said that exhibition of different varieties will be a sample for other farmers so that they can also move on the same path to improve the quality of their fruits.

The director horticulture stressed farmers to coordinate with the department in order to get benefits of the different schemes of the department. He talked about many varieties present at the exhibition like apricot, apple, sea buckthorn etc.

While talking about sea buckthorn, Dar said, its cultivation is still in wild form and they are trying to scientifically make orchards for this particular variety. He said the department is trying to make it next apricot. The director stressed on farmers to grow quality fruits and assured them all type of support from the department.

Chief Horticulture Officer, Ali Raza, Assistant Professor KVK, Dr Nasreen Fatima, BDC Sodh, Zakir Hussain, Vice President Youth Development Council, Shilikchey Muhammad Ali. Dr Nasreen stressed on organic, vermicompost fertilizer for healthy cultivation and to save the environment.

The CHO also stressed on farmers to use government schemes properly and get benefitted from them. He appealed farmers to coordinate with the department to get the benefits of the welfare schemes.

Earlier, farmers, heads of the village and people from the adjoining areas forwarded their demands to the Director Horticulture. He gave a patient hearing to the issues and assured all type of support from the department.

Officials informed that the exhibition was attended by 200 fruit growers. The fruit growers showcased 540 different fruit varieties in the exhibition in stalls which include sea buckthorn, mulberry, walnut kernels, almond, different varieties of apricots, apples, pear etc.

Different kinds of horticulture-related machines and tool kits were showcased during the exhibition like irrigation pumps, power tillers, solar insect light traps etc.

An expert committee from KVK and allied departments judged the exhibition and categorised the awards among the apple growers.

The director and other dignitaries also distributed prizes among progressive farmers and to those farmers who had exhibited their locally grown fruits during the annual exhibition.

JKBOSE Kargil 11th class Result 2022 declared, Private Bi-Annual

JKBOSE Kargil 11th class Result 2022 declared, Private Bi-Annual 1

JKBOSE 11th Result: On September 20, 2022, the Jammu and Kashmir State Board of Secondary Education declared the JKBOSE 11th Result 2022 Bi-Annual Kargil Division for the private candidates. J&K 11th Result 2022 is available online on the official website i.e. To check the result, the candidates have to submit their roll number. The result is available in pdf format. The exams were conducted from May to June, 2022. To know more about the JKBOSE 11th Result 2022 Bi-Annual Kargil Division, scroll down this page.

How to Check JKBOSE 11th Result 2022?

There are various ways which provide the result. So, the candidates can go to the official website or the third-party websites. The process is all the same. You can also check it below:

Step-1: Visit the official website. Or you can go through the provided link below for direct access to the result.

Step-2: Then on the homepage, candidates will find the link for J&K 11th Result 2022.

Step-3: Once, you hit the link then you will redirect to a new page.

Step-4: On that page, students need to submit their details such as the roll number or the name of the candidates. After that, click on the “Submit” button.

Step-5: At last, your result will appear to you in PDF format. Download the result and then take a printout for future reference.

Work on Zojila Tunnel project going on fast pace, to be completed before deadline set

Work on Zojila Tunnel project going on fast pace, to be completed before deadline set 2

In a major achievement the work on Zojila Tunnel project on the Srinagar-Leh highway is going on a faster pace. Work on connecting Kashmir with Ladakh is going ahead that the deadline set which is a major achievement.

The National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd’s project being executed by the Hyderabad based Megha Engineering & Infrastructure Limited (MEIL) which intends to ensure connectivity between Srinagar and Ladakh all the year around.

Senior Project Engineer MEIL, Burhan Andrabi told Greater Kashmir that the good pace of work on the Zojila Tunnel project continues and it was evident from the fact that 4-km tunnelling work from both Ladakh and Kashmir ends had been completed in a record time.

Andrabi said that everyone in the team from the project head to a labourer is involved in it and determined to complete the tunnel ahead of the deadline set. He further informed that the work on the Zojila tunnel was on a fast pace with Nilgar 1 Tunnel ready while laning of Nilgrar 2 Tunnel had commenced.

According to official sources, the Zojila Tunnel project involves the construction of a 14.15-km-long tunnel at an altitude of about 3000 metres under Zojila Pass (currently motorable only for eight months a year) on the NH-1 connecting Srinagar and Leh through Drass and Kargil. The Zojila Tunnel will be a two-lane highway. It would be 9.5-meter wide and 7.57-meter high in the shape of a horseshoe.

The New Austrian Tunnelling Method (NATM), an advanced technology, was used in construction.

Congress wins Timisgam in LAHDC bypoll, BJP Loses

Congress wins Timisgam in LAHDC bypoll, BJP Loses 3

Leh: The Congress on Saturday retained Timisgam seat in the BJP-led Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC), with its candidate defeating the BJP candidate by 273 votes in the by-election, officials said.

Congress candidate Tashi Tundup won the by-election for 22-Timisgam constituency, by polling 861 votes against 588 polled by the BJP’s Dorjay Namgyal, they said.

Senior Congress member Jairam Ramesh congratulated the Congress committee in Ladakh and also took a dig at the BJP’s central leadership and Ghulam Nabi Azad, who quit the grand old party recently.
“Here is some breaking news for Modi, Shah and Azad. The Congress party has defeated the BJP by a convincing margin in the Temisgam bye-election to the Ladakh Hill Council. Congratulations to the Ladakh District Congress Committee!,” he said on Twitter.

The by-election in the constituency was necessitated following the death of sitting Congress councillor Sonam Dorjey.

The voting, held on September 13, saw 98.7 per cent polling, the officials said, adding, the counting of votes started this morning and 1,449 votes of the total 1,467 votes polled were considered.
Fourteen voters had opted for NOTA and four votes were rejected.

In October 2020, the BJP had retained power by winning the election to the 26-member LAHDC by bagging 15 seats. The Congress had won nine seats, and two seats were bagged by Independent candidates.

Election: BJP loses by-elections in Ladakh

Narendra Modi

Leh: The ruling Bharatiya Janta Party has lost to Congress by a convincing margin in a by-election in Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, Leh.

Details available reveal that Tashi Tundup of Congress candidate has defeated Dorjay Namgayal of BJP by 273 votes in the Temisgam constituency of LAHDC, Leh.

While the Congress candidate polled 861 votes, BJP’s nominee secured 588 votes.Meanwhile, the Congress high command congratulated its Leh unit on the victory and took potshots at Ghulam Nabi Azad.

“Here is some breaking news for Modi, Shah, and Azad. The Congress party has defeated the BJP by a convincing margin in the Temisgam bye-election to the Ladakh Hill Council. Congratulations to the Ladakh District Congress Committee!,” Jairam Ramesh tweeted.

Govt transfers CEO Kargil to UT of Jammu and Kashmir


Repatriation of Mr. Nazir Ahmad Wani, Chief Education Officer, Kargil to UT of Jammu and Kashmir.

Reference: Letter No: LA/GAD(Deput)UTL/2019(01) dated 12.01.2021,
received from General Administration Department, UT of Ladakh.

Government Order No:101-JK(GAD) of 2022
Dated :31.01.2022

In the interest of administration, Mr. Nazir Ahmad Wani, Chief Education Officer, Kargil, is hereby repatriated to Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir with the directions to report in School Education Department, J&K, for further posting, after proper relieving by a competent authority in the Union territory of Ladakh.

By Order of the Lieutenant Governor.