Controversy Erupts Over Ladakh’s New Industrial Land Allotment Policy, Challenging Autonomy and Environmental Concerns

VoL Desk, Nov. 06: The recently finalised “Ladakh Industrial Land Allotment Policy – 2023” seems to have sparked public outrage once again against the Administration of Union Territory of Ladakh. As per critics, the recent policy contradicts the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council Act 1995, which empowers the two elected local autonomous bodies of Leh and Kargil districts for land allotment. However, the recent policy for industrial land allotment has vested this power in the three Si...

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Advisor, Dr. Pawan Kotwal tours various villages of Zanskar 

Kargil, Nov 05, 2023: Advisor to Honourable Lieutenant Governor, UT Ladakh, Dr. Pawan Kotwal today toured to various villages of Zanskar and Kargil to inspect and assess the developmental works.

During the tour, he was accompanied by Deputy Commissioner/CEO, LAHDC, Kargil, Shrikant Suse, ACR Kargil, SE PHE&I&FC Kargil, SE PWD Kargil, ACD Kargil and other concerned officers and officials.

During his visit, the advisor visited the Monastery at Sani, Zanskar. The religious heads presented...

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Municipal and panchayat elections postponed in Ladakh

PTI, Jammu. Union Territory Ladakh has decided to expand the municipalities of Leh and Kargil to 17 wards from 13, while the number of panchayats in delimitation is also expected to increase to 193 as the tenure of both the local bodies expires. For this reason, elections can be held in Ladakh also next summer.

Official sources confirmed that the terms of Leh and Kargil municipalities, the only two urban local bodies in the Union Territory of Ladakh, will end this month, followed by 193 p...

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Candlelight Vigil in Lankerchey, Kargil: Uniting Against Gaza Genocide and Shia Killings in Parachinar

Kargil, Nov. 04: In a display of solidarity, hundreds of students from Maktab-E-Hyderiya Lankerchey, Sankoo, came together for a Candle Light Vigil on Saturday evening to stand against the ongoing genocide in Gaza by Zionist forces and the Shia killings in Parachinar.

Students from diverse backgrounds and walks of life passionately raised their voices against the war in Gaza, condemning the attacks on civilians, hospitals, schools, and places of worship. Holding placards, they expressed t...

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گلگت بلتستان – اسرائیلی بربریت کیخلاف اور فلسطینیوں سےاظاریکجہتی کیلئے ہڑتال

ایجنسیز/اسرائیلی بربریت کے خلاف انجمن تاجران کی جانب سے سکردو میں ہڑتال کی گئی اور انجمن امامیہ بلتستان کی جانب سے فلسطینی مسلمانوں سے اظہار یکجہتی کیلئے بلتستان کے مختلف حصوں میں احتجاجی مظاہرے کئے گئے اور احتجاجی ریلیاں نکالی گئیں۔

سکردو میں ریلی جامع مسجد سکردو سے نماز جمعہ کے بعد برآمد ہوئی جو یاد گار چوک پر پہنچ کر جلسے میں تبدیل ہوگئی۔ ریلی کے شرکاءنے ہاتھوں میں بینرز اور پلے کارڈز اٹھا رکھے تھے جن پر فلسطینی مسلمان کے حق میں نعرے درج تھے۔ ریلی کے شرکاءنے اسرائیلی بربریت کے خلاف شد...

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LG Ladakh Announces 10% CTET Qualifying Marks Relaxation for Reserved Categories

VoL Desk, Nov. 04: In a noteworthy development, the Lieutenant Governor of the Union Territory of Ladakh has issued a significant relaxation in the qualifying marks for the Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET).

The new directive, outlined in S.O. 89 and superseding the previous order S.O. 39 dated 16 June 2023, comes into effect under the powers conferred by S.O 282(E) dated 21st January 2020.

Under the revised guidelines, candidates belonging to reserved categories such as ST/SC/O...

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Meconopsis aculeata and Dactylorhiza hatagirea Under Consideration for Ladakh’s State Flower

VoL Desk, Nov. 04: The Commissioner Secretary of Forest, Ecology, and Environment in the Union Territory of Ladakh has issued a public notice seeking suggestions for the designation of the State Flower for Ladakh.

The proposed species under consideration are Meconopsis aculeata and Dactylorhiza hatagirea. The public is encouraged to provide their suggestions within a 30-day period from the date of this notice.

Suggestions can be submitted via email to or by post t...

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CEC chairs meeting with NHPC officials following tragic incident in Suru River

Kargil, November 4, 2023: In the wake of a tragic incident in Suru River, where a young girl lost her life due to the sudden release of water, Chairman and Chief Executive Councillor (CEC) of the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC), Kargil, Dr. Mohd Jaffer Akhoon, held meeting with the project head of the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) Kargil and other officers.

The meeting, which took place at the LAHDC, Kargil office, addressed the incident and the subseq...

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2-day GST awareness programme concludes in Kargil 

Kargil, Nov 03, 2023: The two-day GST Awareness Programme organized by the State Taxes Department UT Ladakh on TDS concluded today at Auditorium Hall, Kargil.

On the second day, various representatives from Merchant Association, Contractor Association, All Kargil Trade and Travel Association, Timber Merchant Association, Chemist and Druggist Association and members from Taxi and Bus Operators Union Kargil participated in the awareness program. 

Stanzin Sherab and K. Isfindiyar Khan, In...

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EC Zakir Hussain visits Govt. Primary School, Yokma Akchamal

Kargil, Nov 03, 2023: Executive Councillor, Education, LAHDC, Kargil, Zakir Hussain today visited Govt. Primary School Yokma Akchamal to review education facilities and infrastructure.

The visit was aimed to assess the current state of school, focusing on essential aspects like water supply, sanitation, building infrastructure, enrollment and shortage of teachers.

During the visit, the Executive Councillor expressed concern over the prevailing conditions at the school, emphasizing the ...

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