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An artificial lake created last year by landslides during winter in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kargil district burst today putting a number of villages in the area at risk of flash floods. The released water has washed away some bridges downstream. “The artificial lake on river Phuktal, in Zanskar area of the frontier district, burst suddenly at 8:10 AM causing flash floods,” Deputy Commissioner Kargil, Hassan Khan told PTI. Khan said there were no reports of casualty but there was damage to infrastructure. “About six bridges, including motorable ones, have been washed away but there are no immediate reports of any

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Tso Moriri Say Juley – the Ladakhi greetings, to the land of high passes and turquoise lakes, gompas and stupas, snow and sand, military and monks, Dalai Lama and Rancho, momo and Maggi, peaks and valleys, army canters and romantic shikaras, prayer wheels and prayer flags, long drives and treks, yak and yaks, 40 degrees and sub-zero temperature, blazing and starry sky – truely heaven on Earth! Not too many people are aware that Ladakh forms the third region of Jammu & Kashmir. Despite Ladakh being over-shadowed by its more popular cousin Kashmir, it’s still been in the to-do list of travellers

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Dr. Dolma Tsering Anne Sweeney’s saying, ‘define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live,’ relates very closely to the terms by which Dr. Dolma Tsering lived her life. Her life is a story of what a woman can achieve despite innumerable challenges and against all odds. Tsering served as the first female Chief Medical Officer of Leh ­Ladakh (Jammu and Kashmir’s Norther region) for a period of five years from 2006 to 2011. She came from a remote village and reached the peaks of her aspirations whilst also

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“Educational refugees” is a term, which aptly describes scores of Ladakhi students pursuing higher education, far away from home in places and cities unfamiliar to them. They have no choice as there are no worthwhile educational institutions in Ladakh after students complete their matriculation. The concept of leaving home itself has many exciting possibilities of learning, of coping with different cultures and situations, of stepping out of the world. Yet it does not quite work like that. I have spent several years of my student life in Jammu. I did experience a sense of independence, but the craving for the love and

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By Fahad Shah [I]n the political arena of the Jammu and Kashmir, a little known family before 1930s which made it to the pages of history is the Abdullah’s of Kashmir. Starting from Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, who belonged to a shawl weaver family and became the Prime Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, to the current Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, his grandson, the family has been in the mainstream politics of the state over the years. Born in 1905, Sheikh Abdullah emerged as the powerful political figure of the then princely state, Jammu and Kashmir, but after his political defeats in

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By Aditi Rao Ahead of us lay a rope bridge with thin wooden planks. It seemed precarious, a slight slip of the foot and we would perhaps drift away in the gushing gorge below. Padma Tashi said that there was a village on the other side of the bridge but staring at the gorge below, the village was nowhere in sight. It seemed then that the only logical solution at that moment in time would be to lose all logic, to trust. So we, my two college friends and I, followed in the footsteps of Padma Tashi, the director of

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