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Lockdown-Like Restrictions Return in Union territory | Read Details

All government and private schools, hostels and coaching centres in the union territory of Ladakh will remain shut till 23 January in view of the rising Covid-19 cases, according to a new order issued on Thursday.

The order further adds that bars, restaurants can operate with 25 percent seating capacity. Public transport can ply with half of the seating capacity-no entry without masks.

Here are the guidelines issued by the government:

  1. All Govt. /Private Schools as well as Residential Hostels/Schools shall continue to remain closed for in-person/on-site classes.
  2. All Institutes imparting Coaching/Tuition/Training/Workshop etc. shall remain closed for in-person/on-site Classes/Courses/Program etc. ‘However, the same shall be encouraged through virtual made with strict adherence to the COVID SOPs/Guidelines.
  3. Bars, Restaurants, and Dhabas etc. shall operate with 25% of the seating ‘capacity with strict adherence to COVID Appropriate Behaviour (CAB). However, they shall encourage take-avay services as much as possible
  4. Dine-in services in the Hotels shall be allowed with 25% of capacity with strict adherence to COVID Appropriate Behaviour (CAB). However, they shall encourage room services as much as possible,
  5. The Hotel owner should provide hand hygiene (sanitizer dispenser) and thermal screening provisions at the entrance, The staff and guests should be allowed entry only if using face cover/masks. The face covers/masks have to be woe at all times inside the hotel by everyone. The details of the guests (travel history, medical condition et.) along with ID must be registered atthe reception.
  6. Gymnasiums, Sports Clubs, Fitness Centres, Snooker Centres, and other indoor activities shall remain completely closed.
  7. There shall be strict Night Curfew from 9:00 PM to 5:00 AM throughout the district. Non-essential services shall not be allowed during this period.
  8. Public Transport shall continue to ply with half of the seating capacity ‘maintaining proper socal distancing. Owners of public transports shall display “NO ENTRY WITHOUT FACEMASKS” boards and ensure its compliance. The ARTO Leh shall increase frequency of the Buses on the busiest routes to avoid crowding at the Bus Stops.
  9. The maximum number of people permitted to attend any indoor/outdoor gathering shall be strictly restricted to 20 or 50% of capacity whichever is less with Prior permission from the office of the undersigned/ Concerned SDMs.
  10. HOWEVER, if any permitted activity leads to crowding and congestion, then ‘appropriate steps in terms of staggering, rotation etc. shall be taken, and it shall be {ensured that principles of social distancing are not compromised.
  11. COVID Appropriate Behaviour (CAB) in the public places, Govt/Private offices/Workplaces i.e. wearing of masks, frequent use of hand wash sanitizers shall be strictly observed by everyone at all times.
  12. All district and subordinate offices shall minimise conducting in-person meetings and ensure optimal use of virtual mode for conducting official meeting, conference etc. The officers shall display “NO ENTRY WITHOUT FACEMASKS” boards at the entrance of their offices and ensure its compliance by everyone.
  13. The Merchant Association Leh shall ensure that guidelines related to. Social distancing and Covid Appropriate Behaviour (CAB) are strictly followed in the ‘market area. Gatherings in shops should not be allowed. All the shop owners shall display “NO ENTRY WITHOUT FACEMASKS” boards at their shops and ensure its compliance. Shop owners shall be liable for penal action if any violation found with respect to Covid appropriate behaviour.
  14. The Chief Medical Officer, Le shall intensity testing and shall submit dally report regarding the ulation of available RT-PCR capacity to the undersigned. He shall closely monitor all the relevant statistics and Data in respect of COVID-19 for timely interventions, wherever required.
  15. There shall be intensive house-to-house surveillance by the surveillance teams constituted for the purpose.
  16. Home quarantineisoltion as advised by health department shall be followed by everyone
  17. The Information Department Leh shall intensify awareness on COVID Appropriate Behaviour (CAB) among the general pubic through all available media platforms. Likewise, the Municipal Committee Leh shall spread awareness by way of making announcements through speakers mounted on the vehicles in the public places.
  18. The Senior Superintendent of Pole, Leh; Addl. District Magistrate, Leh Assistant Regional Transport Officer, Leh; Superintendent of Police (Taf), Ladakh, and All ‘SDMs/Tehsildars shall ensure strict compliance of the above directives.
  1. Any violations of the above-mentioned directives shall nite action under Section 188 of IPC, Disaster Management Act, 2005 and Epidemic Disease Act 1897.


Ladakh gets first open synthetic track and football turf

Ladakh sportspersons are upbeat as the union territory has got its first open synthetic track and football turf for football stadium under Khelo India Programme. Built at an estimated cost of Rs 10.68 crore, the size of the track and football turf has been constructed on 130 kanals in the Spituk belt of the ‘cold desert’.

“I’m a coach for marathon runners here. Before this, we had to run on roads. Now, we’re witnessing improvement because we can now measure distance & speed easily.

Then Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Monday laid the foundation stones of the synthetic track and astroturf for football in September 2020.

Taking to the microblogging site, Rijiju, who currently holds the portfolio of Minister of Law and Justice, wrote, ” Very satisfying to see the completion of sports projects in Ladakh in less than just two years despite the pandemic! PM Modi gave a clear direction to execute all the projects on time. These are funded under the Khelo India Scheme”.

Last week, Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur took to Twitter to share the picture of the football stadium and wrote, “This is NEW INDIA–Funded as part of Khelo India sports infrastructure; Open Stadium at Spituk, Leh, and Height 11,000 feet approx”.


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MHA classifies J&K, Ladakh UTs as ‘hard areas’ in joint AGMUT cadre

The Government of India has classified Jammu, Kashmir, and Ladakh Union Territories as “hard areas” in the joint AGMUT cadre.

As per the news agency, the Ministry of Home Affairs in a communique has informed all states and UTs- part of the AGMUT cadre- that J&K and Ladakh UTs have been categorized as hard areas in the joint AGMUT cadre.

“Consequent upon the merger of J&K cadre in AGMUT cadre, the matter has been examined, and with the approval of the competent authority, it has been decided that Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and Union Territory of Ladakh may be considered as hard areas in joint AGMUT cadre,” reads the letter.

As per guidelines governing transfer and postings of AGMUT cadre, IAS, IPS and IFS officers, the states and UTs are classified into categories- regular areas and hard areas.

Delhi, Chandigarh, Goa, Pudducherry, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu are regular areas. At the same time, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh have been classified as hard areas.

It is worth mentioning that J&K had its separate cadre for IAS, IPS, and IFS before abrogating Article 370. However, in January 2020, the Centre promulgated an ordinance to merge the Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) cadre of All India Services officers such as the IAS, IPS and the Indian Forest Service (IFoS) with the Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram and Union Territory (AGMUT) cadre.

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Ladakh admin sets up facility for online tickets for Kargil air service

In a first, the Ladakh administration has set up the online booking of tickets for air services run by the Indian Air Force in the Union territory, officials said on Wednesday.

The administration flagged off the operation of subsidised helicopter service from Ladakh. The service will cater to passengers from far-flung areas of Ladakh on approved routes from Leh-Lingshed, Dibling, Drass, Padum, Kargil, Nubra, Nerak, Jammu, Srinagar, they said.

“This year, for the first time, tickets of AN-32 Kargil courier service have been made available online,” a senior said.

This facility has been introduced for the convenience of the passengers so that they can book their tickets, from the comfort of their homes, keeping in view the Covid situation, he said.

The passengers can log on to the website The first flight has been planned on Thursday for the sector Kargil-Jammu-Kargil, subject to fair weather, officials said.

Initially, on a trial basis, booking is available for January 20, and subsequently, the other flights will also be available, they said.

The land of high passes, Ladakh is renowned for its remote mountain beauty and culture. It is the highest plateau of the subcontinent and is famous for its scenic beauty.

“You will face the cold desert climate, especially from October-March. In winters, temperatures are extreme in Leh, dipping below freezing point. It remains closed for more than seven months,” officials said.

During winters, roads in the entire region remain cut off from the rest of the country. Winters in Ladakh are very harsh and temperatures can plummet to -30 degrees Celsius at night, they said.

Our aim is to meet air connectivity requirements to promote tourism for economic development and employment generation, rescue and medical evacuation purposes, they added.

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