During his three-day visit to Ladakh, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday (June 28, 2021) said that terrorism has reduced in the region after it became a Union territory.
“After becoming a Union Territory, terrorism has reduced in Ladakh. There is mutual coordination among the Army, paramilitary forces and local police. We have data and figures that terrorism has reduced here,” said the Defence Minister.
“After Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh were made Union Territories, many doubted the intention of Prime Minister as political vested interest. But he wants the political process to start in both regions. He spoke to political leaders of Jammu and Kashmir and will speak to leaders in Ladakh soon,” he added.
The Defence Minister on his second day of the visit also gave a clear message to China from eastern Ladakh by saying that India will never forget the sacrifice of the ‘Galwan bravehearts’ and asserted that the country’s armed forces are capable of giving a befitting reply to every challenge.
“India will never forget the sacrifice of soldiers who laid down their lives in Galwan Valley for the country,” Singh said adding that “the Indian Army has the capability to give a befitting reply to every challenge.”
While addressing an event, Rajnath Singh said efforts should be made to find a solution to issues through dialogue with neighbouring countries but at the same time noted that India will not tolerate it if someone tries to threaten the country.
Meanwhile, Singh also inaugurated 63 infrastructure projects implemented by the Border Roads Organisation in the Union Territory. The Defence Minister on Monday also inaugurated three bridges on way to the Indo-China border in Dharchula sub-division of Uttarakhand’s Pithoragarh district.
Later today, the Defence Minister is also scheduled to attend a program organised by the local administration in Leh and will later interact with Army troops in Leh at 7 pm. On Sunday, Singh met elected representatives of Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Councils (LAHDC), Kargil and was also briefed about the security situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China in Eastern Ladakh by the senior officials of Army’s Northern Command.
Admin Issues Guidelines for Re-opening higher education institutions
The administration of Ladakh issued guidelines for the reopening of the higher education institutions including for academic activities.
Secretary, Higher Education, Padma Angmo notified the SOPs for the reopening of higher educational institutions in Ladakh from August 2.
“It is hereby ordered that all the higher educational institutions in Ladakh may consider reopening for on-site classes from August 2 with strict adherence to the SOPs regarding Covid-19 management issued from time to time by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, and Ladakh Disaster Management Authority,” reads an order.
“Academic calendar should be planned in a manner to avoid overcrowding, congregation at all times and classes to be scheduled in a staggered manner. All the students and faculty and staff should make use of Arogya Setu App,” the order said.
Ladakh administration pursuing CIBS issue for appropriate solution: LG Mathur
Ladakh Lieutenant Governor (LG) R K Mathur has said his administration has been pursuing the CIBS issue and expressed hope to find a feasible solution to safeguard the future of the students. Mathur said this during a meeting with the president of the Ladakh Buddhist Association, Thupstan Chhewang, who along with the president of the Ladakh Gonpa Association, Ven Shathup Chamba, called on him here, an official spokesperson said on Thursday.
The delegation apprised the LG of the apprehensions among the students of the Central Institute of Buddhist Studies (CIBS) regarding the pre-university courses and sought his intervention in finding an appropriate solution.
@lg_ladakh informed them that the UT Admin has been pursuing the #CIBS issue for appropriate solution with all concerned
He stated that this Institute plays a pivotal role in conserving the culture & heritage of Ladakh & hence, steps to strengthen & revive the #CIBS are important pic.twitter.com/TmM9FpTzQx
— Office of the Lt. Governor, Ladakh (@lg_ladakh) July 28, 2021
The institute was affiliated to the Sampurnanand Sanskrit University (SSU) in Varanasi till 2016. Currently, it is not affiliated to any university and around 1,000 students of the institute are looking at an uncertain future.
Mathur said the administration recognises the pivotal role played by the CIBS in conserving the culture and heritage of Ladakh and stressed on the need for taking appropriate steps to strengthen and revive the institute.
“The Union Territory administration has been pursuing the CIBS issue for an appropriate solution with all concerned ever since it was highlighted earlier in the year and the same has been discussed with Union Minister of Culture G Kishan Reddy in New Delhi earlier this month,” the LG said.
He said the matter has been taken up in writing and on the phone with Uttar Pradesh Governor and SSU Chancellor Anandiben Patel.
Mathur expressed hope to find a feasible solution to safeguard the future of the CIBS students, the spokesperson said.
The delegation also discussed other matters pertaining to employment, youngsters and development aspects of the Ladakhi society with the LG, he added.
Earthquake tremors felt in parts of Union Territory
An Earthquake of magnitude 3.6 on the Richter scale hit Leh, Ladakh at 4:57 am on Wednesday, according to the National Centre for Seismology.
“Earthquake of Magnitude: 3.6, Occurred on 21-07-2021, 04:57:46 IST, Lat: 34.20 & Long: 77.78, Depth: 200 Km ,Location: 19 km ENE of Leh, Laddakh, India,” the National Center for Seismology tweeted.
Earthquake of Magnitude:3.6, Occurred on 21-07-2021, 04:57:46 IST, Lat: 34.20 & Long: 77.78, Depth: 200 Km ,Location: 19km ENE of Leh, Laddakh, India for more information download the BhooKamp App https://t.co/kuG6xMoVNG @Indiametdept @ndmaindia pic.twitter.com/akwYf4L31j
— National Center for Seismology (@NCS_Earthquake) July 20, 2021
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