Trudging down the Leh bazaar, Ishay Tundup, an elderly farmer, holds up a bag full of green vegetables. An ordinary sight surely but it was far from that. This 70-year-old man had grown vegetables all his life. He had never needed to buy them from a bazaar. Tundup is one of the many farmers who suffered the effects of drought in Ladakh last summer, a phenomenon unheard of.

SEVENTEEN soldiers were killed and another 17 critically injured when an avalanche of snow smashed into a High Altitude Warfare School (HAWS) in Gulmarg on Monday. Army spokesman Colonel Vineet Sood said more than 80 soldiers were rescued. The rescue operation was called off after everyone was accounted for.

Tsering Dorjey, Chief Executive Councillor of the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC), Leh, hoisted the national flag at Polo Ground in Leh yesterday.

In his Republic Day address, Dorjey declared that Leh would be developed as a model hill district by 2025, despite its harsh climate, difficulty in accessibility and terrains.

The J&K Police have seized a massive consignment of red sanders, a fragrant timber in great demand for cabinet work and also used as dyewood, from a village in Leh where it had been ferried all the way from Andhra Pradesh to be smuggled across to China. Police said they were looking at possible links of the smugglers with the People

The Leh district police has seized a huge quantity of an endangered insect called

A large quantity of an endangered insect species used to make revitalising drug or

From Leh, the 40-km drive to Khardungla, the highest motorable pass in the world at 18,380 feet, winds gently through mountains coated with thick snow. To the left of the pass the Ladakhis swear is the Khardung glacier which has retreated, though there is no study to confirm it. In fact, Prof.


LEH: Anyone visiting Ladakh for the first time can be left gasping for breath due to low oxygen levels in the high altitude region. But a successful plantation drive has brought about environmental changes-driving up oxygen content by 50% and, most unusually, making it rain, say Indian scientists.

The low-cost agro-animal technologies developed by the Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR), Leh, have found wide acceptance among farmers in Ladakh. Adoption of these technologies by farmers has not only boosted the availability of fresh food in that region but also helped in socio-economic uplift of the people there.