President Ram Nath Kovind visits Leh

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LEH, AUGUST 21: President, Ram Nath Kovind today arrived here on his maiden visit to the desert district Leh.

On his arrival at Kushok Bakula Rinpoche Airport Leh this morning, the President was accorded warm welcome by Governor N N Vohra, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh, Education Minister Sayeed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari, Minister for Public Works, Naeem Akhtar, Minister for Ladakh Affairs Chering Dorjey, Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat, Member Parliament Thupstan Tsewang, CEC LAHDC Leh Dr Sonam Dawa, Chief Secretary B B Vyas, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Rohit Kansal and other dignitaries.

Mehbooba throws open Kashmir University’s Kargil, Leh satellite campuses

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Built at a cumulative cost of Rs 56 cr, the two campuses to have all student, teacher residential facilities

KARGIL/LEH, AUGUST 21: Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti who is on a three day visit of Ladakh region inaugurated the two satellite campuses of University of Kashmir here.

The setting up satellite campuses at these two places was a long pending demand of the people of the area, given the inhospitable terrain of the area. Both the campuses are equipped with adequate facilities for teaching, residing and other facilities.

At Kargil, the Chief Minister was informed that the satellite campus, built at a cost of Rs. 29 crore, would have a student intake capacity of 150, initially in the subjects of IT, Arabic and Botany.

In her brief interaction with the students, Mehbooba Mufti announced that bus would be provided to ferry students from their areas to the satellite campus. She also directed introduction of subjects like Persian, Education and some skill development courses in view of their demand from the job market.

The Chief Minister also directed setting up of a Solar power plant, V-Sat and a DG set to meet the uninterrupted power supply to the campus. She said the campus would be made as active as possible.

Chairman, Legislative Council, Haji Anayat Ali; Minister for Education, Syed Altaf Bukhari; Minister for R&B, Naeem Akhtar; CEC, LAHDC, Kargil, Kachoo Ahmad Ali; Vice Chancellor, University of Kashmir, Prof. Khursheed Iqbal Indrabi; executive councillors; officers of the university and district administration were present on the occasion.

Later, the Chief Minister visited Leh on the second leg of her Ladakh tour where she also inaugurated the Leh satellite campus of the Kashmir University at Phyang.

Built at a cost of Rs. 27.40 crore, the Leh satellite campus is spread over an area of 819 kanals of land. It has git separate buildings for classrooms, hostels, administration, arts and science streams.

The Chief Minister directed starting undergraduate courses at the campus which have a good demand from the job market besides courses on regional development, ethnography, geology etc. She also directed the Deputy Commissioner to work out a permanent water supply source to the campus.

Minister for Cooperatives & Ladakh Affairs, T. Dorjey; Minister for Education, Syed Altaf Bukhari; CEC, LAHDC, Leh, Dr. Sonam Dawa; Vice Chancellor, University of Kashmir, Prof. Khursheed Iqbal Indrabi; executive councillors; officers of the university and district administration were present on the occasion.

At Leh, Mehbooba felicitates young Everest conquerors

LEH, AUGUST 21: On her visit to Leh, Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti felicitated the young team of mountaineers who scaled Mount Everest last year.

Belonging to Leh and adjoining areas these young intrepids went to an expedition to the world’s highest peak and scaled it on May 21, 2016.

The Chief Minister appreciated the feat achieved by these young mountaineers and hoped they would guide and train other young adventure lovers also. She said the entire State shares the joy of their success and good wishes to them.

The members of the team include Stazin Lasbait, Tashi Lasbait, Tsering Angmi and Rigzin Ducker.

Minister for Cooperatives and Ladakh Affairs, T. Dorjey was also present on the occasion.