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In conversation with Sonam Chorol, owner of Superb Ladakh weaving unit
LEH, Saturday, March 18, 2017 :
Sonam Chorol started her venture Superb Ladakh in the year 2008. The unit mainly deals in weaving, dyeing, milling and finishing Pashmina and woolen items.

Till now the weaving unit has trained 25 women and at present 16 women is rendering their service to the factory. Despite being a single mother, she balances motherhood and running the business, and is one of the successful business women in Ladakh.

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By Nawang Palkit
In conversation with ISRO, Scientist Tsering Tashi
LEH, Tuesday, March 7, 2017 : Tsering Tashi got selected to the post of Scientist/Engineer in ISRO in the year 2002. He holds a Diploma in Computer Science. He did his masters in Satellite Navigation from Politecnico Di Torino, Turin, Italy in 2010 under United Nations fellowship programme. ...
 
By Rinchen Angmo Chumikchan
In conversation with Couturier /Fashion Designer Jigmat Norbu
LEH, Tuesday, December 6, 2016 :
Jigmat Couture is a traditional as well as fusion couture venture which is run by the duo Jigmat Norbu and Jigmat Wangmo. Both of them are NIFT Mohali graduates, and has been associated with the biggest names in the business 'both national and international’.  

They are the creative professionals who have given a new signature and added the value of age-old tradition and culture. With an aim to revive the ancient culture  and tradition they designed and came up with wide varieties of traditional attire with a blend of modern touch thus, making it in Vogue and attracting art lovers to own it.
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By Kunzang Chorol
In conversation with Dr. Tsering Norbu, Surgeon
LEH, Tuesday, November 15, 2016 :

The Gifted hands, Dr. Tsering Norbu is a well known retired surgeon of Ladakh who is known for his dedicated service towards the people of Ladakh. He has served 51 years in the health department and has received Rural Surgeon award by the Government of India. 

With limited facilities and equipment in the District Hospital (SNM Hospital, Leh) he has treated and operated many patients successfully. The tireless effort and dedication towards his service along with immense medical expertise is an example and an encouragement for the young generation.

On 18 October 2016, he has received the first Ladakh Rpal –Ngams Tuston award for his generosity, compassion, and dedication towards the people of Ladakh.


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By Stanzin Dasal
In conversation with Dr.Zahida Bano
LEH, Wednesday, August 17, 2016 :
Dr. Zahida Bano is currently serving as Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Leh Development Authority (LDA) and she is also the Principal of Food Craft Institute (FCI) Leh, besides she is also holding the additional charge as Administrator, Municipal Committee, Leh.
 
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By Pal Thiksay Gobi
In conversation with Dr Vikas Gupta, Scientist (Plant Protection) KVK-Leh, SKUAST-Kashmir
LEH, Wednesday, August 17, 2016 :
Invasive pests that gained entry into this cold arid region have caused catastrophic damage to commercial crops of agriculture and horticulture, and forest trees. Due to climate change in the past few years, many invasive pests have hit the Ladakh region --  like many species of Alphids on cereals, vegetables and horticulture crops, yellow and brown rust in wheat and barley.

The villages of the lower belt of Leh are currently reeling under an infestation by an invasive insect. They are damaging fruit trees and forest trees. To safeguard food supply for our growing population, farming must become more sustainable in future, and steps are taken up for optimization.

To know more about the future challenges for agriculture in Ladakh, we interviewed Dr. Vikas Sharma, scientist, plant protection, In this issue, he tells us about solutions to address farming problems.
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By Rinchen Angmo Chumikchan
In Conversation with Sonam Lotus, Director Meteorological Department J&K
LEH, Friday, April 29, 2016 :
Ladakh due to its fragile eco-system, there is an adverse impact from the climate change. The cold dessert title has been changed because of the rise in temperature, change in the rainfall and snowfall pattern followed by devastating flash floods over the years. People have experienced the drastic changes in climate. 

To talk about the climate of Ladakh in this issue we have Sonam Lotus, Director of J&K Meteorological department, is known for his reliable, timely and regional specific weather forecasting in the state. After receiving his education, he joined J&K MeT department in 2006.

In the year of 2008, he organized a workshop on ‘Integrated Agromet Advisory Service at Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology Shalimar. And in 2010, he organized a conference on “weather service by IMD over J&K.

He received many appreciation and awards including best employee award of IMD for the year 2009-10, and a certificate of appreciation from DGM, IMD for the commendable work and outstanding contribution for installation of AWS en-route Amarnath yatra in 2012.
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By Pal Thiksay Gobi
In conversation with Ravi Shankker (KAS), Assistant Regional Transport Officer, Leh
LEH, Friday, April 15, 2016 :
Due to the rapid growth of the population and economy, there has been a significant rise in vehicular traffic that keeps roads busy in Ladakh. A total of 16,000 vehicles, including commercial and non-commercial, are registered with the Assistant Regional Transport Office, Leh. We talk to Ravi Shanker (KAS), Assistant Regional Transport Officer, Leh, on various issues including improvement in the existing traffic management system and how the demand for better transport system has increased in Leh.
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By Rinchen Angmo Chumikchan
In Conversation With Stanzin Dorjai (Gya)
LEH, Tuesday, March 15, 2016 : Stanzin Dorjai from Gya made India and especially Ladakh proud when his documentary Jungwa-The Broken Balance based on the aftermath of August 2010 flash flood of Ladakh was selected among thousands to be shown in United Nation’s COP 21 Paris Conference in 2015. Another documentary “The Shepherdess of Ice” released on 19th January also had a good response in European media. He is also attempting to make a film on Kushok Bakula Rinpoche’s life.
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By Fatima Ashraf Barcha
In conversation with Sculptor, Skarma Tsering
Leh, Tuesday, March 1, 2016 :
Skarma Tsering is a renowned Traditional Buddhist Sculptor who has worked and contributed immensely to the Buddhist Culture, Art, and Sculpture in Ladakh. He is the man who has built the three big statues of Buddha at Likir, Ney, and Diskit. The pioneering sculptor is still creating awe-inspiring art at 80. He has the plan to build three more statues.
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By Stanzin Dasal
In conversation with Rigzin Spalgon, Social Welfare Department Officer
Leh, Tuesday, March 1, 2016 : Rigzin Spalgon (KAS) is presently working as the District Social Welfare Department Officer, Leh. He was born and brought up in a small village called Spituk. His initial training was in 2007 for almost two years in ICDS, Nubra.  From 2010, he took new responsibility in Social Welfare Department, Leh. And since five years he is working with the department of ICDS, Leh. ...
 
By Stanzin Dasal
In Conversation with Dr Sonam Dawa, Chief Executive Councillor
LEH, Friday, February 5, 2016 : On the eve of the third anniversary of Reach Ladakh Bulletin, we question Dr Sonam Dawa, Chief Executive Councillor, on a wide range of critical topics, including short and long-term planning for Ladakh, economy, unemployment and many other issues. Dr Dawa has held many posts - Chief Medical Officer to Chairman, Managing Committee, Lamdon School. He also served as the President of Ladakh Buddhist Association and  President of LUTF. He was also Consultant Physician to HelpAge India. He was twice appointed as the President of BJP, Leh. ...
 
By Rinchen Angmo Chumikchan
In conversation with Jorn Boye Nielsen
Leh, Monday, November 2, 2015 :
The question of how to provide the best education for school children has compelled a vast array of educational research and experimentation. There are many changes in the recent years in the education system. Even with these changes, some students are not reaching the academic goals desired by parents, educators, and the public. 
As a result, many students end up with depression, school drop outs and committing suicide. 
 
The questions that remain unanswered before our society is why there is unemployment, competition, Lack of skills & professionalism. Where are we lacking? Is Alternative education a solution for these problems?  Let’s hear from Jorn Boye Nielsen how Alternative Education works in Denmark.   
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By Rinchen Angmo Chumkchan
In Conversation with Tundup Angmo
Leh, Monday, November 2, 2015 : She is a Social Worker who has worked with NGOs in Leh on their Education and Environment sector.  In our interview with her we will talk about how climate change has affected our environment and what does the future of Ladakh looks like. She has attended the international Conference of Parties (COP) twice & presented a paper on “Impacts on Climate Change in Ladakh and Lahul & Spiti.” ...
 
By Fatima Ashraf Barcha
In Conversation with Dr Altaf Hussain, Dermatologist
Leh, Monday, November 2, 2015 :
The people of Ladakh who are living on a high altitude, perfect skin seem like a distant dream. Most of us are exposed to the direct rays of the sun, as Ladakh is a place where the sun is very bright and clear. In this issue, we talked to Dr Altaf Hussain, a well-known dermatologist in Leh about the skin problems in Ladakh.  
Dr Altaf reveals that there are 1 -2 cases of skin cancer in Ladakh. He said that the most common problem in Ladakh is sun allergy, pigmentation, photo ageing, and wrinkles.  But, here's the main point, all of this is preventable!  Dr Altaf talks about the skin related issues and how to take care of it.  
“Properly moisturizing your skin, applying sunscreen and dressing appropriately are three critical steps to maintaining healthy skin during the winter months,” says Dr Altaf.
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By Stanzin Desal
In conversation with SSP, Dr.Sunil Gupta
Leh, Saturday, September 12, 2015 : Against the backdrop of growing threats of crime, ensuring community participation in the maintenance of the public order and crime reduction are major challenges before all societies. Police-community partnership is needed not only to ensure economic and social development but also to achieve peace....
 
By Rinchen Angmo Chumikchan
In conversation with Rigzin Spalgon, Social Welfare Department Officer
Leh, Saturday, September 12, 2015 :
Rigzin Spalgon (KAS) is presently working as the District Social Welfare Department Officer, Leh. He was born and brought up in a small village called Spituk. His initial training was in 2007 for almost two years in ICDS, Nubra.  From 2010, he took new responsibility in Social Welfare Department, Leh. And since five years he is working with the department of ICDS, Leh. 

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By Stanzin Desal
In Conversation with Tsewang Paljor
Leh, Thursday, August 13, 2015 : In Conversation with Tsewang Paljor, Special Officer for Culture, Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art Culture and Languages. He has been associated with the Academy since 2006....
 
By Hajira Bano Balkhang
In Conversation with ZEO Khalatse Tsering Nurboo
Leh, Thursday, May 28, 2015 :

Tsering Nurboo was born on 8 November 1959 in the village Wanla of Leh district. He began his career as a teacher and served in many government schools in Leh. He also served as a resource person at DIET Leh and at Student Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh (SECMOL). He was posted as Zonal Education Planning Officer (ZEPO) in Nubra and Zonal Education Officer (ZEO) in Kalakote (Rajouri) and Balwal (Jammu). He also had the opportunity to work as Private Secretary to the then Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development Skyabje Tokdan Rinpoche for three years.

 

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By Hajira Bano Balkhang
In conversation with Counsellor, Deachen Dolkar
Leh, Tuesday, April 28, 2015 : Teenagers struggle with different issues than younger children and adults such as identity struggles, extreme peer pressure and fitting in. They often feel stuck between wanting independence and still needing guidance. Teens are more likely than adults to make decisions without considering the consequences and feel invincible.

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By Rinchen Angmo Chumikchan