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All said and done, itís still a manís world
LEH, Saturday, March 18, 2017 :
‘Women empowerment’ may very well be a key slogan for every government and political parties. But the ground reality is that women still lag way behind men in having a say in decision making and in their participation in economic activities. Women represent almost 50% of our society but their representation in public life is quite low. 

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By Rinchen Angmo Chumikchan
Digital India needs to go fully local
LEH, Saturday, March 18, 2017 : Over the last few months, Ladakh remained digitally cut off from the rest of the world due to OFC failure near Zojila. The worrying part is that it will be restored only when the road is cleared. Till then, the operation and development of business will be hindered, and it does not appear to be an issue that will be resolved soon....
 
By Rinchen Angmo Chumikchan
The dying art of folk music in Ladakh
LEH, Saturday, March 4, 2017 : Ladakh is a land of diverse cultural heritage, and what makes this diversity all the more unique is the rich tradition of folk music in the region. While each region has its own variety of folk music, the forms seem to unite in their essence of being a rustic reflection of a larger society....
 
By Rinchen Angmo Chumikchan
Ladakh not yet ready for a cashless society
LEH, Saturday, March 4, 2017 :
Every now and then, a new word or phrase catches the people’s imagination. This time it’s ‘cashless economy’. Not to be left behind, Ladakh is also heading towards a cashless society and the administration is focussing on propagating Point of sale machines (POS). Gradually they will shift to other digital modes of payment.The administration is also appealing to the traders of Leh to adopt digital payment mode.
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By Rinchen Angmo Chumikchan
Is culling the solution to stray dog menace?
LEH, Saturday, March 4, 2017 : The latest stray dog attack on a 29-year-old woman has yet again raised a serious question: Do we have enough facilities to put an end to the dog menace? The answer is simple: No. Despite horrifying reports of dog-bites, we have failed to take concrete steps to check the growing menace of stray dogs. The recent tragic incident in Nyoma has once again brought our conscience back to this problem....
 
By Rinchen Angmo Chumikchan
Suicide is not the way to deal with life's problems
LEH, Friday, December 23, 2016 : Because of increasing cases, suicide has become a part of everyday conversation in living rooms these days in Ladakh. And yet, there is no or little understanding of why it happens. Change is inevitable everywhere, and hence Ladakh is also going through many changes. Our society is exposed to a large variety of western influences....
 
Over-dependence on migrant workers bad for Ladakh
LEH, Friday, December 23, 2016 : The unending flow of migrants into Ladakh seems to be increasing. Migrant workers have been a part of Ladakhi workforce for many decades now. In the summer season, one can see hundreds of migrant workers on the streets of Leh....
 
By Rinchen Angmo Chumikchan
Ladakh thirst for good writers
LEH, Friday, December 23, 2016 : As the saying goes, without knowledge of the past there is no future. Same is the case with today's society. Ladakh lacks good English scholars and writers. No doubt, we have scholars who write in vernacular language but lacks good English books that are written by local people....
 
By Rinchen Angmo Chumikchan
Ladakh paints a dismal picture of road safety
LEH, Thursday, December 22, 2016 :
Sudden economic boom has set off a wave of vehicles in Ladakh. But in the absence of a comprehensive approach to road safety, accidents have taken their toll.  From 2011 to Nov, 2016, 639 accidents have taken place in Leh district alone. As many as 176 people were killed and 539 injured in these accidents. On an average, 30 deaths and 118 injured cases have been reported annually in Leh.

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By Rinchen Angmo Chumikchan
Is digital India a fantasy for Ladakh?
LEH, Thursday, December 22, 2016 : Concerns over poor internet and phone connectivity are the growing pains of the so-called Information Age. Network culture now permeates offline life. We have higher-than-ever expectations about being available and being up-to-date....
 
By Rinchen Angmo Chumikchan
Why are women denied justice even today in Ladakh?
LEH, Tuesday, December 6, 2016 : Many a time we hear that women enjoy good status in Ladakh. Of course, they do as compared to others elsewhere in the country. We often hear people saying ‘no gender bias here in Ladakh’ which is a myth. The reality is different: Women’s empowerment has not come up to the desired expectations....
 
By Rinchen Angmo Chumikchan
Alcohol and tobacco: The silent killers
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 : Even when the ill-effects of alcoholism and consumption of deadly tobacco products are very well evident in our society, citizens continue to reel under the menace of these silent killers....
 
By Rinchen Angmo Chumikchan
As winter is about to set in, scarcity fear of basic food items looms large
Friday, November 11, 2016 : As winter approaches, the difficulties that Ladakhis face are going to increase manifold. The problems are not only related to providing†safeguard†against the 'killing cold weather' but also about having accessibility to the basic requirements of life. Among these requirements, the most basic one is nutritious food to eat....
 
By Rinchen Angmo Chumikchan
Why Ladakh is of lesser importance to India?
LEH, Friday, October 14, 2016 :
A sense of alienation pervades the Ladakh region following the step- motherly treatment and non-fulfilment of promises by the Central government.

A simmering discontent is visible among the political class as well as the general people as they feel alienated from the developmental activities in the region. The people of Ladakh are starved, and nobody is ready to listen to their woes.

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By Rinchen Angmo Chumikchan
Over-dependence on migrant workers bad for Ladakh
LEH, Tuesday, September 20, 2016 :
The unending flow of migrants into Ladakh seems to be increasing. Migrant workers have been a part of Ladakhi workforce for many decades now. In the summer season, one can see hundreds of migrant workers on the streets of Leh.
It is believed that more than half of Ladakhís workforce now consists of migrant workers from other states. They build our homes, work in our fields and help us in our everyday chores. It wouldnít be wrong to say that they have become a part and parcel of our life. It seems that without them, we are helpless.

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By Rinchen Angmo Chumikchan
Parking crisis in Leh requires imaginative solutions
LEH, Tuesday, August 2, 2016 :

Due to the rapid growth of population and economy, there has been a significant rise in vehicular traffic that keeps roads busy in Ladakh in summer. As the vehicle population is on the rise with every passing day, lack of parking has become a major headache not only to the local people but to the district administration and civic body as well.

 

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By Rinchen Angmo Chumikchan