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In a Man’s World, Gilgit’s First Female Judge Continues to Break Stereotypes

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AMAL HASHIM Whatever conservative conceptions you had of the province of Gilgit Baltistan should be removed by now because the region has managed to have its first female judge since 2006. And she is definitely someone you do not want to cross. Her court is one of the strictest in the region with everyone following the proper decorum at all ...

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PTCL, China Telecom Global ink MoU to establish new optical fiber network through GB

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HONG KONG: Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) and China Telecom Global (CTG) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which will make it possible for establishment of an optical fibre network that will run through many underserved areas of Gilgit-Baltistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Azad Kashmir. The MoU was signed by Mr. Sikandar Naqi, Chief Business Development Officer, PTCL and Mr. ...

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Working on Gender in the Hindu Kush Himalaya

Chhaya Vani Namchu leads a focus group discussion with women involved in groundnut cultivation at the Jalpaiguri Teesta floodplains in West Bengal, India [Photo Credit: The Mountain Institute, Sikkim]

By ChhayaVaniNamchu and MenakaHamal On the occasion of International Women’s Day, it is important to reflect on the importance of the inclusion of gender in academia. The goal of gender professionals is to ensure fair representation of marginalized groups in a variety of discourses – be it literature, science, history, or even current affairs and popular culture. A larger awareness ...

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Match not made in heaven: Lolly’s guardians growl at commoner’s proposal

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By Shabbir Mir GILGIT: The Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) wildlife department may have averted an exercise in futility. Although the parties involved may beg to differ. Lolly, a female snow leopard who has been in captivity in G-B for the past four years, was recently courted by another leopard from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P), officials said on Sunday. The proposal, however, was turned down by ...

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Ineluctability of Gilgit-Baltistan in CPEC

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By Babar Ali Bhatti Surrounded by Afghanistan and three nuclear power countries China, India and Pakistan, Gilgit-Baltistan’s strategic value does not need to be implied anymore The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is much more than just roads. Rather, it is a complete framework of energy, infrastructure, ports and industry related projects. It would connect Khunjrab to Gwadar, and China has ...

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Ex-G-B governor allegedly spent millions for transportation, stationery

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By Shabbir Mir GILGIT: The regional public accounts committee (PAC) has detected irregularities in the money spent by a former governor of Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B). The findings had been shared with members of the PAC chaired by Sikandar Ali on Friday. During the meeting, parliamentarians discussed audit paras for the year 2012-14. They noted that the then G-B governor Pir Karam Shah ...

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Gojal: Taghm festival celebrated in Gulmit

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GULMIT: Taghm festival was celebrated in village Gulmit of Gojal Valley today.The festival marks the start of the spring and farming season in the village. A large number of people, including the elderly and children, attended the colorful event, which is celebrated every year. The people of Gulmit in particular, and those of Gojal Valley in general, have perfectly preserved the ...

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Hafeez ur Rehman: ‘PCB will construct international level cricket stadium in Skardu’

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GILGIT: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will construct international level cricket stadium in Skardu, said Chief Minister Hafiz Hafeez-ur-Rehman on Saturday. The chief minister made the announcement at a briefing session arranged by the administration of Baltistan division. Mr. Hafeez further said that a cricket team of Gilgit-Baltistan will take part in the 2018 Pakistan Super League (PSL). The CM also directed the ...

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Human rights in GB: HRCP takes federal government to task

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Asma demands region’s integration into Pakistan, points out weaknesses in self-governance order ‘No separatists in GB, only movement to recognise their territory as part of Pakistan’ The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) on Friday launched a fact-finding report on Gilgit-Baltistan, recommending provisional constitutional status that will lead to a permanent provincial status to the region. Addressing the launching ceremony ...

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Five years on: Gilgit court sentences target killer to death

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GILGIT: An anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Gilgit handed the death penalty to a man who was involved in a murder which triggered large-scale sectarian violence in the region five years ago. ATC awarded death penalty to Hidayat Hussain while Imran Hussain was sentenced to 27 years jail. The judge also imposed a fine of Rs0.4 million on each of the convicts. ...

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