Gilgit Baltistan – Mountain TV http://mountaintv.net The local angle Fri, 20 Oct 2017 12:02:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.11 Brown bear attacks kill livestock in Ghizar http://mountaintv.net/brown-bear-attacks-kill-livestock-in-ghizar/ http://mountaintv.net/brown-bear-attacks-kill-livestock-in-ghizar/#respond Fri, 20 Oct 2017 12:02:18 +0000 http://mountaintv.net/?p=7966 7966Ghizar: Residents of a village of district Ghizar are on edge after some of their livestock have been attacked and killed by a brown bear. Livestock were killed and partially eaten after an attack by a brown bear appeared in the area. Forest and wildlife department Gilgit Baltistan has still not confirmed the reports of the bear attack. However, officials are been sent to the area for immediate measures to protect people and livestock from the wild animal. Earlier in February 2017, the Snow Leopard Foundation, Pakistan, has said that a family of Brown Bear has been sighted in Hundrap area of Phandar, located in Ghizer District of Gilgit Baltistan.]]> 7966Ghizar: Residents of a village of district Ghizar are on edge after some of their livestock have been attacked and killed by a brown bear. Livestock were killed and partially eaten after an attack by a brown bear appeared in the area. Forest and wildlife department Gilgit Baltistan has still not confirmed the reports of the bear attack. However, officials are been sent to the area for immediate measures to protect people and livestock from the wild animal. Earlier in February 2017, the Snow Leopard Foundation, Pakistan, has said that a family of Brown Bear has been sighted in Hundrap area of Phandar, located in Ghizer District of Gilgit Baltistan.]]> http://mountaintv.net/brown-bear-attacks-kill-livestock-in-ghizar/feed/ 0 World Tourism Day: Domestic tourism enhancing in Pakistan but without planning http://mountaintv.net/world-tourism-day-domestic-tourism-enhancing-in-pakistan-but-without-planning/ http://mountaintv.net/world-tourism-day-domestic-tourism-enhancing-in-pakistan-but-without-planning/#respond Sat, 30 Sep 2017 07:00:59 +0000 http://mountaintv.net/?p=7955 7955Islamabad, Pakistan: Disbanding of Federal Ministry of Tourism under 18th amendment caused an irreparable dent to the tourism industry of Pakistan because there is no focal body left to promote country at international tourism horizon. Domestic tourism is flourishing in Pakistan but without any proper planning and sustainability, resulting degradation of fragile lands in northern areas of Pakistan. Mega infrastructure development projects are underway in Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Kashmir for providing better connectivity among tourism destinations including long-awaited Gilgit-Skardu road. Domestic tourism attracts demands of accommodations and over one hundred motels are being built in Gilgit-Baltistan every year to cater increasing demands of domestic tourism. There is no focal tourism body in Pakistan that plans to attract foreign tourists to Pakistan after disbanding of former federal Ministry of Tourism and provinces are interested to get Mega infrastructure development projects are underway in Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Kashmir for providing better connectivity among tourism destinations including long-awaited Gilgit-Skardu road. Domestic tourism attracts demands of accommodations and over one hundred motels are being built in Gilgit-Baltistan every year to cater increasing demands of domestic tourism. There is no focal tourism body in Pakistan that plans to attract foreign tourists to Pakistan after disbanding of former federal Ministry of Tourism and provinces are interested to get Mega infrastructure development projects are underway in Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Kashmir for providing better connectivity among tourism destinations including long-awaited Gilgit-Skardu road. Domestic tourism attracts demands of accommodations and over one hundred motels are being built in Gilgit-Baltistan every year to cater increasing demands of domestic tourism. There is no focal tourism body in Pakistan that plans to attract foreign tourists to Pakistan after disbanding of former federal Ministry of Tourism and provinces are interested to get a share out of domestic tourism instead of working for attracting foreign exchange through tourism. Pakistan is the land of diversity and offers exceptional products to foreign tourists but attention is not paid to develop winter tourism. Pakistan is standing far behind comparing to other countries for providing four-season tourism and concentrate only on summer tourism and extreme tourism. These were observations of participants while speaking at a special show broadcast by state-run television Pakistan Television (PTV) in connection with World Tourism Day. One of the most popular talk show of PTV— Chotha Satoon hosted by Jawad Faizi invited Prime Minister of Azad Kashmir Raja Farooq Haider Khan, Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman, international mountaineer Mirza Ali Baig and tourism expert and former Consultant to Tourism for Government of Pakistan Agha Iqrar Haroon. There is no focal tourism body in Pakistan that plans to attract foreign tourists to Pakistan after disbanding of former federal Ministry of Tourism and provinces are interested to get a share out of domestic tourism instead of working for attracting foreign exchange through tourism. Pakistan is the land of diversity and offers exceptional products to foreign tourists but attention is not paid to develop winter tourism. Pakistan is standing far behind comparing to other countries for providing four-season tourism and concentrate only on summer tourism and extreme tourism. These were observations of participants while speaking at a special show broadcast by state-run television Pakistan Television (PTV) in connection with World Tourism Day. One of the most popular talk show of PTV— Chotha Satoon hosted by Jawad Faizi invited Prime Minister of Azad Kashmir Raja Farooq Haider Khan, Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman, international mountaineer Mirza Ali Baig and tourism expert and former Consultant to Tourism for Government of Pakistan Agha Iqrar Haroon. These were observations of participants while speaking at a special show broadcast by state-run television Pakistan Television (PTV) in connection with World Tourism Day. One of the most popular talk show of PTV— Chotha Satoon hosted by Jawad Faizi invited Prime Minister of Azad Kashmir Raja Farooq Haider Khan, Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman, international mountaineer Mirza Ali Baig and tourism expert and former Consultant to Tourism for Government of Pakistan Agha Iqrar Haroon. Prime Minister of Azad Kashmir Raja Farooq Haider Khan informed participants that Neelum Valley Tourism project is underway while Mangla Lake would also be made another tourism product in Azad Kashmir. He stated that target market for tourism development in Azad Kashmir includes foreign tourists as well as domestic tourists. He added that over 1.6 million domestic tourists visited Azad Kashmir during the summer season. Prime Minister of Azad Kashmir Raja Farooq Haider Khan was of the view that he is trying to develop mountain economy through developing tourism. He informed participants that his government is working on developing a “Tourism Corridor” stretching over 192 Km in Azad Kashmir. Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman informed participants that an all-weather Gilgit-Skardu Road is being built at an estimated cost of 35 billion Pakistani rupees while work is underway to enhance heavy traffic on Karakuram Highway with an estimated cost of Rs.100 billion. Prime Minister of Azad Kashmir Raja Farooq Haider Khan was of the view that he is trying to develop mountain economy through developing tourism. He informed participants that his government is working on developing a “Tourism Corridor” stretching over 192 Km in Azad Kashmir. Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman informed participants that an all-weather Gilgit-Skardu Road is being built at an estimated cost of 35 billion Pakistani rupees while work is underway to enhance heavy traffic on Karakuram Highway with an estimated cost of Rs.100 billion. Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman informed participants that an all-weather Gilgit-Skardu Road is being built at an estimated cost of 35 billion Pakistani rupees while work is underway to enhance heavy traffic on Karakuram Highway with an estimated cost of Rs.100 billion. He stated that over two million tourists visited Gilgit-Baltistan during the summer season. He accepted that solid waste management and deforestation are two sensitive issues of fragile lands of Gilgit-Baltistan as domestic tourism is increasing every year. He stated that disbanding of former Federal Ministry of Tourism had negative impact to sell Pakistan as a destination at international market and participation of Pakistan at international tourism forum has decreased since disbanding of former federal Ministry of Tourism under 18th amendment in Constitution of Pakistan. Participants appreciated the role of PTV, He stated that disbanding of former Federal Ministry of Tourism had negative impact to sell Pakistan as a destination at international market and participation of Pakistan at international tourism forum has decreased since disbanding of former federal Ministry of Tourism under 18th amendment in Constitution of Pakistan. Participants appreciated the role of PTV, particularly team of Chotha Satoon for promoting national tourism. Prime Minister of Azad Kashmir Raja Farooq Haider Khan said that Chotha Satoon team introduced remotest areas of Azad Kashmir through different shows and such promotion helped tourism industry of Azad Kashmir. Source: DND]]> 7955Islamabad, Pakistan: Disbanding of Federal Ministry of Tourism under 18th amendment caused an irreparable dent to the tourism industry of Pakistan because there is no focal body left to promote country at international tourism horizon. Domestic tourism is flourishing in Pakistan but without any proper planning and sustainability, resulting degradation of fragile lands in northern areas of Pakistan. Mega infrastructure development projects are underway in Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Kashmir for providing better connectivity among tourism destinations including long-awaited Gilgit-Skardu road. Domestic tourism attracts demands of accommodations and over one hundred motels are being built in Gilgit-Baltistan every year to cater increasing demands of domestic tourism. There is no focal tourism body in Pakistan that plans to attract foreign tourists to Pakistan after disbanding of former federal Ministry of Tourism and provinces are interested to get Mega infrastructure development projects are underway in Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Kashmir for providing better connectivity among tourism destinations including long-awaited Gilgit-Skardu road. Domestic tourism attracts demands of accommodations and over one hundred motels are being built in Gilgit-Baltistan every year to cater increasing demands of domestic tourism. There is no focal tourism body in Pakistan that plans to attract foreign tourists to Pakistan after disbanding of former federal Ministry of Tourism and provinces are interested to get Mega infrastructure development projects are underway in Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Kashmir for providing better connectivity among tourism destinations including long-awaited Gilgit-Skardu road. Domestic tourism attracts demands of accommodations and over one hundred motels are being built in Gilgit-Baltistan every year to cater increasing demands of domestic tourism. There is no focal tourism body in Pakistan that plans to attract foreign tourists to Pakistan after disbanding of former federal Ministry of Tourism and provinces are interested to get a share out of domestic tourism instead of working for attracting foreign exchange through tourism. Pakistan is the land of diversity and offers exceptional products to foreign tourists but attention is not paid to develop winter tourism. Pakistan is standing far behind comparing to other countries for providing four-season tourism and concentrate only on summer tourism and extreme tourism. These were observations of participants while speaking at a special show broadcast by state-run television Pakistan Television (PTV) in connection with World Tourism Day. One of the most popular talk show of PTV— Chotha Satoon hosted by Jawad Faizi invited Prime Minister of Azad Kashmir Raja Farooq Haider Khan, Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman, international mountaineer Mirza Ali Baig and tourism expert and former Consultant to Tourism for Government of Pakistan Agha Iqrar Haroon. There is no focal tourism body in Pakistan that plans to attract foreign tourists to Pakistan after disbanding of former federal Ministry of Tourism and provinces are interested to get a share out of domestic tourism instead of working for attracting foreign exchange through tourism. Pakistan is the land of diversity and offers exceptional products to foreign tourists but attention is not paid to develop winter tourism. Pakistan is standing far behind comparing to other countries for providing four-season tourism and concentrate only on summer tourism and extreme tourism. These were observations of participants while speaking at a special show broadcast by state-run television Pakistan Television (PTV) in connection with World Tourism Day. One of the most popular talk show of PTV— Chotha Satoon hosted by Jawad Faizi invited Prime Minister of Azad Kashmir Raja Farooq Haider Khan, Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman, international mountaineer Mirza Ali Baig and tourism expert and former Consultant to Tourism for Government of Pakistan Agha Iqrar Haroon. These were observations of participants while speaking at a special show broadcast by state-run television Pakistan Television (PTV) in connection with World Tourism Day. One of the most popular talk show of PTV— Chotha Satoon hosted by Jawad Faizi invited Prime Minister of Azad Kashmir Raja Farooq Haider Khan, Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman, international mountaineer Mirza Ali Baig and tourism expert and former Consultant to Tourism for Government of Pakistan Agha Iqrar Haroon. Prime Minister of Azad Kashmir Raja Farooq Haider Khan informed participants that Neelum Valley Tourism project is underway while Mangla Lake would also be made another tourism product in Azad Kashmir. He stated that target market for tourism development in Azad Kashmir includes foreign tourists as well as domestic tourists. He added that over 1.6 million domestic tourists visited Azad Kashmir during the summer season. Prime Minister of Azad Kashmir Raja Farooq Haider Khan was of the view that he is trying to develop mountain economy through developing tourism. He informed participants that his government is working on developing a “Tourism Corridor” stretching over 192 Km in Azad Kashmir. Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman informed participants that an all-weather Gilgit-Skardu Road is being built at an estimated cost of 35 billion Pakistani rupees while work is underway to enhance heavy traffic on Karakuram Highway with an estimated cost of Rs.100 billion. Prime Minister of Azad Kashmir Raja Farooq Haider Khan was of the view that he is trying to develop mountain economy through developing tourism. He informed participants that his government is working on developing a “Tourism Corridor” stretching over 192 Km in Azad Kashmir. Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman informed participants that an all-weather Gilgit-Skardu Road is being built at an estimated cost of 35 billion Pakistani rupees while work is underway to enhance heavy traffic on Karakuram Highway with an estimated cost of Rs.100 billion. Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman informed participants that an all-weather Gilgit-Skardu Road is being built at an estimated cost of 35 billion Pakistani rupees while work is underway to enhance heavy traffic on Karakuram Highway with an estimated cost of Rs.100 billion. He stated that over two million tourists visited Gilgit-Baltistan during the summer season. He accepted that solid waste management and deforestation are two sensitive issues of fragile lands of Gilgit-Baltistan as domestic tourism is increasing every year. He stated that disbanding of former Federal Ministry of Tourism had negative impact to sell Pakistan as a destination at international market and participation of Pakistan at international tourism forum has decreased since disbanding of former federal Ministry of Tourism under 18th amendment in Constitution of Pakistan. Participants appreciated the role of PTV, He stated that disbanding of former Federal Ministry of Tourism had negative impact to sell Pakistan as a destination at international market and participation of Pakistan at international tourism forum has decreased since disbanding of former federal Ministry of Tourism under 18th amendment in Constitution of Pakistan. Participants appreciated the role of PTV, particularly team of Chotha Satoon for promoting national tourism. Prime Minister of Azad Kashmir Raja Farooq Haider Khan said that Chotha Satoon team introduced remotest areas of Azad Kashmir through different shows and such promotion helped tourism industry of Azad Kashmir. Source: DND]]> http://mountaintv.net/world-tourism-day-domestic-tourism-enhancing-in-pakistan-but-without-planning/feed/ 0 URBAN FORESTRY CAMPAIGN INAUGURATED IN CHITRAL BY ADC http://mountaintv.net/urban-forestry-campaign-inaugurated-in-chitral-by-adc/ http://mountaintv.net/urban-forestry-campaign-inaugurated-in-chitral-by-adc/#respond Wed, 27 Sep 2017 19:58:34 +0000 http://mountaintv.net/?p=7952 7952Chitral(PR): Additional Deputy Commissioner Chitral, Mr. Minhas Uddin inaugurated the Urban Forestry campaign 2017 by planting a pine tree at DC Osama Shaheed Park Chitral Today. The event organized by R&D Directorate of KP Forest Department. The Officer of Line Departments, NGOs and people from Civil Societies were also participated. Talking on the occasion, the Additional Deputy Commissioner Chitral said urban forestry is the only solution of the environmental pollution  “The tree plantation plays an important role for eliminating environmental pollution, therefore, people should plant maximum trees during the campaign,” he added. He said that trees will not only enhance natural beauty of the Chitral Town but also provide a clean environment to the people of the town. He further said that under urban forestry more plants need to be planted in DC Osama Shaheed Park Chitral beside other government buildings. Mr. Zahid Ahmad Research Officer- R&D Directorate   said that KP Forest Department under R&D Directorate has initiated urban forestry promotion campaigns in the province and under this campaign plantation will be carried out in public places in the cities and towns and R&D Directorate will facilitate people in provision of free plants and technical inputs.   Mr. Ajaz Ahmad NTFP KP Forest department Chitral said Chitral Town is an ideal location for the promotion of urban forestry, the rapid urbanization in chitral town causing many environmental issues and urban forestry is the need of the day, we can promote urban forestry for greenery as well has to improve the health of urban environment. Urban forestry needs collective approach where we need the support of all stakeholders. He further added. While talking on tree planting, Mr. Khaliq ul Zaman, District Shahi Khatib Chitral said the existence of many hadiths that encourage the greening and afforesting of the environment clearly reflects the Holy Prophet’s concern about the Nature conservation “If a Muslim plants a tree or grow grains and a bird, a person or an animal eats from it will be counted as a charity for him.” He further narrated a Hadiths e mubarika. At the end the participants planted plants in the vicinity of DC Osama Shaheed Park Chitral.]]> 7952Chitral(PR): Additional Deputy Commissioner Chitral, Mr. Minhas Uddin inaugurated the Urban Forestry campaign 2017 by planting a pine tree at DC Osama Shaheed Park Chitral Today. The event organized by R&D Directorate of KP Forest Department. The Officer of Line Departments, NGOs and people from Civil Societies were also participated. Talking on the occasion, the Additional Deputy Commissioner Chitral said urban forestry is the only solution of the environmental pollution  “The tree plantation plays an important role for eliminating environmental pollution, therefore, people should plant maximum trees during the campaign,” he added. He said that trees will not only enhance natural beauty of the Chitral Town but also provide a clean environment to the people of the town. He further said that under urban forestry more plants need to be planted in DC Osama Shaheed Park Chitral beside other government buildings. Mr. Zahid Ahmad Research Officer- R&D Directorate   said that KP Forest Department under R&D Directorate has initiated urban forestry promotion campaigns in the province and under this campaign plantation will be carried out in public places in the cities and towns and R&D Directorate will facilitate people in provision of free plants and technical inputs.   Mr. Ajaz Ahmad NTFP KP Forest department Chitral said Chitral Town is an ideal location for the promotion of urban forestry, the rapid urbanization in chitral town causing many environmental issues and urban forestry is the need of the day, we can promote urban forestry for greenery as well has to improve the health of urban environment. Urban forestry needs collective approach where we need the support of all stakeholders. He further added. While talking on tree planting, Mr. Khaliq ul Zaman, District Shahi Khatib Chitral said the existence of many hadiths that encourage the greening and afforesting of the environment clearly reflects the Holy Prophet’s concern about the Nature conservation “If a Muslim plants a tree or grow grains and a bird, a person or an animal eats from it will be counted as a charity for him.” He further narrated a Hadiths e mubarika. At the end the participants planted plants in the vicinity of DC Osama Shaheed Park Chitral.]]> http://mountaintv.net/urban-forestry-campaign-inaugurated-in-chitral-by-adc/feed/ 0 Gilgit’s British cemetery: a local monument to the Great Game http://mountaintv.net/gilgits-british-cemetery-a-local-monument-to-the-great-game/ Wed, 06 Sep 2017 06:36:44 +0000 http://mountaintv.net/?p=7947 7947Shabbir Mir GILGIT: Sitting under the shade of trees, Ghulam Ali stares at the graves around him. These are, perhaps, his last days working as the caretaker of this old graveyard and although he has already retired from the job, he continues to work here as a volunteer till the government appoints his replacement. There are at least 18 graves in what is now called the British cemetery. Situated in the heart of Gilgit city — the capital of mountainous Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) which featured prominently in the historical narrative of the imperialist Great Game — the significance of this final resting place of British military personnel, foreign explorers, trekkers and mountaineers who lost their lives thousands of miles away from home is lost on many of the locals. “Every year, only foreigners visit to pay homage to the services of the brave men ,” says Ali. The 62-year-old caretaker has pottered between the old tombstones for nearly two decades and wants the job to go to his eldest son. “Naturally I’ve developed an emotional attachment to the graves which belong to some of the greatest men of all times,” he says. G.W. Hayward, a famous 19th century explorer, was the first person to be buried here — on July 18, 1870. As the story goes, Hayward was murdered by a local man in the Darkut valley of Ghizer, a district of GB. The information about all but the final years of Hayward’s life is hard to come by, but his explorations and gruesome end in Asia, connected to the politics of the Great Game, eventually earned him a degree of fame. “I don’t know much about Hayward but I have noticed that his grave is the centre of attention whenever foreigners visit here,” he says of Hayward, whose portrait still hangs in the hallowed halls of the Royal Geogra­phic Society in London, an honour only a few share. Back in the 19th century, the Society’s gold medal was the highest honour an explorer could receive. “They take selfies and photographs with the gravestone.” Recalling such an incident, Ali says a few years ago a young man visiting the cemetery had burst into tears on seeing Hayward’s grave. He wept for an hour sitting next to it, he says. “It was a really sad moment... I couldn’t help but shed tears as well.” The account of Hayward’s murder has been covered in great detail in Peter Hopkirk’s book The Great Game. The period of Hayward’s arrival in the region is said to coincide with the height of imperial expansion by the two competing empires of Russia and Britain. It is when Russia, which had hitherto confined itself to the north, began expanding towards the south when the space between the areas occupied by the two empires began shrinking rapidly. It is during this time that clandestine agents and explorers were sent to this unknown area of the world full of ‘lawless’ tribes and ‘murderous despotic’ rulers, amid some of the most formidable and challenging terrains on earth. “The cemetery is a historic place with a wealth of knowledge, but strangely it is not an attraction for locals,” says Sherbaz Ali Barcha, a well-known historian from Gilgit. Barcha believes that the government should accord the cemetery due attention and promote it as a possible tourist spot. The cemetery was last renovated in 2002 with financial support from the UK and the GB governments. They had funded the construction of pathways, gravestones and a boundary wall for its protection. Published in Dawn, September 6th, 2017]]> 7947Shabbir Mir GILGIT: Sitting under the shade of trees, Ghulam Ali stares at the graves around him. These are, perhaps, his last days working as the caretaker of this old graveyard and although he has already retired from the job, he continues to work here as a volunteer till the government appoints his replacement. There are at least 18 graves in what is now called the British cemetery. Situated in the heart of Gilgit city — the capital of mountainous Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) which featured prominently in the historical narrative of the imperialist Great Game — the significance of this final resting place of British military personnel, foreign explorers, trekkers and mountaineers who lost their lives thousands of miles away from home is lost on many of the locals. “Every year, only foreigners visit to pay homage to the services of the brave men ,” says Ali. The 62-year-old caretaker has pottered between the old tombstones for nearly two decades and wants the job to go to his eldest son. “Naturally I’ve developed an emotional attachment to the graves which belong to some of the greatest men of all times,” he says. G.W. Hayward, a famous 19th century explorer, was the first person to be buried here — on July 18, 1870. As the story goes, Hayward was murdered by a local man in the Darkut valley of Ghizer, a district of GB. The information about all but the final years of Hayward’s life is hard to come by, but his explorations and gruesome end in Asia, connected to the politics of the Great Game, eventually earned him a degree of fame. “I don’t know much about Hayward but I have noticed that his grave is the centre of attention whenever foreigners visit here,” he says of Hayward, whose portrait still hangs in the hallowed halls of the Royal Geogra­phic Society in London, an honour only a few share. Back in the 19th century, the Society’s gold medal was the highest honour an explorer could receive. “They take selfies and photographs with the gravestone.” Recalling such an incident, Ali says a few years ago a young man visiting the cemetery had burst into tears on seeing Hayward’s grave. He wept for an hour sitting next to it, he says. “It was a really sad moment... I couldn’t help but shed tears as well.” The account of Hayward’s murder has been covered in great detail in Peter Hopkirk’s book The Great Game. The period of Hayward’s arrival in the region is said to coincide with the height of imperial expansion by the two competing empires of Russia and Britain. It is when Russia, which had hitherto confined itself to the north, began expanding towards the south when the space between the areas occupied by the two empires began shrinking rapidly. It is during this time that clandestine agents and explorers were sent to this unknown area of the world full of ‘lawless’ tribes and ‘murderous despotic’ rulers, amid some of the most formidable and challenging terrains on earth. “The cemetery is a historic place with a wealth of knowledge, but strangely it is not an attraction for locals,” says Sherbaz Ali Barcha, a well-known historian from Gilgit. Barcha believes that the government should accord the cemetery due attention and promote it as a possible tourist spot. The cemetery was last renovated in 2002 with financial support from the UK and the GB governments. They had funded the construction of pathways, gravestones and a boundary wall for its protection. Published in Dawn, September 6th, 2017]]> Telenor Pakistan Set to Galvanize Agricultural Growth in Gilgit Baltistan via Digital Innovation http://mountaintv.net/telenor-pakistan-set-to-galvanize-agricultural-growth-in-gilgit-baltistan-via-digital-innovation/ Wed, 30 Aug 2017 02:51:04 +0000 http://mountaintv.net/?p=7942 7942PRESS RELEASE Expanding its digital footprint to the far-flung and underserved areas of the country, Pakistan’s premier telecom and digital services provider, Telenor Pakistan has launched its mobile agriculture advisory service ‘Khushaal Zamindaar’ in Gilgit – Baltistan. Launched in collaboration with Market Development Facility (MDF), the innovative service will provide localized and customized advisory services to facilitate local farmers in increasing their agricultural yield. Telenor Pakistan Set to Galvanize Agricultural Growth in Gilgit Baltistan via Digital Innovation. The high-spirited launch event was held in a local hotel in the provincial capital, Gilgit. The honorable guests include MDF, members from Agha Khan Rural Support Program (AKRSP), Japan Inter Cooperation Agency (JICA), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), media persons, community leaders, female farmers of Gilgit and Telenor Pakistan officials. Telenor Pakistan Set to Galvanize Agricultural Growth in Gilgit Baltistan via Digital Innovation ‘Khushaal Zamindaar’ is Telenor Pakistan’s innovative and industry-first initiative, initially launched in Punjab to help small scale farmers into adopting modern and best practices in agriculture.  It provides localized, contextualized and customized information including weather forecasts, timely agronomic & livestock advisory through SMS and robo calls to help increase crop yield,  reduce post-harvest losses, safeguard nutrition and better manage adverse climatic effects and natural resources. Currently, more than 04 million small scale farmers subscribe to this free of cost service covering a range of cash crops, fruits and vegetables, fodders and livestock and 20 percent of them are women farmers. The mobile agriculture service in Gilgit – Baltistan will provide location based weather forecast and information about value chains like Apricots, apple, potato and other crops cultivated in the region. The service shall also benefit the farmers who rear livestock, potentially transforming the domestic use to commercial benefits in the long run. Speaking at the event, Head of Mobile Agriculture, Telenor Pakistan, Habib Saqib said: “Telenor Pakistan is bringing its innovative mobile agriculture solution to Gilgit – Baltistan to supplement the socio – economic progress of the region. Khushaal Zamindaar will enable and empower the local farmers to make calculated and informed decisions to increase their agricultural yield. They will also be able to adopt best practices used around the world to get better yields in terms of quality and quantity. The initiative comes in line with Telenor Pakistan’s commitment to empower the societies and we believe that true empowerment comes with financial liberty. We will continue to contribute to the socio – economic progress and wellbeing of the region.” Sharing his thoughts, Osman Anwar, Coordinator Pakistan Country Team, MDF said: “Telenor’s 7272 service is very relevant for smallholder farmers in Gilgit-Baltistan. The MDF would like to congratulate Telenor for launching a service which has been designed by including feedback from a multitude of farmers. Weather alerts, forecasts and crop advisory are core to a successful farming system particularly in Gilgit-Baltistan where providing physical extension is difficult in hard to reach valleys and accurate weather information is seldom available. We hope that Telenor builds on the exciting suite of services and continues to add value in the lives of smallholder farmers by providing practical solutions to problems around information, market access and credit.”]]> 7942PRESS RELEASE Expanding its digital footprint to the far-flung and underserved areas of the country, Pakistan’s premier telecom and digital services provider, Telenor Pakistan has launched its mobile agriculture advisory service ‘Khushaal Zamindaar’ in Gilgit – Baltistan. Launched in collaboration with Market Development Facility (MDF), the innovative service will provide localized and customized advisory services to facilitate local farmers in increasing their agricultural yield. Telenor Pakistan Set to Galvanize Agricultural Growth in Gilgit Baltistan via Digital Innovation. The high-spirited launch event was held in a local hotel in the provincial capital, Gilgit. The honorable guests include MDF, members from Agha Khan Rural Support Program (AKRSP), Japan Inter Cooperation Agency (JICA), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), media persons, community leaders, female farmers of Gilgit and Telenor Pakistan officials. Telenor Pakistan Set to Galvanize Agricultural Growth in Gilgit Baltistan via Digital Innovation ‘Khushaal Zamindaar’ is Telenor Pakistan’s innovative and industry-first initiative, initially launched in Punjab to help small scale farmers into adopting modern and best practices in agriculture.  It provides localized, contextualized and customized information including weather forecasts, timely agronomic & livestock advisory through SMS and robo calls to help increase crop yield,  reduce post-harvest losses, safeguard nutrition and better manage adverse climatic effects and natural resources. Currently, more than 04 million small scale farmers subscribe to this free of cost service covering a range of cash crops, fruits and vegetables, fodders and livestock and 20 percent of them are women farmers. The mobile agriculture service in Gilgit – Baltistan will provide location based weather forecast and information about value chains like Apricots, apple, potato and other crops cultivated in the region. The service shall also benefit the farmers who rear livestock, potentially transforming the domestic use to commercial benefits in the long run. Speaking at the event, Head of Mobile Agriculture, Telenor Pakistan, Habib Saqib said: “Telenor Pakistan is bringing its innovative mobile agriculture solution to Gilgit – Baltistan to supplement the socio – economic progress of the region. Khushaal Zamindaar will enable and empower the local farmers to make calculated and informed decisions to increase their agricultural yield. They will also be able to adopt best practices used around the world to get better yields in terms of quality and quantity. The initiative comes in line with Telenor Pakistan’s commitment to empower the societies and we believe that true empowerment comes with financial liberty. We will continue to contribute to the socio – economic progress and wellbeing of the region.” Sharing his thoughts, Osman Anwar, Coordinator Pakistan Country Team, MDF said: “Telenor’s 7272 service is very relevant for smallholder farmers in Gilgit-Baltistan. The MDF would like to congratulate Telenor for launching a service which has been designed by including feedback from a multitude of farmers. Weather alerts, forecasts and crop advisory are core to a successful farming system particularly in Gilgit-Baltistan where providing physical extension is difficult in hard to reach valleys and accurate weather information is seldom available. We hope that Telenor builds on the exciting suite of services and continues to add value in the lives of smallholder farmers by providing practical solutions to problems around information, market access and credit.”]]> Mamnoon: ‘Govt attaches great importance to socio-economic uplift of Gilgit-Baltistan’ http://mountaintv.net/mamnoon-govt-attaches-great-importance-to-socio-economic-uplift-of-gilgit-baltistan/ Fri, 25 Aug 2017 03:38:15 +0000 http://mountaintv.net/?p=7939 7939GILGIT: President Mamnoon Hussain on Thursday said that the government attached great importance to the development and socio- economic uplift of Gilgit-Baltistan. The President said this while talking to Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan Hafiz Hafiz-ur-Rehman and the cabinet members of Gilgit-Baltistan who called on him here on Thursday. The president said that early and timely implementation of the projects under CPEC was top priority of the government, adding that these projects would stimulate the economic growth of entire country, especially this region. The President appreciated the remarkable work done by the Government of Gilgit-Baltistan in the education, health and infrastructure development sectors. He also assured his complete and all out support in this regard. The President pointed out that although more than a million tourists visited Gilgit-Baltistan this year, there was a need to attract more foreign tourists. He also lauded the efforts of the Government of Gilgit-Baltistan to maintain law order which was a key to the development of tourism sector in GB. He underscored that the events like recently held Jeep Rally in Skardu would further boost tourism in the region and such events should be held on regular basis. On the occasion, Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan and the ministers apprised the President regarding the status of ongoing development projects in the region. Earlier, the President arrived here Thursday on a four-day visit, where he would also attend the convocation of the Karakoram International University and also inaugurate Hunza campus of Karakoram University. The President was warmly received by Governor Gilgit Baltistan Mir Ghazanfar Ali Khan and Chief Minister Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman at the Gilgit airport. Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2017]]> 7939GILGIT: President Mamnoon Hussain on Thursday said that the government attached great importance to the development and socio- economic uplift of Gilgit-Baltistan. The President said this while talking to Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan Hafiz Hafiz-ur-Rehman and the cabinet members of Gilgit-Baltistan who called on him here on Thursday. The president said that early and timely implementation of the projects under CPEC was top priority of the government, adding that these projects would stimulate the economic growth of entire country, especially this region. The President appreciated the remarkable work done by the Government of Gilgit-Baltistan in the education, health and infrastructure development sectors. He also assured his complete and all out support in this regard. The President pointed out that although more than a million tourists visited Gilgit-Baltistan this year, there was a need to attract more foreign tourists. He also lauded the efforts of the Government of Gilgit-Baltistan to maintain law order which was a key to the development of tourism sector in GB. He underscored that the events like recently held Jeep Rally in Skardu would further boost tourism in the region and such events should be held on regular basis. On the occasion, Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan and the ministers apprised the President regarding the status of ongoing development projects in the region. Earlier, the President arrived here Thursday on a four-day visit, where he would also attend the convocation of the Karakoram International University and also inaugurate Hunza campus of Karakoram University. The President was warmly received by Governor Gilgit Baltistan Mir Ghazanfar Ali Khan and Chief Minister Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman at the Gilgit airport. Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2017]]> Earthquake of 4.7 magnitude jolts Gilgit http://mountaintv.net/earthquake-of-4-7-magnitude-jolts-gilgit/ Thu, 24 Aug 2017 02:38:12 +0000 http://mountaintv.net/?p=7937 7937GILGIT  - An earthquake of 4.7 magnitudes shook Gilgit and its adjoining areas at 3 AM on Thursday. People panicked in the wee hours came out of their homes and started reciting verses from the Holy Quran. Meanwhile, no casualties and any damage to property were reported. The National Seismic Monitoring Centre said the epicenter of the earthquake was located 35 kilometres southwest of Skardu and was 15 kilometres deep.]]> 7937GILGIT  - An earthquake of 4.7 magnitudes shook Gilgit and its adjoining areas at 3 AM on Thursday. People panicked in the wee hours came out of their homes and started reciting verses from the Holy Quran. Meanwhile, no casualties and any damage to property were reported. The National Seismic Monitoring Centre said the epicenter of the earthquake was located 35 kilometres southwest of Skardu and was 15 kilometres deep.]]> Sarfa Ranga Desert Car Rally to kick off in Skardu on Aug. 17 http://mountaintv.net/sarfa-ranga-desert-car-rally-to-kick-off-in-skardu-on-aug-17/ Sat, 12 Aug 2017 04:02:04 +0000 http://mountaintv.net/?p=7932 7932SKARDU: Three days long Sarfa Ranga Desert Car Rally will start on Aug. 17 in Skardu. Spectators of the mega event will also witness a polo tournament and a boating competition in Indus River.  Local artists will also perform the local, cultural dance and entertain the audience with music at the event. In a meeting chaired by Commissioner Baltistan Division, Asim Ayub finalized the management for the successful completion of this mega event. Reports indicate that more than 100 participants will take part in the Sarfa Ranga Desert Car Rally.]]> 7932SKARDU: Three days long Sarfa Ranga Desert Car Rally will start on Aug. 17 in Skardu. Spectators of the mega event will also witness a polo tournament and a boating competition in Indus River.  Local artists will also perform the local, cultural dance and entertain the audience with music at the event. In a meeting chaired by Commissioner Baltistan Division, Asim Ayub finalized the management for the successful completion of this mega event. Reports indicate that more than 100 participants will take part in the Sarfa Ranga Desert Car Rally.]]> Gilgit-Baltistan CM pays tribute to Dr. Ruth Pfau http://mountaintv.net/gilgit-baltistan-cm-pays-tribute-to-dr-ruth-pfau/ Sat, 12 Aug 2017 03:54:36 +0000 http://mountaintv.net/?p=7928 7928GILGIT: Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan Hafiz Hafeez-Ur Rehman paid a tribute to Dr. Ruth Pfau, who died at age 87, for her meritorious service to eradicate leprosy from Gilgit-Baltistan. Hafiz Hafeez-Ur-Rehman paid a visit to the Leprosy Center in Gilgit on Friday. He announced to upgrade Gilgit Leprosy Center to a 10 beds hospital and named after Dr Ruth Pfau. He directed appointment of a specialist doctor and medical officer in the center and condoled the death of Dr. Ruth Pfau, besides expressing sympathies with Leprosy Center staff. German-born nun Ruth Pfau, who devoted her life to eradicating leprosy in Pakistan, died on Thursday in the southern city of Karachi. Widely known as Pakistan's Mother Teresa, Pfau was eulogized by the prime minister and army chief for her contributions towards freeing the country of a contagious disease that can cause disfigurement.]]> 7928GILGIT: Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan Hafiz Hafeez-Ur Rehman paid a tribute to Dr. Ruth Pfau, who died at age 87, for her meritorious service to eradicate leprosy from Gilgit-Baltistan. Hafiz Hafeez-Ur-Rehman paid a visit to the Leprosy Center in Gilgit on Friday. He announced to upgrade Gilgit Leprosy Center to a 10 beds hospital and named after Dr Ruth Pfau. He directed appointment of a specialist doctor and medical officer in the center and condoled the death of Dr. Ruth Pfau, besides expressing sympathies with Leprosy Center staff. German-born nun Ruth Pfau, who devoted her life to eradicating leprosy in Pakistan, died on Thursday in the southern city of Karachi. Widely known as Pakistan's Mother Teresa, Pfau was eulogized by the prime minister and army chief for her contributions towards freeing the country of a contagious disease that can cause disfigurement.]]> Approval for reconstruction of Raikot-Thakot section http://mountaintv.net/approval-for-reconstruction-of-raikot-thakot-section/ Wed, 09 Aug 2017 04:19:25 +0000 http://mountaintv.net/?p=7924 7924The federal government approved the reconstruction of raikot-thakot section of the karakoram highway under China-Pakistan economic corridor (CPEC). Official sources told Radio Pakistan that within three years 280 km long road will be built at the cost of more than Rs. 8 billion. After its completion it will boost trade and economic activities in Gilgit-Baltistan and Hazara Division. Source: The Nation]]> 7924The federal government approved the reconstruction of raikot-thakot section of the karakoram highway under China-Pakistan economic corridor (CPEC). Official sources told Radio Pakistan that within three years 280 km long road will be built at the cost of more than Rs. 8 billion. After its completion it will boost trade and economic activities in Gilgit-Baltistan and Hazara Division. Source: The Nation]]>