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Youngsters breathe new life into Gilgit-Baltistan folk styles


By Shabbir Mir GILGIT: Traditional music and poetry in Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) has been dying a slow death in recent years. However, renewed interest from locals and educated youth has seen reins of the ‘dying art’ taken up again. The shift from traditional singers to educated youth has come during the past decade when sectarian extremism squeezed out the traditional singers. The ...

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PM to visit Gilgit, weather permitting

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is scheduled to visit Gilgit today (Monday) just days after some ‘RAW-linked’ suspects were arrested in an attempt to counter a negative campaign against the mega project. The visit is subject to weather conditions. Bad weather in the area has largely disrupted flight operations between Gilgit and Islamabad, officials said. If poor weather conditions prevented the ...

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Landslide blocks KKH in Kohistan

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A heavy landslide has blocked the Karakorum Highway (KKH) between Rawalpindi and Gilgit, reports said. The highway has been suspended for all types of traffic until the road is cleared. According to the Frontier Works Organization (FWO), the landslide occured at Loter Nallah in Kohistan on Friday night. Meanwhile the FWO is busy clearing the road, so traffic can resume. ...

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G-B Health dept: ‘NAB to probe appointments scam’

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APP ASTORE: The corruption watchdog will probe dubious appointments in the Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) health department during the tenure of the previous government. “National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has initiated inquiry into appointments made in health department between 2010 and 2014,” G-B Parliamentary Secretary for Health Barkat Jameel said on Friday. He said that salaries of employees named in NAB cases have also ...

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Arms trafficking: Five held as large caches of guns, ammo seized

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By Shabir Mir GILGIT: Police Thursday arrested five men and seized large caches of arms and ammunition in two separate raids in Gilgit-Baltistan, thwarting possible terrorist activities in the mountainous region. About 100 firearms and large amounts of ammunition were confiscated during the operations conducted in Chilas Town late on Wednesday and in Gilgit on Thursday. The seizures come a month ...

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Punjab, Gilgit-Baltistan fusion festival kicks off in Lahore


LAHORE: Punjab, Gilgit-Baltistan Fusion Festival-2017 is set for kick off in Lahore today. The three-day long first ever of its kind, featuring music, crafts and cuisines from Punjab and Gilgit-Baltistan is being held at Alhamra Arts Council, The Mall and Greater Iqbal Park from today (Thursday) and will continue till Saturday. This was announced by the Chairman Board of Governors ...

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For gilgit-baltistan: SECP launches company regularisation scheme


KARACHI: The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) has launched the Companies Regularisation Scheme (CRS) for the firms registered in Gilgit-Baltistan to enable them to file overdue returns on payment of normal fee as prescribed under sixth schedule of the Companies Ordinance 1984. “The purpose of the scheme is to give relief to the companies registered in Gilgit-Baltistan, which were ...

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GB government to establish 350 million rupees endowment fund to assist needy students

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GILGIT: The Gilgit-Baltistan government will provide financial assistance to the poor and needy students under educational uplift endowment fund scheme. Official sources said the fund set-up by the directives of Chief Mister Gilgit-Baltistan Hafiz Hafeez-ur-Rehman will facilitate the students. An amount of three hundred and fifty million rupees allocated for the endowment fund will be spent to provide books, bags, ...

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Loyalty unrewarded: PTI appoints Raja Jalal new G-B head

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GILGIT: Pakistan Tehreek-e Insaf (PTI) has announced new office bearers for their Gilgit-Baltistan chapter, with Raja Jalal installed as the new president. According to a notification issued by PTI Secretary General Jahangir Tareen, Raja will be the regional president, with Shah Nasir supporting him as the vice president while Fatehullah will be the regional general secretary. The decision has left the ...

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Stranded snow leopard rescued in Naltar


GILGIT: Five men trekked four several hours through heavy snow in Gilgit-Baltistan’s (G-B) Naltar valley to rescue a captive snow leopard, officials and rescuers said on Saturday. The leopard, who has been in the custody of wildlife conservationists ever since it was a cub who had gotten separated from its mother nearly three years ago, had recently been shifted from Dhee ...

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