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Man on bicycle reaches Lahore from Khunjerav

Lahoris welcome cyclist Khawar Hussain

News Desk Mr. Khawar Hussain started his bicycle tour, dubbed Destination Pakistan, from Khunjerav and reached Lahore on Tuesday. Dozens of people welcomed Mr. Khawar, a resident of Faisalabad, in Lahore. The cyclist, who was set to continue his bicycle tour to Karachi from Lahore, told reporters that the reason for his Khunjerav-Karachi bicycle tour is to show the world ...

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The Italian Science and Cooperation at the Shadow of K2 enters second day

The Italian Science and Cooperation at the Shadow of K2

News Desk The event ‘The Italian Science and Cooperation at the Shadow of K2’ has entered its second day at the Pakistan National Council of Arts’ (PNCA’s) National Art Gallery, Islamabad. Hundreds of people attended inauguration of the event on Monday. Samina Baig, the first Pakistani woman to scale Mt. Everest, inaugurated the event. Reports say that the four-day long ...

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Diamer: Contractors receive multiple funding, stall development projects

A road in Chilas

Web Desk Contractors have left several development projects incomplete in Diamer district despite receiving multiple funding from the government of Gilgti-Baltistan (GB), reports said Monday. The district’s people complain that the government of GB has not taken any concrete action against the contractors.They had demanded independent inquiry into the matter multiple time, but in vain. According to sources, funds were ...

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AKYSB’s Josh Games 2013 kick starts in Gilgit

2013 Josh Games

News Desk The long-awaited Josh Games 2013 kicked off on Sunday at the Shah Karim hostel’s ground in Gilgit, reports said.  Prominent scholar Mr. Fida Ali lit the 2013 Josh Games torch to inaugurate the event, which has grown popular among the youth over the years since its inception by the Aga Khan Youth and Sports Board (AKYSB) in 2008. ...

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Women of Upper Hunza participate in trek to honor Samina Baig

Participants of the the hike while crossing Yazyupk glacier

By Elwina The women of Upper Hunza on Sunday paid tribute to the first Pakistani woman to scale Mt. Everest,  the Earth’s highest mountain, with a peak at 8,848 metres above sea level. A group of about 250 women- hailing from village Gulmit, Ghulkin, Hussaini and Passu- participated in a trek from village Gulmit to Borith through Ghulkin and back in ...

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Preparations for Rama Festival 2013 underway

Rama Festival, Astore Valley, GB

By Nazia Jabeen Rama festival 2013 is scheduled to be held from Sep. 10 to Sep. 12, 2013, in Astore valley, a prominent and picturesque tourism spot in Gilgit-Baltistan that has in the past been used as a passageway between the state of Jammu and Kashmir and chiefdom of Gilgit. Reports say that the Chief Secretary of Gilgit-Baltistan, Yunus Dhaga, ...

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Authorities arrest mastermind behind Nanga Parbat, Chilas attacks

Pakistani security forces Image: DAWN

Web Desk The mastermind behind the Chilas attack that left dead 10 foreign tourists and their Pakistani guide at the Nanga Parbat base camp has been arrested from Thak, Chilas, reports said. Authorities said the terrorist, Qaribullah aka Hasan,is also responsible for the murder of three security officers in Chilas. He is said to be a former commander of the Chilas ...

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Poor condition of Gilgit-Nomal road leaves travelers at risk

Damaged road Photo Credit: VOH

News Desk The road that connects Gilgit with Nomal has been heavily damaged and remains in bad condition, creating difficulty for the population of Nomal and surrounding areas. Dozens of landslides over the last couple of years has reportedly deteriorated the condition of the road. Besides, relevant authorities have not paid heed to the issue, adding to the concerns of ...

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Nawaz Sharif directs authorities to link Azad Kashmir with Gilgit-Baltistan via Neelum valley


By Didar Ali The Government of Pakistan and Government of Azad Jammu Kashmir have agreed to build a road between Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan to link with Karakorum Highway (KKH). Construction of Neelum Highway will ease travelling and reduce traffic burden on KKH, source said. On his recent visit to Neelum valley (AJK), PM Nawaz Sharif instructed authorities to conduct ...

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GBLA delegation meets President Zardari

CM GB Mehdi Shah

Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Minister, Syed Mehdi Shah, led some members of the Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly (GBLA) in a meeting with President, Asif Ali Zardari, in Islamabad on Monday. Reports say that besides the chief minister, the GBLA delegation consisted of Wazir Baig, Muhammad Jaffar, Musa, Muhammad Ali Akhtar, Ali Maddad Shah, Engr.  Ismail, Nasir Khan, Sheikh Nisar and Aftab Hayder. Mr. ...

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