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Two suspects held in G-B for illegal ibex hunt

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By Shabbir Mir GILGIT: The Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) police have arrested two locals for illegally shooting an ibex. The incident took place in the Gulmit area of Hunza Valley, about 120 kilometres from Gilgit, the capital of G-B. Suspects Amin Khan and Riaz Karim – both residents of Hunza Valley – shot the ibex on Saturday, a member of a conservation committee ...

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SECP to accelerate efforts for the promotion of investments in GB

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ISLAMABAD –  Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) Chairman Zafar Hijazi has instructed his team to prepare a comprehensive plan in the shortest possible time for the promotion of investment activities in Gilgit Baltistan. He was talking to a delegation from Karakoram Cooperative Bank Ltd (KCBL), headed by Iqbal Hassan, who is also the Minister for Planning and Development ...

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Heavy snow: G-B govt still assessing damages

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GILGIT: After Gilgit-Baltistan was blanketed by heavy snow with avalanches and landslides reported in many areas, the government said they were still assessing the extent of the damage. However, most roads had been cleared while power had been restored. “All link roads have been cleared of snow while electricity has been restored in the affected areas,” said the Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) Minister ...

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Governor signs Levies Force Act 2016 making Levies part of regular force in GB

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GILGIT:  Governor Gilgit-Baltistan Ghazanfar Ali Khan has signed the ordinance of Levies force act 2016, making Levis part of the regular force of GB. According to the ordinance, the force will now operate under the GB home department. The Levies force will now render services alongside other law enforcement agencies to maintain law and order on need basis in the region. ...

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Car accident: Search underway to recover bodies of remaining victims

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GILGIT / KOHISTAN: A search operation is underway for the recovery of the bodies of the six people people who lost their lives in a car accident in Kohistan on Thursday. The bodies of two women have been recovered. Six people, including five members of a family, were killed after their car plunged into a river in Pattan, the headquarters of Lower ...

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Skardu: Population under threat as glacier glides towards village

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SKARDU: A huge glacier is reportedly gliding towards a village in Gilgit-Baltistan’s Arando area while heavy snowfall has blocked all the roads to the affected region. Harsh weather conditions in Northern areas are wrecking havoc where scores have died due to avalanche and other related incidents. Couple of days ago, at least 15 people died when avalanche hit a village ...

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Spring plantation campaign kicks off in GB

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GILGIT: Spring plantation campaign starts in Gilgit-Baltistan on Thursday. According to reports, Minister Forest wildlife and Environment Muhammad Imran will kick off the drive by planting a sapling in the vicinity of Forest Complex in Gilgit. Furthermore, it has been learned that plantation under the Green Pakistan Program will also kick start in GB on Thursday. Both of these campaigns ...

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NAB deputy director’s house attacked in G-B

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Unidentified assailants on Wednesday opened fire at the house of National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) deputy director in Gilgit-Baltistan. According to sources, Abdul Majid was asleep when his house in Jutial area was attacked by unidentified assailants. The attack took place around 7:45am. No injuries were reported. Police officials have registered a case against the unidentified men. NAB officials have been investigating corruption cases in ...

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Deweaponisation: G-B govt mulling one-time amnesty scheme

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By Shabbir Mir GILGIT: In a bid to rid the valley of guns, the Gilgit-Baltistan government is mulling a plan to offer a one-time amnesty scheme under which people in the region would be able to turn in their guns, legal or otherwise. The scheme is, however, still in the initial stages of planning. Government officials on Monday said that under ...

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Youngsters breathe new life into Gilgit-Baltistan folk styles

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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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