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Connecting the Dots: Himalayan Glaciers, Changing Surface Water Regimes and Groundwater Resources

Photo: Alex Treadway/ICIMOD.

Anjal Prakash and Arun B Shrestha The Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) is one of the most dynamic, diverse, and complex mountain systems in the world, providing fresh water resources to more than 210 million people in the mountains and 1.3 billion people downstream. Several river and glacial systems originate in the HKH, making the region a “Third Pole” of the ...

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Ecosystem impact: Felling of trees continues unabated in G-B region


By Shabbir Mir GILGIT: The illegal felling of trees in the Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) region continues unabated, causing irreplaceable and devastating damage to the ecosystem of the area. According to latest reports from Khan Muhammad Qureshi, a local activist in Chilas, some illegal felling has been reported in Diamer valley. About 200 trees in the Babusar top area have been felled this ...

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Former G-B CM being investigated for embezzlement

mehdi shah

Shabbir Mir GILGIT: Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in Gilgit-Baltistan has started investigations into alleged embezzlement during the previous chief minister Mehdi Shah’s government. “This was decided in a meeting chaired by PAC Chairman Captain (retd) Sikandar Ali,” said a spokesman of G-B Assembly Saifur Rehman on Tuesday. “A PAC subcommittee has been constituted to look into it,” the spokesman told The ...

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Boosting tourism: Gilgit-Ghizer road to be turned into an expressway

ghizer road

ISLAMABAD: Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) Chief Minister Hafeezur Rehman on Sunday said that they would develop the Gilgit-Ghizer road as an expressway. Talking to Radio Pakistan, Rehman said the G-B government would start work on projects which have been funded and supported by the federal government. By developing the road on the pattern of an expressway, the G-B chief minister hoped it would ...

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GBLA unanimously passes 4 resolutions


GILGIT: Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly (GBLA) unanimously passed four resolutions. In the first resolution it was demanded Skardu air port after the name of famous Mountaineer late Hassan Sadpara. In the second resolution, the assembly condemned un-provoked shelling of Indian troops across the line of control and expressed solidarity with the families of those civilian killed by the Indian troops firing. ...

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G-B assembly: Lawmakers demand LG polls next year


By Shabbir Mir GILGIT: The Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly (GBLA) on Monday unanimously passed a resolution demanding local government elections in the region. The resolution was tabled by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) Raja Jahanzeb Khan, the lone representative of the party in the GBLA. However, all members in the house accorded approval to the resolution. “It is very important to have local body ...

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Stranded for a week: Flights resume to Gilgit as ATR clears test

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GILGIT: Passengers waiting to fly to and fro  from Gilgit for a week, finally reached their destinations on Sunday after the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) operated a regular flight  operating  a military cargo plane. A C-130 aircraft of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) flew 25 stranded passengers from Islamabad to Gilgit on Sunday. Around 80 passengers were brought to the capital ...

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Italy to bring eco-friendly tourism to G-B


ISLAMABAD: Italy plans to bring sustainable, eco-friendly tourism to the mountainous region of Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B). Italian Ambassador Stefano Pontecorvo, speaking at a seminar on Social Economic Environment Development (SEED) organised by Ev-K2-CNR Pakistan, on Friday said that the Central Karakoram National Park (CKNP), with its scenic beauty invites tourists from all over the world. In this regard, he said the Italian ...

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PIA resumes flight operations to Gilgit


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan International Airlines has resumed flight operations to Gilgit; however, the national carrier will use a C-130 aircraft to facilitate flyers, instead of ATRs.  According to PIA, it has acquired the services of a C-130 aircraft from the Pakistan Air Force to carry out the flight operations to Gilgit. Reports said the decision was made on the orders of the federal ...

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DG SCO: ‘We are ready to launch 3G, 4G internet services in GB’


GILGIT: The Director General of the Special Communications Organization, Amir Azim Bajawa, has announced that SCO is ready to start 3G and 4G Internet services in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB). “SCO is ready to provide 3G and 4G Internet facility to the people and waiting for approval of the government,” Bajwa revealed during the launching ceremony of the new logo of SCO ...

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