Ladakh Current Affairs

Losar festival beings in Ladakh region of J&K

The festival of Losar has begun in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir to mark the beginning of New Year in this Himalayan region.

10 day long festival began with illumination of religious and residential places and by visiting monasteries for prayer. Losar is Tibetan word for ‘new year’ and this festival is an important social and religious celebration in Ladakh.

Traditional Celebrations of festival

  • Following the old tradition, people from Ladakh visit graveyards of ancestor family members and pray for peace for the departed soul.
  • Special food items during the festival are prepared to mark the occasion including guthuk, the soup with nine ingredients, khura are being served.
  • People visit each other for exchange of Losar greetings. On third day of the festival is people wait for the night to see the first moon of the New Year

In India, Losar is also celebrated by Yolmo, Sherpa, Tamang, Gurung, and Bhutia communities residing in different regions in the country.

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DRDO sets up world’s Highest Terrestrial Research Centre in Ladakh

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has established the world’s Highest Terrestrial Research Centre near Pengong Lake at Changla in Ladakh.

The centre dubbed as Extreme Altitude Research Centre is located at 17,600 feet above mean sea level and was inaugurated by Director General of DRDO Dr S Christopher.

Key features

  • Leh based Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR) was nodal DRDO establishment to established this centre.
  • The centre will serve as a natural cold storage for preserving endangered and rare medical plants for future generations.
  • Large number of Life Sciences activities will be undertaken at this centre.
  • It will be as an important utility for research work in frontal areas of food and agriculture and bio-medical sciences for well-being of the soldiers deployed in high altitude cold desert.
  • It will also provide unique opportunity to other establishments and labs of DRDO for evaluation and testing of electronics and communication devices.
  • It will serve as testing ground of various materials for high altitude applications including UAV’s micro engines, batteries and fuel cells, high altitude clothing etc. in naturally occurring extreme cold conditions at Changla.

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