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Representational image. A file photo of the Zojila pass in Jammu and Kashmir. | Photo: ANI

Work begins on Srinagar-Leh Zojila tunnel 15 years after project was first conceived

Highways minister Nitin Gadkari initiated virtual ‘ceremonial blast’ of the tunnel Thursday. Once complete, it will provide year-round connectivity between Srinagar and Leh.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi marked the commencement of work on the now stalled Zojila Tunnel, in Leh in 2018. | PTI

After 6 years & 5 failed bids, the Srinagar-Leh Zojila tunnel remains on drawing board

The sixth and latest bidding process for the 14.3-km Zojila tunnel was annulled on 7 August by Modi govt over ‘administrative reasons’. 
IL&FS building in Mumbai | Abhijit Bhatlekar/Bloomberg News

Debt-ridden IL&FS terminates contract to build India’s longest tunnel in J&K

PM Modi had laid the foundation stone for the Zojila tunnel on the Srinagar-Leh Highway in June 2018, but the project has been stalled since November.
A truck carries supplies to Ladakh on a treacherous road of Zojila Pass

Crisis in IL&FS threatens to derail India’s longest tunnel project in Jammu & Kashmir

Work has come to standstill on the Zojila tunnel due to IL&FS’s troubles, which has also hit the Z-Morh tunnel in the region.

On Camera

This country is the real winner of the WFH economy

Gross domestic product figures are encouraging in this country neighboring China. The economy expanded 1.9% in the third quarter from the prior three months, official figures show.
Representational image. | A five gram gold coin sits on a counter inside a Titan Co. Tanishq jewellery store in Mumbai. | Photo: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Tatas got panned for Tanishq ad. But this state govt is the largest shareholder in Titan

Titan was set up in 1984 as a joint venture between the Tata group and a state govt. While the Tatas own 25.02% stake, the state govt owns 27.88% stake in the company.

Defence

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets his US counterpart Mark Esper at his office in South Block Monday | Twitter | @rajnathsingh

India & US agree on deeper cooperation in Indo-Pacific as Rajnath meets Mark Esper

The hour-long meeting between Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his US counterpart Mark Esper came a day before the bilateral 2+2 ministerial dialogue in Delhi.
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.