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GTA sabha to start four sessions like Assemblies and the Parliament

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The GTA Sabha today decided to hold four sessions similar to those in Assemblies and the Parliament from next year and invite the governor and the chief minister to address any of the meetings.
Bhupendra Pradhan, the chairman of the GTA Sabha, said the decision had been taken at a meeting of the Sabha held at the Gorkha Rangamanch Bhavan today.
"During the meeting today it was decided that the GTA Sabha, too, would have sessions as the Assembly and the Parliament. The first of the annual four sessions will start from the first week of February and it will be called the winter session. The last meeting will be called budget session which will be held in November."
The second session, to be held from the first week of May, will be called the monsoon session. "The third session will be called the autumn session and it will commence from the first week of August," Pradhan said.
Explaining the rationale for holding the budget session in November and not in February or March as is the practice in the Assembly and Parliament, Pradhan said: "We need our budget to be passed by the Assembly. If we conduct the budget session in November, our budget can be sent to the state and it can be incorporated in their budget."
As of now, the GTA Sabha which came into being in 2012, doesn't hold sessions regularly and the meetings are generally for a day.
"We used to convene the Sabha meetings as and when they were needed, sometimes once in three months and sometimes in five months. But we realised that the Sabha is the only forum where all the members can air their views and there should be a fixed session," said Lopshang Yolmo, the deputy chairman of the GTA Sabha.
Pradhan said the governor or the chief minister "might not address the first session as we need to get a hang of organising the Sabha. The governor and the chief minister would be invited to address subsequent sessions."
The duration of each session has not been fixed. "It will probably depend on the issues that need to be discussed during a particular session," Yolmo said.
During today's meeting, it was also decided that the GTA would provide a one-time remuneration to voluntary teachers of 16 junior high schools. As of now, the teachers are not getting any pay. The remuneration amount is yet to be fixed.
Regarding another demand by a separate set of voluntary teachers, "a resolution was also passed to seek their regularisation of jobs. The teachers are currently agitating. The meeting requested the state government to withdraw its appeal in the high court so that the process to regularise the jobs of casual workers of the GTA can begin. The Sabha asked the state government to allow the GTA to appoint teachers in various schools to teach the Lepcha language as education is a transferred subject," said Pradhan.(TT)

Govt to investigate fungal infection, pest attacks on Darjeeling oranges

fungal infection, pest attacks on Darjeeling oranges
The state government has decided to investigate the recent spate of fungal infection and pest attacks on Darjeeling oranges that dropped the yield of the fruit by more than 50 per cent compared to last year.
State agricultural minister Purnendu Bose who is currently in Darjeeling said: "This is my first official visit to the hills after becoming minister. A team of scientists from Uttar Banga Krishi Visvavidyalaya will probe into the matter (the infection and pest attacks) and based on the report, we will take appropriate steps."
While 2.5 lakh quintals of oranges were produced in the hills last year, this time the yield is expected to be around 90,000 quintals.
Sources said 50 to 60 per cent of oranges in the hills were destroyed after a fungal infection and pest attacks.
The harvest season starts from November end and goes on till mid-January.
M.W. Moktan, a senior scientist and the in-charge of Darjeeling Krishi Vigyan Kendra, a unit of Uttar Banga Krishi Visvavidyalaya, Cooch Behar, spoke about three reasons for the spread of infection and pest attacks in the hill orchards.
"The main reason is that the farmers still practise the traditional method of farming and they are reluctant to adopt new technology. The other reason is that they do not follow proper nutritional management system, which is critical for the health of plants. Climate change, too, has affected the crops," he said.
Moktan, however, said that all was not lost and oranges could be saved if farmers took up modern methods. "Few farmers who have incorporated modern farming methods have not been affected. Disease and pest management must be done properly," he said.
Ram Prasad Sanyal, the assistant director of agriculture department, GTA, had earlier said that a spell of dry weather during the flowering season around March and April was one of the reasons for the drop in orange production.
Today, Bose said: "The agriculture department is acting as a nodal agency in bringing together departments like horticulture and fisheries. In the hills, there are seven seed farms but most are defunct. We plan to revive them. There was an agriculture fair in Kalimpong yesterday and I visited the stalls. While some farmers are trained, many are not. A building of the agriculture department in Kalimpong is lying without use. We will renovate it and start an agricultural training centre there."(TT)

Ari Bahadur Gurung honour programme by GTA goes crowdless

Ari Bahadur Gurung and his twin daughters
A GTA event to posthumously honour Ari Bahadur Gurung, who had represented the Gorkhas in the Constituent Assembly, turned out to be a damp squib today with many members of the GTA Sabha and officials of the hill body keeping away.

A GTA Sabha member who didn't want to be named suggested that the low turnout was on account of GTA chief executive Bimal Gurung's absence. "When Gurung is there, everyone wants to show their face but when he is not around, not many are bothered about any event irrespective of its importance. This has become a trend," he said.

Gurung is presently in New Delhi to meet the Union home minister.

Ari Bahadur, a signatory to the Constitution, is referred to by the Indian Gorkhas to rebut the allegations that they are foreigners. Udai Gurung, son of Ari, was felicitated at the event held to celebrate the Constitution Day.

By the time the celebration at the Gorkha Rangamanch Bhavan ended around 2pm, the hall was almost empty. Less than half of the auditorium with a seating capacity of 864 was filled when the celebration began around 11.30am.
Dr Udai Gurung and Mrs. Nandita Gurung son and daughter-in-law of barrister late Ari Bahadur Gurung

"We had sent invitation to all GTA Sabha members, GTA executive directors and other officials and also to representatives of different communities. Invitation had also been sent to all councillors of Darjeeling municipality. In total, we had sent about 350 invitation letters," said an official of the GTA's information and cultural affairs department which conducted the programme.

Binay Tamang, the executive GTA Sabha member in charge of information and cultural affairs department, touched upon the low turnout in his speech. "Despite an official announcement by the GTA and invitation being sent to all, the hall, which should actually be overflowing, is not even full. It is a very sad day. We talk about our constitutional rights but we also need to honour everything related to the Constitution."

He also announced that a statue of Ari Bahadur would be installed at Lal Kothi.

Asked about his absence, GTA Sabha chairman Bhupendra Pradhan said: "Oh, really. Tomorrow I will be coming as a meeting of the GTA Sabha has been scheduled."

Roshan Giri, executive GTA Sabha member, was absent as he had to go to Siliguri as his father took ill. Jyoti Kumar Rai, a GTA executive sabha member, too, was away in Siliguri for an eye check-up.

Ari Bahadur, a lawyer, breathed his last on July 4, 1980. Bimal Gurung had visited Bahadur's home in Kalimpong during his ongoing padayatra.(TT)

Panighatta tea garden worker deaths not due to hunger said TMC leader Rajen Mukhia

Panighatta tea estate
INTTUC leader and Hill Trinamul Congress president Rajen Mukhia on Wednesday claimed that the five tea garden workers who died at the Panighatta tea estate in the last week, did not die of hunger, but after suffering from health issues.
"Although the condition of tea workers here is not very good, no one died of hunger as is being alleged by a section of GJMM leaders, but instead after suffering from diseases," Mukhia said, adding, "The government is taking several steps to ensure that the workers do not have to die of starvation. There are diseases in the tea gardens, for which some workers died. We are trying to request the government to provide medical facilities, and arrange for treatment of the ailing patients."
According to Mukhia, if the management does not reopen the tea garden on 28 November, after a meeting called by the Joint Labour Commission (JLC), their party will launch a fast unto death stir.
"We will request the management to consider the plight of the workers, and reopen the garden. The state government is trying to provide for the workers through various schemes till a concrete solution is drawn. If the garden is not reopened, we will start bigger movements and if needed will sit on a 'fast unto death' strike," the Hill TMC leader said.
Meanwhile, sources from the tea garden management said they are willing to utilise the tea garden to its utmost potential, for the benefit of their employees, but are however, facing varied resistance and obstructions in doing the same. The meeting between the JLC, the management and workers is scheduled to be held on 27 November.(sns)

मङपू सिन्कोना बगानमा कृषि मन्त्री पूर्णेन्दु बोसको भ्रमण

West Bengal Agriculture Minister Purnendu Bose visited mungpoo cinchona plantation
आज मङपू सिन्कोना बगानमा राज्यको कृषि मन्त्री पूर्णेन्दु बोस ( West Bengal Agriculture Minister Purnendu Bose) ले भ्रमण गरेको छ | अघोषित भ्रमणमा आएका मन्त्रीलाई यहाँको टीएमसी पार्टी कार्यलयमा पार्टी कार्यकर्ताहरु द्वारा स्वागत गर्दै भेटवार्ता गरेका छन् | यसै अवसरमा मङपू लाब्दा समष्टि त्रिनामूल कांग्रेस द्वारा कृषि मन्त्रीलाई क्षेत्रको विविध समश्यहरुमा ध्यानाकर्षण गराउंदै एउटा ज्ञापन पत्र चडाएका छन् जुन ज्ञापन पत्रमा मङपूमा एग्रिकल्चर रिसर्च सेन्टर अनि ट्रेनिंग सेन्टर हुन पर्ने माग, मंग्पू लगायत वरिपरी क्षेत्रहरुमा सुन्तला, अदुवा, अलैंची माथि लाग्ने रोगथाम विषयमा सरकारले केही रोग निवारणको कदम चाल्नु पर्ने माग आदि रहेको छ | यसको साथै टीएमसी पार्टी नेतृत्वले मंग्पू अनि संग्लग्न क्षेत्रहरुमा सुन्तलाको खेती प्राय: शुन्य भएदेखि यता कृषक दाजु भाई मर्कामा परेको उल्लेख गर्दै आर्थिक मेरुदण्ड भाँचिएको अव्गात गराएका छन् |

टीएमसी मङपूलाई नेतृत्व गर्दै ज्ञापन पत्र चडाउनेहरुमा क्रमश: दार्जीलिंग सिन्कोना प्लान्टेशन वकर्स युनियन सभापति किरण ब्लोन, सचिव मिरेन लामा, टीएमसी पार्टी आर आर ब्लक महा सचिव पवन बल, मङपू लाब्दा समष्टि टीएमसी पार्टी अध्यक्ष केएस छेत्री, जिल्ला टीएमसी महिला समिति सचिवा रेजिना गुरुङ आदि रहेका थिए |

भ्रमण अवधि कृषि मन्त्री पूर्णेन्दु बोसले पत्रकारसित कुराकानी गर्दै यहाँको सुन्तला, अदुवा, अलैंची माथि रोग लागेको विषयमा आफू ज्यादै चिन्तित रहेको जनाउंदै उक्त विषयमा उतर बङ्गाल विश्वविधालयका सोधकर्ता, डक्टरेटहरुसित बैठक बसेर एक कमिटी गठन गरी चाडै नै यस विषयमा सोधकर्ताहरु उतर बङ्गाल विश्वविधालयबाट पठाउने बताएका छन् |

मन्त्रीको साथमा एग्रिकल्चर डाइरेकटर आइएनटीटीयुसी जिल्ला अध्यक्ष अरुप रतन घोष, पार्टी जिल्ला समिति सदस्य उर्गेन शेर्पा, दार्जीलिंग सिन्कोना प्लान्टेशन वकर्स युनियन सभापति मंग्पू जोन निलकुमार गुरुङ पनि उपस्थित थिए भने सिन्कोना बगान निर्देशक डा० समुयल राई अनि व्यवस्थापक नरेश बराइलीको साथ कृषि मन्त्रीले मङपू सिन्कोना निर्देशालय, सिम्बोडियम अर्किड पार्क, मङपू कुइलेन कारखाना, रविन्द्र भवनको भ्रमण गर्दै दार्जीलिंग प्रस्थान गरेका छन्  ||

Sports Person recruitment in Eastern Railway west bengal

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Morcha might reject Gorkhaland Territorial Administration GTA, said Gurung

bimal gurung during gorkhaland janjagaran yatra
Gorkha Janmukti Morcha president Bimal Gurung today said if the state government continued to interfere in the functioning of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration, his party might "reject" the hill body .
The GTA chief executive, who was in Kalimpong subdivision as part of his Gorkhaland Janjagaran Padyatra, also said he would raise the issue of state interference when he meets Union home minister Rajnath Singh in Delhi.
Gurung is scheduled to leave for Delhi tomorrow.

"There is interference from the state government and if this continuous, we might even reject the GTA in future. I will also raise this interference issue during my meeting with the Union home minister," Gurung said without mentioning the date of the meeting.
According to rules, the Morcha-run GTA can be dissolved only by the Assembly and Gurung's rejection would only mean non-participation of the Morcha in running the hill body. In case such a situation arises, the state government can appoint an administrator to run the hill body.
But if Gurung starts an agitation in the hills, it would dent Mamata Banerjee's claim of having succeeded in bringing about peace in the region.
A seven-member Morcha delegation led by Gurung is scheduled to leave for Delhi tomorrow. It is likely to return on November 29. Earlier, Gurung had said he would leave for Delhi on Tuesday. The trip was later postponed.
Apart from Gurung, Swaraj Thapa, P.T. Ola, Norbu G. Lama, Bijay Sundas, Ram Bahadur Bhujel and Moti Prasad Sharma would be in the delegation that will raise the party's demand for a separate state of Gorkhaland during the meeting with Rajnath Singh.
"The team is expected to meet the Union home minister either on November 26 or 27. Our party president is going to Delhi at the invitation of Rajnath Singh," said a Morcha source.
Singh had called up Gurung on November 3 and requested him to end his padayatra and visit Delhi after Diwali for talks. Gurung started the padayatra on October 2 and sources said he had clocked close to 1,000km. He is presently at Rongo close to the Bhutan border.
Gurung had said he would resume the march after his return from Delhi. "Apart from the home minister, we will also meet other central leaders. We will meet RSS leaders in Delhi as we believe they, too, are sympathetic towards our cause," he said today.
Earlier this year, some RSS leaders had visited Darjeeling at the invitation of Morcha leadership.
A Morcha source said Gurung would also raise other issues during the meeting with Singh. "Topping the list will be the demand for Gorkhaland. He will also raise the issue of granting a Scheduled Tribe status to 10 Gorkha communities and seek permission to extend his padayatra all the way to Delhi," he said.
Party sources said the state government had not granted permission to start the Delhi march.(TT)

राजनारायण प्रधानको निधनमा मङपू साहित्य संस्थानको शोक सभा

late Raj Narayan Pradhan
दिनांक २२ नोभेम्बरको दिन स्थानीय रेशेप ग्राम पंचायत कार्यलयको सभागृहमा मङपू साहित्य संस्थानको तत्वधानमा संघकै सदश्य बिदुर कार्की, व्यवस्थापक मुख्यालय सिन्कोनाको सभापतित्वमा साहित्यकार राजनारायण प्रधान (Rajnarayan Pradhan) को निधनमा शोक सभा राखियो |
सचिव दीप थापा द्वारा उपस्थितिवर्गमा आजको शोक सभामा उपस्थित सबैमा आभार प्रकट गर्दै दुई मौन धारण गरियो |
संस्थानका कर्मठ सदस्य बिशोर कार्की, सरस्वती उच्चतर विधालय शिक्षक द्वारा साहित्यकार राजनारायण प्रधानको साहित्यिक योगदान र उनको सरलताबारे प्रकाश पारे |
मङपू साहित्य संस्थानको तत्वधानमा प्रकाशमा आइरहेको पत्रिका " निषाद " का सम्पादक उदय थुलुंग द्वारा राजनारायण प्रधान बारे वहाँले दिनुभएको साहित्यिक योगदान खुबै राम्रो प्रकारले प्रस्तुत गर्दै  प्रधान सरको पत्रिकाहरु सम्पादन अनि पाठ्य पुस्तकको सम्पादन बारे प्रकाश परे | उनी एक युग पुरुष थिए वहाँको निधनमा नेपाली साहित्य जगतमा ठुलो खाल्डो बन्न गएको छ |
सभाध्यक्ष बिदुर कार्कीले पनि स्व० प्रधान बारे बोल्दै उनको साहित्य सरल थियो, उनको योगदान सम्बन्ध आजको सभाले मात्र पूर्ण गर्न सकिंदैन भनी बताउंदै यस्ता धुरन्धर व्यक्तित्वको मर्मलाई हामी भुल्न हुँदैन भनी सबैलाई जनाए ||