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St.Paul's school Darjeeling to celebrate 150 years

St.Paul's school Darjeeling to celebrate 150 years
St. Paul’s School, Darjeeling will celebrate 150 years of existence this year and to mark the occasion, old Paulites from different eras from across the globe will be gathering in Darjeeling for a three- day celebration.
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, School Rector Joy Haldar said, “Our past students known as Old Paulites have acknowledged the need to demonstrate their appreciation and rally themselves in solidarity with their Alma Mater. To do this, the Old Paulites from within the country and also from abroad will gather in the school for a three-day celebration- named Paulite Forever- from October 30 to November 1 to mark the occasion”.
The school is expecting more than 250 Paulites with their families from different eras beginning from the late 1940’s onwards, to converge in Darjeeling, from Europe, U.S.A, France, Thailand, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan among others, for the three day programme.
The year 2014 marks the school completing 191 years of existence since its founding as The Parental Academic institution in Kolkata in 1823. However, the school was shifted to the present location near Jalapahar in Darjeeling in 1864 by Bishop George Edward Lynch Cotton, who also founded the Bishop Cotton School in Shimla.
According to the Rector, the get together had also become necessary to tell people not only in the country but also abroad that Darjeeling continues to be the educational hub in-spite of all the ups and downs the region has faced. “Our intention is also to encourage others that Darjeeling with its various heritage schools still is the centre of education in the country. Also the three day event is one of the many ways of the alumni to promote and take the school forward,” Haldar said.
The attending alumnus will participate in various activities like cricket, football and squash matches, exhibition and photography session, concert, and matins with the present students. Two plays-Alladin and From Kabir to Kavi and award winning play created by Prannay Gupta, a former student will also be staged. “We have a host of alumni who have now become prominent people in their country. Gupta is also one of them and will stage a play with his troop. However, keeping various logistical issues in mind we have not invited ‘very distinguished Paulites’ from our school for the three day event,” said the Rector.
Haldar refused to be drawn into the recent spate of disturbances due to political activities in the Hills which affected education institutes here. “See, some political realities of this area do have a role to play. We did fear the worst when the latest rounds of agitation happened but speaking for ourselves, we have not been heavily affected. We have a steady enrolment of 480 students which is
good,” the Rector said, adding that parent’s mindset and mushrooming of schools in the country was more the challenge the institute was facing.
The location of the school has mesmerized not only the students and their parents but has also held a fascination for the creators of various Hindi movies from Bollywood. ‘We feel proud to say that many of our legendary Bollywood movies have been shot in our school premises over the years. This profile not many educational institutes can boast of,” Haldar observed. Popular old Bollywood films like Amitabh Bachchan starrer Do Anjane, Mera Naam Joker with Raj Kapoor and Shahrukh Khan’s Main Hoo Na and Ranbir Kapoor’s Barfi from the present lot have been filmed in the school. (EOIC)

Buddha statue to be gifted to Darjeeling monastery from Thailand

Buddha statue to be gifted to Darjeeling monastery from Thailand
A 31-member delegation from Thailand will present a bronze Buddha statue to a monastery in Darjeeling on October 26 as part of a philanthropic endeavour.
The Thai delegation is scheduled to arrive in Darjeeling on October 25 accompanied by Indian ambassador to Thailand Harsha Vardhan Shringla.
Darjeeling Eastern Himalayan Buddhist Cultural Association (DEHBCA) S.L.Palzor said on Wednesday:  “One of our members in Delhi was informed about some people from Thailand wanting to donate a
statue of Buddha in India. He referred the name of Dichen TashiCholing Gumba located at Gopal Dhura in Singtam Darjeeling which was then approved by the Indian Ambassador to Thailand”.
Besides the Buddha statue, the Thai delegation will also present two statues of revered monks to the Singtam tea estate monastery. “The presentation of the statues from Thailand to the Singtam monastery is being coordinated by the Himalayan Buddhist Cultural Association,” said Palzor.
It is learnt that the monastery has Singtam did not have a proper statue. However when the proposal was made the monastery committee accepted it in the hope that it would benefit the devotees of the area who flock to offer prayer. (EOIC)

SSB exchanges Diwali, Deepavali greetings with Nepal and Bhutan Police

SSB exchanges Diwali, Deepavali greetings with Nepal and Bhutan Police
Shri Bansidhar Sharma, IPS Director General of Sashastra Seema Bal’s (SSB) greetings and pleasantries were conveyed through the Commandants of Sashastra Seema Bal, India to their respective counterparts in Armed Police Force (APF), Nepal and with the Royal Bhutan Police on Indo Nepal border and Indo Bhutan border respectively on the occasion of Depawali on 23rd October’14.

Shri Sudhir Verma Commandant of 41st Bn met with Mukunda Raj Acharya SP of District Police, Jhapa, Shri Rohit Raj Pokhrel Assistant Chief District Officer, Jhapa and Shri Prem Raj Pokhrel SP, Jhapa of AFP. Shri Tapan Das, 2-in-Command of 10th Bn met with Shri Karma Weezir, District Magistrate and SP of Samachi District of Bhutan. Shri Umesh Thapliyal, 2-in-Command of 19th Bn Thakurganj met with the SHO of Bhadarpur of Nepal. Shri Ajay Kumar 2-in-Command of 53rd Bn Simlabari presented sweets for SP, DM, ADM and the Consul General of Bhutan. Shri Koushalesh 2-in-Command of 12th Bn met with the Shri Prem Raj Pokhrel SP of AFP at Bhatgaon SSB Border Out Post in Kisanganj in Bihar. Sweets were handedover to SDO and CO of Royal Bhutan Police of Lamoyzinka across Kalikhola BOP of 34th Bn Alipurduar. Similarly, sweets were handedover at Pasupatifatak in Darjeeling District to SHO, APF.

Commandants of SSB emphasized that this effort was to reiterate the ‘Roti Beti Ka Rista’ and to strengthen the enduring relationship with for the people of Nepal and Bhutan. The Forces restated their will to keep in constant touch with the counterpart, share intelligence and involve in confidence building measures.

SSB informed the counterparts of our welfare activities along the border and our small efforts to strengthen the bilateral relationship between the two countries by dedicating an ambulance service at Panitanki BOP for the Nepali citizen in India and across to avail in need. We also informed them of our free Cleft Lip and Palete surgery and plans for distribution of free aids and appliances for the physically challenged persons along the INB and IBB.

Diwali or Dipawali night in Darjeeling

Darjeeling celebrated Diwali or Dipawali  the festival of lights, flowers, colors and  crackers.Here are some pictures in taken in Diwali night in Darjeeling.

Darjeeling celebrated diwali or dipawali
Diwali night in Darjeeling
Diwali or Dipawali night in Darjeeling
Diwali in Darjeeling

Pictures courtesy: Chendup Lepcha and Rajesh Chettri

Nepali literature more expressive than English, feels singers Bipul Chettri

Bipul Chettri sketches of Darjeeling
His songs from the recently-launched debut album has Sketches of Darjeeling, explores everything that every Hill folk can relate to. Be it the toy train, the wildfire, the bustling wind, cow bells, mountains, the humming of the monks at the monastery, he sums up everything in his songs, lending them a folk flavour, while also giving them a western touch.
Bipul Chhetri took the Gangtok people to a high with his simple yet elegant music at Cafe Live and Loud as part of his ‘Lai Bari Lai’ tour.  After thrilling the Kathmandu crowd, people here could not resist themselves from tapping their feet right from ‘Asar’ to ‘Mountain High.’
Thirty-three-year-old Chhetri from Kalimpong sent the crowd here down memory lane with his amalgamation of Nepali folk-rock genre that explores the beauty and uniqueness of the Hills. Maintaining a low profile as of now, music seems to come to him as a passion, though he ceases to contemplate himself as a celebrity.
“Folk music completed me as a person and I am deeply rooted in the culture, because folk music has a sense of originality and it is who I am,” he shared. He, however does not confine himself to mere folk music and strives to explore other genres as well.
“Our culture has a lot more potential in terms of expression. Nepali literature and culture can capture a lot more than what English can do, and our rich culture has been the original source of motivation for me,” Chhetri said here on Saturday.
Kalimpong’s very own musician, Chhetri also holds a diploma in classical guitar from Trinity College, London. Right from his first song ‘Dhadelo’ that created a sensation online to recent hits like ‘Mountain High’, ‘Asar’ and ‘Ram Saile’, an ode to his father, his songs have been on everyone’s playlist, confined not only to the Hills but beyond it.
Chhetri, who claims music to be have been in his blood said “music was always there in my life since childhood. And good music teachers at my school, St Augustine’s in Kalimpong, helped me explore more.”
Chhetri, whose Darjeeling-related songs are a hit on Sound Cloud, added: “The overwhelming response from music lovers all over the world was more than expected.”
Chhetri also heads the Arts Department at the Vasant Valley School in New Delhi, suggests young and aspiring artists to come out of the confinement and explore, meet different people so that something or the other comes up.
His next stop will be Delhi, followed by a tour outside India.

St. Alphonsus Kurseong maths teacher wins National Best Teacher Award-2014

St. Alphonsus Kurseong maths teacher wins National Best Teacher Award-2014
A mathematics teacher from Saint Alphonsus HS School in Kurseong, Anand Pradhan, has been honoured with the National Best Teacher Award-2014. The award was handed over to him during the 9th National Mathematics Convention on 11 and 12 October at Raipur in Chhattisgarh, organised by the All India Ramanujan Mathematics Club (AIRMC) in association with Raipur Engineering Club RITEE.
The Chhattisgarh state education minister handed Mr Anand Pradhan a gold medal, a plaque/memento, and a citation.
It is learnt that the All India Ramanujan Mathematics Club is a government-approved national club that caters to the needs of school children and helps them understand the subject with ease or aim to remove the fear of mathematics from the minds of the people. Seven persons, including Mr Pradhan, had been selected for the prestigious award among the 100 other entries.
According to the AIRMC, MR Pradhan has put in a lot of effort while experimenting on his ‘Mathematics Work’ to uplift the standard of the subject in schools of Darjeeling Hills.
According to Mr Pradhan, the AIRMC had organised a seminar with PHD scholars in January this year, in which 21 scholars, including himself, had participated. His presentation during the seminar was adjudged the best. “I have also been invited to participate in the upcoming international mathematics convention slated to be held next year in Mauritius,” he said.
According to him, he completed his MSC from Calcutta University, but when he was studying at North Bengal University, the then department head Prof Karanjai inspired him to do research work on mathematics.
“Professor Karanjai had told me that in his career he noticed that many students from Darjeeling have been avoiding or not completing their studies on mathematics. Since then, I decided to find out the reasons,” Mr Pradhan said.
He said his thesis on mathematics will be completed next year under the guidance of professor Karanjai, who is now retired.
Asked about the reasons for Hill students’ disinterest in the subject, he said there are many. “But the main ones are that Mathematics needs a lot of practice, which the students here do not do. The second is that parents do not seriously involve themselves in the studies of their children,” he said.(sns)

Major fire at Deorali bazaar Gangtok Kills 8 Year Old girl

Major fire at Deorali bazaar Gangtok Kills 8 Year Old girl
An eight-year old girl was killed this afternoon while two others were injured following a major fire at the Deorali bazaar area in Gangtok. Five wooden houses and a three-storeyed building was adjacent to the houses were damaged by the blaze and 11 families were left homeless.

"It took more than an hour to bring the fire under control. We are trying to find out the reason behind the blaze although preliminary evidence suggests someone in the wooden houses must have left a cooking stove unattended," said deputy chief officer

Prakash Rai.

He added three fire trucks with a total capacity of 3,000 litres had to be deployed

to douse the inferno. Rai further said the girl who died has been identified as Norah Sherpa. She had locked herself inside a toilet.

“The girl was already dead when brought to the hospital. She had died of asphyxia," said STNM hospital additional medical superintendent KB Gurung. Sherpa was a student of Class 3 at Deorali Girl's Government Senior Secondary school.

The others injured were 18-year-old Sudha Shah and Naresh Gurung (45). Both have sustained burn injuries in the legs. Sub-divisional magistrate Sharmista Rai said the victims will be compensated as per government norms.(EOIC)

1st GTA Badminton Championship & Ranking Tournament 2014

1st GTA Badminton Championship & Ranking Tournament 2014
The 1st GTA (Gorkhaland Territorial Administration) Badminton Championship & Ranking Tournament 2014 was co-organized by the GTA Sports and Youth Affairs Department and Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Badminton Association at the local Gymkhana Club.

The GTA Champions are as follows:
Under 15 Girls Singles Champion – Simran Rai from Darjeeling
Under 15 Boys Singles Champion – Yugant Tamang from Kalimpong
Under 15 Girls Doubles Champion –Rinchen Bhutia + Simran Rai from Darjeeling
Under 15 Boys Doubles Champion – Sagyol Lepcha + Dawa G Sherpa from Darjeeling

Under 19 Women’s Singles Champion – Palpasha Gurung from Darjeeling
Under 19 Women’s Doubles Champion – Ankita Chettri + Sabrina Dewan from Darjeeling
Under 19 Men’s Singles Champion – Manish Chhetri from Darjeeling
Under 19 Men’s Doubles Champion – Manish Chettri + Avilash Darnal from Darjeleing

Open Women’s Singles Champion – Asisha Lepcha from Darjeeling (She is also the NB University Champion)

Open Women’s Doubles Champion – Kabya Mukhia + Palpasa Gurung

Open Men’s Singles Champion – Sagar Pradhan from Darjeeling

Open Men’s Doubles Champion – Prabin Tamang + Sagar Pradhan from Darjeeling

All the Single’s Tournament Winners were awarded a Trophy, Certificate and Rs 10,000 cash prize, while the Double’s Winners were awarded a Trophy, Certificate and Rs 5,000 cash prize

Congrats everyone who participated in the tournament, wining and losing is part of the game... its participating with all your heart that matters.

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