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Water crisis in Upper Bagdogra due to inadequate rainfall

Water crisis in Upper Bagdogra
Around 200 families residing at Upper Bagdogra under Naxalbari block are facing acute drinking water crisis as the water level has rapidly gone down due to inadequate rainfall.
People residing at Danra Gaon which is around 10 feet high from Lower Bagdogra are mostly hit hard by the water crisis as the wells are mostly dried and the water supplied from PHE are presently stopped due to the construction of Asian Highway II.
PHE sources from Bagdogra said that the water connection to the Danra Gargaon, and some parts of upper Bagdogra has been disconnected due to the deep excavation by Asian Highway II authorities.
Anu Bista resident of Danra Gaon said, "Since Tuesday the motor fixed to well could not pump the water as the water level has gone down. We are facing problems as it becomes difficult to carry water for household purposes from long distances."
Ratan Bomzon fromer panchayat member of Danra Gaon said, "There are 70 wells and 10 tube-wells but since few days most of the wells are dried and others have very little water. The water level has gone down as the area is little high latitude compared to the other areas of Bagdogra."
Most of the people have started drinking mineral waters and travelling nearby riverlutes for washing clothes and taking bath. (EOI)

Madhyamik and Higher Secondary Examinations results on May 10 and 16

Madhyamik and Higher Secondary Examinations results
The Madhyamik and Higher Secondary examinations results will be published on 10 May and 16 May respectively after the completion of the six phases of Assembly election in the state, following the order of the Supreme Court that results must be published by 10 May.
While the Madhyamik examination had commenced from 1 February and ended on 10 February, the HS examination was held from 15 to 29 February. Last year the Madhyamik results were published 74 days after the completion of the examination. This year the Madhyamik results are being published 90 days after the completion of the examination.
The HS results, on the other hand, are being published 76 days after the examination. The process of declaring the results may have been delayed due to the ongoing Assembly elections in the state, an official of the Board said. The examiners of Madhyamik as well as the HS examination had completed correction of 90 per cent of the papers by midApril, the official informed.
"We had completed checking a major part of the papers in early April and we were making preparations so that the results can come out on time,” a senior official of the Board said. The examinees were worried that results might be published after 19 May when the results of the Assembly polls will be declared.In that case students who will be applying for colleges outside the state may have to face difficulties.
“If the results come out after 19 May then we would have serious problems as the admissions into colleges in some fields in other states start by 15 May,”Anita Sharma, a higher secondary candidate, said. The timely publication of the results before 19 May ensures that students no longer have to face difficulty in applying for higher studies in other states or abroad.
The total number of candidates who took the Madhyamik examination this year was 11, 53432. Around 8 lakh students appeared for their HS examination in 47 subjects this year.(sns)

JAP submits memorandum demanding Panchayat Election

Jan Andolan party Secretary Nayan Pradhan
Mukesh Sharma: Jan Andolan Party (JAP) which has turned its focus demanding Panchayat Election in Darjeeling Hills today submitted memorandum in 112 Gram Panchayat of GTA area. Party Secretary Nayan Pradhan informing about the program said today we submitted Memorandum to 112 Gram Panchayat demanding holding of Panchayat Election in GTA region .


"Panchayat areas covered in GTA region is more than that of Municipality area.
The lack of panchayats has affected many areas, especially the rural sector where overall development and benefits through panchayat system are yet to reach" said Nayan Pradhan


We have seen the problem of the masses and accordingly we have started the program of which the first phase was today concluded by Submitting the memorandum to Gram Panchayat all over the GTA region.

We will continue to give memorandum in 8 blocks on 28th April and to Darjeeling District Magistrate on 3rd May informed Pradhan.

He took attack GJM without naming the party who have alleged that the JAP have neither the Status nor the people mandate to raise the issue. He said they had the mandate but what did they do. When we raise any issue they follows us.

Being a new born political party our responsibility is to raise mass aspiration and that what we have started doing.We have call for a all party meet to discuss the program on 29th April .

Meanwhile Bureau members Yusuf Simick Whose work was to hold Panchayat Election according to GTA agreement now are searching for our status.JAP will continuously raised the masses voice.

MARG brings Religious Leaders to combat Human Trafficking and Child Sexual Abuse

MARG brings Religious Leaders to combat Human Trafficking and Child Sexual Abuse
Mukesh Sharma: A new Concept By MARG , a non-governmental organisation has been started by bringing Religious Leaders from various faith to combat Human Trafficking and Child Sexual Abuse.
MARG which has been reaching out to the Religious Leaders of the hills of Darjeeling and till date have successfully completed such conclave for Religious Leaders in Darjeeling and Kurseong recently  .

Through its MUKTI project MARG with support from ECPAT Luxemburg and Arz Arun Pandey Goa in collaboration of Glen Family Foundation Kalimpong today reach out to Religious Leaders of  Kalimpong. Religious Leader from four different Sect gathered in Worship Centre to Speak on Human Trafficking and Child Sexual Abuse.
MARG general Secretary Nirnay John Chhetri told 'Religious Leaders plays an important role in our society and through them we can do wonders to make our place better'. MARG General Secretary spoke on the scenario of Human Trafficking followed by MARG Counselor Ms. Ashwini Chettri on Child Sexual Abuse .

There were 50 participants in total representing leaders from Christian faith, Brahma Kumari, Tamang Community, Catholic priest, Manav Uthan Sewa Samiti, Leaders from Sai Samati etc
Meanwhile MARG two group organised a informative program regardaing Child sexual Abuse at Pedong Primary School and of Human Trafficking at Pedong Senior School.
Such Awareness Program has bought massive awareness in our region which have led to reporting of incident informed Soam Tshering Namchu of  Glen Family Foundation Kalimpong

Staircase in Darjeeling town collapsed

Staircase in Darjeeling town collapsed
A staircase connecting Chowk Bazar with HD Lama Road, one of the busiest areas in Darjeeling town, caved in on Tuesday evening.
No one was injured in the incident that took place around 5.15pm.
The flight of stairs had been constructed by the Darjeeling municipality around a year ago.
A shopping complex is being built along the stairs and local people alleged that the contractors had been digging up underneath the staircase that led to the subsidence.
Amar Singh Rai, the chairman, Darjeeling municipality, said: "The municipality engineers are preparing a technical report and we will file an FIR against the builders based on the findings of the report. The municipality engineers will look into any deviation from the proposed building plan and other details."(TT)

Erratic climatic conditions to lower first flush Darjeeling tea production

Women plucking darjeeling tea
Erratic climatic conditions this year are taking toll on the production of the first flush of the famed Darjeeling tea, with industry players apprehending a drop of at least 30 to 40 percent in production compared to last year.
Officials of the Darjeeling Tea Association (DTA), an umbrella organisation of tea gardens in the hills, said overall production of Darjeeling tea is expected to be 5-10 per cent lower this year. Talking to reporters today, DTA principal advisor Sandeep Mukherjee said, “The first flush this year has been the worst. Last year, we saw production at 2-2.5 million kilograms, but as of April this year, we have had 30-40 per cent less produce and this is worrisome.”
Factors such as uneven rainfall, a rise in temperature and the recent hailstorm have affected the first flush, said Mukherjee. “The temperature is nearly two to three degrees higher than last year, while the rainfall received is 50-60 per cent less. Add to this the 6-7 inches of hailstorm in March, which destroyed the crop and several gardens. We have no hope of good production,” he said.
The first flush, which fetches premium prices in the domestic and international markets, is produced between the months of February and April-end. Ideally, 1.5-2mm of rainfall spread over from November to March and not too hot conditions make for a good first flush Darjeeling tea.
Not only the climatic conditions, but the weak Euro-zone is also playing spoilsport. “The weak economy in the Euro-zone has impacted the demand for Darjeeling tea. The first flush is exported to European countries like Germany, France and Japan,” said Mukherjee.
Another threat the Darjeeling tea industry is facing, and which could be a major challenge in the near future, is the influx of illegal tea leaves from Nepal that are finding their way big time in the country. “Yes, we have to admit that this (Nepal tea) is turning to be a big threat for the reputation and genuineness of Darjeeling tea. We have found  huge amounts of tea leaves from Nepal being sold as “tea from the Himalayas” in Siliguri and Kolkata and also in some European countries. This has the potential to spread quickly because the two products cannot be differentiated easily. Darjeeling tea also falls under the same category,” the DTA principal advisor said.
The 87 gardens in the hills produce around 9 million kg of tea annually. Darjeeling tea is also included and protected under the Global Indicator (GI) for its safeguard on the lines of Champagne. “We have written to the government about the influx of Nepal tea in the country. We will take up the issue again with both the state and central governments to find ways to stop this dangerous trend before it goes out of hand,” said Mukherjee. (EOIC)

North Bengal recipes Cookbook by Joseph Rozario launched

Joseph Rozario launched North Bengal recipes cookbook
Joseph Rozario, a chef and culinary expert from Siliguri, today launched a cookbook focusing on the cuisines of different tribes in north Bengal.
According Rozario, the second runner-up in the second season of MasterChef India, his book Untouched North Bengal is an attempt to document dishes prepared by tribes like Rajbangshi, Santhal, Toto, Rava and Mech.
"The region is home to several tribes and each has a variety of recipes. However, most of the dishes have lost their relevance and are slowly fading into oblivion. My book is an attempt to document these recipes before they are completely lost," said Rozario.
Three years of research and travel since mid-2012 contributed to the book with 20 recipes. There are also other 25 recipes of Bengali and Nepali dishes.
"I visited different places in the Terai and Dooars to meet members of different tribes. I met elderly members who would describe the ingredients and the method of preparation of dishes. In most cases, I asked them to prepare the dishes to have a better idea. I also tried a few," said the 29-year-old chef.
Some of the recipes include didouli bidot (pork pulao) and pakha shati (pumpkin and pork stew) of the Totos, gunra k uttu (dried leaf curry) of the Santhals and bhapa pithe (rice cake) of the Rajbangshis.
"Apart from the method of preparation, I have elaborately described the significance of each dish," Rozario said.
Rozario said his passion for cooking came from his father Horo Rozario, who was a chef at a Siliguri restaurant.
Joseph Rozario joined the army as a chef at the age of 17 and he cooked there for nine years before resigning in 2011 to participate in MasterChef India.
"My father is the inspiration. My experience of cooking for over 500 soldiers has helped me a lot too," said Rozario, who is a culinary instructor in a private school near Siliguri.(TT)

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