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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.

[Pics via: DT and HD}

SSB inaugurates toll free number to inform anti national activities on crimes

Shri Bansidhar Sharma IPS Director General SSB inaugurates toll free number to inform anti national activities on crimes
Shri Bansidhar Sharma IPS Director General, Sashastra Seema Bal today inaugurated 24x7 SSB toll free number 1800-345-325-7 for use by the general public in order to communicate information regarding anti national activities on crimes like smuggling of Narcotics, Arms and Ammunition, FICN, Human Trafficking, seek assistance for free operation of Cleft Lip and Palate and requirement of Aids and Appliances for physically challenged persons.

Shri B D Sharma was on a three day visit to Siliguri Frontier of SSB from 18th to 20th October 14 and visited border out posts at Jayanti, Nayabasti, Rangamati, Khokla, Jaigaon and Bindu on Indo-Bhutan border of Jalpaiguri district alongwith Shri Kuldiep Singh, IPS IG Siliguri Frontier to take stock of the security senerio and preparedness of the Force personnel. He also interacted with the villagers and enquired if they had any complains about the SSB personnel at Jayanti, Nayabasti, and Bindu during the Free Medical and Animal Care programmes. The people instead expressed satisfaction with SSB and sought help for establishing a Hospital and include their youth in SSBs ‘Discovering India’ study tour programmes. At BOP Bindu, Shri Sharma also inaugurated a Jawan Barrack for the SSB personnel. During his visit he also instructed local Commanders to laise with Nationalized Banks of the area to facilate implementation of Prime Ministers ‘Jan Dhan Yojana’. Shri Sharma also intracted with the Jawans during Sainik Sammelan at BOP Jayanti and Nayabasti and took stock of their problems.

                     DG, SSB today also inaugurated a modern Conference Room at Siliguri Frontier and held a high level meeting with the field Officers of the frontier and review the security senario of the Indo Nepal and Indo Bhutan order. Shri Kuldiep Singh, IPS, IG SSB Siliguri Frontier alongwith Shri K. C. Dobhal, DIG, Siliguri Frontier, Shri Roop Singh, DIG, Gangtok Sector, Shri H.S Gaddey, DIG Jalpaiguri Sector and all Officers of SSB interacted with DG, SSB during the Conference. Apart from this, during his visit he also interacted with the Divisional Commissioner of Jalpaiguri, the Commissioner of Police, Siliguri and other Civil Administration authorities to discus security related issues of the border.

While speaking with the media persons during the Press Conference held at Siliguri Frontier, Shri B. D. Sharma emphasized upon the need for SSB personnel to maintain cordial relations with the border people. To translate the idea into action he decleared some new programmes i.e., adoption of villages and schools, construction of toilets for the girl students in schools, felicitate students who secured the highest marks in board examination, assistance for cleft lip and cleft plate operations, distribution of Aids & Appliances for the physically challenged persons, etc.

Governor Kesharinath Tripathi visits Darjeeling culture and tourism fest

Governor Kesharinath Tripathi visits Darjeeling culture and tourism fest
Commending the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) for organizing the month long Culture and Tourism Festival, Bengal Governor Kesharinath Tripathi on Sunday said the initiative would help bond the hills with other parts of the country.
The Governor during the day attended the month-long festival which started from October 8 and will continue till November 7. “I feel happy to be present for this festival and thank the GTA for inviting me. I extend my wishes for the event’s success,” he said, after receiving a memento from GTA chief executive Bimal Gurung.
Lauding the performances of various hills communities, the Governor said, “In Darjeeling we are able to witness unity in diversity of different culture, tradition and emotions which attract tourists. I feel that this event is an effort of a place to bond with other states of the country”. He added, “The artists and children participating in the event have left a deep impression on me with their performance. It is a memory that I will cherish and take back with me”.
Performers of the information and cultural affairs department of the GTA and various dance academies showcased various culture and tradition through their dance and songs which the Governor keenly watched.
In his speech, Tripathi also pointed to the unique nature of the Hills. “Darjeeling is known for its three T’s-tea, timber and tourism- but I want to add three C’s. They are culture, cooperation and co-existence which makes Darjeeling what it is and people from across the country and abroad visit it often,” the Governor said.
The Bengal Governor also launched the official website- www.gta-darjeeling.org- of the GTA, today. Tomorrow afternoon, Tripathi will attend the Mirik chapter of the cultural and tourism festival before heading back to Kolkata. (EOIC)