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Tulips bloom in Deolo Tourist Lodge garden

Tulips in Deolo Tourist Lodge garden
Rows of multi-coloured tulips in full bloom is a sight to behold, and the lucky recent visitors to the picturesque Deolo Hills near here have been gorging on the veritable feast for the eyes.
The tulip bulbs were planted in the expansive gardens of the Deolo Tourist Lodge, 5km from here, in December last year on an experimental basis, and they are in bloom now.
The tourism department of the GTA had engaged Himalayan Florica, a Delhi-based company, to introduce tulip flowers in the hills to add another attraction for tourists visiting the hills during the spring.

Neeraj Chhetri, the proprietor of Himalayan Florica, said he had spoken to GTA chief executive Bimal Gurung on introducing tulips in the hills some time last year. "Within days of my meeting with him, the GTA chief accepted the proposal and we chose three places to start tulip plantations on a trial basis. Apart from Deolo, we have planted tulips at Lal Kothi and Shrubbery Park in Darjeeling. While the flowers started blooming at Deolo about 10 to 12 days back, they are yet to bloom in Darjeeling," he said.
Tulips grow from bulbs during the spring. The flower is shaped like a cup or egg and has six petals, and comes in various colours like cherry, orange, magenta, pink, crimson, and some more. "Tulips are grown mainly in hilly areas, but they had never been tried on such a scale in the Darjeeling hills. Their blooming depends on the climate and the altitude of the place. Since Kalimpong is warmer than Darjeeling, the flowers have bloomed early. We expect the Darjeeling flowers to bloom in April. This should actually be good because flower lovers among tourists can find tulips at different times in different places in the hills. If it is March in Kalimpong, it will be April in Darjeeling and other time in Mirik," said Chhetri.
In all, 40,000 bulbs imported from Holland have been planted at the three places. "We had planted 18,000 bulbs in Deolo, and all have bloomed. Some plants were stolen. Next time, we will plant the saplings in an enclosed area. Tulips are a huge draw with tourists. There is a Tulip Park in Kashmir, which drew over 12 lakh visitors last year," he said.
The other state in India where tulips are grown is Himachal Pradesh.
Maya Bhattacharya, a tourist from Calcutta, got to see in Kalimpong what she couldn't in Kashmir. "I had been to Kashmir, but couldn't see tulips there. It was a pleasant surprise for me to see them in full bloom at Deolo," she said.
The GTA chief executive, who has been camping in Kalimpong, said the experiment with tulip plantation had been a success, and more tulips would be planted at different tourist spots in the hills.
"We wanted to find out if tulips could be grown in the climatic condition of the hills. The experiment has been a success. The flowers will surely attract more tourists, both domestic and foreign. It is a shame that some flowers have been stolen. We plan to install CCTV cameras to prevent the theft," he said.(TT)

Passport Seva Laghu Kendra (PSLK) at Matigara

Passport Seva Laghu Kendra
The Union minister of state for parliamentary affairs, S.S. Ahluwalia, will inaugurate the Passport Seva Laghu Kendra (PSLK) at Matigara, on the outskirts of Siliguri town, on April 18.
"The PSLK in Siliguri will be inaugurated on April 18. We are taking all necessary arrangements so that it starts working in a full-fledged manner from the first day," Bibhuti Bhusan Kumar, the regional passport officer of Calcutta, told Metro over the phone from Calcutta.
While the complete task of processing passport applications will be conducted at the Matigara centre, the passports will be issued from Calcutta.
"Initially, the number of appointments allowed per day will be around 100. In due course, we will revise the number depending on the inflow of applications," an official said.

At present, north Bengal residents travel to Calcutta, Behrampore or Gangtok to get their passports done or to renew old passports.
Samrat Sanyal, the president of the Eastern Himalaya Travel and Tour Operators' Association, said: "There are many people in this region who want to go on foreign trips but feel discouraged as they have to travel to Calcutta or Gangtok for passports. But after the launch of the PSLK, the number of travellers going abroad from north Bengal will increase."(TT)

CPM starts Mazdoor Ekta Yatra in hills

CPM leader Saman Pathak
Saman Pathak, a former Darjeeling MP and CPM leader, today said his party had started an extensive campaign in the hills by reaching out to people at personal level.
"We are visiting tea garden workers across the hills, meeting them during their lunch break and explaining our party's stand. We are raising questions on the state government's failure to announce a minimum wage for the industry though the process started two years back," he said.
In tea gardens, the CPM is calling the campaign, Mazdoor Ekta Yatra.(TT)

Non-cooperation by banks forced to pay wages in cash

Women tea worker in Darjeeling
The Darjeeling Tea Association today said planters were forced to pay wages in cash because of non-cooperation by banks though most workers had opened bank accounts.
Bankers said there was a "huge exercise" to be completed to help tea gardens pay wages to workers through accounts and it would take more time.
"Almost 80 per cent of tea garden workers in the hills have bank accounts now. However, many gardens are forced to pay wages in cash as accounts of a lot of workers are not yet operational. We have information that some banks have confidential internal communications, directing local branches not to entertain garden workers," said Sandeep Mukherjee, the principal advisor to the DTA.

The hills have 87 tea gardens which employ around 55,000 permanent workers and 10,000 temporary labourers.
"The gardens are to set up Customer Service Points and appoint Customer Service Personnel who will liaison with tea garden workers and the bank. Many banks have not yet appointed the personnel. New ATMs haven't been set up in the hills either," alleged Mukherjee.
He said many banks demanded that the workers' accounts be opened in a tea estate's principal bank. "However, many principal banks which are in Calcutta do not have branches in the hills," said the DTA representative.
The association has asked tea gardens to collect specific instances of non-cooperation by banks by April 5 and compile a report. "We will send the report to the Prime Minister's Office and the finance minister," said Mukherjee.
The associations fears that the industry might be hauled up by the Centre for failing to follow its directive to credit wages to workers accounts.
Some bank officials said it was unfair to criticise the lenders in general. "Some banks have set up Customer Service Points. Some might not have done so. As far as I know, there is no confidential communication asking us not to entertain garden workers," said a banker who didn't want to be named.
"All paper works need to be right for an account to be activated. In many cases, the papers works were not properly done and hence, there is the delay. There is pressure on the bank infrastructure and for such a huge exercise to streamline, it will take more time," said the banker.
Another banker in Darjeeling attributed the delay in activating accounts to workers' lack of "banking knowledge".
"The workers have opened accounts but they have little banking knowledge. Many are reluctant to use ATMs cards. There are problems here and there but things are getting sorted out slowly," he said.(TT)

Tiger monitoring camera stolen at Neora Valley National Park

Neora Valley National Park
One of the camera traps installed in Neora Valley National Park to monitor the movement of tigers has been found to be stolen, senior forest department officers said today.
The forest department has filed a complaint at Kalimpong police station and initiated a probe on its own.
On January 18, a cab driver had clicked a photo of a Royal Bengal Tiger while his vehicle was passing on a road located on the fringes of the park. The forest department immediately took the task of installing eight camera traps at different locations inside the jungle to monitor the movement of the big cat and know its population and areas of habitat
"On Saturday, while patrolling the park, our staff found one of the camera traps had been stolen. This means we can no longer get photos of tigers in case they move through that area," N.S. Murali, the chief conservator of forests (wildlife, north Bengal), said.

A senior forester said the department was worried as reports of tiger poaching had come from different parts of the country.(TT)

19 Economist-cum-Credit Planer, Quinologist & Assistant Quinologist posts in PSC

West Bengal Public Service Commission
Public Service Commission invites application for the recruitment posts of 19 Economist-cum-Credit Planer, Quinologist & Assistant Quinologist. Eligible candidate may follow the instruction details below:

Total vacancies: 19

 1) Post Name: Economist-cum-Credit Planer
 No. of Vacancy: 17Posts
Pay Scale: Rs.15600-42000 /-

2)   Post Name: Quinologist
 No. of Vacancy: 01Posts
Pay Scale: Rs. 15600-42000 /-

3)   Post Name: Assistant Quinologist
 No. of Vacancy: 01Posts
Pay Scale: Rs. 15600-42000 /-

Job Location State : West Bengal
Last Date: 03-April-2017
Required Qualification: Master degree in Economics, M.Sc. degree in Chemistry or equivalent with from any government recognized Board with experience.
Age Limit :- 30 Years & Maximum is 40 Years.

How To Apply : All candidates have to fill Application form through official website on or before 03 April 2017
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477 Assistant, Sub Assistant Engineer recruitment in WBSEDCL

WBSEDCL Recruitment
West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (WBSEDCL) invites application for the recrutment posts of 477 Assistant and Sub Assistant Engineer (Civil/Electrical) . Eligible and interested candidate can follow the instruction below.

Sub Assistant Engineer
Total Vacancy: – 365 Posts.
Name of posts: –
1) Sub Assistant Engineer (Civil) – 42 posts.
2) Sub Assistant Engineer (Electrical) – 323 posts.
Eligibility: – Diploma.
Location: – West Bengal.
Last date: – 07 April 2017.
Age limit: – 18 to 27 years.
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Assistant Engineer 

Total Vacancy: – 112 posts.

Name of post: – 
Assistant Engineer and Trade-wise vacancy is mentioned below-
1) Electrical – 57 posts.
2) Civil – 38 posts.
3) IT & C – 17 posts.
Eligibility: – Graduation/ B. Tech degree.
Location: – West Bengal.
Last date: – 24 March 2017.
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मोर्चा मङपु लाब्दा समष्टिको सांगाठानिक सभा

Sabhasad Ratan Kumar Thapa addressing meeting in mungpoo
गत शनिबार स्थानीय रोय बङलोमा गोर्खा जनमुक्ति मोर्चा मङपु लाब्दा समष्टिको सांगठानिक सभा समष्टि अध्यक्ष उर्गेन शेर्पाको अध्यक्षता अनि क्षेत्रीय सभासद रतन कुमार थापा को बिशेष उपस्थितिमा समपन्न भयो | सभालाई संचालन गर्दै समष्टि सचिव रतन लामाले बर्तमानमा समष्टि अधिनस्थ सम्पूर्ण शाखाहरुको सांगाठानिक गतिविधि बारे चर्चा गर्नु नै सभाको मूल विषय रहेको जनाए | आ – आफ्नो शाखाको स्थिति अनि समस्या लिएर सिन्कोना तीन माइल शाखा सचिव हिकमत राज शर्मा, लाब्दा बस्ति शाखा सचिव विवेक छेत्री, विचकमानबाट सचिव सुजित तामांग, मङपु विभाग सचिव लिलाबहादुर छेत्री, रेशेप बजार सचिव निर्मल थापा, रेशेप शाखा सभापति रुपास बोम्जन, हाइवेबाट प्रतिनिधि सुकबीर चामलिंग, रङजु भेल्लीबाट विवश थापा आदिले आफ्नो शाखाको जानकारी दिंदै कतिपय शाखाहरु आज पर्यान्त विकासदेखि विमुख रहेको गुनासो पोखाए भने कतिपय शाखाका प्रतिनिधिले आफ्नो क्षेत्रमा भएको विकासको निम्ति पार्टी, सभासद अनि अध्यक्ष बिमल गुरुङलाई धन्यबाद जनाए | सम्बोधनको क्रममा केन्द्रीय समिति सदस्य मिरेन लामाले गोर्खाहरुको मूल मुद्दा दबाउन सरकार पूर्ण रुपले लागिपरेको बताउँदै यतिबेला पार्टीभित्रका नेतृत्वहरु अनि समर्थकहरु सचेत हुनपर्ने आह्वान गरे | आफ्नो कुरा राख्दै लामाले कालेबुंग जिल्ला निर्माण गरेकोमा हर्ष प्रकट गर्दै अब दुईवटा जिल्ला भइसकेकोले छुट्टै राज्य गोर्खाल्याण्ड मागको अझ प्रभाव बढेर जाने बताए तर जनाधार भएको पार्टी गोजमुमो अध्यक्ष एवम जीटीए मुख्य कार्यपालसित कुनै सम्पर्क र सुझाव नराखी जिल्ला निर्माण गरेकोमा सरकारप्रति शंका व्यक्त गरे | बर्तमानमा पश्चिम बङ्गाल सरकार अध्यक्ष बिमल गुरुङको शक्तिलाई कम्जोर गराउन सकभर लागिपरेको र यो प्रयासलाई सफल पनि आफ्नै गोर्खे सन्तानका मानिसहरु बोर्डको पछाडि झण्डा फेर्ने काम गरेकोमा दुख व्यक्त गर्दै गोरामुमो, जाप र अन्य पार्टीहरु तृणमूलसित साँठगाँठ राखेर अघि बढेकोले मोर्चा बाहेक अन्य पार्टी गोर्खाल्याण्ड मुद्दा प्रति इमान्दार नरहेको किटानसम्म गरे | मङपु लाब्दा समष्टि सभासद रतन कुमार थापाले पनि आफ्नो सम्बोधनमा गोजमुमोले पार्टी मात्र नगरेर मुद्दा पनि बोकेर हिंडेकोले कतिपय समस्या र संघर्षहरु आइपरेको र यस्तो समस्याको सामना गर्दै पनि गोर्खाल्याण्डको मुद्दालाई सफल पार्न अध्यक्ष गुरुङ लागिपरेको कुरा जनाए | बोर्डलाई अस्त्र बनाएर सरकारले गोर्खा जातिलाई टुक्रा टुक्रा पारिरहेको र हाम्रै सन्तानहरु क्षणिक लोभ र लालचमा डुबेर खुशीयाली मनाएको तर यो गल्तिले गोर्खाहरुको भविष्य अन्धकार भएर जाने चिन्ता व्यक्त गर्दै समय हुँदानै सबै जागरुक हुने अपिल गरे | मङपु लाब्दा समष्टिलाई अध्यक्ष गुरुङले पूर्ण मान्यता दिंदै आइरहेको कुरा राख्दै मङपुमा धेरै विकासमुलक कामहरु पनि भएको ठोकुवा समेत गरे | गोरामुमो शासनकालमा विकासदेखि विमुख मङपुलाई आज गोजमुमोको शासनकालमा हेर्दै धेरै बिकाश भएर गएको पनि सबैले मुल्यांकन गर्ने अनुरोध गरे | पहाडको विभिन्न समष्टिबाट झण्डा फेर्ने काम भइरहेको बेला यो समष्टिका जनताहरु सचेत भएकोले आजपर्यान्त पार्टी र अध्यक्ष गुरुङ प्रति आस्था राख्दै अडिक भएर बसेको आजको उपस्थितिले नै प्रमाण दिएको तिनले बताए |  अझ संगठनमा जिम्मेवारी बहन गरेर बसेका पदाधिकारीहरुले पनि सक्रियरुपमा आफ्नो कर्तब्य पालन गर्ने र मिलेर संगठनलाई शक्तिशाली बनाउने सल्लाह दिए | यही सभामा सभासदले आगमी बीस दिनभित्रमा मङपु लाब्दा समष्टि नारी मोर्चा गठन गर्ने जिम्मेवारी पनि समष्टि कमिटिलाई दिएको छ | उनले अझ कति ठाउँमा गर्नुअर्ने बिकासमुलक काम पनि गर्ने बचन दिंदै गोर्खाल्याण्ड मुद्दाको निम्ति अध्यक्ष बिमल गुरुङले भारतका प्रधानमन्त्रीलाई दिएको ज्ञापन पत्रबारे पनि संक्षिप्तमा सबैलाई जानकारी गराए | यसरी नै अध्यक्षीय सम्भाषण राख्दै उर्गेन शेर्पाले सम्पूर्ण उपस्थितिलाई धन्यबाद दिए भने टीमवर्कले संगठन दह्रिलो हुने कुरा राख्दै गोर्खाल्याण्डको निम्ति संधै सबै एकत्रित हुने आह्वान गरे | उनले सम्पूर्ण शाखा प्रतिनिधिहरुले अब सभा डाकेर बर्तमान सांगाठानिक गतिबिधि माथि चर्चा गर्ने आह्वान गर्दै आगमी दिनहरुमा पनि यसरी नै सक्रीय भएर सभामा उपस्थित भइदिने अपिल गरे | उनले अझ पदमा बसेर निष्क्रिय रहनेहरुलाई निष्कासित गर्न परे पनि पछि नहट्ने मन्तब्य राखे | सभामा दातडुप्लालेयु केन्द्रीय समिति महासचिव गगन राई, कानुनी सल्लाहकार राम पोख्रेल, प्रमुख सल्लाहकार प्रदीप छेत्री, कोषाध्यक्ष भुपाल मोक्तान, उपसभापति विसाल डुक्पा, सहसचिव अजय छेत्री, जीपीटीओ सर्कल सचिव सुदेश थापा, समष्टि सहसचिव किरण थापा, नारी मोर्चा प्रतिनिधि मिरा दाहाल, सुर्यमणि राई, बुनु थापा, जयन्त गिरी, युवा मोर्चा अध्यक्ष विकास गुरुङ, उपाध्यक्ष मुकेश थापा, जेएसटीओ सभापति कमल छेत्री, युनियन मङपु जोन अध्यक्ष सुरेन राई, सचिव किशन बुडाथोकी, प्रचार प्रसार सचिव बुद्ध कुमार थापा अनि अन्यको उपस्थिति रहेको जानकारी युवा मोर्चा प्रवक्ता अनित खातीले दिएको छ ||