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Tennis tournament in Darjeeling in the name of Tenzing Norgay Sherpa

Open tennis tournament at the Gymkhana Club Darjeeling
A three-day open tennis championship got underway in Darjeeling today to mark the 100th birth anniversary year of Tenzing Norgay Sherpa. The event has been jointly organised by the Tenzing Norgay Sherpa Foundation and the Darjeeling Gymkhana Club.
More than 50 players are participating in the championship from places such as Delhi, Dehradun, Patna, Kolkata, Siliguri and even Bhutan. Talking about the tournament and its objectives, TNSF president Jamling Tenzing Norgay, son of the late Everester, said, “Our primary aim is to promote tennis in the hills. The sport has following and scope, but has not been promoted properly. We hope this open championship will help boost interest among local talents.”
Another reason Jamling cited the event was being held to commemorate his father’s centennial birth anniversary. “This year is the 100th birth anniversary year of my father and we (the Sherpa community) wanted to honour him in a fitting manner. Tennis in the hills is an upcoming sport and since my father always encouraged new sporting activities, we thought it best to promote the game by holding a tournament in his name,” said Jamling, who is himself an Everester.
Tenzing Noragy was born on May 29, 1914 and he and Sir Edmund Hillary of New Zealand were the first men ever to scale Mount Everest in 1953. He remained as the field director and adviser of the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute in Darjeeling, which was established by Jawaharlal Nehru in the mountaineer’s honour, until his death in May 1986.
On May 29 of this year, the HMI held a programme to honour the mountaineer on his 100th birth anniversary. The event, however, was organised with minimal fanfare and some parts were even cancelled as a mark of respect to the 16 Sherpas who died in an avalanche in April while scaling Everest and also the three people who went missing at Kanchenjunga the following month.
Jamling further said efforts would be on to make the tournament an annual event. “Competitions in various sporting fields are organised in the hills every year, but tennis has not been in the limelight. Therefore, going by the current enthusiasm of both youths and veterans, we also intend to make the tournament an annual event to further promote the game here,” he said.
Seshmani Gurung, a club member and coordinator of the championship, said, “The Club has been organising a tennis tournament every year in April called Invitation Tournament since the last 16 years, but the new tournament will be play an added advantage in promoting tennis among the youths of the hills.”
Gurung also informed the club has been holding winter camps for tennis for youths under 19 years since the past two years.
The ongoing competition has four categories under the Men’s Open Single and the Veterans’ Open Single (age above 45), which carries cash prizes of Rs 20,000 for the winner and Rs 15,000 for the runner-up. Meanwhile, the Men’s Open Double and the Veterans’ Open Double has a cash prize of Rs 15,000 for the winner and Rs 10,000 for the runner-up. The Gymkhana Club has three courts and they will host 18 to 25 matches per day on an average to culminate in the finals on November 2.

Source: EOIC

Chowrasta to become no-vending zone

Chowrasta to become no-vending zone
Darjeeling, Oct. 30: The Darjeeling municipality has decided to make the town’s main promenade Chowrasta a “no-vending zone” on the request of morning walkers.

By “no-vending zone”, the municipality means other than 12 temporary hawkers’ stalls on Mall Road, no other shop would be allowed to be set up on Chowrasta.

Most of the shops are concentrated on Mall Road, which the municipality plans to remove. Nehru Road, a path to Chowrasta, would also be part of the no-vending zone, as will be the road leading to Hotel Alice Villa.

Civic chairman Amar Singh Rai said no vendors, other than the 12 allotted temporary space on Mall Road would be allowed in the area.

The municipality is yet to pass a resolution on this.

Chowrasta has seen a steady rise of hawkers in the past year. Around 40 vendors have stalls on the stretch leading to the Mahakal temple on Mall Road.

This morning, the Darjeeling Environment Conservation Awareness Programme, popularly known as the Morning Health Club, submitted a memorandum to Rai.

Many senior citizens are members of the club.

Tshering Dorjee, the president of the Darjeeling Environment Conservation Awareness Programme, wrote: “Mall and Chowrasta has always been a favourite spot both for tourists as well as locals, where people of all ages come to stroll and relax. But… hawkers stalls along the stretch leading towards Chowrasta makes (the roads) very narrow and inconvenient for commuters.”

Last year, vendors had been removed from Nehru Road and given space along the road that leads to Hotel Alice Villa.

Twelve hawkers could not be accommodated and were allotted space along the Mall Road.

This afternoon, Rai said: “We have heard the grievances of the Morning Health Club. It is true that only 12 hawkers who could not be accommodated along the road that leads to Hotel Alice Villa were allowed to put up stalls on the Mall Road.”

He said the municipality had “started conducting a survey from today”.

He added: “We will not allow any other vendor (except the 12) to put up stalls in the area. The municipality will soon adopt a resolution in the board meeting making Chowrasta a no-vending zone.”

Earlier this year, the Morning Health Club had opposed the construction of a hawkers’ market at Chowrasta.

The members have also opposed illegal construction in the Mall area. “We are aware that the municipality had allowed only 12 hawkers to put up stalls in the area purely on temporary basis. But over the months, the number of hawkers has multiplied at an alarming rate. We request the municipality to declare the area as a no-construction, no vending zone as well as free from advertising hoarding and flexes,” Dorjee said.

Source: TT

Tung-Dilaram Taxi Association, Kurseong repairs road

Tung-Dilaram Taxi Association, Kurseong repairs road
Members of the Tung-Dilaram Taxi Association, Kurseong, (TDTA) have finally got a good stretch of the link-road they always wanted to park their vehicles.
Tired of requesting the authorities concerned to have the road repaired, the members themselves completed the repair work on the road near Harijan Samiti Building at Park Location in the town today.
Talking to reporters, the chief advisor and a senior member of the TDTA, Ramesh Lama, said the administration had provided them with a parking space at Park Location, but they always had problems taking their vehicles to the parking lot, given the bad condition of the link road.
“We were forced to park our vehicles randomly at other places or roads in and around Park Location, while we had to face the ire of both the traffic police and the people around,” he said.
Mr Lama claimed that they had informed of the matter and made several requests to the local leadership, members of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) and the ward-number 13 councilor regarding the poor condition of the road, but in vain.“With help from some individuals, the members of the association themselves repaired around 15 to 20 metres of the road, so that we can drive properly to the space and park our vehicles,” Mr Lama said. 
According to the president of the association, Biren Tamang, they presently have 14 taxis and 28 members (drivers and cleaners) in their association.
The association members said some members of the Harijan community living in the area helped them by providing breakfast and lunch as they repaired the road. Association members, drivers and cleaners also contributed money for the work, while the GTA public relation o, RB Lama, also funded Rs 1000 from his own pocket.
Kurseong municipality chairman Samirdip Blon said the move is “a good and appreciable initiative.”
“Had the association made a written request, the municipality would have certainly looked into the matter,” he said.(sns)

मङपु पुलिस पोस्ट प्रभारी गौतम मालिकको स्थानन्तरण

police ASI gautam malik in Mungpooरङली रङलीयट थाना अन्तर्गत पर्ने मङपु पुलिस पोस्ट प्रभारी ए.एस.आई. गौतम मालिक आज यहाँबाट स्थानान्तर भई विधान नगर थानामा गएका छन | उनी गत बर्ष अक्टुबर महिनामा यस पुलिस चौकीमा प्रभारीको रुपमा आएका थिए भने प्राय एक बर्षको कार्यकालपछि उनी यहाँबाट बिधाननगर थानामा स्थान्तरण भएका छन | उनलाई आज यहाको पुलिस चौकीमा सम्पूर्ण संघ संस्था अनि चालक संगठनका प्रतिनिधिवर्ग  साथै राजनैतिक नेतागणले खदामाला अर्पण गर्दै उपहारहरु प्रदान गरेर बिधाई दिए भने आज उनको ठाउँमा मङपु पुलिस पोस्टमा थाना प्रभारीको भार सम्हाल्न पुलिस अधिकारी दलबहादुर बिश्वकर्म आएका छन भने उनलाई पनि मङपुको जनताले स्वागत जनाएको छ | स्मरण रहोस पहिले यस मङपु पुलिस पोस्टमा एस.आई. मात्र पुलिस प्रभारी थिए भने गत एक बर्षदेखि ए.एस.आई.ले मात्र पुलिस चौकीको रुपमा देखरेख गर्दै आईरहेका छन जसको कारण यहाको जनताले केही  ठुलो दुर्घटना भएर एफआआर गर्न परे रङली रङलीयट थाना जानु पर्ने भएको जनताको गुनासो रहेको छ | प्राय एक लाख जनसंख्या भएको ठाउ मङपुमा अनि यस मङपु पुलिस पोस्टमा पनि पहिले जस्तै पुलिस एस.आई नै सम्बन्धित विभागबाट दिए असल हुने थियो भनि स्थानीय जनताको मांग रहिआएको छ |

GTA to transfer employees as they failed to participate in Swacch Bharat Abhiyan

SS Ahluwalia Bimal Gurung in Swacch Bharat Abhiyan in Darjeeling
Darjeeling, Oct. 29: The Gorkhaland Territorial Administration Sabha has decided to transfer four employees, three of them singers and the other a Group-D employee, of the information and cultural affairs department from Darjeeling to Kurseong for not turning up for a clean drive led by hill body’s chief Bimal Gurung yesterday.
Gurung and Darjeeling MP S.S. Ahluwalia had yesterday launched the Swacch Bharat Abhiyan, a national drive for cleanliness, from Chowrasta, where Gurung had said that he wanted the GTA to be a model for the campaign in Bengal. Today, Gurung came to the Mall and was seen cleaning the areas near the Gorkha Rangamanch Bhavan along with GTA employees till around 4pm.
The three singers of the cultural affairs department who will be transferred are Remu Pakhrin, Rupa Lama and Lalita Rai.
The fourth person to be transferred to Kurseong is Pema Bhutia, a Group-D employee.
Binay Tamang, the executive GTA Sabha member in-charge of the information and broadcast department, said: “The GTA has decided to transfer four staff members of the information and cultural affairs department from Darjeeling to Kurseong as they failed to participate in the Swacch Bharat Abhiyan.” 

Source: TT

Darjeeling Gymkhana taller hill building gets notice

Darjeeling Gymkhana taller hill building gets notice
The Darjeeling municipality today started dismantling a portion of an under-construction building belonging to a hotelier along Nehru Road in Chowrasta as it was taller than the maximum permitted height in the hills.

Civic officials said they would also serve a notice on the Darjeeling Gymkhana Club for constructing a building that violated the municipal rule that no building in the hills must be taller than 11.5m.

Municipality workers said the building that is being demolished belongs to Urgen Palzor, who owns a hotel in Darjeeling.

“We had served a notice on the owner about three months back. Although the owner stopped further construction, he did not dismantle the portion which had exceeded the restricted height,” said Amar Singh Rai, the chairman of Darjeeling municipality.

According to the West Bengal Municipality Act, height restriction for buildings in Darjeeling is 11.5m, which is approximately the height of a four-storey building.

Rai said the construction on Nehru Road was almost six-storey-high. “Our workers have already started demolishing two floors,” he said.

The building was being constructed for commercial and residential purposes. Only the two floors that have crossed the 11.5m height would be demolished, municipal sources said.

Palzor could not be contacted and sources said he was in Arunachal Pradesh. His family runs a hotel in Darjeeling.

According to sources, Palzor had sought permission from the civic authorities for the construction within the permissible height.

Rai said the Darjeeling Gymkhana Club, too, was coming up with a new construction which is higher than 11.5m.

“Their construction has also touched six floors. We are sending a notice to them,” said the civic chairman.

Sources said the club started the construction last year and about four months back the civic body sent a notice asking the authorities to stop work.

Officials of the club refused comment.

The Darjeeling Gymkhana Club Limited was established in 1909. It is above the Mall Road next to Raj Bhavan. The club’s website states it has a “membership strength of 400 permanent members and 49 special members.”

The special members are mostly gazetted government officials.

Source: TT

स्वच्छ भारत अभियान मङपुमा

Swaach Bharat Abhiyan in mungpoo
मङपु २९ अक्टुबर(केशर मोक्तान): देशका प्रधानमन्त्री नरेन्द्र मोदी द्वारा जारी गरिएको स्वच्छ भारत अभियान योजनालाई साकर पार्न आज देखि मङपुको विभिन्न ठाउमा सफाई अभियान शुरु गरियो | आज गोजयुमो मङपु लाब्दा समष्टि अनि मङपू युथ बोइज क्लबको नेतृत्वमा स्थानीय मङपु जनमैदान परिसर अनि मङपु सरस्वती कन्या बिधालय परिसरमा साफसफाई गरियो | २६ अनि २७ अक्टुबर मङपू बार्षिक दिपवाली खेलकुद अनि मेलाको कारण यस क्षेत्र मैला थियो भने आज उक्त क्षेत्रमा युवाहरुले साफसफाई गर्दै मैला कुचेलालाई जलाउने कार्य गरे | आजको यस साफसफाई अभियान  कार्यक्रममा गोर्खा जनमुक्ति युवा मोर्चा केन्द्र समिति सदस्य उर्गेन शेर्पा,युवा मोर्चा सभापति बिज्ञान मिश्र, दाडुप्लालेयु सचिव गगन राई, लगायत गोजामुमो मङपु जोनका पार्टी कार्यकर्ता साथै मङपु बोईज क्लबका युवाहरु उपस्थित थिए | आगामी दिनमा प्रत्येक आइतबार मङपु रेसेप बजार नालीडाड़ा अनि अन्य ठाउमा युवा मोर्चाले साफ सफाई अभियान जारी राख्ने साथै पर्यावरण साथै आ आफ्नो परिसर साफसफाई राख्नको निम्ति सबैलाई जागरुक गराउदै सचेतनामुलक कार्यक्रम राखिने जानकारी युवा मोर्चा केन्द्र समिति सदश्य उर्गेन शेर्पाले जनाए |
अर्कोतिर प्रधानमन्त्रीद्वारा जारी गरिएको स्वच्छ भारत अभियान योजनालाई साकार रुप दिन २८ अक्टुबर २०१४ को दिन स्थानीय सरस्वती बिधालयले पनि स्वच्छ भारत अभियान दिवश पालन गरियो | सरस्वती उच्च माध्यमिक बिधालयले उक्त अभियानलाई मुर्त रुप दिन समग्र शिक्षक शिशिका तथा बिधार्थीवर्गले खुबै जोश र जागरको साथमा पाठशाला परिसर सफाई गरे | यस पाठशालाले बर्षको शुरु देखि नै परिवेश स्वच्छ राखौ योजनालाई बिधालयकै दैनिक  कार्यक्रमसंग  गरि आएको हुनाले प्रधानमन्त्री मोदीको स्वच्छ भारत अभियानलाई अग्रिम रुपमा स्वीकारेको जानकारी बिधालयका प्रध्यापिका देवीका तामांङले दिएका छन |
यसै अभियान अन्तरगत २८ अक्टुबरको दिन रङबी ज्ञानपीठ उच्चतर माध्यमिक बिधालयको प्रगनमा बिधालयका प्रधान अध्यापक बीके गुरुङ साथै शिक्षक शिक्षिकागण लगायत अशिक्षण कर्मचारीहरुको उपस्थितिमा देशको प्रधानमन्त्री दवारा संचालित स्वच्छ भारत अभियान कार्यक्रम बिहान ९.३० बजे देखि प्रधान अध्यापकको सम्भाषणद्वारा सम्पन्न गरियो | सहशिक्षक सुजीत तामांङदवारा संचालित कार्यक्रममा प्रधानअध्यापकले बिधार्थीवर्गलाई स्वच्छ भारत अभियानको औचित्य बारे औगत गराउदै भने की हाम्रो देशको प्रधानमन्त्री ले संचालन गरेको यस कार्यक्रममा आज हामी स्वयम् भागीदारी बनेर देशको कुना कन्दरा तिर पनि स्वच्छ वातावरणको माहोल  बनाएर देशको स्वच्छ अनि स्वास्थ्य नागारिक बनिन हाम्रो निम्ति गौरवको कुरो हुनेछ भन्दै कार्यक्रममा सिस्टर निबेदिताको जन्मदिनको औचित्य बारे सबैलाई बताए |यसरी बिधार्थी साथ साथै बिधालयका शिक्षक शिक्षिकावर्गले पाठशाला परिसर अनि दोकानडाड़ा,गुम्बा डाडा कोठीधुरा आदि क्षेत्रहरुमा साफसफाई गरे |

Unexpected snowfall in Sandakphu in October

Unexpected snowfall in Sandakphu in October
DARJEELING: An unexpected, early snowfall in Sandakphu last Sunday October has led to a sudden rush of tourists to Darjeeling.

Even though most are likely to be disappointed — it snowed for just an hour in Sandakphu and an encore is not expected — hoteliers and travel agents expect the rush to continue since it has brought the mercury down sharply. Tourists, they believe, will settle for the early chill even if they can't catch the snow. Tiger Hill near Darjeeling had received heavy snowfall in January this year.

Sandakphu, located at a height 11,900 feet, is nearly 60 km from Darjeeling.

On Sunday, it received a sudden snowfall, taking locals and visitors by surprise. It usually snows in Sandakphu between December and March. As word spread, many drove to Sandakphu from Darjeeling, though the snowfall had stopped within an hour. "It has led to an overnight spurt in the number of tourists. We have been flooded with enquiries and booking requests. The tourist season is still on so rooms are difficult to arrange. But it seems everyone wants to catch the snow in Darjeeling," said Rajesh Rajak, general manager, Hotel Anand Palace.

Ranjit Ghosh, a tourist from Kolkata, rued missing the snow by a whisker. His hotel manager had informed him about the snowfall and even arranged a car for him to drive up to Sandakphu. But by the time Ghosh reached, it had stopped snowing. "I am not planning to return. But will definitely give it a try in January," said Ghosh, who is travelling with his family.

Most hotels in Darjeeling are booked to capacity. But the snowfall has come at a good time for the hill station, said hoteliers. The season was about to end in a week's time, only to resume in mid-December. "But with new tourists coming in, the season is likely to be extended. We have also gained from the flood in Jammu and Kashmir. A substantial number of tourists, especially from the northern and western parts of the country have changed their travel plans to visit Darjeeling," added Rajak.

Till five years back, the December-January period was predominantly a season for foreigners in Darjeeling. It has changed over the last few years with thousands of locals travelling to Darjeeling during the peak winter period. Lower air fares and the occasional snowfall has helped to draw in winter tourists, according to Anil Punjabi, chairman of the Travel Agents Federation of Eastern India.

"People now make their travel plans well in advance to avail cheaper air tickets. Many have started timing their trips to Darjeeling in December-January when it is likely to have snowfall. It has been a big attraction. Also, many have started visiting Darjeeling over extended weekends. It is no longer just a long-holiday destination. This unexpected snowfall has led to a surge that may lead to a rise in the number of winter tourists for Darjeeling remains an eternal favourite," said Punjabi.

The mercury has slid sharply in Darjeeling. While day temperatures have been hovering around 13-14 degree mark, the mercury has been dipping to 8-9 degrees in the evening. In January this year, Darjeeling had seen a similar temperature drop after a heavy snowfall in Sandakphu. Hundreds had visited Sandakphu to witness the rare occurrence, braving a thick blanket of fog that halted traffic on the road.

Source: TOI