Candle march to pay tributes to dr. Apj abdul kalam (missile man to people's president) organised by All assam gorkha students union (AAGSU) Bokajan regional committee supported by Silonijan Chamber of commerce and The Rainbow n.g.o. silonijan at Silonijan chariali date: 29th july 2015. sri Narayan chetry, Organisation Sec. AAGSU, B.R.C. said the objective of the programme and sri Lakhi Limbu ,President AAGSU,B.R.C. speak few words about dr. APJ Abdul Kalam . Sri Chiraj Engti, o.c. barpathar , p.s. and sri Atindra Daulagajao. C.o, v.d.o. barpathar ps light the earthen lamp and sri promod goshwami and sri pappu rai local social worker gave flowerel tribute to dr. Apj abdul kalam. Along with this many other dignitaries, teachers local social worker and students including more then 300 members were present in the programme.
Darjeeling municipality authorities stopped the installation of a reliance mobile tower, which was being installed without any permission from the Municipality.
According to sources, following the recent Landslides in Darjeeling region, the Darjeeling Municipality is taking the legality of all constructions very seriously. According to a municipal authority, they raided a house in Ward - 19, Judge Bazar and confiscated materials. The municipality has earlier rejected the installation of 5 more mobile towers in the area.
Speaking to the press Municipal Councillor Mr. Shailendra Chhetri said that we have put a BAN on the installation of mobile towers, and we will prevent anyone who tries to install one without prior permission.
He said, "Mobile towers emit harmful radiations, and can pose as threat to human health... and unless we have done proper investigation we cannot permit installation of such towers in residential areas"
He added, "Not just the municipality, but even the common public has a moral responsibility to stop the installation of such towers if proper procedures have not been followed."
He said that, "any company that wants to instal such towers will from now have to get prior permission from the Municipality, as well as the local residents where the proposed tower is supposed to be set up."
[File pic shows a mobile tower installed on the roof house, damaged after a hurricane]
Gorkha Janmukti Morcha got a huge GJM boost in Dooars, as 1311 people joined Morcha in the presence of GJM Chief Bimal Gurung.
Attending a special function organized at Tukvar where people from Dooars had some in droves to join Morcha, GJM chief Bimal Gurung shared a dose of pragmatism to those who were in attendance. He said, “there is a silent ploy to divide us into fragments… ploy to ensure that we end up fighting amongst ourselves… we need to avoid all that… it is high time that we all stand united as one family, till we achieve Gorkhaland statehood…”
He further stated, “even before Independence, our region was a hot-bed of politics… but no political party or leader did us any justice… our rights have been trampled upon and we have continued to be discriminated against… no one will come for our rescue, we have to save ourselves… and that won’t happen till we all stand as one and fight for our rights.”
Telling people to be patient he said, “it takes time for good things to happen… I may not be able to fulfill all your demands right away, but that should not be a reason for you all to leave us and join another party… together we have to fulfill our needs and demands, and that is only possible with the formation of Gorkhaland … Now we have to give up our differences and work towards building strong foundations for our next generation.”
Amongst those joining yesterday were members from Rava community as well, who are indigenous to our region, and are considered to be one of the most marginalized communities in Bengal.
youth from Jharkhand was produced in court today on charges of cheating
a housewife from Darjeeling and sent to seven days in police remand.
Police on Tuesday evening arrested Prakash Kumar Singh (21), a student
from Jharkhand, on the charge of duping Yanzi Sherpa of Ganesh Gram in
Darjeeling of Rs2.35 lakh.
According to assistant public prosecutor
Pankaj Prasad, in January of this year, Singh introducing himself as a
representative of the popular reality show, ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’, had
called Sherpa to inform her that she had been chosen as the “lucky
winner” of Rs25 lakh, but she had to first deposit Rs2.35 lakh.
The APP said the Jharkhand youth then
gave Sherpa an ISD phone number, which apparently belonged to a bank
manager, and asked her to call him for further details. “Since it was an
ISD number she (Sherpa) only gave a missed call. She, however, got a
call back from the same number and was confirmed that she had won Rs25
lakh. The victim was given three separate bank account numbers and was
asked to deposit the money in them,” Prasad said.
The three banks that Sherpa was asked to
deposit the money were IDBI, ICICI and Punjab National Bank. “The
unsuspecting victim deposited the Rs2.35 lakh as asked by the accused in
the banks within two days. But when she received no further
communication, Sherpa realised she had been duped and lodged a complaint
with the Sadar police station,” the APP said. The police started a case
under Section 420 of the Indian Penal Code and 66 of the IT Act.
Investigation revealed that the three
accounts given to Sherpa were located in Jharkhand and so the police
immediately got them frozen.
The police action had its desired effect
as the youth from Jharkhand started calling Sherpa asking her to take
back the complaint. “The accused started calling the victim asking her
to take back the complaint and also assured her that the money would be
returned,” Prasad said.
There were no calls from Singh for a
while until a few days ago and Sherpa immediately informed the police.
“Sherpa asked the accused to come to Darjeeling as part of the plan to
nab him. On
Tuesday, Singh arrived in Darjeeling and
he was arrested in the evening,” the APP said. Singh was produced in
the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) court in Darjeeling, today and sent
to seven days police remand. “CJM Gurudas Biswas directed the accused to
be sent to police custody for further investigation,” Prasad said. The
police refused to comment saying the possibility of a larger nexus could
not be ruled out and that it could affect the investigation. (EOIC)
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A Darjeeling-based band has left for Germany to participate in
Wacken Open Air, a well known heavy metal competition, after spending
more than a month here to pool in funds for their trip.
Sycorax is the only band from India to be selected for the event. They will perform in Germany tomorrow.
"Our family pooled in to buy our flight tickets but it was difficult
to get the funds. We had approached the state government but they said
they could not finance such events, but Bimal Gurung, the GTA chief gave
us Rs 2 lakh and has promised to pool in further once we return," said
Trivesh Subba, the vocalist of the band.
"We first sent our song demo to the organisers and we were then
invited to participate in a competition at Guwahati on May 14. After we
won the competition, we had to compete with other bands from across
India at Bangalore on June 5. On winning the Bangalore event, we were
selected to perform at the Wacken Open Air competition," said Subba.
The festival was first organised in 1990 and Sycorax is the fifth band from India to participate in the event.
"It is a dream come true as every band involved in heavy metal aspires to participate in this competition," said Subba.
Apart from Subba, the band includes Ribesh Gurung on the drums, Gautam Singh as the lead guitarist and Ravi Singh on the bass.
The band has christened their music as "Pavitra Gorkha Metal" which blends Nepali folk songs with heavy metal.(TT)
educationist and former vice chancellor of Central University of
Sikkim, Dr Mahendra P Lama has blamed the GTA for sluggish development
in the hills, accusing the hill body of being wielded by the state
government just to administer the region. Sharpening his attack on the
GJM chief Bimal Guung, Lama said: “The GTA has failed to work
effectively in the Darjeeling hills as it is always running under the
clutches of the Trinamool run state government. There are not much
important development works done by the department, as people in many
remote villages are still deprived of basic necessities. GTA chief Bimal
Gurung and his aides should learn foresightedness, as it seems they are
unable to see history repeating itself in the hills. During the
administration of the GNLF party headed by Subash Ghising, the CPIM who
was in power then cleverly devised the DGHC to sidetrack the party from
the statehood demand. Likewise, following the footsteps of its arch
rival, the TMC coined the GTA to distract Gurung and his party from
demanding Gorkhaland. If the situation persists for long, then the GTA
chief may have to shoulder all that Subash Ghising underwent.
“The TMC has built the GTA as a
helicopter for the people of Darjeeling hills, but fitted the wheels of a
tractor underneath. So how can the engine take flight? Inert polity and
static development in the region will one day lead to vigorous
agitation which would pulverize not only Darjeeling district but also
north Bengal,” said Lama speaking to Hindusthan Samachar over the
Expressing happiness over the Kailash
Masarovar pass being opened in Sikkim, Lama said, “In the years 2005 and
2006, I had sent a report to the Centre asking for opening of the route
wherein I had even mentioned areas of north Bengal such as Malbazaar,
Gorubathan and Pedong be opened for the sacred pilgrimage.” Opening of
the routes will boost the economy of the region, he added. (HS)
on Tuesday, the Darjeeling municipality has started demolishing high
rises flouting the building norms laid down in the Bengal Municipal Act,
an issue that has been raised by Gorkha Janmukti Morcha president Bimal
Gurung in the aftermath of the recent earthquake and landslides. The
municipality staff and some workers started dismantling the two floors
of an under construction building located between H.D. Lama Road and
N.B. Singh Road in the heart of town. The particular building is jointly
owned by four persons- Nausad Siddique, Md. Umar, Imran Hingun and Dawa
Diki Sherpa. The owners had started fresh constructions after the
original structure was completely destroyed in a devastating fire in
“We have started demolishing buildings
that are flouting the B.M. Act. We are doing this after having served
notices to the owners,” said Sukhbahadur Biswakarma, the municipality
vice-chairman, who is overseeing the dismantling process.
On Monday, the GJM president had raised
the issue of illegal high rises that were mushrooming in the hills and
asked the municipality to demolish them. “Tourists come to the hills to
enjoy the greenery and the beautiful environment. They have lots of
buildings in their places and don’t want to see such structures here.
The municipality should dismantle all illegal structures. I will see who
objects,” he had said in a function in Darjeeling.
In fact, Gurung specifically pointed out
to the two floors of the building that was started being dismantled on
Tuesday. The GJM president, who will be leaving for Delhi on August 1,
had even said that he himself would demolish the structure upon his
return, if it was found that no steps had been taken by the
The municipality started a survey in all
the wards in Darjeeling after the Nepal earthquake and the recent
landslides that claimed 32 lives in the hills. “We started the survey of
buildings that have been constructed above the permissible height of
11.5 meters in the hills. We had issued notices to the owners of the
buildings but they did not respond or stop construction work. We had
given permission for only 11.5 meters, which roughly translates to a
ground floor and three floors above. That is why we have started
demolishing the illegal structure,” Biswakarma said.
The civic body started the survey from
June 9, focusing in the town areas and this will extend in all the 28
wards in Darjeeling. “So far we have issued 61 notices to owners of
buildings that have been found violating building norms. At the moment I
cannot segregate the notices but they pertain to violations such as
illegal construction of additional floors and walls and encroachment
among other factors. Our survey is still in progress and only after we
complete it will we be able to provide the numbers,” said Prashant Rai,
the municipal engineer.
When contacted for his comment, Umar
said, “What can I say but let the law take its course. If it (building)
is illegal then let them dismantle it.” The other owners, however, did
not take calls with one of them (Siddique) saying he was in a meeting
and could not talk at the moment.
Sources in the municipality said that so
far, according to the survey, 18 buildings in and around town have been
found to have flouted the permissible limit of 11.5 meters in the hilly
“The survey is in progress but we have
already found several buildings that have violated the norms. However,
the good thing is that some of owners that are building structures are
themselves demolishing the illegal portions,” he said.(EOI)