An idea that bagged an award from the Acadèmia de Ciències Mèdiques, a
forum of healthcare professionals in Barcelona, Spain, has blossomed
into a fruitful project that is saving human lives in one of the
farthest corners of Darjeeling district in Rimbick.
Plaban Das, a medical director of Planter's Hospital in Darjeeling,
during his advanced medical studies at La Santpau hospital in Barcelona,
had through his Spanish friends proposed an idea in 2009 to create a
satellite healthcare unit in remote areas.
The idea we bagged the Beques de Cooperacio Academia del Mon award that carried a prize money of 200 Euros in 2009.
"Anna Goma, a Spanish doctor, has presented the idea to the academy
and it bagged the first prize. It was just an idea then and wanted to
replicate the same in Rimbick, where I had conducted a medical camp in
2007," said Das.
He mulled over the idea for long and once social media, more
particularly WhatsApp, became common among people, he started working on
"The basic idea was to ensure the people of Rimbick and its
surrounding areas quick medical intervention during emergencies so that
lives could be saved," said Das.
Rimbick is about 90km from Darjeeling and one has to trek 6-7km further to reach the villages of Srikhola and Daragoan.
"With the help of local people, we formed a 12-member committee and
set up the Rimbick Singalila Health Care Centre, a no-loss-no-profit
venture which was inaugurated on September 13, 2015," said Das.
Das made a personal contribution of Rs 2.5 lakh, along with the prize
money of 100 Euros (the remaining 100 Euros was used in a project in
Nigeria), while local people contributed around Rs 1 lakh. "Dr Hem
Gosai, who practices in London but is from Darjeeling, later contributed
Rs 1 lakh when he heard about the project," said Das.
Two nurses, one para-medic and two technicians run the two-bedded
centre at Rimbick with ECG, X-ray machine, nebuliser, oxygen cylinder
and lab equipment.
"Whenever there is an emergency, the nurses contact me through
WhatsApp. Primary tests are done there and they send the report on
Whatsapp to me. Then I prescribe preliminary treatment right away, which
is important in cases like brain stroke and heart attacks," said Das.
Prakash Gurung, GTA Sabha member of the area, has also donated an ambulance to the centre.
In fact, this year, the centre observed a Stroke Survival Day, where
five patient who had become paralytic and fully recovered because of
immediate medical intervention were felicitated.
Shiva Rai, a hotelier, said: "I would not have been speaking to you
had the centre not been there. I had gone to bed normally but in the
morning, I found that my hands were paralytic and my face slanted. I
could recover fully because of immediate medical intervention.
Binod Kumar Rai, a teacher of Rimbick Higher Secondary School, said:
"I had a bee sting followed by fever and diarrhea. I recovered
immediately. Importantly, my relative who had a stroke also recovered
The centre needs Rs 30,000 on an average a month to function. "They
charge a minimum amount. If we were to go and meet Dr Das in Darjeeling
we need to spend anything between Rs 2000 to Rs 3000. But treatment is
much cheaper and efficient at the Rimbick centre," said Binod.
Das, along with other doctors visit the centre, once a month. A group
of doctors from Zion Hospital in Nagaland held a free medical camp on
February 15 there.
"People from Nepal also visit the centre now," said Das.
Apart from the Spanish doctor, Anna, Martha Gallego, a nurse, Pau
Casan Bonet, a pianist, and Begonya Crespo Bosque held a musical event
in Barcelona to support the centre.
A similar project is being worked out for Badamtam tea garden, about 20km from Darjeeling.(TT)
आज लाब्दा विभाग स्थित दोङाग छ्योइलिङ बौद्ध गुम्बामा अल बेंगाल बुद्धिष्ट डेभ्ल्पमेन्ट कमिटिको एक धन्यवाद कार्यक्रम धर्मगुरु उदय पाख्रीनको अध्यक्षतामा सम्पन्न भयो | सभालाई सम्बोधन गर्दै संगठन महासचिव आकाश लामाले बुद्ध पुर्णिमालाई बङ्गालका मुख्यमन्त्री ममता ब्यनार्जीले आम विदाको रुपमा घोषणा गरेकोमा सम्पूर्ण बङ्गालका बौद्धहरुको तर्फबाट हार्दिक आभार व्यक्त गरे | संगठनको आगमी कार्यक्रम विषय २६ फरवरी सालुगड़ामा सम्पन्न हुने केन्द्रीय समिति सभामा घोषणा गरिने पनि उनले जानकारी दिए | सहसचिव रतन बोम्जनले पनि जीटीए अध्यक्ष बिमल गुरुङले अगावै बुद्ध जयन्तीको छुट्टी जीटीए क्षेत्रमा घोषणा गरेकोमा साथै बङ्गाल मुख्यमन्त्री प्रति पनि आभार प्रकट गरे | साथै यस विषय अब ग्याजेट नोटिफिकेशनलाई ध्यान दिन पर्ने कुरा दोहोराउदै आगमी कार्यक्रमहरुमा अन्य मागहरु पनि रहेको बताए | संगठन अध्यक्ष जम्बु लामाले बौद्धहरुको स्थिति भारतमा धेरै सोंचनीय रहेको साथै बौद्ध सिधान्त, संस्कारलाई निरन्तर पालन गर्न सम्पूर्ण बौद्धहरु समक्ष अपिल गर्दै गुम्बा, केन्द्रमा निरन्तर उपस्थित भइ धर्म – संस्कारहरु सिक्न पर्ने कुरोमा जोड दिए | यसमा बुद्धले महत्व दिएको संघलाई बुझ्न पर्ने बताए | यसै मार्फत सम्पूर्ण माग आदि सफल हुँदै जाने कुरोमा आफु बिश्वस्त रहेको बताए | आगमी १९ मार्चको दिन नर्थ बेंगालमा बौद्धहरुको जन घनत्व दर्शाउन सबै शान्ती रयालीमा आइदिने अपिल पनि तिनले गरे | सभालाई मङपुका बरिष्ठ साहित्यकार सुरेन्द्र थीङ(संयोजक)ले पनि १९ मार्चको रयालीलाई सफल बनाइ दिने अपिल गरे | अन्तमा धर्मगुरु उदय पाख्रीनले यस घोषणालाई ऐतिहासिक बताउंदै मुख्यमन्त्री प्रति आभार व्यक्त गरे | संघको ताकत नै सर्वश्रेष्ठ हो भन्दै संगठनको आगमी कार्यक्रमको सफलताको निम्ति कतिपय पुजा सम्पन्न गर्न पर्ने बताउंदै सबैलाई आशिष दिए | सभामा मङपु क्षत्रका बौद्ध समुदायहरु शेर्पा, गुरुङ, भोटिया, लेप्चा, तामांग, म्हानिपा संघ प्रतिनिधिहरुको उपस्थिति रहेको थियो | रतन लामा, जोनी मोक्तान, किरण पाख्रीन, प्रेम प्रसाद वाइबा, सिठु मोक्तान, नरेश शेर्पा आदिको उपस्थिति संगै संगठनका केन्द्रीय प्रतिनिधिहरु क्रमैले लाक्पा छिरिङ गोले, लनम लामा, अभय अधिकारी, एसएम घिसिंग, सबिता वाइबा, फूलमान तामांग आदिको पनि बिशेष उपस्थिति रहेको जानकारी प्रचार प्रसार सचिव सुरेन पाख्रीनले दिएका छन् ||
गत शनिबार स्थानीय लाबा खासमल बस्तीमा कालेबुंग कृषक कल्याण संगठनको पहलमा यस क्षेत्रका तीनवटा एसएचजी समुहलाई लिएर कृषकवर्गको निम्ति धेरै महत्वपूर्ण कार्यक्रम सम्पन्न गरियो | कार्यक्रममा रबिन्द्र हंसदा( डीडीएम नावार्ड), पासाङ्ग लिम्बु (सीइओ, कृषक कल्याण संगठन मङपु चौरास्ता) आदि बिशेष रुपले उपस्थित रहेका थिए | उक्त कार्यक्रममा एयर लेरिंग, केसीसी कार्ड, एसएचजी फिल्ड भिजिट, इन्फर्मेशन अफ मार्केटिंग जस्ता कार्यक्रमलाई समावेश गरिएको थियो | यस कार्यक्रममा विरुवाबाट कसरी फल फलाउन सकिन्छ साथै विरुवाको स्वास्थ्य, कुनै पनि बोटबाट कसरी कलम बनाउनपर्ने विषयमा धेरै महत्वपूर्ण जानकारी गराइयो | उक्त कार्यक्रममा यहाँका तीनवटा स्वनिर्भर समुहका ६० – ७० जना महिलाहरुले यस कार्यक्रममा सहभागी जनाएका थिए भनी उत्तम मुखियाले जानकारी दिएका छन् ||
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गत ८ फरवरीदेखि सन्त जोसेफ, नर्थ पोइन्ट स्कूल खेल मैदान दार्जीलिंगमा गोर्खा हिल स्पोर्ट्स एशोसिएशन द्वारा संचालित अन्डर १९ को महकुमा स्तरीय खेलको अन्तिम खेलमा मङपु विभागीय फुटबल एकाडेमी (Mungpoo Divisional Football Academy) ले उत्कृष्ट खेल प्रदर्शन गर्दै विजय हासिल गरेको छ | उक्त महकुमा स्तरीय खेलमा जम्मा बाइसवटा विभिन्न समष्टिका दलहरुले अंश ग्रहण गरेका थिए भने त्यस खेलमा गोर्खाल्याण्ड क्षेत्रीय प्रशासन अन्तर्गत मङपु लाब्दा समष्टिलाई प्रतिनिधित्व गर्दै मङपु विभागीय फुटबल एकाडेमीले अंश ग्रहण गरेका थिए | यही खेलको चुडान्त खेल मङपु विभागीय फूटबल एकाडेमीको लेबोंग गिंग समष्टिसित रोमान्चक भिडन्त भएको थियो जसमा शुन्यको विरुद्ध एक गोल गरी एकाडेमीका खेलाडी रोयल राईले आफ्नो दललाई विजय बनाउन सक्षम बनेका थिए भने म्यान अफ द म्याच एकाडेमीकै प्रशान्त गुरुङले ल्याए | यस फाइनल खेलमा जीटीए डेपुटी चिफ कर्णल रमेश आलेको बाहुलीबाट बधाई सहित बिजयी ट्रफी ग्रहण गरेको थियो भने प्रशिक्षक भरत पोख्रेल, अकादमी सचिव किशोर थापा, प्रमुख सल्लाहकार निमा फ़िपोन तथा अन्यान्य पनि बिशेष रुपले उपस्थित थिए | स्मरण रहोस बिगत २००७ को स्थापनाकालदेखि एकाडेमीलाई कालेबुंगबाट सोनाम वाङदी भोटिया, चर्चित खेलाडी भाष्कर थापाले प्रशिक्षण दिंदै आज पर्यान्त हरेक वर्ष शीतकालीन फुटबल प्रशिक्षण शिविरको रुपमा प्रशिक्षण दिंदै आइरहेको छ भने स्थापनाकालदेखि नै हिमालयन स्पोर्टिंग क्लबका प्रमुख सदस्य लाक्पा शेर्पाको अग्रणी भूमिका रहिआएको छ | आज यसरी बिजयी बनेर आएको दललाई समष्टि सभासद रतन कुमार थापा लगायत समष्टि सभापति उर्गेन शेर्पा साथै सचिव रतन लामाले पनि हार्दिक बधाई दिंदै आगमी दिनमा एकाडेमीले अझ प्रगति गरेर जाने शुभकामना जनाएको जानकारी बुद्ध कुमार थापाले जनाएको छ ||
The SSB jawans of 41st battalion Ranidanga under the command of Shri Vikash Singh, Assistant Commandant, 41st Bn seized narcotic items worth rupees fifteen lakhs including 3.1 kgs Ganja, 5 gms Brown sugar, 930 gms opium near Naxalbari rail gate during a special operational duty on February 17, 2017 and apprehended 3 smugglers.
In another event during a joint operation with Forest Beat-North Khayarbari, the SSB jawans of 17th battalion Falakata recovered teak sawn timber and furniture items of teak wood at Chulkhawa Ashutosh Pally under Falakata police station on February 16, 2017 and apprehended one person namely Tapan Das of the village Chulakhowa Ashutosh Pally. The seized items worth rupees three lakhs twelve thousands were handed over to Forest Beat, North Khayarbari.
This commentary is inspired by the Annual Gorkha Brigade Conference held at New Delhi on 11 February 2017 and the unique model of military diplomacy it fosters between India and Nepal. The Gorkha Brigade is an association representing approximately 40,000 Indian and Nepali Gorkha soldiers as well as about 90,000 Indian Army pensioners in Nepal. The Brigade comprises seven regiments, viz, First, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Eighth, Ninth and Eleventh Gorkha Rifles. The missing serials were allotted to the British Army on India’s independence. Each regiment is further organised into five or six infantry battalions, which is the basic, fully independent, and functional unit of the Indian Army. Thus 3/9 GR denotes the Third Battalion of the Ninth Gorkha Rifles, an exclusive classification which has baffled many within and outside the armed forces fraternity. The Gorkha Brigade also encompasses the Defence Wing of the Embassy of India in Nepal and the Gorkha Recruiting Depots of Gorakhpur and Ghoom (Darjeeling). The President of the Gorkha Brigade is always the senior most serving officer from amongst the seven regiments; presently, the Chief of Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat, a second generation officer of the Eleventh Gorkha Rifles, has that honour.
This year the Gorkha Brigade is also celebrating the bicentenary of one of its oldest regiments, the Ninth Gorkha Rifles. The First Battalion of the Ninth Gorkhas was raised by the British in 1817 as the ‘Fatehgarh Levy’. Contrary to popular belief that the British were the first to recruit Gorkhas, it was in fact Maharaja Ranjit Singh, who, impressed by the bravery and valour of these big hearted little men from the hills, raised a battalion of Gorkhas to serve in the Sikh Army in 1809. As a result, all soldiers serving in the Indian Army are still called ‘Lahorey’ in Nepal, i.e., those who serve in Lahore – the capital of Ranjit Singh’s empire. The celebrations of the bicentenary commenced with a Motorcycle Rally of 1/9 GR flagged off by General Rawat on 30 January from Delhi. The motorcyclists drove through the traditional recruiting areas of the Regiment in Western Nepal honouring many ex-servicemen en route. Their arrival in Pokhra in Nepal on 4 February coincided with a massive rally where almost 3,500 ex-servicemen and widows had gathered to celebrate the bicentenary of the Regiment. The event was attended by General Rajendra Chhetri, Chief of Army Staff, Nepal Army, Shri Ranjit Rae, Ambassador of India to Nepal, and Lt. Gen. AK Bhatt, Colonel of the Regiment of the Ninth Gorkhas. India and Nepal share a unique tradition wherein their respective Chiefs of Army Staff are anointed as Honorary Generals of the other’s forces. General Rajendra Chettri is already an Honorary General of the Indian Army and General Bipin Rawat is likely to be conferred the reciprocal honour on his first visit to Nepal.
Ex-servicemen welfare is a state subject in India, with the Indian Army and the Ministry of Defence having only a limited role in it. However, Nepal being a Sovereign Nation, the welfare of Nepal-domiciled ex-servicemen of the Indian Armed Forces and pensioners of the Central or State Government including para-military forces is the responsibility of the Embassy of India in Nepal. The Government of India owes a debt to these citizens of Nepal for having dedicated their lives in service of our nation and the Defence Wing of the Embassy carries out this onerous task, a model without parallel in the world, with exemplary efficiency. Here, it would be pertinent to explain the range of its activities.
The Defence Wing of the Embassy has three Pension Paying Offices at Kathmandu, Pokhara and Dharan, each handled by a serving officer of the Indian Army under the Defence Attaché. Approximately 1,27,000 pensioners (90,000 of the Indian Army and 37,000 of the Central and State Governments as well as para-military) draw pensions from these offices. About 30,000 of these pensioners are paid pensions directly in their respective bank accounts. The rest reside in areas yet to be covered by banking infrastructure and draw their pensions in cash. The Pension Paying Offices carry out 36 payment camps every year in various remote locations, some accessible only on foot, to disburse these pensions. It is to the credit of this organisation that it has completed the payment of One Rank One Pension arrears to all pensioners in Nepal. The total amount disbursed as pensions and arrears in this financial year is likely to exceed INR 2,500 crore or Nepali Rupee (NR) 4,000 crore, and possibly reach INR 3000 crore or NR 4,800 crore per annum by 2018/19.1 At a conservative estimate, the 32,000 Nepal domiciled serving soldiers remit approximately INR 1,000 crore equivalent to NR 1,600 crore per year.2 This total at approximately NR 6,400 crore is almost equivalent of 63 per cent of the total foreign grant in aid received by the Government of Nepal from all donor countries for the year 2016/17at NR 10,689.64 crores and greater than its own allocation for Defence at NR 3601.80 crore.3 Further, this figure does not include remuneration received by Nepali citizens as other employees of the Indian Government; there is no definitive figure available for the numbers of such personnel. The pensioner’s ratio does offer some basis for extrapolation wherein these pensioners form approximately 21 per cent of the total pensioners of the Indian Government. It can therefore be assumed that a similar ratio is in service at any given point of time with the Government of India and, if their remittances were to be added, the figures would further increase.
The Indian Ex-servicemen Welfare Organisation in Nepal (IEWON) is an independent organisation chaired by the Ambassador of India with representation from senior officials from the Governments of Nepal and India. It functions under the aegis of the Defence Wing of the Embassy and is responsible for the welfare of the Nepal-domiciled pensioners of the Government of India. In an exceptional decision, the Government of India chose to execute its social welfare activities through its ex-servicemen residing in Nepal. These ex-servicemen have shown exemplary zeal, honesty and determination in executing these social welfare projects, most of which are drinking water projects in remote hilly areas where drinking water is an acute problem. This has not only empowered these ex-servicemen and enhanced their status in society but also created more than one lakh ambassadors for Brand India and the values that it stands for. The IEWON also carries out other welfare activities including the provision of educational scholarships and vocational training for the wards of pensioners through 22 District Soldier Boards manned by Ex-servicemen it employs all over Nepal. The total annual budget of these welfare schemes is approximately INR 5.5 to 6 crore.4
The Government of India also provides opportunity to any citizen of Nepal to serve as an officer in the Indian Armed Forces, a fact that goes unnoticed in the haze and smoke surrounding Indo-Nepal relations. Some Nepali citizens have already risen to the rank of Major/Lieutenant General or equivalent. This displays the amount of trust and faith that India has on the citizens of Nepal. A Nepali youth has twin opportunities compared to his Indian counterpart; he can either join the Nepal Army or the Indian Armed Forces. No country in the world has opened its armed forces to a neighbour in this manner besides the other aspects of this special relationship like the open border. Different studies estimate the number of Nepalis working or residing in India to be between one and 1.6 million. The Indo-Nepal Trade Treaty of 2009 provides special treatment to industrial products of Nepal to promote development of industry in that nation on a non-reciprocal basis.5 Many Indian industries like Dabur have shifted production to Nepal as it is cheaper to produce in Nepal and distribute in India. There have been occasions when this special arrangement has been questioned by myopic interests on either side: Indians questioning the need to recruit Gorkhas when an ample recruitable population exists in the country; and Nepalis objecting to the impropriety of sovereign citizens of Nepal serving another country. This petty squabbling ignores the geo-political reality of a land locked Nepal hemmed in by the Himalayas to the North and India to the South as well as India’s moral obligations therein. It also ignores the fact that Nepal does not have the wherewithal, infrastructure and industry to provide employment for its bulging youth population. India provides the only viable option for their gainful employment and for the remittances therein.
A comparison with the British Gurkhas6 is inevitable here as even Great Britain maintains this special bond. The British have reduced their four Gurkha regiments existing in 1947 to one and this has two infantry battalions. Though the exact strength of British Gurkhas has not been mentioned on their website, an approximation, given the units and subunits mentioned, would be about 3,500 men.7 The number of British Gurkha pensioners residing in Nepal is dwindling as the majority choose to settle down in Britain after the British parliament voted to offer British Gurkhas the right to settle in the UK in 2009.8 The contrasts with the Indian relationship are glaring if only because of the sheer numbers involved.
This author had the opportunity to meet several pensioners from Nepal at a regimental reunion at Ranchi.9 Each one was immensely proud of his service in the Indian Army and grateful for the pensions and welfare activities being provided to them. They were especially happy with the recent extension of the Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) to private hospitals in Nepal as also the extension of canteen facilities to pensioners in Nepal. Similarly, every senior Indian Army officer of the Gorkhas at the Gorkha Brigade Conference spoke of the exemplary qualities of the Gorkha soldiers. One of the Generals said that the Nation was grateful to these citizens of Nepal for their service and no amount of pensions or welfare activities can truly repay the debt that India owes these brave warriors. This unique bond is the core of Indo-Nepal friendship. Irrespective of the noise and clutter that surrounds this relationship, both governments need to nurture this core and build on the foundation it offers so that the association contributes to the Comprehensive National Security of both nations.
Views expressed are of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the IDSA or of the Government of India.
Source: Institute for Defence Studies And Analyses
A 23-year-old woman is providing training in karate to youths,
particularly females so that they could protect themselves from teasing
Subrati Baraik, a resident of Madhu Tea Estate, is running a karate camp in Jaigaon and training youths for their own safety.
Baraik told Metro that she had decided to learn karate after being repeatedly teased by youths at different places.
"Eight years ago, I was teased by some youths while travelling on a
train. I was returning home from Siliguri. When I tried to resist them,
they passed lewd comments. After few months, a similar incident occurred
again at a fair. I felt insulted after both these incidents and decided
to learn karate for my safety," she said.
In 2010, Baraik came to Alipurduar town and met Apra Bora, a karate coach.
"I requested him to teach karate and he started training me. In
December 2015, I participated in a National Karate Championship in
Hoogly and came first in 'Kiyukishan Full Body Contact' category," she
In Jaigaon, located on India-Bhutan boarder and 15km from here, Baraik teaches karate to 20 students, of whom 15 are females.
"I started a camp around three years ago in Jaigaon. I came here with
my coach and the urge to learn karate among students made me start the
camp. I charge Rs 200 per month for a student,"she said.
Classes are conducted from 8am to 9.30am on Sundays.
Baraik said after learning karate, she had once beaten up a group of
youths who were teasing her and also wanted her friends residing in the
estate to learn the same.
"I could study till Class X because of financial crisis in the
family. I have decided to teach karate to the youth in the garden but it
will take time to convince them as they are very shy," she said.
Baraik holds brown belt in karate.
Apra Bora, Baraik's coach, said: "She is really talented. If she does
training with a lot of sincerity, she will be able to win more