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मन्सोङ सिन्कोना बगानका श्रमिकहरूका अधिकारको निम्ति गठन गरिएको मन्सोङ सिजनल लेबर सङ्गठनको एक प्रतिनिधि टोलीले आज विभागका प्रभारी मदन मुखियालाई सिन्कोना मुख्य कार्यलयमा भेट गरि एक ज्ञापन पत्र बुझाएको छ। उक्त ज्ञापन पत्रमा मन्सोङ सिजनल लेबरहरूको कमानको काम सुचारोरूपले सञ्चालन गरिन पर्ने माग गरिएको छ । ज्ञात रहोस, यस बर्षको मई महिनादेखि बगानका सिजनल लेबरहरूलाई विभागले काम बन्द गरिदिएका छन्। जसलाई लिएर सिजनल लेबरहरू संघर्षका निम्ति सङ्गठित भएका हुन् । बगानको मन्सोङ, बर्मेक, कास्योम, साङसेर अनि रम्फू विभागका सिजनल लेबरहरू सङ्गठित हुँदै अधिकारको निम्ति अघि आएको हो। आज ज्ञापन पत्र दिने क्रममा सङ्गठनका अध्यक्ष एनोल्ड तामाङ, सचिव सतिस गुरूङ, सयोजकहरू नोर्देन शेर्पा, सुदेश राई, कृषण बहादुर राई, नविन खवास, रञ्जिता राई, मनोहर गुरूङ, सुक्र गुरूङको उपस्थिति रहेको थियो। यता अध्यक्ष एनोल्ड तामाङले बताए अनुसार आज आफूहरू विभाग कहाँ सिजनल लेबरहरूको कमानको कामलाई खोलिदिन पर्ने माग लिएर आएको बताएका छन् । गत महिनादेखि हामी बगानमा बेकारी अवस्थामा रहेका छौं, हाम्रो मागलाई विभागले केहि दिन भित्रमा नै पूरा गर्ने माग गरेका छौं। यसो नभएको खण्डमा हामी विभागको विरुद्ध आवाज उठाउन बाध्य बन्ने छौं। हाल मङपू लगायत विभिन्न सिन्कोना विभागहरूमा सिजनल लेबरहरूले काम गरिरहेको छ तर मन्सोङका सिजनलहरूलाई मात्र कामबाट वञ्चित गराइएको छ। मन्सोङ बगानको सिजनल लेबरहरूको काम निर्देशक डा. सामुयल राईले नै रोक्ने निर्देश दिएको हुनाले आफूहरूले यो कार्य गर्न बाध्य भएको कुरा विभागका प्रभारी मदन मुखियाले बताएका छन् । यस माग पत्रलाई आफूले निर्देशक कहाँ पुराउने अनि समस्याबारे पहल गर्ने पनि उनले आश्वसन दिएको सङ्गठनका सचिव सतिस गुरूङले जानकारी गराएका छन्।  

Protest plea on Bengali mandatory in hills

Bengali mandatory in hill schools
Gorkha Janmukti Morcha president Bimal Gurung today appealed to all political parties in the hills to come forward and protest against the state government's decision to make the teaching of Bengali mandatory in schools across the state.
Gurung said the forcible imposition of Bengali on the Nepali-speaking people of the hills was an attempt to wipe out the culture of the Gorkhas.
"Language is the foundation of any culture. The state government's decision to teach Bengali as a compulsory subject across the state, including the hills, is an assault on our language and culture. I would like to appeal to all political parties, including the JAP (Jana Andolan Party) and (hill) Trinamul Congress, to come forward under their respective flags to protest the unwarranted imposition of Bengali on us," he told a rally organised to celebrate the victory of the Morcha in the recent polls to Kalimpong municipality.
Last week, state education minister Partha Chatterjee had announced that students of all schools in Bengal would have to learn Bengali as a compulsory subject from Class I to Class X, irrespective of their native language or the boards their institutes are affiliated to.
The Gorkha Janmukti Yuva Morcha held a rally in Darjeeling today to protest the alleged Bengali imposition on the hills.
The march began from the railway station and ended before the district magistrate's office.
Hundreds, including teachers and students, had started the rally, but the police stopped those students in uniform from completing the rally. "Students had come to the protest rally of their own volition. They were not holding our party flags. They were there because they, too, are opposed to the imposition of Bengali," said Prakash Gurung, the president of the Yuva Morcha.
He also threatened to intensify the protest throughout the hills and the Dooars and the Terai if the government didn't have a rethink on the issue.
"If the government feels that Bengali is not being adequately popularised, then it has to find more acceptable ways of making it popular among the masses. Imposing it on the people, especially on another group which is linguistically different, is definitely not the solution," Prakash said.(TT)

Hill people should be thankful to Didi: Shanta Chhetri

Shanta Chhetri TMC Rajya Sabha Candidate
"People of hills should be thankful to Didi (chief minister Mamata Banerjee) as she nominated a female candidate from the hills for the first time for the Parliament. There is no need for Mamata didi to woo the people of Hills because people here respect and love her a lot. People in the Hills consider her a mass leader," Trinamool Congress nominated candidate from hills Shanta Chhetri told on Tuesday at Siliguri.
Chhetri former Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) MLA from Kurseong is confident and thanked chief minister Banerjee for entrusting her as an able candidate from the hills.
Chhetri added, "I am honoured with the responsibility that our president has entrusted upon me and I will try my best to live up to her expectations. This also shows Mamata Banerjee's love for the Hills and its people. I will work for the development of the region."
She said if she becomes MP she will be focusing on the developmental issues and to bond the better relationship between the people of hills, Dooars and Terai belt. More emphasis will be given for the betterment of the tea garden workers.
Chhetri started her political journey with GNLF in 1994 when she was given the party ticket to contest municipal elections from Kurseong. She was a part time teacher at the Kurseong College then. She continued as a Councillor till 1996 when she won as an MLA from the Kurseong Assembly constituency as a GNLF candidate. For three terms she was the MLA from Kurseong.
Fifty nine years-old daring lady is the working president of TMC, Darjeeling District (Hills.) She is also the chairperson of the Rogi Kalyan Samiti of the Darjeeling District Hospital and a member of the North Bengal Development Council.(EOI)

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धेरै दिनहरुदेखि मङपुको आम नागरिकले खण्ड बिकास कार्यलय सम्बन्धि कामहरुको निम्ति भोग्नु परिरहेको समस्याहरुको गुनासो दिन प्रतिदिन बड्दै गइरहेछ | मङपुदेखि प्राय: चालिस पैंतालिस किलोमिटर टाडो खण्ड बिकास कार्यलय पुगेर पनि एकैदिनमा काम नभएर रित्तो हात फर्किनु पर्ने बाध्यता एकातिर छदैछ भने सताइस माइलको जोखिमपूर्ण बाटो एउटा गाडे घाउ सरह बनेपछि यातायातको असुविधाले पनि त्यतिकै सताउने गर्छ | मङपुको निम्ति एउटा अलग्गै खण्ड बिकास कार्यलय नहुनुको पिडालाई बोकेर तक्दाह पुग्नपर्ने बाध्यता मात्र नभएर खण्ड बिकास कार्यलयको माध्यमद्वारा आउने सरकारी रोजगारमुखी तालिमहरुदेखि बन्चित हुनपरेको तितो सत्यको आवाजहरु शिक्षित बेरोजगारहरुको मुखबाट सुन्दै आइरहेको छ | यी सबै समस्याहरु, गुनासोहरुको भारी बोकेर सरकार समक्ष पुराउने एउटा सशक्त समुहको आवश्यकता भइरहेको बेला यसको सम्पूर्ण समस्याहरुको समाधानको निम्ति मङपुमा एउटा अलग्गै खण्ड विकास कार्यलय हुनुपर्छ भन्ने विषयलाई लिएर एक महत्वपूर्ण सभा बीएस राईको सभापतित्वमा सम्पन्न भयो | नील कुमार गुरुङको निवासमा सम्पन्न उक्त सभामा मङपुको तिनैवटा ग्राम पंचायतबाट विभिन्न तप्काका प्रतिनिधिहरुको उपस्थिति रहेको थियो | सभामा तिनैवटा गाम पंचायत क्षेत्रबाट आएका जनप्रतिनिधिहरु माझ लामो चर्चा भएपछि आवश्यकताले जन्माएको जनसरोकारको मुद्दा छुट्टै ब्लकको मागलाई यसै सभाले प्रस्तावमा ल्याएर एउटा ब्लक डिमाण्ड कमिटि गठन गरिनपर्छ भन्ने सबैको मन्तब्यलाई ध्यानमा राख्दै आजको सभाले ब्लक डिमाण्ड कमिटिको प्रस्तावलाई पारित गर्दै यस प्रकारले गठन गरियो जसमा सभापति पवन बल, उपसभापति किरण ब्लोन अनि संजय थापा, मुल सचिव पुष्कर सन्यासी, सहसचिव निला राई अनि अर्पणदिप मंगर, संयुक्त सचिव रेखामणि गुरुङ, कोषाध्यक्ष नील कुमार गुरुङ, प्रचार प्रसार सेल रबिन योन्जन अनि आशिषदीप राई, प्रमुख सलाहकार रेजिना गुरुङ अनि बुद्ध लामा, लेखापरिक्षक पासाङ भोटिया अनि अमिर गुरुङ गरेर जम्मा एकाइस जनालाई लिएर गठन गरिएको यस ब्लक डिमाण्ड कमिटीले गर्नुपर्ने कार्यहरु अनि ब्लक निर्माणको माग गर्दा चाहिने मापदण्डहरु बारे पवन बलले सभामा जानकारी गराउंदै मङपुमा भएका सबै सामाजिक संघ संस्था, एनजीओ, विभिन्न स्कुलका शिक्षक शिक्षिकागण अनि समाजसेवी व्यक्तिहरुको सुझाव परामर्शलाई लिएर ब्लक डिमाण्ड कमिटिको रुपरेखा तयार पारेर सम्बन्धित निकायहरुमा ज्ञापन चडाउने कुरा सभामा राखे | बर्तमान पश्चिम बङ्गाल सरकार पोजिटिभ भएको बेला, यो मङपुबासीको गहन समस्यालाई पार लाउन सकिने एउटा सुनौलो मौका पनि रहेको बताए भनि ब्लक डिमाण्ड कमिटिका प्रचार प्रसारक रबीन योन्जन अनि आशिषदीप राईले एक विज्ञाप्ति मार्फत जनाएको छ ||

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चुङाजाम, गोलाघाट आसममा गत २१ मईको दिन चुङाजाम बुद्धिष्ट मोनाष्ट्री भवनमा अल इण्डिया बुद्धिष्ट फोरमको संगोष्ठी सभा जम्बु लामा अध्यक्ष अल इण्डिया फोरमको अध्यक्षतामा सम्पन्न भयो | सभालाई संचालन गर्दै अखिल भारतीय म्हायाना बौद्ध म्हानिपा संघ, असम राज्य शाखाका सचिव हिमाल लामाले स्वागत वक्तव्य राखे | फोरम मूल सचिव आकाश लामाले कलकतामा विगत ३१ जुलाई २०१६ को दिन गठन भएको अल बेंगाल बुद्धिष्ट डेभ्लोपमेन्ट कमिटि गठन भएपछि यसले सम्पूर्ण दार्जीलिंग पहाड लगायत तराई डुवर्सका बौद्ध गुम्बा, संघ संस्थाहरुलाई एकत्र गर्दै चालेको बौद्ध धर्म आन्दोलन बारे अव्गात गराए | यसैको फलस्वरूप बङ्गाल सरकार अनि जीटीएले बुद्ध पुर्णिमाको दिनलाई राज्यव्यापी आम विदाको घोषणा गरेको जनाए | यसरी नै अब सम्पूर्ण भारतको बौद्ध राज्यहरुको प्रतिनिधिहरुलाई एकत्रित गर्दै राष्ट्रीय स्तरमा विभिन्न मागहरु लिएर अघि बढ्ने कार्य बारे पनि अव्गात गराए | भारतमा बौद्ध धर्मको मुल्य दर्शाउन प्रत्येक राज्यहरुबाट विद्वान प्रतिनिधिहरुलाई लिंदै सिक्किम, महाराष्ट्र, आसाम, अरुणाचल प्रदेश, दिल्ली आदिका बौद्ध विज्ञहरुलाई राष्ट्रव्यापी बौद्ध संगोष्ठी गर्दै लाने बताए | यसको निम्ति प्रत्येक बौद्धहरु सचेत भइ यस पवित्र माग बारे सहभागिता बन्ने पनि आह्वान गरियो | पुर्वान्चल महायान बौद्ध म्हानिपा संघ अध्यक्ष टाँसी लामा मोक्तानले बुद्ध दर्शनको गुड रहस्य प्रकास पार्दै अल इण्डिया बुद्धिष्ट फोरमको पहल बारे प्रसंसा गर्दै आफ्नो संघको पूर्ण सहयोग रहेको उल्लेख गरे | यसैगरी फोरमका सहसचिवा कमला तामांगले कविता मार्फत बुद्ध बन्दना गर्दै भाग्वान बुद्धको युगमा नारी जातीको प्रतिनिधित्व गर्ने मुक्तिको गाथा गाउँदै वासवदत्ता र आम्र्पालीले आफ्नो नरकतुल्य जीवनलाई बुद्धको संगतिमा परिवर्तन गरेर भिक्षुणीको जीवन व्यतित गरेको महान जीवन प्रति संगोष्ठीलाई प्रकाश पारे | संगोष्ठीमा उपाध्यक्ष लोप्साङ लामा, सेवाष्टिन प्रधान, अखिल भारतीय नेवार बुद्धिष्ट संगठनका एमबी नेवार, अखिल भारतीय तामांग बौद्ध संघका संयुक्त सचिव युएस तामांग, फोरमका सहसचिव लनम लामा, पार्वती मोक्तान, असमका हर्कबहादुर गुरुङ (अल इण्डिया आसाम गुरुङ तमु संघ) मणिपुरका खडग तामांग, नागाल्याण्डका बाबुल बरुवा, दिमापुर गुम्बा लोबेन पासाङ लामा, ओरियम घाटका युवराज गुरुङले पुर्वान्चलको अल इण्डिया बुद्धिष्ट फोरममा आफ्नो संलग्नता र सहभागिताको निम्ति प्रतिवध्ता प्रकट गर्दै सभामा आफ्नो वक्तब्य राखे | सभामा बुद्धिष्ट फोरममा पुर्वान्चलका प्रतिनिधिको रुपमा तदर्थरुपमा सर्वसम्मति द्वारा चयन गरियो जसमा बाबुल बरुवा, पुर्णिमा थोकर, पासाङ मोक्तान, खडग तामांग, फौदमान तामांग, नन्दराम तामांग, पीबी तामांग, पासाङ तामांग, मन बहादुर तामांग, टाँसी मोक्तान, टीटी भुटिया, लाक्पा लामा, विक्की रुम्बा, फुर्बा मोक्तान, पदमसिंह मोक्तान, धनबहादुर पाख्रीन, दोर्जे मोक्तान, बिरेन लामा, युवराज गुरुङ, छिरिङ लामा, हर्कबहादुर गुरुङ आदि चयन गरियो | सभालाई सम्बोधन गर्दै प्रमुख सलाहकार सुखमन मोक्तानले बुद्धिष्ट फोरमलाई प्रभावकारी बनाउन खुबै लगन साथ अघि बढ्ने र अध्यात्मको मूल विषयप्रति प्रतिनिधि, सदस्यवर्गको ध्यान आकर्षण गराए | आयोजक समितिका मूल सचिव हिमाल लामाले धन्यवाद ज्ञापन गरे भने अन्तमा फोरम अध्यक्ष जम्बु लामाले बौद्ध शिक्षा र दर्शन प्रति आफ्नो गहन वार्ता प्रस्तुत गर्दै लामाहरुको आदर्श र संगठन प्रति खुबै मनमोहक विचार राखेको जानकारी प्रचार प्रसार सचिव सुरेन पाख्रीनले जनाएको छ || 

Vivek Chhetri to receive Ram Patro Memorial Award 2017

Vivek Chhetri Special Correspondent of The Telegraph
The Ram Patro Memorial Award 2017 Committee is delighted to announce the name of Mr. Vivek Chhetri.

He is the Special Correspondent of The Telegraph, as the receipt of Ram Patro Memorial Award for Excellence in Journalism 2017.

Since 2005 till 2016, the Ram Patro Memorial award was presented to the ‘Most Promising Journalist of the State’ for the then previous fiscal year in memory of Ram Patro, the founding editor of SIKKIM EXPRESS. Fourteen young, dynamic journalists working in Sikkim have been honoured with the Ram Patro Memorial ‘Most Promising Journalist’ award so far.

This year, the Ram Patro Memorial Award selection committee decided that the award ambit should be extended to the neighbouring places of Siliguri, Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Kurseong also where many deserving and dedicated journalists are working. Accordingly, the name of the award was also changed to ‘Ram Patro Memorial Award for Excellence in Journalism’.

Mr. Vivek Chhetri will be the first recipient of the Ram Patro Memorial Award for Excellence in Journalism.

Sikkim High Court Chief Justice Satish K. Agnihtori has graciously accepted the invitation of the Ram Patro Memorial Award Committee to attend the award function on May 24 as the chief guest.

Tadong MLA-and-Parliam
entary Secretary Timothy William Basnett will be present as the guest of honour for the award function taking place at Hotel Gangtok Drift, Convoy Ground, Gangtok.

Mr. Vivek Chhetri, 39 years, is presently the Special Correspondent of The Telegraph. He joined The Telegraph in 2002 as a staff reporter and is based in Darjeeling town covering Darjeeling and Kurseong region.

“We are delighted in having Vivek Chhetri as the first recipient of the Ram Patro Memorial Award for Excellence in Journalism. He is a prominent journalist from the hills and his extensive, unbiased reporting from a politically disruptive region reflects high standard of journalism and dedication from him,” said C.D. Rai, chairman of the Ram Patro Memorial Award Committee.

Mr. Vivek Chhetri hails from Gairibas, Jhaldaka in present Kalimpong district. He is presently based in Darjeeling town with his wife Reena Chhetri who is a sculptor by profession and three-year-old son Ribhav.
 
(Via - Voice of Sikkim)

Gurung hints to re-launch Gorkhaland agitation

Bimal Gurung for Gorkhaland
Bimal Gurung today hinted at the launch of a prolonged Gorkhaland movement this year, saying "even a mother will not know that a child is hungry if the child does not cry".
Although the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha president said the agitation would be democratic, it is bound to cripple normal life and hit the tourism industry which was bouncing back after years of strife in the Darjeeling hills.
The hills have been relatively calm since 2013 when the Morcha organised a staggered 44-day strike to pursue the statehood demand. The Mamata Banerjee government cracked down on the protest by arresting senior Morcha leaders and elected GTA Sabha members.

Just before the start of the 2013 agitation, Gurung had resigned as the chief executive of the GTA, only to re-occupy the chair later that year.
Addressing Morcha supporters at Gorkha Rangamanch Bhavan in Darjeeling today to celebrate the party's victory in the recent civic polls, Gurung said: "We have to get justice from the Centre by 2019 (when the present NDA government's term ends). Even a mother will not know that a child is hungry if the child does not cry. We have to go for an andolan; we must be ready; the leaders must also be ready; they should not run away (like in 2013). They have to be ready to be in jail."
The Morcha chief, however, stressed that the party's agitation would be democratic but warned his supporters that the Bengal government "could use all administrative measures" to crack down the movement.
"I will assure you that our agitation will be democratic but the same cannot be said of the Bengal government which could use all administrative measures," he said.
General strikes are something that cannot be ruled out if Gurung finally decides to re-launch the Gorkhaland agitation and chief minister Mamata Banerjee, observers believe, is not likely to sit quiet, especially after Trinamul has made inroads into the hills through recent civic elections. Mamata's focus on the hill politics has been amplified by the nomination of hill Trinamul leader Shanta Chhetri as the party's candidate for a Rajya Sabha seat.
The recent civic elections indicated that the Morcha was returning to its basic cause of the statehood as it had called the electoral fight "Gorkhaland versus Bengal".
The GTA's tenure comes to an end in the first week of August this year. There are indications that the state government will soon conduct panchayat elections, which have not been held in the hills since 2000.
Gurung today said: "The GTA elections may or may not take place."
He did not explain the context of the remark but seemed to be suggesting that the elections might not take place because of the agitation.
The tourism sector, which is sensitive even to mere threats of agitation, is staring at a tumult.
"Tourist inflow has been good this season. It was good in the last three years also. However, if an agitation starts, its doomsday for the tourism industry which directly or indirectly supports a lot of hill people. Peace is most important for the industry to survive," said a hotelier who did not want to be named.
Annually, about 3.5 lakh domestic tourists visit Darjeeling, while international arrival is estimated to be around 40,000.
The Gorkha Janmukti Yuva Morcha is slated to hold continuous rallies in Darjeeling from tomorrow to protest against the government's reported move to make Bengali compulsory at schools.(TT)

Bimal Gurung points at corruption in hill civic body

Bimal Gurung
GJM president Bimal Gurung today said the party would henceforth do away with politics of appeasement to bring order and system and to put a curb on the rampant corruption and nepotism in the hills civic bodies.
 
The GJM president in particular brought to the fore corruption in the water supply in Darjeeling town saying a large scam was taking place which was needed to be put into a system. “I know that there is mass scam in distribution and supply of drinking water. Water mafias have crept up. The new board must ensure that these water mafias are taken to task. All illegal water lines must be disconnected so that public gets regular potable water on a daily basis,” Gurung said addressing the newly elected councilors and D.K.Pradhan, the chairman in waiting of the Darjeeling civic body.
The GJM party today organized a victory rally from the railway station to the Gorkha Ranga Manch Bhawan to celebrate the civic polls win.
To ease out the water woes of the town, Gurung said the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) had already sanctioned Rs.3 crore to pump water from the Happy Valley source and Rungdung Khola that covers wards 27 to 32. “I have already sanctioned funds to pump water from the source below the Happy Valley tea garden for wards 27, 28 and 29.
Funds will also be sanctioned for similar project at Rungdung Khola that will supply water to wards 30, 31 and 32. This will ease out the existing water problems of the town area,” he said.
Darjeeling town requires nearly 15 lakhs gallons of water on an average daily. However, in contrast during peak season the town receives about 8-9 million gallons of water which drastically drops to 4-5 million gallons in lean periods.
The Rockville and St. Paul's storage over-head tanks distribute drinking water to the town which in turn is fed by the North and South and the Sindhap Lakes located at Senchel above Jorebungalow 15 km away. Twenty-six jhoras (streams) feed the three lakes.
Gurung also admitted corruption and scams were prevalent in the previous civic board headed by the GJM party and had failed to work for the people. But, warned that such practices would not be tolerated henceforth. “You (councilors) must work unbiased for the people and not indulge in nepotism and corruption. The chairman must remember that his or her reputation will be on the line. How will it feel when people will talk bad about you in your later years,” he said.
The GJM leader said threats of defection would not be considered when working for the betterment of Darjeeling. “I did not say anything before the election because of threats of leaving our party and joining the TMC and Jana Andolan Party. However now I will speak, this policy of political appeasement will not happen,” Gurung said.
The GJM chief asked the elected councilors and chairman in waiting to give emphasis in solving the garbage collection and disposal of the town, congestion of roads by hawkers and syndicates. “The GTA will provide two pick-up trucks to collect the town’s garbage along with the ones that are already with the civic body. You should chalk out a collection and disposal system to clean the town area. The town also requires street lights which was must be installed in every possible place for people’s convenience,” Gurung advised.
Gurung said the iconic but dilapidated super market at the Motor Stand and all buildings belonging to the Darjeeling municipality would be dismantled on safety grounds, to make way for swank complexes and with underground car parking facilities. (EOIC)

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