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All assam gorkha students union Candle march to pay tributes to dr. Apj abdul kalam

All assam gorkha students union Candle march to pay tributes to dr. Apj abdul kalam
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.

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Darjeeling municipality stops Illegal Reliance Mobile Tower Installation

Darjeeling municipality stopped illegal installation of reliance mobile tower
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]

Via The Darjeeling Chronicle

1311 people joins Gorkha Janmukti Morcha in Dooars

1311 people joins Gorkha Janmukti Morcha in Dooars
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.

Via  The Darjeeling Chronicle

Jharkhand youth arrested for cheating Darjeeling housewife of Rs2.35 lakh

Jharkhand youth arrested for cheating Darjeeling housewife of Rs2.35 lakh
A 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)

77 Stenographer - Librarian recruitment through West Bengal Staff Selection Commission

77 Stenographer - Librarian recruitment through West Bengal Staff Selection Commission
West Bengal Staff Selection Commission (WBSSC) invites application through its official Advertisement No. 03 / WBSSC / Exam for the recruitment post of 77 Schedule ‘A’ English Stenographer (Basic Grade) & Librarian posts. Eligible candidates can apply through WBSSC official website at before on 21st August 2015.

Post details:
  1. Schedule ‘A’ English Stenographer (Basic Grade) : Vacancy: 64, Pay scale:  (Rs. 7,100/- – 37,600/-) Grade Pay – Rs. 3,600/-  (Entry Point minimum pay of Rs. 7910/- per month)
  2. Librarian : Vacancy: 13 Pay scale: (Rs. 7,100/- – 37,600/-) Grade Pay – Rs. 3,900/-
Required Qualification: 
1. Schedule ‘A’ English Stenographer (Basic Grade) : –A Pass in School Final / Madhyamik Examination of the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education or its equivalent And  Acquisition of Computer Literacy and knowledge of Windows (Word, Excel & Power point).

2. Librarian : –A Master’s Degree in Library Science of a Recognised University Or A Second Class Master’s Degree in any subject other than Library Science of a Recognised University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Library Science of a recognised University / Knowledge of Bengali – Spoken & Written.

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Sycorax - Darjeeling-based band to participate in Wacken Open Air Germany

Sycorax - Darjeeling-based band to participate in Wacken Open Air Germany
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)

MP Lama blames Bimal Gurung for static development in Darjeeling hills

Dr Mahendra P Lama
Renowned 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 phone.
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)

Darjeeling municipality starts demolishing illegal building in town

high illegal building in darjeeling town
Beginning 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 2011.
“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 municipality.
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 region.
“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)