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Cleanliness drive by Devine youth society
स्वच्छ भारत अभियानलाई शिरोपर गर्दै लाब्दा विभागका शिक्षित युवावर्गले डिभाइन युथ सोसाइटी नामक एउटा झुण्ड बनाइ सामाजिक सचेतना कार्यक्रमहरु गर्दै आइरहेको छ | आज मात्र यस सोसाइटीले लाब्दा विभागको ऐतिहासिक धरोहर मानिने दोङाङ छ्योइलिङ सार्वजनिक बौद्ध गुम्बादेखि मन बहादुर राईको घरसम्म पुग्ने बाटो साफ सफाई गरेको छ | बर्खाको शुरुमै भत्किएका नालीहरु अनि झोंडी जंगल सफाई गर्दै हिड्न लायकको बनाएको छ |सोसाइटीका सम्पूर्ण सदस्य सदस्या मिलेर यस सफाई अभियानलाई सफल बनाएका थिए | बिशेष गरेर यस प्रकारको अभियान गाउँ बस्ति, समाजमा मात्र नभएर यस्तो सफाई अनि सचेतना कार्यक्रमहरु सबैले नै देशभरि गरिन सके देश स्वत: स्वच्छ अनि सुन्दर भएर जाने सोसाइटीको बिचार छ | सफाई कार्यक्रमको अन्तमा सोसाइटी सभापति सलिम तामांगले सम्पूर्ण सदस्य सदस्यावर्गलाई धन्यबाद दिंदै आगमी दिनहरुमा सोसाइटीले अझ यस्तै सफाई अभियान सचेतना अनि गाउँ सुधारक कार्यक्रमहरु गरेर लाने बताएका छन् ||

Buddhist seminar in labdah Gumba
लाब्दा विभाग गन्ती डाँडा स्थित दोङाङ छ्योइलिङ सार्वजनिक बौद्ध गुम्बामा एक दिवसीय बौद्ध संगोष्ठी गुम्बाकै प्रमुख धर्मगुरु लामा उदय पाख्रीनको सभापतित्वमा सम्पन्न भयो | जोनी तामांगद्वारा संचालित कार्यक्रममा गुम्बा सचिव सुरेन पाख्रीनले स्वागत सम्भाषणमा कार्यक्रमको औचित्य अनि यस संगोष्ठीले मानव जीवनमा नयाँ आध्यात्मिक प्रेरणा जगाउने कुरामा बिश्वास व्यक्त गरे | संगोष्ठीमा प्रमुख वार्ताकार आचार्य साङ्गे छ्योपेल महासचिव अखिल भारतीय महायाना लामा संघ अनि जम्बु लामा अध्यक्ष अल इण्डिया बुद्धिष्ट फोरम भारत साथै भान्ते पेमा थेरो प्रमुख रुपमा उपस्थित रहेका थिए | प्रथमत: आचार्य: साङ्गे छ्योपेल लामाले बौद्ध शिक्षामा आधारित दैनिक पुजा पाठ विधि साथै छ्योसेम (वेदी) मा अंकित विविध चित्रहरुको संक्षिप्त व्याख्या गर्दै विभिन्न पवित्र तिथिहरुमा मासु – मांस, मद मदिरा सेवन नगरी पंचशीललाई पालन गर्नु पर्ने वचन सुनाए | भगवान बुद्धले प्रत्यावर्तन गरेको धर्म अनि आफुले आर्जन गरेको बुद्धत्व ग्यान द्वारा आफ्नो दिवंगत आमाललाई पनि देवलोकबाट उद्धार गरेको लाबाब दुछेन बारे जानकारी दिए | न्युङने उपषोधलाई पनि प्राथमिकता दिइ यसको अभ्यास गर्ने सुझाव दिए | यसरी नै भगवान बुद्धले भ्रमण गर्दै धर्म उपदेशना दिंदै अन्तमा परिनिर्माण प्राप्त गरेको स्थलहरुको भ्रमणको महत्व बारे पनि प्रकाश पारे | कार्यक्रममा भान्ते पेमा थेरोले आफ्नो सम्बोधनमा भगवान बुद्धले देखाएको मार्गलाई प्रत्येक मानवले अनुपालन गर्नुपर्ने कुरामा जोड दिए | विशिष्ट अतिथिको रुपमा उपस्थित जम्बु लामाले भारतमा बौद्धहरुको सोंचनीय स्थिति माथि चिन्ता व्यक्त गर्दै अब सबै बौद्धहरु सचेत हुनपर्ने कुरामा जोड दिए | बर्तमान युवा पिडिलाई भगवान बुद्धको बैज्ञानिक, आध्यात्मिक दर्शनलाई बुझाउन अति नै आवश्यक रहेको बोध गर्दै उनीहरुलाई सही बौद्ध शिक्षा दिनपर्ने कुरामा जोड दिए | आज पनि श्रीलंका जहाँका मानिसहरु अति साधारण अनि कम खर्चमा आफ्नो इच्छालाई कटौती गरी शान्तीमय, अपराधहीन समाजमा बाँचिरहेको उदाहरण पेश गर्दै यदी हामी;ए पनि आफ्नो बढ्दो इच्छालाई रोक्न सके जीवन सुखमय, शान्तिमय बन्ने बताए | अष्टशील बारे बोल्दै तिनले प्रत्येक शीलको महत्व माथि प्रकाश पार्दै चोरी, जूट, व्यभिचार, मदपान आदि कुराहरुदेखि मानिस बाँच्न सके हाम्रो समाज आफैमा स्वर्ग हुने कुरामा बिश्वास व्यक्त गरे | अन्तमा सभापतिको समापन भाषण अघि आयोजक समिति सचिव पासाङ पाख्रीनले वार्ताकार लगायत महाराजा क्याटरिङ, विभिन्न स्थानहरुबाट आएका महानुभावर्गलाई धन्यबाद साथै स्वागत जनाए भने विभिन्न शाखाहरु, विभागहरुबाट आएका धर्मानुरागीवर्गलाई पनि धन्यबाद प्रकट गरे | सभापतिको अध्यक्षीय भाषाण प्रस्तुत गर्दै धर्म गुरु उदय पाख्रीनले आजको कार्यक्रम पूर्ण रुपमा सफल भएको बताउँदै वार्ताकारवर्गलाई धन्यबाद प्रकट गरेको जानकारी आयोजक समितिले जनाएको छ ||

Gangtok: A geyser in a bathroom of a hotel here exploded on early Sunday morning, knocking down the wall that separates the adjacent room and injuring four tourists from Maharashtra who were fast asleep.
The authorities have sealed Hotel Sonam at Lal Bazar after the blast that, according to a preliminary analysis, was caused by overheating of the geyser.
The incident occurred about 2.30am when the four tourists - three men and a girl - were sleeping in the room. While three received minor injuries, the fourth tourist fractured one of his legs.

Bikash Tiwari, the station house officer of Gangtok Sadar, said a case had been registered against the person who was running the hotel on lease. He has been charged with negligent conduct with respect to machinery and endangering the life and personal safety of others.
"The hotel has been sealed for now. A team comprising forensic, fire and power experts will inspect the hotel tomorrow (Monday) to carry out a detailed investigation," he said.
The injured persons were part of a group of about 35 tourists from Nagpur in Maharashtra and were scheduled to leave Sikkim in the next couple of days.
The person who fractured the leg was identified as Hiralal, 64, a retired police officer. The other injured are Mahendra Nankar, 42, Majur Silal Deshmukh, 24, and Shivani Vinayak, 15.
The police suspect Hiralal had fractured his leg either after being hit by flying debris of the wall that was shattered in the blast or from a fall while fleeing the room following the explosion.
Management of hotels said many guests did not heed the advice to switch off the geyser once water was heated, and leave them on for hours together. "It barely takes 15 minutes to heat water in most geysers nowadays, but some guests are known to heat water for hours," said a hotel manager.

The Telegraph

Nepali photojournalist Purnima Shrestha scales Mount Everest
Kathmandu, May 19 (IANS) Nepali photojournalist and mountaineer Purnima Shrestha scaled Mount Everest on Saturday, becoming the first photojournalist from the Himalayan country to stand atop, authorities said.

This is the first ascent of 27-year-old Shrestha to the 8,848-metre high mountain.

"Purnima Shrestha reached the summit on Saturday morning at 8.10 a.m.," Gyanendra Shrestha, an official at the Department of Tourism under the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, told Xinhua news agency from the base camp.

Temba Tsheri Sherpa, a world record holder Everest climber and the head of Sherpa Khangri Outdoor, a company which handled Shrestha's expedition, said: "I feel very happy to share that she made it to the top along with other Chinese climbers in the team. The team will hopefully get back to base camp by Sunday."

Shrestha, who hails from Nepal's Gorkha district, had left for the summit bid on Tuesday from the base camp.

According to Sherpa, it usually takes four to five days for the climbing team to reach the top from the base camp via four different high camps.

Shrestha, who has been doing photojournalism for last five years, is affiliated with Karobar national daily along with Food and Wine magazine.

Besides the summit, she also organised a solo photo exhibition in the Everest region, the first of its kind, under the theme "Smiling Nepali Women", featuring portraits of Nepali women from all walks of life.

"The major objective of the exhibition is to promote Nepali culture and tourism of the country. It will enable the world climbers and trekkers gathering in the region to know other aspects of Nepal", the photojournalist had said earlier.

The exhibition was supported by Nepal Tourism Board, government's body to promote tourism and Photojournalists' Club of Nepal (PJ Club).

According to Nepal's Tourism Department, the official government body which issues climbing permits for the Everest expedition, 346 mountaineers from Nepali and foreign teams have taken the permits this year.

--IANS

Darjeeling Toy train
KOLKATA: Nearly a year after 105-day Gorkhaland statehood agitation dried up tourist inflows to Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts of West Bengal causing massive losses to the local businesses, tourist inflows have gradually picked up this year.

While around 2.5 lakh tourists had visited the two districts last year before the onset of the agitation in June, some 1.2 lakh tourists have visited the hill towns this April to June season, according
to sources in the tourism department.

“Though the numbers are much lesser than last year but we are optimistic that more people will flock the hills as summer gets harsher in the plains,” said hotelier Raju Sharma.

Despite the lesser inflows as compared to last year, hotels in Darjeeling are still booked till the end of this season in June, sources revealed.

A three-day strike of truckers had caused some panic in the tourist industry as the transportation sector, a key segment of the tourism industry, depends on petrol brought by the tankers from Siliguri. However, the tourism doyens heaved a sigh of relief after the truckers lifted their strike on May 17.

The two districts receive tourists from across the nation but the chunk is still made by Bengalis from the plains.

Panic had set in among tourists and many of them were caught off-guard when Gorkha Janmukti Morcha supremo Bimal Gurung suddenly called a strike against alleged imposition of Bengali language last
year. Though locals prepared food for them, many tourists faced difficulties in returning to Siliguri due to
unavailability of public transport.

A year later, Bimal Gurung is in hiding and GJM has been taken over by rebel leader Binay Tamang who is perceived as close to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Suraj Sharma, spokesperson of Binay Tamang faction of the GJM said: “Huge losses were incurred during last year’s strike. However, things have normalised and we urge tourists to visit Darjeeling in large numbers. More tourist destinations would be opened for them from October.” The hill districts also
witness a second tourist season after onset of winter from November onwards.

Express News Service

Bhaichung Bhutia
Gangtok: D.B. Chauhan, the president of the Sikkim unit of the BJP, on Friday indicated that there was a possibility of Bhaichung Bhutia joining the party but a close aide to the former Indian football captain, who had already made public the name of the party he proposed to launch in Sikkim soon, promptly denied such a move.


Chauhan told a press conference here that both the BJP's central and state party leaderships were in talks with Bhutia and the party was very keen on having a relationship with him. "We will be able tell the exact equation, whether he will join the BJP or have an alliance with us, by September or October. We don't, however want to miss him," he said.


The Sikkim BJP president prefaced that by hailing Bhutia as a national celebrity.



Dilip Rai, a close aide to Bhutia, however, said no such talks had taken place within the group helming the Hamro Sikkim Party, which is the name of the party that is yet to be formally launched.


"Bhaichung is one of the members of the party, which is yet to be launched. No such talks have taken place within the group. The BJP president must be giving his own opinion. We have nothing say to it," he said.


Political circles here though are agog with speculation that Bhutia indeed is eyeing some kind of relationship with the BJP in order to mount a serious challenge to the ruling Sikkim Democratic Party in the next Assembly elections, which are due in the middle of next year. "Bhutia enjoys very good relationship with some BJP leaders at the Centre, particularly Kiren Rijiju, the Union minister of state for home. He knows it will be difficult to take on the SDF behemoth, which has been in power in Sikkim for close to 25 years, on his own and a tie-up with a party like BJP would be of massive help. The BJP, too, wants to extend its foothold in Sikkim after managing to come to power in other northeastern states in alliance with local parties there," said an analyst.


Chauhan also took on the SDF president and Sikkim chief minister, Pawan Kumar Chamling, for referring to the BJP as a party from outside. "In a democratic country like ours, how can he (Chamling) call BJP a party from outside? What is he trying to suggest? Is Sikkim not part of India? We not only condemn such a remark, but would seek an explanation from the chief minister," he said.


Chamling, in his speeches, never refers to BJP by name, but calls it a "party from outside". Ironically, SDF is part of the North-East Democratic Alliance, the BJP-fronted political coalition.


Chauhan said his party was also willing to have a pre-poll alliance with other parties who are willing to work in the interest of SIkkimese people. The Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM), which is the main opposition party in the state, also holds a similar view.



The Telegraph

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