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51 Asst, Sub Asst, Biomedical Engineer post in West Bengal SHFW
West Bengal State Health & Family Welfare Samiti (WBSHFW) issued an employment notification and invited application for the recruitment of  51 Asst Engineer, Sub Asst Engineer, Biomedical Engineer post on contract basis under National Health Mission, Department of Health and Family Welfare, Goverment of West Bengal.

Asst Engineer Recruitment

Total Vacancy: 19
Required Qualification: Graduate and/or Post Graduate in Civil Engineering (at least one year experience)
Age Limit     21 to 40 years 8
Last date: June 2018
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Sub Asst Engineer Recruitment

Total Vacancy: 16
Required Qualification:
  • Diploma in Civil Engineering (one-year working experience)
  • Diploma in Electrical Engineering and one-year working experience.
Age Limit : 20 to 40 yearsLast date:11th June 2018
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Biomedical Engineer Recruitment

Total Vacancy: 16
Required Qualification: B.E./B.Tech Degree in Biomedical Engineering.
Age Limit     21 to 40 years 8
Last date: 11 June 2018
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46 Pharmacist Posts in West Bengal State Health and Family Welfare Samiti
West Bengal State Health and Family Welfare Samiti invited applications for the post of 46 Pharmacist under National Urban Health Mission, department of Health and Family Welfare on contract basis.

Total Vacancy: 46
SC – 04 Posts
ST – 18 Posts
OBC-A – 01Post
UR – 17 Posts
PWD – 05 Posts
Required Qualification: Candidates you completed 2 years diploma in pharmacy (D-Pharma) (Allopathic) recognized by government of west Bengal and registered as A category pharmacist under west bengal pharmacy council.

Age Limit: not be more than 40 years as on 01st April 2018.

Salary: Rs.16, 860/- per month.

How To Apply: Apply through online mode from 24th May 2018 to 31st May 2018. at  

Last date for Submission of Application: 31st May 2018

Darjeeling Railway station
Darjeeling Railway station
Darjeeling: Taxis with luxury permits stopped plying in Darjeeling on Saturday amid a rush of tourists, many of them from Calcutta, after a fleet of vehicles was requisitioned for chief minister Mamata Banerjee's visit to Kalimpong next week.

The ongoing summer vacation in schools has contributed to the surge in tourist traffic to Darjeeling, increasing the demand for taxis both for sightseeing and travel to other destinations in the hills.

Operators of luxury taxis, most of them Toyota Innovas, suspended local sightseeing trips on Saturday. But luckily for outbound and arriving tourists, drop and pick-up to and from Siliguri wasn't affected.

Travel agents said tourists who had booked luxury vehicles in advance usually do not settle for alternatives. "This is why we could face trouble if the problem is not resolved quickly," an agent said.

Taxi operators are demanding that the administration reverse the decision to requisition a large number of luxury vehicles for Mamata's four-day trip starting Monday.

The transporters' association wants the administration to hire some of the vehicles it requires from "non-tourist districts".
"Just a few weeks ago, our vehicles had been requisitioned for the panchayat elections, although there were no polls in the hills. We did not face problems then because the tourist flow wasn't as high," a taxi operator said.

This is the first big tourism season in the hills since the 104-day strike last year.

When a vehicle is requisitioned by the government, it pays for fuel and hiring charges. The rates vary, depending on the type of vehicle. But drivers maintain that the rates are low and not profitable for them, especially during the tourist season when they can earn more ferrying visitors.

The drivers had on Friday said they would meet Darjeeling district magistrate Joyoshi Dasgupta for a discussion. But Dasgupta said nobody came to meet her.

Dasgupta said that no more than 20 vehicles were required for the chief minister's trip.

"We do not need a large fleet ," Dasgupta said.

Mamata is scheduled to meet representatives of the 15 development boards in the hills the day after arriving in Kalimpong.

"An administrative meeting is scheduled for the next day," an official said.

The Telegraph

North Bengal development minister Rabindranath Ghosh
North Bengal development minister Rabindranath Ghosh
Siliguri: An office of the chief minister will come up at Richmond Hill in Darjeeling, north Bengal development minister Rabindranath Ghosh said at Uttarkanya here on Friday.
Mamata Banerjee, during her earlier visits to Darjeeling, had said that a branch of the CMO would be set up in hills to facilitate administrative works. It would be manned by an official from the CMO, she had said.
Ghosh, while speaking to newspersons, said: "The chief minister's office will come up at Richmond Hill in Darjeeling. Our department will build the office by spending Rs 2 crores. It will have a conference room and an office block, with the chief minister's chamber and other necessary infrastructure. Also, an arrangement for accommodation would be made separately."
The chief minister, during her visits to Darjeeling, stays in Richmond Hill, where there is a bungalow owned by the state.
Ghosh, who held a review meeting with his officials on Friday, also discussed on some other projects. The meeting, sources said, was held to have updated information ahead of the proposed visit of the chief minister. Mamata is likely to visit Darjeeling and Kalimpong hills on next week, said sources.
"We have also taken the task to rebuild the Raj Rajeswari Hall of Kurseong. The total project cost is Rs 1.50 crores and half of the amount has already been provided to the district magistrate of Darjeeling," said the minister.

The hall is an old structure in the hill town that was torched during the statehood agitation on last year.
NBDD, Ghosh said, has also planned to build a better and wide road along the 23-km-stretch between Loleygaon and Lava, two prominent tourist destinations of Kalimpong district.
"State PWD will do the work. They are preparing the detail project report now," he said.
As of now, projects worth around Rs 200 crores have been taken by the department and are in progress.
"We have also planned to finish the work of a modern resort at Lataguri in Jalpaiguri district before Durga Puja. The resort is coming up on one acre land and will have 18 rooms, a conference hall, separate dining room and lounge. We have spent Rs 8 crores for the project," the NB development minister said.
Once completed, the resort would be handed over to West Bengal Forest Development Corporation that will run it.
Another key project that he referred is installation of solar pumps in all six districts of north Bengal for the benefit of farmers.
"A sum of Rs 128 crores has been allocated for the project. Initially, we will install such pumps for irrigation in three blocks of each district. The BDOs of these blocks have been asked to select the beneficiaries," said Ghosh.

The Telegraph

Binay Tamang at the meeting in Darjeeling
Binay Tamang at the meeting in Darjeeling
Darjeeling: The Bengal government has decided to grant land rights to forest dwellers in the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) area, moving to enforce a law finalised four years ago.

S.K. Thade, principal secretary, backward classes welfare department on Friday held a meeting with Binay Tamang, chairperson, GTA board of administration in the presence of district magistrates of Darjeeling and Kalimpong and officials of the land and land reforms and forest department.
Tamang said: "The green signal for starting the process of granting land right to forest dwellers have been given by the state government. We are thankful to chief minister Mamata Banerjee and the Bengal government."

The Centre had passed The Schedule Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act in 2006 and the Bengal government had issued a gazette notification for its implementation on October 17, 2014.

While forest dwellers in Alipurduar and Jalpaiguri districts were given land rights the same had not been implemented in the GTA area in the absence of gram panchayats.
"It has not been agreed that a new notification for the GTA area will be issued by the Bengal government as there is not panchayat system in place in the hills as yet," said Tamang.

The state government has already identified 149 forest villages in registered forest land and 19 forest villages in non-registered forest land.
"A sub-divisional level committee and district level committee, chaired by the district magistrates with representatives from the GTA will be formed. Campaign to create awareness will start immediately. Forest villagers will be given three months time to make their claims over their land," said Tamang.

Residents of the forest village had been demanding that land rights be granted to them before the green signal is given for construction of rail link to Sikkim.
"I had raised the issue with the state government on November 21, 2017 and on February 7, 2018 with the state government. I had been telling the villagers that the process would start soon and now I am happy to state that the process has finally started," said Tamang.

The state's positive response towards forest villagers and also the GTA's decision to initiate Nijo Griha Njo Bhumi Pralkapo in which landless and homeless, even if they are occupying government land, are given land rights, is expected to bring a windfall for Tamang.

There is huge enthusiasm among the hill residents - almost 60 percent of the population does not have land rights, over the GTA's initiative.

It is, however, not yet clear whether tea garden residents can be immediately given land rights through this scheme as this has not been implanted in the plains garden.

The scheme was launched in Bengal on October 18, 2011, but the same could not be continued in the hills after Bimal Gurung, the then chief executive, GTA, was unhappy that the distribution was being done without consulting the GTA.
"These two initiatives has come as a major fillip for Tamang going by the enthusiasm among the hill people," said an observer.

The Telegraph

Bhaichung to launch Hamro Sikkim Party on May 31
Gangtok, May 25: Bhaichung Bhutia is all set to formally launch his Hamro Sikkim Party on May 31 in a bid to challenge the ruling Sikkim Democratic Party (SDF), which has been in government in the state for close to 25.

Talking to The Telegraph, Bhutia said the SDF was increasingly becoming dictatorial and the people of Sikkim, particularly the youths, were looking for a change.

Sikkim youths want change: Bhaichung

"We are looking for a change. The youths of Sikkim are definitely looking for a change. From a democratic front, it (SDF) has become a dictatorial front. Corruption is rampant here...If anyone speaks, his voice is suppressed. This is not good for Sikkim," he said.

Bhutia alleged that Sikkim has been denied even basic facilities during the long rule of the SDF.
"They speak of development, but basic things like roads, electricity and water is not there. Roads in Sikkim are in a very pathetic condition, drinking water is a problem, despite having so many hydel projects, load-shedding takes every now and then," he said, adding that even the much needed revenue was yet to be generated from about 30 power projects operating in the state.

The party will be launched at the remote village of Daramdin in West Sikkim in the presence of a promised 15,000 to 20,000 supporters. Significantly, though, the party is unlikely to announce the name of its president at the launch.
"In time we will announce," was what Bhutia said when asked who would be the party president. While announcing the name of the party in Delhi on April 26, Bhutia had indicated that he wouldn't be the president and someone "clean and credible person" will be helming it.

Bhutia didn't confirm, but sources said there could be as many as seven vice-presidents representing different communities of Sikkim. Bhutia, Lepcha and Nepali are the three major communities of the state, but within the larger Nepali-speaking community, the Limbus and Tamangs, by virtue of they being Scheduled Tribes, have a separate political identity.

West Sikkim has the biggest presence of Limbus in the state.

Bhutia, who had a rather inglorious innings in neighbouring Bengal, said one of the reasons for launching the Hamro Sikkim Party was to motivate "good people" and youngsters to take to politics.

"Only complaining about how dirty politics is will not help. If we want to change politics, we must be part of it," he said.

Asked about his links with the BJP and the relationship his party will have with other opposition parties in the state, Bhutia said for starters the party will focus on setting its own house in order to make the party strong. 
"We then can decide on coalition with any party. BJP already has a tie-up in Sikkim with the SDF. SDF is part of North East Democratic Front formed by the BJP. Once they break the alliance, we can think and consider," he said.

The Telegraph

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