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Miss Sikkim 2019 to Reetika Chettri from Namchi
Gangtok: Reetika Chettri from Namchi, South Sikkim was crowned Miss Sikkim 2019 at a grand ceremony organised by Positude in association with Sikkim Express at Manan Kendra, Gangtok on Saturday night.

Meanwhile, Sumana Gurung and Bishnu Sharma were adjudged first and second runners up, respectively.

“I am equally excited to win this prestigious crown. The journey so far has been hard but it paid off well so it was worth it. I want to be a therapeutic social worker, therefore, I want to take up sociology and work. With the platform I have received as Miss Sikkim, I would like to work for the society and spread awareness,” shared Miss Sikkim Chettri while speaking with EastMojo.
She also urged the upcoming models to have faith in themselves. She further expressed her gratitude to her family, friends and supporters for being her constant support system.
Chettri also bagged two subtitles – Miss Photogenic and Miss Popular. First runner up Gurung bagged the subtitle of Miss Fashion Icon. Second runner up Sharma bagged the subtitle of Miss Spectacular Eyes.
The winners will now get to participate in the auditions of Femina Miss India and Sunsilk Mega Miss Northeast.
There were 31 aspiring models who gave good competition for the crown. The contestants were shortlisted from all the four districts. In the grand finale, there were two rounds -- swimwear and traditional -- from where 31 girls came down to top 10 and then top 5.
Twelve subtitles were also awarded during the event -- Dichen Dolma Bhutia for Miss Glowing Skin, Susang Sherpa for Miss Talented, Reetika Chettri for Miss Photogenic & Miss Popular, Manisha Chettri for Miss Beauty With a Purpose, Priyanka Sharma for Miss Congeniality, Kunga Tseten Bhutia for Miss Active, Priya Sharma for Miss Beautiful Body, Chandra Kala Dhakal for Miss Ramp Walk, Sumana Gurung for Miss Fashion Icon, Bishnu Sharma for Miss Spectacular Eyes and Sanjeeta Chhetri for Miss Vivacious.
The judges for this year’s Miss Sikkim were national and international pageant director Abhilekh Kalita, filmmaker and film director Prashant Rasaily, Mitho proprietor Kushan Zulca, Denzong Hyundai MD Karma Loday Bhutia.

Binay Tamang on indefinite hunger strike over tea bonus
Gorkha Janmukti Morcha leader Binay Tamang on Sunday started his indefinite hunger strike here over hill tea workers’ bonus, declaring there would be no “further negotiations” and that the agitation would be lifted only after he receives a “written agreement” for a bonus of 20 per cent.
Tamang launched a no-holds-barred attack on the Darjeeling Tea industry management, saying the proprietors were exploiting and taking advantage of the situation.
“I had given them an ultimatum till October 4 but they choose to ignore it. There will be no further negotiations on the bonus issue now. I will lift this hunger strike only after I receive a written agreement stating that they will pay 20 per cent bonus,” said Tamang. He made it clear that the tea industry management would be “held responsible if anything happens” to his health.
Tamang started this agitation to demand bonus at the rate of 20 per cent of a worker’s annual earnings. The management has so far only offered 15.5 per cent, leading to a deadlock and resulting in the hill tea workers going without their bonus during Puja for the first time in recent memory.

The Morcha leader warned that his party would harden its stand against the management on different fronts. “These days, roads in tea gardens are constructed by the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA), houses and sanitation (facilities) are given by the GTA and state government. We take care of the water supply, too. The management has been mollycoddled a bit too much but things will change now,” Tamang said. Tamang’s party colleague Anit Thapa heads the GTA.
Tamang threatened to close down “resorts in tea gardens”, claiming they had been set up without proper permission from the state government and the GTA. “Tea garden workers are being made to work in these resorts for Rs 176 (daily). This will stop now.”
The Tamang faction of the Morcha said it would ensure “all fringe benefits” laid down in the plantation and industrial acts are implemented in the hill gardens.
“The management no longer distributes coal and firewood to workers. They will have to distribute from January 2020. We will ensure that all fringe benefits are given to the workers. The management has stopped reimbursing medical expenses of workers. They will have to start doing so from today according to the prevalent rules,” Tamang said.
Tamang also alleged that the tea management had created “fake buyers” outside India and threatened to “expose” them.
Morcha supporters brought out a rally from Ghoom with Tamang joining from Dali, around 4km from the town. Later, Tamang sat on the hunger strike at Darjeeling Motor Stand. The Darjeeling Tea industry had not officially reacted to Tamang’s statement till the filing of this report.

All India Buddhist Forum 150 Memorandum to Chief Minister
अल इण्डिया बुद्धिष्ट फोरम महासचिव आकाश लामाको नेतृत्वमा अध्यक्ष जम्बु लामा, उपाध्यक्ष आनन्द तमु गुरुङ, एसएम घिसिंग, कोषाध्यक्ष लाक्पा छिरिङ गोले, प्रचार प्रसार सचिव सुरेन पाख्रीनको एक टोलीले कलकत्ता स्थित मुख्य राज्य सचिवालय नवन्नमा पुगी विगत दिनमा विभिन्न बौद्ध संघ – संगठन, गुम्बा आदिले सामुहिक रुपमा मुख्यमन्त्रीलाई गरेको सामुहिक मांग अनुरुप राज्य अल्पसंख्यक आयोगमा नर्थ बेंगालबाट दुई जना प्रतिनिधि सदस्यहरु मनोनित गरिनपर्ने लिखित सामुहिक मेमोरेन्डम जसमा अखिल भारतीय तामांग बौद्ध संघ, शेर्पा बौद्ध संघ, नेवार बुद्धिष्ट संगठन, गुरुङ तमु बौद्ध संगठन, लेप्चा बुद्धिष्ट एसोसिएशन, अभाम बौद्ध म्हानिपा संघ, बरुवा बुद्धिष्ट संगठन, भुटिया टिबेटेन बौद्ध संगठन साथै पहाड तराई डुवर्सका विभिन्न बौद्ध गुम्बाहरु, लामा संघ लगाएर जम्मा १५० मेमोरेन्डमको फाइल मुख्यमन्त्रीलाई सुम्पियो | यस बाहेक जसरी मुस्लिम धर्म गुरु इमामहरुले प्रति महिना प्राप्त गर्ने सरकारी आर्थिक अनुदान सरह प्रत्येक बौद्ध गुम्बाका प्रमुख लामाहरुले पनि उक्त सहुलियत पाउन पर्ने लिखित मागलाई राज्य अल्पसंख्यक सचिवालय नवान्नले स्वीकार गरेको जनाइएको छ | यसको निम्ति महासचिवले सहयोग र सहभागिता दिने सम्पूर्ण बौद्ध संघ, संस्था, एसोसिएशन, लामा संघ आदिलाई धन्यबाद प्रकट गर्दै यसको श्रेय सम्पूर्णलाई जाने बताए | यसै बौद्ध एकताको आवाज मुख्यमन्त्रीले सुन्ने विश्वास व्यक्त गर्दै सबैलाई यसको निम्ति पुन: कृतज्ञता प्रकट गरेको जानकारी प्रचार प्रसार सचिव सुरेन पाख्रीनले एक विज्ञप्ति मार्फत जनाएको छ || 

Jamara sowed at Dashain Ghar in Gorkha
GORKHA: In the first day of Bada Dashain festival, seeds for growing Jamara (barley shoots) have been sowed at the Dashain Ghar in the Gorakhkali temple of Gorkha to mark Ghatasthapana.
The ritual has been carried out at the auspicious hour of 10:35 am on Sunday morning, said the main priest Lila Bahadur Bohara.
On this day, Nepali people worship Diyo (an oil-fed lamp), Kalas (auspicious jar) and lord Ganesh in accordance with Vedic rituals. They also sow maize and barley seeds for germination of the auspicious Jamara (barley shoots).
Likewise, the process of germination of barley shoots has also been carried out at the Manakamana temple in Gorkha.

Sikkim Himalayan FC wins Gorkha Brothers Assam by 2 goals
दीर्घ दिनदेखि सबैले प्रतिक्षा साँचेको मङपु गोल्ड कप आजदेखि शुरु भयो | मङपुको युथ क्लबको कुशल आयोजनामा विगत केही वर्षहरुदेखि सम्पन्न हुँदै आइरहेको यस टुर्नामेन्टको उद्घाटनी कार्यक्रम भूतपूर्व शिक्षक केबी गिरीको सभापतित्व, शिक्षक घनश्याम राईको प्रमुख आतिथ्य अनि विशिष्ट अतिथि मनला अथेन्पा, सभापति सिक्किम फूटबल एसोसिएशनको उपस्थितिमा सम्पन्न भयो | सन्त जोसेप स्कूलका ब्याण्ड प्रदर्शनीपछि शुरु भएको आजको पहिलो म्याच सिक्किम हिमालयन फुटबल क्लबको घमासान भिडन्त गोर्खा ब्रदर्श असमसित भयो | मौसमको कारण खेल मैदानको अवस्था केही सोचनीय भएपनि खेलाडीवर्गले आफ्नो उत्कृष्ट प्रदर्शनी देखाउन चुकेनन् | फलत: पूर्वार्धको खेलमा दुवै दलमाझ बराबरीको टक्कर बनेपछि गोल छिराउन सकेन | उतरार्धको खेलमा सिक्किम हिमालयन एफसीका जर्सी नम्बर २२ जाजाले ४७ मिनटमा गोर्खा ब्रदर्शको गोल पोस्टमा एक गोल दागेपछि खेल रोचक बनेर गयो | दुवै दलको कडा चुनौती बिच पुन: सिक्किम हिमालयन एफसीकै जर्सी नम्बर ७ मेसौकेले ५८ मिनटमा अर्को गोल छिराउन सक्षम बनेपछि गोर्खा ब्रदर्श असमले हार स्विकार्नु परेको थियो | खेल अवधि सिक्किम हिमालयन एफसीका खेलाडी जाजाले रेड कार्डको सामना गर्नु परेको थियो भने यसै टीमका अर्का खेलाडी मेसौकेलाई म्यान अफ द म्याच चयन गरियो | आजको म्याचलाई चार जना महिला निर्णायकले संचालन गरेका थिए जसमा मुख्य निर्णायक रेश्मा छेत्री (राष्ट्रीय), सहयोगीहरु प्रेसिला तामांग(एसएफए), सुष्मिता राई(एसएफए) अनि चौथो अधिकारी सेनहाङमा सुब्बा(एसएफए) रहेकी थिइन् | आजदेखि शुरु भएको मङपु गोल्ड कपको ३० सितम्बर अर्थात भोलिको म्याच अविरल वर्षाले खेल मैदान सोचनीय बनाएको कारण आगमी १ अक्टोबरको दिन दार्जीलिंग हिमालयन एफसी बनाम शेयर एफसी कालेबुङ माझ सम्पन्न हुनेछ ||

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Four organisations in Assam protest against NRC exclusions
Four organisations representing the Gorkha community in Assam came together on Friday to stage a protest and submit a memorandum to Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal regarding the exclusion of members of the community from the National Register of Citizens (NRC).

The All Assam Gorkha Students’ Union, the Assam Nepali Sahitya Sabha, the All Assam Gorkha Sammelan (AAGS) and the Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangha (BGP) staged a protest in Guwahati, announcing that under no circumstances would Gorkha people excluded from the final NRC approach the Foreigners Tribunals (FTs) to appeal against their exclusion.
They cited a 2018 Ministry of Home Affairs order saying that Gorkhas living in India cannot be referred to FTs in Assam.
Durga Khatiwada, president of the Assam Nepali Sahitya Sabha and a Sahitya Akademi award winner, said, “Gorkha people will not go to FTs. We are indigenous people and we cannot be dragged to FTs. There is a clear MHA order to this effect… Family members of a Gorkha freedom fighter are among the 19 lakh excluded people…”
Nanda Kirati Dewan, national secretary (youth affairs) of the BGP, said, “The state government has to respect and validate the MHA order. Gorkhas will not go to FTs …”

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