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लाब्दा विभाग अन्तर्गत १९६९ मा गठन गरिएको मिलन परिवारले आफ्नो ५० औं वर्ष गाँठ स्वर्ण जयन्ती पालन गर्यो | समाजको निजी भवनमा एके सिंग्दनको सभापतित्वमा सम्पन्न स्वर्ण दिवस कार्यक्रममा बीबी प्रदानले संचालन गर्दै समाजको आजसम्मको इतिहास पठन गरेका थिए | मिलन परिवार लाब्दा विभागमात्रै नभएर मङपुकै निम्ति उदाहरण स्वरूप एउटा पुरानो समाज हो | समाजले ७० – ८० को दशकतिर लाब्दा विभाग अनि मङपुका अन्य विभागहरुमा पनि रात्री स्कूल शुरु गरेका थिए | यसरी नै समाजले आफ्नो यात्रामा गाउँ समाजका विरामी उपचारको निम्ति आर्थिक सहयोग साथै गुम्बा निर्माण आदि सामाजिक कार्यहरुमा पनि हात बाँटेको इतिहास छ | स्वर्ण दिवस कार्यक्रमकै अवसर पारेर परिवारले समाजका अग्रज अनि वरिष्ठ व्यक्तिहरुलाई उनीहरुको कार्यको प्रसंसा गर्दै सम्बर्धना पनि जनाए जसमा केबी राई, सिठु मोक्तान, डीएस प्रदान, भीम कुमार राई, एचडी राई, अम्बर गिरी, तेम्बा तामांग, धन बहादुर ठोकर आदिलाई स्मृति चिन्ह पनि प्रदान गरे | परिवारका सचिव प्रशन्न तामांगले सम्पूर्णलाई स्वागत जनाएको कार्यक्रममा उपस्थित मुख्य अतिथि एचडी राईले समाजको अहिलेसम्मको योगदान अनि कार्यहरु बारे वक्तब्य राखेका थिए | यसै कार्यक्रमको अवसरमा प्रियसना प्रधान, अन्शिका तामांग, सायना प्रधानले सुन्दर नृत्य प्रस्तुत गरेका थिए भने मुकेश तामांग, किरण तामांग, प्रसंघ राई आदिले गीत प्रस्तुत गरे | मिलन परिवारले आफ्नो ५० औं स्वर्ण दिवस पालन गर्दै विभिन्न रंगारंगी कार्यक्रमसंगै भोज खुवाएर सबैसित खुशीयाली बाँडेका थिए ||

Lance Naik Sandeep Thapa
Another soldier has been martyred while protecting the country. Lance Naik Sandeep Thapa, a resident of Rajawala (Sahaspur), Dehradun, has been martyred in the shelling by the Pakistani Army in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir. He was stationed in the Third Gorkha Rifles.
Since the removal of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir by the Government of India, there is a nefarious act by the neighboring country of Pakistan. This has increased the stress on LAC. Meanwhile, the army soldier Sandeep Thapa kept on his duty and laid down his life while protecting the country. The dead body of the martyred soldier is likely to reach his ancestral home by Sunday. The martyr will be cremated with military honors after the last darshan at the residence.

According to the information received, the Gorkha Rifles soldier Sandeep Thapa was presently posted in Nowshera sector of Rajouri. Around 6.30 am on Saturday morning, the Pakistan Army violated the ceasefire and opened heavy fire on the border and fired mortars. The Indian Army also gave a befitting reply and destroyed a post by the Pakistan Army. Lance Naik Sandeep Thapa was seriously injured in the unprovoked shelling by the Pak Army. The injured jawan was admitted to the nearest army hospital for treatment, where he died during treatment. The dead body of the martyr is likely to reach his ancestral home by Sunday.
On receiving the news of the martyrdom of Sandeep Thapa mourning broke out in his house. The relatives of the martyr are in a very sad condition. On receiving information, his relatives also reached his residence to console the family.

Chief Minister expressed grief

Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat also expressed grief over the martyrdom of Lance Naik Sandeep Thapa. CM said that “Uttarakhand’s son Sandeep Thapa has sacrificed for the country in Pakistan’s firing on the border. I bow down to the martyred jawan. Praying to console the martyrs’ families, I assure them that we all stand with them in this hour of grief.”

Former BJP MP from Assam Ram Prasad Sarmah
GUWAHATI: Former BJP MP from Assam Ram Prasad Sarmah is all set to join the Janata Dal (United).
On Saturday, the neta was in Delhi holding deliberations with senior JD-U leaders. He told this newspaper that he would join the party once the formalities were over.
“I had several other options such as Congress, All India Trinamool Congress and National People’s Party but I took a decision to join the JD-U as it is headed by a man who has a clean image – Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. Prime Minister Narendra Modi too has a clean image,” Sarmah said.
“The JD-U could be a small house but we all will make it big. Many BJP veterans in Assam had built the party in the state brick by brick. It’s sad that I have been forced to leave the house,” the former BJP old guard lamented. 
In March, Sarmah had resigned from the primary membership of the BJP after serving the RSS and VHP for 15 years and the BJP for 29 years.
The lawyer-turned-politician started feeling increasingly cornered within the BJP after he was denied a ticket to contest the last Lok Sabha elections. He had alleged that he was victimized by the new leaders in the party.
"I felt greatly insulted when my name, a sitting MP and the President of Assam Gorkha Sammelan, did not find place in panel sent up by the state BJP committee," Sarmah posted on social media.
Sarmah alleged that "old guards" of the party who had toiled for decades and brought the BJP to power were now "most neglected and ill treated".
Sharma, who belongs to the Gorkha community, was elected to the Lok Sabha the first time in 2014 from the Tezpur Parliamentary constituency which has a sizeable Gorkha population.
His candidature was at stake since his daughter's arrest in connection with the APSC job scam.
(With inputs from PTI, online desk)

Dog saved its owner from a leopard attack in Darjeeling
Darjeeling: A four-year-old pet dog saved its owner from a leopard attack in West Bengal's Darjeeling. The incident occurred at Naya Goan (Sonada) on 14th August around 8:30 pm when a leopard tried to enter inside a house and attacked an old lady of that house. 
'Tiger,' the four-year-old pet dog, protected its owner Aruna Lama and ensured that she stayed safe when the big cat attacked her inside her house.
Sharing more details about the incident, Smriti, Aruna's daughter said, "As my mother was making her way to the ground floor of our house she noticed a pair of glowing eyes, then the leopard attacked her but Tiger (pet dog) saved her."

The 58-year-old victim suffered 20 stitches on her forehead and near her ears. She also suffered bruises.
The injured lady was then rushed to Sonada primary hospital where she was given first aid and later referred to Darjeeling Sadar Hospital.
On Saturday, the old lady was taken to a private hospital in Siliguri for better treatment.

"We are installing the cameras near the house where the incident has taken place. There is a possibility that there might be more than one leopard in this area. We will also make the request to the Forest Department to give compensation to the victim," said a police official handling the matter.
It is common for wild animals to enter villages on the fringes of forests in search of livestock, which are easy prey.
The forest department has kept a trap and also installed a camera outside the old lady's residence. They have also asked the locals not to walk outside during the night and, if necessary, roam in groups.

Darjeeling is not Kashmir but Gorkhaland demand gets a fresh lease of life
Kolkata: Binoy Tamang of the Gorkha Territorial Administration (GTA) says the Modi government’s decision to bifurcate Jammu & Kashmir has left the Gorkha community hurt. 
Ladakh, the Buddhist-majority region now carved into a separate union territory, had never even demanded separation from J&K, he claims. And then there are the Gorkhas, he laments, who are yet to get a separate state despite demanding one for 100 years.

The bifurcation of Jammu & Kashmir into two union territories seems to have given fresh impetus to demands for a separate state of Gorkhaland, to be carved out of West Bengal. 
Driven by cultural and ethnic differences between the state’s majority Bengali population and the Gorkha residents of the north, the protest has gone on for decades, taking a violent turn as recently as 2017, when over a dozen people were killed. The protests peaked in the 1980s, when hundreds were killed in the stir for statehood.
The hill towns of Kalimpong, Kurseong and Darjeeling, which fall within the Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat, form the centre of the Gorkhaland movement, and have witnessed several protests over the years.
Almost all hill-based parties, including two factions of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha — one led by Bimal Gurung in absentia and supported by the BJP, and another led by Tamang, an ally of the Trinamool Congress — have renewed their pitch for Gorkhaland in light of the Kashmir decision. 
Gurung, who faces 122 cases in Bengal and has been underground since the 2017 stir, welcomed the Article 370 move in a social media statement, and “hoped the Modi government would also consider the demands of the people of Darjeeling”.

Speaking to ThePrint, Tamang said “every citizen in our country has a dream and an aspiration, and Gorkhas are no different”. 
“Gorkhas living across India have a dream to get their own state of Gorkhaland,” added Tamang, who heads the GTA, the autonomous administrative council set up in the hills following a tripartite agreement between the Gorkhas, the state government and the Centre in 2012. 
According to him, the Gorkha community’s 100-year-old demand for a separate state has fallen on deaf ears with successive governments at the Centre. 
“As a Gorkha, I feel dejected when I see this scenario as the people of Darjeeling have elected three BJP MPs (in three general elections), hoping that the dreams and aspirations of the Gorkhas could be fulfilled, but there has been no positive response from the central government to date,” he added. 

Few takers 

None of the main players in Bengal politics support the state’s bifurcation, making it a rare issue where the Trinamool Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) find themselves on the same page
“We will never allow Bengal to be divided. It is against the sentiment of Bengalis,” a senior BJP leader told ThePrint. “We will speak to our top brass and bring a more effective and workable solution to the problem, but there is no scope of bifurcation.” 
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, meanwhile, has said on several occasions that Darjeeling is an “inseparable” part of Bengal.   
However, the BJP found itself in a pickle this week when Home Minister Amit Shah allegedly referred to the “people of Gorkhaland” — the name of the proposed state — while talking about Gorkhas.
Replying to a letter by Darjeeling BJP MP Raju Bista over alleged racism against Gorkhas in the national capital, Shah is said to have written that the concerns of the “people of Gorkhaland” will be looked into. 
The use of “Gorkhaland” in official communication has led the state’s ruling Trinamool Congress, which opposes bifurcation as well, to attack the BJP, seeking to corner the party two years ahead of a state election where it is expected to give Banerjee a tough challenge. 
“Have they (BJP) already decided to carve Darjeeling out of West Bengal the way they did in Jammu & Kashmir?” a minister in Mamata Banerjee’s cabinet told ThePrint.  
However, the BJP insists that there is no change in its stance that the party wants to explore a political solution to the statehood imbroglio.
“We promised a permanent political solution for our Gorkha brothers. I cannot say what the solution would be,” Bista told ThePrint. 
“There has to be a tripartite dialogue in which the Centre, state government and Gorkhas have to take part,” he said. “We mentioned the repeal of Article 370 in our manifesto, and did it. So, this promise will also be fulfilled.
“We all know that Kashmir and Darjeeling are different,” he added. “The issues are different and the circumstances are also different.”

Reigniting the demand 

The resurfacing of the Gorkhaland rhetoric follows a pattern seen when India’s newest state was formed: In 2013, when the then UPA administration agreed to form Telangana out of Andhra Pradesh, demands for Gorkhaland were raised again. 
In August 2013, the GJM, which was then one outfit under Gurung, called an indefinite “do or die” agitation. As the agitation began, he stepped down as chief of the GTA. 
The strike went on for a month, hitting Darjeeling hard. It was withdrawn after the UPA-led government at the Centre intervened with a promise of greater autonomy for GTA and Gurung returned as its chief. 
When Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh were bifurcated in 2000, Tamang said the Gorkhas were refrained from voicing their demand by their late leader Subash Ghisingh. This, he added, was a missed opportunity for Gorkhas.
“When the three states of Uttarakhand, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh were formed by the BJP in 2000, the then Gorkha leader Subash Ghisingh did not make any political statement,” he said. “He said the season was inauspicious to speak, and thus the Gorkhas missed a chance.  
“In 2013, when the Congress announced the formation of Telangana, there was an agitation by Bimal Gurung,” Tamang added. “But again in 2013, he decided to conclude the agitation for a separate state and go back to the GTA, taking the post of chairman.” 
However, in 2019, the situation is different, Tamang said. The “overnight bifurcation of Jammu & Kashmir”, he added, had led the Gorkhas to understand that any decision in this regard will require political will on the BJP’s part. 
“If there is political will, it is very much possible for the BJP to fulfil the aspirations of the Gorkhas, as they have promised in their manifesto,” he said, adding that his party would take a final call on reviving the statehood demand after a meeting. 
BJP MP Bista, however, said there would be no agitation in the hills this time. According to him, Shah has been apprised of the demand and the matter has come up for discussion in Parliament twice. 
“Tamang and his party lost the Darjeeling parliamentary seat and also the Darjeeling assembly bypoll,” added Bista, who won 59 per cent of the vote share, with Gurung’s support, in the 2019 general election, while Tamang-Trinamool got 26 per cent.
“People are not with them. They maintain double-standard. If he is so honest to the Gorkha cause, then he should resign from the position of GTA chairman,” he added. 
“The GTA,” he said, “should be dissolved… It is the main obstacle in carving Darjeeling out of Bengal as a UT or a state.”

Bista eyes separate division for Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
Darjeeling: Darjeeling Member of Parliament Raju Bista will be making the demand that the world heritage Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) be converted into a separate railway zone or division. At present, it is under the North Eastern Frontier Railways. On Tuesday, the MP visited the railway station in Darjeeling and spoke to the officials and employees. "The DHR is a world heritage. It is an integral part of the lives of the people of this region. It is a part of the daily life of people through which the train passes. It carries the rich history and legacy of this place. We have to be more focused on the DHR," stated the BJP MP.

Talking to media persons in Siliguri, Bista stated that as soon as he returns to Delhi he will take up the issue of creating separate DHR division or zone. "This will give more focus to the DHR. People from all over the world visit Darjeeling to see and ride the DHR. We have to overhaul it and improvise on it," stated Bista. In Kurseong, the MP was apprised of the Railway printing press that has been shut down as manual tickets are no longer printed. "However the local residents have approached me with the proposal that this age old printing press should be converted into a museum. I will take it up with the Railways," assured Bista. In 1879, work first started on the DHR, then called the Darejeeling Steam Tramways. DHR was inscribed as the a world heritage site on December 2, 1999.
Darjeeling: Darjeeling Member of Parliament Raju Bista will be making the demand that the world heritage Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) be converted into a separate railway zone or division. At present, it is under the North Eastern Frontier Railways. On Tuesday, the MP visited the railway station in Darjeeling and spoke to the officials and employees. "The DHR is a world heritage. It is an integral part of the lives of the people of this region. It is a part of the daily life of people through which the train passes. It carries the rich history and legacy of this place. We have to be more focused on the DHR," stated the BJP MP.

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