Daily Archives: July 11, 2012
At around 4.00 am today, Chewing Lachenpa, Chedup Tamang and B Tshering had proceeded on a hike towards the Intake of Rabom Power House.
On the way, they were caught in a landslide and Chewing and Chedup were crushed under the debris while B Tshering managed to escape.
He returned to Munsithang and told the villagers about the incident and a search and rescue effort was launched immediately.
The body of Chewing Lachenpa (30), a resident of Munsithang was recovered and brought to Munsithang, police said.
FROM ISIKKIM.COM / SIKKIM MAIL
Darjeeling, July 11, 2012: After the ending of the nomination proceeding for the upcoming GTA elections, the scrutiny of the candidates under the three Sub Divisions was held today at Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Kurseong where two Independent candidates’ nominations were rejected.
The nomination of Independent candidate backed by the Trinamool Congress Indra Kamal Biswakarma from the Darjeeling Bloomfield Rishihat constituency was cancelled by the officers at the scrutiny held today at the District Magistrate Office under Darjeeling Sub Division. The reason for cancellation of nomination has been informed as documentation problem. Now GJM’s Binay Tamang and CPI (M) Jony Mukhia will contest against each other in the said constituency.
The Kalimpong Sub Divisional Officer LN Sherpa today announced that all the candidature of all 26 candidates who had filed nomination in 13 different constituencies under Kalimpong Sub Division have been accepted. The Trinamool Congress candidates were today brought under tight security at the Sub Divisional Office and were taken back to Siliguri under tight police protection. However, on the other hand GJM’s Samuel Gurung, the candidate for the 44 Number Samsing Kumai Constituency has filed a complaint to the SDO against his TMC opponent Urgen Sherpa for not resigning from the Sinkona plantation before filing the nomination.
THE HIMALAYAN BEACON
The GTA Polls are set to be won hands down by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM). As of today 13 of the party candidates have already won uncontested. With the date for withdrawal of nomination papers at hand, efforts are earnestly on, on the behalf of the GJM to ‘request’ others who have submitted their nomination to withdraw the same. Such is the urgency in the GJM camp to win this election uncontested that delegations of the party are knocking at the doors of contestants from other parties asking them to withdraw their nomination papers.
Interestingly, the party President Bimal Gurung has had to face some embarrassment because in his own constituency and his native village Tukvar, he has been challenged for his seat in the GTA. There is an extraordinary curiosity about this individual because people believe that indeed it takes extreme courage to stand up against Bimal Gurung and that too in his own backyard. According to sources, Padam Bahadur Subba is already under a great deal of pressure to withdraw his nomination and it is possible that he would do so leading the way for the GJM President to be elected uncontested. However, whatever may be the result, according to political observers, it is notable that someone has chosen to contest against the GJM President.
FROM TIMES OF INDIA
BY A. SELVARAJ
CHENNAI: The city police have busted an elaborate prostitution racket stretching from Darjeeling in West Bengal to Delhi and finally Dindigul in Tamil Nadu. Four people were arrested and three girls, including a minor, from a village near Darjeeling who were forced into the sex trade were rescued and handed over to their families. A hunt is on for two others in connection with the case.
A week ago, the anti-vice squad (AVS) of the CB-CID police arrested Kabitha alias Kavitha, 32, of Malbusti near Darjeeling, Sandeep Sharma, 22, and his wife Kalpana Kumari, 32, of Delhi and Sheik Masthan, 40, of Dindigul. Later, Sharma, Masthan and Kumari were detained under the Goondas Act.
Inquiries revealed that Kabitha, whose village Malbusti is close to Pathar Joda where the girls resided, promised them jobs in beauty parlours in Chennai or Delhi. The girls, whose parents work in tea estates near Darjeeling, believed her. Kabitha took them to Kalpana Kumari’s house in Sarita Vihar near Delhi where they stayed for a few days before being brought to Dindigul and handed over to Masthan. They were then taken to Kodaikanal and confined in a hotel for more than 15 days, police said.
FROM SIKKIM REPORTER
Gangtok: The selection of Hem Kumari Rai has brought happiness and an atmosphere of joy in her native village. Hem Kumari, who hails from Lower Diu Simkharka Busty, South Sikkim under Temi Namphing Constituency, is selected for 11th Asian Karate Championship scheduled to be held at Uzbekistan from July 14 to 17.
Born to a farmer couple of Hasta Bek Rai and Dhan Rani Rai on March 27 March 1991, Hem Kumari has been an athlete since her early school days in Simkharka Primary School, South Sikkim. Her childhood teachers are equally happy like other villagers. The entire Diu Busty is a farmer belt and the vegetable products here have a great value and demand in Gangtok and other parts of the state.
Physically strong and mentally tough, this village girl has made her family, village and the entire constituency proud being selected to represent the country. She has several state and national level championships under her belt. Hem Kumari, who started her winning stint since her debut competition at Block Level in 2006 at Martam, West Sikkim has crossed a long way since than. Suk Bahadur Rai, her cousin brother, who has been helping her since then, expressed his happiness in her selection. Devi Rai, her primary teacher, has always encouraged her to take up sports, informed Suk Bahadur.
Hem Kumari, since her debut in marshal arts, has never looked back. She won the District Level Gold Medal in 2007 at Namchi. She later on became state champion in 2008. She was also selected for North Eastern Championship held at Meghalaya and won the gold. It was in 2009.
FROM SIKKIM REPORTER
NAMCHI: A two room roof shed house along with toilet was inaugurated by Area MLA Binod Rai and handed over to the owner, which was constructed for the poor at an estimated cost of Rs.92,725.
The inaugural programme was also attended by Upadhyaksha (S) Himal Tamang, BDO Namchi Bimal Rai and Panchayats from Miniram-Singithang (GPU).
Speaking on the occasion, Area MLA Mr. Rai said that this is for the first time in South District where panchayat fund is used for the construction of house of a poor family. He thanked and congratulated all the panchayats for their work for the poor people. State government has taken the step to make packka house of every individual people of Sikkim and such innovative work of Panchayat is in line with the government policy, he said.
Panchayat President Topda Bhutia informed that this house is given to Kul Bdr. Kami who is voter of the state but he does not have a domicile or Sikkim Subject vertificate. He further said that the state government has lunched the programme of CHRHM for the poor people of the state but this scheme covers only those people who hold SS or domicile certificate.
FROM THE TELEGRAPH
BY AVIJIT SINHA
North Bengal’s first Shatabdi will roll from New Jalpaiguri after chief minister Mamata Banerjee and railway minister Mukul Roy flag it off from Cooch Behar.
Yes, it’s Cooch Behar, not NJP, because the chief minister will be in Cooch Behar on Wednesday morning for a state event. Her flag-off 200km away will be telecast live at NJP station, and the train will roll.
The NJP-Howrah Shatabdi will be the fastest train between the two cities. It will cover the 600km distance in eight hours.
The train will run on all days, except Sunday. It will leave NJP at 5.20am and reach Howrah at 1.35pm. It will leave Howrah at 2.35pm and reach NJP at 10.20pm.