Near Biralo Kothi 10.5 Mile Kalimpong 

Specification: Three room structure on the top floor of a building with additional one Kitchen and one Washroom and one Bathroom suitable for office 
Room 1: 24'X12'
Room 2: 21'X17.5' 
Room 3: 11'X8.5' 
Kitchen: 10'X8.5' 
Bathroom: with Western toilet 
Toilet: squat /Indian toilet
Verandah: measuring 66'X3'

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29 Nov 2015

राष्ट्रपति प्रणव मुखर्जीद्वारा हासीमाराको 18 अनि 22 स्क्वाड्रन भारतिय वायु सेनालाई राष्ट्रपतिको स्टांड्र्ड पुरस्कार प्रदान

राजेश शर्मा, कालिमन्युज, जयगाँउ 28 नोभेम्बर । आज भारत भोटाङ् सिममाको छेउमा रहेको हासिमारा वायु सेना छाउनीमा भारतका राष्ट्रपति प्रणव मुखर्जीले हासीमाराको 18 अनि 22 स्क्वाड्रन भारतिय वायु सेनालाई राष्ट्रपतिको स्टांड्र्ड ले पुरस्कृत गरे। 
 समारोहमा राष्ट्रपतिलाई गाड अफ् अनर साथ वायु सेनाको परिसरमा सलामीसाथ हासिमाराको 18 स्क्वाड्रन वायू अनि 22 स्क्वाड्रन वायु सेनाको सयूक्त हेलिकप्टरले तिरंगा फहराउदै अनि सेनाको कार्यकर्ताहरुले परेड् अनि राइफलको ड्रिलसाथ स्वागत गरे । 
यस अवसरमा वायु सेनाको 18 स्क्वाड्रन अनि 22 स्क्वाड्रन वायु सेनाले आकासमा सुर्यकिरण नामक हवाइ जहाज उड़ाएर प्रदर्शन गर्यो । सू30 नामक लड़ाकू हावाई जहाजले आकासमा आफ्नो उडान र अन्य क्षमताहरुको पनि प्रदर्शन गर्यो अनि हावाई मार्गमा मिसायल खसाउदै बादल भित्र कसरी हराइ हाल्छ सो पनि प्रदर्शन गर्यो । कार्यक्रममा प्रणव मुखर्जीलाई स्वागत गर्न अलिपूरद्वार अनि जलपाइगड़ीका पूर्व परमवीर चक्र प्राप्त गर्ने भूतर्व सैनिकहरुको पनि उपस्थिति थियो । 
राष्ट्रपति प्रणव मुखर्जीले आफ्नो भाषणको क्रममा बोल्दै भने सन् 1971 मा यस वायु सेनाले देश रक्षाको निम्ति ठूलो भूमीका निभाएको थियो अनि नेपालमा पनि यस वायु सेनाले वर्तमान समयमा पनि एउटा उदाहरण कायम राखेको छ । तिनले 1971को यूद्ध्को याद गराउदै भने त्यस समय वायु मिसनको कारण निर्मल जात सिंहलाई परमविर चक्र मरणोपरान्त दिइएको थियो । 
कार्यक्रम समाप्त भए पछि वायु सेनाको सिएएस अनि एओसि सिइओको सयूक्त पत्रकार सम्मेलनमा सम्बोधन गर्दै राष्ट्रपतिले भने कि हासिमारा छावनीलाई बलियो बनाउने काम जोड तोडको रुपमा भैरहेको छ, जसको निम्ति रेल अनि वाहन लगायत अन्यहरुको आधुनिक करण गर्ने योजना रहेको बताए अनि यो चिनको सिमानासंग संल्ग्न क्षेत्र भएको कारण कड़ा सुरक्षाको योजनाहरु बनिरहेको अनि सुरक्षा प्रणाली चाडै लागु हुने बताए ।

'No new air base in east, but infrastructure to get boost'

title=IANS Hasimara (West Bengal), | 28 November, 2015: India will not build any new air base in the country's eastern sector, but will upgrade the existing ones for optimum utilisation, Indian Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha said here on Saturday.
He said there is a void in infrastructure development in the northeast and steps are being taken to rectify this.
"There is no expansion... We are not getting new bases," Air Chief Marshal Raha said in response to a question. "We are trying to revive the existing ones."
He added that the air force is also trying to operate from civil air fields. 
Raha said India will not compete with China, and will build the infrastructure it requires.
"We will not build something because someone else is building something. We will build our infrastructure," he said.

President's Standard awarded to 2 squadrons

IANS Hasimara, | 28 November, 2015: President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday presented President's Standard to two Indian Air Force (IAF) squadrons based here in West Bengal.
Hasimara is an Indian Air Force (IAF) station, around 15 km away from India-Bhutan border.
The squadrons which have been honoured are the 18 Squadron and the 22 Squadron.
The 18 Squadron is also called 'Flying Bullets' and came to be known as 'Defenders of Kashmir Valley' during the 1971 India-Pakistan war.
The 22 Squadron is also called 'The Swifts'.
The 18 Squadron was formed in Ambala in 1965, and initially flew the Gnat fighters, getting the nickname 'Flying Bullets'. 
It was also the first fighter squadron to operate from Srinagar after Independence, making maiden sorties in 1968.
In the 1971 war, the 18 Squadron flew in escort duties with Mystere and Vampire across the Pir Panjal mountain ranges.

In 1989, the squadron converted to Mig 27 fighters.

The 22 Squadron was formed in 1966 in Bareilly, and is known as 'The Swifts'.

In the 1971 Bangladesh liberation war, the squadron drew first blood by shooting down three Pakistani F-86 Sabre jets. It was flying the Gnat Mk-1 aircraft at that time and got the MiG 27 fighters in 1990.

The 22 Squadron was involved in Operation Vijay and Operation Parakram as well. 

The award of President's standard is one of the highest honours bestowed upon an Air Force Unit or a Squadron in recognition of exceptional service rendered by it to the nation, both during war and in peace.

Hasimara is an important air base of the Eastern Air Command in northern West Bengal, located close to China, Bangladesh and Bhutan borders.

The base was set up after the India-China war. It has two Mig 27 squadrons and Akash missile systems.

Keywords to help Class X score

Somdatta Basu,TNN | Nov 28, 2015,  KOLKATA: Keywords in the answer scripts will make a difference to marks scored in Madhyamik examination from 2017. A model marking system is in the making, following which candidates will be marked on the basis of certain keywords and points in the answers. This method is already followed in ICSE and CBSE examinations. 

"The model marking system will indicate to an evaluator what a typical answer is and what an examiner should look for in the answer scripts.It will also mention the points which are mandatory and need to be present in an answer. That apart, it will contain the step markings for each step of a mathematical problem. Even if a student fails to give the correct answer for each step he will be awarded marks. Similar step marking will be introduced for other subjects as well," said a source in the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education. 

The spellings, structuring of sentences, grammar, punctuations and essence of the topic expressed will be considered before awarding marks in essay-type answers, which carry the maximum marks. 

"The centralized marking system in ICSE is done in a different manner.The examiners are present in a particular centre from 8am to 3pm and they are allotted answer scripts. Depending on the subject each day , they are allotted a selected number of answer scripts from the examination centre coordinators. Accordingly the evaluators correct the scripts and register the marks. Then they leave the centre. This continues over a brief period. From 2016 onwards, ICSE will introduce online marking, named LICR (Live In Character Recognition). Such a centralized marking system is applicable in each subject," said Nabarun De, principal of Modern Public School. 

He added, "We have been reaping the benefits of the system for a long time. The candidates are not unnecessarily victimized and the examiners have a well-structured layout of the marking pattern." 

The reason why the school education department wants to introduce a model marking system is to cut out the subjective interpretation of answers by examiners, which is often inconsistent. 

The syllabus revamp committee is working on the possibility of reducing the subjective part of marking.If a question carries less weightage and mentions that the answer should be written within a specific number of words or sentences, then the model marking system will specify keywords, approach towards the subject, mandatory sentences and points, which an examiner can look for in an answer," said a senior state education official. 

The new model marking system will be brought in place to ensure that candidates read text books and apply knowledge. Conceptual learning will be encouraged and conceptual answers will fetch higher marks. 

Students will be acquainted with the format of all India examinations and other competitive exams. It will help examiners access the candidates better. "For example, if a question in Physics asks students: A force is applied on a non-rigid body and a rigid body . How does the effect of force differ in the above two cases? The question may carry two marks. The model marking system will specify that full marks can only be rewarded if a candidate writes about the effect of force on both the rigid and non-rigid body and then explains their difference. Students who do not comply will be given only one-and-a-half marks," explained the Madhyamik Board member. 

There is also a possibility of the board following in the footsteps of CISCE and asking the examiners to correct answer scripts at an evaluation centre. "It will reduce the risk of losing answer scripts. It will also ensure a uniformity in the marks," the board official said


Journalists mob Prime Minister Narendra Modi for clicking selfies with him during
the Diwali Mangal Milan at the BJP headquarters in New Delhi on Saturday.
'Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah later tweeted:
“This is the media we expect will ask tough questions of this government?
Great visuals of an undignified selfie circus!!!” (PTI pictures)
TT, New Delhi, Nov. 28: One journalist rested part of a cheek against Narendra Modi's, aimed his cellphone with a sharpshooter's concentration and clicked away.
The occasion was a Diwali bash Modi and BJP president Amit Shah hosted at the party headquarters today for journalists.
An indulgent security apparatus made a token show of warding the admirers off now and then as the Prime Minister was pursued by a gaggle of wide-eyed, selfie-seeking journalists for 45 minutes around the circumference of the huge lawn on 9 Ashoka Road.
Modi and Shah spoke briefly from a specially mounted dais that seated ministers Arun Jaitley, M. Venkaiah Naidu and Nitin Gadkari and Ramlal, the BJP general secretary (organisation).
The unstated rule was the audience would not ask questions because it was not intended to be a "media conference".
Presumably because there was little else to do, some - not all - among the milling crowd of journalists steeled themselves to shoot photographs with the Prime Minister.
Once Modi dismounted and "mingled" with the gathering, out came the mobiles and click went the camera buttons.
Just as one Modi fan, "lucky" enough to thread his way through the crowd and reach close to his object of admiration, readied to click, another would sneak his palm in, put his phone over that of the first one and shoot, leaving his rival fuming. The nifty sleight of hand was pulled off in two or three seconds.
Every five steps the Prime Minister took - with the BJP's young MP Anurag Thakur and media cell chief Shrikant Sharma in tow - was milestoned by a selfie stopover.
When the selfie perambulation concluded, Modi stopped by for a few seconds to wish journalists he recognised from the years he had spent at the party office as a general secretary.
Many of the selfie-seekers posted their visual trophies on their Twitter and Facebook walls.
For much of the day, the media scramble trended on Twitter in a handle, #ModiMediaGate, that panned journalists for the open adulation.
A Twitterer, Aditi, announced that Modi had launched the "Pradhan Mantri Journalist Selfie Yojana" although the Prime Minister is not known to have played any role in triggering the photo-op rush.
Omar Abdullah, National Conference leader and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister, was unsparing on the journalists who fell over each other to click the selfies. "This is the media we expect will ask tough questions of this government? Great visuals of an undignified selfie circus!!!"
L.K. Advani, who had famously voiced the opinion that when journalists were asked to "bend" during the Emergency, they "crawled", was not at the venue to say what he thought of present-day journalists doing the opposite - straining and stretching on their toes - but with the same overawed mindset.
Veteran editor Kuldip Nayar, who was jailed during the Emergency, lamented the fawning on display.
"Modi's public relationship is better than the others. Otherwise, he does not deserve all this adulation because he has not delivered anything on the ground. Journalists today lack the guts. The establishment does not have to do anything because journalists willingly offer their necks," Nayar told The Telegraph.
Last year, too, the BJP had hosted a post-Diwali bash at the same place. Modi wore the aura of a victor then and posed for selfies although the shoots were fewer.
Modi said the Diwali do had to be deferred this time because of his packed schedule, adding that if it was not done today, he might have had to wait for Christmas, a festival that never figured on the BJP's calendar of events. BJP chief Shah wished a great year for the country's democratic traditions.
The wall between the ruling estates and the fourth estate (journalism) is invisible but a well-established convention in the free world.
When Saddam Hussein was captured in 2003 and Paul Bremer, the then US administrator in Iraq, made the triumphal "We-got-him" announcement, several journalists had risen to their feet and applauded.
Opinion eventually emerged that there was no room for such applause in journalism.
Ishraqat al Sadr, an editor who was among those who cheered, told his side of the story later: "I was remembering all of my friends that he (Saddam) killed, and I was thinking of the nightmares I had for three years that he had me tortured." After applauding and jeering, al Sadr had wept.
Until George W. Bush came to power, American reporters had taken care not to say "we" for the US while asking questions and preferred a dispassionate "the US" or "the United States".
Even in media boxes at sporting events - where writers unabashedly support home teams - a cardinal rule is never to applaud or cheer any feat on the ground. Some media organisations are so particular that jobs can be lost for transgressions. Sports Illustrated ,the US media franchise had fired motorsports reporter Tom Bowles in 2011 for cheering the winner of a race.
As Abdullah pointed out today, the scenes of journalists - supposed to be poker-faced professionals not given to displays of emotion while on assignment - competing with one another are certain to make readers and viewers wonder whether the same group can ask the ruling establishment uncomfortable questions.
Already, one of the biting criticisms against the Modi government has been that instead of managing the economy, it is trying to "manage the headlines".
It was not always so. There was a time in India when stiletto thrusts marked the craft, however high, mighty and noble the target was.
An anecdote about Pothan Joseph, the editor who poked fun at everything under the sun through his column Over a Cup of Tea during the Nehru era, tells a vivid tale.
When Rajendra Prasad, one of the most respected public figures in Independent India, was re-elected as President amid suggestions of manoeuvring, Joseph wrote in his daily column: "Rajen Babu was sitting in his presidential suite, eagerly waiting to give his reluctant consent to continue as President."
Readers had a good laugh but a badly hurt Rajen Babu wrote a nasty letter to the editor, according to an article in The Hindu newspaper.
Redemption awaits the bearers of selfie sticks if they can wield the professional stiletto with the same finesse and ruthlessness.
The BJP event on Saturday was covered by a reporter who watched the spectacle playing out on an LED TV screen and periodically ducked for cover from the thrusting cameras and selfie sticks.

जिल्ला माग समितिको जन्सम्पर्क अभियान जारी ...... दिल्ली जानेहरूले केही ल्याउन सक्दैन – डा. हर्कबहादुर छेत्री

डी.के.वाइबा, कालिमन्युज, कालेबुङ २८ नोभेम्बर। ‘बङ्गालकी मुख्य मन्त्री ममता ब्यानर्जीले हिज मात्रै चारवटा नयाँ जिल्लाहरू क्रमैले बसिरहाट, झारग्राम, आसनसोल र सुन्दरवन गठन हुने घोषणा गरिन्। हामी यस घोषणाले खुशी छौँ अनि यसको निम्ति हामी मुख्यमन्त्रीलाई धन्यवाद पनि दिन्छौँ। यस घोषणाले जिल्ला गठन गर्न कुनै असुविधा छैन भन्ने कुराको पनि पुष्टि भएको छ’ – उक्त कुरा कालेबुङका विधायक डा. हर्कबहादुर छेत्रीले आज साङ्सेर सिन्कोना बगानमा आयोजित पथसभालाई सम्बोधन गर्दै भनेका हुन्। 
छुट्टै कालेबुङ जिल्लाको मागमा ‘जिल्ला माग समिति’ले जनसम्पर्क अभियान चलाइरहेको क्रममा आज साङ्सेर सिन्कोना बगानमा उक्त पथसभा आयोजना गरिएको थियो। सिन्कोना बगानका मानिसहरूलाई जिल्ला गठनको औचित्य अनि आवश्यक्ताबारे अवगत गराउँन आयोजना गरिएको पथसभामा जिल्ला माग समितिका मुख्य संयोजक एवं कालेबुङका विधायक डा. हर्कबहादुर छेत्री मुख्य वक्ताका रुपमा उपस्थित रहेका थिए। 
उनले आफ्नो सम्बोधनको क्रममा जिल्ला गठनले पुग्ने लाभ अनि सुविधाहरू मात्र बताएनन् तर आजसम्म जनताले सही नेता चुन्न नसकेको कारण भोग्न परिरहेको कष्टहरूबारे पनि खुलेर चर्चा गर्दै ‘नेता शिक्षित हुनपर्छ’ समेत भने। ‘पहिला गोर्खाहरूका नेतहरू सबै पढेका व्यक्तिहरू थिए। त्यससमय जनता पढेका थिएनन्। अहिले सबै जनता पढेका छन् तर नेताले स्कूल नै देखेका छैनन्। यसकारण जनताले कुरा बुझ्नसख्ने पढेका नेता चुन्न नसकेको कारण आजसम्म यसरी दु:ख भोग्न परिरहेको अनि यदि भविष्यमा पनि शिक्षित नेताहरू चुन्न नसकेको यस्तो दु:ख बारम्बार भोग्न परिरहनेछ’ - डा हर्कबहादुर छेत्रीले भने। 
सम्बोधनको क्रममा उनले गोर्खा जनमुक्ति मोर्चा अध्यक्ष विमल गुरुङको नाम नलिए तापनि उनको शव्दवाण भने गुरुङ माथी नै प्रहार गरिरहेका थिए। सम्बोधनको क्रममा उनले दार्जीलिङ पहाड बिकासको मार्गमा अघि बड्न नसकेको बताउँदै यो बिकासको क्रम अघि नबड्नुमा पढेका व्यक्तिहरू राजनीतिमा नलाग्नुको कारण हो भने।
जनतालाई सम्बोधन गर्ने क्रममा उनले गोजमुमो पार्टीका नेताहरूको खरो आलोचना गर्दै ‘साथीहरूका निम्ति गोर्खाल्याण्ड भइसक्यो’ समेत भने। “आज यो पदयात्रामा जुन प्रकराले पैसा बाढ्दै हिँडदैछन् त्यो पैसा कहाँबाट आउँदैछ ? के उनीहरू टाटा बिड्लाको सन्तान हुन् ? के उनीहरूको पैसा बनाउँने कारखाणा छ ? यो सबै पैसा चिल्लो सडक नबनाएर चोरेको हो। नानीहरूको स्कूलको छानाबाट चोरेको पैसा हो। पिउने पानीबाट चोरेको पैसा हो’ – विधायक छेत्रीले कसैको नाउँ नलिई नेताहरूप्रति बर्सिन्दै आरोप लगाए। जनताको निम्ति बिकास कार्य गर्न आएका पैसाहरूलाई आज काम नगरी दुरुप्रयोग गरिरहेको उनले आरोप लगाए।  
“जिल्ला माग समितिले कालेबुङमा हैरान बनाइसक्यो भनेर कुनै वहना बनाएर दिल्लीबाट फर्केर जनतालाई ढाँट्न उनीहरू दिल्ली गएका हुन्। दिल्लीमा केही हुनेवाला छैन। यो केहि महिना भित्रमा जनजातिको मान्यता पाउने जुन खबर छ त्यो ‘केहि महिना’ कति वर्ष वितेर जाँदा पनि आउनेछैन” डा. हर्कबहादुर छेत्रीले दिल्ली यात्रामा गएका विमल गुरुङ अनि टोलिको टिप्पणी गर्दै भने। जनजातिको मान्यता पाउनलाई राज्य सरकारको अनुमोदन आवश्यक भएको कारण राज्यले अनुमोदन नगरेसम्म कसैले जनजाति नपाउने छेत्रील दाबी गरे। यसकारण जनजातिको मान्यता पाउनको निम्ति समेत राज्यसरकारसित सम्बन्ध राम्रो हुनपर्ने छेत्रीले सुझाव दिए। 
उनले आफ्नो सम्बोधनको क्रममा कालेबुङ महकुमा भित्र सातवटा चियाकमान अनि सिन्कोना कमान रहेको बताउँदै चियाकमान र सिन्कोना कमानवासीहरूलाई पर्चा पट्टाको माग गरेको बताए। “सिन्कोनावासी पुस्तौदेखि त्यहाँ बस्दै आइरहेका छन्। उनीहरूलाई पर्चा पट्टा दिनुपर्छ भनेर मैले मुख्यमन्त्रीलाई समेत भनिसकेको छ। यसक्रममा केहि दिन अघि मुख्य सचिवलाई समेत भनेको छु” डा. छेत्रीले भने। उक्त पर्चा पट्टा सम्बन्धिमा मुख्य सचिवले पर्च्चा पट्टा दिन सकिने कुरा बताएको पनि उनले जानकारी गराए। ‘सिन्कोनावासीले पर्चा पट्टा पाए उनीहरूका निम्ति गोर्खाल्याण्ड त्यहीँ नै हो” छेत्रीले स्पष्ट भने।
“केन्द्र सरकारसित प्रत्येक वार्तामा बस्दा के के भयो भन्ने सम्पूर्ण कुरा मलाई थाहा छ। नवौँ वर्तामा ग़ृहराज्य मन्त्री अजय माकनसँग वार्तामा बस्दा कङ्ग्रेस सरकारले छुट्टै राज्य होइन केन्द्रशासित प्रदेश दिनसक्नेछ भनेका थिए। तर, त्यस कुरालाई पार्टीका मुख्य नेताले नै लुकाए” डा छेत्रीले भने। 
यसक्रममा पी. चिदम्बरम गृहम मन्त्री हुँदा जीटीएलाई सक्षमताको साथ सञ्चालन गर्न सके अझ यसलाई सरकारको पक्षबाट पूर्ण सहयोग गर्ने आवश्वासन दिएको पनि छेत्रीले जानकारी दिए। यद्यपी जीटीएलाई सञ्चालन गर्नेहरूले नै सही रुपले सञ्चालन गर्न नसकेको कारण नै आजको परिस्थिति सिर्जना भएको उनले आरोप लगाए।
ग्रामीण क्षेत्रका मानैसहरूसित जनसम्पर्क अभियान चलाउने क्रममा सम्पन्न भएको उक्त पथसभालाई जिल्ला माग समितिका संयोजक नयन प्रधान, सरिफ राई, धना प्रधान आदिले सम्बोधन गरेका थिए।

28 Nov 2015

State constitutes 6th pay commission

SNS Kolkata, 28 November, 2015, The state government has constituted the sixth pay commission on Friday for state government employees and certain other categories of employees. 
Abhirup Sarkar, professor of Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) is the chairman of the eight-member sixth pay commission. It has been learnt that the commission will submit its report within six months. 
The commission will examine the existing promotion policies and related issues and provide suggestion for suitable changes. The commission will also examine special allowance and other allowances, concessions including traveling allowance and other benefits which are available to the employees in addition to the pay and suggest change. 
The commission will devise its own procedures and may appoint such advisors, institutional consultants and experts as it may consider necessary for any particular purpose in consultation with the state government.
The commission may call for such information and take such evidence as may be considered necessary. The different departments of the state government and offices sub-ordinate to them will furnish such information, documents and other assistance. 
The commission may submit interim recommendations if found necessary or if so desired by the government.
"The commission will submit their recommendations as expeditiously as practicable but preferably within a period of six months from the date of order notifying the constitution of the    commission," a senior official of the finance department said. 
Monoj Chakraborty, general secretary of the Trinamul Congress backed Paschimbanga Rajya Sarkari Karmachari Federation welcomed this decision of the state government for formatting of the sixth pay commission, but the state co-ordination committee considered that this is an eye wash before the upcoming Assembly election. 
Monoj Kanti Guha, general secretary of the state co-ordination committee, said that the state government has no intention to clear the dues of its employees. “Even several recommendations of the fifth pay commission including leave traveling concession matters, promotion of the technical employees and other cadre payment were not implemented. So we are skeptical about the formation of the sixth pay commission and its implementation,” said Guha. 
He also said that the state government is yet to clear 54 per cent of the dearness allowance (DA), so it is unlikely that the same government will implement the recommendation of the sixth pay commission.

Orange crisis probe

Vivek Chhetri and Rajeev Ravidas, TT, Darjeeling, Nov. 27: The state government has decided to investigate the recent spate of fungal infection and pest attacks on Darjeeling oranges that dropped the yield of the fruit by more than 50 per cent compared to last year.
State agricultural minister Purnendu Bose who is currently in Darjeeling said: "This is my first official visit to the hills after becoming minister. A team of scientists from Uttar Banga Krishi Visvavidyalaya will probe into the matter (the infection and pest attacks) and based on the report, we will take appropriate steps."
While 2.5 lakh quintals of oranges were produced in the hills last year, this time the yield is expected to be around 90,000 quintals.
Sources said 50 to 60 per cent of oranges in the hills were destroyed after a fungal infection and pest attacks.
The harvest season starts from November end and goes on till mid-January.
M.W. Moktan, a senior scientist and the in-charge of Darjeeling Krishi Vigyan Kendra, a unit of Uttar Banga Krishi Visvavidyalaya, Cooch Behar, spoke about three reasons for the spread of infection and pest attacks in the hill orchards.
"The main reason is that the farmers still practise the traditional method of farming and they are reluctant to adopt new technology. The other reason is that they do not follow proper nutritional management system, which is critical for the health of plants. Climate change, too, has affected the crops," he said.
Moktan, however, said that all was not lost and oranges could be saved if farmers took up modern methods. "Few farmers who have incorporated modern farming methods have not been affected. Disease and pest management must be done properly," he said.
Ram Prasad Sanyal, the assistant director of agriculture department, GTA, had earlier said that a spell of dry weather during the flowering season around March and April was one of the reasons for the drop in orange production.
Today, Bose said: "The agriculture department is acting as a nodal agency in bringing together departments like horticulture and fisheries. In the hills, there are seven seed farms but most are defunct. We plan to revive them. There was an agriculture fair in Kalimpong yesterday and I visited the stalls. While some farmers are trained, many are not. A building of the agriculture department in Kalimpong is lying without use. We will renovate it and start an agricultural training centre there."

Call to cancel garden lease

TT, Siliguri, Nov. 27:The Hill Trinamul Congress today demanded that the state government cancel the lease of Panighata Tea Estate which had been shut since October 10 and find a new owner who could run the garden properly.
Rajen Mukhia, the president of Darjeeling hill committee of Trinamul, raised the demand after a four-hour long meeting called to discuss the reopening of the garden failed to solve the impasse. The meeting was called by Kallol Banerjee, the deputy labour commissioner.
"At the meeting, the management's representative indicated that they were not prepared to reopen the garden. Hundreds of workers and their families are living in acute financial crisis and yet, the management is not ready to consider their situation... such attitude by the management shows that it is unlikely that the owner will take any initiative to reopen the garden. We want the state government to cancel the land lease and find a new owner," Mukhia told journalists.
The Panighata estate has around 800 permanent workers and 700 temporary labourers. The garden was closed on October 10 after a dispute cropped between the management and workers over the payment of bonus.
Leaders of the Darjeeling Terai Dooars Plantation Labour Union, the trade union of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, supported Trinamul's demand, but said that wouldn't solve the problem.
"The garden owner did not attend the meeting and sent a representative who could not clarify when the garden would be reopened. We support the demand raised by the other union that if the management is incapable of running the garden, the state should see that the estates goes to a competent management. Simultaneously, we must realise that it is a long-drawn process and not an immediate solution," said Harihar Acharya, the convener of the Terai committee of the Morcha union.
The management representative present at the meeting said the owner was seriously ill and he wanted to attend the next talks.
The next meeting is likely to be held after around 20 days.

Duncans statement

TT, Calcutta, Nov. 27: Duncans Industries today said "all sections of workmen at the Nagaisuree tea garden are being paid their full entitlement of wages since August 1, 2015".
The company statement came in response to a report in The Telegraph on Friday that mentioned Nagaisuree was among the Duncans gardens where wages have not been paid and rations have been irregular for the past eight months.
The Duncans statement added: "There is, however, an issue under negotiation with the union regarding the implementation of new wage rates of monthly rated workers; this would be implemented as soon as an agreement is reached."
The letter adds that "despite financial distress, several gardens in the company have achieved fair levels of financial sustainability. The question of locking out any unit under these circumstances does not arise."
The focus of The Telegraph report was workers of Nagaisuree tea garden in Jalpaiguri had demanded a lockout.
The Duncans statement said "the question of locking out any unit... does not arise". The news report had also quoted a Duncans official as saying: "Why should we do it (announce a lockout) now when the situation is slowly coming under control?"
The unions today disputed the claim that their "full entitlement of wages" was being paid.
Spokespersons of the four recognised trade unions in the Nagaisuree garden - the Progressive Tea Workers' Union, the National Union of Plantation Workers, the Cha Bagan Mazdoor Union and the Terai Dooars Plantation Workers' Union - said that none of the daily workers were getting paid the minimum full entitled wages of Rs 122.50 a day.
According to them, a wage agreement was worked out for the industry in February this year where it was decided a minimum daily wage of Rs 122.50 would be paid with effect from April 1, 2014. But this was not being followed, they said.

TMC no to tea strike

TT, Nov. 27: District Trinamul leaders and trade unions leaders of the party Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri today said that they would oppose the tea industry strike called by the Joint Forum on December 1 as the majority of gardens were functioning normally.
While the Joint Forum has the Left-backed Citu and the Congress-backed Intuc among its constituents, Trinamul's tea union is not a part of it.
The Joint Forum, considered the biggest platform of tea trade unions, has called the strike to protest the ongoing impasse at the tea estates of the Duncans group and several other issues.
"We will oppose the strike as it has been called by Citu and a few other tea trade unions with political intentions. Only a few tea estates are close and tea estates owned by a particular tea group are not functioning well due to certain reasons," said Sourav Chakraborty, the district president of Trinamul in Jalpaiguri and Alipurduar.
"The majority of tea estates are functioning smoothly and we find no logic behind this strike which would affect tea industry in north Bengal as a whole," he said.

Trainee doc assaults nurse

Nurses and other medical staff members demonstrate in the chamber
 of the hospital superintendent (extreme right) on Friday.
TT, Siliguri, Nov. 27: An intern at the North Bengal Medical College and Hospital allegedly assaulted a woman nurse this morning leading to the confinement of the hospital superintendent by her colleagues for more than four hours.
The protest ended around 3.30pm after superintendent Nirmal Bera lodged an FIR against the MBBS student at the NBMCH police outpost. An internal committee at NBMCH has been formed to probe the incident.
Joyita Banerjee, the nurse in charge of the labour room, said around 10.30am, the intern walked in with another intern and asked for some medical items.
"The labour room is one of the busiest places in the hospital with almost 30 deliveries taking place daily. This morning, four nurses were working when two interns asked for medical items like gauge and syringes. A nurse told them to take the items from a shelf in the room. One intern got angry and started abusing her. An altercation followed and he picked up the lid of a steel tray and hurled it at her chest. He took her right arm and twisted it. Other nurses had to intervene to make him let go of her hand. He then threw a cheatle forcep, which is used during childbirth, on the ground and broke it," Banerjee said.
The nurse was admitted to the female casualty ward.
Around 50 nurses and paramedical staff confined Bera and wanted an FIR be filed.
"I have spoken to both parties and they have different things to say. An FIR has been lodged against the intern and a four-member committee with the nursing superintendent, dean of students' affairs and heads of the department of biochemistry and gyneacology has been formed to probe into the matter. They will submit a report by Tuesday. We will take disciplinary action based on it," Bera said.
Reporters were prevented from speaking to both the intern and the nurse.
Another intern said the accused had denied the charges. "He said there was an altercation and he threw the tray lid on the ground but not at the nurse. He also denied twisting her arm," he said.
Although nurses claimed that they had not stopped work, relatives of some patients said there was no staff in some wards.
Parul Das, the acting nursing superintendent at NBMCH, said: "The intern used bad words against the nurse and beat her up. It is a big offence and we will not let him get away with it. He should be given severe punishment."

House-like sessions for GTA Sabha

File Photo
Vivek Chhetri, TT, Darjeeling, Nov. 27: The GTA Sabha today decided to hold four sessions similar to those in Assemblies and the Parliament from next year and invite the governor and the chief minister to address any of the meetings.
Bhupendra Pradhan, the chairman of the GTA Sabha, said the decision had been taken at a meeting of the Sabha held at the Gorkha Rangamanch Bhavan today.
"During the meeting today it was decided that the GTA Sabha, too, would have sessions as the Assembly and the Parliament. The first of the annual four sessions will start from the first week of February and it will be called the winter session. The last meeting will be called budget session which will be held in November."
The second session, to be held from the first week of May, will be called the monsoon session. "The third session will be called the autumn session and it will commence from the first week of August," Pradhan said.
Explaining the rationale for holding the budget session in November and not in February or March as is the practice in the Assembly and Parliament, Pradhan said: "We need our budget to be passed by the Assembly. If we conduct the budget session in November, our budget can be sent to the state and it can be incorporated in their budget."
As of now, the GTA Sabha which came into being in 2012, doesn't hold sessions regularly and the meetings are generally for a day.
"We used to convene the Sabha meetings as and when they were needed, sometimes once in three months and sometimes in five months. But we realised that the Sabha is the only forum where all the members can air their views and there should be a fixed session," said Lopshang Yolmo, the deputy chairman of the GTA Sabha.
Pradhan said the governor or the chief minister "might not address the first session as we need to get a hang of organising the Sabha. The governor and the chief minister would be invited to address subsequent sessions."
The duration of each session has not been fixed. "It will probably depend on the issues that need to be discussed during a particular session," Yolmo said.
During today's meeting, it was also decided that the GTA would provide a one-time remuneration to voluntary teachers of 16 junior high schools. As of now, the teachers are not getting any pay. The remuneration amount is yet to be fixed.
Regarding another demand by a separate set of voluntary teachers, "a resolution was also passed to seek their regularisation of jobs. The teachers are currently agitating. The meeting requested the state government to withdraw its appeal in the high court so that the process to regularise the jobs of casual workers of the GTA can begin. The Sabha asked the state government to allow the GTA to appoint teachers in various schools to teach the Lepcha language as education is a transferred subject," said Pradhan.

Modi reaches out to rivals

TT, New Delhi, Nov. 27: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today iterated that the sole "religious text" for the government was the Constitution and reached out to the Congress by invoking Jawaharlal Nehru but went on to define the "Idea of India" through couplets mostly drawn from Hindu scriptures.

Modi, who looked mellower than usual, reached out to the Opposition more than once and said: "The government's religion is - India First. The government's religious text is - Constitution."
Without making any direct reference to secularism, the Prime Minister added: "In simple words, Constitution means - dignity for India, unity for India."
Modi asserted that the thrust of his government is on " sab ka saath (carrying along everyone)" and said: "No section of the society should lag behind. If any part of the body is paralysed, the body cannot be called healthy. We have to empower people from all sections, be it any community, region or language."
The Prime Minister made a series of such edifying statements that are certain to find universal acceptance.
But wrapping up the two-day debate in the Lok Sabha on the commitment to the Constitution, Modi said at breathtaking pace: "Idea of India: Satyamev jayate; Idea of India: Ahimsa parmo dharma; Idea of India: Ekam sad viprah bahudha vadanti...."
As many as 18 definitions of the "Idea of India" flowed (See chart) .
The rapid-fire delivery triggered frenzied thumping of desks by gleeful BJP members, including those who have been in the dock recently for provocative statements.
Modi did not refer to most of the issues that triggered the intolerance debate. On specifics, the closest the Prime Minister went was when he said: "There are people who believe in the God and those who do not believe in the God. There are people who do idol worship.... All have different views. They have aspirations and expectations which have to be accommodated."
The murder of rationalists was one of the reasons for disquiet among writers and artists who have returned their awards.
Modi chose to talk about a "consensual approach" and cooperation. He had used similar homilies and tried to project an accommodative attitude while speaking in Parliament once in the past and also from the Red Fort on Independence Day. But his pet theme about India changing and getting respect only after his ascent to power in 2014 had deepened the schism with the Opposition.
Today, Modi reminded the Opposition that he had said from the Red Fort that every government in the past had contributed to nation-building. "Today's topic of discussion is not about 'I' and 'you' but it is about 'We'.... Nobody can say previous governments did nothing. This is my conviction," he told the House.
"There should be consensus, at least efforts should be made for consensus."
Opposition sources later felt that more than the election setback in Bihar, the political exigencies of ensuring smooth functioning of Parliament for the passage of bills might have driven this change of approach.
Modi tried to assuage the sense of hurt in the Congress for ignoring Nehru and Indira Gandhi, and saying: "Some people attained such heights that nobody can obliterate their names. This confidence should be there."
For a change, the Prime Minister not only took Nehru's name several times, he also gave credit to Congress stalwarts, along with B.R. Ambedkar, for the formulation of the Constitution.
Modi recalled that when Ram Manohar Lohia questioned the first Prime Minister's figures on some issue, "Pandit Nehru said he would not challenge Lohia. Such was the greatness of Pandit Nehru".
While pointing out that the Constitution would not have become such a "social document" without Ambedkar, Modi pleaded: "This should not be taken as criticism of any other leader."
The Lok Sabha unanimously passed a resolution moved by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, which vowed to protect the sovereignty, unity and integrity of the country and its democratic, socialist and secular character.
The draft resolution initially did not have the words "socialist" and "secular" but these were inserted after protest by the Congress-led Opposition. The resolution also placed on record the contribution of Nehru, Rajendra Prasad, Abul Kalam Azad and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, in addition to Ambedkar, in the making of the Constitution.

A speech that could have been delivered decades ago and can be delivered decades later
Timeless truisms wrapped in shlokas, salute to predecessors & silence on recent events
Prime Minister Narendra Modi concluded his 70-plus-minute speech in the Lok Sabha by defining the “Idea of India” 18 times through a series of shlokas and maxims  (mostly in Sanskrit but not all). Pheroze L. Vincent of The Telegraph reproduces below the 18 definitions Modi mentioned, their translations and origins. Modi prefixed each saying with the phrase “Idea of India”
Idea of India: Satyameva Jayate (Truth alone triumphs)
Mundaka Upanishad 3.1.6

Idea of India: Ahimsa paramo dharma (Non-violence is the highest duty)
The Mahabharata 1.11.12

Idea of India: Ekam sad viprah bahudha vadanti  (Truth is one, sages call it by various names)
Rigveda I.164.46 

Idea of India: Paudhe mein bhi parmatma hota hai (Even plants have God in them)
Origin unknown

Idea of India: Vasudhaiva kutumbakam (The whole world is one family)
Mahopanishad VI.71-73

Idea of India: Sarva pantha samabhava (Same treatment for all sects)
Origin unknown

Idea of India: Appo deepo bhava (Be a light unto yourself)
Buddha’s last words

Idea of India: Tena tyaktena bhunjitha (Enjoy through renunciation)
Isavasya Upanishad 

Idea of India: Sarve bhavantu sukhinah/ sarve santuh niramaya/ sarve bhadrani pashyantu/ ma kaschin dukh bhag bhavet (Everyone should be happy and healthy/ everyone should see only the good/ and no one should suffer from misery or diseases)
Adi Shankara’s prayer (Inspired by the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad)

Idea of India: Na tvaham kaamaye rajyam, na moksham na punarbhavam/ Kaamaye dukh taptanam, praninam artinaashanam (I desire not kingdom nor salvation nor rebirth/ I desire only an end to the sufferings of living beings)
Rantidev, a mythological king (In Bhagavata Purana)

Idea of India: Vaishnava jana toh, tene kahiye je peed paraayee jaane re (He is a Vaishnav who feels the pain of others) 
Narsinh Mehta’s bhajan (The 15th-century bhajan was popularised by Mahatma Gandhi)

Idea of India: Jan seva hi prabhu seva (Service of people is service of God)
Swami Vivekananda

Idea of India: Saha navavatu/ Saha nau bhunaktu/ Saha veeryam karvaavahai (May God protect us both [teacher and student]/ May God nourish us both/ May we work together with energy and vigour)
Katha Upanishad

Idea of India: Nar karani kare toh Narayan ho jaaye (Man can become God through his deeds)
Origin unknown

Idea of India: Nari tu Narayani (All women are goddesses)
Origin unknown (Also, the title of a hit Gujarati film made in 1978)

Idea of India: Yatra naryastu pujyante, ramante tatra devata (Where women are honoured, divinity blossoms there)

Idea of India: Aano bhadra krtavo yantu vishwatah (Let noble thoughts come to me from all directions)
Rig Veda

Idea of India: Janani janmabhoom ishcha swargadapi gariyasi (Mother and motherland are superior to heaven)
Valmiki’s Ramayana

भारत तिब्बत मैत्री संघद्वारा मौन जुलुस

डी के वाइबा, कालिमन्युज, कालेबुङ 27 नोभेम्बर। तिब्बतमा चीनले आफ्नो आधिपत्य जमाएपछि त्यहाँका प्राकृतिक सम्पदाहरू नष्ट हुने क्रम जारी रहेको भारत तिब्बत मैत्री संघले अनुमान गरेको छ। जसको कारण अहिले घरी तिब्बतमा जलवायु परिवर्तन द्रुत गतिमा भइरहेको अनि यसको प्रभाव विश्वलाई नै पर्ने भारत तिब्बत मैत्री संघको ठहर रहेको छ। 
सोही कारण तिब्बतमा दिनो दिन बड्दो जलवायु परिवर्तनको मुद्दालाई विश्वको ध्यान आकर्षक गराउन आज कालेबुङ शहरमा भारत तिब्बत मैत्री संघको आयोजनामा एउटा शान्तिपूर्ण मौन जुलुस निकालिएको थियो। यहाँको थाना डाँडा स्थित त्रिकोण पार्कदेखि सुरू भएको उक्त मौन जुलुसमा विशेष गरेर तिब्बतीय समुदायका मानिसहरूको विशेश सहभागीता रहेको थियो। 
यस अवसरमा उनीहरूले उक्त जलवायु परिवर्तनमा विश्वले ध्यान दिनुपर्ने मागमा लेखिएका प्ला कार्डहरू बोकेका थिए। उक्त मौन जुलुसले यहाँको मेन रोड हुँदै डमबर चौक, दश माइल फाटक, आरसी मिन्त्री रोड, ओङदेन रोड हुँदै शहर परिक्रमा गरेपछि पुन: त्रिकोण पार्कमा नै आएर समापन भएको थियो। 
विशेष गरेर आगामी 30 नोभेम्बर देखि 11 दिसम्बर सम्म पेरिसमा विश्वभरी नै जलवायु परिवर्तन भइरहेको विषयमा विश्वकै महान व्यक्तिहरूमाझ संगोष्ठि सम्पन्न भइरहेको छ। उक्त संगोष्ठिमा तिब्बमा दिनोदिन परिवर्तन हुँदै गरेको जलवायुको मुद्दावारे पनि चर्चा हुनपर्छ अनि विश्वले नै यसमाथी ध्यान केन्द्रित गर्नुपर्छ भन्ने सन्देश दिन नै भारत तिब्बत मैत्री संघले उक्त मौन जुलुस निकाल्ने कार्य गरेको हो।

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