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22 Feb 2017

ACMA wants separate development board

EOI, DARJEELING, 21 Feb 2017: A section of the Christian community of Darjeeling, under the aegis of the All Christian Minority Central Committee (ACMCC), today passed a resolution to stand by its demand for a separate development board. This comes even as the state government recently announced the formation of the Pahari Minority Development Board (PMDB).
Last month, chief minister Mamata Banerjee announced the formation of a development board for the minority communities of the hills. Accordingly, the Governor issued a notification on February 13, 2017 establishing the West Bengal Pahadia Minority Development Board with its headquarters in Darjeeling district. The administrative control is under the Minority Affairs and Madrasah Education Department of West Bengal within the ambit of the WB societies registration act of 1961.
The United Christian Minority organisation (UCMO), another frontrunner of the Christian community of the hills, has consented and accepted the development board. But the ACMCC was of the opinion that being a bigger organisation in comparison to the other minority communities in the hills, it was not feasible and unfair to club them together.
“We feel the board will create differences among the minority communities clubbed together, which may result in ill feelings and power struggle,” said Bishop Stephen Lepcha, the ACMCC patron.
The bishop however, made it clear that he was not against the state government forming the board. Even so, the ACMCC, which is the biggest Christian organisation serving the people of the hills, had not been taken into confidence while announcing the minority development board, he argued. “We had submitted several memorandums to the state government requesting for the formation of a separate Christian development board because of our significant numbers, but we did not get any response. We cannot go against the state government, which is why we have no objections, but will continue to stand by our demand for a separate board for the Christian community,” Lepcha said.
There are no official figures, but the ACMCC claimed its members in the hills total around 3 lakh, which was the reason for demanding a separate board.
The ACMCC claimed that representatives of Christian organisations and interdenominational churches from Kalimpong, Kurseong, Sukhiapokhari, Mirik, Siliguri and Darjeeling were present in today's meeting. Roshan D Lama, general secretary of the Terai belt of the ACMCC, was more forthcoming in his view of the formation of development boards by the state government. “The word ‘Pahari’ refers to the hills which we feel we (in the terai) have been left out. The development board should be equal for all. In fact, we feel this kind of board is a destructive idea rather than constructive,” he alleged.
The state government has so far formed 15 boards, which the ruling Gorkha Janmukti Morcha says are a ploy to dilute the statehood demand by creating division among the different communities of the hills.

BJP's Siliguri district prod

TT, Siliguri, Feb. 21: BJP leaders in Siliguri today demanded that the civic and rural boards here pass resolutions over the demand of a separate Siliguri district in the coming board meetings.
So far as the demand for separate Siliguri district is concerned, the BJP is the first political party to raise it simultaneously with Brihattar Siliguri Nagarik Mancha, an apolitical body of Siliguri residents, on February 13, a day ahead of the formal announcement of forming a separate Kalimpong district.
On February 14, chief minister Mamata Banerjee had made the formal announcement at a government function at the Mela Ground in Kalimpong.
Abhijit Roy Chowdhury, a general secretary of Siliguri (organisational) district of the BJP, had raised the demand then. It was followed by the district Congress leaders who, in a formal manner, backed the demand on Saturday.
Today, Pravin Agarwal, the BJP president of Siliguri (organisational) district, said: "We support the demand of a separate Siliguri district. Siliguri and its surroundings have around 11 lakh voters and most of them have to travel to Darjeeling or Jalpaiguri for administrative works. Also, from Bidhannagar (the extreme point of Darjeeling district that is close to North Dinajpur), it takes around five hours to reach the district headquarters in Darjeeling," Agarwal said.
He also demanded that the Siliguri Municipal Corporation and Siliguri Mahakuma Parishad boards pass a resolution in support of the demand. "We have two councillors at the SMC. They will raise the demand at the coming board meeting," the BJP leader said.
Both the SMC and the SMP boards are run by the Left, which is yet to take a concrete stand on the issue.
Asok Bhattacharya, the mayor and the MLA of Siliguri, had said he didn't find anything illogical in the demand.
There is silence in the Trinamul camp as well. None of the leaders based in Siliguri and surroundings, including tourism minister and Darjeeling district Trinamul president Gautam Deb, have spoken on the issue as yet.
The BJP leaders, while speaking at a news conference, said the party would take up extensive campaign in the urban and rural belts by distributing leaflets among residents. "After the Madhyamik and higher secondary exams are over, we will also launch a mass signature campaign and send the signatures to the governor and the chief minister through the SDO. The state has formed a separate Kalimpong district that has only one Assembly seat and three police stations. It cannot ignore the demand of Siliguri residents," Agarwal said.

Kalimpong to get innovation hub

Children at the Kalimpong Science Centre on Tuesday. Picture by Passang Yolmo
RAJEEV RAVIDAS, TT, Kalimpong, Feb. 21: Innovation Hub, a facility to nurture new ideas and engage youths in innovative and creative activities, will be inaugurated at the Kalimpong Science Centre on Saturday.
Set up by the National Council of Science Museums under Scheme for Promoting Innovation, Creativity and Engagement in Science (SPICES) of the Union ministry of culture, the hub is one of the many that have, and will, come up across the country. The hill hub has been set up at the cost of Rs 1.80 crore.
The facilities in the hub include discovery hall, design studio, innovation research centre and hall of fame, idea lab and box, break and remake corner and build from scraps corner.
"All these facilities are designed to promote innovation, creativity and keep the youths engaged in science. School as well as college students will be encouraged to adopt innovative ideas and they will be nurtured by mentors," said B.B. Gurung, the curator of the science centre.
Sources in the GTA, which runs the science centre, said, to begin with, the existing staff of the centre would be trained to operate and maintain the hub. "Once the hub takes off, we will approach the state government and, hopefully, secure its sanction for the recruitment of more staff. The hub, we believe, is an important intervention to promote science and technology in our region," said a source.
According to the SPICES scheme, respective centres will be responsible for operating and maintaining the innovation hubs, including recruitment of staff.
However, for the initial three years, the scheme will bear the recurring expenses of the hub. "These innovation hubs should be driven by a local board constituted with representatives of industry associations, academia, civil society and research organisations. The hub should also develop a network of supporting institutions for adequate knowledge sharing. This would ensure community participation and ownership, which are essential for the growth and sustenance of these innovation hubs," said Gurung, quoting from the details of the scheme.

Asian Rural Tourism fest in Indo Nepal border

TT, Siliguri, Feb.21: The Asian Rural Tourism Festival organised to promote rural tourism activities across the India-Nepal border will be held at Bahundangi in Nepal from March 3to 9.
Arjun Karki, the president of the organising committee of the fest, said: "We have been hosting the fest since 2012. The idea is to promote an integrated tourism circuit comprising the bordering areas of Nepal and India."
Bahundangi is a small hamlet in Nepal and is about 35km from Siliguri.
Rabi Nepal, the vice-president of the committee, said: "The local people here have developed seven homestays and a resort. Our main objective is to highlight the agricultural activities, orange orchards and bee-keeping in the fest. Also, for tourists visiting the area, there is always an option to learn these practices."
Raj Basu, the convener of the Association for Conservation and Tourism, who is coordinating the fest, said: "Tourists are attracted to rural places these days. They want to stay close to the nature. Such an initiative will encourage tourism activities in the region."

Child officer denies links with NGO

Shasmita Ghosh speaks to the media in Jalpaiguri on Tuesday.
Picture by Biplab Basak
TT, Jalpaiguri, Feb. 21: Shasmita Ghosh, the child protection officer of Jalpaiguri, today said she hadn't accepted any favour from the authorities of the shelter that is under the scanner for alleged sale of infants.
Yesterday, she was showcaused by Jalpaiguri district magistrate Rachna Bhagat, asking her to reply in 48 hours if there was any dereliction of duty on her part.
Today, Ghosh told the media: " I have sent my reply to the district magistrate. I was never involved in any illegal activity related to the shelter and children there. I have never received any favour in cash or kind from the home authorities."
Sources in the CID said they had sought permission from the superiors in Calcutta to interrogate Ghosh.
Chandana Chakraborty, the head of the North Bengal People's Development Centre, had been arrested for alleged sale of infants to couples in India and abroad. Chandana's NGO used to run the orphanage where the infants were kept.
Ghosh said she was ready to help the investigators with all possible information and necessary documents.
Sources close to her said she was smelling a conspiracy to implicate her in the case.
"While working as the child protection officer, Ghosh has faced a lot of inconveniences. She has said she did not get reports every month on the homes run by Chandana's NGO from officials concerned. Ghosh has necessary documents to validate these points before the CID," said a source.
The child protection officer has also told her colleagues that she did not get cooperation from authorities, who run such homes, on information about infants and children and whether necessary counselling and health check ups are done on a regular basis.
Ghosh also mentioned in her closed quarters that regular review meetings on child protection and development were not held on a regular basis in the district.

Christian board call... ACMA voices that all christian stands firm on separate christian board

Bishop Stephen Lepcha
Vivek Chhetri, TT, Darjeeling, Feb. 21: The All Christian Minority Central Committee, whose patron is Bishop Stephen Lepcha of the Darjeeling Diocese, today passed a resolution to stick to the demand for a separate board for the Christian community in the region.
The decision of the committee comes after chief minister Mamata Banerjee formed the West Bengal Pahadia Minority Board on February 13, taking representatives of the Christians, Muslims, Buddhists and other minority communities in the hills, like Bengalis and Marwaris.
The notification states that the board will be under the control of the state's minority affairs and madarsa education department.
Bishop Lepcha today said: "The committee held a meeting today to have a discussion on the recently declared Pahadia minority development board and the house arrived at a conclusion that while we have no objection (to the board), we stick to our demand for a separate minority development board for Christians."
Lepcha said the All Christian Minority Central Committee had made various representations to the state government and still, it hadn't been consulted before finalising the details of the board.
Father Solomon Subba of the United Christian Minority Organisation, which is not part of the committee, has been made the chairman of the board, while Arif Khan the vice-chairperson.
To a question, the bishop said: "More than the benefits, what we fear is that there might be quarrel (because of the board)."

CID glare on doctors in baby sale case - Residents seek closure of shelter

The road blockade at Debnagar in Jalpaiguri on Tuesday. Picture by Biplab Basak
TT, Feb. 21: Four doctors from Jalpaiguri are under the CID's scanner for allegedly giving fitness certificates for children who were illegally sold to couples in India and abroad.
The residents of Debnagar in Jalpaiguri town today raised a road blockade seeking the closure of a shelter for destitute women run by the NGO that is accused of the illegal sale of infants and the shift of the boarders.
Trinamul Congress workers demonstrated in front of the CID office in the town to protest the delay in the arrest of BJP leader Juhee Chowdhury who has been accused of having links with the infant sale racket.
The CID today seized more documents from the office and the home for the destitute women run by the NGO, North Bengal People's Development Centre. The NGO's head, Chandana Chakraborty, had been arrested in connection with the case. The CID also sealed the head office of the NGO in Jalpaiguri town.
Sources in the CID said they suspect that medical practitioners were involved in the illegal trade.
"We came to know that four doctors would give fitness certificates of infants to the couples who had approached the NGO authorities to adopt children. It is also learnt that they had issued certificates, saying children suffering from malnutrition were fit," said a CID officer.
Sources said the doctors would help Chandana with contact details of poor and destitute pregnant women.
The CID said more evidence was being collected against the doctors for taking a lawful action against them.
The residents of Debnagar, where Chandana runs Ashray, the home for the destitute women, put up the blockade on Jalpaiguri-Chaulhati Road for around two-and-a-half hours from 10 in the morning.
"Chandana is involved in the illegal sale of infants. A number of pregnant women were kept at this home before their delivery. This means, Ashray was also used for her illegal activity. We want the administration to close down the home and shift the boarders elsewhere," said Lata Mondal, a local resident.
Dipti Ghosh, the superintendent of Ashray, denied the charge. "Poor and destitute women have been staying at this home since 2012. Some pregnant women, who have nobody to take care of, also stayed here. But nothing illegal is being done here. The newborns are kept at Bimala Sishugriha (the home for infants)," she said.
The blockade was withdrawn around 12.30pm after Kotwali police reached the spot.
Later, a group of Trinamul workers, led by Saikat Chatterjee, the Jalpaiguri district Trinamul Youth president, demonstrated in front of the CID office on Station Road. They submitted a memorandum to the CID officials, demanding the immediate arrest of Juhee Chowdhury.
"We want Juhee Chowdhury to be arrested immediately. The CID should investigate whether her father and any prominent state leader of the BJP is involved in the case," Chatterjee said.
The CID team that is investigating the case again went to Ashray today and spoke to the employees.
"We wanted to know where pregnant women are taken for delivery and when they would return to Ashray. We have proof that mothers were asked to leave after some days without their infants and were even offered money," a CID source said.

New Nagaland CM to keep Zeliang team - Shürhozelie swearing-in today

T.R. Zeliang congratulates chief minister Shürhozelie Liezietsu in Kohima on Monday. Telegraph picture
UMANAND JAISWAL, TT, Guwahati, Feb. 21: The Shürhozelie Liezietsu ministry will by and large resemble that of his predecessor and outgoing chief minister T.R. Zeliang.
Nagaland chief minister-designate Shürhozelie told The Telegraph this evening that he would take oath of office along with his ministerial colleagues tomorrow morning at the Raj Bhavan in Kohima.
The size of the Nagaland ministry is 12, including the chief minister, and the term of the present Naga People's Front (NPF)-led Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) state government ends in February 2018.
Hinting at continuity, the 81-year-old Shürhozelie said he would try to maintain "status quo as far as the ministry" was concerned because "we have only 10-11 months for the next Assembly elections. We will be submitting the list to Raj Bhavan soon, but l am trying for status quo vis-a-vis the ministry owing to the prevailing situation and the ensuing polls. My first priority is to ensure normalcy."
Governor P.B. Acharya told this correspondent that Raj Bhavan was set for the swearing-in of the chief minister and his ministers. He was expecting the list of those to be sworn in only tomorrow morning.
Those in the know ruled out largescale tinkering because a former eight-time MLA Shürhozelie and Zeliang, who quit on Sunday evening, share very cordial ties and have been through thick and thin to ensure smooth-sailing of the NPF and the DAN coalition government in the state.
"From what we have seen of them, nothing will change in the future. At 81, he has no political or personal ambitions, the reason he did not contest the 2013 polls. He will do what is good for the state and NPF unity," an NPF member said.
The camaraderie between the outgoing chief minister and Shürhozelie was also seen during the meetings for the smooth transition of power yesterday, he added.
While Zeliang had praised Shürhozelie for being the "backbone" of the DAN government, the chief minister-designate returned the compliment in his acceptance speech, thanking Zeliang for making the "supreme sacrifice." He said Zeliang had vacated his chair to "save" the Naga people from further turmoil and "I want all to recognise this sacrifice". Zeliang, who became chief minister in May 2014, had to step down because of the unending protests against the holding of the February 1 urban local body polls with 33 per cent reservation for women. The protesters bayed on his resignation following the death of two persons in the January 31 police firing at Dimapur.
The NTAC, which spearheaded the protest along with the Joint Coordination Committee, this evening thanked the people for supporting their movement to get the polls cancelled and Zeliang out of office.
Hours before his swearing-in, Shürhozelie made a significant move by revoking the suspension of MLA Imkong L. Imchen after he tendered an unconditional apology for his "anti-party activities" today. Imkong was suspended in April 2014. However, there was no word on revocation of suspension of former chief minister and sitting MP Neiphiu Rio, who was in the race for the top post before the scales tilted decisively in Shurhozelie's favour yesterday.

Mobile game of thrones - Jio extends scheme in bloody battle.. eक्ष्tended free offer till March 2018 on payment of Rs. 99.

TT, Mumbai, Feb 21: Mukesh Ambani today sounded the bugle for a no-holds-barred battle for supremacy in the fiercely competitive world of telecom.
He offered to extend by 12 months the benefit of free voice calls and national roaming along with low-priced, high-speed 4G data to the 100 million subscribers that Reliance Jio has drummed up in less than six months.
Existing Jio customers will be allowed to enrol for a Jio Prime membership at a nominal fee of Rs 99 a year and get all the unlimited benefits they currently enjoy till March 31, 2018, Ambani said in a videotaped message issued to mark the achievement of the subscriber milestone in 170 days.
The Jio Prime membership programme is being introduced at "a rock-bottom introductory price of only Rs 303 per month". It will be the cheapest data package in the country, effectively Rs 10 per day for 1 GB of high-speed data.
"On all of Jio's tariff plans, all domestic voice calls to any network will always remain free. Across India... To any network... Always. And no roaming charges... no blackout days... and no hidden charges," Ambani added.
The company will open a 30-day window to enable new subscribers to jump on board and get the same benefits as the existing subscribers.
Ambani exhorted subscribers of other telecom companies to use the facility of mobile number portability to switch to the Jio network, which expects to create a 4G footprint covering 99 per cent of the country's population by the end of this year.
Rivals have already been crying foul over Reliance Jio's perceived predatory tactics to grab market share. The telecom rivals have filed court cases and approached Trai to stop Reliance Jio from violating the regulator's rules by offering free voice calls under its promotional offer beyond the permitted 90 days.
Jio has indicated it will top any tariff plan offered by its rivals. "We will not only match the highest selling tariffs of each of the leading Indian telecom operators but we will also provide 20 per cent more data in each of these plans," Ambani said.
Ambani said Jio's efforts in the past five months had seen its customers use 100 crore GB of data in the past month - or 3.3 crore GB of data in a day.
"Jio users consume nearly as much mobile data as the entire United States of America... and nearly 50 per cent more mobile data than all of China," he added.
Ambani claimed Jio was adding seven customers every second and said that in the next few months the network would double its data capacity.
After his announcement, shares of Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular fell by 3.38 per cent and 0.37 per cent, respectively.

Troubled life ends in grisly replay - Partho's death mirrors dad's

Partho De at a picnic in Eco Park early this month.
The picture was posted on Facebook on February 15.
TT, Calcutta, Feb. 21: Partho De, discovered living with the skeleton of his sister for six months two summers ago, was found dead with burn injuries in the bathroom of his new flat this afternoon much like the way his father had died in June 2015.
Partho, 46, initially sent to a mental hospital after the family tragedy, had last February moved to his Kidderpore flat where he lived with a daytime carer and under the supervision of his legal guardians, the Missionaries of Charity.
A matchbox and a bottle of packaged water half-filled with petrol was found in the bathroom. His father Arabindo De too had lain dead in a bathtub beside a matchbox and a vodka bottle containing kerosene at their 120-year-old Robinson Street home.
Police had concluded that Arabindo had committed suicide. Today, investigators said they were probing Partho's death, with the post-mortem scheduled for tomorrow.
Partho, a radiophysics BTech, was leading a "happy life", according to several people who had known him the past few months. He was dressing well and shaving, and his self-care had improved.
He had been going shopping, driving his white Esteem with the Missionaries-hired carer Pradip Sarkar beside him, going to the movies by himself, making friends. His mood was improving and anxiety abating.
Partho had regained his appetite and put on 55kg, which his doctor said signified good health. He weighed about 120kg now and was penning his biography. Just last Saturday, he had signed a contract with a pest control agency for another year.
But some of those who knew him said Partho had been hurt by media comparisons with a young man in Raipur who has been accused of killing his partner and parents.
Partho at his Robinson Street
home on June 11, 2015, the
day police found his 
charred body and 
the skeletal
remains of his 
sister and their
two dogs
"I'm not a killer," he had told a Missionaries of Charity priest. "Why are they saying this to me, Father?"
Partho had in recent weeks been searching for references to him on the Web, which were aplenty. "We had never noticed him doing this before. But there was nothing very unusual in his behaviour after we explained he should not worry about these issues," the priest said.
The timing of Partho's death has left some police officers wondering whether he had been worrying about the criminal case he faced in a city court on Thursday, although the two possible charges carried a maximum term of six months.
The court was to decide whether Partho could be tried for an act likely to spread infection dangerous to life, and for concealing an offence.
A doctor who was treating Partho said he had schizoaffective disorder - which seems to combine hallucinations and delusions with mood swings - but had been successfully treated and rehabilitated to live by himself with a carer.
Partho was alone in the 11th-floor flat at Merlin Riverview. Sarkar said Partho had sent him to Jadavpur on an errand. "After some time, I called to check. He did not respond."
The police found Partho on the floor, his face charred and his green T-shirt and khaki shorts burnt.
One of his laptops was on the bed; so was a white smartphone, a Wi-fi booster, a Lata Mangeshkar CD and a motivational book, You Can You Will by Joel Osteen. Books and diaries were strewn across the bed in the spare bedroom, which had a second laptop.
Unlike 3 Robinson Street where the police had found stacks of books covered in dust, officers found the Kidderpore flat "cluttered but clean".
A former employee with a software giant, Partho was the lone survivor in his family. Sister Debjani, an engineering graduate turned music teacher, had died in December 2014 and their mother in 2005.
A day after billowing smoke led to the discovery of father Arabindo's death, Partho had spilled the beans about living with Debjani's bones. Today, the cops found Debjani's piano in the 1,093sqft Kidderpore flat.The flat's previous owner, D.J. Bulsara, said Partho had paid for it in two instalments. Neighbours in the complex said Partho regularly took morning walks.

विभिन्न पार्टीबाट तृणमूल कङ्ग्रेसमा सामेल

डी के वाइबा, कालिमन्युज, कालेबुङ, 21 फरवरी। विभिन्न राजनैतिक पार्टीहरू त्यागेर तृणमूल कङ्ग्रेस पार्टीमा सामेल हुने क्रम बडेको छ। यसैक्रममा आज गोर्खा जनमुक्ति मोर्चा, गोर्खा राष्ट्रिय मुक्ति मोर्चा अनि जन आन्दोलन पार्टी त्यागेर 15 जना मानिसहरू तृणमूल कङ्ग्रेस पार्टीमा सामेल भएका छन्। 
तृणमूल कङ्ग्रेस पार्टीमा सामेल भएकाहरूलाई आज यहाँको दस माइल स्थित तृणमूल पार्टी कार्यलयमा हिल तृणमूल कङ्ग्रेसका कार्यकारी अध्यक्ष छेवाङ भोटिया, गौलन लेप्चा, के.एन सुब्बा, ढेण्डुप भोटिया आदिको बाहुलीबाट पार्टीको झण्डा प्रदान गरिएको थियो। 
यसक्रममा गोर्खा जन मुक्ति मोर्चाका अस्थायी कर्मचारी सङ्गठनमा पहिलो आउने क्रम सुरु भएको छ। विशेष गरेर जनमुक्ति अस्थायी कर्मचारी सङ्गठनका देवराज छेत्रीले गोजमुमो पार्टी त्यागेर तृणमूल कङ्ग्रेसको झण्डा ग्रहण गरेपछि अब अस्थायी कर्मचारी सङ्गठनमा पैह्रो जाने सम्भावना बढेको छ। 

कालेबुङ जिल्ला गठनको श्रेय लियो गोर्खाल्याण्ड राज्य निर्माण मोर्चाले

डी के वाइबा, कालिमन्युज, कालेबुङ 21 फरवरी। गोर्खाल्याण्ड राज्य निर्माण मोर्चाले छुट्टै कालेबुङ जिल्ला गठनको श्रेय लिएको छ। गोरानिमो अध्यक्ष दावा पाख्रिनले छुट्टै कालेबुङ जिल्ला गठनको माग सर्वप्रथम आफुहरूले नै उठान गरेको दाबी गर्दै जिल्ला गठन हुनुमा गोरानिमो पार्टीको मुख्य भुमीका रहेको दाबी गरेका छन्। यसै अवसरमा गोरानिमो पार्टीले आज छुट्टै कालेबुङ जिल्ला गठनको खुशीयाली मनाएको छ। 
हिलटप स्थित पार्टी कार्यलयमा आज गोरानिमो अध्यक्ष दावा पाख्रिनको विशेष उपस्थितिमा पार्टी कार्यकर्ताहरूले जिल्ला गठनको खुशीयाली पालन गरेका थिए। डा. हिरालान पासवानको अध्यक्षतामा पालन गरिएको उक्त कार्यक्रममा विभिन्न स्थानबाट पार्टी कार्यकर्ताहरू उपस्थित रहेका थिए। यस अवरमा गोरानिमो केन्द्रिय समितिको घोषणा पनि गरेको छ। 
उक्त केन्द्रिय समितिमा अध्यक्षका रूपमा दावा पाख्रिन, उपाध्यक्ष हिरालाल पासवान अनि जोहन पौड्याल, सचिव दुर्गा पोख्रेल आदि चयन गरिएको घोषणा गरिएको छ। यस अवसरमा दावा पाख्रिनले कालेबुङ जिल्ला गठन हुनुमा ब्रेन चाइल्ड गोरानिमो पार्टीको रहेको दाबी गर्दै छुट्टै राज्य गोर्खाल्याण्ड पनि गोरानिमो पार्टीले ल्याउने दावा पाख्रिनले दाबी गरेका छन्।

तक्निकी सप्ताह अनि रबी कृषी मेला सम्पन्न

डी के वाइबा, कालिमन्युज, कालेबुङ, 21 फरवरी। दार्जीलिङ कृषी विज्ञान केन्द्र, उत्तर बङ्ग कृषी विश्वविद्यालय अनि ईन्डियन एग्रिकल्चर रिसर्च ईन्सटिच्युटको आयोजनामा तीन दिवसीय तक्निकी सप्ताह अनि रवी कृषी मेला सुरु भएको छ। 
उत्तर बङ्ग कृषी विश्वविद्यालयको प्राङ्गनमा सम्पन्न भएको उक्त तक्निकी सप्ताह अनि रवी कृषी मेलामा मुख्य अतिथिका रूपमा विधायिका सरिता राई उपस्थित रहेकी थिइन् भने विशिष्ट अतिथिका रूपमा नाबार्डका रविन्द्रा हास्ता उपस्थित रहेका थिए। मुख्य अतिथिका रूपमा उपस्थित रहेकी विधायिका सरिता राईको बाहुलीबाट दीप प्रज्वलन गरी उद्घाटन गरिएको कार्यक्रममा कृषकवर्गद्वारा उन्नत प्रजातिका खेतीवाली अनि पुष्प प्रदर्शनी, हस्तकला प्रदर्शनी आदि राखिएको थियो। कार्यक्रममा कृषकवर्गलाई वैज्ञानिकहरूद्वारा अदुवा खेती, अलैँची खेती अनि बन पशुधनबारे तक्निकी प्रशिक्षण पनि प्रदान गरिएको थियो। 
यस अवसरमा कृषी विज्ञान केन्द्रका प्रभारी डा. मेंडल.डब्ल्यु मोक्तान, क्षेत्रिय अनुसन्धान केन्द्रका प्रभारी सुजित सरकार, अनुसन्धान केन्द्रका सह निर्देशक सुमित चक्रवर्ती आदिको पनि विशेष उपस्थिति रहेको थियो। कार्यक्रमबारे बोल्दै डा. एम. डब्ल्यु मोक्तानले कृषी सम्बन्धि कृषकवर्गको समस्यालाई बुझ्ने अनि उन्नत प्रजातीको खेती गर्नका निम्ति अनुसन्धानद्वारा निकालीएको तक्निकी सहयोग कृषकवर्गलाई प्रदान गरिनु नै कार्यक्रमको विशेष उद्देश्य रहेको जानकारी दिएका छन्।

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