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28 Aug 2014

State to draft Tibetan Rehabilitation Policy

Sulagna Sengupta, SNS, Kolkata 27 August 2014: With Tibetans debarred from getting Central government facilities in West Bengal, the state government has decided to draft a Tibetan Rehabilitation Policy where they are entitled to all the development schemes of government of India as any Indian citizen~Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Gurantee Act (MNREGA), Rajiv Awas Yojna(RAY), National Rural Health Mission(NRHM), Public Distribution System(including issuance of ration cards), extension of loan facilities by nationalised banks. 
The decision came in the wake of Chief Minister's visit to North Bengal on 1 September where she is scheduled to conduct meetings with the Gorkhas and the Lepchas and overall development of the hill community in Bengal. 
Few months back a  meeting was  held with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) where it was decided that a policy should be framed for the Tibetan Refugees staying in Bengal and consequently a draft policy has been framed. 
The draft guideline,  that  Tibetans should be included in the list of beneficiaries of MNREGA, RAY , NRHM, PDS, and extension of loan facilities by the nationalised banks. 
In India there are around 1 lakh 10, 095 Tibetans settled in 10 states in India , while in West Bengal there are around 30,000 Tibetans staying mostly in North Bengal. 
The guideline mentioned that the state government will provide educational subsidies for education of Tibetan children in schools and universities. Special subsidy will be extended to
Tibetan students who are pursuing professional courses like engineering , medical science etc. 
The state government will provide special permission and provide separate land to the Tibetan refugees to run Tibetan Bazzars where they can trade Tibetan artifacts, handlooms and handicrafts. 
It was also mentioned that state government would extend financial grant in aid to the Tibetan Co-operative societies and make then self-sustainable. 
The state government will also sign land lease agreement with the Central Tibetan Relief Committee(CTRC) so that Tibetans can get the rights of the land . The CTRC will decide which portions of land are to be used for agriculture, and commercial use. 
The rent tenancy certificate will be issued by the state government and the government will collect the revenue fee from the local settlement officer of the Tibetan settlement.  
Mr Bausdeb Banerjee, state home secretary said that they are in the process of implementing the policy soon.
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Sikkim Krantikari Morcha meets BJP party president

EOI, SIKKIM, 27 Aug 2014: The legislators of the Sikkim Krantikari Morcha led by party president PS Golay today met BJP president Amit Shah at the BJP head office located in 10 Ashoka Road, New Delhi.
The meeting started off with the SKM president congratulating Shah on being appointed chief of the BJP and the SKM expressed happiness on the success of the saffron front in forming the government at the Centre. Golay told Shah that the people of Sikkim have great expectations from a dynamic prime minister such as Narendra Modi. He conveyed to the BJP president the hope and aspirations the Sikkimese people have bestowed on the central government in its sincere mission to uproot poverty and fight corruption.
The SKM delegation also briefed Shah about the prevailing situation in Sikkim that ranged from politics to socio-economic issues, which need to be taken care of by the Centre. Focusing on the issue of corruption that is allegedly rampant in a tiny state such as Sikkim, the issue of restoring democracy in the state in its true sense surfaced prominently during the entire course of the meeting.
Golay sought to impress upon Shah that whatever is happening in Sikkim in the name of democracy is elusive in nature and in reality, the SDF government wields absolute autocratic power.
Later, expressing his satisfaction with the meeting, the SKM chief said, “The issue of combating corruption and restoration of democracy in Sikkim were the key features discussed in today’s meeting and we hope our urgings will be taken up on a positive note by the Centre for the overall welfare of the Sikkimese people going forward.” 
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Motor syndicate sets example of social responsibility...Steps forward to help Kalimpong-based children’s home

EOI, Darjeeling, 27 Aug 2014 :The Darjeeling town-based Kalimpong Motor Transport Syndicate (KMTS) was moved by the pitiful condition of the inmates at the Little Angels’ Children’s Home located at Kyasyang, a remote area in Pedong, Kalimpong that is being run by Pastor Abner Rai.
In fact, it was syndicate member Bir Bahadur Rai who got the opportunity to visit the children’s home recently when he had gone to drop a passenger in Kalimpong. Upon his return to Darjeeling, he informed syndicate members about the children home and their moral responsibility to do something for the hapless kids.
“We were informed about the children’s home in Kalimpong by Rai. We too were moved and immediately called our members for a meeting. It was decided that we would extend help in kind to the home,” said Mahesh Gurung, the syndicate’s chief advisor.
KMTS members, all 45 of them, pooled-in money from amongst themselves and visited the children’s home on August 24. They had brought along a quintal of rice, 50kg of flour, 15 litres of edible oil, 200 packets of instant noodles, dal, soaps and biscuits along with stationery.
“It is a small effort but we thought our gesture could pave the way for others to do likewise in order to support the home,” said Gurung.
The Little Angels’ Children’s Home was established five years ago by Pastor Rai in his private property with the sole objective of providing free education to the poor and needy children of the area. There are separate dormitories for girls and boys that have tin roofs, but a lot is still left to be done to create a conducive atmosphere for the children to grow up in.
The home has employed two teachers who have volunteered their services and they receive a token amount from the pastor from his own pocket.
“All expenses incurred in running the home are borne by the pastor. He even pays the two teachers. It is a trying condition. The home offers education till the eighth standard after which the pastor uses his resources to get the kids admitted to other schools for their higher education,” said Pritam Tamang, the syndicate’s general secretary, who recollected Pastor Rai as saying, “I am sad when the children are sad and happy when they are happy. Seeing people come forward to help gives me fresh impetus to carry on.
Extending support to the needy is part of the social responsibility the syndicate wants its members to inculcate.
“We lead a hectic lifestyle given our job profile. But we want our members to remain motivated and their minds focused towards social issues so that they are viewed as responsible citizens,” said Tamang.
In the past too, the KMTS has participated in environment protection causes such as planting of tree saplings at the 3rd Mile area and intends to take up more such issues in future proactively.
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Viral deaths

TT, Siliguri, Aug. 27: Two persons died from Acute Encephalitis Syndrome at North Bengal Medical College and Hospital here in the past 48 hours, taking the Encephalitis death toll in the region since January to 174.
The two who succumbed to AES in the past two days are Saliesh Roy, 35, of Mainaguri in Jalpaiguri district and Mehemuda Khatun, 60, of Chopra in North Dinajpur.
According to NBMCH sources, 12 people are currently admitted to NBMCH with encephalitis symptoms and seven of them have tested positive for Japanese Encephalitis.
“The number of patients being admitted to NBMCH with AES and JE has declined considerably. At present, we have just 12 patients and seven of them have tested JE positive. Even the number of patients visiting the fever clinic at the outpatient department of NBMCH has come down. So, it looks like the outbreak is under control and fewer patients are getting affected by AES and JE,” a doctor at NBMCH said.
NBMCH sources also said at least 24 of the 27 departments at the medical college had submitted status reports on the attendance of doctors and medical staff members to the principal. “More show-cause notices will be issued to doctors and other staff members who remain absent for prolonged periods and receive salaries,” a source said. Last week, three doctors had been show-caused for their prolonged absence from NBMCH.
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Bonus talks for gardens

TT, Aug. 27: Tea trade unions in the Terai and Dooars today said they would ask planters to pay a compensatory allowance along with bonus to the workers at the bipartite meeting scheduled to be held in Calcutta in a couple of days.
Trade unions in gardens across north Bengal would demand a bonus above 20 per cent, sources said.
“Bipartite talks on the bonus would be held in Calcutta on August 30 and 31. We want the planters to pay bonus at a rate that is above 20 per cent in all four categories of estates in the Terai and Dooars. They would also have to pay compensatory allowance to workers as the wage rates have not been revised yet,” Ziaur Alam, the Jalpaiguri district Citu secretary, said today.
Tea gardens in the region are divided into four categories depending on the total production, number of workers and other parameters.
Bonus is calculated as a percentage of the current annual wage. While the daily wage is Rs 95 in the Terai and Dooars, in the hills, it is Rs 90. Last time the bonus in the gardens was 20 per cent of the annual wage.
If the revised rates were finalised, workers would have got more money as bonus, which is why they wanted the additional compensatory allowance. The allowance could fixed either on an ad hoc basis or as an additional percentage over and above the bonus.
“For example, if the bonus is fixed at 20 per cent and no decision on revised wage is reached by September, workers will get bonus on the existing wage of Rs 95 per day. Had the wages been revised with effect from April 1 this year, workers would have got a higher bonus. To compensate the workers, we want an additional sum — fixed either as an additional percentage over the bonus rate or as an ad hoc sum — to be paid,” said a union leader.
In the hills, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha-backed Darjeeling Terai Dooars Plantation Labour Union has also demanded bonus at a rate higher than 20 per cent. The date for bipartite talks to discuss hill bonus is yet to be fixed for the hills.
Chitta Dey, convenor of the Co-ordination Committee of Tea Plantation Workers, said: “We would demand that the bonus be paid by the first week of September. We are hopeful that a decision on bonus would be reached during the talks.”
So far, six rounds of tripartite talks have been held to finalise tea wages across north Bengal but no decision has been reached. The state labour department is yet to fix the next date for further talks on the issue.
Planters said they expected a “realistic” proposal on bonus from the trade unions. “They should consider the industry’s situation, cost of production and prices in domestic and international markets and then place realistic demands,” a senior official of Indian Tea Planters’ Association, said.
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Threat slur on Morcha councillor

VIVEK CHHETRI, TT, Darjeeling, Aug. 27: A Gorkha Janmukti Morcha councillor of Darjeeling municipality has been accused of refusing to issue residential certificates to GNLF supporters and misbehaving with them.
However, Tilak Chhetri, the councillor of ward 11, denied the charge and said the GNLF supporters had come to his office yesterday with an intention to create disturbance.
Five female GNLF sympathisers lodged a general diary with Darjeeling Sadar police station yesterday against Chhetri. One of the GNLF supporters, Sangita Thami, said: “Our councillor refused to issue us residential certificates when we went to his office yesterday and asked us to go the GNLF office. He and his boys threatened us and even tried to manhandle us.”
The residential certificate is issued to a person by the councillor of the respective ward and is an important document to prove domicile status.
Chhetri filed a counter general diary at Darjeeling Sadar police station against Sangita and the others yesterday. “More than 10 women had come to me to get residential certificates. But only four or five of them were from my ward. I refused to issue them certificates because their behaviour was provocative. They also used foul language,” said Chhetri.
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CM brother as Independent - Chamling sibling & party tight-lipped on candidature

Nirmal Mangar, TT, Gangtok, Aug. 27: Rup Narayan Chamling, the younger brother of chief minister Pawan Chamling, today filed his nomination as an Independent for the upcoming bypoll to Rangang-Yangang Assembly constituency in south Sikkim.
He said his decision to be in the fray was because of “the wish of the people who want me to contest”.
“Moreover, in a democracy everyone has the right to contest an election. I will make my election programmes public tomorrow,” said Rup Narayan, who is 51 years old.
He filed the nomination at the district court in Namchi around 1.30pm. Today was the last date of filing the nominations.
Told that his chief minister-brother had often said no one else from his family will contest elections, Rup Narayan declined comment.
He also would not speak on why he was not contesting as the candidate of the Sikkim Democratic Front, the party of his elder brother.
“We have nothing to say on R.N. Chamling contesting the election,” a senior SDF leader said today.
According to south district collector Prabhakar Verma, seven nominations were received and four of them are from Independents.
“The scrutiny of the nominations will be held on Thursday and the last date of withdrawing the nomination is August 30,” he said.
The bypoll is scheduled for September 13.
Pawan Chamling had contested from the same seat in the recently concluded Assembly polls. He got 6,343 votes against SKM candidate Bikash Basnet who got 3,201 votes. Basnet is now contesting the bypolls on a BJP ticket.
The other seat, which Pawan Chamling contested, was from Namchi-Singithang in south Sikkim.
Later, Pawan Chamling dropped the Rangang-Yangang seat because according to the Election Commission guidelines, no elected MLA can hold a post in two seats.
Pawan Chamling has four brothers. All of them are government contractors.
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Gurung to skip Mamata meeting - GTA chief points to ineffectiveness of talks

TT, Siliguri, Aug. 27: Bimal Gurung today said he would not attend the bipartite meeting between the state and the GTA to be chaired by Mamata Banerjee on September 2, citing a visit to Delhi but added that nothing much had come of five such meetings earlier.
“I am going to Delhi to lay the foundation stone of a community building and will attend programmes to be organised by Baba Ramdev. I will not be able to attend the bipartite talks called by the state government,” the GTA chief executive said at Bagdogra before boarding his Delhi flight this afternoon.
“We have received a letter from the state regarding the bipartite talks but certain issues mentioned in it are not clear to us. Our officials and members are discussing the contents of the letter and some of them might attend the bipartite talks.”
Seeking the state government’s co-operation for the functioning of the GTA, Gurung said: “We haven’t seen the outcome of any decisions taken at the five bipartite meetings held so far (between the state and the GTA). That is why we have asked for files and other relevant documents to know whether there has been any progress. We hope the state government will co-operate with us and help us in running the GTA.”
Gurung is supposed to open a Gorkha Bhavan in Delhi.
The chief of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha had said yesterday that the GTA had sought an action-taken report from the state government on the outcome of the five previous bipartite talks.
Darjeeling BJP MP S.S. Ahluwalia today echoed Gurung’s disappointment and hinted that the GTA could approach the Centre for tripartite talks if the dialogue with the state government was not yielding results.
Chief minister Mamata Banerjee had earlier objected to the GTA leaders’ trips to Delhi to discuss GTA matters without keeping the state administration in the loop.
Gurung’s absence from the upcoming GTA-state talks has triggered speculation of the Morcha top brass’s dissatisfaction with the Mamata Banerjee-led government. The GTA leader may be trying to send a message to the chief minister on the ineffectiveness of the talks, a source said.
“The GTA chief had attended almost all bipartite meetings convened before to review the functioning of the GTA. His decision to abstain from the next round of talks, which is supposed to be attended by the chief minister, suggests that the Morcha leadership is disappointed with the state government,” the source said.
“The non-transfer of a number of departments to the GTA from the state government and lack of consistent assistance by the administration to the hill body in implementing welfare schemes and projects are some of the reasons for the disgruntlement. It is evident that the Morcha chief wants to send a message to the chief minister that he is unhappy with the state government,” the source added.
Mamata is supposed to reach the Darjeeling hills on September 1 and attend the bipartite talks the next day.
The release issued by Trinamul on its official website yesterday gave details of Mamata’s plans but did not say anything about the venue for the talks.
“West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee will visit North Bengal on September 1. On September 2, the State Government will hold a bipartite meeting with the GTA. The meeting will be chaired by the Bengal Chief Minister and senior officials including the Chief Secretary of the State will be present,” the release mentioned.
The venue of the September 2 bipartite meeting, sources in the administration said, could be Kalimpong.
On September 3, the chief minister will attend a programme organised by the Lepcha Development Council, the release said.
S.S. Ahluwalia, the Darjeeling BJP MP who landed in Siliguri today, listed the projects that the state was yet to fulfil for the GTA.
“Among these promises are the establishment of a Sainik school, a super-speciality hospital, a medical college and a central university in the hills. NH55, which is maintained by the state public works department, is in a bad condition,” the MP said.
Some of these demands are mentioned in the GTA agreement. “As far as bipartite talks are concerned, it is entirely up to the GTA authorities and the state. However, we would like to say if the bipartite talks fail to yield results, tripartite talks can be held as the Centre is also a signatory to the GTA agreement. The GTA representatives can approach the Union home minister with a plea to convene such talks,” Ahluwalia added.
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Growing sex trade a worry

SUMIR KARMAKAR, TT, Guwahati, Aug. 27: The National Commission for Women today expressed concern over the growing non-brothel sex trade in the Northeast.
It urged agencies dealing with human trafficking in the region to improve co-ordination among themselves to prevent women and children from falling prey to non-brothel sex trade in places such as spas, massage parlours and beauty salons.
“Non-brothel prostitution is becoming a matter of serious concern and women and children are increasingly falling prey to such rackets. The rapid changes in our society are attracting women and young girls to the glamour of city life and they are moving out of their homes. All, particularly the enforcement agencies, must step up vigil at transit points and supply routes to prevent our women and children from falling prey to such clandestine trade in spas, beauty and massage parlo-urs,” a member of the panel, Laldingliani Sailo, said at the regional conference on trafficking of women and children that began here today.
Police and government officials and representatives of child and women’s commissions from the Northeast, including Sikkim, are taking part in the two-day conference.
The topics being discussed are the present situation of trafficking in the region, identifying the challenges faced by agencies in prevention, rescue and rehabilitation of victims, and forming a network of agencies to improve co-ordination to curb the crime.
“The issue of trafficking is becoming more complex nowadays and criminals are using Internet and mobile phones to run their business. The victims are no longer only illiterate and poor women. While women and children, driven by poverty and conflict and displaced by disasters, are targeted by the traffickers, many educated girls are also falling prey,” Sailo said.
She said traditional organisations such as the Naga Mothers’ Association and meira paibis of Manipur could play a strong role in preventing women from falling into traps laid by criminal rackets. “The proper implementation of MGNREGS can provide jobs to women in their villages and stop them from going out and our traditional community organisations can chip in there,” Sailo, who hails from Mizoram, said.
Assam chief secretary Jitesh Khosla said as girls from the Northeast were moving out of the region for jobs, criminals were targeting them with the promise of jobs, promotion and pay hike and engaging them in prostitution.
Additional director-general of police, CID, Mukesh Kumar Sahay, said the trafficking scenario in Assam was “disturbing”.
“Women and girls are now being taken out through placement agencies. These agencies, which even do online transaction with their clients for supply of sex, need to be strongly regulated.
The traffickers take advantage of the frequent violence and riots, when both the police and administration remain busy in controlling the situation. They make inroads in relief camps set up for the displaced. We have rescued many women and children but we need to improve our support system, including making our police stations women and child-friendly,” Sahay said.
Tushar Rane, the chief of Unicef field office, Assam, said improving co-ordination among agencies to tackle trafficking in the Northeast was a priority.
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27 Aug 2014

8 Ways to Induce Laughter in Your Life

Fun companyMadhuparna Roy Sukul, TIR, 27 August 2014: Laughter they say is the best medicine for the overall well being of an individual. We have been hearing this saying since time immemorial and it still stands true in these times of stress and anxiety. We tend to get upset with small things, display rage openly or suffer from depression quite commonly in the recent times. Fortunately as humans, we are blessed with this reflex action which is otherwise absent in other creatures and demarcates us from an animal. Laughter is the chief ingredient of our happiness quotient, but with increasing tedious lifestyles we have almost forgotten to even smile.
As per the recent researches a child laughs 300 times a day but, an average adult only 17 times, proving that we lose that humor quotient gradually, as we grow up with rising responsibilities, commitments and other worries. However, inducing that much required humor factor with some laughter dose in your daily life helps boost immunity & energy, brings about healthy anatomical changes, reduce stress and heals pain. Above all it adds on to a fun dose in your daily life absolutely free of cost making even the most mundane day special.

1. Have Fun Company: You may have friends who are harrowed most of the times with their own issues in life and end up being grumpy and irritated; on the other hand some may be full of fun & life in spite of any hindrances. However, since the diplomat you are, you need to strike a balance between the two types of friends and find ways to spend more of your time with those who trigger your funny side. Both behaviors being contagious you need to be tactfully involved more in a fun company to add on to that humor factor.

2. Get Nostalgic About Happy Moments: Find an old school/college mate and spend some light moments by reminiscing those fun old memories rather than the ones that brought sadness. Remember how you would trouble that English teacher, bunk classes for movies of your favorite actor or any such activity that would bring about a shared moment of joy for both of you.
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  • 3. Daily comic relief : 
  • If you are a television freak, watch something that tickles your funny bones before going to bed than those crime files that may otherwise create a disturbed mind. Play your favorite show or a classic film that will lighten your day with some playful dialogues and funny undertones that will help you unwind at the end of the day. Like the ‘Comedy Nights with Kapil Sharma”, ‘Tarak Mehta Ka Ulta Chashma or that “Herapheri’ DVD can do that magic for you. You can even load your Smartphones with some fun videos, sound clips or forwarded ‘WhatsApp’ messages that can provide you that comic relief at intervals during a hectic day of work which will keep you going for the rest of the day.
4. Find fun with children : Children are small bundles of joy that can instantly give your otherwise pensive mood a lift with their innocent prattles and activities. So whether it’s your own kid or your brother’s or sister’s, get involved in their small world, play with them, have fun and laugh along with the same childlike attitude, and feel the difference with their breezy, candid and infectious approach to life.
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  • 5. Dig into your classic collections: 
  • Find time to relax with your favorite cartoon character or that comic book that can give you a laugh even today. We may have grown out adolescence and have different preferences with age, but spending some time with those classics occasionally like, a Chacha Chowdhury comic strip or that Tom & Jerry movie will not only brighten up your day with that innocent smile on your face but you may also wish if you were back to those golden days.
  • 6. Learn to laugh at yourself : W
  • hether at work or at a casual do, engage in conversations with a playful undertone, however, remember that laughing at others may be easy but the happiest are the ones who can laugh at themselves. We all enjoy jokes thrown at others, but not many take it in a positive note when it comes to them, hence learn the art to find humor in yourself (drawing a line), have a laugh at your flaws (for example at your awful singing skills) and feel the difference.
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  • 7. Be a kid again : 
  • Behaving like a kid does not cost you any money and neither do you need to feel embarrassed since it eventually makes “you” happy, hence shrug that shyness off your shoulders and visit a zoo, amusement park or go to those fun zones in the malls and try your hands on those kiddie games. Not only does that let you share a laugh with others around and at your own childish behavior, but also sheds of that gloom from your life quite easily.
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8. Explore something new:  When nothing seems to work and there is a lot of heaviness around, join a laughter class which experiments with yoga or meditation to induce that laughter dose in your daily life. Not only that the activity engages you in a joyful ride, but you also get to connect to a larger group with the same infectious happy energy.
As rightly said by Charles Dickens ‘There is nothing in this world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor’, let us create a world full of happiness by inducing that much needed laughter dose in our daily life.
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6 Passengers Suspected to have been Exposed to Ebola Virus taken to Hospital

DelhiTIR, New Delhi, 26 August 2014: Around six passengers who had arrived in Delhi from Liberia on Tuesday have been rushed to the Ram Manohar Lohia hospital as it was suspected that they would be exposed to the Ebola Virus Disease.
Around six people would be quarantined at the hospital where a check up would be done. All of these six patients were made to wear protective boots and masks while being taken to the hospital.
The Union Health Ministry has set up two medical teams at the New Delhi Airport, in order to screen the passengers. Reports from the airport authorities indicate that a total of 114 people are expected to arrive from Liberia in Delhi and Mumbai on Tuesday.
Earlier, a 32-year-old man who recently arrived from Lagos in Nigeria, in Mumbai, had tested negative for the Ebola virus. The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed more than 1,200 people since it began in December, 2013, the World Health Organisation has said.
The World Health Organisation has declared the outbreak in West Africa as an International Emergency.
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BJP Excludes Vajpayee, Advani, MM Joshi From Parliamentary Board

BJPTIR, New Delhi, 26 August: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s President Amit Shah has finally named members of the Parliamentary Board, the top most decision making body of the party. As was suspected earlier, veteran leaders Atal Bihari Vajpayee, LK Advani as well as Murli Manohar Joshi have been excluded from the board. The selection of the board members was done on the same criteria as that for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet, which does not have a single leader above the age of 75 years.
This generation shift has been evident ever since NDA took charge at the Centre. While one of the major agendas of the Modi-led government is youth empowerment, it is clear that the new administration is looking to have younger leaders in power who can provide a  fresh outlook and connect with the youth of the country.
However, in an attempt to offer some respite and maintain semblance among the party leaders, Amit Shah has formed a separate body for the senior leaders, namely the Marg Darshak Mandal. Apart from the three veteran leaders, the body also includes Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajanth Singh
Meanwhile, BJP leaders JP Nadda and Shivraj Singh Chouhan have been included in the 12-member Parliamentary Board.
Besides, Amit Shah and PM Modi the Parliamentary Board include, Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, Nitin Gadkari, Venkaiah Naidu, Anant Kumar, Thawarchand Gehlot, JP Nadda and Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Ramlal.
On the other hand, the Congress mocked the new body, saying it was an old-age home for the leaders. The Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that the body should have been named ‘mook darshak mandal’ (silent spectators’ body) rather than Marg Darshak Mandal.
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Sheila Dikshit Resigns As Governor Of Kerala

sheila-PTITIR, 26 August, New Delhi: After much hassle and insisting on retaining her position, Sheila Dikshit has finally resigned as Governor of Kerala. The news comes after Dikshit’d meeting with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and President Pranab Mukherjee yesterday.
According to the sources, Dikshit had made up her some time back and that it was only a matter of time before she stepped down.
Dikshit’s resignation come as a surprise, since she was among a handful of Governors who were adamant of keeping their positions despite alleged pressure from the NDA government. She had repeatedly insisted that she would not resign even as the newly installed government at the Centre had began reshuffling the Governor posts.
Ever since the Bharatiya Janata Party government took charge in May this year, it has been on the mission to replace UPA-appointed state governors. As the pressure started building, many Governors were transferred and several submitted their resignation. One or two Governors were also sacked in the process.
Dikshit will be the seventh UPA appointed Governor to resign ever since the NDA government took charge at the Centre. Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan, after refusing to accept transfer to Mizoram, resigned on Sunday. Kamala Beniwal was sacked as Mizoram Givernor earlier in August.
Earlier this month, Uttarakhand Governor Aziz Qureshi presented a petition in the Supreme Court against the Centre, challenging Modi government’s moves to ease him out of office. This plea along with earlier transfers and resignations of Governors intensified the controversy over removal of UPA-appointed Governors.
Dikshit, after having met with massive loss at Delhi polls, was posted to Kerala by the previous UPA government. The Congress and other opposition parties are claiming that the NDA government’s move to replace governors violates a Supreme Court order from 2010, where it says that governors cannot be ejected if the government at the Centre changes.
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Nisteling: The Art of Deep Listening

Robert J. Burrowes, KalimNews, 27 August 2014: The word 'listening' has many meanings and the context in which it is done will often determine the level of concentration that is required for one to be considered to be listening.
Many people work while listening to music playing in the background. People often talk in small groups where there is little real listening by anyone as people compete for the opportunity to talk. A compulsive talker will 'listen' only as long as it takes for their fear to trigger the urge to talk themselves, ostensibly in response to what has just been said. And an audience might listen to a lecture, play, concert or film with considerable attention, partly because they know there is no opportunity for them to talk and because, to a greater or lesser extent, they are being entertained.
These are all forms of listening but I want to talk about listening as an art – what I call 'nisteling' – and why and when this should be used.
When someone speaks, apart from uttering words, they also convey feelings (which might be very subtle and even hidden in their body language). Therefore, any communication consists of intellectual and emotional content and both of these elements need to be heard if you wish to fully understand what a speaker is trying to convey. Given that human beings are taught to focus on the intellectual content of any communication and, consequently, learn to fear its emotional content, it is not surprising that few people are naturally good listeners and that few people have benefited from the effort made in recent decades to teach people more about how to listen through, for example, workshops that teach 'reflective listening'.
In fact, most of us learn to unconsciously screen out the emotional content of the communications of other people. Why? Because listening to the feelings of another person is likely to 'trigger' feelings in the listener, and that can be frightening. For example, if someone is angry with you, do you find it easy to calmly listen to their anger and then reflect, for example, 'You sound very angry that I did not listen to you' and, if necessary, to then listen more while they tell you just how angry they are with you? Most people 'listening' in this and many other circumstances are immediately frightened into a defensive reaction which exacerbates the speaker's sense of being unheard and their anger in response to this. And the 'listener' is now scared and needs listening about their own fear as well. So the competition to 'get the listening', usually manifesting in what is popularly called an 'argument', quickly spirals down into 'no-one is listening'.
So what is 'nisteling'? Nisteling requires me, as the listener, to pay deliberate, focused attention to the person who is speaking so that I can hear what is spoken and also identity and interpret what is 'underneath' the spoken words. This will often be a feeling that I can detect accompanying the words but it might also be some body language, such as an eye movement or subtle gesture, that I notice. If I am paying attention that is careful enough, I will be able to comprehend the emotional meaning of the hidden message: it might be sadness, fear, anger, pain, happiness or any number of other feelings and it is this or these feelings, more than the words, that the person actually needs to be heard, even if they do not know this themselves.
To reiterate: If you cannot nistel to someone's feelings – explicitly expressed or as a subtle underlay to their words – then you cannot understand all of what they are trying to communicate. And, in order to nistel well, it is necessary to be unafraid of any of your own feelings that might be raised by their communication.
If you are nisteling, you will also have no trouble using the context to identify the appropriate response. If a child (or adult) is crying, the powerful response is to let them cry (while feeling your own feelings, if any, triggered by their crying) and to reflect 'You sound sad' which, hopefully, will get them crying more deeply. Ignoring, comforting, reassuring, distracting, laughing at, ridiculing, screaming at, hitting, restraining or punishing a crying child is a fearful response that interrupts evolution's healing mechanism – emotional expression – which, in this case, is designed to allow full recovery from some trauma (small or large).
Similarly, nisteling means letting someone be scared or happy or angry or anxious or frustrated or however they feel. Importantly, nisteling also requires us to let them act in accordance with these feelings (which doesn't mean that you cannot defend yourself if their behaviour adversely impacts on you although, it is worth emphasising, nisteling is your most powerful first option in self-defense). Evolution intended our feelings to be centrally involved in determining our behaviour and it is violent to prevent someone acting in accordance with their own Self-will. Moreover, chronically interfering with a child's Self-willed behaviour will guarantee that the child becomes increasingly dysfunctional: Evolution did not intend a human being to be obedient (although adults who have been terrorised into surrendering their own Self-will often seek unconscious 'compensatory' control of others).
I am well aware that what I am suggesting here runs counter to most of what you have ever experienced and that it raises any number of complications. There are, obviously, many mundane reasons for not nisteling to a child. How many parents are able to nistel to a child say that it doesn't want to go to school? Nisteling to this might be quite inconvenient for the parent. And frightening if it becomes the norm. For most parents, it is easier to ignore the child and to fall back on violence: force the child to attend school.
So why am I suggesting that we nistel, which includes letting children act in accord with their own Self-will? Because I believe that this is the essential foundation step in any strategy to end human violence (in all of its manifestations). For a thorough explanation and elaboration of this point, see 'Why Violence?' http://tinyurl.com/whyviolence and 'Fearless Psychology and Fearful Psychology: Principles and Practice' http://anitamckone.wordpress.com/articles-2/fearless-and-fearful-psychology/
As you have probably realised by now, nisteling requires a powerful individual: someone capable of taking responsibility for feeling their own feelings and trusting others (including children) to feel and act on theirs as well. I know that we cannot all do it yet. But each person who makes the commitment to work in this direction functionally undermines the violence in our world by helping to create powerfully Self-aware individuals who are able to act in accord with their own Self-will and let others do the same. And this is the only basis for creating a truly nonviolent society because powerful individuals have no trouble negotiating ways to cooperate.
If you are interested in helping to create this society, you are also welcome to consider signing online 'The People's Charter to Create a Nonviolent World' http://thepeoplesnonviolencecharter. wordpress.com
The most important form of attention that any human individual requires is nisteling. And nisteling is the most important gift we can give another individual to assist their personal journey to Self-awareness. If we nistel to a child, they will learn to nistel to themself.

Robert J. Burrowes has a lifetime commitment to understanding and ending human violence. He has done extensive research since 1966 in an effort to understand why human beings are violent and has been a nonviolent activist since 1981. 
He is the author of 'Why Violence?' http://tinyurl.com/whyviolence His email address is flametree@riseup.net and his website is at http://robertjburrowes.wordpress.com.
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Bike thieves active in Siliguri, police on high alert

EOI, 26 Aug 2014 : Following the recent motorcycle theft of a local journalist, the Siliguri police have promptly swung into action and arrested two suspects known to have criminal records.
Rabin Biswas (29) and Jay Mondal (30) are the suspects with the police confirming Mondal is a noted criminal and has several cases pending against him at the Bhakti Nagar police station. Both the accused are reportedly residents of Shitalpara, Jalpaimore under Jalpaiguri district. 
According to sources, there are active gangs of bike lifters from the four districts of Jalpaiguri, Darjeeling, South Dinajpur and North Dinajpur. They mainly operate in Sikkim and Siliguri and after stealing the bikes, they sell the engines to Bangladeshis as also to residents of Islampur. 
The bike engines are used for fishing in Bangladesh after being retrofitted into boats, while buyers in Islampur use them to make three-wheelers locally called ‘bhut-bhuti’ that run in remote villages to ferry passengers. 
The bike lifters especially target Press and government vehicle as it helps them evade checking because the police do not usually stop vehicles with Press and government department stickers. 
The sources also informed there are some scrap shops in Siliguri where the bikes are dismantled part by part. The body is sold as scrap while the engines are packed in sacks and loaded in buses headed to Islampur. 
When they are unloaded in Islampur, they are smuggled across the border into Bangladeshis and sold there. Depending on the horsepower of the engines and their make, an engine can fetch anything from Rs10,000 to Rs 20,000.
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Inter-state car theft racket busted

PRASHANT ACHARYA, Siliguri, 26 Aug 2014: The Siliguri police have busted a car lifting gang from Bihar and arrested five suspects. They have also recovered four luxury vehicles that were about to be sold in various parts of the country.
According to the police, the chief of the gang, Anand alias Darbhanaji, used to operate from Siliguri although he is a resident of Darbhanga in Bihar.
Siliguri police commissioner Jagmohanon Tuesday said Anand and his four accomplices were arrested in connection with an inter-state car theft racket. He said the gang has remained active since long in Siliguri and has received from some locals of town.
Following the arrest of the five, all residents of Bihar, the police have also identified the place and the individuals in Siliguri who helped the gang in making fake registration certificates including driving licenses.
According to Jagmohan, several others are involved in the case as has been found after interrogating the five accused. He said the modus operandi of the car thieves was to steal vehicles from various areas of Siliguri and keep them in a hideout where fake license plates bearing Nagaland registration numbers were prepared including other fake documents before they were sold.
Jahmohan said the racket was busted after a massive operation launched by the personnel of the New Jalpaiguri police outpost.
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