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29 Sep 2016

बन्द पूर्णरूपले सफल भएको छ – विमल गुरूङ

डी.के.वाइबा, कालिमन्युज, कालेबुङ २८ सितम्बर 2016। गोजमुमो पार्टीले डाकेको 12 घण्टाव्यापी पहाड बन्द पूर्ण रूपले सफल भएको गोजमुमो अध्यक्ष एवं जीटीए प्रमुख विमल गुरूङले दाबी गरेका छन्। 
उनले आज यहाँको वर्निङ गोलाई नजिक पत्रकारहरूसँगको कुराकानीमा ‘बन्द सय प्रतिशत सफल भएको छ’ भने। जनताले बन्दलाई पूर्ण समर्थन गरेर सरकारलाई गतिलो जवाब दिएको बताउँदै ‘ परिआएको खण्डमा हाम्रा मानिसहरू एक हुन्छन्। आज विकास बोर्ड थाप्ने मान्छेहरूले पनि जातिको निम्ति आफ्नो स्वाभिमान बेचेनन्। यसैकारण उनीहरूले बन्दलाई साथ दिएर सहयोग गरे। यसको निम्ति म सबैलाई धन्यवाद दिन चाहन्छु’ विमल गुरूङले भने। 
उनले 12 घण्टाव्यापी बन्द 4 हजार करोडको सन्दर्भमा नडाकेको स्पष्टिकरण दिँदै बङ्गाल सरकारले बारम्बार गरिरहेको शोषणको विरूद्ध अनि चिया श्रमिकवर्गले 20 प्रतिशत बोनस पाउनुपर्ने मागमा डाकेको जानकारी गराए। ‘बङ्गाल सरकारले बन्दलाई विफल पार्नका निम्ति सकेसम्म आफ्नो बल प्रयोग गरेको थियो। उनीहरूले बन्द खोल्न मन्त्रीलाई समेत पहाड पठाउने कार्य गरेको हो। तर जनताले बन्दलाई पूर्ण समर्थन अनि सहयोग गरेर सम्पूर्ण सरकारको बन्द विरोधी नीतिलाई फेल गरिदिएको छ’ विमल गुरूङले भने। 
उनले बन्दको समय सम्पूर्ण पहाड शान्तिपूर्वक रहेको दाबी गर्दै पुलिस प्रशासनले पनि शान्ति बनाएर राख्ने कार्य गरेको दाबी गरे। 
यसक्रममा उनले राष्ट्रिय राजमार्ग 10 पनि पूर्णरूपले बन्द रहेको दाबी गर्दै राजमार्गलाई बन्द गरेर सिक्किम सरकारले दार्जिलिङ पहाडका मानिसहरूको समस्या समाधानको निम्ति सहयोग गर्दै बन्द सफल बनाउनमा सिक्किम सरकारको सहयोग प्रति पनि आभारी छौँ भन्दै धन्यबाद दिए। 
‘सिक्किम सरकारले दार्जिलिङ पहाडको समस्यालाई बुझेर आज राष्ट्रिय राजमार्गमा वाहनहरू चलाएन जसले गर्दा हाम्रो बन्द अझ सफल बनेको छ। यसको निम्ति मुख्यमन्त्री पवन चामलिङ लगायत अन्य सबै मन्त्री र सिक्किमे जनतालाई पनि धन्यवाद दिँदछु’ विमल गुरूङले भने। यसैक्रममा मोर्चा अध्यक्ष विमल गुरूङले बन्दलाई सफल पार्नका निम्ति व्यापारी समुदाय, अल्पसङ्ख्यक समुदाय, होटल अनि रेस्टुरेन्ट लगायत चालकवर्ग प्रति पनि आभार प्रकट गरेका छन्। उनले पत्रकारहरूलाई सम्बोधन गर्दै बङ्गालको मन्त्रीहरू आएर अहिले बन्द खोल्नपर्ने स्थिति आएको दाबी गर्दै बङ्गाल गोर्खाल्याण्डको मुद्दा प्रति डराएको कारण नै यसरी बन्द खोल्न आएको आरोप लागाए। 
‘बङ्गालका मन्त्रीहरू बन्द खोल्नुपर्छ भनेर पहाड आए तर उनीहरूलाई जनताले गतिलो जवाब दिएका छन्। हाम्रो जातिले बोर्ड थापेर पनि जातिको मुद्दाका निम्ति सहयोग गरेका छन्’ विमल गुरूङले भने। यसक्रममा उनले 12 घण्टाव्यापी बन्द पूर्णरूपले शान्तिपूर्ण रहेको दाबी गर्दै आगामी दिनमा पूजा अनि विद्यालयहरूको परिक्षालाई केन्द्रमा राखेर भोलिदेखि सम्पूर्ण रूपले खुल्ला रहने मोर्चा अध्यक्ष विमल गुरूङले स्पष्ट पारेका छन्। 
अर्कोतर्फ आजको बन्दलाई लिएर गोजमुमो अध्यक्ष विमल गुरूङले कलेबुङको वार्निङ गोलाई स्थित बङ्गलोमा बसेर नै सम्पूर्ण जानकारी लिरहेका थिए। बन्दलाई सफल पार्न उनी सडकमा निस्कने सम्भावना रहेको भए पनि सुरक्षा र शान्ति शृङ्खला कायम राख्नका निम्ति उनी बाहिर निस्केनन्।
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28 Sep 2016

Bandh call poses test for Morcha and Trinamul

Security personnel assemble at Darjeeling Sadar police station ahead of their deployment on Tuesday.
Picture by Suman Tamang
Vivek Chhetri, TT, Darjeeling, Sept. 27: The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha is facing the first real challenge to its hegemony in the hills with the Trinamul (hill) Congress and the Jana Andolan Party (JAP) today hitting the streets to build public opinion against the Morcha's call for a 12-hour shutdown in Darjeeling on Wednesday. 
The chain of strikes the Morcha had called since its inception on October 7, 2007, had never run into any resistance. Even a 44-day strike in 2013 has been a one-sided affair.
Tomorrow's strike has turned into must-win event for the Morcha because of the inroads Trinamul has been trying to make into the hills through a mix of poaching and development board politics.
Seemingly on the back foot, the Morcha was hoping to send a message through the bandh that its clout had not been affected by the Trinamul thrust.
However, Trinamul - whose local unit is already being referred to as Trinamul (hill) - has smelt in the bandh a chance to reassure its supporters that the party has garnered enough support to take on the might of the Morcha.
More pressure mounted on the Morcha today with Calcutta High Court declaring the shutdown "illegal". The court has indicated it might initiate contempt proceedings against the bandh-callers for violating a Supreme Court ruling.
The district administration has said it will take steps to ensure normal life is not forcibly disrupted tomorrow. One factor that the administration seems to be counting on is a latent resentment among several hill residents because the bandh has been called so close to start of the busy Puja tourist season.
"What we fear the most tomorrow is violence. This will spell doom for the industry and this would only increase the disenchantment with the Morcha," said a travel agent.

On the ground, multiple rallies rolled. Gautam Deb, the state tourism minister, took out a rally in Kalimpong while Trinamul supporters did so in Kurseong. In Darjeeling town, Trinamul cadres went around in vehicles, raising slogans against the strike call.
Minister James Kujur in Darjeeling on Tuesday
JAP, the party that was formed after a group broke away from the Morcha and which did not face any opposition from Trinamul and the GNLF during the Assembly polls, independently brought out a rally in Kalimpong to protest against the strike. Over a thousand supporters took part in the JAP rally in Kalimpong.
Ministers Rabindranath Ghosh and James Kujur also reached Kurseong and Darjeeling today to supervise the day's developments. Police held flag marches across the hill towns late in the evening.
Bimal Gurung, president of the Morcha, who was on his way from Mirik to Kalimpong, where he will be camping during the 12-hour strike period tomorrow, hastily issued a statement over phone to the media in Darjeeling.
Gurung said the strike was also intended at "protesting against the tea garden managements' failure to disburse bonus at 20 per cent".
"Since the strike call is also in the interest of the tea garden workers, the 12-hour strike will take place. We, however, request everyone to maintain peace. There should be no violence tomorrow and there should be no damage to any government properties or any other properties for that matter," Gurung said.
Gurung had previously said "an atmosphere of an agitation" needed to be created. The apparent softening of his tone was seen as a sign that his party is finding itself on a sticky wicket.
Gurung had called the strike to protest the chief minister's alleged false claim that her government had provided Rs 4,000 crore for the "development" of the hills. Trinamul has turned the slogan on its head, saying the hills do not want a strike but are seeking details of the how funds had been used by the Morcha-run Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA).
Today, Trinamul sought to dent Gurung's claims that the strike call was for tea garden bonus. "Negotiations are on. The strike is not for tea garden workers. We will oppose the strike and will come out on the streets tomorrow as we did today,," said J.B. Tamang, president of the Trinamul-backed Darjeeling Zilla Tea Workers and Employees Union.
"The Morcha is concerned over its dwindling base. If by any chance the strike becomes a failure, it will be a major setback for the party. However, we are confident that the support of common people is with us," a Morcha leader said.
Trinamul has largely been able to make inroads through development boards. Mamata has formed boards for 10 hill communities and promised boards for Bhujel, Khas, Newar and Gurung communities.
"The development board has been Mamata's masterstroke. It is one of the single most important decision that has drawn the hill people towards the TMC," said a Trinamul district leader.
The gains from the development board were visible during the Assembly election results. The Morcha's winning margin in Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Kurseong went down by 68. 5 per cent, compared to that in 2011.
Binny Sharma, spokesman for Trinamul (hills), said: "The strike has been called because its support base has dwindled considerably and the hill people are attracted to Mamata's warmth towards the hill people."
The Morcha has also been hit by the crossover of same cadres.
A Morcha insider said Gurung took the decision to call the strike without consulting the party's central committee or other senior leaders. "It was a spur of the moment decision," said the insider who did not want to be named.
Roshan Giri, general secretary of the Morcha, appealed for peace in the hills and criticised Trinamul. "Democracy is being stifled in the hills.... A situation might arise soon when we will be jailed even for writing the 'Gorkhaland' word. We are being termed law-breakers for raising our just demand," said Giri.
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District administration gears up for Wednesday's bandh

EOI, DARJEELING, 27 Sep 2016: Ahead of the 12-hour strike on Wednesday, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha today said it did not want confrontation and appealed to the Trinamool Congress and the Gorkha National Liberation Front to maintain peace while urging the district administration to remain unbiased.
Briefing newsperson in Darjeeling, GJM assistant general secretary Binay Tamang claimed the TMC was using the state machinery to thwart tomorrow’s bandh and create panic by holding rallies and sloganeering. “The Bengal government is issuing draconian orders to instill fear among its employees in the hills, while the TMC is using the police to intimidate shopowners, restaurants and vehicle syndicates. TMC activists and leaders are creating panic by their slogans and rallies in various places across the Hills,” he said.
Tamang appealed to TMC and GNLF activists to maintain peace on Wednesday. “We want to tell the TMC and GNLF that we are only expressing our grievances. We don’t want any confrontation.
We are against the state government's domination and suppression of the hills,” he said. The GJM leader also thanked the GNLF for postponing its public meeting in Darjeeling tomorrow.
“We appreciate the decision of the GNLF to defer their proposed public meeting tomorrow,” Tamang said.
M.G. Subba, the GNLF Darjeeling sub-division convener, confirmed of postponing tomorrow’s public meeting, but said his party’s padyatra for the Sixth Schedule demand would go ahead. “Looking at the prevailing situation, we have decided to postpone tomorrow’s public meeting in Darjeeling. Our padyatra (foot-march) though, will take place as planned,” he said. The student’s wing of the GNLF started a padyatra from a week back raise awareness of the Sixth Schedule demand of the party. Tomorrow, 15 GNSF members will walk to Darjeeling from Kurseong.
When asked about the high court order directing the state government to maintain normalcy in the hills, the GJM assistant secretary said, “We have only come to know about it through various news channels. But we have not received any copy of the HC order."
HIll TMC leaders said they would bring supporters to the streets tomorrow. “We will deploy picketers in town and the tea gardens tomorrow. We want an account of the Rs 4,000 crore given to the GTA and not bandhs. The hills should remain peaceful and development must take place,” said J.B. Tamang, assistant general secretary of the Darjeeling District Tea Employees and Workers' Union, an affiliate of the TMC.
The district administration meanwhile, today assured the public of safety through the public address system throughout the day. “We have made strict arrangements for tomorrow. We have spoken to various associations and institutions to remain open tomorrow. We also have the high court order with us,” said Anurag Srivastava, the Darjeeling district magistrate.
Darjeeling SP Amit Javalgi said adequate security would be deployed tomorrow to maintain peace. “We will deploy security in sensitive areas while additional forces will placed in the streets. We appeal to  the political party calling the bandh to take it back as a closure will hamper the tourism season,” he said.
The TMC organised an anti-bandh rally in Kalimpong, Darjeeling and Kurseong. The GJM also conducted a rally in Kalimpong but there were no reports of any untoward incidents. 
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Mamata and Morcha up the ante ahead of hill bandh - MP wants CM, Gurung to mellow

Morcha supporters take out a two-wheeler rally in Kalimpong on Tuesday in support of the bandh
TT, Siliguri, Sept. 27: Darjeeling MP and Union minister of state for parliamentary affairs S.S. Ahluwalia today said both Mamata Banerjee and Bimal Gurung should take a conciliatory approach and shun their rigid stand to ease tension in the hills and ensure that the GTA functioned at its best.
"There is no doubt that strike leads to inconvenience for common people. But simultaneously, the reasons for calling a strike need to be analysed. We fail to understand what has led to such a disbelief that Mamata Banerjee has become determined to act against the GTA and the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha. It is the same Mamata Banerjee who had in July 2011 endorsed the formation of the GTA. The Morcha had clearly said then that it was not abandoning its demand for a separate state," Ahluwalia said.
Ahluwalia was here to attend the last rites of Arabinda Ghosh, the councillor of ward 15 of Siliguri Municipal Corporation. Ghosh had died on September 18.
A march by the Jana Andolan Party in Kalimpong on Tuesday against the bandh. (Pictures by Chinlop Fudong Lepcha and Suman Tamang)
"The manner in which she has mentioned the quantum of funds sent to the GTA can create confusion among common hill people. Such remarks do not suit a chief minister. Instead of taking an aggressive approach, she should have held talks with Bimal Gurung. Both Mamata Banerjee and Bimal Gurung should walk a few steps for conciliation and to resolve all pending issues so that the GTA can function in a proper manner. The practice of levelling allegations and counter-allegations would not serve the purpose," added the MP.
Minister Gautam Deb (extreme right) leads a march in Kalimpong on Tuesday against the bandh
called by the Morcha
Asked whether he would act as a mediator for improvement in the situation, the Darjeeling MP said: "I have no place in between and I might be rebuked in case I make any such attempt. I am the elected representative of Darjeeling Parliament seat. So, I am trying to drive home the point that aggression might corner someone for some moments, but eventually, it would foment a bigger trouble."
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Suicides wipe out CBI-raided family

BK Bansal and his son Yogesh at the funeral of Satyabala
and Neha in July
Imran Ahmed Siddiqui, TT, New Delhi, Sept. 27: A bureaucrat charged with graft and his son today hanged themselves accusing the CBI of harassment, two months after his wife and daughter had committed suicide saying they felt humiliated by the agency's raids on their home.
The suicides that have now wiped out B.K. Bansal's family have brought the whys and hows of house raids by investigative agencies under the scanner. Only yesterday, the Supreme Court had nudged the government over a petition that cites the Bansals' tragedy and seeks guidelines for such raids.
Police sources said that Bansal and son Yogesh, 25, had left behind purported suicide notes that blamed "harassment and mental torture by senior CBI officials".
"We have sent copies of the suicide note to the CBI for further examination," deputy commissioner (east) Rishi Pal said.
"It's like asking a murder accused to probe his own role in the crime," a former Delhi police commissioner, who didn't want to be named, quipped.
Asked by reporters, Pal said that no case for abetment to suicide "has been registered yet".
Bansal, a director-general in the corporate affairs ministry who was due to retire next month, was arrested on July 17 after being allegedly caught accepting a bribe from a pharma company. The CBI raided his east Delhi apartment several times after the arrest.
Bansal's wife Satyabala, 57, and daughter Neha, 27, hanged themselves in their bedrooms on July 19, triggering Yogesh's descent into depression, neighbours said.
The two women's purported suicide notes cited their "humiliation" at the CBI raids and the cancellation of Neha's impending marriage because of the stigma of the arrest.
While granting interim bail to Bansal to attend the funerals, the trial court had questioned the need to arrest graft accused.
"These are not conventional crimes like murder or rape. Earlier, the CBI used to not arrest accused in such cases," special judge Gurdeep Singh had said.
"The evidences are mostly documentary in nature and the accused are public servants. The agency needs to rethink whether it is necessary to arrest in such cases."
Two years ago, the apex court had discouraged arrests without proper investigation for alleged offences punishable with up to seven years' jail --- a category that included the charges against Bansal.
"Arrest brings humiliation, curtails freedom and casts scars forever. Lawmakers know it, so also the police," the top court had said in the July 2014 ruling.
When Bansal received regular bail on August 26, the judge had cited the "unfortunate happening in his family, where his wife and daughter committed suicide when he was in police custody; he himself is suffering from a medical condition; his only son is in depression...."
Bansal had told the judge: "My son is sitting like a statue. I fear he too will do what his mother and sister did."
S. Batra, a resident of the apartment block, said Bansal "was being called to the CBI headquarters routinely even after he got bail" and that "we learnt that his son too was called several times".
A CBI statement that said the agency was "deeply saddened" at today's deaths denied that Yogesh had ever been summoned.
"The CBI officials should be tried for harassing the family and committing excesses," said a relative, Manoj Kumar Bansal.
The police said the last visitor to Bansal's flat was a priest who had been performing rituals for the family over the past two months.
"He told us Bansal had called him last evening and given him Rs 2,000, saying he and his son would be leaving town for 15 days," an officer said.
Around 8.40am, the maid found the door of the first-floor flat unlocked and walked in to find Bansal and Yogesh hanging in two different bedrooms.
Police sources said Bansal had left a five-page handwritten suicide note and Yogesh a two-page note. "Both had stapled their photos on their notes, which also contained phone numbers of relatives," an officer said.
"There was the original copy and four photocopies of each suicide note, with one copy left in each of the flat's three bedrooms and two in the dining hall."
Sources said the notes named specific CBI officers but deputy commissioner Pal declined to confirm this or the nature of harassment mentioned.
Neighbours said Bansal and Yogesh, who seems to have been in the property business, hardly interacted with other residents of the housing complex. Their lifestyle was modest and they owned an old Maruti Zen.
The CBI accuses Bansal of seeking a Rs 50-lakh bribe from a Mumbai-based pharmaceutical company, offering not to recommend a probe into charges that it had duped 24,000 investors out of Rs 176 crore.
Agency officials say the company agreed to pay Rs 20 lakh and handed Bansal Rs 11 lakh in the first instalment.
"He was caught red-handed while accepting the balance Rs 9 lakh outside a Delhi hotel. We seized Rs 56 lakh from his home during the raids," a CBI source said.
Agency spokesperson R.K. Gaur said investigation into the graft case was on, with the company as the accused. "The chargesheet has not been filed so far," he said.
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साँढेको जुझाइमा बाछाको मिचाइ हुनु हुँदैन – जाप

फाइल फोटो
डी के वाइबा, कालिमन्युज, कालेबुङ, 27 सितम्बर। एकातिर गोर्खा जनमुक्ति मोर्चाले बन्द डाकेको छ भने अर्कोतर्फ बन्दको विरोधमा तृणमूल कङ्ग्रेस सडकमा ओर्लिने घोषणा गरिसकेको छ। यस्तो अवस्थामा यता जन आन्दोलन पार्टीले भने शन्तिको अपिल गर्दै साँढेको जुझाइमा बाछाको मिचाइ नहुनेपर्ने माग गरेको छ। 
पहाडमा शान्ति शृङ्खला बनाएर राख्नुपर्ने माग गर्दै जापले आज यहाँको सात दोबाटेबाट शहरमा जुलुस निकालेको थियो। पार्टी कार्यालयबाट निस्किएको ऱ्यालीलाई नारी एकाई प्रमुख प्रतीभा कुमाई, टाउन कमिटी संयोजक प्रदीप छेत्री युवा प्रकोष्ठका प्रवक्ता विशाल राई, सचिव अमीर बस्नेत आदिले नेतृत्व दिएका थिए। यस अवसरमा धेरै मात्रमा जाप कार्यकर्ताहरू उक्त शान्ति जुलुसमा सहभागी बनेका थिए। 
यसक्रममा उनीहरूले तृणमूल कङ्ग्रेस अनि मोर्चाको आपसी द्वन्दमा जनता पिसिनु नहुने मागमा व्यापक रूपले नाराबाजी गरेका थिए। 
उक्त जुलुसकै क्रममा यता जाप टाउन कमिटीका संयोजक प्रदीप छेत्रीले पत्रकारहरूसित कुराकानी गर्दै उक्त बन्द औचित्यहिन रहेको अनि साँडेको जुझाइमा बाछाको मिचाइ हुन नहुने माग गरे। 
‘यो 4 हजार करोड रूपियाँले जन्माएको समस्या हो। यसैले मुख्यमन्त्रीको वक्तव्य अनि मोर्चाको कारण साधारण जनता पिसिनु हुँदैन’ प्रदिप छेत्रीले भने।
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बन्दलाई लिएर कालेबुङ शहर तनावपूर्ण ........ गोजमुमो अनि तृणमूलको गर्‍यो अघोषित शक्ति प्रदर्शन

डी.के.वाइबा, कालिमन्युज, कालेबुङ २७ सितम्बर 2016। गोर्खा राष्ट्रिय जनमुक्ति मोर्चाले डाकेको बन्दलाई लिएर आज कालेबुङ शहर प्राय: दिनभरी नै तनावपूर्ण रह्यो। बन्दलाई सफल पार्न एकातिर युवा मोर्चाले आज शहरमा बाइक र्‍याली निकालेर शक्ति देखाउने प्रयास गरेको थियो भने अर्कोतर्फ मोर्चाले डाकेको बन्दलाई विफल पार्न तृणमूल कङ्ग्रेसले पनि जुलुस निकालेको थियो। यस्तै अवस्थामा अर्कोतिर जन आन्दोलन पार्टीले पनि शहरमा जुलुस निकालेको थियो। 
एकैदिनमा यसरी तीनवटा राजनतिक पार्टीले जुलुस निकालेपछि शहरको वातावरण तनावपूर्ण बनेको हो। यद्यपी राजनैतिक दलका कार्यकर्ताहरूलाई भिड्न नदिनका निम्ति प्रशासनले कठोर सुरक्षा व्यवस्था गरेको थियो। विशेष गरेर आज गोजमुमो अनि तृणमूल कङ्ग्रेसले अघोषित शक्ति प्रदर्शन गरेको कारण आज शहर तनावपूर्ण बनेको थियो। 
बन्दलाई कुनै पनि हालतमा सफल पार्न गोजमुमो पार्टीका युवा कार्यकर्ताहरूले शहरमा बाइक र्‍याली निकालेर शक्ति देखाउने प्रयास गरेपनि उनीहरूलाई पुलिस प्रशासनले डम्बर चौकमा नै रोकेर राखेको थियो। जसको कारण स्थिति निकै तनावपूर्ण बनेको थियो। बन्दलाई सफल पार्न युवा मोर्चा कार्यकर्ताहरूले शहरमा बाइक र्‍याली निकाल्ने प्रयास गरेपनि उनीहरूलाई प्रशानसले अनुमति दिएको थिएन। जसको कारण पछिबाट उक्त बाइक र्‍याली यहाँको डम्बर चौकबाट सोझै पेदोङ प्रस्थान गरेको थियो। यद्यपी उक्त र्‍यालीलाई राजनैतिक रङ्ग नदिनका निम्ति प्रशासनले गोजमुमो पार्टीको झण्डालाई समेत बाइकबाट निकाल्न लगाएको थियो। 
बाइकमा लगाइएका सम्पूर्ण मोर्चाको झण्डाहरू निकालेपछि मात्र उक्त बाइकलाई आखिरमा पुलिसले अघि बढ्न दिएको थियो। मोर्चाको उक्त बाइक र्‍याली अलगडा हुँदै पेदोङसम्म पुगेर डम्बर चौकमा साँझ पर्दा आइपुगेपछि पुन: स्थिति तनावपूर्ण बनेको थियो। पुलिसले उक्त बाइक सवार जुलुसलाई डम्बर चौकमा रोकेपछि स्थिति तनावपूर्ण बनेको थियो। प्रशासनले पुनः बाइकहरुमा सवार जुलुसलाई रोक लगाउँदा मोर्चा कार्यकर्ताहरूले गोर्खाल्याण्डको नारा लगाउँदै विरोध प्रदर्शन गरेका थिए। 
यता आज प्रशासनको कार्यप्रणालीलाई लिएर गोजमुमो पार्टी रूष्ठ बनेको छ। प्रशासनको भूमिकालाई लिएर जिटिए उपप्रमुख कर्णल रमेश आलेले जोडदार आलोचना गरेका छन्। उनले तृणमूल कङ्ग्रेस अनि जन आन्दोलन पार्टीलाई जुलुस निकाल्न अनुमति दिँदा गोजमुमो पार्टीलाई किन दिँदैन भनि प्रश्न गरेका छन्। ‘बङ्गाल सरकारको अत्याचारको सिमा नाघेको छ’ कर्णल रमेश आलेले भने। उनले सरकारको अतिक्रण अनि बोनसको मागमा बन्द गर्दा प्रशासनले अन्याय गरिरहेको आरोप लगाउँदै आज यहीँबाट नै पुनः गोर्खाल्याण्डको आन्दोलन शुरू भएको बताए। 
यसक्रममा उनले मन्त्री गौतम देवको कालेबुङ आगमनलाई लिएर प्रश्न गर्दा ‘मन्त्री पहाडमा आउनसक्छ। तर मन्त्रीको आगमनले गोर्खाल्याण्डको मागलाई रोक्न सक्दैन’ आलेले अझ भने। 
अर्कोतर्फ गोजमुमो पार्टीले डाकेको बन्दलाई विफल बनाउनका निम्ति दार्जिलिङ जिल्ला हिल तृणमूल कङ्ग्रेसले पनि शहरमा जुलुस निकालेको थियो। उक्त जुलुसमा पर्यटन मन्त्री गौतम देव स्वयम् कालेबुङ आएर भाग लिएका थिए। यसक्रममा मन्त्री गौतम देवले बन्दलाई कोलकोता उच्च न्यायालयले अवैधानिक भनेर घोषणा गरेको बताउँदै भोलि मोर्चाले डाकेको बन्द अगणतान्त्रिक हो भने। उनले जनतालाई बन्द विफल पार्नका निम्ति आह्वान गर्दै बन्दको समय दोकान, स्कूल, सरकारी कार्यलय सबै खुल्ला हुने दाबी गर्दै यातायात समेत सुचारू हुने बताए। 
यसक्रममा जनताको सुरक्षाका निम्ति कठोर रूपले सुरक्षा व्यवस्था गरिने पनि उनले बताएका छन्। पहाडमा पर्यटनको मौसम सुरू भएको कारण बन्दले पूजाको ठिक अघि सम्पूर्ण जनतालाई समस्या हुने भएको कारण यस्ता अचाहिँदो बन्दलाई जनताले सहयोग गर्न नहुने बताए। उनले बन्दलाई विफल पार्नका निम्ति आफु भोलि कालेबुङमा नै रहने बताउँदै आवश्यक परे सडकमा उत्रने पनि बताएका छन्। बन्दलाई उच्च न्यायालयले अवैधानिक बताएपछि उक्त न्यायालयको फसेलालाई सम्मान गरेर मान्नुपर्ने पनि बताएका छन्।
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HC directive to government on Darjeeling bandh

PTI | Sep 27, 2016, Kolkata, Sep 27 2016: The Calcutta High Court today directed the West Bengal government to ensure that normal life is not disrupted in view of a Darjeeling hills bandh called by Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) tomorrow. 
A division bench presided by Chief Justice G C Gupta observed that the court can start a suo motu contempt proceeding against GJM as bandhs are illegal and unconstitutional and against existing judgements of Supreme Court and different high courts. The division bench, also comprising Justice Arindam Sinha, directed the state government to ensure normal life in the hills by ensuring that individual constitutional rights are not infringed. 
Moving a petition challenging the 12-hour bandh called by GJM supremo Bimal Gurung on Wednesday, Trinamool Congress MP and advocate Idris Ali submitted that existing Supreme Court and high court judgements have on many occasions declared bandhs as illegal. Despite that a bandh has been called in Darjeeling Hills during the peak tourist season before Durga Pujas to disrupt normal life and to affect the livelihood of thousands of people involved directly or indirectly with the tourism industry, Ali submitted. 
He prayed that if GJM goes ahead with the bandh call and tries to enforce it, then the hills party be directed to pay monetary compensation for any loss to the people or the state. 
Gurung has called the bandh alleging that the Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government had not done enough for the development of the hills and also sought detail of projects taken up or completed as stated by the chief minister recently in Kalimpong at a public meeting. 
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27 Sep 2016

Harka party calls for CAG audit into GTA expenses

Amitava Banerjee, HT, 26 September 2916, DARJEELING: The Jan Andolan Party (JAP) has demanded that the state government conduct an audit into the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration’s (GTA) expenses through the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) and make the report public.
The party feels that in case of any major anomalies, the state should dissolve the existing GTA sabha. JAP, which dubbed the 12-hour bandh called by the GJM on September 28 as “antipeople”, has decided to oppose it. Incidentally, chief minister Mamata Banerjee, during her recent visit to Kalimpong, had claimed that the government allotted Rs 4,000 crore to the GTA since its inception four-and-a-half years ago. Gurung had countered this by calling a 12-hour Darjeeling bandh on September 28.
Amar Lama, JAP bureau member, said, “Mere allegations by the state will not suffice. If the state has the political will, it should immediately conduct a financial audit by the CAG. Section 55 of Chapter 5 of the GTA Act allows the state to do so. The report should be made public. If any anomalies are found, then Section 64 of the GTA Act should be immediately invoked by the state government,” demanded Lama.
Section 64 of the GTA Act states that if the body has shown any incompetency in the discharge of duties as specified in the Act or abused its powers the government can call for reconstituting the GTA within six months. As per the GTA’s claims, the amount of funds received since its inception four-and-a-half years ago stand at Rs 2,927 crore.
“They have not made public many important central funds, including Rs 92 crore for rural electrification, Rs 80 crore Sarva Siksha Aviyan, Rs 321 crore PMGSY and Rs 282 crore for MGNREGA. They are accountable for central funds also as these are routed through the state,” said Lama. JAP feels that the impasse is over growing differences between TMC and GJM. “The GJM claims that TMC and JAP are both sides of the same coin,” said the JAP bureau member.
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State govt gears up to foil 12-hour Darjeeling bandh... Forceful bandh has been declared illegal by the Supreme Court- SP

HT, 27 Sep 2016, DARJEELING: The state government and district administration are getting ready to foil the 12-hour Darjeeling bandh called by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha chief Bimal Gurung on September 28.
While James Kujur, minister in-charge of tribal development, will oversee matters in Darjeeling on September 28, tourism minister Gautam Deb will be camping in Kalimpong and North Bengal.
“Forceful bandh has been declared illegal by the Supreme Court. We have made all necessary arrangements to tackle any eventuality. Senior police officials will be camping in Darjeeling,” said Darjeeling SP Amit P Javalgi.
A notification from the finance department, Government of West Bengal stated that all state government offices in the GTA area, including those provided with grants-in-aid by the state government, will remain open and all employees should report for duty from September 27 to September 29. Absence will result in show cause and salary deduction. Some exceptions including hospitalisation, death in the family have been made.
“Special arrangements for transport have been made. State transport department will run extra buses. We have asked all unions to ply their vehicles. We have tied up with companies to provide insurance in case vehicles are vandalised,” said district magistrate Anurag Shrivastava.
A circular from the transport department stated that the Regional Transport Officer will ensure that public transport remains uninterrupted. “Permits/ licenses are liable to be cancelled for willful non-plying of public service vehicles. Regional Transport Authority will be in charge of cancellation of permits and licenses,” said the circular.
“What can we do? We are caught between the GJM and the district administration. The district administration is pressurising us to keep our shops open. The GJM is saying just the opposite. For how long will the district administration provide us security? We will be marked,” said a shopkeeper.
“The bandh is not the fallout of a tussle between Mamata Banerjee and Bimal Gurung. It is for Gorkhaland and Bengal’s suppression of the demand. We want to see the formation of Gorkhaland by 2019. All proGorkhaland people will support the bandh,” claimed Roshan Giri, general secretary, GJM Binay Tamang, assistant general secretary, GJM warned, “If the police and district administration use force, we will extend the 12-hour bandh and make it indefinite. The jurisdiction of the bandh will then spill over to Siliguri and Dooars.”
The GJM will be sending appeal letters to transport unions of Sikkim not to ply in GTA areas, mainly on National Highway 10 on the day of the bandh.
Though the bandh call was initially called to protest chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s statement that Rs 4000 crores has been allotted to the GTA in the past four-and-a half years, the GJM hurriedly added the “Gorkhaland” demand to the bandh call agenda- a perfect prescription for a successful strike.
Mamata has announced that under no condition will she allow the bandh to paralyze the Hills while Gurung is adamant to see the strike through.








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Gurung warns tourists not to visit Darjeeling in Pujas

Amitava Banerjee, HT, 27 Sep 2016, DARJEELING: In an ominous development for Darjeeling, Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) supremo and Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) chief Bimal Gurung has warned tourists not to make plans to visit the Hills in the near future because his party would soon launch a long-term agitation to demand a separate state, which might include strikes for indefinite periods.
Incidentally, the GJM has already called a 12-hour bandh on Wednesday but, ironically, the GTA has plans to observe World Tourism Day across the Hills on Tuesday, September 27. The schedule of events includes a Toy Train ride, with lunch and snacks, for 100 underprivileged kids from Darjeeling to Kurseong and back.
“Tourists should carefully consider before making travel plans for Darjeeling. An agitation is on. They should not arrive here and ask for relaxation of bandhs to return home when a strike is called. We will not consider such appeals,” Gurung said. “Tourists who have tickets for September 28 should leave the Hills by September 27,” Binay Tamang, GJM leader and GTA’s executive member, said on Monday.
Gurung had been threatening to renew a long-term stir to demand a Gorkhaland state for quite some time now but his latest move could not have come at a worse time. With the political situation in Kashmir becoming increasingly volatile, thousands of tourists from Bengal were planning to visit Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Kurseong, along with Sikkim among other destinations, during the upcoming Puja vacation. The GJM chief ’s words would surely take a toll on Hills tourism — a crucial component of Darjeeling’s economy.
The trigger for Gurung’s latest outburst has been chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s recent remarks that the state government had given Rs 4,000 crores to the GTA over the last four and a half years but little of that amount had been used for the development of the Hills.
Darjeeling is infamous for bandhs which have extended to even more 40 days (called by GJM in August-September 2013.) There have been instances when tourists have been asked to vacate the Hills on a 48-hour notice.
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GJM strike unlawful: Gautam Deb

Prashant Acharya, EOI, SILIGURI, 26 Sep 2016: State tourism minister Gautam Deb has urged the people of the hills to go against the strike called by the GJM chief on September 28. 
"The strike called by the GJM is unacceptable, unreasonable and unlawful. By calling the strike, Bimal Gurung wants to start a war against the hill people and moreover, I feel a strike before the festive season is unacceptable. The hill people want peace, progress and development instead of strikes. 
On Tuesday I will proceed to Kalimpong and will stay there on the strike day," he said. GJM chief Bimal Gurung had given an ultimatum to chief minister Mamata Banerjee to withdraw her statement made recently in Kalimpong by September 27. She had claimed the state government has given Rs 4,000 crore to the GTA since its formation. 
If Banerjee fails to retract her statement, the GJM plans to shut down the hills for 12 hours on September 28.
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NBU results delayed

TT, Siliguri, Sept. 26: Around 100 students of physiology from two colleges underNorthBengal University(NBU) today submitted a memorandum to the varsity's controller of examinations, demanding that their results of undergraduate Part I and Part II (honours and general) examinations be published immediately.
While the varsity published results of BA, BSc and BCom Part I and Part II (honours and general) of around 50 colleges under iton Friday, results of 270 students who have physiology as an honours or general subject, could not be published because of delay in submission of answer scripts by examiners checking them.
Students apprehended that if the results are not published immediately, they will not be able to apply for scrutiny of their answer scripts and also to take admission in the new academic session.
"The results of BA, BSc, BCom Part I and II (honours and general) were published on September 23 but the results of students who have taken up physiology as an honours or general subject have not been published as yet. When we approached them, varsity authorities told us that the examiners had not yet submitted our answer scripts to the varsity after checking them," said a first-year student pursuing physiology (honours) in SiliguriCollege.
NBU authorities said the delay had occurred because they had to send the answer scripts of physiology students to teachers of colleges affiliated to other varsities.
"There is an acute shortage of teachers who can evaluate physiology answer scripts in colleges under NBU. So, we had no option but to send the papers to teachers who work in colleges under other universities for evaluation. However, they have not submitted the corrected answer scripts to NBU till now," said Joydip Sen, controller of examinations (officiating) at NBU
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