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4 May 2016

नाली निर्माण सम्बन्धि क्रामाकपाको ज्ञापन

डी के वाइबा, कालिमन्युज, कालेबुङ, 4 मई। सडक किनाराको नाली निर्माण सम्बन्धि क्रामाकपाले जन कल्याण विभागका सह-अभियन्तालाई भेट गरेर ज्ञापन सुम्पिएको छ। कालेबुङ खण्ड-1 क्षेत्रमा निर्माणाधिन सडक किनारका नालीहरू व्यवस्थित रूपमा निर्माण गर्नुपर्ने माग गर्दै आज क्रान्तिकारी मार्क्सवादी कम्यूनिष्ट पार्टी हाइवे(10) जोनल समितिले पीडब्ल्यूडी विभागका सह-अभियन्तासित भेट गरी ज्ञापन-पत्र चढाएको छ।
हाइवे जोनल समितिका सचिव हेमकुमार प्रधानको नेतृत्वमा एक टोलीले सह-अभियन्तासित भेट गर्दै नालीहरूको व्यवस्थापनको माग गरेको हो। समितिले बुझाएको ज्ञापन-पत्रमा उल्लेख गरिए अनुसार पीडब्ल्यूडी अधिनस्थ निर्माण भइरहेको सडक किनारका नालीहरूको निर्माण कार्य व्यवस्थित रूपमा हुननसकेको कारण आम मानिसहरूले विविध समस्याहरू भोग्न परिरहेको छ। नाली खनेपछि साँघुरो सडकमा दुर्घटनाका सम्भावना पनि उत्तिकै रहेको ज्ञापन-पत्रमा उल्लेख गरिएको छ।
यसबाहेक बितेका वर्षहरूमा विभागद्वारा निर्मित नालीहरू माटो अनि फोहर मैलाले थुनिएका कारण पनि धेरै समस्या भइरहेको क्रामाकपाको भनाइ छ। यसैले नालीको कारण आम मानिसहरूले भोगिरहेको जखिमपूर्ण स्थितिलाई केन्द्र गर्दै विभागले नाली निर्माण गर्दा निर्माण विधि अनि रेसियो पनि सार्वजनिक गर्नुपर्ने क्रामाकपाले विभागसमक्ष माग गरेको छ।
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शहिदबेदी तोडफोडको घट्नाबारे नारी मोर्चाद्वारा ज्ञापन

डी के वाइबा, कालिमन्युज, कालेबुङ, 4 मई। छुट्टै राज्य गोर्खाल्याण्ड आन्दोलनको क्रममा आत्मदाह गर्ने सहिद मङ्गलसिँह राजपुत सहिद बेदी तोडफोड घट्नालाई लिएर गोजनामोले आज कालेबुङ थानामा प्राथमिकी दर्ता गरेको छ। उक्त तोडफोडकाण्डका आरोपीहरूलाई यथाशीघ्र पक्राउको माग गर्दै आज नारी मोर्चा महकुमा समितिका प्रतिनिधिहरूले पनि कालेबुङ थानामा ज्ञापन-पत्र चढाए।
उक्त टोलीमा नारी मोर्चा सचिव डिका मोक्तान, अरूणा गुरूङ, सपना छेत्री आदि उपस्थित थिए। उक्त टोलीले ज्ञापन-पत्र बुझाएपछि पत्रकारहरूलाई सम्बोधन गर्दै नारी मोर्चा सचिव डिका मोक्तानले शहीदवेदी तोडफोडकाण्ड भएको तीनदिन बितिसक्दा समेत आरोपीहरूलाई पक्रन पुलिस प्रशासन असक्षम रहेको बताइन्।
‘शहीदस्थल जस्तो सम्मानजनक स्थलमा तोडफोड गर्नेहरूले कुन कारणले तोडफोड गरेको हो अनि तोडफोड गरेर के जताउन खोजेको हो त्यो हामी जान्दैनौँ। तर मङ्गलसिंह राजपुत अगोर्खा भएर पनि गोर्खाल्याण्डको निम्ति आत्मादाह गरेका हुन्। यसैले यस तोडफोडकाण्डले हामीलाई आघात पुगेको अनि यसको हामी तीब्र रूपमा भर्त्सना जनाउँछौँ-मोक्तानले भनिन्।
उनी अनुसार पुलिसले घटनाको छानबीन गरिरहेको बताइरहेको छ। तर अहिलेसम्म घटनालाई लिएर पुलिसले एउटै प्रमाण भेट्टाउन सकेको छैन। 30 अप्रेलका दिन घटनाको राती नै कालेबुङ थानामा प्राथमिकी दर्ता गरिएको अनि यसपछि युवा मोर्चाले पनि प्रशासनलाई दवाब बनाइसकेको स्थितिबीच पनि आरोपीहरू पक्राउ नपरेकोमा पनि मोक्तानले असंतुष्टि जाहेर गरेकी छन्।
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व्यवस्थापनको कमिले पानी नपाएको कृषक कल्याण सङ्गठनको आरोप

डी के वाइबा, कालिमन्युज, कालेबुङ, 4 मई। पिउने पानीको विकट समस्यालाई मध्यनजर राखेर कालेबुङ कृषक कल्याण सङ्गठनले भिलेज वाटर सेक्यूरिटी प्लान सुरु गरेको छ। उक्त प्रोजेक्ट अनुरुप सङ्गठनले पानीको स्रोतको संरक्षण र सम्बर्द्धन गर्ने निर्णय लिएको छ।
यसबारे कालेबुङ कृषक कल्याण सङ्गठनका महासचिव विष्णु छेत्रीले जानकारी दिँदै अहिलेसम्म 14वटा ग्राम पञ्चायतमा काम सुरु भएको बताएका छन्। सन्तुक-मिरिकदेखि शुरू गरिसकेको यस योजनालाई हालसम्म सङ्गठनले 14 वटा ग्राम पञ्चायतमा काम गरिरहेको अनि पछिबाट 113 वटै ग्राम पञ्चायतमा लागु गर्ने तय गरेको सङ्गठनका महसाचिव विष्णु छेत्रीले अझ जानकारी दिएका छन्।
‘हामी भारतबासी हौँ जहाँ 3 हजार मिलिलिटर पानी पर्छ। तर अहिले देश नै काकाकूल जस्तो बनिरहेको अवस्था छ। प्रशस्त पानी भएर पनि पानी नपाउनु ठूलो विडम्बना हो’-छेत्रीले भने। उनी अनुसार पहाडमा पानी प्रशस्त रहेको छ। तर व्वस्थापनको अभावको कारण मानिसहरूले ठिकसित पानी पाउन सकेका छैनन्। मुहानदेखि गाउँ अनि शहरसम्म पानी ल्याउने व्यवस्था भएपनि स्रोतहरूको संरक्षण र सम्बर्द्धन हुन नसकिरहेको कारण नै पानीको अभाव बढ्दो रहेको छेत्रीको भनाइ रहेको छ।
‘कृषकहरू जमीनसित जोडिएका कारण उनीहरूलाई आम मानिसहरूभन्दा धेर पानीको आवश्यक्ता पर्छ। पानी पिउनलाई मात्र होइन सिचाई र पशुधनसित पनि जोडिएको कारण पानीको समस्या ठूलो चुनौति हो’-छेत्रीले भने। पहाडमा पिउने पानीको अभावलाई केन्द्र गरेर स्रोतहरूको संरक्षणका निम्ति सङ्गठनले 2010 देखि नै काम गरिरहेको छेत्रीले बताए।
उनी अनुसार 2010 मा पनि सङ्गठनले एउटा अभियान नै चलाएर मुहानहरूको सर्वेक्षण गरेको थियो। उक्त सर्वेक्षणमा आठसयवटा धारा चिन्हित गरिएको थियो जसमा 220 वटा धारा सुकिसकेको अवस्थामा पुगिसकेको भेट्टाइएको छेत्रीले बताए। 
‘पहाडका धेरैवटा धारा अनि स्रोतहरू सुकिसकेको छ। अब स्रोतको संरक्षण गर्नुपर्ने कुरालाई पीएचइ विभागले पनि गम्भिरतासित लिएर काम गर्नुपर्छ। यदि भिलेज वाटर सेक्यूरिटी प्लान ठिकसँगले कार्यन्वयन गर्नसकिए आगामी 10 वर्षभित्र सुकिसकेका अनि सुक्नलागेका धाराहरूलाई फेरि पुरानै स्थितिमा ल्याउनसकिन्छ’-छेत्रीले भने।
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3 May 2016

Another year of success for Kalimpong Half Marathon

PRASHANT ACHARYA, EOI, Siliguri 2 May 2016: The Run with Roshni Foundation today held the Kalimpong Half Marathon 2016, the aim of which was to eliminate the identity crisis faced by Nepali speaking Indians.
The annual run was flagged off at 7am from Pedong by GTA member Dawa Lepcha and Sarita Rai, the GJM candidate who has contested from Kalimpong in the state Assembly election. The run ended at the Mela Ground in Kalimpong town.
Of the 100 runners registered, 94 turned up in the starting line, while 12 runners participated without registering their names. As many as 96 participants completed the half marathon within the cut off time of three hours.
Among the male runners, Ajay Chhetri clocked 1hr 13mins and 35secs to stand first, while Rupen Chhettri finished second with a timing of 1hr 15mins 30sec. Meanwhile, Praveen Chhetri came third with 1hr 17mins 9sec. All the three are from the 2 Jammu and Kashmir Rifles and are currently posted in 17th Mile, Algarah.
In the female category, Dichen Sherpa from Pagang Gumpa School, Algarah came first with a timing of 1hr 52mins 4 secs, Anjana Acharya came second by clocking 1hr 54mins 33secs, while Babita Acharya finished third with 1hr 55mins 19secs. Anjana and Babita are siblings and students of Gangotri School.
This is the second year the Run with Roshni Foundation has organised the Kalimpong Half Marathon to select the best six runners (three boys and three girls) from Darjeeling district. They will run the famed Mumbai Marathon that is held in January every year.
Roshni Rai, the founder, said, "We are organising marathons to eliminate the identity crisis faced by Nepali speaking Indians in their own motherland and to bring awareness among other countrymen about us and the various difficulties we have to face in our own country." (Photo courtesy: Facebook)
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TMC, CPRM submit deputations ahead of November civic polls in hills

EOI, Darjeeling 2 May 2016: Even as the Assembly election results are being awaited keenly, political parties in the hills have started gearing up and reaching out to voters for the municipality polls scheduled to be held in November this year.
The Opposition, especially the hill Trinamool Congress, and the Communist Party of Revolutionary Marxist, have taken up local issues to counter the ruling Gorkha Janmukti Morcha to garner votes in the civic polls.
The TMC and the CPRM today submitted separate deputations to the district administration highlighting two recent incidents: the collapse of a popular stairway at HD Lama Road, and the mysterious fire that gutted several shops on BM Chatterjee Road in the heart of Darjeeling town.
After submitting the deputation, hill TMC general secretary NB Khawas said, “We submitted a memorandum to the district magistrate regarding the collapsing of the public stairway and the mysterious fire. We have heard that both the incidents occurred under mysterious and questionable circumstances. We demand an inquiry into the incidents.”
He further said, “We have information that the builders of an ongoing construction adjacent to the stairway at HD Lama Road were trying to build a room by digging deep underneath the stairway. In the case of the fire at BM Chatterjee Road, the main doors of some of the houses of ‘C’ Building just a few feet below, were latched from outside and this could have been deadly had the fire spread.”
The stairway near Chowk Bazaar collapsed on April 26 while a fire gutted three shops and three godowns at Daroga Bazaar on BM Chatterjee Road on April 13.
CPRM spokesperson Govind Chhetri said their deputation raises issues such as water scarcity and the problem of dumping the town’s garbage. “People are facing acute water crises but the municipality is unable to address the issue. The Balason water project started two years ago and was supposed to end all water related problems, but nothing has happened. And people living near the dumping yard face serious health risks as the garbage is first dumped in the open before being buried underground,” he said.
Both leaders though, denied their parties were raising the issues to win voters’ sympathy for the municipality elections. “Elections come and go but it is important to ensure good governance and the municipality is meant to serve the people,” Khawas said.
On the other hand, the CPRM spokesperson said, “Our issue is not linked to elections as we sincerely feel people should not face problems.”
Darjeeling district magistrate Anurag Srivastav said, “We received memorandums today from the two political parties and an enquiry will certainly be conducted on the demands placed forward.” 
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PM caught in birth-date row

Basant Rawat, TT, Ahmedabad, May 2: A controversy has broken out over the authenticity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's official date of birth, with the Congress digging up a half-century-old college register to allege a discrepancy.
According to the Lok Sabha and Gujarat Assembly websites and Modi's election affidavits, he was born on September 17, 1950.
But the Congress says that records at M.N. College of Science in Visnagar, north Gujarat, show a "Narendrakumar Damodardas Modi" as a pre-science (equivalent to Class XII) student and cite his date of birth as August 29, 1949.
"Which one is genuine and which one is fake, we would like to know," Congress spokesperson Shaktisinh Gohil said yesterday, showing reporters a copy of the college register.
Gohil said the Election Commission should take cognisance of the alleged discrepancy suo motu (on its own) and find out whether Modi had furnished incorrect information in his poll affidavits.
Vice-chancellor M.N. Patel of Gujarat University, from where Modi had earned a master's in political science in 1983, said his institution had no records of Modi's date of birth. M.N. College of Science is affiliated to the Hemchandracharya North Gujarat University.
"We don't keep such records. We only have mark sheets since 1949, when this university was established," Patel told this newspaper today.
Modi's elder brother Somabhai Modi insisted that the Prime Minister was born on September 17, 1950. He said this was the date mentioned in Modi's horoscope, which would have been drawn up shortly after his birth and long before he was admitted to school.
He said that Modi had indeed been admitted to M.N. College around the age of 17.
"Parents in those days would usually not remember the exact date of their children's birth when the time came to admit them to school, and the teacher would write down a random date," Somabhai said.
Wide illiteracy, and a casualness relating to details such as dates of birth, meant that few parents consulted the horoscope.
A wrong date mentioned in the school records would have been perpetuated during college admission till Modi him self later corrected it, Somabhai suggested.
"It's not a serious issue. Narendra Modi cannot be blamed for mistakes by his parents," Somabhai added. "He merely corrected the mistake."
BJP state president Vijay Rupani echoed him: "The Congress has nothing else to do; so they are raking up such issues."
However, a lawyer who didn't want to be quoted said that if the poll panel receives a complaint and decides that a college register is more reliable than a horoscope, it can have implications for Modi.
Degree debate
The controversy follows one relating to an alleged lack of clarity around some details of the Prime Minister's educational qualifications.
Modi's 2014 election affidavit mentioned a bachelor's degree in political science from Delhi University in 1978 through distance education, and an MA from Gujarat University.
After an RTI activist and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal demanded clarity recently, the Central Information Commission directed the two universities to provide details.
Patel, the Gujarat University vice-chancellor, said yesterday that Modi had earned an MA from his institution in 1983, scoring 62.3 per cent as an external student. Delhi University has not yet provided the information sought.
Patel said his university had no records of Modi's BA degree. "Migration certificates are not preserved," he told this newspaper.
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Baghajatin: Mob attacks CPM homes

Pronab Mondal, TT, May2, Kolkata:  

 A 75-year-old mother placed a gas cylinder against the door to her room and pressed it with her trembling hands to keep attackers looking for her son from entering.
A five-year-old boy fast asleep at home had a lucky escape when a brick smashed a windowpane, scattering shards of glass all over his bed.
 A homemaker ran to her rooftop with her teenage son and 85-year-old grandfather to escape attackers who had climbed the first-floor balcony of their home and started banging on the door.
A 100-strong mob of Trinamul supporters armed with bricks, sticks and rods marched through a Baghajatin neighbourhood on Sunday night to show the families of four CPM polling agents the "trailer" of a violent retribution they threaten to unleash after May 19.

Aaj to trailer dekhli, puro cinema dekhabo unish tarikher por (You saw a trailer today, we will show you the full movie after May 19)," said one of the attackers while leaving the area after the rampage that continued in the lanes of Kendua More for 45 minutes.
Smashed windowpanes, a damaged air-conditioner and scared faces told the tale of how Trinamul goons neutralised by central forces and police on election day took out their frustration on the families of the four polling agents of Sujan Chakrabarty, the CPM candidate for the Jadavpur seat.
"I was alone at home around 10.30pm when I heard a group of men shouting. They were looking for my son. Before I could realise what was going on, I heard loud noises and saw windowpanes being shattered," recounted 75-year-old Mayarani Ghosh. "Some of the attackers were saying, ' Tor cheleke ber kore de, oke kuchi kuchi kore katbo (You hand over your son to us, we will cut him into pieces). This was the first time in my life that I had heard such a threat. I was so scared," she said.
In 2011, chief minister Mamata Banerjee had asked her supporters not to take out victory processions, lest the show of triumph trigger violence. Five years later, with Trinamul under pressure, party supporters seem to be seeking comfort in reprisal after an election in which they haven't been able to intimidate voters or rig the way they would have liked.
Minister Manish Gupta, seeking re-election from Jadavpur, didn't take calls from Metro. Debabrata Majumder, member of the mayoral council, claimed that nobody from Trinamul was involved in the attack. "Rather, our supporters were attacked by CPM cadres after the poll," he said.
The electoral battle for Jadavpur is likely to be a close one since the CPM had led by 308 votes in this Assembly segment during the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. In 2011, Gupta, backed by the Congress, had defeated the then chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee by 16,684 votes.
Mayarani's son Buddhadeb Ghosh, who is the secretary of the CPM's local committee, said on Monday: "We had seen outsiders on motorcycles moving about suspiciously in Ward 101 of the Calcutta Municipal Corporation since Sunday evening. We informed Patuli police station about this, but there was no initiative from the cops to prevent a possible attack," Ghosh said.
After targeting Ghosh's house, the Trinamul mob had turned up in front of the two-storey house of Kamal Majumdar, another CPM polling agent. "I was at home with my 15-year-old son Arnab and 86-year-old grandfather Nityalal Majumdar. I heard a commotion in front of our house and opened the door leading to the first-floor balcony," recalled Majumdar's wife Ruma. "I started trembling when I saw an assembly of youths armed with sticks and rods. I promptly shut the door."
Before Ruma could decide what to do, the attackers had started hurling bricks at the windows of her house. Besides breaking the glass panes, they damaged drainpipes.
Majumdar was waylaid and assaulted when he was returning home. "They hit me with sticks. I ran and took shelter in a house," he said.
The mob next moved towards the house of Gouranga Das, where they broke the lock on the gate and smashed the outdoor unit of an AC.
"They also tried to set my scooter ablaze but did not succeed," Das said.
Sushanta Naskar's house was the last one to be targeted in the teach-a-lesson Trinamul operation.
"I, my wife Mohua and daughter Sumita were polling agents on April 30. We were watching television in our first-floor room and the door to the balcony was open. Suddenly, we heard a loud noise and saw windowpanes being smashed. My four-year-old grandson Debadittyo was asleep and pieces of glass were strewn on his bed. I quickly moved him to another room," recounted Naskar.
The Naskars were subjected to non-stop heckling for the next 10 minutes. "They were like blood-thirsty beasts," Naskar's wife Mohua said.
The police arrived 30 minutes after the mob had left, although Patuli police station is a shout away. Nobody had been arrested for the attack till late on Monday.
Supratim Sarkar, the joint commissioner of police (headquarters), said: "Investigation is going on and appropriate action will be taken against the accused."
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CM cop-threat on EC's radar - Panel seeks speech report from DM

TT, Calcutta, May 2: The Election Commission is examining the footage and transcript of Mamata Banerjee's campaign speech on May Day in which she launched a thinly veiled attack on the Calcutta police commissioner and central forces and issued a public warning that "they will have to suffer in the coming days".
Calcutta police, led by commissioner Soumen Mitra, had been hailed widely for helping the central forces conduct a trouble-free election in the city on Saturday.
The following day, Mamata told a campaign rally at East Midnapore's Chandipur without mentioning Mitra by name: " Ponero dineyr jonyo keu daitwo peye shey jodi bhabey amay aamar jiboner swapna, aamake swarna mukut poriye debe keu, sheta shob cheye bhul (If someone is given a responsibility for just 15 days and starts thinking their life's dream of wearing a gold crown will be fulfilled, that is the biggest mistake)."
Later, she had added: " Jara eshob korchhey mathay thake jeno agami diney tader bhugte hobey (Those who are doing all this should keep in mind that they will have to suffer in the coming days)."
Mitra was handpicked by the Election Commission to head Calcutta police during the poll process after his predecessor Rajeev Kumar was shifted following charges of bias.
Today, an official said the poll panel had acquired the video footage and transcript of the chief minister's East Midnapore campaign speeches and sought a report from the district magistrate.
"The commission had taken cognisance of it suo motu. A report has been sought from the district magistrate. Besides, Opposition parties have lodged formal complaints demanding action against her. The footage and the transcript will be examined for a decision on this," said a commission source this evening.
The commission is also looking into Mamata's speech at another rally in Panskura, where she attacked the "Delhi police" - a reference to the central forces - who were being used to "terrorise voters".
Mamata has already been showcaused by the commission once this poll season, for her April 9 campaign speech at Asansol where she had promised the formation of a new Asansol district. Although it was technically not a violation of the model code of conduct because she had reiterated a December 2015 cabinet decision, an avoidable controversy was stirred when the chief secretary, not the chief minister, chose to reply to the commission initially.
The state BJP, which has lodged a complaint with the commission demanding an FIR against Mamata for threatening public servants, is also considering legal options.
"She issued a clear threat to the police force, particularly those in high positions, saying that she will take revenge once the polls are over, if she returns to power. With a phase of polling still left, this intimidates cops and encourages Trinamul's goons to vitiate the poll process," said state BJP leader Sisir Bajoria.
State Congress general secretary Amitabha Chakraborty attributed Mamata's attacks to her "raw fear" of being defeated by the Congress-Left alliance and demanded "exemplary" action by the commission.
"She has made it fairly obvious through these speeches that her activists loot votes and rig polls, which has become difficult this time," he said after lodging a similar complaint with the commission.
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Stab suspicion in death

TT, Siliguri, May 2: The 44-year-old son of a hardware trader died of suspected stab injuries near Sevoke Road last night.
Sources said, around 8 pm yesterday, local people found a person bleeding profusely. They identified him as Pinaki Dutta from Hakimpara and informed his neighbours.
"We were in the local club when we came to know that Pinaki was lying injured on Sevoke Road. We found him bleeding and took him to the district hospital where he was declared brought-dead," said a resident of MN Sarkar Road, Chanapatty, Ward 6 of Siliguri Municipal Corporation. The place is 1km from the spot.
"It seems the victim had been stabbed on the left thigh and he lost a lot of blood," a police source said.
Pinaki used to stay with his father Ganesh Dutta at Chanapatty. His wife is a teacher in a private school here and he had two daughters. Pinaki did not have a regular job and because of some differences with his father, he shifted to a rented house in Hakimpara.
Pinaki's brother-in-law Sourav Bhattacharya, who lodged a police complaint, said: "We don't have any idea how it happened. As far as we know, he didn't have any rivalry ."
An official in the forensic department of North Bengal Medical College and Hospital said: "We have conducted a post-mortem and findings show that the person died due to excessive bleeding from the cut in the left thigh."
Manoj Verma, the commissioner of Siliguri metropolitan police, said a probe was on.
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2 May 2016

Hailstorm hits

TT, Jalpaiguri, 1 May: A hailstorm hit four blocks of Jalpaiguri and adjoining areas of Alipurduar on Saturday night, causing widespread damage to tea gardens and houses. Power lines snapped in the storm.
Picture shows a house whose tin roof was blown away near Sulkapara tea estate in Nagrakata block, about 60km from Jalpaiguri town.
The affected blocks, according to sources in the tea industry and the district administration, are Mal, Meteli, Nagrakata and Banarhat.
Sumantra Guha Thakurta, the secretary of the Dooars Branch Indian Tea Association (DBITA), said over 16 member-gardens had been affected.
"With most managers on leave because of the May Day break, it is not possible for us to make an immediate estimate of the damage caused. According to the reports I have received, newly sprouted tea leaves have been damaged over thousands of hectares in the area. A large number of shade trees have been uprooted along with tea bushes. The workers' residences have been badly damaged and most gardens are without power. There were, however, no reports of any casualty," Guha Thakurta said.
Amtritansu Chakrabarty, the chief adviser to the Indian Tea Planters Association (ITPA), said: "The hailstorm has come as a major blow to the planters in the areas affected. There were rains with strong winds during the end of April. That was good for the tea bushes that are ready for the second flush of leaves. But Saturday's storm has damaged the newly sprouted leaves."
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So called pastors convicted of raping and molesting were not Pastors claims RIM and SUCF

KalimNews, May 1, Siliguri: North Bengal chapter of Rashtriya Isai Mahasangh has denied that so called pastors convicted of raping and molesting a 13 year girl student in a hostel were not Pastors. 
During a press conference held in Siliguri, RIM and Siliguri United Christian Forum stated that the organisation in which the two convicted were working has given a written statement that the convicted duo were not Pastors but office staff.
Rev Enos Simick stated that the crime is heinous and punishable one they should be given stronger punishment. But a worker working under a church based organisation or hostel cannot be called Pastors unless they are ordained. Pastors are ordained and then appointed. But these were not ordained but terming them as Pastors has defamed all the Pastors. 
It is further stated that both were in charge of Mount Carmel hostel situated in Agam Sing Nagar of Siliguri. This hostel use to give refuse to underprivileged students. 
George Samuel, 52, was given imprisonment for 10 years and Johnson E. Devasia, 56, for 5 years. Both were arrested in 2013. 
George has been accused of rape, Johnson was found guilty of molesting an inmate.
Pastor Samuel Chaco Director of Mission Himalaya which runs the hostel has declared that both were hostel workers. Both George and Johnson are from Kerala. 
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Water row claims a life

TT, Jalpaiguri, May 1: A woman died today after being beaten by a neighbour during a shalishi (kangaroo court) hearing that was prompted by a dispute over irrigating a vegetable field in Jalpaiguri.
The woman has been identified as Janki Roy, 42, a resident of Dhamipara village in Baropatia Natunbash panchayat, around 18km from here. Police sources said the assaulter was Suraj Oraon.
Akash Megharia, the police superintendent of Jalpaiguri district, said Suraj had fled after the incident.
The police sources said Suraj used to irrigate his farmland by using water from a nearby Teesta canal. Janki today requested him to share the water and urged him to dig a channel connecting their fields on which gourd and pumpkim were being grown.
But Suraj refused to share the water and an argument broke out between Janki's husband Dinabandhu and him. The row lef to a scuffle, the police sources said.
The police sources added that after Janki narrated the incident to Ranjit Roy, a Trinamul panchayat member, the latter called a meeting at 9am today.
Janki accused Suraj of not sharing the canal water. Suraj then allegedly hit her on her head with bamboo stick. The villagers took her to the Jalpaiguri district hospital where she was pronounced dead.
"I wanted to settle the issue between two families and called a meeting at Janki's place. But Suraj Oraon attacked her with a bamboo stick. It is very tragic that Janki died. I have informed the police, Ranjit Roy said.
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Unity call to tea unions

TT, Darjeeling, May 1: Citu today alleged that tea gardens across north Bengal had defaulted on payment of provident fund to the tune of Rs 33 crore and called upon other garden unions across north Bengal to join hands for a stronger trade union movement.
The CPM-backed trade union today held a public meeting at Chowk Bazar in Darjeeling to celebrate May Day. The Left union was organising a May Day public meeting in Darjeeling after a gap of four years.
Tara Sundas, a district committee member of Citu, said: "We have come to know that tea gardens in north Bengal have defaulted on provident fund payments to the tune of Rs 33.79 crore. Of this, Rs 17.14 crore has already been deducted from the workers' salary but has not been deposited at the PF office."
Sundas listed a series of grievances. "When the world is debating about moving from 8 hours of work to six hours of work everyday, our garden workers are being told to work for nine hours. On every other issues of the garden, the management is coming together and the rights of the workers are being infringed upon. This is only because there is no strong trade union movement in the region," said Sundas.
Calling upon the unions to come together, Sundas said: "Citu is ready to support and even lead any movement for the workers' rights. On May 8, 1955, the Akhil Bharatiya Gorkha League and the CPM had come together in Darjeeling to demand an increase in the garden wage, which was one rupees eight annas at that time. On June 25, 1955, eight people had also died during a police firing during this particular movement. We need to fight for our rights in a democratic manner," said Sundas.
Saman Pathak, a former Rajya Sabha MP from Darjeeling, said: "Twenty-four tea trade unions have come together (to demand minimum wages for tea garden workers) and this is an encouraging sign. Earlier, the tea unions used to shout down each other but they are slowly putting up a united fight for the rights of the workers. We need to strengthen this unity while fighting on various issues."
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30 Apr 2016

Tea Board invites fresh bids for Demdima tea estate

title=IANS | Kolkata | 29 April, 2016:The Tea Board of India has invited a fresh bids for taking over management of Demdima tea estate operating under Santipara Tea Company.
The move came after applicants did not fulfil the eligibility criteria given in the previous expression of interest (EoI).
In early February, the board invited the bids for taking over the management of the Demdima tea estate located in north Bengal.
"We had floated an EoI for taking over management of Demdima tea estate. The Board had given some eligibility conditions. The applicants who applied for did not fulfil the minimum eligibility condition given in the previous EoI," Tea Board chairman Santosh Kumar Sarangi said.
Eligibility conditions are not relaxed in the fresh EoI, he said.
Santipara Tea Company is an associate of GP Goenka-controlled Duncan Industries.
"Santipara Tea Co. Ltd. was not managed by the estate management in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Tea Act, 1953, and the Plantation Labour Act, 1951, and was being run in a manner highly detrimental to the workers and tea industry," the bidding document said.
The Tea Board, which uploaded the notice of fresh EoI on its website on Thursday, said the EoI was issued with an intent to short-list potential bidders.
The bids will be evaluated in two stages -- technical and commercial, the bidding document said. Technical bid has as many as nine parameters, including turnover of the company, years of experience, availability of working capital and so on.
"Only those bidders who score a cut-off mark of 40 percent in the technical evaluation, their commercial bids will be opened," the document said.
"The annual turnover of the applicant should not be less than Rs.3.5 crore and the applicant should have sufficient working capital of not less than Rs.1.5 crore," it said.
The authorised person shall furnish performance security of Rs.1.5 crore in the form of a bank guarantee, it said.
The last date of submission of EoI is May 18 and the board will open the responses on same day.
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Ex-banker arrested

TT, Gangtok, April 29: A former branch manager of Sikkim State Cooperative Bank was arrested yesterday evening on charges of embezzlement of funds amounting to more than Rs 40 lakh and preparing fake salary certificates of government employees.
He was produced in a court here today and remanded in police custody for a week.
The arrested former official of the bank's branch at Rongli Bazaar in East Sikkim, Vikash Gurung, had issued loans in the name of government employees by preparing fake salary certificates during his tenure between 2011 and 2012.
He operated 11 fake accounts where the money sanctioned under the loans would be deposited.
Police said Gurung had forged salary certificates by using fake signatures of drawing and disbursing officers at the block development office of Rongli and the HRD department. "He turned down applicants saying their loans had not been sanctioned and used their photographs in the fake certificates," said a police source.
Later, Gurung would sanction the loans and the money would go to the fake accounts.
"The matter came to light when a monthly installment against the loan failed. When the bank inquired about the defaulter, no government employee by that name was found," the source said. "The branch manager resigned in 2013 citing personal reasons."
The bank's managing director, R. Maiti, said a compliant had been lodged with Rongli police.
Gurung, 35, from Rhenock in East Sikkim, has been booked under Sections 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document), 420 (cheating), 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant, banker, merchant or agent) of the IPC and the Prevention of Corruption Act.
Today, he was produced in the judicial magistrate's court and remanded in police custody for a week.
Set up in 1998, the bank has 13 branches in Sikkim.
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