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Bijanbari Police brutality on Kala Subba Case, FIR against policemen

11:53 PM
Update on West Bengal Police brutality on Kala Subba Case, Bijanbari

Bijanbari 16 June 2016 Locals, NGOs and Human Right Volunteers gherau Pulbazar Police Station demanding justice for Kala Subba. People are very much anguished after Police tortured innocent woman brutally as such her health is very critical in Bijanbari hospital.

National Human Rights Crime Control Organisation Sikkim Team and VOS correspondent met with a victim Kala Subba at Bijanbari Hospital who was tortured by police of Pul Bazar Police Station on 12 June.

According to the local social volunteers and NGOs victim's condition is critical . They further alleged that on Sunday when Nari Morcha (Women Social Help Group) handed this homeless lone woman Kala to Police and had informed the police that she was from Sombarey West Sikkim, however, Pul Bazar police did not contact the West Sikkim police, instead they trashed her brutally that night. Next morning ie on Monday morning locals found her in severe condition after being beaten up mercilessly by the Police.
Locals, NGOs and Human Right Volunteers gherau Pulbazar
Police Station demanding justice.
Police 'Bada Bau' (Thana Incharge) and Doctor's role is been seen doubtful after she was admitted at hospital alleges locals.

The Team from Sikkim has lodged FIR against policemen in same Police Station today.

Pics and News Dipak Gurung, VOS Rangpo

Sikkim women allegedly tortured by West Bengal Police, Police refuse to comment

10:36 AM
DESTITUTE FEMALE BRUTALIZED IN BIJANBARI - Locals Allege Police Torture, Police Refuse to Comment

A distraught women from Rumbuk in Sombarey, Sikkim Ms. Kala Subba (31 yrs) whose husband had elope with another women and had left her and her two kids straddle, had come to Bijanbari in search of a job . Today some female members of Bijanbari Nari Society (BNS) found her in a helpless condition near Sai Mandir area and took her to the Pulbazar police station seeking help.
Locals alleged that instead of giving her help, the woman was brutally tortured and left with severe injuries by the police, her body is bruised all over and she is undergoing treatment in the local hospital premises.

Once the locals came to know, they gathered yesterday in the hospital and protested against the brutal torture that Ms Kala Subba had to undergo.

Corresponding with TheDC, one of the members of BNS stated, “we took her to the police station, so that she would be protected as we felt the police will help her get back to her family, little did we know the police themselves would turn on her and treat her with such brutality… whatever little faith we had in the police force is today shattered… how could they beat up a helpless woman with such brutality?”
Sikkim women allegedly tortured by West Bengal Police
Sikkim women allegedly tortured by West Bengal Police
Locals told us that according to the victim it was Pulbazar OC Sourav Sen who beat her up, however when we contacted OC of Pulbazar police station Sourav Sen, he stated that he could not comment at the moment as the inquiry was being undertaken.

From the duty roster we know that SI Lhakpa Bhutia was on duty today, however when we contacted him he said “I was not at the police station when this happened… I had gone to Singla so I am unaware of what transpired…”

We tried to reach the Duty Officer Mr. Burman who was at the police station today, however we couldn’t connect to him.

Taking a grim view of the issue, noted Women’s rights activist Ms. Rangu Souriya has stated, “This kind of activity of the police is condemnable and shameful... This situation makes us feel ilk girls’ n women r not safe anywhere and it is indeed a matter of grave concern... so we need justice.”
Sandeep Chettri a local social activist stated, “Today the entire police station says they didn’t see anything… how is it possible? A mentally disturbed woman gets brutalized inside a police station and every police officer present there is saying they cannot comment… is this how woman’s rights are protected in this nation?”

In the past 6 months we have received numerous complaints of police excesses, and most of the complaints have concerned Mirik police station.

It could be telling that the entire Bijanbari police has refused to speak on this issue, are they really unaware of what happened, or are they hiding something?

It is shameful that in today’s day and age, basic human rights is not respected in our hills, the officers whoever they are need to ponder, would they react the same way and keep mum, if the victim happened to be their mother, sister, wife or daughter?

सिक्किम सोमबारे निवासी कला सुब्बा (३१) आफ्नो पतिले सौता लिएर घरबाट चम्पट कसेपछि २ जना नानीहरु ११, र ८ वर्षको लाई बोज्युसित छोड़ेर काम खोज्दै बिजनबारी आएकी थिईन् |

तर घटना अर्कै भईदियो | यहाँको साई मन्दिर नजीक कलालाई त्यहीकै बासिन्दाहरुले भेटेपछि पुल थानामा खबर गरि दिए|

अहिले पुलिसले भक्कुचुर कुटपिट् गरेको आरोप छ भने, कला यहाँको ग्रामीण अस्पतालमा उपचाराधीन अवस्थामा छिन् |

आज यहाँ यस क्षेत्रको सचेत नारी र युवाहरु अस्पताल परिसरमा पुलिसको विरोधमा ओर्लिए |


Who is Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh Batting For? Why are they demanding OBC status for Gorkhas?

12:19 PM
The Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh (BGP) which claims to be the "apex body of Gorkhas in India" seems to be trying to undo all the good work done by the Govt of Sikkim and Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) who have pushed for all the Gorkhas to be recognized as Scheduled Tribes.

In a meeting with the DoNER Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh, they have demanded once again that Gorkhas be included under OBC and not ST. Here is a report from the national daily The Hindu [details:]

"The Gorkhas have urged the central government to give “Other Backward Class” status to the community, an official statement said on Sunday. A delegation of the community leaders and members from Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Meghalaya and Uttarakhand made the demand when they met union Minister for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) and PMO Jitendra Singh here on Saturday.
BGP delegation to MoS DoNER
According to the release here, the minister gave a patient hearing to the delegation led by Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangha president S.M. Moktan. The Parisangha is a national organisation of Gorkhas in the country, the release said. Prominent among the delegationwere V.B. Thupu from Uttar Pradesh, D.C. Poudiyal and P.P. Pradhan from West Bengal, Guman Bhoj Limbo from New Delhi, Jagannath Koirala from Meghalaya and Bhupendra Adhikari from Uttarakhand." This is the 2nd time that BGP has sent representation to Union Ministers, earlier it was to MoS Home Kiren Rijju demanding OBC status for Gorkhas.

Currently the Central Govt has formed a committee to examine the inclusion of all the Gorkha communities as ST, where as BGP is repeatedly pushing for OBC status, thus we wonder whose interest is BGP serving?

Are they getting funded by anti-Gorkha political parties to push for such an absurd demand during such a critical time?


Bikal Rai joins Advance Technical Training Centre [ATTC]

10:26 PM
Bikal Rai, we all know him... dont we? the youngest self made engineer of Sikkim. This 19-year-old boy is a class X passed out living with his mother and brother at Mangthang, 32 mile, east Sikkim.

According to the sources Bikal Rai have joined Advance Technical Training Centre [ATTC] at Bardang in East Sikkim, a dream comes true for further studies after four years for him. He had left his school after class X owing to his financial background. Bikal Rai will be joining the classes in ATTC from July this year (2016).

It was for his mother the young engineer couldn't leave Sikkim for further studies because there was no one to look after his mother as his father died some years ago. He decided to study in Sikkim so that he can also look after his mother.

Bikal Rai
Bikal Rai
He has already made hydro power generator which produce 2.3 volt energy that can lighten 3 bulbs and can charge up to 4 mobile phones at once. He has made fan (DC -3 voltage) which can give air like normal fans which we buy from hardware shops. He has made 2 excavator models by using syringe, drip pipe, plastic, tyre which has light, power steering and FM (93.5) radio in it. He has developed a vehicle battery charger. Local people go to him to charge their batteries. He has also made sensor car which moves on the sound of claps. He has recently launched his Semi Eco Friendly Car!!!.

With inputs from Sikkim Messenger

Smriti Irani to lay the foundation of the NIT in Sikkim

9:11 AM
Gangtok, June 8: The Union human resource development minister, Smriti Irani, is scheduled to visit Sikkim on June 24 and lay the foundation of the National Institute of Technology at Thekabong in East District on the same day.

Sikkim HRD principal secretary G.P. Upadhaya today said Irani would be in the state for at least three days, during which she was slated to hold interactions with ministers and bureaucrats and chair the meeting of a parliamentary committee on her ministry.

"The Union HRD ministry has accepted the proposal of setting up of the NIT campus at Thekabong. The Union HRD minister will lay the foundation of the campus during her visit to Sikkim on June 24," said Upadhaya.

Thekabong is nearly 30km from Gangtok and close to Pakyong where Sikkim's first airport is being built. The state government has acquired 172 acres of land for the campus.

The Sikkim NIT was set up in 2010 and is operating out of a government building at Rabong in South District on a temporary basis with six departments.
Chief Minister of Sikkim, Shri Pawan Chamling meeting the Union Minister for
Human Resource Development - file photo
Residents of Thekabong are happy that the NIT is coming up in their village. "Employment will be generated and villagers can do more business after the campus is established. We are grateful to the government for bringing the project to our area," said a villager, D.B. Chettri.

Upadhaya said Irani would hold a meeting with Sikkim ministers and bureaucrats at Chintan Bhawan here on June 26.

"State HRD minister R.B. Subba will place our demands before the Union minister at the meeting. There are four major demands: establishment of IIT/IIM and model degree colleges in the state, granting permission to start a state university and the upgrade of the Law College to National Law University," he said.

Irani will also visit a few government schools. "Our department is yet to finalise the schools which will be visited by the Union Minister. Keeping the time constraint in mind, we would take her to some schools in East District," said an HRD official.

On June 25, Irani will chair the meeting of the Consultative Committee of Parliament of the MHRD in Gangtok.

She is expected to leave Sikkim on June 26 or the next day.


HRD Minister Smriti Irani launches Sikkim's Online Admission and RUSA Portal

10:00 PM
Sikkim 3rd June 2016:Today, In a significant development in the field of higher education in Sikkim, admission to government degree colleges throughout the State will go online from this year onwards. The web portal for Online Admissions and State RUSA portals for Sikkim was digitally launched today by Union Minister for HRD Smt Smriti Zubin Irani via live webcast from Shastri Bhawan New Delhi.

The programme witnessed the largest ever digital launch of projects under Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) under the auspices of the Hon'ble Union Minister. Together with the projects of Sikkim, the Minister launched RUSA projects for nine other states of the country.
Joining the live webcast at the State was Minister for Energy & Power & Labour Mr. D. D. Bhutia, Minister HRDD Mr. R.B Subba, Minister Roads & Bridges Mr. G.M. Gurung, Parliamentary Secretary HRDD Shri Shyam Pradhan, Principal Secretary HRDD cum SPD RUSA Sikkim Mr. G.P. Upadhyay, Director Higher Education HRDD cum Joint SPD RUSA Sikkim Mr. Jitendra Singh Raje, senior officers of State HRDD, Principal and faculty Sikkim Government College Tadong, and faculty and students from West Point Senior Secondary School.
HRD Minister Smriti Irani launches Sikkim's Online Admission and RUSA Portal
Sikkim's Online Admission and RUSA Portal was digitally launched today by
Union Minister for HRD Smt Smriti Zubin Irani via live webcast
 from Shastri Bhawan New Delhi.
While addressing the State of Sikkim, the Union Minister congratulated the State HRDD for the merit based and transparent system of 24 hour online admissions in all state run colleges. She termed it a unique initiative which will benefit over 6000 students.

The Union Minister was also joined by MP Lok Sabha from Sikkim Mr. P.D. Rai.
Later interacting with the team from Sikkim, Union Minister Smt Smriti Irani informed that the Ministry of HRD has sanctioned the long pending demand of the State to incorporate Bhutia and Lepcha languages in the post graduate courses under UGC.

She further informed that the State HRDD is entitled to introduce skill building courses recognized by the Government of India in Government colleges in the State.

The Union Minister also complimented the progress made by Sikkim under the scheme Badhe Bharat Padhe Bharat and RUSA. The Minister informed that she would soon be visiting Sikkim with her team from MHRD.

Minister Mr. D.D.Bhutia thanked and complimented Smt Irani and the Ministry for launching the online admission and RUSA Web portal for Sikkim.

Similarly Minister Mr. R.B.Subba thanked and congratulated the Union Minister and the entire team at MHRD for the new projects and for supporting the initiatives of Sikkim HRDD.

The Minister also placed a few pending demands of the State HRDD before the Union Minister. He requested for laying of foundation stone of the NIT at the earliest. He also proposed for a National Law School in Sikkim. Likewise, the Minister proposed for setting up government colleges in all four districts of Sikkim. He also requested for increase of 50 seats in Government BEd college. Union Minister assured that the demands placed by Minister HRDD Sikkim would be looked into by the Ministry.


Sikkim Gorkha Jagran Samaj takes out a Peace Rally

The Sikkim Gorkha Jagran Samaj, a non-government state-level organization of Gorkha ethnic group of Sikkim, takes out a Peace Rally from Deurali to Gangtok in Sikkim today  to press for demand of Limboo-Tamang seat reservation in the State Legislative Assembly. One of the demands of the samaj being is that the Chief Minister Pawan Chamling take back his statements made on the occasion of Sakewa, wherein he drew differences between Sikkimese Nepali and Gorkhas from rest of India.

The rally today was in support of Limboo-Tamang seat reservation. The organization is also demanding 'justice' for the majority community with their one man one vote slogans printed on placards. The rally was culminated at Paljor Stadium.

Sikkim Gorkha Jagran Samaj Peace Rally from Deurali to Gangtok in Sikkim
Sikkim Gorkha Jagran Samaj Peace Rally from Deurali to Gangtok in Sikkim
Sikkim Gorkha Jagaran Sang demands were:-
1).constitutional rights
2).political rights
4).demanding the sheet reservations for Limboo - Tamang in sikkim legislative assembly
5.Chief Minister Pawan Chamling take back his statements on Indian Gorkhas on the occasion of Sakewa

Ramilo SU-Khim: The Sikkim University Fest

7:49 PM
Writes *Animesh Rai

28th May 2016, was a historic day for Sikkim University (SU), one of the youngest yet the highly debated ‘Highway’ University of India. The focus this time was not the usual debate or debacle between the state and the academia nor was it the issues pertaining to research fellowship grants, reservations, campus land tussles but it was solely the victory of the university officials and students in institutionalising the association, a consensual co-ordination of SU students with specific aims and objectives. The day was special for it was the closing ceremony of ‘Ramilo-SU-Khim’, a month long first fest organised by the Sikkim University Student’s Association (SUSA).

SUSA, the brainchild of the present Vice-Chancellor of SU Prof. T.B. Subba and the MS-18 Team, through their hard work, dedication and commitments laid the foundation of the student body and framed its constitution with 18 articles. SUSA organised the first student fest of the university with the theme “Ramilo SU - Khim” where Ramilo stands for Happy, SU is an abbreviation of Sikkim University and ‘Khim’ means Home in Limbu language. Thus, SU-Khim means Happy Sikkim University Home/Family in particular and in the broader context SU-Khim means a ‘New Home’ in the Himalayas according to the historical account of the Limbu Queen of the erstwhile Kingdom of Sikkim, the sweetheart of the noble Bhutia King – Tensung Namgyal, the second Chogyal of Sikkim. Very true, Sikkim University has today become a new home not just for the Royals but for students across and beyond the nation. The national university boasts of having students from the Indian states across Kashmir to Kanyakumari and from Gujarat towards the extremes north east via Guwahati.
Ramilo SU-Khim: The Sikkim University Fest 
Mr. Swaraj Thapa, the Chief Advisor of Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) was the Chief Guest of the ceremonious event. He delivered a soothing talk on the issue concerning a separate state for the Indian Nepalis – Gorkhaland. The program was hitched by the integrative dance steps of the NeBuLa – The Himalayan congery of Nepalis, Bhutias and the Lepchas followed by the floor sweeping Bihu steps performed by the Assamese students. ‘Mother’ a dance form presented by the department of Horticulture was howling and heart-touching – the group enthralled the audience to extreme joy and called for an eternal obeisance and obedience to a Mother. The popular North Indian Bollywood desi-mixes staged by the Trio’s of Psychology department made the judges go insane in deciding the winner.

The tune and tone of ACDC’s TNT – sung by the first year students of Horticulture Department went to be an inaugural super-hit among the ‘Rock Music’ loving fans. Chimey and the band was too blue to make the mid-summer night so bright and beautiful with a touch of jazzy Joplin and the pinch of trendy Soulmate’s. The Lazy Fingers brought the classic rock and its charms back to life just before two minutes to midnight. The Doodles, a unified heterogeneous music project constituting of the young hill music maestros hailing from ‘Kalimpong’, the land which in Lepcha means ‘the ridges where we play’ did fiddle the musical ridges in all possible ways – superbly played in between the scales of bass to alto and soprano. Doodle’s way of singing ‘Wonderful Tonight’ with their originals ‘Nakkali’ and ‘Jhilkey’ made everybody go gaga in the steps of Elvis Presley in the land of Maruni and Madal. The fest did shake and kept the Tadong hills of Gangtok alive till the midnight and successfully accomplished the mission of ‘Ramilo SU-Khim’ in the modest manner. SUSA with the emphasis on the local terminology ‘Ramilo SU-Khim’ has surely produced a ‘new culture’ of integration of diverse communities and cultures with a space and sentiment to accommodate all across and beyond borders and frontiers in the new home, in the happy family of Sikkim University.

*Animesh Rai is a Research Student in the Department of Sociology, Sikkim University.

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