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Showing posts with label Sikkim. Show all posts

Chandra Kumar Gurung conferred Jeevan Raksha Padak 2018

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SE Report

The President of India has approved the conferment of Jeevan Raksha Padak 2018 on 48 persons including Shri Chandra Kumar Gurung of Sikkim. Jeevan Raksha Padak series of awards are given to a person for meritorious act of human nature in saving the life of a person. The award is given in three categories, namely, Sarvottam Jeevan Raksha Padak, Uttam Jeevan Raksha Padak and Jeevan Raksha Padak. Persons of all walks of life are eligible for these awards. The award can also be conferred posthumously.
Chandra Kumar Gurung conferred Jeevan Raksha Padak 2018

Chandra Kumar Gurung of Kaluk village in West Sikkim saved a life of a road accident victim near Singtam on November 9, 2017.

He was awarded the certificate of Commendation by the Governor of Sikkim in January 26, 2018.

The decoration of the award (medal, certificate signed by the Union Home Minister and lump sum monetary allowance) is presented to the awardee in due course by the respective Union Ministries/­Organizations/State Government to which the awardee belongs.

The 48 awards include Sarvottam Jeevan Raksha Padak to 08, Uttam Jeevan Raksha Padak to 15 and Jeevan Raksha Padak to 25 persons. 08 awards are posthumous

Pawan Chamling talked about Identity crisis on Bhanu Jayanti

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Buddha was of Nepali origin,’ says C.M.

SUJAL PRADHAN

Gangtok 13 Jul 2018 On the occasion of Bhanu Jayanti, Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling has called for preservation of the communal harmony that prevails in the State.

“Our government has maintained peace, security and harmony in the State all these years. I urge everyone to take ownership and responsibility as dutiful citizens and give their full support in ensuring continuity to the communal harmony that exists in the State,” he said, addressing the State-leval Bhanu Jayanti celebration at Manan Kendra on Friday.

In Sikkim, celebrations on the occasion of birth anniversary of poet Bhanu Bhakta Acharya are not limited only to the Nepali community. People from all communitiestake part in the festivities related to Bhanu Jayanti, reaffirming the communal harmony that exists among the Sikkimese people. The theme for this year’s Bhanu Jayanti is “Jatiya Sadbhavana” (Communal Harmony).

On the occasion, the Chief Minister also talked about the identity crisis of the Nepali community. He said: “We still suffer from an identity crisis. We are still viewed as immigrants by our mainland countrymen. Doubts are cast on our nationality. Even personally also, I was made a victim of this crisis, when a case was filed in the Court questioning my nationality. It is during such times that we, the Nepali people, have to be united and prove that we are proud Indians having made our contributions towards the nation, right from the time of Lord Buddha. History is proof that the Buddha was of Nepali origin, having being born in Nepal. So, if we have to prove our identity, we can say that we are Indians as much as Lord Buddha is! Therefore, whenever aspersions are cast on our identity, we as a community should stand for each other and protect ourselves from such derogatory attacks.

He also made a few announcements. “Our Government has endeavoured towards the promotion of Nepali language. Nepali is taught in schools and colleges; from this year, we are taking further steps to encourage our students to take up Nepali as a subject in schools and colleges. A language can be safeguarded, promoted and recognized if people study it as a subject. People from the Nepali community can even write UPSC examination in Nepali language as it comes under the eighth schedule of the Constitution. Such efforts will go a long way in promotion and recognition of Nepali language,” he added.

He directed his department to look for land for construction of Bhanu Bhawan in Gangtok. The State Government would bear all expenditure for its construction.

Via EOI

Kashyap Smriti Puraskar 2018 Goes to Loknath Upadhaya Chapagain

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CONGRATS: Kashyap Smriti Puraskar 2018 Goes to Loknath Upadhaya Chapagain

Loknath Upadhaya Chapagain from Assam, who is settled in Siliguri has won the Tulshiram Sharma 'Kashyap' award in Sikkim for his book "Kina Royaou Ppama "

He was felicitatiedted yesterday at Sikkim Sahitya Parishad with a citation and 51k cash award.

This award has been instituted by Shri. Tulshiram Sharma 'Kashyap  Pratishthan of Sikkim for books published in Nepali in the last three years

TR Sharma Kashyap happens to be the first Sahitya award winner in Nepali from Sikkim.

We congratulate Loknath sir and wish him more success in the coming days.

Via The DC

Sikkim girl sold and raped in Delhi

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Gangtok, May 4: A 19 year old girl was lured of job in Delhi was sold to three men by a woman named Monika Tamang.

The victim girl is a resident of Gelling Samsing in West Sikkim.

According to the police the woman had met the victim at Jorethang in January and had taken to Delhi in pretext of providing her job. The parents of the girl were not informed.

After reaching Delhi the girl was kept in a confinement in a place called Saket  where three persons namely Sameer, Anup  Gupta and Omkar Chettri repeatedly raped and physically tortured her saying she has been sold to them by Monika Tamang.

Chettri is a resident of Bhaktinagar in Siliguri.
Following Day while she was being transported to an unknown place she managed to escape and report to the police at Noida Sector 39.
A case has bee registered U/S 370 IPC, R/W SEC. 5 OF THE IMMORAL TRAFFIC (PREVENTION) ACT, 1956 at Jorethang Police Station.

Binay Tamang and Pawan Chamling met in Sikkim, decides to work together

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Binay Tamang and Anit Thapa met Chief Minister of Sikkim Pawan Chamling today at Mintokgang in Sikkim.
Dr Pawan Chamling in the social media wrote the following :-
I met Shri Binay Tamang, GTA Chairman at Mintokgang today.
Following in the lines of my meeting with Ms Mamata Banerjee, Hon’ble Chief Minister of West Bengal earlier, we decided to bury the past and give a new beginning to our relationship by giving full support and co-operation to each other for the progress and prosperity of Sikkim and the Darjeeling Hills. As immediate neighbours with similar customs, traditions, language etc, it is imperative that we live in harmony with each other as fellow Indians. We decided to work collectively on various matters for the welfare of the people of Sikkim and the Darjeeling Hills. Welcoming the decision of Shri Binay Tamang that there would be no more political disturbance in the Hills in  future, I suggested that they should bring in the ‘revolution of development’ instead of resorting to violence and bandhs, which will only result in destruction. Additionally, I reiterated our stand that the Government of Sikkim will never meddle in the affairs of West Bengal and Darjeeling Hills.
Following are some of the highlights of our discussion:-
1. I raised the subject of security and safety of NH10 which is essential for the well-being of Sikkim and the Sikkimese people. I am pleased to share that Shri Binay Tamang gave the assurance to keep it free from encumbrances in future. His suggestion of establishing a helpline for NH10 is also well taken. Similarly, assurance was also given for the safety of Sikkimese students studying in various educational institutions in the Hills.
2. Sikkim and the Darjeeling Hills will take up certain issues jointly with the Central Government, such as tribal status for eleven left out communities, overhead stations for the upcoming railway line, and construction of towers of hydel projects without taking the consent of the State Government or GTA, as the case may be.
3. Consensus to be arrived at regarding reciprocal transport arrangement (plying of taxis) through Secretary level dialogue. Similarly, Government of Sikkim and GTA authorities should discuss and deliberate upon creation of a tourist circuit comprising Sikkim and the Darjeeling Hills.
4. Surveillance on both sides to be strengthened so no untoward incidents take place. Special attention should be given to border areas like Sombaria, Daramdin, Rhenock through which chemical fertilizers are being smuggled into Sikkim.
5. Government of Sikkim and GTA authorities to work out measures for construction and upgradation of roads and bridges in some areas.
6. Grant-in-aid to be provided by Government of Sikkim to Bhutia Busty Monastery and Mahakal Temple at Darjeeling as done in the past.

This meeting have led to local political critics thinking That the meeting have boost the credibility of Binay Tamang and also that the Chief minister of Sikkim Mr Pawan Chamling too has recognized his position. This also raises a question that whether Sikkim have started alienating itself from NDA and forging hands with non NDA forces?

सिक्किमको मुख्यमन्त्री अनि जिटिए चेयरम्यान अनि भाइस चेयरम्यान माझ सौजन्यमूलक भेटवार्ता आउँदो २७

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सिक्किमको मुख्यमन्त्री अनि जिटिए चेयरम्यान अनि भाइस चेयरम्यान माझ सौजन्यमूलक भेटवार्ता आउँदो २७ मार्चको दिन तय

दार्जिलिङ,२४ मार्च २०१८:

आज जिटिए भाइस चेयरम्यान अनित थापाले प्रेस बिज्ञ्पती मार्फत आउँदो २७ मार्चको दिन हुने भेटवार्ता बारे जनाएका छन्।उनले भने,'दार्जीलिङ- सिक्किममाझ युगौंदेखि रहिआएको प्रगाढ़ साइँनो अनि सम्बन्धमा अझ थप आयाम अनि प्रगाढ़ता प्रदान गर्ने उद्धेश्यले आगामी २७ मार्च २०१८ ( मगंलबार)- को दिन जीटीए, बोर्ड अफ एडमिनिस्ट्रेटर्सका अध्यक्ष विनय तामाङ अनि उपाध्यक्ष अनित थापाले सिक्किमका मुख्यमन्त्री डा. पवन कुमार चामलिङसित सौजन्यमूलक भेटवार्ता गर्ने तय भएको छ। सिक्किमको मिन्तोकगाङस्थित मुख्यमन्त्री डा. पवन कुमार चामलिङको आवासगृहमा अपराह्न ३ बजी उक्त भेटवार्ता हुनेछ।

विगतमा रहिआएको दार्जीलिङ पहाड़ अनि सिक्किममाझको कतिपय राजनैतिक समस्याहरूको निराकरण अनि आपसी मतभेदलाई साम्य गराउने उद्धेश्यले उक्त भेटवार्ता अत्यन्त आवश्यक देखिएको थियो। किनभने कतिपय भूल बुझाबुझ अनि राजनैतिक क्रियाकलापहरूले दार्जीलिङ-सिक्किममाझको राजनैतिक आत्मीयता अनि रगतको साइँनोमा केही चिसोपन देखिन शुरू भएको थियो।  तर गत १७ तारीख  मार्च २०१८ को दिन सिलगढ़ीमा सिक्किमका मुख्यमन्त्री डा. पवन कुमार चामलिङ अनि पश्चिम बगांलका मुख्यमन्त्री ममता व्यानर्जीको भेटवार्तापछि यो अवसर तय भएको थियो। अब आगामी २७ मार्चको दिन सिक्किमका मुख्यमन्त्री डा. पवन कुमार चामलिङ अनि जीटीए अध्यक्ष विनय तामाङ अनि उपाध्यक्ष अनित थापामाझ सम्पन्न हुने भेटवार्ताले दार्जीलिङ अनि सिक्किममाझ चिस्सिदै गइरहेको सम्बन्धमा पुनः आत्मीयताको न्यानोपन फर्केर आउनेछ भन्ने हामी पूर्ण विश्वस्त छौं।

सिक्किम हाम्रो अभिभावक राज्य हो  किनभने त्यहाँ हामीसित रगतको साइँनो लाग्ने आफन्तहरू बसोबासो गर्दछन्। त्यहाँ हाम्रो अनुहार भएका मुख्यमन्त्री अनि मन्त्रीहरू छन् जसले सबल अनि सक्रियताको साथ सिक्किम राज्यलाई प्रगतिको मार्गतिर लगातार दोहोराइरहेका छन्। हामी दार्जीलिङवासी सिक्किमको उक्त प्रगति देखेर  सदैव गौरव गर्छौ। अर्कोतिर, सिक्किमले पनि दार्जीलिङवासीलाई सदैव माया गरेर हरसम्भव साथ अनि सहयोग प्रदान गरेको इतिहास छ जसलाई दार्जीलिङवासीले कदापि भुल्न सक्नेछैनन्।

यसैले विगतमा भएको भूल बुझाबुझ अनि मतभेद अथवा घर झगड़ालाई भुलेर सिक्किम- दार्जीलिङले दाजु-भाईको नाताले सम्बन्धको न्यानो अगांलो हाल्ने दिन आइसकेको छ। किनभने दार्जीलिङले हिजो भोगेको तिक्तता, पीड़ाहरू सब भुलेर सिक्किमले झै शान्ति, उन्नति अनि समृद्धिको मार्गमा अघि बड़्न चाहन्छ। विगतका सबै दुर्घटनाहरू भुलेर भावी-पीढ़िको सुन्दर भविष्य अनि सुन्दर, सुनियोजित तथा समस्याविहीन दार्जीलिङको निर्माण गर्न चाहन्छ।

हाम्रो यस अभियानमा हामीले अभिभावकको रूपमा मान्दै आइरहेको सिक्किमले पनि पूर्ण सहयोग प्रदान गर्नेछन् भन्ने हामीलाई विश्वास छ। यही विश्वासको साथ हामी हाम्रो अभिभावक राज्यका अभिभावक मुख्यमन्त्रीसित भेटवार्ता गर्न आगामी २७ मार्च २०१८ को अपराह्व ३ बजी सिक्किममा हुनेछौं।

Sikkim - Seven dead in Twin Accidents

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Seven People Dead in Twin Accidents in East and North Sikkim - 6 were Tourists from 24 North Parganas, West Bengal.

First accident took place at Phyangla in East Sikkim. A vehicle (MAX) Number SK 03J 0124 met with an accident while returnimg from Lachung at Phyangla.

Total number of eight tourists were there in the vehicle, 6 of them died on spot, reported sources. 1 kid and 1 other person are at CRH under going treatment.

Among the deceased two were females, three kids and one male. They are from North 24 parganas (West Bengal). Dead bodies are rescued by Sikkim police, SDRF and Home Guard.

Second accident also took place at Lachung. A tourist vehicle bearing registration number SK-01 Z 0228, drivers name Mohan Gurung met with an accident last night at Lachung near Chumpyung Kyung.

Several officials along with locals were on the spot for rescue operations. It was found that Mohan Gurung was coming back after dropping the guest at their hotel. He was alone in the vehicle at the time of accident. Mohan was rescued but was declared dead on the way to Mangan by the Mangan Medical Officer.

Reported by Ajay Agarwal from Gangtok and Thupden Lachungpa from Lachung/Chungthang for VOS

Plight of Indian Gorkhas - have to decide what they really want?

11:12 AM
The Indian Gorkhas have to decide now as to what they really want and where they want to go from here.

While India vies for a global position, various communities in the country are reasserting their roles and striving to get maximum mileage from the country’s global entry. Many of them have already devoured the political and development pie. Every community wants to be a player and a difference maker. The game is on. Meanwhile, more than 10 million Indian Gorkhas find themselves at the crossroads.

The Indian Gorkhas have to decide now as to what they really want and where they want to go from here. Should they go with the rest of India to compete at the regional, national and global levels? Should they reorient their community thinking, redesign their societal approaches and restructure their collective action? Should the younger generation ‘re-focus’ on education that will make them professionally competitive?
Plight of Indian Gorkhas - have to decide what they really want?
Can they afford to cling on to their Khukuris and be driven by emotions, while they have the capability to be an example of ‘knowledge generation’? They could use the same blood, sweat and tears to re-identify and re-position themselves as the gyan-vir (literally, knowledge brave) and acquire national leadership. They have done it in the past at an individual level and now they have to do it collectively as this path provides an entry into the club of a national entity.

All the flaws
The Indian Gorkhas are known for integrity, courage, resilience and perseverance. They have a rich culture, tradition and unwritten intellectual heritage. They have made immense contributions in almost all the fields of the nation-building process both in the pre- and post-independence period.

It is a historic folly on their part that nobody from them made an effort to deconstruct and reconstruct their history in independent India. Therefore, the historical narratives on them at the national level are biased or remain largely untold. Nobody wrote an exclusive history of the Gorkhas in India. —a shocking degree of intellectual-gap. This is where they failed. This is a major societal failure and a reflection of a self-centric political leadership.

The Indian Gorkhas have a distinct disadvantage in that they are scattered geographically all across the country. In terms of population, they are a minuscule lot. They are one of the least educated communities. Economically, they remain deeply downtrodden and have no national forum to champion their cause.

Their present political leaderships have been of sub-regional character with a myopic vision, which has failed them in every respect. They are ignorant to the core, marginalised by virtue of their background and acts, and highly self-centric. These leaders are seemingly full of emotions, hollow promises and dangerous instincts of self-survival. And, they do not count at the national level at all; they have merely become local lords.

As a result, the national image and power of the Indian Gorkhas have steadily eroded and been widely stigmatised. It has jeopardised the very future of the next generation. Some of them, like in Sikkim, have done irreparable damage by dangerously dividing the Gorkhas into different castes and religious entities. And the Bengal administration has only replicated this model in Darjeeling by creating ‘development boards’ based on caste and creed. This is the least expensive approach to kill the demand for a separate state. History will never forgive this retrogressive policy of these leaders.

Change in discourse
For a new future for the Indian Gorkhas, their steady entry into the policy and decision-making processes and institutions of the country is essential. Many of them have done it in the past in education, national security, sports, media, music, corporate institutions, literature and even politics. This is how a small district like Darjeeling produced 5-8 Olympic players, possibly a record in the country. However, as opposed to the trickle in the past, they have to join the India’s up-and-coming generation in hordes.

They should no longer overplay their weakest conventional excuse of “hepyo, chhutayo, atyachar garyo, apthyaro lagyo” (looked down upon, discriminated, persecuted, felt embarrassed). They cannot rise and fight with the spirit of someone vanquished. They cannot play outside the field and lament about discrimination to the referees of the game, the public. This amounts to using the weakest weapon against strong opponents.

Relatively successful Indian Gorkhas are emphatic: “If we are weak in knowledge and arguments, and shy away from competition, the story of discrimination becomes more about manko bagh (tiger within oneself) rather than banko bagh (tiger in the jungle).” India is a nation of innumerable communities, unparalleled geographies and diverse development stages along with a plethora of scattered democratic institutions. Thus, the Indian Gorkhas are left with only two choices: either to fall into the crevice or climb the mountain.

An example of poor choice is the discontinuation and refusal of ‘constitutionally provided’ Panchayati Raj institutions in Darjeeling since 1991 and the wilful acceptance of non-performing, capricious and cantankerous Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council (1988-2007) and Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (2012), which was provided through a ‘gazette notification’ by a very hesitant and cunning state of West Bengal.

Rights under Panchayat Raj are constitutionally given to the people everywhere in India. Here the Indian Gorkhas sacrificed the Constitution of India for a mere gazette notification with hugely deleterious implications. What can be more paralysing and unfortunate that this?

However, they made a rational choice when they nationally fought for the recognition of the Nepali language in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution of India in 1992. All India Nepali Bhasha Samity, Bharatiya Nepali Rastriya Parishad and many other institutions and individuals across India deserve kudos for this.

Playing the game
The scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and the other backward classes among the Indian Gorkhas have a distinct place and recognition in the constitution of India like others belonging to the same categories across the country. Yet, why do others succeed in becoming IAS/IFS officers in hordes and but the Indian Gorkhas hardly figure in the higher echelons of bureaucracy, governance and other national institutions? This is a tragedy that has been perennially repeated. Where is the discrimination? It is an open competition for all.

We see this so blatantly and remarkably when we sit in the Interview Board of the Union Public Service Commission to select government officers. The children from the hills are actually equally bright, quick, multi-cultural in thinking and have untapped competitive instincts. Yet they are nowhere in the competition. Who will tell the inspiring words of “timile garnu sakchhou” (You can do it!) to the young Gorkha children? Who will inject confidence and courage in them? Their confidence should be built better from the societal level.

The Indian Gorkhas have to rebuild modern institutions and revive the traditional ones that keep them united and vibrant. This is what we did while setting up and building a central university in Sikkim—an institution with a global perspective, national orientation and strong local ethos. The hope lies in the resurrection and active role of Gorkha youths to come together from across the nation and question their incompetent leaders. This requires a renegotiation within the pan-Indian Gorkha community, with a focus on the larger issues of aspirations of the youths and emerging national and global opportunities for them.


Via thestatesman
 
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