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Nagaland Governor greets Gorkha community on Bhanu Jayanti

10:51 AM
Nagaland governor P.B. Acharya has extended greetings to the Nepali/Gorkha community of Nagaland on the occasion of Bhanu Jayanti, birth anniversary of great Gorkha poet late Bhanu Bhakta Acharya.
Nagaland governor P.B. Acharya
Nagaland governor P.B. Acharya
In a message, the governor said Bhanu Jayanti is celebrated with gaiety and happiness as a symbol of valuable knowledge and unity. He said Bhanu Bhakta Acharya, who was born in Nepal in 1884, made Nepali language a common tongue to almost 61 Gorkha tribes before the Nepal monarch Prithivi Narayan Shaha had declared the Gorkha language, now Nepali, as a national and palace language. Governor prayed that this auspicious occasion bring peace, prosperity and progress and strengthen fellowship among the people of the state.

Via - nagalandpost

Gorkha community in Nagaland observed 201st Bhanu Jayanti

11:38 AM
Gorkha community in Nagaland was urged to come together and support each other to progress in unity during 201st Bhanu Jayanti celebration, Sunday at town hall, Dimapur.
DGC chairman Kumar Subba speaking at the 201st Bhanu Jayanti celebration cum cultural programme
at town hall, Dimapur.

Addressing hundreds of Gorkhas in the celebration, chief guest Dimapur Gorkha Union (DGU) chairman Kumar Subba said it was imperative for the community to maintain their identity and cooperate so that they could grow along with the rest of the communities in Nagaland.

Stressing on promoting and retaining the culture and traditions of Gorkha community, Subba urged the Gorkhas to interact with each other in their own mother tongue. He also briefed the gathering about the life of Bhanu Bhakta Acharya.

Also speaking at the programme as guest honour, Gorkha Mothers Association (GMA) general secretary Gayatri Devi encouraged the students to learn and read about Bhanu Bhakti Acharya.
Naga People’s Front (NPF) minority wing president Bishnu Bhattyacharya, in his speech as guest of honour, also briefed about the works of Bhanu Bhakta Acharya in literature.

He also encouraged the participants to take part in all social, cultural and religious activities in-order to contribute towards nation building.

Delivering a speech, GYCD president Shiva Kumar B.K. asked the students to stay united, work hard and support one another and set an example for other communities to emulate.

Other invitees including Muslim Council Dimapur (MCD) president, Jain Samaj president and Bhojpuri president also spoke at the programme and extended their support towards GYCD.
The programme followed lighting of the lamp and cultural programme where songs and dances were presented from various bands and artists enthralling the crowds.

Earlier, the programme which was organized by Gorkha Youth Club Dimapur (GYCD) was chaired by Gorkha Hindu Milan Sewa Sangh (GHMSS) joint secretary Gyan Bhadur Ghataney and vote of thanks was delivered by GYCD general secretary Roshan Biswakarma.

Source: Nagaland Post

GPRN/NSCN calls for Naga Gorkhas unity

9:50 AM
GPRN/NSCN (Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland - NSCN) Monday expressed the belief that Naga Gorkhas could blend with Naga history and play a positive role in future by reminding, that over decades of Naga political struggle attracted many non-Naga sympathizers from within and outside.

In a statement, MIP said also Nagas owed a lot to the Chinese, the then East Pakistanis, the Pakistanis and host of other Nations for understanding that “political freedom is essential for the progress of humanity.”

GPRN/NSCN reminded that during the 1950s and 60’s, there were hundreds of Gorkhas settled in Nagaland’s town and villages earning their livelihood. The Gorkhas were perhaps the only community whose members “enrolled and actively participated in guerilla warfare” in the Naga struggle, said MIP.

In recognition of their contribution, GPRN/NSCN under the leadership of president ‘Gen. (retd)’ Khole Konyak and Ato Kilonser N. Kitovi Zhimomi established ‘Gorkha affairs’ desk, Ministry of Kilo Affairs.

MIP reminded that there were many Gorkha “clans and families” in Dimapur and Kohima whose forefathers settled in Nagaland even before India got independence and said that Naga Gorkhas could blend with Naga history and play a positive role in future.
GPRN/NSCN also expressed dismay that few Gorkhas from Assam side were hobnobbing with “illegal immigrants” and were attempting to create trouble between communities living in Nagaland-Assam border and warned that these illegal immigrants found interfering and creating obstacles between Naga and Karbi communities in the border areas would be accounted for.

GPRN/NSCN also advised the Joint Action Committee (JAC), formed by border villages in Dimapur to invite Gorkha Union so as to stop individuals from tarnishing the image of Gorkhas.

Pointing out published reports on March 12 and 17, GPRN/NSCN clarified that the land in question was endorsed to Assam forest department to look after in 1970.

Asserting that ancestral land could not be transferred or given away to suit administrative purposes, GPRN/NSCN said the people owned the land not the government.

“It does not belong to Assam. Traditional landowners must amicably settle land disputes in their own wisdom and understanding instead of empowering anti-social elements to disrupt social harmony”, said MIP.
GPRN/NSCN calls for  Naga Gorkhas unity

MIP also opined that Naga Gorkhas could play a crucial role in facilitating peaceful resolution of the issue. GPRN/NSCN also noted that in recent times, owing to haphazard statements and activities perpetrated against Nagas by illegal immigrants and ill-advised leaders working for their selfish gains, innocent Nagas and Karbis have lost their lives.

Although Naga lands have been illegally bifurcated into other states, peaceful co-existence respecting each other’s customs and traditions was witnessed and this should be restored, said GPRN/NSCN.

MIP said Nagas have their land and “encroachment” was a terminology used by illegal immigrants seeking attention of state governments to make the land a disputed area and claim their share.

Asserting that land was one element whose size and mass could never be “stretched or manufactured” to accommodate the increasing population, MIP said the land was “God given, an inheritance for peoples and Nations to protect and defend against external and internal subjugation, oppression and enslavement.”

GPRN/NSCN recalled that Mahatma Gandhi had defined the position and status of future Nagaland and its inhabitants on July 9, 1947. It was a shame that the world’s largest democracy and its successive governments sent in its military to crush and annihilate Mahatma Gandhi’ free Nagaland.

What the Mahatma said in Bhangi Colony, Delhi on the morning of July 9, 1947 applies till today, said MIP and added that Nagas were the sole owners of Nagaland and their “destiny is what they decide.”


Naga-Gorkha Sports Meet 2015 concluded

9:06 AM
Imphal, February 14 2015 : The closing ceremony of Naga-Gorkha Sports Meet was held today at Thaladada Irang Part-II in Sadar Hills under the aegis of the Programme Committee, Naga-Gorkha Sports Meet 2015 .
Dignitaries inpecting the players - Naga-Gorkha Sports Meet 2015
Dignitaries inpecting the players - Naga-Gorkha Sports Meet 2015 
A total of ten Naga and Gorkha villages around Irang Part-II participated in the sports meet.

The closing ceremony today was attended by Chairman of Sadar Hills ADC, Haokholal Hangshing; social activist R Stoneson of Makui village and ADC member Bhumi Prasad Basnet as the chief guest, guest of honour and president respectively.

Speaking at the occasion, Haokholal Hangshing said that sports is universal.

It could play a vital role for the development of the society besides imparting discipline among the people.

He further said that due to non-devolution of power to the ADC no major development works could be implemented through it.

He however assured to implement possible developmental works in collaboration with the public in the days to come.

Bhumi Prasad Basnet hailed the organisers of the sports meet for successfully organising the meet.

Source: The Sangai Express

Dimapur Gorkha Union to Host NE Nepali Literary Symposium

8:55 AM
Dimapur Gorkha Union is all set to host the North East Nepali literary symposium cum felicitation programme on February 1 at Dimapur Town hall Dimapur. The event is being organizes with the objective to unite the Gorkhas of Nagaland and North-East states.
File pic of an earlier program organized by DGU
File pic of an earlier program organized by DGU
Addressing a press conference in the residence of the DGU chief advisor in Nepali Basti Sunday evening, PRO and in charge Dipak Lama said that the programme is a first of its kind in Nagaland. He said Dimapur was chosen to host the programme as 60% of the total Gorkha population is in the North East.

Further, Dimapur has been chosen because of the feasibility in connectivity with the other states.

Pointing out that though the Constitution of India gave recognition to Nepali language in the Eighth Schedule, PRO further said much knowledge is not known in the area of literary. He said the literary symposium aspires to give recognition and awareness.

The programme would felicitate Late. Hariprasad Gorkha Rai and others from the field of administration, education, social and politics. Delegates from Meghalaya, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Mizoram, Sikkim and Darjeeling would be attending the programme.

The programme is organized by Mir Mirey Kanchanjunga, Weekly Journal of Sikkim in collaboration with the North Eastern Nepali Writers, Poets & Journalists.

The programme would be graced by Editor Nagaland Post Geoffrey Yaden and Chief Executive Gorkha Development Council, Government of Assam, Arun Upadhyaya as guest of honour and chief guest respectively.

Source: Nagaland Post

DGU to host North East Nepali Symposium cum felicitation programme

2:31 AM
The Mir Mirey Kanchenchunga, a Gangtok based weekly journal in collaboration with the North Eastern Nepali Writers, Poets & Journalist, has decided to organise "North East Nepali Symposium cum felicitation programme in Dimapur, to be hosted by the Dimapur Gorkha Union (DGU), apex body of the Gorkhas in Dimapur district, on February 1 at Dimapur Town Hall from 10 AM onwards. Delegates from Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Arunananchal Pradesh, Tripura, Mizoram, Sikkim and Darjeeling would attend the programme.

Dimapur Gorkha Union
Dimapur Gorkha Union
The proposed programme was scheduled on January 25 but due to the threat perception during the Republic Day, the programme was postponed. The organizing committee is headed by Ganesh Biswakarma as convener, and Dipak Lama as programme director cum PRO, while Kumar Subba would be the overall in-charge of the programme. The Monitoring Cell Office is located at the Old Industrial Estate Colony, Near CRPF Camp, Diphu Road, Dimapur, Nagaland.

Interested individuals could contact the officials on phone nos. 09436012825, 09774746509, 09402889272 or emails:,, for further information.

Nagaland Post

Gorkhaland Personnel (GLP) arms training with a militant outfit in Nagaland

10:09 AM
Vivek Chhetri
An FIR filed by the CID has mentioned that 15 members of the Gorkhaland Personnel (GLP), a voluntary force raised by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), and some other people from the Darjeeling hills had undertaken four months' arms training with a militant outfit in Nagaland last year.
Gorkhaland Personnel (GLP) arms training with a militant outfit in Nagaland
Umesh Kami and Ganesh Chhetri being taken to the court in Darjeeling on Monday. Picture by Suman Tamang
A Morcha leader in charge of the GLP, when told of the purported contents of the FIR said he was "shocked", then immediately added that the volunteer force had become defunct.

The FIR was filed at Runglee-Rungliot police station on December 6 in connection with the recovery of a rifle and some documents which mention armed struggle for Gorkhaland under the banner of the hitherto little known outfit called the Gorkha Liberation Army.

The seizure was made on December 6 from an isolated place at 27th Mile, about 45km from Darjeeling town, based on information gathered after questioning two persons arrested in Chirang district of Assam on November 8.

The duo were allegedly carrying arms and ammunition to Darjeeling.

The two, Umesh Kami who was allegedly member of the GLP, and Ganesh Chhetri, reportedly from the Northeast-based United Gorkha People's Organisation, were today produced before Biplab Roy, the chief judicial magistrate of Darjeeling. They were remanded in a day's judicial custody.

"After the CID came to know about their arrest in Assam, a team went to that state as an FIR naming the two was pending in connection with the recovery of arms from the Bhaktinagar area in Siliguri on January 30, 2014. The CID team took them into custody," said a court source.

"During interrogation, it was revealed that the arms (found at Bhaktinagar and 27th Mile) had been procured from Dimapur, Nagaland, from the NSCN (Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagalim), a militant organisation. It was also revealed that 15 GLP members and other people from the Darjeeling hills had undergone an arms training in Nagaland with NSCN militants for four months since January 2013. The arms were being brought at the behest of Sanjay Thulung (a GTA Sabha member, who is absconding now)," said the court source quoting the CID's FIR.

The court source could not tell which faction of the NSCN trained them. The NSCN has three factions and all are banned.

The FIR also states that a consignment of arms was earlier brought to Darjeeling and kept in the house of one Sanjeev Gurung, a resident of Tukvar near here. "Sanjeev is also untraceable," said the source.

The FIR names 13 people, including Sanjay Thulung.

The other 12 are his brother, Bijay Rai Thulung, Umesh Kami, Ganesh Chhetri, Sanjay Chhetri, Raju Gurung, Sen Singh Gurung, Milan Subba, Manish Tamang, Mikki, Ram Singh Rai, Sanjeev Gurung and Rahul Chhetri.

The 13 accused have been booked under IPC sections dealing with criminal conspiracy, waging or attempting to wage war against the state, collecting arms with intent of waging a war and sedition, apart from Sections 25 and 27 of the Arms Act (illegal use of arms).

The court source, however, could not immediately tell whether any of the 13 accused had a GLP background.

"Since the (Assam) duo said they did not have a lawyer to defend themselves in the case nor the capacity to hire counsels, the court has appointed Rahul Sinha as the defence advocate in the case. The judge has also asked the investigating officer to produce a copy of the FIR and the documents (found at 27th Mile) in the court tomorrow. The court will hear our prayer for police remand of the duo tomorrow," said Pankaj Prasad, assistant public prosecutor.

The Runglee-Rungliot case, in connection with which Kami and Chhetri were produced in the court today, is being investigated by the District Intelligence Branch (DIB).

Prasad said the police would tomorrow seek 10 days' remand for the two.

Told that the FIR talked about the arms training by the 15 GLP members, Lt Col (retd) Ramesh Allay, who is the head of the GLP, said: "This is news for me, it is shocking. The GLP, however, has been defunct for a long time now. It exists only on paper, not physically. Earlier, too, the GLP was involved only in social work."

Asked when it was made defunct, Allay said "quite sometime back".

Source: Telegraph

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