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Posted by Ramesh Khati on December 19, 2009

Dear Readers,

Your very own gorkhatimes.wordpress blog has moved to www.gorkhatimes.com .It will have more indepth Gorkha analysis and features.See you all at www.gorkhatimes.com

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7 Sisters Winter Rock Fest concludes with a bang

Posted by Ramesh Khati on November 18, 2009

Electrifying performances by Northeast based bands really made mercury rise with pulsating echoes of music.

Photo Feature: Kamal Pradhan

Photos of the two day event organized by Haola records, Delhi at DLF place Saket,New Delhi

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83rd Basibiyalo Observed to Mark the Children Day

Posted by Ramesh Khati on November 18, 2009

Shared By:- Rupak Chetri


Kalimpong, 14 Nov : On the occasion of Children Day Hamro Bhavishya Bal Sanstha of 14th Mile, Echhey Busty, Kalimpong organised 83rd episode of monthly literary programme Basibiyalo. Tshering Bhutia, a young and energetic literature lover of the locality read out the code of conduct of the programme as usual and the new and old literary figures like Bishnu Bhujel, Samsher Ali, Jangey Tamang, Dr. Kamal Pokhrel, Gyan Sutar, Hira Chhetri, Capt (Retd) Bhumiraj Rai, Tulshi Ojha recited their creative poems and short stories. By presenting a self composed song about the beauty of Darjeeling Himalayan Railways, B.K. Shilal added the extra attraction to the programme. It was decided in the programme to organise the next 84th episode of the monthly programme on second saturday of December at Pudung Busty. In the programme Sahsher Ali, who also happens to be the chief co-ordinator of the monthly litarary programme, viewed that now this litarary programme should be organised at grass root level to make the shoolgoing children aware about their mother tongue, litarature and culture. Hira Chhetri distributed Nepali children magazines among the local students and requested them to contribute their articles in the magazine ‘Bal Bagaicha’ being published by the Khiroda Kharka Charitable Trust, Darjeeling in memory of late children literary figure Smt. Khiroda Kharka.

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Non-GJMM front likely after 21 Dec tripartite talks

Posted by Ramesh Khati on November 18, 2009

SILIGURI, 17 NOV(The Statesman): A non-GJMM political front is likely to emerge in the Darjeeling hills after the proposed 21 December tripartite talks, in Darjeeling. There are, however, differences among the possible front constituents about the inclusion of the GNLF in it. While the Communist Party Revolutionary Marxist leader, Mr R B Rai, favoured a broad-based political configuration involving the non-GJMM political forces including the GNLF, the All India Gorkha League leader, Mr Madan Tamang is against the incorporation of the GNLF.
These statements have assumed political significance in view of the GJMM threat to go all out if the 21 December parleys fail to yield result. The GJMM chief Mr Bimal Gurung has already made it clear that the GJMM would declare Gorkhaland on its own, and snap political and economic ties with West Bengal, if the talks fail.
According to Mr Rai, the whole concept is still mired in speculative murkiness. “We are not thinking of it right now. Let the three-way dialogue be over first. Then, depending on the developing situation, a broad-based political configuration might come into existence. All the non-GJMM parties might be involved in it,” he said. He, however, denied rumours of a meeting with the GNLF leader, Mr Subash Ghisingh, on the issue. “These reports are baseless,” he claimed.
Speaking on the possibility of a non-GJMM political front, the AIGL president, Mr Madan Tamang said that his party would not be involved in any front if it had the GNLF as its partner. “We might welcome a front sans the GNLF. Both the GJMM and the GNLF, as fascist forces, are two sides of the same coin. A non-GJMM and non GNLF political front is, however, possible,” Mr Tamang said.
However, welcoming such a suggestion, a Panighatta-based, GNLF leader, Mr Rajen Mukhia said that there were no permanent friends or foes in politics. “I, for one, am not in a position to tell anything definitively on this serious matter. Our leader, Mr Subash Ghising, would decide things at the right time. But I can say that politics, being regarded as an art of the possible, nothing is beyond the pale,” Mr Mukhia added.

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Uniform exams the Morcha way

Posted by Ramesh Khati on November 18, 2009

Kalimpong, Nov. 17(Telegraph): Around 15,000 prospective Madhyamik and Higher Secondary candidates in the hills were for the first time given uniform questions for the selection examinations that began at 129 schools today.

In the past, the schools framed questions individually or requisitioned those set by the All Bengal Teachers’ Association for the selection examinations. The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha-affiliated Janmukti Secondary Teachers’ Organisation (JSTO), however, decided to do away with that practice from this year and introduced uniform question papers at all the schools in the hills.

The JSTO spokesman, Bhisan Roka, said the heads of the institutions wholeheartedly welcomed the new system when it had been first mooted in July. “Apart from making the examinations more competitive and thereby preparing the students in the hills to face the board examinations better, we are also trying to send a political message that we in the hills are equipped to take care of education on our own.”

“We selected two teachers from each subdivision for every subject to draft the questions. The six sets of question papers were then handed over to a moderator, who framed the final question paper for each subject,” said Roka.

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Mokokchung Press Club’s Press Note

Posted by Ramesh Khati on November 18, 2009

Press Note

The Mokokchung Press Club is very disheartened by the incident that occurred on 17th of November, 2009 at Imkongmeren Sports Complex, Mokokchung during the ongoing Assam Rifles Recruitment Rally, wherein an esteemed member of the press was verbally abused by a military personnel one Major Sandhu.

The derogatory language he used against the reporter, who was in the scene on invitation of the concerned authority, was so unbecoming of any responsible officer. The abusive language he used before confiscating the reporter’s car key and shooing him away was racist in nature and disparaging in intent. Major Sandhu’s bigoted remarks, which do not befit mention in this communiqué, are in downright contradiction with the Assam Rifle’s slogan ‘Friends of the hills people’.

The MPC demands the Major Sandhu to personally apologize to the reporter in concern and it is also expected of the concerned authority to look into the matter so that such unwanted incidents do not occur in the future.

Sd/-

President: Limalenden Lkr

Secretary: Sashimeren

Responding to the invitation of the District Administration (SDO C) Mokokchung, the Mokokchung Correspondent of Nagaland Post went to the Imkongmeren Sports Complex to cover the Assam Rifle Recruitment Rally that was underway. Upon reaching the ground, the correspondent met the driver of SDO (C) who replied that he was waiting for my arrival. The driver then took the reporter to the sentry who was at the gate. The driver identified to the sentry that the media person has come as per the request of the officers. But the sentry refused entry to this reporter and instead informed that his officers will be contacted first. Waiting at the gates for quite some time, the reporter decided to leave and returned to his vehicle. But before reaching the vehicle, one major SANDHU came up from behind and started shouting at the reporter using derogatory and racist language and told the reporter to get out. Even the sentry and other jawans of the AR ordered the reporter to immediately leave the venue. Subsequently, the reporter walked backed to the car and drove towards the exit. While exiting, the reporter saw the officer making disparaging gestures at him with both fists, to which he gestured back. At that moment, the officer ordered his jawans to stop the reporter’s car. Immediately the reporter stopped the car and the officer came rushing to the vehicle shouting, again using foul languages. The officer even went to the extend of snatching the car key of the reporter’s vehicle. At that moment, the 2IC of Assam Rifle and the SDO (C) came to the spot and tried to pacify the reporter and persuaded him to come back. But the correspondent demanded to the 2IC that the Major comes to the reporter personally and apologize. Also the reporter replied to the 2IC that the incident will be regarded as an insult to the Naga people. After saying those words, the reporter left the venue.

Submitted By: Rupak Chetri

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Anal Naga Tribe in Manipur celebrates post harvest festival

Posted by Ramesh Khati on November 18, 2009

Chandel (Manipur), Nov.17 (ANI): The vibrant tribal culture came alive recently in Chandel district of Manipur, as the Chavan Kumhrin, a post harvest festival of the Anal Naga tribe, was celebrated here.

The festival saw the confluence of old and new traditions in a thoroughly creative manner.

Preserving the age-old traditions of Anal Naga tribe, the post harvest festival ‘Chavan Kumhrin’ was celebrated with fanfare and enthusiasm.

Themed “Culture for Unification”, the festival was celebrated at the Maha union Govt. Higher Secondary School ground, Japhou in Chandel.

‘Chavan’ denotes autumn and ‘Kumhrin’ means New Year, thus Chavan Kumhrin is interpreted as the arrival of autumn season. During the annual festival, the Anal villagers bring part of what they harvest for the blessings of village elders and leaders.

This is done for a good harvest, health and prosperity.

“This Chavan Kumhring festival is being held from past many years by our forefathers. Our own father, when the new season comes in, with autumn season coming and the cultivation from the field. At the same time, our forefathers planned to welcome the new season, the plants, the products, the seeds we have obtained from the field,” said HL Lovingson, Organizer, of the Chavan Kumhring Festival.

The festival, which was earlier celebrated only by the Anal tribe, has now become a common festival for all the tribes inhabiting Chandel district. It showed cultural dances and songs of the various tribes of Chandel including Anal, Lamkang, Chothe, Moyon, Monsang, Zou, Kuki and also the Manipuri traditional Thang-ta.

As part of the celebration several competitions for students in various subjects including mathematics, science GK, literature were also held during the festival.

“I am really happy to participate in the festival. Through this we are able to interact with different tribes in the district for peace, unity and co-existence,” said Prem Tarao, a participant at the Chavan Kumhring Fest.

“I feel so excited and glad to see so many people from different communities gathered here to experience the unique love God has given unto us and to experience it while we are living on earth,” said Zacsha, a resident in Chandel.

The celebration was a mixed bag with modern and traditional fashion parades.

“Chamdil Idol” was introduced in this year’s festival to highlight talented artistes of Chandel district through modern and traditional songs.

The ‘Chavan Kumhrin’ in recent years has emerged as a major festival, which evokes unity among the tribes of Nagaland. (ANI)

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Muay-Thai Kick Boxing master promotes the art in Northeast

Posted by Ramesh Khati on November 18, 2009

Guwahati, Nov 17(ANI): Ayekpam Rakesh Meitei, a master in Muay Thai or Thai boxing, is training youth in the northeast to promote the sport in the country. Thai boxing is popular worldwide for its special fighting technique that utilizes all parts of the body as weapons of defence as well as attack. It is a unique art of self-defence referred to as “The Art of Eight Limbs”, as the hands, shins, elbows, and knees are all used extensively in this art.The 49-year-old Rakesh, who was born in Manipur, started his martial arts career by learning Thang Ta, a Manipuri Martial art of sword in 1976. He received his black belt five degree Dan from Arizona, USA under Master Robert Lee Moore in 1997. After one year of rigorous training at Rangsit, Thailand, Rakesh was declared a Qualified Instructor under the World Muay-Thai Council in 1999.Subsequently, he became the first Indian to be awarded the Master of Amateur of Muay Thai (Gold Mangkon) from the World Academy of Muay Thai, Bangkok. Since then, he has been promoting Muay Thai in India and has set up training institutes in Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Tripura, Assam and branches in Kolkata, Bangalore and Mysore.”I am trying to promote Muai Thai in India. I am training some youth of Assam to promote the sports. We have performed four times in national championships in India and they have performed really well and I believe that they can compete even in the International level,” Rakesh said.Rakesh is well versed in Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Karate, Wu shu, Boxing and Thang-Ta (a Manipuri Martial art).In the last two decades, he has trained thousands of youth in martial arts, while more than 200 students have received black belt Dan and have got jobs in Defence, Railways and in the Navy. At present he is teaching over two hundred students in Jorhat and various parts in Assam. Recently, he also organized a demonstration program at Jorhat Arts College and conducted a Qualifying Tournament for the upcoming National Amateur Muay-Thai Championship, which is going to be held early next year.”I will stay in Jorhat for a few more years, as I want to teach the students here to become good and professional players. I have studied in Assam for many years and I know that there are very talented youth. So, I want to train them up. Martial art has a very good scope as through the art form, one can maintain discipline, health and gain confidence. The youth can avoid indulging in detrimental activities,” Rakesh said. He has also organized National Muay-Thai Kick Boxing Championship four times from 2000 to 2004. One of his students has qualified for the upcoming International Amateur Muay-Thai Championship to be held in Thailand from November 27 to December 5. With many talented sportsperson in the country, Rakesh believes that the promotion of the martial arts, Muay-Thai will bring pride and honour to the nation. (ANI)

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Mrs India North East 2009 (Photo Feature)

Posted by Ramesh Khati on November 17, 2009

Here’s a photo feature of 4th Darpan Mrs India North

East 2009

By Nanda Kirati Dewan


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All Assam Gorkha Students’ Union(AAGSU), Golagaht College Unit Releases its Calender

Posted by Ramesh Khati on November 17, 2009

The All Assam Gorkha Students’ Union’s( Golagaht College Unit) Calender was released yesterday in Guwahati by veteran Sahitya Academy Awardee Prof (Rtrd) Lil Bahadur Chetri in presence of GACDC spokesman Purna Chetri and Founder President of AAGSU, GCU Nanda Kirati Dewan.

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Bhutanese students in dress code dilemma – Morcha wants compliance, cops preach defiance

Posted by Ramesh Khati on November 17, 2009

A Bhutanese woman in a kira and toego in Darjeeling on Monday.

Darjeeling, Nov 16(Telegraph): Bhutanese students across the Darjeeling hills have been caught in a crossfire between the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha and police on wearing of their national dress.

The Morcha has asked all students and teachers to wear their traditional dresses for three days a week from October 26 till further notice.

Bhutan government officials, along with senior police officers of Bengal, have appealed to Bhutanese students to stop wearing their national dress, which incidentally is mandatory in their country, while attending colleges in the hills.

The Gorkha Janmukti Vidyarthi Morcha, the hill party’s student wing, however, described the appeal as a move to derail the agitation for Gorkhaland. “It is the conspiracy of K.L. Tamta (inspector-general of police, north Bengal) to derail the cultural movement by using the Bhutanese government. The conspiracy is being hatched to create problems before the next tripartite meeting,” said Keshav Raj Pokhrel, the general secretary of the Vidyarthi Morcha. Read the rest of this entry »

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Four held for Sikkim overdraft fraud

Posted by Ramesh Khati on November 17, 2009

Gangtok, Nov. 16(Telegraph): Four persons were arrested today for their attempts to withdraw Rs 85 crore as overdraft from the State Bank of Sikkim by fraudulent documents.

The four arrested — Sunil Rai, Subroto Banerjee, Gautam Das and Sudip Malik — have been charged with cheating, fraud and criminal conspiracy under different sections of the IPC, said S.T. Bhutia, the senior superintendent of police, crime branch.

“We had started investigations into the case after receiving credible information. Today, we registered the case against the four following nightlong raids at their residences,” Bhutia said. He refused to elaborate further.

Sources said the CID seized four cheques drawn in favour of one P.K. Anand — three worth Rs 25 crore each and one worth Rs 10 crore — from the bank, besides documents. The cheques were dated between November 10 and 13. The identity of Ananda is yet to be established.

Investigations reveal that as part of the overdraft deal, the four had provided collateral based on false documents from three companies which are based in different parts of the country but have offices in Gangtok. According to the agreement, the payment would have been made in November 2014.

A probe is on the antecedents of the companies and whether they had adequate funds in their accounts held with the bank. The CID has not ruled out the involvement of bank officials.

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