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Gorkha Times Blog has moved to www.gorkhatimes.com

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

Regards Gorkha Times Admin


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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.


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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Posted by Ramesh Khati on November 11, 2009

Dear Readers,

Due to break down in internet connectivity we are unable to update Gorkha Times. Gorkha Times will be up and running with updates as soon as the problem is fixed.

Regards Admin

Gorkha Times

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Gurkhas in fresh court battle over army pensions

Posted by Ramesh Khati on October 27, 2009

Veteran Gurkha soldiers from Nepal are launching another court battle against the government

LONDON(AFP) — Veteran Gurkha soldiers from Nepal are launching another court battle against the government Tuesday — this time over pension rights.

The British Gurkha Welfare Society is taking action at London’s High Court because it says around 24,000 veterans and dependants who served in the British army before 1997 receive only a third of the normal payments.

In May, all Gurkha veterans with a minimum four years’ service won the right to settle in Britain after a high-profile legal battle led by actress Joanna Lumley.

“It is an insult that the Gurkhas are yet again forced to take the British government to court,” said Chhatra Rai, general secretary of the British Gurkha Welfare Society, ahead of the hearing.

“Notwithstanding the savings that could be made by increasing the future monthly pension payments for Gurkhas, this is above all a moral issue as the majority of Gurkha veterans in this group are now becoming increasingly old and fragile,” he said.

“Most of these Gurkhas are therefore not able to work in their old age to supplement their pension.”

The society says there are also around 7,000 Gurkha veterans who served for less than 15 years and receive no pension at all. In addition, around 5,000 veterans and widows currently rely heavily on charity to survive, it adds.

The Ministry of Defence, the target of the legal action, says that because Gurkha pensions are payable over a longer time than regular armed forces pensions, Gurkhas end up receiving the same amount as British veterans.

“Over the course of a retirement, Gurkha soldiers will receive the same amount of pension as their British counterparts,” it said in a statement.

“Gurkha pensions can be paid from the age of 33, 20 years before British pensions begin,” it added.

“That means a Gurkha rifleman will already have received approximately 40,000 pounds (44,000 euros, 65,000 dollars) by the time he is 60.”

Ninety-four British lawmakers have so far signed a House of Commons motion calling for improved pension rights for Gurkha veterans.

One of them, Ann Widdecombe of the main opposition Conservatives, said: “The Gurkhas have always been an integral part of the British armed forces, fighting the same wars and carrying out the same duties as British soldiers.”

“It is an injustice to give these veterans a pension based on their country of origin instead of the country in whose army they loyally served.”

About 200,000 Gurkhas fought for Britain in World War I and World War II and more than 45,000 have died in British uniform.

Around 3,500 now serve in the British army, including in Afghanistan, from where around 100 Gurkhas returned to their base in southeast England on Sunday.

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Posted by Ramesh Khati on October 10, 2009

Gorkha Times appeals to everyone, who denounces injustice and violence to attend PEACEFUL RALLY to protest against the killings of Gorkhas by NDFB militants at Sonitpur District, Assam.


Time:- 11 am onwards

Place:- Jantar Mantar, Delhi


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Posted by Ramesh Khati on September 24, 2009

Rota Dandiya Utsav 2

Rotaract Club of Dimapur Nagaland is going to organize a Rota Dandiya Utsav “2” at Ram Janaki Thakurbari Ground on 25th & 26th of September from 6:00 P.M. Onwards. The program is undertaken under the able Chairmanship & Co-Chairmanship of Rtr. Rohit Malani & Rtr. Niraj Bucha Respectively.

The Special attraction of the program are Dandiya with DJ, Dandiya Competition, Best Couple, Best Dress Male & Female, Best Dandiya Stick, Best Group and many more surprises.

For entries details contact : 9436212505, 9863206289, 9774045015, 9436004320

Rtr.Santosh Ojha


Rotaract Club of Dimapur

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Pasang Sherpa: Rowing For The Environment

Posted by Ramesh Khati on September 11, 2009

Pasang Sherpa

Pasang Sherpa

Pasang Sherpa, from Nepal, is the newest rower to join the team(Rowing For The Environment). Aged 25, she currently resides in Boulder, having traveled there to visit friends and family, she stayed for the Rocky Mountains, which remind her of home. Having a passion for the outdoors and adventure, Pasang has been involved in a number of them during her life. Working as the first female mountaineering instructor in Nepal, in 2006 she climbed to the summit of Nangpai Gosum, a previously unclimbed peak that is 7321 meters high. Following that impressive accomplishment, she successfully climbed Mt. Everest as part of a Clean-Up Expedition to gather the trash left by other climbers who had previously made the expedition to the top. And now, with no prior rowing experience, Pasang has become part of the Rowing for the Environment team! She sees this as a chance to help the environment, and as part of that same something that drove her on her climb up Everest, her love for adventure!


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Posted by Ramesh Khati on September 11, 2009

Issued by Dimapur Press Club

Media persons in Dimapur(Nagaland) are continually becoming victims of antisocial elements/miscreants for the past many months, which are evident from the recent incidents of vehicle thefts and other items.

In a recent incident, a Video Cameras and still Camera, besides other valuable items belonging to NETV Journalist, Pradeep Pareek was stolen from his car by unidentified miscreants on 8th September at around 6.30 p.m. from busy Nyamo Lotha Road. The miscreants had broken the rear window glass of his vehicle and after opening the door, took away the bag containing the Cameras.

An FIR to this effect was lodged in East PS, but the lost materials are yet to be recovered.

It may be mentioned here that on August 28, a motorcycle belonging to a Reporter of Nagaland Post was stolen from Nagarjan area, but till date it has not been recovered.

Earlier this year, the office of the Dimapur Press Club was burgled, where the miscreants took away all the office furniture, fans etc. Here too, no recovery was made.

While petty crimes of snatching, lifting of vehicles etc. are becoming the order of the day, targeting the members of Fourth Estate has become a serious matter.

Expressing concern over the recent incidents, where members of Dimapur Press Club have become victims of unidentified miscreants, the DPC vehemently condemns those who have committed the crime. At the same time, the DPC request the law enforcing agencies to step up vigil in Dimapur town to prevent such occurrences.

Further, the DPC appeals to the Dimapur Police to take these incidents seriously and initiate necessary exercises to nab the culprits and recover the stolen items.

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Posted by Ramesh Khati on September 3, 2009

Due to my training at Kolkata for 10 days I was not able to bring you latest updates, I beg your pardon and services of Gorkha Times will resume asusual from tomorrow.

Regards Ramesh Khati(Gorkha Times)

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Posted by Ramesh Khati on August 15, 2009


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Indian natural herb Tulsi to fight back swine flu

Posted by Ramesh Khati on August 13, 2009

Ocimum_Sanctum (Tulsi)

Ocimum_Sanctum (Tulsi)

Ayurveda, the traditional ‘science of life’, has a remedy for diseases when every other stream of medicine fails. Now, at a time when swine flu is spreading like wildfire across the world, Ayurveda has the remedy in the form of the miraculous herb, the basil leaves commonly known as Tulsi.

Tulsi, the purest and most sublime plant, has been known and worshipped in India for more than five millennia for its remarkable healing properties. Considered as an ‘Elixir of Life’, this wonder herb has now been claimed to keep the deadly swine flu at bay and help fast recovery in afflicted persons.

“The anti-flu property of Tulsi has been discovered by medical experts across the world quite recently. Tulsi improves the body’s overall defence mechanism including its ability to fight viral diseases. It was successfully used in combating Japanese Encephalitis and the same theory applies to swine flu,” Dr U K Tiwari, a herbal medicine practitioner says.

Apart from acting as a preventive medicine in case of swine flu, Tulsi can help the patient recover faster.

“Even when a person has already contracted swine flu, Tulsi can help in speeding up the recovery process and also help in strengthening the immune system of the body,” he claims.

Dr Bhupesh Patel, a lecturer at Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar is also of the view that Tulsi can play an important role in controlling swine flu.

“Tulsi can control swine flu and it should be taken in fresh form. Juice or paste of at least 20-25 medium sized leaves should be consumed twice a day on an empty stomach.” This increases the resistance of the body and, thereby, reduces the chances of inviting swine flu,” believes Patel.

As its name suggests, Tulsi has again proved to be the ‘the incomparable’ medicine – this time, in the prevention and cure of swine flu.

The symptoms of the H1N1 flu virus in people are similar to the symptoms of seasonal flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. A significant number of people who have been infected with novel H1N1 flu virus also have reported diarrhea and vomiting. The high risk groups for novel H1N1 flu are not known at this time, but it’s possible that they may be the same as for seasonal influenza. However, Please consult a practitioner in case of any such symptoms. Doctors have strictly advised against self medication.

Source:Yahoo with PTI inputs

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Krishna Janmashtami To Be Celebrated on 14th August World Over By Hindus

Posted by Ramesh Khati on August 13, 2009


When is Janmashtami?

Janmashtami 2009 is on August 14th

Janmashtami celebrates the birth of one of the most famous Gods of Hindu religion, Bhagwan Krishna, on the eighth day (Ashtami) in the month of Sravana or Savana. Lord Sri Krishna was born on the ‘Rohini’ nakshatram (star). It is generally celebrated in the month of August-September according to the Christian Calendar. Legend has it that Sri Krishna was born on a dark, stormy and windy night to end the rule and atrocities of his maternal uncle, Kansa.

Position of Stars at the time of Birth
It was only on the eighth day of the second fortnight, in the month of Sravana when, the moon entered the house of Vrishabha in Rohini Nakshatra (star) that Lord appeared. According to Barhapatyamana, the month of Sravana corresponds to the month of Bhadrapada Krishnapaksha. Lord was born in the year of Visvavasu, appx. 5,227 years ago.

Celebrated for over Two Days
Janmashtami is celebrated for over two days as “Rohini” nakshatra and Ashtami may not fall on the same day. The first day known as Krishnashtami, as the birth of Bhagwan Krishna falls on the eighth day after Raksha Bandhan, which generally falls in the month of August. The second day is known as Kalashtami.

Welcome the Lord at Midnight
It is only at midnight between the first and the second day that birth of Sri Krishna took place. The actual festivities begin during midnight in this 48 hour period. The celebration reaches its peak at midnight, with the birth of Lord Krishna, with lot of hymns, arti taking place and blowing of the Conch (shankh), rocking the cradle of Lord. The idol of lord is bathed with Panchamrit (A mixture of milk, ghee, oil, honey and Gangajal). The Panchamrit is later distributed as Prasad to the devotees along with other sweets. While some Fast on the first day and break it at midnight for others the fasting continues for both days. The period coincides with rainy season.

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