8 H I M A L AYA N M I R R O R GANGTOK, SUNDAY 12 APRIL 2015 Zindagi Rocks to release in Sikkim Gangtok, Apr 11: Get ready to immerse yourself in love and discover friendship all over again with ‘Zindagi Rocks’, a film of ‘Magical, Mystical Youthfulness’. After taking the neighboring country Nepal by storm, ‘Zindagi Rocks’, a rom-com adventure film is all set to woo the audience of Sikkim, Darjeeling and kalimpong as it hits the theaters next month. Having already created a huge buzz amongst teenagers in Nepal, the film is a warm, tear-jerking and humorous 2 hour journey into the lives of four friends who set out on an adventure trip and end up discovering the essence of love and friendship along the way. A tale of growing up, first romance and friendship, Zindagi Rocks is not only joyful but is Khagragarh blast: NIA arrests a suspect in Malda Malda, Apr 11: A five member team from the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday night apprehended one Bin Amin Seikh (32) from Ansaritola village under Baliadanga GP of Kaliachak area in Malda district near the Indo-Bangladesh border in connection with the October 2 2014 Khagragarh blast case. Amin was taken to Kolkata last night. The blast last year had occurred in a house in the Khagragarh locality of Burdwan, killing two suspected terrorists of Jamaatul-Mujahideen of Bangladesh on the spot and had left a third man severely injured. The police had seized 55 improvised explosive devices, RDX, wrist watch dials and SIM cards from the spot on the day of explosion. Amin, arrested last night hails from Bhagabangola in Murshidabad district and had taken refuge at the house of one Mahbool Rahaman at Ansaritola village to escape arrest, said police sources. The NIA officials on April 2 had nabbed one Mehboob Seikh on charges of providing refuge to Amin who used to frequent his house in Kaliachak. On questioning, Mehboob had mentioned Amin to be one of those involved in the Khagragarh blast case. The local police were informed by the NIA of Amin’s visit and had been instructed to keep the suspect under constant vigil which finally led to Amin’s arrest last night by the NIA team. (HS) Man arrested with firearm Malda,Apr 11: English Bazar police of Malda district apprehended a man with a handgun from the local railway hospital area late Friday night. The man has been identified as one Anis Khan (30), a resident of Sattari village under the EB police station. Dipak Karmakar, the EB police station officer-in-charge said, “Some police officials patrolling the railway hospital area spotted the man in suspicious condition and detained him. Later a country made pistol and a few rounds of bullets were recovered from him.” (HS) Duo injured in road mishap Malda, Apr 11: Two bikers were severely injured when they were hit by two weight-laden lorries from behind, at the Mathurapur area of Manikchowk under the Malda district today morning. The incident occurred at around 8:30 am when the two bikers came in between the wheels of two ten-wheeled lorries. According to police, the lorries were over-carrying sand, due to which the drivers lost control resulting into the accident. The injured duo has been admitted to Malda Medical College and Hospital in critical condition and is undergoing treatment. (HS) also an upbeat comedy which is often funny to the bones. The film star’s the new Heartthrob of Kollywood, Sauramraj Tuladhar along with Akesha Bista and Reecha Sharma (Loot fame) in lead roles. The movie also casts Sonam Pakhrin from Kalimpong, Prakriti Shrestha (Hostel Fame), Rajendra Khadgia and Keki Adhikari in prominent roles. The movie is directed by Nikesh Khadka and produced by Birendra K. Tuladhar under the banner Vee productions. Popular musician Sugham Pokhrel has composed the music for the film and songs like ‘Lakhar Lakhar’ and ‘Choko Maya’ have already gone viral in YouTube adding to the popularity of the film. Lok Adalat settles 6 cases HM Report Gangtok,Apr 11: National Lok Adalat relating to Labour and Family matters was held today throughout the country. Under the initiative, Sikkim State Legal Services Authority constituted nine Lok Adalat Benches at District Court Level and Taluk (SubDivision) levels out of which Labour and Family cases were taken up in Court of Judge Lok Adalat, East at Gangtok, Court of District & Sessions Judge, West at Gyalshing and Court of District & Sessions Judge, North at Mangan. A total of 11 cases were received out of which 6 cases were successfully settled. A sum of Rs 3, 85,000, was also awarded by the Lok Adalat Benches. As per information Sikkim SLSA would be organizing National Lok Adalat on various subjects every month. St Joseph hosts seminar on ‘Interrogating Development: Regional and Sub-Regional Trends’ Gangtok, Apr 11: Two days long seminar on “Interrogating Development: Regional and Sub-Regional Trends” was held at St. Joseph’s College of Darjeeling recently. The seminar was organized to interrogate the idea of development and to find out a critical stance of its regional and sub-regional manifestations. Senior scholars of international repute like Prof. Virginious Xaxa, Deputy Director, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Gauhati and Prof. Sharit K Bhowmik, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and National Fellow, ICSSR, New Delhi graced the the two days conference on March 29-30. The conference was funded by the ICSSR. The other dignitaries who presented speech in each academic session and chaired the technical sessions were Prof. Sibranjan Mishra, Visva Bharati, Prof. Abhijit Mitra, Burdwan University, Dr. Dilip Sarkar, Prof. Sanchari Mukherjee and Dr. Swatahsiddha Sarkar, North Bengal University. The seminar witnessed twenty four research papers followed by discussion thereafter. In the inaugural speech of Dr. C. B. Rai, former principal of St. Joseph’s College stressed on the contribution of Jesuits in the field of education in Darjeeling hills and the significance of the philosophy of Rev. Father Arrupe at the level of collegiate education. While introducing the conference theme convenor Dr. Anjan Chakrabarti, Head, Department of Economics held the view that strategies and policies for economic development often get contested and become contentious since most of our national and regional economic strategies focus on economic competitiveness that too in a knowledge driven global economy. Prof. Sharit Kumar Bhowmik in his keynote address pointed out that not only the wage differential between organized and unorganized sector is on rise, but the phenomenon is also the same among the same class of labourers in different unorganized sectors. He also brought his research findings on the present and future of the tea-gardens and tea-gardens labourers of Darjeeling and Dooars region. Prof. Virginis Xaxa, Tata Institute of Social Science, Gauhati, in his special lecture raised the crucial question that the attempt to address inequity, inequality through so called development ultimately breeds further inequity,inequality. Dr. Swatahsiddha Sarkar while presenting his argument strongly argued that though development and politics are inseparable issues, development over and over again makes its presence in a depoliticised form. To him, identity aspirations and agenda for development often become mutually exclusive however the reality denies such corroboration. St. Joseph’s college has decided to bring out an edited volume incorporating these presentations made during the conference days, which will not only help the researchers of this region but also prove to be an important policy document for various policy makers and planners working at both government and non-government agencies of this region and beyond. Tibe ts her self on ffire, ire, cries out ffor or Dalai Lama ibettan nun se sets herself Beijing, Apr 11: A nun set herself on fire while crying out for the Dalai Lama to return to Tibet in the latest in dozens of self-immolations in recent years by Tibetans protesting Beijing's controls over the region, overseas rights groups said. Yeshi Khando, 47, of Ngangang Nunnery circled Kardze Monastery in Sichuan province and then self-immolated on Wednesday near the police station while shouting slogans including "Tibet needs freedom," London-based Free Tibet said in a statement Friday. She also called out "Let His Holiness Return to Tibet" as she was on fire, the group said, a reference to the Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader who has lived for decades in exile in India. The Washington, D.C.based International Campaign for Tibet also reported the immolation, but used a slightly different spelling for the nun's name. The groups said security personnel and police used extinguishers to put out the flames and took Yeshi Khando away, and that local sources believed she died. A woman reached at the Ganzi county government denied that any self-immolation happened on Wednesday and hung up. Calls to the county police office rang unanswered. Yeshi Khando's nunnery could not be contacted. Tibetan monks and nuns are among the most active opponents of Chinese rule in the region and face some of the harshest restrictions on their activities. Earlier this week, Tibet's Communist Party chief Chen Quanguo has demanded that Buddhist monasteries display the national flag as part of efforts to shore up Chinese patriotism. Dozens of Tibetan Buddhist monks and laypeople have set themselves on fire in protest of Beijing's strict controls over the region and their religion and to call for the return of the Dalai Lama, according to the overseas rights groups. The International Campaign for Tibet says 113 men and 24 women have self-immolated since March 2011, the vast majority of whom have died. Gorkha organisation to be set up in Siliguri Siliguri, Apr 11: A meeting was held this morning at Gorkha Kalyan Sangathan in Bikashnagar, Salugara between the local Gorkha people and several noted Gorkha literateurs, authors, writers and activists. With the objective of establishing cohesiveness and solidarity amongst the Gorkha community residing in Siliguri, the meeting discussed over the pressing need of forming an organization that would help the local Gorkha populace scattered across Siliguri to build a strong cohesiveness amongst the community. Nar Bahadur Dahal, a noted local litterateur who also presided over the meeting and C.K.Shrestha, a local writer and the chief guest for today's meeting were greeted with colourful khada and tika. The welcome speech was given by Suren Pradhan, a social worker of the area. During his keynote address, chief guest CK Shrestha, said that it has become very essential for the Nepali people living in Siliguri to stay united and foster brotherhood amongst themselves, to which he proposed for setting up of an organisation christened as the ‘Siliguri Gorkha Samaj’, an idea which was actually coined by Sudha Pashi, a local activist who wanted to call it ‘Gorkha Mancha’. “With the setting up of the Siliguri Gorkha Samaj, we Nepalis living in Siliguri can come to each other’s help, and stay united as well,” said Shrestha. His idea of changing the original name ‘Gorkha Mancha’ into ‘Siliguri Gorkha Samaj’ was debated by 70-80% of the people present in the event. In response, Suren Pradhan, who has been elected the Convener for three months for the proposed organisation said, “Within this span of three months, the committee shall discuss on the resolutions and agendas required for setting up of the sangathan.” The name of the organisation shall be finalised later. It is a secondary issue, and shall be given a collective thought afterwards,” he added. Also present in today's meeting amongst many others were Sudha Pashi, a local activist and social worker Makkar Dhoj Tamang. (HS) GPU level training on organic farming Dalapchand, Apr 11: A Gram Panchayat Unit level training and interaction programme on Sikkim Organic Mission was held at Dalapchand Gram Prasashan Kendra, East Sikkim on Friday. The program was presided over by the Panchayat President, Dalapchand GPU in presence of H. K. Gautam, Joint Director, Natural Resource Management/ Food Security and Agriculture Development Department, Nima Doma Bhutia, DDA, Tshering Chopel Bhutia, Mission Officer, Service provider ICCOA, Official of Agriculture and Horticulture Department, Panchayat Members and farmers of the GPU. While addressing the programme Joint Director H.K Gautam explained in detail about the aims and objectives of the state government mission programme on Organic farming and certification. He also explained about the soil testing report, soil health card and plant health management. Tshering Chopel Bhutia highlighted the benefit of organic manure and organic pesticides, and its ultimate benefit to increase the productivity of land in sustainable manner. The Panchayat President informed about the present status of organic farming in the area and utilization of organ- ic manure. The demonstration on preparation and use of bioagent/botanical extract including maintenance and exercise on farm diary was also displayed by service provider ICCOA for the benefit of the farmers. An interactive session was arranged between farmers and resource persons where the farmers showed keen interest and actively participated in the discussion. Similarly, Day long GPU level training on organic farming and certification was held today at Chota Samdong Arubotey Panchayat Bhavan for the farmers. More than 80 participants from different wards of GPU attended the training. Panchayat President Poon Maya Subba and the Deputy Director J.B. Subba attended the program. Edited, Published, Printed and Owned by Anjan Upadhyaya from Gairi Gaon, Tadong, Gangtok, Printed at Pabi Publication House, Ranipool, Gangtok. Telephone: 98512-22787, Email: [email protected] / [email protected]. Mission officer Ram Kumar Gurung stressed on the importance of the Organic Mission of the State and urged the farmers to work hand in hand with the department and the ICS service provider. Kul Prasad Field Officer MEVEDIR Staff – covered the ICS (Internal Control System) process and the field functionaries of the Mevedir Staff. Deputy Director J.B. Subba said that there will be mandarin plantation through NREGA in Middle Chota Samdong in 10 Ha area. He also informed that there will be cardamom plantation through NREGA in 15 Ha in Dewanitar and Majuwa so that the farmers should work hard and have surplus production so that the department gets active market on their produce.
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