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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Hill car ban.. Ghising returning on Monday

TT, Darjeeling: The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha has decided to “ban” the movement of government vehicles, including those of police, for an indefinite period starting Saturday. The outfit is demanding the arrest of the Gorkha National Liberation Front supporters who clashed with Morcha activists in the Terai region on Tuesday.
KalimNews 17 April: Akhil Bharatiya Adivasi Vikash Parishad started its agitation demanding inclusion of Dooars area in the VIth schedule of Indian Constitution. A cycle rally was organised by ABAVP in 20 blocks of Siliguri Terai and Jalpaiguri dooars. With proper permission this programme is started on Saturday and will continue till 30th June.
Meanwhile Subhas Ghising Chief of GNLF is returning from Myanmar on Monday the 19th. It is said that after landing at Delhi he will visit some of the Union Cabinet Ministers including the Home Minister. 
SHEEM HEADLINES:Bhola Tamang, a rescue  worker of rafting service was swallowed by Rangpo river near Rangpo of Sikkim while trying to save the injured of an accident. In the accident 2 person were still marooned atop an ill fated truck they were travelling which fell in the river.
Gorkhaland is the dream of Gorkhas
BGP Media Cell, source-Voice of Sikkim: The movement for a separate state of Gorkhaland is at a critical juncture when all the stakeholders must sink their differences and jointly decide on the future action, feels the Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh. Gorkhaland is the dream of Gorkhas all over India, who see in its creation a way to deliver the national identity that the community is fighting for.
After a meeting in New Delhi on Friday, the Parisangh’s Working President Rev Dr Enos Das Pradhan referred to Home Minister P Chidambaram urging the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha to build a political consensus on Gorkhaland and said that the Parisangh would welcome any step that GJM President Bimal Gurung takes to forge such a broad-based strategy on Gorkhaland.
“The Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh, as an all-India Gorkha organization, recognizes the clear necessity of creating a separate state of Gorkhaland. The BGP is also willing to play a role in bringing all the political parties of Darjeeling and Dooars together to jointly decide on the future course of action regarding the demand for Gorkhaland,” said Pradhan. “We believe that alliance-building can generate strength, so we are willing to facilitate a meeting of all the political parties in New Delhi to create a mighty front in favour of Gorkhaland,” he added.
He pointed out how  joint action had once effectively thwarted the Parliamentary bill to put Darjeeling under the 6th Schedule of the Constitution. “The Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh, political parties and social organisations had all united to oppose the bill as one, and the Central Government, in the face of such a united action, was forced to keep the Constitutional Amendment Bill at abeyance,” Pradhan recalled.
The BGP also explained how all political parties, including the BJP, Congress and state parties, had come together as one during the agitation for the creation of Uttarakhand state. Though the parties had their own political agendas, on the issue of Uttarakhand they had decided to present a united front. In a similar manner, the movement for Gorkhaland today requires  all parties to sink their differences and fight as partners for a worthy cause. “By presenting a united face to the Centre and West Bengal government, the case for Gorkhaland would be immensely strengthened,” said the BGP Working President.
The Gorkhas, for long suffering from the ignominy of being called settlers and foreigners despite being bonafide Indian who have served their motherland with commitment, could receive justice only if a separate state of Gorkhaland is created. “Across India, Gorkhas have assured of support to a separate state since there is no real alternative to Gorkhaland in their achieving a national political identity,” said some Parisangh members.
Pradhan also said the Parisangh was working on confidence-building measures to reassure those reported to disfavor the creation of Gorkhaland. The Parisangh had initiated cultural exchanges between the Gorkhas and Adivasis of Dooars, initiated discussions with non-Gorkha intellectuals and political parties in the plains and was forming Gorkhaland support groups in different areas, including in New Delhi. “As a social organization, we will continue to create opinion in favour of Gorkhaland. We are partners in the fight for Gorkhaland,” he said.

GFA aid to storm victims
Dilbin Samuel, Christian Today: About 120 people have been killed and hundreds of others injured after a deadly cyclone struck in the Indian states of West Bengal and Bihar on Tuesday.
Gospel for Asia is rushing aid to the affected areas where thousands reportedly have been left homeless by the 100 mph winds.
“We have reports that there is no more room left in the hospitals to care for the wounded,” said Gospel for Asia President Dr KP Yohannan.
Gospel for Asia Compassion Services Teams are taking emergency relief supplies to the people in the cyclone-hit areas. They will be handing out food, medical supplies, clothing and other household items.
“Ever since the 2004 Asian Tsunami, we have been training our teams to respond so that suffering people can be helped,” Dr Yohannan said.
“We don’t see it as a burden. We see it as an opportunity for these hurting people to experience Christ’s love. Tens of thousands are hearing the Good News that Jesus cares as we come to their aid.”
According to media sources, the cyclone ripped through more than 100,000 houses in Bihar’s Araria, Purnia, Katihar and Kishanganj districts and Bengal’s North Dinajpur and Jalpaiguri districts. Authorities there say the death toll is likely to go up.
Bengal Civil Defence minister Srikumar Mukherji said many were found dead in the rubble of 50,000 houses that were damaged in the storm.
“Hundreds of people have been hospitalised with severe injuries,” he added.
Once the emergency needs are met, GFA says it will turn its attention to helping the people rebuild their homes.
“It’s a foregone conclusion that we will continue working to help the suffering people find shelter and rebuild their homes,” Dr Yohannan said.
The teams assisting with the relief effort are working out of a Gospel for Asia-supported Bible college in the heart of the affected area. Surprisingly, the school did not sustain any damage.
Meanwhile, TV news reports in neighbouring Bangladesh reports of dozens being killed and many others trapped as a result of the storm. Medical and food supplies have been rushed to the victims.
In May last year more than 155 people were killed by Cyclone Aila, which hit West Bengal and Bangladesh.

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