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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Attack on GJMM supporters... New Issue of Prawaah Out..Yellow pages of Kalimpong

PTI: At least 20 people were injured when supporters of the Jana Jagaran Morcha, an organisation of non—Nepalese people opposed to Gorkhaland, and GJM supporters clashed at Malbazar in Jalpaiguri district, police said today.
The clash took place when a motor-cycle rally of GJM supporters from Kalchini was intercepted by Jana Jagaran Morcha (JJM) supporters at Caltax More on Tuesday, Additional Superintendent of Police, Jalpaiguri, V. Soloman told reporters.
JJM President Apurba Das was seriously injured in the clash.
The JJM supporters said the rallyists had no formal permission to hold the meeting at Kalimpong. This resulted in an exchange of words culminating in a clash in which both sides pelted stones.
Police took the GJM supporters to a police station for their safety but the agitated JJM supporters, joined by local people, attacked the police station. The police burst five tear gas shells to bring the situation under control.
SSB jawans held a flag march in the area and in the evening, the rallists left for Kalimpong escorted by security guards.
Publicity chief of GJM Harka Bahadur Chheri on Wednesday blamed the police for Tuesday’s incident as it had stopped a “peaceful rally under the pretext of absence of formal permission for the meeting.

KalimNews: Several GJMM supporters were injured during an attack on them allegedly by Jana Jagaran manch and Amra Bengali supporters. According to information received from Mal Bazar a rally of about 600 GJMM supporters of different areas of Dooars on motorbikes and a few vehicles heading for Kalimpong were stopped by Mal Bazar Police near Caltex More at Mal Bazar. GJMM supporters were sloganeering while crossing Mal Bazar and they were stopped there by the Anti GJMM supporters and there was some altercation between the two groups, alleged JJM . GJMM supporters were asked to produce the permission for the rally, at the same time they were attacked with stones and bricks. Several bikers were injured and admitted at Mal rural Hospital and some at Gorubathan PHC. GJMM's rally was headed by Samuel Gurung and Wilson Champramari, MLA. Gurung escaped the clash and reached Kalimpong with the first group of GJMM in the evening, the rest were injured and stucked in Mal and given refuge at Mal Thana. Later they were released and escorted safely for Kalimpong. In the evening SSB was brought down to control the saituation.
Binod Thakkar (51) of Dumsipara was seriously injured during the clash. Hospital sources stated that his head injury is serious so Thakkar and Dhiraj Darjee (32) of Ramjhora and Bivek Biswa (18) and Pratap singh Rana (33)of Dalsingpara are referred to the Kalimpong SD Hospital. 20 rounds of tear gas was fired to control stone throwing anti GJMM people. During the clash a motorbike was torched while several vehicles were damaged. Apurba Das, Janagaran President was also injured allegedly attacked by GJMM supporters. Later Mal Police station was gheraoed by Public of Mal. Tension prevailed in Mal area throughout the afternoon. 
Kalimnews : New and fifth issue of Nav Prawaah, a monthly bi-lingual magazine has been published by the Prawaah Service Co-operative Society Ltd. The April issue of the magazine contains different articles contributed by renowned writers like C.K. Shrestha and poems of Moti Prasad Sharma, Sashi Sunam etc. The issue also reviews the latest political development in the hills after the last round of Tripartite dialogue. It is worth mentioning that the Nav Prawaah, being the only monthly magazine  published from Darjeeling hills has been gaining popularity among its readers since its re-entry from December 2009. Besides readers of Kalimpong it has managed to reach and impress readers of Darjeeling, Gangtok, North-East and New Delhi. A.K. Rai, Chief Editor of the magazine has disclosed that the magazine committee is seriously thinking to make it a society oriented mission to contribute towards the development in different spheres particularly in the education sector.
KPC  publishing Yellow Pages of Kalimpong 
Kalimnews : Kalimpong Press Club in its monthly meeting held on 3rd April at its office  has decided different future programmes to carry out. In the meeting chaired by Arun Kumar Rasaily, President and attended among others by life members it was decided to create the post of a Chief Patron and Patrons for those interested reputed figures of Kalimpong who could guide and advise the club on different stages. It was also decided in the meeting to publish a Yellow Pages of Kalimpong sub-division to meet up the requirement of a directory. For this purpose Pradeep Lohagun, Joint Secretary, was nominated as the Convenor who will hold further meetings and interactions to sort out the modalities of the Yellow Pages immediately. Further it was also resolved to publish annual magazine of the Club highlighting its activities every year on the occasion of foundation which falls on 16th November. Regarding annual event of organising a Sub-division level open Chess Tournament, the club decided to hold this programme very shortly for which a committee was also formed for taking necessary action. Club's Secretary Arun Kumar Rai presented the minutes of the last minute which was unanimously approved by the members present. He also highlighted the activities of the club in the last year. It was decided in the meeting to hold Bi-annual General Meeting of the Society in the month of May mainly to apprise the general members of the latest organisational development like construction of club's own building etc. and also to re-structure the Executive Committee as per the norms laid down in the constitution of the club.
On the occasion of the third death anniversary of late K.W.Molommu, founder President of the Club and Photojournalist of the then Sunchari Samachar, 

a memorial programme was organised by the Club. Khadas were offered while AK Rasaily , President of the Club gave a brief speech about the life of late Molommu.

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