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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Morcha off the roads...strike in hills peaceful... GJM tells touriss to leave Darjeeling

Vivek Chhetri,TT, Darjeeling, June 19: The hills shut down on the first day of the indefinite bandh called by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha but its supporters did not put up pickets on the streets to flaunt their might as in the past.
Instead, CRPF jawans, posted after Morcha rival Madan Tamang’s daylight murder, patrolled the town. Also, unlike in the past, the highway to Sikkim was left free for traffic.
“Although we had kept NH31A out of the strike’s purview, very few vehicles plied today,” said Morcha assistant secretary Binay Tamang.
Explaining the reason for not putting up pickets, treasurer Dawa Lama said: “There is no need to post pickets as the entire hill people are with us.”
But on all occasions the Morcha had called bandhs in the past, it had put up pickets.
A leader said the “change in stance” was because the party did not want to do anything that could “precipitate” the situation, especially now that the CRPF was out on the streets. “We have been able to contain the backlash of Tamang’s killing to a significant extent,” a Morcha leader said. “We do not want to provoke any violence in the hills. Everyone can see the bandh has been totally peaceful as well as complete, though we did not come out.”
The leader said the Morcha wanted to convey to the people that it wanted peace.
The Morcha also allowed people with important work or travel plans in the plains to leave the hills.
There are few tourists now. But some of the few here availed of vehicles arranged by the Morcha to leave the hills.
(Photo: Bandh without  any GJMM picketers in the streets of Kalimpong - KalimNews) 
GJM tells tourists to leave Darjeeling
Deccan Herald NS,Kolkata: The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) on Saturday issued a final quit notice to all national and international tourists visiting the hills as the indefinite bundh called by the outfit to press for a CBI inquiry into the killing of Gorkha leader Madang Tamang began on a quiet note.
The bundh disrupted normal life in the three hill subdivisions of Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Kurseong, but there has been no report of any untoward incident so far, official sources said.
According to GJM assistant secretary Binoy Tamang, besides the CBI probe, the GJM has been insisting on the transfer of IG (North) K L Tamta and sub-divisional police officer of Kurseong. It also demanded that there ought to be no extension to Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council care-taker secretary B L Meena, who completes his tenure this month.
Tamta’s transfer by the West Bengal government failed to placate agitating  GJM workers who demanded that the government would have to concede the demands, including stopping the alleged police excess.
There was some confusion over the date of the bundh as many posters pasted on street walls stated the bundh from June 18, he said, but later the party high command made it  clear that all the tourists visiting the hills should not suffer due to the bundh starting June 19.
Shutdown by Gorkhas paralyses West Bengal's Darjeeling
IANS, Darjeeling, June 19 – Most shops downed shutters and vehicular traffic was sparse as normal life came to a standstill in West Bengal’s Darjeeling Hills Saturday on day one of the indefinite shutdown called by the pro-Gorkhaland Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM).
The GJM is on the agitation path in support of a host of demands, including a halt to the harassment of the members of the frontal organisation Gorkhaland Personnel (GLP) by the police.
Few people ventured out on the roads in the three hill sub-divisions – Darjeeling, Kurseong and Kalimpong – of Darjeeling district, authorities said.
Following a complaint, the police have asked the GLP – a virtual police force raised by the Bimal Gurung led GJM leadership – to vacate several offices of the hill development body, the Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council (DGHC).
‘No untoward incident has happened till now,’ said D.P Singh, Darjeeling police superintendent said Saturday afternoon.
In the morning, the GJM activists tried to block the Sevok Bazar area, which leads to National Highway 31A, considered the lifeline of the Himalayan state of Sikkim. However, police quickly swung into action, removed the blockade and arrested the GJM workers.
News imageThe GJM, agitating for creation of a separate Gorkhaland state out of Darjeeling and parts of Jalpaiguri districts, had earlier given an ultimatum to the state government that its demands, including transfer of Inspector General of Police North Bengal K.L. Tamta and Kurseong sub-divisional police officer Rakesh Sinha, be fulfilled by 6 p.m. Friday.
The state government has already transferred Tamta, but said it was routine and not linked to the GJM demand.(Pic: Darjeeling on the first day of Indefinite bandh from Darjeeling Times)
Manisha wedded wife of Samrat
Bollywood actress Manisha Koirala and groom Samrat Dahal perform rituals at a resort just outside Kathmandu, Nepal, Saturday, June 19, 2010. Koirala married Nepalese businessman Dahal in a traditional ceremony attended by family and close friends. (AP Photo/Binod Joshi) 
Arun Rai, THT online, KATHMANDU: After years of speculations by the media and fans, noted Bollywood actress from Nepal Manisha Koirala on Saturday finally tied the nuptial knot with Samrat Dahal, a Nepali businessman who holds a degree from a US university.
The marriage ceremony was held, as per the Hindu tradition, in Gokarna Forest Resort in Kathmandu today in the presence of her parents Prakash Koirala and Sushma Koirala.
Only a limited number of guests were invited to the function. The guests included personalities from Nepali politics and some of her Bollywood contemporaries including Jackie Shroff, Gulshan Grover and Bibek Mushran.

The low-key marriage rituals will come to an end with a wedding reception due to be held at Hotel Saltee Crown Plaza on Sunday. She has got married at the age of 39 to Samrat, who is six years junior to her.
Manisha Koirala, who comes of the reputed Koirala family having a historical nexus with Nepali politics, was one of the top actresses in the Indian movie industry in the 1990s, giving many blockbusters such as Bombay (1995), 1942- A Love Story (1994), Akele Hum Akele Tum (1995), Dil Se (1998) etc.Manisha however had made her debut in the silver screen with Nepali film, Pheri Bhetaula in 1989.
Aapted from THT and Agencies:  The well-known Bollywood actor belonging to the first political family of Nepal, who has been avoiding marriage for quite a while, has at last tied the nuptial knot with Nepali businessman Samrat Dahal who returned from the US to set up his own business here The wedding was held at Gokarna Forest Resort on 19th and a grand star-studded reception on June 20 at the Soaltee Crowne Plaza.
Designer Anna Singh, had designed the bridal outfit for Manisha. The theme of the traditional wedding was the colours of Nepal. Flowers were flown in — exotic orchids from Thailand and roses from Delhi. The guests feasted on Nepali cuisine from communities like Newari, Thakuri and Gurung. Apart from international liquor brands, guests will tried traditional Newari aila. A private plane has been chartered to fly in last-minute guests.

AVASH KARMACHARYA, My Republica, KATHMANDU, June 19: By nine on Saturday morning, the main entrance of Gokarna Forest Resort was already surrounded by Nepali paparazzi. DSLR cameras in hand, it seemed like the photographers present were there to appear for some final exam. Their assignment was to get the best possible shot of the bride and groom and if they managed to capture some Bollywood who´s who, they would pass with flying colors. While our own Nepali bride and Bollywood´s heroine, Manisha Koirala, was getting ready for her Big Day, lensmen outside Gorkarna Forest Resort were becoming restless.  
On the other hand, for the bride who stayed at the resort since last Friday, the wait must have seemed endless. Though her knight in shining armor - businessman Samrat Dahal - was supposed to be by her side by 9 in the morning, she had to wait for almost two hours.
The paparazzi outside were struggling to get themselves inside for the wedding shoot, without much success. However, the uninvited guests refused to give up.
Finally at 10:45, a black Mercedes-Benz decked up with flowers showed up and the band swung into action. Cameras took up their positions at once and all tuned their focus toward the hero of the ceremony, Samrat.
“Look, who´s there?” One whispered.
“Wow! It´s Jackie Shroff,” another replied.
“Vivek Mushran is still so cute.” Someone from the crowd said while someone else quickly added, “BAD GUY Gulshan Grover looks so dangerous.”
Meanwhile, prominent Bollywood character-artiste Deepti Nawal held her own in the crowd.
When all the cameras panned to Jackie Shroff, he suddenly felt uneasy and security had to push away the paparazzi.
When Samrat, dressed like a traditional Nepali groom, finally arrived, Manisha heaved a sigh of relief. The smile that he brought to her face lasted throughout the ceremony.
Dad Prakash Koirala, following the wedding rituals, gave his adorable daughter´s hand to Samrat Dahal, who then took away his bride in the flower-bedecked Mercedes.
Sadly, Bollywood actress Rani Mukherjee missed being a part of the Swayamvar as she reportedly landed in Kathmandu only late Saturday evening.
The wedding reception is scheduled for Sunday at Hotel Soaltee Crowne Plaza, where the who´s who of both Nepal and Bollywood are invited.
Director Designer TULSI GHIMIRE
MyRepublica, KATHMANDU, May 23: There is something romantic about Tulsi Ghimire. True, he often seems engrossed in deep thought. But there is more to that somber visage than meets the eye.
It was during one of those light, sunny days in November/December 2009 that Ghimire was strolling in Tripureswor, clad in sleek black coat and trousers. That alone might have caused this scribe to stop and take note but what really caught the attention, though, was his choice of head gear. Ghimire was sporting a beret cap, a rarity on the streets of Kathmandu.
It would not be misleading to say that today there are not even a handful of celebrities with good sense of style in Nepali film industry. Ghimire, on the other hand, is in a league of his own.
His ensembles have a touch of Paris—beret cap (a favorite of French painters of yore, especially in the movies), old brown leather jacket with a classic appeal, glided buttons on a maroon shirt.
In a quick conversation with the director, a few facts flowed. The director of Lahurey, Lahana, and Darpan Chhaaya fame feels that artists are the face of the country. “So it is their responsibility to pay attention to their wardrobe.”
The director, who is busy with his future project, “Dristikon”, shares that it is his master lyricist, Gulzar, who has strongly influenced his own sense of dress and style.
“He always wore simple plain white kurta-surwal but exclusive ones and he always stood out,” Ghimire recalls. Gulzar’s simplicity inspired Ghimire. “During my stay in Bombay from mid 70s to 90s, I often wore khadi kurtas partnered with jeans. It was apt for the season yet stylish,” he reminisces.
Even after moving to Kathmandu in 1994, he continued his affair with kurta. Recalling his early days in the Valley, he adds, “As I often wore whites, people asked me if somebody had passed away in my family.” However, at present Ghimire has stepped out of the white color zone and has made his wardrobe more colorful. Nevertheless, he still wishes to own a pair of white trousers specially dyed.
Like most men, Ghimire also seeks his wife’s help for shopping. “I seldom go out for shopping but if something catches my eyes and if I feel that it suits me, I buy it.”
The beret was one such buy from Germany. “Such caps are not available in Nepal and India,” he observes. Ghimire, who has a special liking for caps and hats, also dons stetsons hat.
“I feel that I must look smart and good,” he boldly states. Quoting Indian literati Rabindranath Tagore, the director adds, “It’s a sin not to look good.”
It is hardly surprising, then, to learn that the director also has dabbled in designing. Most of Ghimire’s ensembles have a mandarin collar (a short unfolded stand-up collar, popular in Nehru jacket). Corduroy trousers with pockets and leather patches, Nehru inspired jackets and shirts with some alteration in stitching patterns. For instance, in one of his shirts Ghimire has used both sides of the fabric and interplayed with it, breaking away from the traditional way of stitching clothes.
Showing one of the self-designed double buttoned maroon shirt, he says, “I wanted to add chains in between the two buttons but I thought it could not be used in regular days so I dropped the idea.”
Besides the choice of color, what stands out about the shirt is its attractive gilded buttons. “I like coats without pockets” says Ghimire, who admires South African freedom fighter Nelson Mandela’s sense of style.
The director is of the opinion that one should not stuff coat pockets. “It looks very odd.” He suggests that if anyone has the habit of stuffing pockets, he can replace the actual pockets with false ones.
For Super Mayos Challenge, a reality game show, where Ghimire was in the judge panel, he had designed some suits with just this feature -- with the assistance of his wife.
When asked whether he also helps in the designing and styling tasks during the shooting of his movies, he muses, “After the characters and actors are decided, my crew and I sit to discuss the styling part.”
He ruefully notes that during his initial movies, there was no separate budget for this particular reason, despite the central role of costume and clothing in all movies.
“An average Nepali movie’s budget stands somewhere between three to four million, in this case the clothing and stylish part is often overlooked.” He, however, candidly informs that the budget for costumes and styling in movies is very minimal. “It floats somewhere in between hundred to hundred and fifty thousand rupees.”
According to the director, the trend of a separate budget line for styling and costumes has just started and a lot is yet to be done in all sectors of the film industry.

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