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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Adivasi Gorkha Secret talks held..

KalimNews: ABAVP and GJMM leaders met yesterday in Parijat Tourist Lodge in Gorubathan to halve discussion on vital issues like GAP. In the meeting leaders of both the parties tried to clear their queries. GJMM leaders Roshan Giri, Samuel Gurung , Pradip Pradan Chandra Yonzone, Dr H.B.Chhetri, Binay Tamang, Santosh Rai and Vishal Lama tried to clarify regarding the concept of Gorkha Adivasi Pradesh . But the ABAVP leaders were not satisfied with the answers of their queries, mentioned a ABAVP leader. They said that they will decide on the matter on Sunday's meeting of ABAVP to be held in MalBazar and inform GJMM regarding their decision on GAP.
Meanwhile GJMM leaders said that the meeting was fruitfull as both the partied decided to  maintain peace in the Dooars and  restrain from violence. John Barla President of Dooars branch of ABAVP and Sushil Tirky and Rajesh Toppo stated that we asked them which Adivasi will be in GAP, whether it is the Gorkha or the Adivasi of Jharkhand which they could not clarify as we desired. Questions like why couldnot DGHC function well and no prominent development was made though crores were granted by the government and the present GJMM leaders like Bimal were closest to Ghising and if the influx of Nepali from Nepal results to Greater Nepal what would be the fate of Adivasis could not be answered well.  Tulsi Oraon, Suresh Toppo, Rajesh Toppo, Peter Minj, Chandan Lohar, Babulal Kujur, Binod Toppo, Sohan Lakra and Tulsi Oraon represented ABAVP
Birsa Tirky and Tej Kumar Toppo the President and Secretary of the State ABAVP stated that they didnot know about the meeting as the branch committee leaders didnt inform them about it. Dr. H.B.Chhetri and Binay Tamang of GJMM confirmed that the meeting was fruitful and some conclusive decision have been made and the process will continue. It is also learnt that on 20th July both the party leaders will meet for further decisions and agreements to be made for supporting each other.
3 Days Workshop of BGP
KalimNews : The three day long leadership workshop of Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh (BGP), Sikkim State Unit begun at East Point School, Golitar, Singtam, East Sikkim from 9th July. The workshop being attended by most of the BGP and other social/political organisations of Darjeeling, Sikkim and North-Eastern states of India was declared opened by Ari Bahadur Gurung, former Chairman, East District Panchayat and Patron of the organisation. The inauguration session of the workshop was attended among others by reputed persons of the society. C.K. Shrestha, National Director, Mijas highlighted the objectives of the workshop and expressed his gratitude to the organising committee. It is being organised in collaboration with the Mission Jagrat Samaj (popularly known as Mijas) About 40 youths and BGP workers are taking part in the workshop which will conclude on 11 July. The valedictory programme is likely to be attended by prominent citizens of Sikkim. 
The inauguration function was conducted by S. Pandey, Secretary, Zone II and Sikkim State Unit while Dr. Kamal Gurung, President welcomed the guests. Other figures who attended the programme were C.P. Giri, ex-DGP, Nagaland Police, Jogendra Basnet, Ex-DIG, Sikkim Police, P.K. Pradhan, vice President, BGP, Kalimpong, T.M. Gurung, President, BGP/Mirik, Kamala Tamang, former Chairperson, Mirik Municipality, L.M. Poudyal and Ganesh Pradhan, President and Secretary, BGP, Rhenock, Krishna Pradhan, Secretary, BGP, Darjeeling Branch, B.R. Chhetri, former Principal, Primary Teachers' Training Institute and Advisor, BGP, Kalimpong branch. The workshop is being assisted by Pravin Khaling of Gangtok, Hira Chhetri of Kalimpong, Rajen Chhetri of Teesta, Ram Dahal of Assam, Diwas Lama of Pokhrebung and Amar Singh Dewan of Darjeeling.
Shrestha stated that the Mijas is trying to hold such seminar and workshops in different Gorkha residential areas in near future.  
Syvan splendour
Neora Valley National Park is like nowhere else on earth, says Subrata Chowdhury (SNS)
SITUATED in Kalimpong subdivision of Darjeeling across an 88-km sylvan ambience, the Neora Valley National Park is the pride of North Bengal. With residents like the playful Red Panda and almost every type of greenery a mountain terrain can be blessed with, it is the haunt for those with an adventurous bent of mind.
   A natural wildlife habitat, it was declared a sanctuary in 1986. The forest in this valley is so dense that the inside remains in shade round the year except at the end of autumn when sunlight may find a way to touch its undergrowth because of the deciduous trees shedding foliage. What’s uniquene about this sanctuary lies in the fact that most part of it is inaccessible on foot, which makes it a challenge for adventurers and nature lovers.
   With absolute virgin trees, closely clustered bamboo clumps and thick bushes, a plethora of orchids and rhododendrons forming canopies juxtaposed with velvety green dales and vales, with criss-crossing, bickering rivulets and the surmounting Himalayas capped with glistening snow, this place makes for a discerning artist’s canvas. The park rises to attain a height of 10,600 feet at Rechela Danda, the highest point — the tangent point on the Sikkim-Bhutan border. The Neora river flows by at the periphery, the lifeline of Kalimpong and its vicinity, supplying water the year round.

Neora Valley is full of a heterogeneous growth consisting of a tropical, sub-tropical, sub-temperate and temperate vegetative system and is the only of its kind with the highest percentage of virgin wood in all of the country. It has the most diverse stock of fauna and the flora a sanctuary can boast of, home to such endangered species as Musk Deer, Red Panda, Clouded and Spotted Leopards, as many as five varieties of Civet, Sloth and Black Bear, Golden and Leopard Cata, Wild Boar, Goral, Serow, Sambar, Barking Deer and Himalayan Flying Squirrels.
The Neora Valley National Park is a paradise for birdwatchers, too. With an altitude varying from 5,000-10,600 feet above sea level and with both deciduous and evergreen trees, it is home to the rarest species of avian varieties found in this part of the world. There are Bay Woodpeckers, Golden-throated Barbets, Hodgson’s Hawk Cuckoos, Lesser Cuckoos, Brown Wood Owls, Ashy Wood Pigeons, Mountain Imperial Pigeons, Jerdon’s Bazas, Black Eagles, Mountain Hawk Eagles, Dark-throated Thrushes, Rufous-throated Partridges, Satyr Tragopans, Crimson-breasted Woodpeckers, Darjeeling Woodpeckers, Rufous-gorgeted and White-gorgeted Flycatchers, White-browed Bush and White-tailed Robins, Yellow-browed Tits, Striated Bulbuls, Chestnut-headed Tesias, Chestnut-crowned and Black-faced Warblers, Black-faced and Chestnut-crowned Laughing Thrushes and a whole lot more.

And there are deadly reptiles as well. King Cobras, Green Pit Vipers, Common Cobra Kraits and Blind Snakes. Lizards and chameleons along with colourful butterflies, wasps and droning bees orchestrate the ambience of this imposing domain of a sanctuary which is worth knowing — if not taken into one’s itinerary.  
The Neora Valley National Park is motorable from Bagdogra airport and NJP railway station as well, the distances being 100 km and near to 130 km respectively. Lava and Kalimpong are the nearest towns.
Here is where ecology deserves to persist for all time to come.

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