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Saturday, September 4, 2010

Topden Bhutia arrested... HB Chhetri & LB pariyar joins team for tripartite talks ..woman kill father-in-law... Center advises CBI probe into Tamang murder .... notice served to boogie woogie ... No PM in Nepalk for 6th time

GJYM leader arrested
KalimNews, 5 August: Former GJMM youth leader Topden Bhutia was arrested by Kalimpong Police. Police has registered several cases of fire and arson and violence against Bhutia of which 8 are non bailable and 2 bailable . He will be produced in the ACJM's court on Monday the 6th September.
Bhutia was erstwhile Organising Secretary of Gorkha Janmukti Yuva Morcha and president of GJYM and was very active in leading the activities of the party till 3 april 2010 when copies of a local daily vernacular was burnt at Kalimpong in his leadership but presently Topden had disassociated himself from the party. Bhutia was earlier a congress supporter and later joined the GJMM. It is recalled that police is active in the hills in arresting ex GJMM activists like Krishna Adhikari who is granted bail and other GJMM leaders.
Tripartite team
Dr. H.B. Chhetri, Spokesperson and L.B. Pariyar (Retd IAS officer), Study Forum member from Kalimpong will join their fellow GJM leaders to proceed to New Delhi to attend official round of Tripartite talks scheduled to be held on 7th of this month. This meeting will pave the way for next crucial political level dialogue which is likely to be a final sitting among three signatories.
Traffic Police of Kalimpong giving the town a new look with zebra crossing in Damber Chowk a long felt need.
Deolo one of the not so many tourist spots of Kalimpong, its lush green lawn is becoming a football pitch
CPRM holds Path sabha  opposing the formation of Interim Setup in Teesta Bazar. It has been holding such meetings in several places of Kalimpong.
One stabbed to death
KalimNews: Kavita Thapa had to stab her father-in-law to save herself from a devil in disguise staying in the same house. Harka Thapa 48 her father-in-law a resident of Butchery Busty of BL Dixit Road in the Middle Bom Busty ward no 16 of Kalimpong was the devil who tried to molest Kavita 23 wife of his second son Roshan and a mother of two 4 and 5 yrs aged children. The incident happened in the broad day light of 4th September at around 12.45 pm when nobody was in their house.
Harka Thapa a carpenter by profession had two sons Ravi 25 and Roshan 24 and his wife is  mentally unstable. Since Roshan married Kavita, Harka was eying her with bad intention and had been trying to fulfill his desire of flesh many times but was not successful. Roshan was staying separately with his family in the same house making a separating partition.
Today Harka was drunk and took the opportunity of absence of his sons Roshan and Ravi as they had gone for their daily labour job and entered the room of Kavita when she was changing her dress. Harka tried to rape Kavita by overpowering her. On attack Kavita  cried for help and found a knife and while protecting herself stabbed Harka in the Chest. Kavita after stabbing Harka  realising the fact rushed to Kalimpong Police station , she surrendered there and narrated her story. In the meantime people hearing the cry rushed to Harka's house and found him in a pool of blood. While  rushing to the hospital by the local residents Harka died on the way. Kavita is arrested for homicide.
SheemNews and KalimNews: ABAVP has threatened to called a bundh if GJMM takes part in PPPs meeting. People's Progressive Party is a Adivasi group formed by the defiant and suspended leaders of ABAVP. It has called a public meeting in the premises of Nagarkatta Hindi High School. The local administration had previously allowed PPP to hold the meeting but yesterday Jt BDO of Narkatta Block issued another letter cancelling the previous permission order. Kiram Kalandi of PPP said that it will hold the meeting at any cost. He further said that Nagarkatta Zonal Committee of ABAVP also had issued a NOC to the BDO so there is no possibility of any law and order problem. Meanwhile Jaigaon Hasimara Zonal Committee had opposed the decision of the Nagarkatta Zonal Committee of ABAVP. In Kalchini ABAVP staged a demonstration with a rally in demand of its 15 point demand.   
CID suspect
CID has suspected that Nicole Tamang prime accused of Madan Tamang murder and absconding GJMM central committee member had taken shelter in a house in Mallaguri after his escape from the CID custody from Pintail village, after that he left the hideout for an unknown destination.  
Seminar on diabetes
A seminar on Diabetes was organised by Glen Family Foundation at Worship Center Hall at Kalimpong.  Dr Munna Sherpa Diabetes specialist  said that it is a disease to take precaution  but not to panic. He clarified on the misconceptions also. Saom Namchu Director of the foundation said that every 5th Indian is a victim of diabetes and people should be very particular to their food and living habits. Rural people should be more aware of it and the foundation will now onwards organise programme for them he said.
ABGL doubt conspiracy
ABGL has time and again repeated that CID has intentionally excluded names of 9 GJMM leaders from the accused list of murder of Madan Tamang ABGL President. It has stated that the names of Bimal Gurung, Asha Gurung, Pradip Pradhan, Binay Tamang, Harka Bahadur Chhetri, Ramesh Allay, Deven Sharma and Dinesh Thing. The first seven were in the FIR lodged by ABGL. From interrogation and investigation CID had listed 39 accused in the case but later it deleted the 9 alleged ABGL leader Pratap Khati. 
DGHC staff agitation
Contract staff of DGHC staged demonstration in the DGHC Offices of Loius Jubille in Darjeeling from Saturday. Janmukti Asthayi Karmachari Sangathan a frontal wing of GJMM comprising of DGHC staff and other staffs appointed by DGHC on contractual basis demanded for regularisation of their jobs as permanent staff before the dissolution of DGHC and formation of an Interim setup.Its demonstration will continue and a meeting with DGHC CPS Surendra Gupta will be held on 6th at Siliguri. 
Commando dies
A commando Pradip Gurung 35 of Kurseong died in the commando training school's pond at Kolkata. Doctors declared that Gurung a Special Action  Force (SAF) commando was suffering from epilepsy.
Agent of human trafficking arrested
Sushila Chhetri 48 an agent responsible for human trafficking of hill girls to red light areas was caught at Naxalbari by a victim  of Panighatta TE with the help of local people. She along with her sister were rescued by activists of Kanchanjungha Uddhar Kendra from a hotel of Pune. Raju Pradhan alias Ashim and Sanjay Pradhan alias Antaray were arrested by Maharashtra Police last month during the rescue operation.
Private Buses of Coochbehar, Jalpaiguri and Siliguri is still continuing indefinite strike from 31 August inspite of assurance from the Minister for repairment of roads by 15 days.
Center advises CBI probe into Tamang murder
Sabyasachi Bandhppadhyay,IE, Kolkata:The Centre has advised the state government to hand over the investigation into the murder of All India Gorkha League (AIGL) president Madan Tamang to the CBI, following the escape of prime accused Nicole Tamang from CID custody.
A letter to that effect from Prem Pandey, Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs, has reached the state on August 27, said officials from the state home department. Home Secretary Samar Ghosh, however, said: “I have not seen the letter. We consider such requests after judging their merit.”
Pandey’s letter said the probe should be handed over to the CBI since Nicole Tamang has escaped from CID custody. It sought the state’s opinion since the Centre cannot order such an inquiry without the concurrence of the state. The other authority that can order a CBI investigation is a High Court.
It is known that Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee is severely opposed to CBI investigation into any case and on several occasions, he has made his stand clear at every forum including the state assembly. 
Notice served to Boogie Woogie
KP, New Delhi: Bharatiya Gorkhali United Forum BGUF a social organization based in Delhi is awaiting reply regarding the show cause notice served to Ravi Behl host of Boogie Woogie dance show. It was on August 13, 2010, an episode of BOOGIE WOOGIE, TITLED “LITTLE CHAMPION DANCE COMPETITION” that Mr. Ravi Behl made a racial remark hinting at Soumya Rai an 8 year old Girl a native of Darjeeling/ Gorkha hills, after she became the runners up he said “we have to learn to handle Torches and lasers as if no other job is available we can at least take the job of watchmen.”
That whilst the achievement of Soumya Rai was a moment of joy and bliss for the entire Gorkha community, one of the judges, Mr. Ravi Behl made rather unusual, unnecessary remarks which was supported by another judge Mr. Javed. The matter was informed by Mr. YK Shrestha and Mr. Kamal Pradhan to the organization and requested the organization to take concrete measures. Accordingly BGUF served a show cause notice to Mr. Ravi Behl on 21st Aug, 2010, an act which has been applauded by Gorkhas all over. As stated by Mr. T.L Shrestha - President of BGUF they would file a defamation suit if they don’t get satisfactory reply in regard to the racial slur as the organization has given 15 days time to give explanation about the said incident. 

CPM admits cadre link in attack
TT, Midnapore, Sept. 4: Police today arrested three CPM cadres for yesterday’s attack on journalists near a zone “recaptured” from Maoists, prompting the party to concede they were “our activists”.
But signs emerged that the action could end up as a token gesture, with a senior CPM leader saying the arrests should be “appreciated” and “tempers allowed to cool”. The police too quoted those picked up as saying they had attacked the journalists “by mistake” thinking their vehicles were ferrying arms.
The attacked journalists said they would accept that the right people had been arrested only if the police showed them photographs of the trio.
Among the seven journalists attacked with iron rods and sticks were Pronab Mondal, The Telegraph’s principal correspondent, and Amit Datta, the newspaper’s photographer. His left arm fractured, Mondal was today admitted to a Calcutta hospital.
Panchanan Mahato, Shaktipada Mahato and Rajib Mahato were arrested from their homes in Buripal, the site of the attack. The district leadership admitted they were party workers but said they were merely “guarding” their homes and had attacked the journalists “by mistake”.
The arrested trio had recently returned home after fleeing because of Maoist terror, the police said.
“Why don’t you appreciate that the police have arrested our activists?” CPM state secretariat member Shyamal Chakraborty said. His admission about “our activists” is a step forward from yesterday when he had wondered if “overzealous villagers” had carried out the attack.
CPM district committee member Meghnad Bhuniya, who is in charge of the Salboni area, claimed the attack was a result of “panic reaction” and it lacked party “sanction”.
The chief minister, who had yesterday said “jani na (I don’t know)” over three hours after the attack, was not available for comment. Home secretary Samar Ghosh, who had echoed his boss, refused to respond today.
West Midnapore police chief Manoj Verma said the trio, arrested after police “questioned several people”, had been charged with rioting, attempt to murder, and arms act violation.
But, he said, the police had been “unable to find” the two CPM leaders named in the FIR: Pirakata local committee secretary Madhusudan Mahato and Salboni leader Jagannath Mahato. The attackers had backed off only after the two leaders arrived at the spot.
The arrested trio have told the police that party bosses had asked them to look out for two cars bringing weapons to the area, an officer said. “They said this was why they had stopped the two cars and the attack had taken place.”
The police said the arrested men had provided some names and “more arrests would be made soon”.
From his hospital bed, Mondal said: “We don’t know whether these three are being made scapegoats to brush the matter under the carpet. We have asked the police for photographs of the (trio).... We will never be able to forget the attackers’ faces.”
Mondal said the police had not confirmed if they would send the photos. He also questioned the trio’s purported claims. “They made no attempt to search the car, as they should have if they were looking for arms. Nor did they ask for our identity cards. One of them had shouted: ‘Cut his hands so he can’t write any more copies’.”
Manoj arrest in raid: Cops
TT, Calcutta, Sept. 4: West Midnapore police today said they had arrested Manoj Mahato during a “massive combing operation” in Jungle Mahal although the People’s Committee chief’s family had claimed yesterday that he had been picked up from his house.
The police had earlier denied having arrested Manoj, 21.
West Midnapore superintendent of police Manoj Verma said at a news conference today: “Yesterday and today, we carried out intense raids with the joint forces in parts of Goaltore, Lalboni, Salboni and Lalgarh. During one of the raids, we arrested Manoj Mahato from Kantapahari.”
Verma said a 9mm pistol and cartridges had been seized from Manoj. The SP added that another “senior Maoist leader”, Naba Kumar Mahato, had also been arrested from the same place.
Manoj’s mother Durga had told The Telegraph yesterday that a group of armed people, dressed in camouflage gear, had surrounded their Birkar home at 7am and taken away Manoj with them. Neighbour, too, had made the same claim.
The People’s Committee leader’s father, Kalipada, had claimed that Manoj had been taken to the CRPF camp at Kantapahari. Kalipada had said that when he went to the camp, he was told that Manoj had been taken to Midnapore town.
Verma denied these claims. “People have their individual claims about Manoj’s arrest but the fact is, he has been arrested following a raid,” he said.
The police said Manoj was wanted in at least seven cases relating to murder, sedition and arson.
Sources said Manoj could be charged under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.
Teacher killed in front of pupils ‘Maoist’ bullet for CPM link
TT, Midnapore, Sept. 4: Suspected Maoists today dragged a headmaster out of his school in Jhargram and shot him dead in front of students and teachers, on the eve of Teacher’s Day.
Police said Dibakar Mahato, 52, the headmaster of a primary school in Salboni, was teaching math to Class III students when three motorcycle-borne youths called him out around 11.30am. “They addressed him as ‘Dibakar sir’,” one of the 30 students in the classroom said.
A police officer said that as soon as Mahato came out, the youths “caught him by the collar and dragged him to the Lodhasuli-Jhargram state highway, around 60 metres away”.
“Then one of the youths shot him in the head with a revolver. Within five minutes, the youths sped off on their bikes, leaving Mahato in a pool of blood,” the officer said.
The officer said Mahato was killed because he was a member of the CPM’s Aguibani local committee in Jhagram.
The teachers and around 120 students rushed out of the school as the Maoists dragged Mahato to the highway. Local people also gathered at the spot after the students and teachers shouted for help as the youths sped off.
The headmaster’s body lay on the highway until a joint forces’ team from the Jitusole police outpost, about 3km away, arrived half an hour after the murder and took it to Jhargram subdivisional hospital.
The teachers and students said they were too “stunned” to know what to do and so did not take Mahato to hospital immediately after he was “shot in front of our eyes”. The school closed for the day after the murder and parents escorted the children back to their homes. Most of the students were too traumatised to speak. “Please don’t ask my son anything,” said a woman.
West Midnapore police chief Manoj Verma said the Maoists had murdered Mahato. “Going by the gory nature of the killing, we are convinced that it is the handiwork of the Maoists. We are searching for the killers,” he said.
Mahato is survived by his wife Sandhya, a librarian, and son, an engineering student.
Another teacher, of a primary school at Kalabani, around 9km from Salboni, has been missing since Thursday.
The police suspect that Fulmani Mandi, 30, also a member of the CPM’s Aguibani local committee, has been abducted by the Maoists. 
TMC opposes Bangla Bundh
TT, Calcutta: Mamata Banerjee has said Trinamul supporters will “be on the streets” on September 7 to “oppose” the bandh called by Left trade unions and supported by Congress unions. (read Bharat Bundh, this bundh is supported by CITU, AITUC, INTUC, AUTUC and others).
Jamming it up, Western style
Doel Bose, TT, Metro:Prayash Biswakarma, a student of Dr Graham’s Home, in Kalimpong, waited shyly in the wings for his turn to play the violin.
But once on stage, the Class VII student exuded confidence as he played Antonio Vivaldi’s Spring concerto, bagging the first prize in the junior round in the violin section. “Though this is not my favourite piece, it’s interesting to play, as it incorporates both slow and fast rhythms,” he said.
Western classical music is flourishing in the city, if the performances by the youngsters at the inter-school music competition Crescendo, organised in July by Calcutta School of Music (CSM) at GD Birla Sabhagar, was anything to go by.
“We plan to make it an annual feature,” promised Chaitali Ganguly, academic head of the western music and performing arts department at CSM.
The competition had about 26 schools participating in the piano, violin, guitar, choir and band rounds. Five students were chosen in each category in the junior and senior segments through a preliminary screening.
The panel of judges included Anjum Katyal, Matthias Emmerling, Amit Chaudhuri, Dr. Anita Mehta and Wejsis Margolzata.
The seniors had to play a composition by the Romantic composer Frederic Chopin in the piano round. “It is an honour to play Chopin’s The Waltz,” said Ronodeep Mukherjee of Patha Bhavan.
Pritika Malhotra, a Class XI student of Modern High School who came first in the senior round in the piano section, confessed to feeling nervous before her performance. “My mother introduced me to the piano. I hope I can live up to her expectations,” she said.
Addaito Chatterjee of Lakshmipat Singhania Academy and Sohini De of Meghamala Roy Education Centre came first in the junior and senior guitar rounds, respectively.
In the choir section, Loreto House wowed the audience with their Latin rendition of Ave Maria. “It wasn’t easy to learn and sing in Latin, but we enjoyed picking it up,” said Yolanda Lin.
Modern High had the audience singing along to All I Want Is A Room Somewhere from My Fair Lady. Dolna Day School took home the first prize with the students crooning I Will Follow Him.
In the school band round, the girls of Modern High won the first prize, performing Burning Love, made famous by Elvis Presley. “We’re good friends who enjoy jamming,” said Class X student Bhagyasri Chaudhury. St Xavier’s also packed in a powerful performance with U2’s Vertigo.
Sebanti Chatterjee, who is researching the sustainability of western classical music in Calcutta, loved the programme. “Such programmes ensure the dissemination of this genre,” she said. 
No PM for 6th time, KATHMANDU, Sept 5: Maoist chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Nepali Congress´ Parliamentary Party leader Ram Chandra Paudel failed to get elected as Prime Minister for the sixth time on Sunday afternoon.
During the sixth round of voting in parliament, the motion to elect Dahal as PM received 240 votes while 101 lawmakers voted against the motion. Similarly, the motion to elect Paudel received only 122 votes.
The next round of election has been scheduled for September 7.
550 million rupees wanted, KATHMANDU, Sept 4: Various TV stations here have aired a controversial and explosive audio tape, supposedly of a phone conversation between Maoist leader Krishna Bahadur Mahara and a Chinese official.
In the phone conversation, Mahara (as claimed by the TV stations) asks the man at the other end of the phone, who spoke with a Chinese accent, for financial help of 500 million rupees, needed to influence 50 lawmakers to vote for the Maoist chairman in the upcoming election for prime minister.

The text below is a transcription of the audio aired by the Nepal1 TV station:
Unknown person with Chinese accent: Mr Mahara, how is the trend in Nepal? And the next election is coming up and do you think hoping in the result?
Mahara: It is very near, right now it is also not clear.
Unknown person: Do you think Maoists can get enough seats?
Mahara: No chance. We are trying but it is so difficult.
Unknown person: What causing the problem to enough seats?
Mahara: We have already 10 to 15 seats but maybe around 50.
Unknown person: You need additional 50? And Mr Mahara what kind of help could help you to get the 50 seats?
Mahara: That is most difficult task, because the south center there are guided, control to them. So the first thing, it is necessary to neutralize south. Second thing some of the money also needed.
Unknown person: What the amount you are talking about?
Mahara: It is not clear. It must be discussed with our chairman.
Unknown person: Mr Mahara, I have one of my friends who is thinking about to help but he cannot come to Nepal. So we are wondering if there is possible we can set up a meeting somewhere else.
Mahara: Where is his convenience?
Unknown person: Do you think Hong Kong is possible for you?
Mahara: With whom does he want to meet?
Unknown person: For this matter only, you and the chairman. Nobody else.
Mahara: It is very difficult to move here and there to our chairman. When he goes to the Hong Kong everybody propagates. Because he was … (as heard) prime minister and he is the candidate of the prime minister also.
Unknown person: So you represent him to meet with my friend?
Mahara: Yes, I am ready, everywhere I can go, here and there, but this message must be sent to him - to our Prachanda. If you send the message to Prachanda and if it is difficult to you, then he can give me all authority.
Unknown person: OK, this our plan, Mr Mahara. We are thinking about to meet you first to talk about detail how to help Maoist to get the 50 seats.
Mahara: The most important place is if you have the China, China means in the Chengdu. It is the best place nobody knows.
Unknown person: This is very sensitive and we don´t want to have anything to do with between the government, you know that what I mean.
Mahara: Then Singapore is another place. In Hong Kong, there are lots of Nepalis, but Singapore is best.
Unknown person: …let me talk to my friend.
Mahara: Hong Kong also maybe... This evening I will call you.
Unknown person: Can you let me know me the possibilities of Hong Kong, next two days?
Mahara: In this phone?
Unknown person: Yes, I am waiting for your call by this number.
Mahara: From your source you must send this message to our chairman.
Unknown person: You want me to talk to Mr Chairman? I will call, OK.
Mahara: Your suggestion - I have talked with my chairman and we have also discussed. One thing is that someone is also talking with our chairman, that is correct.
Unknown person: I don´t know, so far from my side only my friend, me, you and Mr Chairman.
Mahara: But he has not concrete only this is the but I have discussed with my chairman. And he says because the election is now only four days left - from outside, minimum 50 members need. For 50 members, if we cost them then they minimum 10 million Nepalese rupees (1 crore) per person.
Unknown person: 10 million per person, that is 100 lac per person?
Mahara: Yes, 100 lac Nepalese rupees per person.
Unknown person: Alright. Actually, the friend that I have mentioned he might be… but I don´t want to mention his name over the phone for his own protection. Mr Mahara, you can come up with some kind of help; he wants to talk to you first because he needs to know detail due to his … if you will be able to pay a visit in Hong Kong.
Mahara: Yes, it is OK, but Hong Kong is there are so many Nepalese.
Unknown person: For other countries he will need the special visa and that will be people´s attention that he does not want but for Hong Kong he can go there and nobody will know from here.
Mahara: When?
Unknown person: We are open at any time but for you when will be good time?
Mahara: But it is only four days because we need before four days but I will try to tomorrow or today.
Unknown person: How long you need to stay in Hong Kong? One night?
Mahara: Yes, one night is sufficient.
Unknown person: OK, we can go anytime. So it is upto you.
Mahara: So I call to this 10 or 12 o´clock this afternoon. I can go this evening also. For discussion to me it is not sensitive but I can arrange anything in another side - another side means the side I suppose just I called an another name and please see my email. Please open after 10 minutes.
Unknown person: Yes, I am going to meeting, probably I will be able to check my email around 10 am Nepalese time and Mr Mahara if you go to the Hong Kong you just need to tell me the place where I can pick you up.
Mahara: OK. 
(Republica could not independently verify the authenticity of the audio tape. We also could not talk to any Chinese embassy official for their comment on the contents of the audio tape, but Maoist leader Mahara has refuted the audio tape, in a statement issued late evening on Friday.)

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