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Saturday, October 23, 2010

CM to consecrations Lingdok Tsangkhar Monastery on Lhabhab Duechen ... Dead bodies found ...

Prabin Khaling, KalimNews, Gangtok, October 23:Chief Minister Pawan Chamling will inaugurate 145 years old Tsangkhar Monastery on the eve of Lhabhab Duchechen on October 29. The old monastery of Lingdok Tsangkhar Monastery has gets its new face after the anti-social tried to destroyed the whole monastery.
The Managing committee of Tsangkhar Monastery, Lingdok near here have decided to mark the consecration ceremony of the newly constructed monastery during Lhabhab Duechen festival on October 29. The ceremony will be graced by venerable Lachen Gomchen Rinpoche.
The Lingdok Tsangkhar monastery belongs to the Drukpa Kagyupa, a sub sect of Kagyupa sect of Tibetan Buddhism and was established by Lama Dadue Tsangkharpa in 1862 AD. The old monastery which was located at Gangtok existed there for almost 145 years and was later shifted to its present location in Lingdok by Lama Dadue, who was the main architecture of the monastery and the innovator of Drukpa Kagyupa lineage in Lingdok area, a communiqué from the monastery Duchi said.
The consecration ceremony will also grace by the Area MLA Thinley Tshering Bhutia and Tilu Gurung and other senior government officers of Ecclesiastical department.
The state government has funded sum of Rs. 22 lakhs to refurbish the monastery and the managing committee in its own supervised the work.
Dead bodies found
KalimNews, kalimpongonlinenews, Aditya Subba (28) of Rockvale Darjeeling a C grdae employee of Malbazar WBSEDCL was found dead in a pond of ward no 17 at Mal Bazar.  Both were missing sing Thursday after attending their office.His body along with Uday Oraon (29) of Batabari TE was recovered from the pondAmit Rana (42)of Dalmore Basbari, Birpara was found dead in the Karala River near Jalpaiguri Sadar Hospital. Amit was mentally unbalanced and admitted in the hospital on Wednesday but was found missing since Thursday.   
ABAVP workshop starts
KalimNews, kalimpongonlinenews, ABAVP conference cum workshop is starting from Sunday at Banarhat  in central Dooars . Representatives of about 227 branch committees and its tea garden union Progressive Tea Workers' Union are taking part in the two days' seminar. John Barla President of Dooars Terai Regional Committee said that they are expecting return of some members of ABAVP who have deserted the party due to some misunderstandings. In the workshop discussion will be made on reorganisation of ABAVP, various of demands of Adivasi people including the education facility and porposals of  the Government.
4 tourists died in Bhutan
The three members of the Bhattacharya family who died in the Bhutan crash
TT, Calcutta, Oct. 23: Four tourists from Bengal died in an accident during a trip to Bhutan, while a group of 40 others visiting Himachal Pradesh were rescued after being stranded because of snowstorms.
Three members of a family from Durganagar near the city’s airport in North 24-Parganas died in the Bhutan crash after their Tata Indica fell into a gorge last night.
Sources said Biman Bhattacharya, 53, an ex-air force employee, his wife Soma, 44, and sons Rohan, 22 and Soham, 14, were on their way from Thimpu to Phuntsholing when the driver lost control.
The vehicle fell into a deep gorge near Gedu in Chukha district of Bhutan, located around 45km from Phuntsholing.
Biman, Soma, Soham and driver Lalan Das were found dead when personnel from the Royal Bhutan Police reached the spot. Rohan sustained severe injuries and is under treatment at a hospital in Gedu.
In Himachal, the tourists stranded near Rohtang Pass, near Manali, in a blizzard since yesterday have been rescued and are being brought to Calcutta.
Bally municipality chairperson Arunava Lahiri and his family — wife Lipi and daughter Sreeja — were among the 40 tourists from various places in Howrah such as Andul, Domjur and Bagnan who were stranded near Rohtang Pass.
Although some were able to crawl their way to lower areas, others remained stranded in various spots in Rohtang without shelter.
Chief secretary Samar Ghosh today said the state government would sensitise tour operators on the risks involved in taking tourists to high altitudes.
In Kalpa, also in Himachal, 51-year-old Debjani Chowdhury, a resident of Bakultala in Konnagar, died of breathing problems last night.
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Intelligence sleuth, friend taken hostage

The Borgora area of the Ayodhya Hills where inspector Biswas and his friend were last seen. Picture by Mita Roy
TT, Purulia, Oct. 23: Maoists have taken hostage an inspector of Bengal police’s intelligence branch in Purulia, a little over a year after West Midnapore police officer Atindrnath Dutta was kidnapped by the rebels.
Inspector Partha Biswas, 40, who has been working in Purulia for the past two years posing as a NGO worker, was held captive last evening along with a friend, Saumajit Basu, 32, who is attached to a voluntary organisation in Hooghly’s Pandua.
Senior officers claimed today that Biswas — the first intelligence sleuth to fall into rebel hands since the joint forces began operations last June — had not informed his immediate bosses when he went with Basu to Ayodhya Hills, the area where the duo were last seen. They are feared to have run into a group of Maoists. “They were working independently and had not informed the district police,” a senior officer said.
No clues had emerged till tonight about the duo’s whereabouts. But police said the Maoists called up Biswas’ home in North 24-Parganas’ Naihati, on Calcutta’s fringes, this morning and told his wife Barnali that he was fine.
Basu’s wife Sankhatua — they have a two-and-half-year old son — said he had gone “to catch a glimpse of the full moon” last night from the scenic Purulia spot, over 300km from Calcutta, that has been the rebels’ hunting ground.
Purulia police said a rebel leader had contacted local newspersons that they had taken the two hostage but wouldn’t specify what they wanted. “They said they would inform the media what their demands were for their release.”
According to senior officers, the duo had gone into the area from Borgora village near Ghatbera in the Balarampur area under the guise of “salesmen”. “The duo probably came face to face with a group of Maoists. During conversations with them, the rebels somehow got to know that Biswas was a policeman who had been gathering information about their activities with Basu and took them into captivity,” the officer said.
Once word reached the intelligence branch headquarters in Calcutta, efforts were made to contact Biswas on the phone. Police sources said his mobile, traced to Tilgora village in the Ayodhya Hills, went unanswered till 11.58 last night and was switched off after that.
Biswas had been working in Purulia for the last two years and villagers knew him as “NGO babu” who worked for the tribals, organising blood donation camps and distributing garments. Saumajit, a childhood friend of Biswas, is a full-time teacher at Khanyan High School near Hooghly’s Bandel but is also attached to an NGO.
At Basu’s home in Pandua, wife Sankhatua could not understand why her husband, who also worked for tribal welfare, had been held captive by the rebels. “My husband is a nature lover. He had gone to Ayodhya hills to sight the moon on the night of full moon. I don’t know why the Maoists took him a hostage? I appeal to them to set him free,” Sankhatua sobbed, with her two-half-year-old son Aranyak by her side.
Basu’s widowed mother Sumita, 67, was inconsolable.
The crisis comes just a year after Dutta, the officer in charge of Sankrail in West Midnapore, was released on October 22, 2009, after 55 hours in captivity. But senior officers pointed out that Biswas and Basu have not been hostage in a “planned operation”, unlike the case of Dutta who was taken away from the police station.
Press fraternity under pressure from  extremist group in Manipur 
Nanda Kirati Dewan, Gorkha Times: In a recurrent crisis that the media fraternity in Manipur has been facing in recent times, the press community is once again caught in the middle of an inter-party conflict between two opposing factions of an underground group. The media persons discussed the life threats issued to some media persons by two conflicting parties of a valley based outfit.
There is no letup in the fraternization and harassment of the press community in Manipur by underground elements and once again the media has been caught in the receiving end of inter-party conflict. Some media persons in Manipur received stern threats from two opposing factions of a valley based outfit in matter of publishing press release by the rival factions and vice versa. As a result, all local media persons observed a a pen-down strike in protest against the diktats imposed by the militants. A meeting was also organised by the All Manipur Working Journalists Union at the Manipur Press Club. At the meeting, the AWMJU has resolved not to publish any press release or news related with the any of the factions of the outfit. It was also resolved that the media will maintain the codes of conduct agreed upon by both the press and militants in previous occasion following a similar crisis until the rebels retrieved the threats. 
Beware! Mobile phone stalkers on the prowl  
shukti sarma, SNS, KOLKATA, 23 Oct: Are you sure there is no one listening to your private chat over the mobile phone? Think twice, say many experts on cyber crime. Mr Subho Roy, chairman of Internet and Mobile Association of India, said it is easy for criminals to tap a conversation, and then, blackmail people. In many cases, call operators are found to be behind such crimes. “Unfortunately, with increasing Internet and mobile penetration, the number of cyber crimes have also gone up. In most cases, it is women who are victimised,” said Mr Roy. While there is much awareness about cyber crime, instances of mobile crime are almost unheard of ~ but that is only because very few victims actually come forward with their complaints. From sending virus and malware through open bluetooth ports to phone stalking and data thefts, mobile crimes are on the rise and an increasing number of people are being harassed. Women, especially, seem to be a favourite target for phone stalkers. In Kolkata almost every day a complaint is received about a woman receiving blank calls and lewd messages. A police officer said: “With mobile tariffs  becoming so cheap, such calls have increased. Many a times, youngsters grab hold of some mobile, and then dial a random number. Often, they obtain the girls’ numbers from recharge shops and keep on calling them.” Number masking has emerged as an alarming trend. Mr Rakshit Tandon, who deals with prevention of cyber crime on behalf of Internet and Mobile Association of India, said a criminal can place a call anywhere in the world using someone else's number. “People should immediately contact service provider if their bills far exceed their expectations, for it may be that calls have been made using his number,” he said. Recently, it was discovered that taking advantage of unprotected ports and network, terrorists had masked several numbers in Mumbai.  To prevent data thefts, Mr Roy said one must use good firewalls in mobile softwares and use protected ports. In case of stalking, identity thefts and number masking, it is imperative to complain. He said: “Mobile crimes are easier to prevent than cyber crimes, as numbers can be tracked down accurately. If victims lodge a complaint, it is very easy to nab the criminals.” 
Bitter Truth
Rabin Rai, Darjeeling Times: Urbasi Rai (name changed), a young girl from the vicinity of the  Darjeeling town, was 13 years old and a student of class 7 in one the Girls’ High school of Darjeeling, when her simple innocent  life changed drastically to the inconceivable.   Residing in a rural area, her family was deprived of the basic amenities needed to survive and burdened with 5 children. The financial constraints of the family compelled Urbasi to quit her education. With no hopes of her dreams being fulfilled , yet hoping to begin a new unforeseen life, she left behind her poverty and moved out of her village. Soon she found herself in one the beauty parlours in the neighboring state as a beautician’s assistant.  
As time progressed, she witnessed the world of prosperity and luxury around her which tempted her to venture out to earn more. Initially it was a simple decision, but before she realized that it was not so simple after all, it was too late… she was already submerged into the world’s oldest profession - prostitution. By the time she was 16, she suffered tremendously in a place that was strange and hostile to her; finally, she decided to come back to Darjeeling. 
With three years of dreadful experience outside, she decided to lead a good life in Darjeeling. She married a man, who, unfortunately, turned out to be a drunkard and was unemployed. Again she found herself in the same misery she desperately wanted to get rid of. Her husband, she recounts with tears in her eyes, how she had suffered. There was no food or company at home except her solitude and tears, when she was expecting her  first child. 
Today she is 19 and the mother of two children at such a tender age. She detests her work now but there is no option left than to accept her reality. She is associated with local NGO of Darjeeling which is actively working on FSW( Flying Sex Workers).   According to local NGO source, there are about 400 FSW actively working on the Darjeeling town, who are under age and basically from the rural areas of Darjeeling town. The local NGO also offers treatment on problems faced by women like Urbasi and HIV Positive patients. It provides training on capacity building programs and to some extent offers financial aid to such women.   
Cheating when sitting an exam? 
RELIZA SHRESTHA, The Reublica, KATHMANDU, Oct 24: There are many dishonest means – ranging from bribing note takers, using cheat sheets, writing on body parts or clothing and breaking into professors’ offices – of cheating when students sit a key exam. Practices like hacking into professors’ computers to get advance copies of exam papers, hiding note cards or filling notes inside emptied out pens used to be typical methods of cheating.
“Recent advances in science and technology have brought changes in almost everything, including our ways of cheating. Although copying from neighbors’ papers is our all-time emblematic way of cheating, there are many innovative techniques being invented these days that are seemingly less risky and more guaranteed,” says Ashankan Sharma, 18, currently doing his+2.
According to him, using programmable graphical calculators have become one of the hottest means of cheating at exams. Many students agree that using wireless monitors is one of the easiest ways of communicating inside the examination hall. Apart from these state-of-the-art technological devices used in cheating, pupils taking exams have increasingly been using other devices like cameras, walkmans, iPods and micro-recorders.
Worse, the monotonous exam patterns have added fuel to the fire by forcing students to study selective subjects thereby increasing the trend of cheating. Monotonous exam system helps fuel the trend since students can make assumptions and guesswork easily on the types of questions to be asked. Ramesh Nath Dawadi, Vice- Principal of Budhanilkantha School terms this a “backwash effect”, which he said has motivated many students to cheat.
Study programs have been structured under the concept of ‘division of labor’, designating certain portions for students to prepare for the test so as to minimize the amount of studying, thus, paving an easier path to cheating.
The underlying assumption for cheating is to improve or obtain better test scores though it may not be helpful when it comes to gaining knowledge.
Madhu Sharma, 21, currently doing her BBA-BI in Apex College says, “There’re some teachers who want carbon-copy answers from the text books.” She says that many students who use their own knowledge and creativity in answering the questions often get lower test scores irrespective of how relevant are their answers. “They get lower marks than those giving verbatim answers straight from the textbooks or the teachers’ notes,” informs Sharma, adding, “That’s why, even some academically sound students are also obligated to cheat.”
Academically advanced students let their peers copy from their answer papers. This is because academically weaker students either worry about failing in front of their talented peers or that the stronger ones feel obliged to help their friends.
And, there are those categories of students who fear that if they don’t score well on par with their mates, they might be ridiculed or excluded from the cliques of intellectuals, and, thus, they resort to copying.
There are those who harbor a belief that letting their friends cheat from their papers will make them more popular in the group and does a lot to boost his/her ego.
Cheating in exams has therefore become an easy way to achieve good scores without having to put extra effort or become sincere towards studies.
Just as the new and innovative ways of cheating are being invented, colleges and schools are also coming up with stricter regulatory measures to counter cheating.
“We supervise examinations according to the code of conduct as provided by the boards. Letting the students to use certain types of calculators and keeping distances between two examinees are some of the commonly employed strategies to do away with the practice of cheating. We also take actions against the cheaters as per the rules of the board,” claims Dawadi. Generally, punishment is aimed at discouraging students from cheating, he says.
Dawadi tells us that invigilators’ negligence and dismally poor facilitates is fuelling cheating in exam halls. “Exam proctors must be serious about this,” he says, adding, “A student is key in this process of minimizing cheating, he should feel responsible.”
“He should be well-prepared and confident about the exam he is going to sit for. On the school’s part, the question setters could minimize cheating by bringing variations in questions’ pattern and orders.” Published on 2010-10-24 10:26:05

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