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Saturday, December 25, 2010

GJM negative to contest poll- deadline 15 January

KalimNews:15th January is the deadline given by GJM for the formation of GRA an alternative setup against the demand of creation of a separate state of Gorkhaland. Bimal Gurung GJM President has also rejected the election theory and has said that GRA should be formed with the nominated members.
Meanwhile GJM is organising a convention in Darjeeling from 27th to 29th December. During this convention Bimal Gurung will apprise the GNLF cadres and leaders about the outcome and details of the talks recently held with the central leaders. It is also presumed that Gurung will really try to assess the opinion of the people regarding GRA. He will try to assess the pros and cons of  election, how far will it be able to gain the peoples' verdict, a Bengali daily published from Siliguri revealed today.
Christmas Celebrated in Kalimpong
 A Christmas Church service in Mal Busty, Gorubathan Church
A church service in Gorubathan
Santa Claus  in Mainaguri; Photo Vartaman
Childrens dancing during Carol Festival in Kalimpong
Photo: Samiran Paul

22nd All India Full Contact Karate Tournament concluded in Guwahati
KalimNews:Fighters from West Bengal and Assam bagged top honours and stole the show in the 22nd All India Full Contact Karate Tournament, clinching the top positions in three respective categories in the championship. In the tournament 256 participants took part of which 210 participants are from Kyokushin and 46 were from Wushu, Muay Thai, Teakwondo and other karate styles. Among the Kyokushin fighters all Kyokushin groups such as IKO Matsusima, Kyokushinkaikan, Shinkyokushin, Kyokushinkan and Kyokushin Union participated in the meet that concluded at the Silpgram complex on 5th December, Sunday. 
Bengal fighters Vidhan Bramha, Santosh Kumar and Abhishek Kundu took the top positions in the junior (below 50 kg), senior (above 60kg) and heavyweight categories.
For Assam, Jitumoni Gogoi clinched the top position in the girl’s junior kata division. Ambika Dutta bagged the top honour in the senior Kata division. Arjun Das bagged the top honour in the boy’s kata division.
Amitabh Sonkar of Uttar Pradesh and Tejasman Talukdar of Assam took the second and third positions in the boy’s kata division. Jacob Kisko (Jharkhand) and Vikas Saroj (Uttar Pradesh) won in the kumite junuior medium and heavy weight categories respectively.
Prasenjit Bhattacharjee of Maharashtra, who 0was adjudged the Best Fighter in the senior men’s group, clinched the top slot in the medium weight (61 to 75 kg).
Dipak Kumar Jha (Bihar) and Gaurav Bora of Assam took the second and third places. In the men’s kata division Anurag Gupta of Uttar Pradesh took the top slot while Gaurav Baruah and Kushal Hazarika of Assam were placed second and third respectively. Vikash Saroj of Uttar Pradesh was named the Best Fighter in the junior men’s group.
Sunny Marbaniang of Assam was named the Most Promising Fighter. All Branch chiefs and state in charges have decided to host the next National tournament at Kanpur on the month of November 2011.
Foundation Day of AAGSU in Karbianglong
Archana Lwhrung Rai Dibrugarh (25th Dec): The 35th Foundation Day of All Assam Gorkha Students’ Union (AAGSU) is being celebrated at Khakhati in Karbianglong with a daylong colourful program on 26th December 2010 Sunday by the Karbianglong Dist Committee AAGSU in aegis of the Bokajan Regional Committee of AAGSU.
Dil Bahadur Limboo Chief Advisor of AAGSU will inaugurate the main celebration program the Open Session while the AAGSU flag will be hoisted by Nitin Rai President KADC AAGSU, hamage to martyrs will paid by Suraj Chetry Gen. Secy. KADC AAGSU in the morning. Veteran literate and President of the Assam Sahitya Sabha Rong Bong Terang the tribal face of Assam will grace the occasion as ‘Chief Guest’ while Harka Bahadur Chhetri will attend as the ‘Key Note Speaker’. Gorkha Development Council (GDC) Chief Loknath Upadhyay, Biren Singh Engti MP and Bhim Bahadur Rai VP AAGSU will attend as ‘Distinguished Guest’.
Karbianglong Dist President and Secretaries of community organizations of Assam and allied unions and Gorkha organizations have been invited to grace the occasion. Nanda Kirati Dewan Information and Publicity Secretary AAGSU former Central Observer to KADC AAGSU have consented to attend the foundation day celebrations as ‘Respected Guest’. A host of dignitaries from administrative and social circle have been invited as Special Invitees to attend the mega celebration. On 26th Dec 1976 the All Assam Gorkha Students’ Union (AAGSU then AANSU) was formed as a state based Gorkha students’ union after assimilating many existing district units since 1946 under the presidentship of Dr. Harka Bahadur Chhetri.
Train kills man on cell
TT, Malda, Dec. 25: A train mowed down a 50-year-old man glued to his cellphone seconds after he ducked under the bar of a closed level-crossing gate in Malda and stepped onto the tracks this morning.
Sushil Choudhury, a bus conductor, was so engrossed in the conversation that he failed to notice the approaching train. Neither did he hear the screams of the gateman, who tried to alert him after seeing him stoop to go under the horizontal bar of the closed gate at the Malanchapally level crossing in Malda town.
Malanchapally resident Choudhury, who was going to work, reached the level-crossing around 6am. An eyewitness said he “seemed to be in a hurry”.
P.K. Das, the inspector in charge of Government Railway Police in Malda, said: “He (Choudhury) was talking on his cellphone. He failed to notice the approaching Gour Express and stepped on the tracks. The on-duty gateman had tried to alert him by shouting.”
Das said the conductor was killed on the spot. Choudhury’s dismembered body lay beside the tracks for two hours. GRP personnel came around 8am and took the body to Malda district hospital for a post-mortem. Choudhury is survived by his wife and two sons, the police said.
Senior police officers said despite repeated warnings, people still talked over their cellphones while driving or walking down busy roads or crossing rail tracks.
“A number of accidents such as today’s has happened in the recent past. Despite that, people keep committing the same mistake,” an officer said.
In the past two years, nearly a dozen people have been run over and killed by speeding trains in North and South 24-Parganas alone. All of them were speaking over their cellphones while crossing the tracks, unmindful of an approaching train.
Track death
A 55-year-old man was run over and killed by the Howrah-bound Intercity Express when he was crossing the tracks this morning near Malda station. The man has been identified as Ujjal Ghosh, a resident of Englishbazar.
Gateway to the North-east
SNS, 10 December 2010, subrata chowdhury pens an ode to Siliguri
THE second biggest town in West Bengal, Siliguri bustles with vehicular and pedestrian traffic and is growing at a healthy rate. It is also the gateway to a beautiful and most diverse world that starts from Jalpaiguri through the North-east and beyond to the peripheries of Tibet, Nepal, Myanmar and China.
The town is blessed with an ideal tropical climate. It rains cats and dogs during the monsoon, there is the occasional nippy drizzle in the winter, and a soothing breeze through the summer and autumn. The moody Mahananda river flows slowly by during the winter, its crystal water displaying the mountain pebbles acquired downhill in the rainy season; but there is no mistaking its might for it can break the levees when in full flow during the monsoon. The bridges that span its course are a joy to behold.
On a balmy winter afternoon you could suddenly look northward from a cluster of buildings in Pradhan Nagar and catch the snowcapped peaks of Kanchenjungha, clear against an azure sky. And then, during the summer or monsoon, a look in the same direction throws up poet Shakti Chattopadhyay’s The abode of pasturing clouds.
This hub is a hive of commercial activity, though it once was involved in tea and plywood deals, and then there is the tourism industry and cargo transportation. From here, goods are transported to Assam, Meghalaya, Sikkim, Bhutan, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh and even Nepal. One of the biggest tea auction centres in the country was established in this town long back and has been handling tea sales for all manufacturers, exporters, dealers and merchants in the country every week. Which explains why giants and minnows in the tea industry have a set-up in Siliguri.
The academic standard is high, too. The fact that Siliguri ranks second in the list of major towns in the state is not only for its area and population, but also for its importance in many other aspects. One of the busiest railway stations in Bengal, it is the terminal of the Toy Train to Darjeeling, not to forget the busy Tenzing Norgay bus terminus and Bagdogra airport. Strategically, the importance of this town is next to none with its proximity to the borders with China, Nepal and Bangladesh.Siliguri’s imposing shopping malls, hotels and restaurants are testimony to the town’s growing status, it is no longer the mere transit point for travellers and cargo that it was a decade back. People of many races and origin have settled here amicably, which is an example for the rest of India.
GJM ready to contest poll
PTI, Darjeeling, Dec 25: In a climb-down from its earlier stand, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) has decided to hold municipal and panchayat elections before setting up of the Gorkha Regional Authority.
“We are ready to go for the local body elections if it is held within the next one and a half months,” GJM media secretary Harka bahadur Chetri told mediapersons at Bagdogra airport on Saturday.
The state government had expressed the need for local body elections in the Darjeeling hills first before taking up the matter of setting up an interim authority. Chetri said the panchayat and municipality poll results would decide the ratio of political representation in the proposed authority.
Chetri, however, was doubtful if the state government would be able to conduct the poll in time, as the civic body election was a state subject.
GJM president Bimal Gurung in a press conference in Darjeeling said his party was hopeful about the formation of an interim council soon. “We have discussed the matter in detail with political leaders in New Delhi,” he said. The state’s urban development minister Ashok Bhattacharya said in Siliguri that the matter would be discussed in the next tripartite meeting.
Stray incident mars Christmas in Kandhamal
PTI, Bhubanesar, Dec 26:A stray incident marred Christmas celebrations in Orissa's communally sensitive Kandhamal district when unidentified miscreants set afire the car of a missionary here tonight, police said. The car of Baptist missionary Suranjan Nayak was set afire in district headquarter hospital premises but no injury to anyone was reported, Inspector In-charge of Phulbani town police station, S C Panda said.
Police force was rushed to the site soon after the incident and efforts were on to nab the culprits, he said adding Nayak, whose wife works as a nurse in the hospital, had gone to his native place in Raikia area of the district when the incident took place.
Barring this incident, believed to have been orchestrated by some mischief mongers, Christmas celebrations in the tribal dominated Kandhamal remained peaceful as people joined the revelry with joy and enthusiasm, police said.
Kandhamal had witnessed riots during Christmas festival in 2007 and after the killing of VHP leader Laxmanannda Saraswati in August, 2008.
Elaborate security arrangements had been made to prevent any untoward incident during Christmas this time.
After performing mid-night mass at different churches, Christians thronged their places of worship in colourful attires this morning as people belonging to all communities joined the celebrations showing a spirit of camaraderie and brotherhood.

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