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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

CBI sent letter to sanction formal permission to register formal case against Sikkim CM ... Visarev Unipay2U investors complain of fraudulence ... Gurung links hill fate to Telangana- Morcha Chief says all depends on Srikrishna report ... Telengana wait till 31st Dec

Visarev investors complain of fraudulence
KalimNews: Visarev an internet financial investment chain system is alleged to be fraud. Its subscribers have complained of non deposition of interest of December 2010 in their respective Axis bank accounts in Kalimpong and other places. A news of similar fraudulence was published by Imphal Free Press. A report published by imphal free press details the allegation. It is believed to be a sister concern of Unipay2U but this fact is found to be untrue a source said. As per the investigation the following questions were not answered by the company.
1. Complete registration details of the company is not available
2. If company is registered in Ministry of Corporate affairs, the details thereof is required.
3. Is Visarev a sister concern of Unipay2U?, if no why its advertisement was given in Unipay2U site and it is not now in the net.
4. Why there is no India Office shown in “Contacts Us”?.
5. Why there is no Phone Number, fax number or any contact person name except email address ?
6- There are serious complain of fraud and scam about Visarev on, Visarev complaints in google as "Visarev is called- Biggest scam in India”.
7. Why investors do not deal in complains submitted in writing and only in e-communication is accepted?
VISAREV investors left high and dry again 5 days and 15 hours, 44 minutes, 17 seconds ago
IMPHAL, imphal free press, Dec 22: VISAREV, an alleged internet pyramid network operating in Manipur has not kept its promise yet again of paying its investors their dues by December -- a promise made after Imphal Free Press exposed its fraudulence.
After its failure to pay investors of the state since October last, Visarev in contradiction of its earlier advertised statement that payments will be made within December has not translated into reality and has announced that it will not be able to do so.
Investigating the matter , IFP got hold of a ‘message’ circulated to the main investors in the state by the CEO of UNIGROUP ,namely one James and the message reads, “Dear members, we regret to inform you that due to the current economic downturn, we at Unipay2U/Visarev have not been spared from the global financial crisis. We are seriously working closely with our team to restructure and overcome this unexpected situation”.
It further said “As we understand your concerns as we are too for our entire faithful member and their well being and we can certainly understand your difficulties and shortcomings at this stressful time”.
The note also appreciated the patience and understanding of the investors “during these few months and are assured we will overcome this setback eventually and our goal is to settle all overdue payment to our dear member to date by 31st Jan 2011”.
The note further said “as the CEO and founder of this company I sincerely believe that without the support of our member we wouldn’t have succeeded till today but unfortunately we are facing some difficulties at this point of time and, I humbly requesting our member to be patient and supportive during this tenure”.
“My sincere request to all our devoted members, please be positive and have confident in me and the company as so much people have their life changed from this company” it said.
It also quite audaciously said “If you can refrain from flooding us with emails and phone calls, it will be much appreciated as we can focus our time on the restructure program and other duties”.
It may be noticed in the message that, no clear cut date is fixed but the company assures to overcome the setback and their ‘goal’ is to finally settle the payments by January 31.
The message of an MNC’s CEO has grammatical mistakes, plus the CEO appeals not to make complaints over e-mail and phone calls which is unheard of in any other legitimate reputable companies. It is also a false statement that there is a global financial crisis at present as stock exchange profits have gone up nearing the end of the year.
Further, it may be mentioned that a press clarification slandering the name of IFP was carried in two reputable newspapers in the form of an advertisement that Visarev will pay out investors by the end of December 2010, which as per the present scenario have apparently mislead the public. The new message of the CEO is veiwed as a delaying tactics to pacify investors from making complaints.
Victoria, an investor of Visarev told IFP, “ I have invested 4 lacs in Visarev this September last and have not got any payments still . I have been text messaged that so and so much dollars have been deposited to my account on Axis bank through Unigateway2U. But when I go to the bank, no amount has been deposited apropos the sms that I have received so far. It's very frustrating as there is no competent authority for redressal, the only money I got is still only in words through my mobile phone", she further expressed doubt on getting back her principal investment, doubting the credibility of Visarev.
It may be remembered that no competent authority of Visarev is present in the State and the claims of the company allegedly based in Malaysia conducts business through an internet website , which can be hosted by any computer professional.
The fate of apprehensive Visarev investors still hangs in the balance in the question that whether their investments will be recouped or not.
Gurung links hill fate to Telangana - Morcha Chief says all depends on Srikrishna report
Vivek Chhetri TT, Darjeeling, Dec. 28: Bimal Gurung today said the hills could not be “hoodwinked” into accepting an interim arrangement and threatened to start a mass agitation if the Srikrishna Committee submitted a favourable report on the formation of Telangana on December 31, 2010.
“We are closely monitoring the developments of the Srikrishna Committee. We cannot be hoodwinked and made to accept an interim set-up while the government goes ahead and creates Telangana. We will start a mass agitation and at the moment, I am not in a hurry to sign the understanding on the interim set-up (till the Srikrishna report is tabled before the Union home minister on December 31),” the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha president said. He was addressing party workers at Chintan Sabha at Darjeeling Gymkhana Club.
Union home minister P. Chidambaram had formed a committee headed by retired Supreme Court judge B.N. Srikrishna to determine whether a Telangana state is needed.
According to the terms of reference laid down by the Union government, the committee will basically “examine the situation in the state of Andhra Pradesh with reference to the demand for a separate state of Telangana as well as the demand to maintain the present status of a united Andhra Pradesh”.
The committee formed in February was told to submit the report by December 31.“We can’t have a situation where some one is being given hira-moti(precious stones) and the other is given nothing. If they create Telangana, they must also create Gorkhaland taking into account that this is a sensitive area and statehood is needed to ensure the security of the country,” said Gurung. “If the report is favourable for Telangana, it must be for us too.”
The Morcha chief was critical of GNLF president Subash Ghisingh for failing to raise the statehood issue when Jharkhand, Uttarakhand and Chhattisgarh were created. “If the statehood agitation had been intensified, we would have had our own state by now. They were caught up with the council (Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council, which was headed by Ghisingh) and politics then was all about satisfying the need of a few politicians,” said Gurung.
Although the Morcha chief has not announced any agitation yet, party media secretary Harka Bahadur Chhetri said a movement could kick off with hunger strikes if the Srikrishna report endorsed the formation of Telangana. “The coming days are very important for us. We might have to start with hunger strikes as we had done earlier,” said Chhetri.
Gurung though has not rejected the interim set-up outright, indicating that all depended on the Srikrishna Committee report.
“Our rivals are crying hoarse that we have left the Dooars and Terai but this is not true and I have not yet signed the deal. We are going for naturalisation of the territory. We are taking an indirect approach and we will never leave out Gorkha-dominated areas of the plains,” said Gurung.
By “naturalisation”, Gurung meant bringing all adjacent areas under the hill body. “In places like Pintail and Samsing, half of the house is within the council area while the kitchen is outside. This has to be rectified first,” said Gurung.
Chhetri said following the “naturalisation” of territory, a joint verification committee would be formed to look into the inclusion of Gorkha dominated areas in the new set-up for the hills. “The committee will consist of representatives of the Centre, state and the Morcha and will submit its report by May 2011,” said Chhetri.
Telengana's tryst with destiny set for December 31

Every Telugu, is waiting with bated breath for

the dusk of December 31
Agencies, IE, Hyderabad, 29 Dec: Every Telugu, residing not just in Andhra Pradesh but in any other part of the globe, is waiting with bated breath for the dusk of December 31.
Not to bid adieu to 2010 or welcome 2011, but to know whether their state will remain as united Andhra Pradesh or possibly get bifurcated into Telangana and Andhra.
December 31 is the 'D-day' when the five-member Justice Srikrishna Committee, appointed by the Government of India on February 3 this year, for consultations on the situation in Andhra Pradesh, submits its report after an extensive field work in the wake of the demand for and against the bifurcation of the state.
Though the recommendations of the Committee are unlikely to be publicised the same day, every citizen of this state has come to see it as a landmark day that defines their future.
The Committee was appointed in the backdrop of the agitation for and against the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, when the demand for creation of a separate Telangana state reached a feverish pitch in late 2009.
The Justice Srikrishna Committee was asked to examine, among other things, the situation in Andhra Pradesh with reference to the demand for a separate state of Telangana as well as the demand for maintaining the present status of a united Andhra Pradesh.
Besides, it was to review the developments in the state since its formation and their impact on the progress and development of the different regions of the state; to identify the key issues that must be addressed by consulting all sections of the society, especially the political parties and seek from the political parties and other organisations a range of solutions that would resolve the present situation and promote the welfare of all sections of the people.
It was also asked to identify the "optimal solutions" for this purpose and recommend a plan of action and a roadmap.
The last months of year 2009 saw turbulence caused primarily by separatists seeking Telangana state while early 2010 witnessed a spontaneous movement by people of Andhra and Rayalaseema regions opposing the state's division. This led to political disorder and public unrest in the state after the Congress' flip-flop on "initiating the process for creation of Telangana."
Order was restored in the state to an extent only after the Srikrishna Committee was appointed to look into the statehood demand, a move seen as the Congress' desperate gambit to undo the damage caused by its mishandling of the whole issue.
Though initially every political party reacted with scepticism to the Committee's constitution, the common people welcomed it with the hope that it will come out with an everlasting solution to the contentious statehood issue.
All political parties, barring the Bharatiya Janata Party, subsequently presented their case, for and against the division of the state, before the Committee while all other stakeholders too submitted their views on the issue.
The Committee members - eminent and widely-respected in varied fields - toured almost every part of Andhra Pradesh in the last ten months, collected tonnes of data from different sources, interacted with people at the grassroots level and drafted a two-volume report.
In doing so, they kept their promise of completing their task "within the set deadline."
Now, Justice Srikrishna and his four colleagues will submit the report to Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on December 31 in New Delhi.
While holding a mirror to the past and the present of Andhra Pradesh since its formation on November 1, 1956, the Srikrishna Committee report should hold the beacon for its future as well.
The agitation by TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao has stopped short of violence, although on many occasions it had transcended all borders.
Yesterday, Congress govt in Andhra had sought to derive some political mileage from this emotive issue by scrapping all criminal cases registered against pro-Telengana students.
According to some analysts, the Congress leadership may be privy about what is ultimately going to transpire - the state of Telengana will be created. But, this has to treated as rumours till December 31 rolls by.

Two-day winter session of Sikkim Assembly shortest in country?
IE, Gangtok, 29 Dec:The second day of the two-day winter session of the Sikkim Assembly which saw the passage of a bill and two amendment bills ended in less than 15 minutes.
The entire proceedings on both days lasted less than 22 minutes making it probably the shortest assembly session ever to be held in the country.
The house unanimously passed the new Sikkim Lokayuktas Bill, Bill No. 21 of 2010 and the two amendment bills, the Sikkim Regulation of Societies, Associations and Other Voluntary Organisations (Amendment) Bill and the Registration of Companies (Amendment) Bill, Sikkim.
They were tabled yesterday by Chief Minister Pawan Chamling yesterday without any discussion. The session was also very brief.
The vote of thank given by Chamling, the leader of the house took less than four minutes. He said that the bills passed in the two days would help secure the future of the Sikkimese people.

Prabin Khaling,GANGTOK, December 29: It took less than twenty minutes for tabling and unanimous passing of one new bill and two amendment bills during the two-day winter session of the State Legislative Assembly which concluded today making it arguably the shortest legislative session in Sikkim.
Yesterday, around five minutes were taken for Chief Minister Pawan Chamling to introduce and read the statement of objects and reasons of three bills- ‘Sikkim Regulation of Societies, Associations and Other Voluntary Organizations (Amendment) Bill’, ‘Registration of Companies (Amendment) Bill’ and ‘Sikkim Lokayukta Bill’.
Today only fifteen minutes were required for the bills to be passed unanimously without any discussions followed by the customary presentation of vote of thanks by the Leader of the House and the Speaker.
The Chief Minister restricted his usually elaborative valedictory speeches to around five minutes during which he thanked the members of the House for the smooth passage of the bills and the Assembly Secretariat for ably conducting the affairs of the winter session. He also remarked that the bills passed today were in the interests of the Sikkim and Sikkimese and urged all legislators to work for the people.
After Speaker KT Gyalsten adjourned the House sine-die, the members of the Assembly assembled at the common room of the Assembly to witness the swearing-in ceremony of the first two Parliamentary Secretaries of Sikkim-Em Prasad Sharma and Binod Rai.
Sharma, the MLA from Khamdong-Singtam, was administrated the oath of office by the Chief Minister. He will be assisting the concerned minister of the Land Revenue & Disaster Management responsibilities as a Parliamentary Secretary.
Rai, the MLA from Namchi-Singithang, will be assisting the concerned minister of Social Justice as a Parliamentary Secretary.
A Parliamentary Secretary holds the rank of a Minister of State.

CBI sent letter to sanction formal permission to register formal case against Sikkim Chief Minister, December 28: Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling and several ministers in his Cabinet may soon face anti-corruption cases as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has sought the go-ahead to proceed against them, according to the report of Indian Express published on Tuesday.
The agency has sent a request letter to Chief Secretary T T Dorji seeking sanction to register a formal case, and has attached a report having details of properties amassed by Chamling and some MLAs while being in power.
The CBI has alleged that while being an MLA as well as Chief Minister from March 1985 to 2009, Chamling has acquired assets to the tune of Rs 4,13,88,578 in his own name as well as in the name of his family members and others.
He has also allegedly amassed many assets worth approximately Rs 23 crore in Sikkim and outside by abusing his official position.

Blessing with Wang by His Holiness Thai Thinley Dorji in Sikkim
Lokayukta proposed in Assembly for investigating on corrupt public servants
Prabin Khaling, GANGTOK, December 28: Chief Minister Pawan Chamling today tabled the Sikkim Lokayukta Bill in the State Legislative Assembly which seeks to appoint a Lokayukta for investigation of administrative action taken by the State government or public authorities in certain cases involving acts of injustice, corruption or favouritism.
It would be in the public interest to make appointment and functions of Lokayukta for investigation and inquiry of acts of injustice, corruption or favouritism, said the Chief Minister while placing the Bill in the House.
The Lokayukta, as per the Bill, will be investigating any recommendations or decisions taken by a public servant in discharge of his functions or is alleged to have abused his position to obtain any gain or favour or have indulged in corrupted practices.
It is important to note that actions by all the public servants including the Chief Minister, cabinet members, MLAs as well as the State government officers and other ranks will come under the purview of the office of the Lokayukta.
However, it will not be applicable to the actions taken by or with the approval of the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the State Legislative Assembly, any Judge, any officer or servant of the Court, the Chairman or a Member of the Public Service Commission, Chief Election Commissioner or the Regional Election Commissioner having jurisdiction in the State.
If the scanner of the Lokayukta happens to be on the Chief Minister or a member of the State Legislature, the competent authority is the Governor acting on his discretion. The Chief Minister is the competent authority in case of a minister, chief secretary or a secretary. The concerned minister is the competent authority in case of any public servant under his department.
The Governor has been mandated by the Bill to appoint the Lokayukta after consultation with the Chief Justice, the Speaker and the Leader of the Opposition in the State Legislature. The Lokayukta should be a retired Chief Justice or a Supreme Court Judge.
The Lokayukta should also not be a member of the Parliament or a member of State legislature and not be holding any office of profit. The term of the Lokayukta is of five years unless he or she resigns or removed by a two-third majority in the Assembly.
While the court of Lokayukta is open for receiving complaints, it is also empowered to punish those making false or frivolous complaints with three years of rigorous imprisonment or slap a fine.
The Lokayukta will be supported by staff and the Bill has proposed an annual expenditure of Rs. 85 lakhs for salary and office expenses.
The Chief Minister also tabled two amendment Bills-Sikkim Regulation of Societies, Associations and other Voluntary Organizations (Amendment) Bill and Registration of Companies Amendment Bill.
The first amendment Bill proposes to provide provisions that would effectively streamline process of record maintenance and its production by a registered association while the second amendment Bill is for the purpose of prescribing rate of fees for registration of companies under the Act and to also to provide conditions relating to winding up of company.
Voting and discussions on the three Bills will take place tomorrow, the final day of the two-day winter session of the Assembly.
Sumanta Sen, TT, 29 December:Temperatures below freezing point in winter are nothing new for the people of Darjeeling. Neither are broken promises. Subash Ghisingh took the people for a ride when he promised them Gorkhaland and ultimately settled for a life of comfort for himself. Bimal Gurung, Roshan Giri and other leaders of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha broke away from him, forced him out of the hills, and told the people that they were their real messiah and will not stop at anything less than a separate state. Now the Morcha seems prepared to shelve the agitation and settle for an autonomous council, which the state government had been insisting on for a long time, and which it was not prepared to accept. Of course, the GJM leaders will say that the proposed council will only be an interim arrangement and Gorkhaland still remains their goal. But there are unlikely to be many takers for this story. The Morcha leaders cannot have missed the fact that Ghisingh had also said the same thing while ensconcing himself in Lal Kothi, and then forgotten all about it. So it is yet another winter of discontent and resignation for the Nepalese, Bhutiyas and Lepchas.
Right now, they can only keep their fingers crossed about what shape the interim council will take. Whatever the plans, Siliguri and parts of the Dooars will have to be kept out of it because of objections not only by the state government but also by the Congress which, with the elections round the corner, cannot afford to be blamed for conceding more than is strictly required. Even the member of parliament from the Bharatiya Janata Party, Jaswant Singh, is unlikely to be of much help as his leader, L.K. Advani, had earlier said that he was against a new state on ethnic lines on the borders. The Akhil Bharatiya Adivasi Vikas Parishad also does not want any interference in its areas from the hills. So it seems certain that the GJM will have to forget about an expanded territory. People may well ask — what was the renewed agitation all about then?
Considerable relief
What is particularly worrying for the GJM is that it no longer calls the shots in the hills, something Ghisingh did when he came to terms with Calcutta. The murder of Madan Tamang has galvanized the Akhil Bharatiya Gorkha League into action, and it has by its side not just the Communist Party of Revolutionary Marxists but also the ruling Communist Party of India (Marxist). To make matters worse for the GJM, Ghisingh has began to flex his muscles after lying low in Siliguri for a long time. Little wonder then that the GJM wants the interim council to be an appointed body, with itself playing a big role in the appointments, rather than an elected one.
Meanwhile, there are signs that normality is creeping in. When the inspector of Darjeeling sadar police station arrested 24 youths from Chowrasta for smoking in public, he was doing his duty. But it is doubtful whether he could have done that even six months back, when any such administrative action would have been met with a bandh call. The change is welcome — it indicates that the GJM is not sure about its sway over the people. The hill people are also becoming vocal against bandhs at the drop of a hat and at the prolonged spells of forced government non-functioning that have only brought them misery.
But that’s about the people in general. It cannot be anybody’s claim that all have lost interest in Gorkhaland. For one thing, agitations in support of it have always brought personal profits to those who join them. What is more important, leaders of local outfits would not know what to do if the demand is totally given up. So permanent peace will continue to elude the hills even if increased autonomy ends the present impasse. For the time being, of course, that will be of considerable relief.

Dooars bandh

TT, Jalpaiguri, Dec. 28: CPM state secretary Biman Bose and politburo member Brinda Karat today came down heavily on the Akhil Bharatiya Adivasi Vikas Parishad for calling a Dooars bandh tomorrow to spoil the party’s rally in Malbazar.
The CPM’s tribal wing, the Rashtriya Adivasi Morcha, started a two-day annual conference at Malbazar today, which would culminate in a rally tomorrow on the grounds of the Forward Club.
“The Parishad-sponsored bandh tomorrow will go against the interest of the Adivasis. The state government has done a lot for them and is continuing to do so,” Karat told reporters.
Bose said: “We have called this conference to strengthen the rights of the tribals. In Jangal Mahal, the Adivasis are victims of the Maoists. We have been discussing their problems.”
The organiser of the CPM conference, Chanu Dey, said the Parishad had called the bandh so that nobody could attend the Malbazar meeting. “They are going to picket places like Chulsa, Nagrakata, Bagrakote and Binnaguri to enforce the bandh,” he said.
The president of the Parishad’s Terai-Dooars regional unit, John Barla, said for the past 34 years the Adivasis had been associated with various frontal wings of the CPM, but it had done nothing for the community’s development.
“They (CPM) are now trying to consolidate their position in the Dooars before the 2011 elections. We have issued a directive to all our supporters not to attend tomorrow’s meeting. We will set up barricades in front of tea gardens and roads,” Barla said.

Law student immolates herself

TT, Siliguri, Dec. 28: A 22-year-old law student of North Bengal University immolated herself when her family members were fast asleep at their rented house here early this morning.
While Priyanka Pal’s parents said she had killed herself over their refusal to buy her a Nano car, her friends said she might have taken the extreme step over a broken relationship with her classmate.
Police said Priyanka, a final year LLB student, had committed suicide by setting herself on fire at the house in Pradhannagar around 3am. “She poured kerosene on her body and set herself on fire. Hearing the news, we rushed to the spot and seized her body. It was sent for post-mortem. An investigation has started,” said Dipankar Som, the inspector in charge of Pradhannagar police station.
Priyanka was the eldest of Gauranga Pal’s three daughters. The family has been staying at the house off Nivedita Road for the past one month. Pal runs a steel furniture shop at Chowringhee More in North Dinajpur’s Islampur, from where he moved to Siliguri six months ago.
Neighbours said the girl’s parents and sisters had been sleeping when she had set fire to herself. “They were woken up by Priyanka’s screams and saw her burning,” said a resident.
Before shifting to the present address, Pal was residing in another locality in Siliguri.
During investigation, the Pals have told the police that Priyanka had been pestering for a Nano car for the past few days. “Her parents were shattered after the girl’s death. Even then, they told us that Priyanka had frequent quarrels with them demanding the car, saying she could not go to study everyday on autorickshaws. We think the girl committed suicide over this,” said a police source.
The girl’s friends, however, cited another story for the suicide. According to them, she was having an affair with Nirupam Thali, a resident of North 24-Paraganas and her classmate.
“Last month, she had broken up with Nirupam after learning that he was having another affair. A few days later, Priyanka filed a complaint with Matigara police station, saying the youth had been calling her frequently on phone for a patch-up. She told us she didn’t want to continue the relationship with Thali any more,” said a friend.
The Matigara police confirmed that Priyanka had filed a general diary on December 1, saying a youth was bothering her over the phone. “A case was registered under Section 107 of IPC (abetment of a thing) and the youth was summoned to the police station. We warned him against disturbing her again,” said a police officer.
After coming to know about the girl’s persistent demand for the car from the parents, some of her friends said both the issues might have left her shattered and led her to take the extreme step.
Mukul Sengupta, a Siliguri Municipal Corporation councillor under whose ward the incident occurred, visited the house and spoke to local people. “After coming to know about the student’s death from police, I went to the house and had a talk with her neighbours. I have learnt that the girl used to quarrel with her parents regularly. I have no idea if she had an affair,” he said.
The Telegraph spoke to Pal’s business friends in Islampur after the suicide.
“Pal had recently leased his house at Ramkrishnapally here to somebody and shifted to Siliguri. He used to come here frequently to run the business. But of late, he was unwell and looked depressed. We cannot say much about his family except that he has three daughters, all of whom study in and around Siliguri,” said Kartik Das, who runs a grocery store next to Pal’s furniture shop.

Hydel plan on Sikkim ‘holy river’ hit
Jayanta Basu, TT, Calcutta, Dec. 28: Three proposed hydroelectric projects in Sikkim that the state government hopes will bring it revenues are being opposed by an organisation of Bhutias and Lepchas on religious and environmental grounds.
“If the proposals are cleared, we will oppose them with all our might,” said an activist of the Sikkim Bhutia Lepcha Apex Committee, which is spearheading the protests.
The committee has twice written to the Union environment and forests minister, Jairam Ramesh, asking him to scrap the projects planned on the Rathong Cho river, which local populations in western Sikkim consider holy.
“The Khangchen Dzonga Yuksun area (where the projects are planned) is a bio-eco hotspot and home to some of the rarest and vulnerable flora and fauna in the Himalayas,” said one of the letters.
As of now, the National Board of Wildlife has withheld environmental clearance to one of the projects, the 96MW Lethang hydel scheme. But the Sikkim government hopes to get it cleared eventually.
Requests for clearance to the other two — the 99MW Ting Ting project and the 97MW Tashiding project — are lying with Jairam’s ministry.
“We want the remaining two projects scrapped too,” said Tseten Tashi Bhutia, convener of the committee.
“The projects are not acceptable from religious, socio-cultural and environmental standpoints. They can even wipe out the sacred land of the Bhutias and Lepchas, the indigenous tribal people of Sikkim.”
The state government, however, strongly backs the projects, to be constructed by private companies. The Sikkim power development corporation has procured the land.
State power minister S.G. Lepcha said: “These protests are the handiwork of a (particular) group of people. The projects were planned following a demand from local people. There was no protest during the public hearings on the projects.”
Lepcha, though, admitted that the projects were not just meant to supply power locally but to generate revenues by exporting power outside Sikkim. “Sikkim has a huge potential in hydro power. We are trying to tap a part of that,” he said.
Members of the Sikkim Bhutia Lepcha Apex Committee alleged that the public hearings had been “manipulated”.
“Instead of the state pollution control board, it was the private companies that organised and controlled the programmes. Even the government officials came to the hearings in cars arranged by them (the companies). There was large-scale arrangement of food and entertainment,” said one activist.
In 1997, the Sikkim government had itself scrapped a hydel project in virtually the same area after a committee withheld recommendation to it.
“The Sikkim Himalayas are richly endowed with biological resources…. Orchids are abundant; (there is a) rich wildlife represented by the Himalayan black bear, musk deer, fishing cat, leopard cat, black-capped langur and a rich bird life.... This unique landscape unit should be protected,” the one-man committee of P.S. Ramakrishna, from the JNU School of Environmental Sciences, had said.
Dipak Chakrabarty, an environment scientist with a government institution in Bengal, said “extreme care” should be taken before such projects are undertaken in the Himalayas, because of the dangers of huge deforestation, loss of biodiversity and landslides.
उत्तरेमा भागोप देन्ताम शाखाको बैठक भागोपलाई राजनैतिक आँखाले हेर्नु होइन जातिकोलागी अघि बड्नु पर्छः सुरत गुरुङ
(Diwas Rai, KalimNews) उत्तरे,28 दिसम्बर। भारतीय गोर्खा परिसंघ (भागोप) को सिक्किम राज्य समितिको संगठन विस्तारको फलस्वरूप पश्चिम सिक्किम को देन्ताम क्षेत्रमा नवगठीत शाखाले आफ्नो क्षेत्र विस्तार तथा सदस्यता अभियान तिब्र पारिएको छ।  यसैक्रममा पश्चिम जिल्लाको उत्तरेमा  भागोप देन्ताम शाखाको पदाधिकारीहरूको तत्परतामा एउटा सभा आयोजन गरियो।  उत्तर उच्चत्तर माध्यमिक विद्यालयको  प्रधानअध्यापक जीबी राईको अध्यक्षतामा सम्पन्न बैठकमा देन्ताम शाखाका अध्यक्ष सुरत गुरुङले  भागोपको दर्शन कार्यक्रम र उद्दश्यबारे उपस्थित व्यक्तिहरूलाई छर्लङ्ग पारे। उनले भने, भागोप भारतभरि छरिएर बसेका गोर्खे सन्तानहरूलाई देशको अन्य समुदायको हाराहारीमा उभ्याउने र हरेक क्षेत्रमा प्रतिस्पर्धा गर्न सक्ने सक्षम अनि सभ्य समाजको निर्माण गर्ने संस्था हो। उनले अझ भने, भागोपलाई राजनैतिक संगठनको आँखाले हेर्नु हुँदैन किन भने यो गैरराजनैतिक संगठन हो। उनले सबै गोर्खे सन्तानलाई आफ्नो जातिको हित र विकासको निम्ति खुलेर अघि आउऩे आह्वान गरे।
व्यापकमात्रामा स्थानीय बुद्धिजिवी र सचेत नागरिकहरूको उपस्थितिमा संपन्न बैठकमा कार्यकारी अध्यक्ष एन डी राईले भारतमा गोर्खाहरूको योगदान र देशभक्तिको नशा गोर्खहरूको रगतमै लिप्त रहेको प्रसंगलाई उजागर गर्दै सबैको सहयोग र सहभागिता हुनुपर्ने बताए। उनले भागोपको मान्यतालाई अघि सार्दै भने, जुटे उत्तम, फुटे खत्तम यसैले हामी यो संगठनमा लागी पर्नुपर्छ वर्षमा 365 दिनै जातिको निम्ति लागी पर्न नसके पनि केही समय बचाएर यो जातिको उत्थानमा लागी पर्नु पर्छ अऩि कम से कम भागोपको सदस्य बनेर संगठनको सहयात्रामा हातेमालो गरेर हिँडौं, उनले थपे।
 बैठकमा महासचिव जेपी छेत्रीले पनि भागोपको नीति दर्शन र उद्देश्य जातीय उत्थानकै निम्ति भएको बताउँदै यसमा कुनै लुकाएर राख्ने एजेण्डाहरू नरहेको स्पष्ट पारे। उपाध्यक्ष एनबी गुरुङले पनि सभामा भागोपको कार्यक्रम र लक्ष्यहरूबारे जानकारी प्रदान गरे।
उत्तरेको सेवाङदेन होटलमा सम्पन्न बैठकमा सिम्फोक प्राथमिक पाठशालाको प्रधानअध्यपक एल एम सुब्बा,शिक्षक के बी राई, मुकरूङ माध्यमिक विद्यालयका शिक्षक बिजय सुब्बा, सुनिल सुब्बा, देन्ताम उच्चत्तर माध्यमिक विद्यालयका शिक्षक एलबी सुब्बा, भुसन सुब्बा वेलफेयर अफिसर, एस बी शंकर सुपर भाइजर, सेरमान सुब्बा  क्योङसा उच्चत्तर विद्यालय तथा भूतपूर्व सैनिक एल एम सुब्बाले पनि अन्तर्क्रियामा भाग लिँदै आफ्ना जिज्ञासाहरू प्रस्तुत गरे।
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भागोपको नामथाङ शाखा गठन परिसंघले हाम्रो भावि सन्ततीको भविष्य सुरक्षीत गर्नेछः लेण्डुप लेप्चा
(BGP MC, KalimNews) दामथाङ (दक्षिण सिक्किम),28 दिसम्बर। भारतीय गोर्खा परिसंघ (भागोप)-ले आफ्नो संगठन विस्तारको अभियानलाई निरन्तरता दिँदै दक्षिण जिलाको नामथाङ क्षेत्रमा पनि आफ्नो शाखा खोल्न सक्षम भएको छ। यहाँ आयोजित एक बैठकमा नामथाङ समिति गठन गरिएको छ। बैठकलाई सम्बोधन गर्दै सभा अध्यक्ष तथा स्थानीय पञ्चायत लेण्डुप लेप्चाले भागोपको कार्य प्रति आस्था व्यक्त गर्दै भने, नेपालीभाषी गोर्खा समुदायको भलाई गर्छ,यसले नै हाम्रो भावि सन्तानको भविष्यको जगेरा गर्नेछ।  गोर्खाहरूको परिचय, संस्कृति, समाज र राष्ट्रिय चिन्हारीको सही मुल्याङ्कन गराउऩ यो संगठनको विकास हुनु अतिनै अवाश्य र समय सापेक्ष बनेको छ। यस प्रकारको मन्तव्य दामथाङ दक्षिण सिक्किममा आयोजित भागोप राज्य समितिको सांगठनीक बैठकमा अध्यक्षीय सम्भाषण राख्दै स्थानीय पञ्चायत सदस्य लेण्डुप लेप्चाले व्यक्त गरेका हुन्। नामथाङको संस्कृति कला केन्द्रको सभाकक्षमा आयोजित बैठकमा उनले भागोपलाई विस्तार गर्न ढिलो भइरहेको हतार व्यक्त गर्दै भने,हाम्रो जातिलाई देशको अन्य समुदायको  हाराहारीमा उभ्याएर अन्य जाति सरह नै प्रतिस्पर्धा गर्न सक्ने सभ्य भारतीय जातिको रूपमा स्थापित गराउन परिसंघ जस्तो संगठनलाई विस्तार गर्न ढिलो हुँदै छ किनभने हाम्रो समाज गलत दिशामा बग्दैछ यस्तो अवस्थामा भागोपमात्र एउटा संगठन हो जसले भंगालिएको समाजलाई पार लगाउँछ।
उनले अझ भने हाम्रो देश निर्माणमा रहेको योगदानको बारेमा पनि अहिलेसम्म धेरैलाई केही थाहै छैन् अनि हाम्रो योगदानको कदर हामीलाई नै थाहा नभएकोले हुन सकेको छैन यसकारण भागोप मार्फत राष्ट्र निर्माण गर्ने यो जातिको उत्थान र राष्ट्रियस्तरमा मुल्याङ्कन हुने सम्भावन स्पष्ट भएको छ।
संगठनीक बैठकको क्रममा भागोपका राज्य अध्यक्ष डॉ. कमल गुरुङले भने, अहिलेको संक्रमणकालीन समयमा हाम्रो जात-गोष्ठीहरू विभक्त भएर गइरहेको छ।जानेर होस कि नबुझेर आपसमा टुक्रिएका छौ तर हामीले धारा जस्तो भएर आफ्नो अस्तित्व राखेरै सबै एक मुष्ठ भएर नदी जस्तो सागरको लक्ष्य लिएर बग्नु पर्छ। हामी धाराले जस्तो आफ्नो परिचय संग्लो राखेर पनि नदीमा पुग्ने अनवरत यात्रा लगातार जारी राख्नु पर्ने बताउँदै धारा-धाराको मेल नै भागोप नदी रहेक जसको लक्ष्य भारत देश महासागरमा पुगेर राष्ट्रिय स्तर उठ्नु हो।  उनले भागोपको कार्यक्रम सधै राष्ट्रवादी भावनाले भिजेको बताउँदै राष्ट्र निर्माणको निम्ति सबैको सहभागित हुनु पर्ने र गोर्खा जाति पनि यसमा पछि नपरोस भनेर यो जातिको विकास अन्य जातिको सरह समतुल्य गराउने प्रयासमा लागी पर्नु पर्ने आह्वान गरे। नामथाङमा नव गठीत भागोपको शाखालाई बधाई दिँदै यस शाखाबाट नै क्षेत्र र राष्ट्रलाई प्रतिनिधित्व गर्ने प्रतिभाशाली प्रतिभाहरूको उत्थान हुने आशा व्यक्त गरे। उनले गोर्खाहरू लघुता बोधले ग्रसित रहेको बताउँदै यो लघुताबोधलाई त्याग्न जातीय उत्थानको निम्ति अघि बड्न सबैको साझा प्रयास र सामुहीक नेतृत्वको आवश्यता रहेको बताए।  यसै गरि राज्य महासचिव एस पाण्डेले भागोपको राष्ट्रिय सांगठनीक ढाँचा र यसको राष्ट्रिय कार्यक्रमहरूको बारेमा अवगत गराए। उनले भने देशलाई सधै सलाम गर्ने गोर्खा समुदायलाई देशले सलाम गरेको छ संसद भवनमा भागोपले सहीद दुर्गामल्लको सालिग खडा गरे पछि। यत्तिले मात्र हाम्रो यात्रा सकिन्दैन हिँड्नु छ अझै धेरै अघि जसको निम्ति नामथाङ जस्तो सानो ठाँउबाट पनि एक एक जनाको व्यक्तिगत सहभागिताले गोर्खाहरूलाई राष्ट्रिय स्तरमा उठाउन सहयोगी सिदद हुनेछ। यसै गरि अखिल सिक्किम शिक्षक संगठनका अध्यक्ष तथा भागोपका राष्ट्रिय परिषद सदस्य एवं पाकिम शाखा महासचिव गोबरधन  गुरूङले  आफ्नो सम्बोधनमा  सिक्किम राज्य शाखाको कार्य र भावि कार्यक्रमहरूको जानकारी दिए। उनले भागोपको माध्यमबाटै गोर्खाहरूको विभिन्न राष्ट्रिय संकटग्रस्त मुद्दाहरू पार लगाउन सकिने बताए। बैठकमा भागोप राज्य सचिव प्रवीण खालिङले स्वतन्त्रता सेनानी हेलेन लेप्चा (साबित्रीदेवी) परियोजनाको निम्ति दक्षिण जिल्लाको भागोपले महत्वपूर्ण कार्य गर्नु पर्ने जिम्मवारी रहेको बताउँदै यसको निम्ति सबै लागी पर्नुपर्ने आह्वान गरे। यसैगरि संस्कृतिक कला केन्द्रका महाचिव सोमबहादुर राई लगायत अन्य प्रतिनिधिहरूले पनि सम्बोधन गरे भने युवा जागरण समाजका प्रतिनिधिहरूको पनि उपस्थिति रहेको थियो।
नामथाङ शाखा गठन पछि सल्लाहकारको रूपमा कृष्ण प्रसाद दहाल, लेण्डुप लेप्चा अनि के बी सुब्बा मनोनित चयन गरियो भने अध्यक्ष विष्णु प्रसाद दहाल, उपाध्यक्ष एम बी छेत्री, महासचिव विकास प्रधान, सहसचिव सचिन गुरुङ, कोषाध्यक्ष पूर्ण प्रधान, सह कोषाध्यक्ष खेम कुमार मिश्र, प्रचार सचिव सोमबहादुर राई तथा कार्यकारी सदस्य यदुनाथ मिश्र, कृष्ण बहादुर छेत्री , सुकमन अनि सिवन लेप्चा चयनित भएका छन्। यसैगरि नवगठित शाखाले भागोपको सदस्यता अभियानलाई तिब्र रूपमा अघि बडाउने तथा राज्य साथै राष्ट्रिय कार्यक्रमहरूमा व्यापक सहभागिता जनाउने प्रतिबद्धता जाहेर गरेका छन्।
Few guards to protect forest
TT, Siliguri, Dec. 28: The recent attack on a beat officer and torching of a camp at the Mahananda wildlife sanctuary has exposed the pathetic infrastructure of the forest department with an abysmally low number of guards. The shortage of manpower has led to low-key intervention in curbing illegal tree felling and smuggling in the area.
Foresters said there are only four-five guards to man the sanctuary spread over 127.22 sqkm.
“It is tough for the few guards to protect the forest and keep an eye on timber smugglers and poachers who move in groups of at least 20 and are often armed,” said a forester.
According to him, the activities of poachers are less in the sanctuary but off late the movement of timber smugglers, who are usually from the fringe villages, have increased. Majua, Patharjhora and Gulma have become smuggling hubs.
A gang had attacked the beat officer of Punding on Sunday evening after he conducted a raid on the village. The camp was torched while the foresters were patrolling the area to arrest those who had assaulted the officer.
“The smugglers fell teak trees and carry them to nearby streams and rivulets. The timber is collected downstream and taken to furniture shops in Siliguri and Shivmandir. Some of it is smuggled to Bihar. Many shops have come up in Shivmandir where the illegal timber is being used.”
A cubic feet of teak costs around Rs 2,000.
“Currently there are four contractual staff at the Punding beat other than the beat officer. There are no forest guards. The contract workers are not trained and two of them are very old,” said a forester.
Shortage of guards is not a problem for Mahananda sanctuary alone but it is a problem for many forest reserves in the state.
“It is important to recruit guards and field staff, increase firepower, vehicles and improve communication devices to ensure that the department is capable of countering illegal activities and conserving the forests,” Rameshwar Buxi, state president of the West Bengal Subordinate Forest Service Association, said.
Forest minister Ananta Roy, however, said: “Incidents of poaching are rare in north Bengal. The trend of illegal timber felling and smuggling is downward. We are recruiting more field staff at different levels. Over the years, the infrastructure of the department has considerably improved.”
Prisoner tries to hurt self
TT, Siliguri, Dec. 28: An undertrial who was arrested nearly two months ago tried to hurt himself in the court room here with a wire but was stopped by police on duty.
Dhankumar Chhetri, a resident of Matigara had been arrested for planning a dacoity. Court sources said when Chhetri was produced in front of the Siliguri additional chief judicial magistrate-in-charge, he managed to take out a wire from the net of the enclosure and tried to pierce his abdomen with it. He was, however, stopped by the on-duty policemen. Sources said Chhetri was frustrated when he was asked to deposit Rs 3,000, which he could not afford, as surety for bail.
Iron Lady conferred ‘Signature Sarva Gunah Sampannah Peace Award’
Guwahati Dec 27 – The 12th Signature Sarva Gunah Sampannah Award – ‘Award for peace and Harmony’ was conferred on Irom Chanu Sharmila on Monday in Imphal. This yet another recognition to the selfless sacrifice of the internationally renowned human rights activist Iron lady Smti. Irom Chanu Sharmila for her unwavering struggle to repeal the controversial Armed Forces (Special) Powers Act by undergoing a continuous fast unto death agitation for more than 10 years.
The 12th Signature Sarva Gunah Sampannah Peace and Harmony Award to Irom Sharmila was conferred by the 12th Signature Sarva Gunah Sampannah Award Selection Committee in recognition of her unwavering dedication and selfless sacrifice for the people of Manipur in particular and North East in general, at the premises of the security ward of the JN Hospital where she is being currently lodged and force-fed.
The award was presented to Sharmila who is on a fast unto death since November 4, 2000 demanding withdrawal of the draconian Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 from Manipur. Madhumita Saikia, Principal, Signature Training Center led a three member committee of the 12th Signature Sarva Gunah Sampannah Award Selection Committee and handed over the award which consists of ‘ 25,000 in cash, a shawl, a citation and a traditional Axomiya Jhapi(headgear) to Sharmila at the premises of the security ward of the JN Hospital where she is currently being lodged and kept alive through nasal feeding. The other two members of the team are Hemanta Kumar Saikia, Editor ‘Saparivar’ Natioal Nepali language monthly magazine from Guwahati Assam and Pronoy Bordoloi, executive editor DY365, a Guwahati based satellite TV channel. Expressing her solidarity for the struggle of Sharmila, Madhumita Saikia said, “her extraordinary courage should be an example for others who want to bring peace to the trouble torn North East region”. The Committee in a statement lauded Sharmila as an embodiment of the resilient human spirit extraordinaire, whose exemplary courage is unparalleled, whose sacrifice is selfless, whose conviction is unwavering and who epitomizes the ‘Sarvah Gunah Sampannah’, Woman of Substance, from North East India
Sharmila was also awarded Rabindranath Tagore Peace Prize-2010 by the Indian Institute of Planning and Management (IIPM) on September 11 last in Imphal. The award consists of Rs 51 lakh in cash, a shawl and citation.

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