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Sunday, January 23, 2011

GJM delegation hope for a better solution... Bimal Gurung sneaked to Dooars and returned

GJM delegation to Delhi hope for a better solution
DR HB Chhetri & Lalit Pariyar, members of GJM delegation to talks of 25th January were wished best by the party members in East Main Road, Kalimpong
KalimNews:Before levaing to Delhi for talks called by Central government Dr Harka bdr Chhetri said" Now we don't believe on anyone." Asking about the presence of Mamata Banerjee, Raiway Minister in the talks Chhetri said" Mamta had promised enough and it is their political trick we won't be tricked now" .
In the forthcoming a joint talks between the center, state and GJM Ms Banerjee and Pranab Mukherjee, Finance Minister will accompany P Chidambarm, Home Minister on 25 January. GJM team will comprise of Roshan Giri, Dr,HB Chhetri, Lalit Pariyar, Dr Rohit Sharma and Jaswant Singh, MP while ASHOKE Bhattacharya will represent the state. 
It is also come to know that Ms Banerjee will forward a new formula for GJM's demand which is different to either of the GRA or Gorkhaland. But everybody is clear that the only target of TMC is to come to the power in West Bengal in the coming Bidhan Sabha poll and to get all the 5 seats 3 of the Darjeeling hills and 2 of the Dooars.
Dr Chhetri clearly stated we will support any party who will be in our favour completely.
Meanwhile from Monday the 24th January GJM will start a demonstration at Dharamtalla in Kolkata. Taranga Pundit and Dawa Lama had already left for Kolkata. 
Bimal Gurung sneaked to Dooars and returned

Bimal Gurung managed to enter the Shibsu Dooars area from Khumani on the route of Chalsa to Jholung on 23 January while the police and other GJM supporters were face to face with the barricade near Khumani more as in the previous days. Shibsu is a forest village of Nagarkatta and is about 3 km away from Khumani. He with his small team of GJM supporters sneaked from the jungle route from the left side of Khumani and came to the Khunia more to Jholung road. By this road he reached a to Shibsu at about 3 pm and met the GJM supporters and later returned back to the camp at Khumani.
Bimal Gurung said that Dooars programme is not cancelled and the next bandh programme will be more strict. The second phase of strike ends today on 24th January.
Amar Subba covered 450 km
Prabin Khaling, KalimNews, Gangtok, Jan 23: Forty two years old Amar Subba battled extreme weather conditions below zero degree Celsius, heavy snowfall, dense fog and rainfall and Darjeeling bandh to complete a 450 kms solo marathon run from Darap in West Sikkim crisscrossing Darjeeling hills and Siliguri to reach Gangtok today afternoon.
Subba in Kalimpong
Subba had embarked on the solo marathon on January 17 from his home town of Darap, 141 kms away from here, carrying dry fruits and a set of clothes in a light bag with aim to spread awareness on drug abuse, HIV-AIDS and environment protection-the three important issues of the Himalayan region.
After reaching Rorathang in East Sikkim at the wee hours of Sunday from Kalimpong-from where he had started yesterday morning at 10:21 am-Subba rested for two hours before resuming his run from 5:35 am completing his run here at MG Marg at 1:15 pm. He was welcomed by a host of associations and Sikkim government at MG Marg where a small function had been organized to celebrate his inspiring run.
“I wanted to spread awareness on drug abuse which not only destroys the lives of our youth but also their families and society. I also want to do something about HIV-AIDS awareness and sensitize people on the need to protect our fragile Himalayan environment. Wherever I halted or had a chance to interact with people on the way I spoke on these issues”, said Subba, a father of two children.
A self-employed person, Subba had physically prepared for his solo marathon run for two years through yoga where he enhanced the strength of his lungs and heart, both vital for enduring a long run. 
Subba told reporters that on the first day itself (January 17), he had reached Chewabhanjyang and on the next morning ran through the high altitude area of Sandakpu (12980 ft) in Darjeeling hills. When I started out in the morning, the temperature was around minus five degree Celsius with thick snowfall all the way down to Darjeeling town where I reached on January 19, he said.
“Though the weather conditions were challenging, I had done a mountaineering course at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute at Darjeeling in 2008-09 which helped me to overcome these conditions. There were occasions where I was drenched wet with rain and once in the Sandakphu range I got lost for 90 minutes due to dense fog but I managed to reach Darjeeling”, said Subba.
From Darjeeling, Subba proceeded along the Hill Cart Road to Kurseong town from where he climbed down to the plain areas of Siliguri via the Pankhabari route. On January 21, he reached Kalimpong in the night and made a halt there. He then resumed from 10:21 am on January 22 from Kalimpong and ran continuously till 2:35 am of January 23 to reach Rorathang in East Sikkim through Reshi outpost near the Darjeeling-Sikkim border.
After resting for two hours, Subba resumed his run from 5:35 am and reached Gangtok through the Pakyong-Ranipool route. “The run is full of memorable incidents. While I was running through the Darjeeling hills, there used to be bandh supporters of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) picketing the roads. I was initially scared as it used to be late in the evening but the bandh supporters already knew about me and my marathon through the local media. They used to help me and give me moral support by running for some distance with torch and offering me snacks and tea. All the way, I met people who were very helpful and supportive and I am very grateful to the people of Darjeeling”, said Subba.
State sports minister NK Pradhan who welcomed Subba into Gangtok today congratulated the runner for his memorable run, which he said, was inspiring to the youth. “With his run, Subba has made Darap famous. There are people in Sikkim who do not know about Darap but Subba’s run has made the place well known”, he said. Subba’s run 
January 17: Darap to Chewbhanjyang (West Sikkim) 
January 18: Chewabhanjyang to Sandakphu
January 19: Darjeeling
January 20: Siliguri
January 21: Kalimpong
January 22: Rorathang (East Sikkim)
January 23: Gangtok
Journalists can't be called corrupt
TNN, KOLKATA: "Readers are not morons who could be convinced into reading whatever is published in a newspaper. Advertisers would be interested only if a newspaper has readers. A journalist can be accused of many things but he or she can't be called corrupt," this was senior journalist Bachi Karkaria speaking at a seminar on Corrupt media is good business: What next', organised by the NSHM Institute of Media and Communication in Kolkata on Saturday.
"Corruption is about the CWG, 2G, Lalitji. It is because of the media that these scams have been exposed. A newspaper can't exist without advertisement but that doesn't mean that media has become corrupt. Just because journalists lead better lives today than they used to earlier does not mean that they are corrupt. A big development has taken place in the media today. Apart from mainstream media, you have blogs and citizen journalists who are constantly posting articles on the net. Today, nobody can get away with something like the Niira Radia case. This is the age of irreverism that would keep everybody on their toes," Karkaria said.
Journalists like Shankarsan Thakur and Chandan Mitra also didn't agree that the media was corrupt. According to Thakur, public relation firms were the ones that got journalists involved in dodgy affairs.
"I don't agree with this proposition. Journalism is not a morality enterprise but one related to truth. I am not ready to be strung up as somebody's morality banner. A journalist is entitled to a good life. The media is a behemoth that has to keep a lot of things tied up. There is a market and journalists can't operate like Asterix and the Gauls, going around bashing Romans and hunting wild boar. Today, we are part of the Roman empire. The mouth that utters the truth also needs to eat. It is unfair that things that are demanded of us are not demanded from others in society. There are good journalists and bad journalists as in all other professions. The only trouble is that our profession has forgotten the location of the story. There are stories about another part of India that needs to be told. Blindness towards that part of India has led to the growth of Maoists. Only politicians and journalists are capable of bridging this gap between the two Indias," Thakur said.
According to Mitra, for every instance of corruption, there are 10 instances where the media has exposed corruption. "There is paid news and this is something that we require to weed out. However, the Radia matter or Sukna scam wouldn't have been exposed but for the media," he said.

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