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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Legendry singer Hira waiba passed away. Funeral may be on 21 January.. Gurung, GJM Chief Set off for Duars from Gorubathan ...Reached Samsing ...

Hira Waiba passed away after burnt injury
Late Waiba during during Lok Sanskritik
programme organised by Parvatya Vidyarthi
 Sangathan of NBUon 27 Feb 2010
Photo: DK Waiba
KalimNews, Kalimpong, 19 January: Legendry Nepali folk singer Hira Devi Waiba passed away this morning at round 5.30 am in NBMCH Siliguri. She had suffered extensive burn injury to her body on 18th January in the afternoon and hospitalised. Her body caught fire while she was warming herself in her residence in Kadamtala, Siliguri and she was alone in the house. 
Late Waiba 71 is survived by her mother wh lives in her native place in Ambotey of Kurseong a sister and a brother in Kalimpong and a son and a daughter both married in abroad. Her funeral may be performed on 21st January at Siliguri as her son and daughter may be late to arrive on 20th January, her brother Ashoke Dorjay Lama told KalimNews. 
According to her doctor she had 60 percent burnt injury and she couldnot be treated here in NBMCH Siliguri. She was supposed to be rushed to Nilrattan Medical College Hospital Kolkata today and all arrangements were made accordingly but this morning she succumbed to her injury. 
Smt. Waiba has sung a number of folk songs for the Nepali culture. Her famous and everyoung song Fariya Lyaidechhan Tyai Pani Rataa Jhalala had made her popular in the international arena.
KalimNews express deep condolence over her death and to the bereaved family members.
She was awarded awarded Madhurima Phul Kumari Mahato Award 2066 in Kathmandu.
A file news fo reference:
Anuradha Sharma, TT, Siliguri, Feb. 12, 2008: Hira Waiba, hailed as the undisputed melody queen of Nepali folk music in the country, is working on her “most cherished dream” — setting up an international music academy in Kadamtala.
“All these years I had been dreaming of an academy for music and dance as a tribute to my father S.M. Waiba from whom I learnt music,” Waiba said with childish excitement in her two-storied house in Kadamtala, around 10km from here.
“I never thought it would be possible. But now some trusted friends have joined hands with me to form a committee, which is working on a war footing to make S.M. Waiba International Music and Dance Academy functional by April-May,” she added.
The institute is going to come up on the land adjacent to Waiba’s house.
Waiba said the institute would train students on folk, modern and classical music and dance. “It will not be confined to Nepali folk music, though our main focus will be on researching, reviving and conserving that art form.”
She added: “Apart from other Indian cultures, there will be courses on Western and Oriental music too. Since I travel around the world a lot, I hope to get experienced artistes and music teachers to offer short and long-term courses at the centre.”
The dream project would include a welfare trust for aged and retired singers. “Ambar Gurung (a fellow singer) once joked: ‘What will we do when we are no longer able to sing — open a paan shop?’ The trust will provide some security to artistes when they are no longer able to perform.”
Waiba, who is the sole Grade A Nepali folk singer with All India Radio, originally hails from Ambotia near Kurseong. She became an overnight star in India and Nepal with her songs “Phariya Lyayi diyechhan ghanananana” and “Ora daudi jaanda, para daudi jaand” in 1965.
Waiba has bagged several awards both in India and Nepal, including the Mitrasen Purashkar, Agham Singh Giri Purashkar and Gorkha Saheed Sewa Samiti’s Lifetime Achievement Award. She is the only Nepali folk singer to have cut albums (in 1974 and 1978) with HMV, Calcutta.
GJM long march now in Samsing 

KalimNews, Gorubathan, 18 January: Bimal Gurung left Gorubathan this day at around 12 noon from Parijat Guest House where he was stationed since last two days. He was accompanied by Central Committee members and members of youth wing GJYM. Jalpaiguri Police forces with CRPF were deputed at different entry points of  Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri border near Meenglass tea Garden and Sonagchi and Matelli. 
With a thousand GJM supporters and 40 uniformed GLP Bimal Gurung took the route of Samsing via Missionhill Tea Estate of Gorubathan walking a distance of 18 km . Late in the afternoon Gurung accompanied by Dr HB Chhetri, Samuel Gurung, Kalyan Dewan, Binay Dewan, Prabin Rahpal and others reached Samsing Busty with vehicles carrying food supplies and temporary tent making materials. They were denied entry by Jalpaiguri police at Samsing Junction a Darjeeling Jalpaiguri border and forced to return to Samsing Busty.
Gurung stayed back at Samsing and had an indoor meeting with party workers of Samsing in the nevening. It is believed that Gurung will try to enter the Jalpaiguri area through Matelli via Samsing Tea Estate or Nagarkatta via Khumani. The route towards Nagarkatta via Chapramari and Khumani Forest bordering Jaldhaka river may have herds of elephants so entry in the night time may not be possible. So he may try to enter Dooars  in the day time.
Bimal Gurung and Dr HB Chhetri at Samsing
Gurung is on long March to reach Sunkosh on foot but Jalpaiguri DM has clamped 144CrPC in the whole district of Jalpaiguri since yesterday fearing inter party clashes between GJM and others like ABAVP, Jangaran Manch, BOBBC and Amra Bengali. 
Meanwhile traffic movement in NH31A is normal for Sikkim vehicles but movement of other registration vehicles are being stopped by picketers. CRPF jawans are patrolling in the highway. Bandh resumed from 18th is complete without any report of untoward incident in the three hill subdivisions and some parts of Terai adjoining Darjeeling areas. Due to intense cold people preferred to remain inside the houses. 

Morcha march halted
TT, Jan. 18: The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha’s “long March for Gorkhaland” that was supposed to cover the route from Gorubathan to Jaigaon was cut short on the fringes of the Dooars, where Jalpaiguri police had set up a huge barricade.
About a thousand marchers along with Morcha chief Bimal Gurung dropped anchor at Samsing, 20km from Malbazar, the nearest Dooars town, and 70km from Jalpaiguri.
Following them were about 25 vehicles carrying food, tarpaulin sheets and mattresses.
The marchers trekked the 20km from Gorubathan to Samsing — a town bordering the Dooars and in Kalimpong subdivision — in five hours, having started around noon. Prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC had been imposed on the Dooars from the morning and will be in place for the next 72 hours. The orders were issued yesterday to avoid confrontation between anti-Gorkhaland forces and the Morcha marchers.
Outfits like the Bangla O Bangla Bhasha Banchao Committee and the Akhil Bharatiya Adivasi Vikas Parishad, opposed to Gorkhaland and to the hill party’s demand to include the Terai and the Dooars in its proposed state, yesterday said they would resist the entry of the Morcha procession.
Although the Morcha chose to walk along the newly constructed road between Gorubathan and Samsing to avoid the police barricade at Malbazar, they came across security forces along this route too. Gurung and senior party leaders like spokesperson Harka Bahadur Chhetri, vice-president Kalyan Dewan, and assistant secretary Binay Tamang then decided to stay put at Samsing for the night.
Slamming the administration for not allowing entry into the Dooars, Chhetri said: “The imposition of the prohibitory order is most undemocratic.” He said the Morcha supporters would stay put there till they were given permission to enter the Dooars.
“We will not break the law, but will wait for the permission to proceed with our peaceful march, it is a shame that people cannot go from one place to another in the same country,” he added.
The march had started after a lunch of rice, veggies and meat at the DGHC’s Parijat Lodge in Gorubathan. On reaching Lower Fagu, 3km from Gorubathan and a couple of kilometres short of Meenglas tea garden, a group of Morcha supporters welcomed the till-then-silent marchers, who started shouting slogans. Gurung and a few others were offered khadas and their foreheads were smeared with red tika.
The decision to take the new road to Fagu was taken at Samsing with a police barricade at Meenglas Tea Estate, 8km from Malbazar.
“Tension still exists in the Dooars. We cannot take any risks,” said Ranbir Kumar, the inspector-general of police, north Bengal. In fact, there was a heavy deployment of police force at lower Samsing.
Later in the evening, sources said, a group of Nari Morcha activists tried to break the barricade set up at the four-way crossing just in front of the gates leading to the bungalow of the Samsing tea garden director, but were stopped by the police.
In Darjeeling, Morcha secretary Roshan Giri said the second phase of the strike in the hills that began today would end on January 24 and not January 25 as previously announced. The Morcha will also hold a public rally in Darjeeling tomorrow and on January 22.
GJM chief changes route, cops on toes
PP Bhattacheya, TNN, JALPAIGURI: GJM chief Bimal Gurung kept police on tenterhooks throughout Tuesday by quietly changing the route of his Dooars march.
Dodging the security forces waiting to stop him at Minglass Tea Estate near the western Dooars township of Malbazar, Gurung began his march from Gorubathan (in Kalimpong subdivision) and trekked through Sakam to reach Samsing Tea Estate, which is spread over both Darjeeling and the Dooars. Reports said he would spend the night at Upper Samsing, which falls in the Darjeeling district.
Police imposed Section 144 across the Dooars, a flat stretch running parallel to the Bhutan hills, for 72 hours on Tuesday morning to foil Gurung's march. This comes amid threats by three plains-based organisations Akhil Bharatiya Adivasi Vikash Parishad, Bangla o Bangla Bhasha Baachao Committee and Jana Jagaran to stop the GJM chief and his followers from carrying out their padayatra in the Dooars.
Gurung, who had reached Gorubathan from Darjeeling on foot before announcing his Dooars march on Monday, is expected to enter the Dooars from Samsing along with hundreds of his followers on Wednesday. Many did not rule out the possibility of him again surprising police and his opponents by trekking through tea gardens that have a substantial Nepali population.
"The situation in the Dooars is volatile. We cannot allow the GJM march here," said IGP (North Bengal) Ranveer Kumar.
PS Golay Zindabad’ echoed Jorethang Maghey Mela
Prashant Bajgain,,Gangtok, January 18: Jorethang police detained one Suku Subba after he echoed slogan in favor of Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) dissident MLA, PS Golay at the final day of Maghey Mela 2011 at Jorethang on Monday evening. ‘PS Golay Zindabad– long live PS Golay’ was what he shouted at the presence of ruling SDF party ministers, after he managed to make the stage and collected microphone coming from amidst the crowds who had gathered there in thousands to witness the closing ceremony of Maghey Mela.
However, police immediately arrested Suku Subba sensing that his act could result volatile situation therein.
Subba was released in bail today morning.
Golay close supporter and partner in dissidence, Bhojraj Rai informed Haalkhabar News over the phone that a group of youths led by him today visited Jorethang police station to sought clarification on Subba’s detention.
“After arriving at Jorethang we came to know that one common man named Khagen was latthi charged by IRB personnel today morning. Later on, it was revealed that Deepak Rai who is also the brother of Namchi MLA, Binod Rai had misled the IRB which resulted in the unwarranted act”, Rai underlined.
Rai informed that his group has demanded the arrest of Deepak Rai and the IRB personnel involved while the Jorethang police has assured Deepak’s arrest within three days.
On other hand, victim Khagen has filed a FIR at Jorethang Police Station on the act of IRB and against the accused Deepak Rai.

State government has adopted necessary steps to combat GJM strike raised problems: PD Rai
Prashant Bajgain,, Gangtok, January 18: In a bid to apprehend problems faced by the people in the state due to the series of strike called by Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) at neighboring Darjeeling district, effecting Sikkim’s only lifeline NH 31A and movements of vehicles to Sikkim to a large extent, the ruling Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) today assured that the state government has been trying to regulate the supply food and other essential commodity at the state in spite of the strict GJM strike.
Sixty percent of NH 31 A falls under the bandh affected Darjeeling, and has faced frequent closure during bandhs called by pro Gorkhaland groups in Darjeeling region thereby effecting the supply of essential commodities and passengers to and from Sikkim.
Speaking to news men, Lok Sabha MP, PD Rai said that the state government is deploying more trucks and buses for goods and passenger comfort keeping in view the volume of the ongoing GJM strike.
“We are pleased to state that our SNT services have been exemplary with the passengers and tourists are commending on the way the whole process of ferrying passengers is being conducted by the SNT”, he expressed.
He further stated– “our government is ensuring safe passage of people and so far there is no unwarranted incidents reported than those in the initial days. Two more companies of CRPF have been deployed and we are in touch with the central government on the issue of hardship that we all are facing on account of troubles in our neighboring state”.
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