Kalimpong Karate team rules in Himal Terai sports

Kalimpong,January 18, 2017

Kalimpong Karate team has bagged first and second position in the Himal Terai Duars Sports Festival held at Darjeeling Zymkana Hall on 16th and 17th  January. Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Karate Do School of Kalimpong players bagged 7 gold , 3 silver and 5 bronze making it the overall team champion in Karate Championship. Team coach Subham Khati today addressing a press meet at Reporters Kalimpong office informed our team contingent was of 28 players and 1 team coach and team manager. Our players performed excellently and won 7 gold medal which helps us to bag The Overall Team Championship Trophy. Apurva Pradhan, Pendamit Lepcha , Zerrad Lepcha , Diki Sherpa , Pratik Rai , Salom Tshering Lepcha and Tashi Sherpa won the gold medal for the team. He said we are very happy , our team will be awarded by CM Mamta Banerjee on 22nd in a program at Darjeeling.

Meanwhile GTA united karate association of Kalimpong became second in the Karate Championship in addition association player Sangam Rai bagged the best fighter trophy in the festival. Milan Rai the team coach addressing the press here informed that the team bagged 6 gold’s, 12 silver and 10 bronze with a total of 28 medals. Sangam Rai will be awarded a Bike for winning Best fighter among 786 participant from Different region of Darjeeling District he added. Team players Sangam Ra , Richen Sherpa , Milan Rai , Nilam Lepcha and Abhishek Dungana won the gold medal.

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Kalimpong, 16 January

‘We are Gorkhas, proud to be Indian’, the logo displayed on a T-shirt was seen at 15 January in Mumbai Marathon.

The 'Team Run with Roshni' from Darjeeling Hills have come with flying colour in the concluded Mumbai Marathon.

A total of 12 runners from Darjeeling Hills from 'Team Run with Roshni' had taken part in the Marathon.

Runesh Tamang who ran full marathon of 42kms in category below 35 achieved second rank with a timing of 2 hour 46 minutes 16 seconds.

Meanwhile, good news came from the open half marathon category where out of five runners of 'Team Run', four came in top 10 and one ranked 21.

All the runners are from Darjeeling and Kalimpong.

Ajay Chhetri came on top with a time of 1 hour 12 minutes 1 second in half marathon open category followed by Puran Rai with a time of 1 hour 13 minutes 23 seconds, Rupen Chhetri came fourth and Sachin Rai achieved tenth rank in the same category.

Laxman Chhetri, who for the first time was taking part in the open half marathon, category came in twenty-first position .

The young legs wearing the T-shirt with logo "We are Gorkhas, proud to be Indians" have proved how capable the Hills runner are who have outclassed thousand of runners from different parts of the country.

Meanwhile, Adipa Rai in women's open half marathon category attained the sixth position. Aashika Rai and Sumitra Rai came in fifty-third and ninety fifth position respectively.

The team leader, the motivator Roshni Rai, too finished the Full Marathon of 42 km.

Roshni Rai, an advocate by profession, said "Many in the community think Gorkhas are only associated with a specific profession. Younger generation also has an identity crisis as many question our nationality. We, at 'Run with Roshni', believe that running will give us a way out of it.We are born in the hills where natural conditions are rugged and tough.Walking long distances is a way of life there. So with training, we want to create a league of Gorkha runners who can make India proud."

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Kalimpong,15 January

After winning the Kalimpong College Union election, the Jan Andolan students’ union has raised the issue of absence of a permanent assistant professor for Mathematics department in Kalimpong College.

Jan Andolan students’ union have sent a memorandum to Vikash Kumar, IAS, principal secretary of higher education,demanding action in the matter.

Manish Khaling, the general secretary of Kalimpong College students’union said, “Kalimpong College is a premier high education institution in the sub division of Kalimpong, which from April 2017 will become a district.The college has a large number of departments but the lack of a permanent professor,especially in Science department is causing great problems to career of those who wish to study Mathematics.”

He said most of the departments in Science are under staffed, especially Maths and Physics.

Khaling said that in the Maths department, there is only one part time professor. If the professor gets another job and leaves the college, the department in the college will be closed just due to lack of professors.

He said he has urged the principal secretary to fill the posts for different general departments and urgently sanction a professor for the Mathematics department for the new session which starts on first week of February.

From 1993, Kalimpong college have had two sanctioned post (General and Reserved) for both Maths and Physics departments. Physics department has one permanent assistant professor where as the reserved post is empty.

There is no permanent assistant professor in both categories for Mathematics department.

For the past many years, there were two part time professors, out of which last year one got a permanent job and left.Now the department relies upon the sole part timer.

When asked about the issue, Kalimpong College principal Dr R P Dhakal said despite advertisement for both the posts, no applicants have applied yet.

He said permanent assistant professors are sent through College Service Commission and he can just bring part timers.He expects
a new professor may come and join soon.

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Samdung Primary School in Kalimpong remains roofless

Mukesh Sharma
Kalimpong, 13 January
When education reforms are said to be the primary focus of the Central government, one of the school in Kalimpong II Block has been standing roofless for over the past nine months.

The Samdung Primary School under Darjeeling District School Board has a total of five class rooms,out of which roofs of three classrooms were blown away by strong wind on 23 April last year.

The matter was informed to authorities concerned.

 Sub inspector of schools, MLAs, local sabhasad,along with panchayat officers have visited the school but the condition remains exactly the same as it was on the day when the roofs had blown away, said Prem Tshering Tamlong, headmaster of the school.

Fifty students, most of who belong from poor families, study in the primary school.Many children from far away areas come by foot to study in the school which has three teachers.

Out of three classes, two are open while the ceiling of one roof can fall anytime, and thus making it hazardous for students.

President of the managing committee of school, S Tamang, has appealed to authorities concerned to repair the school for the sake of the poor children. But nothing has been done yet.

Contact could not be established with the officer related to District School board

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Mercury Dips in Kalimpong

Mukesh Sharma
Kalimpong,12 January .

The weather in the past few days has been changing in Kalimpong town. There has been swift decrease in the maximum and minimum temperature by almost 3 degree Celsius. Today the maximum temperature recorded was 13 degree Celsius at 1 pm and the minimum was degree Celsius was recorded at 6.7 this morning at 5.21 am. Yesterday the minimum degree was 6.6 Degree. The icy cold winds in the afternoon and evening have forced the people to stay in their house and to wear warm woolen clothes and take help of fire wood.
The snowfall in higher area of Sikkim and Darjeeling have resulted under piercing cold wave conditions in Kalimpong also.
Many local and outside tourist are seen coming to different areas of Kalimpong . The late evening temperature in Kalimpong has been hanging in between 8 to 10 degree but the wind chill factor have resulted the local to feel it around 7 degree .

 Kalimpong weather in December was very good with maximum hitting 18 and minimum 10 degree . But the sudden dip in mercury have resulted many people to go to plains area to their respective houses or relatives.Today the minimum temperature was recorded at 5.7 degree.

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