Connectivity lost:Jordhunga's kuccha road collapses

Mukesh Sharma
Kalimpong,20th Oct 

Jordhunga, which falls under Todey-Tangta gram panchayat under Gorkha Territorial Administration (GTA) 45 constituency and connects to Bindu, which is a popular tourist spot and which lies along the Indo- Bhutan border, is completely cut off from the rest of the state owing to collapse of the existing kuccha (earthen) roadway a week back.The roadway had been in deplorable condition for long before it collapsed.

The affected residents have alleged that neither he GTA Sabhasad, nor the district administration fficials have visited he area.

Situated merely a 100 etres from the Indo-Bhutan border, Jordhunga is one of the most deprived villages in Darjeeling region, with no access to proper roads.

The kaccha road was he only means by which the locals could connect to the outside world.

Local residents say that in view of the administration’s characterist apathy, it is unlikely that this kaccha road will be repaired any time in the near future.

In desperation, the villagers have resorted to cutting away the side of a steep hill, so that they can travel by foot from one side to the other.School-going children, elderly people and pregnant oman are being forced to use this makeshift path, risking heir lives given the condition of the temporary route.
A committee of local residents has submitted a memorandum for immediate repair of the footpath o the Darjeeling district magistrate, BDO Gorubathan, Darjeeling MP SS Ahluwaliya and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Meanwhile, when the BDO, Gorbuthan, Mr BN Mondal was contacted, he said: “The footpath is in a very vulnerable condition. An inspection team was sent to assess the condition and has submitted a report. Approval from the higher authorities is needed to start a new project.”

When GTASabhasad Dr Lobsang Lama was contacted for his comments on the issue, he replied that due to his health issues he has been unable to visit the place but he has sent the party secretary to gather information, which will be submitted to the GTA for necessary action.

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Taekwondo squad of nine to attend tournament at Thailand

Mukesh Sharma
Kalimpong,20th Oct

Nine players from Darjeeling and Sikkim will represent India in the 6th TIRAK TAEKWONDO INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP 2016 in Thailand. The Tournament will be played at John Paul II Sport Center, Assumption University Suvarnabhumi Campus (ABAC) in Bangkok, Thailand on 23rd October 2016.

Master Trilok Subba of Kalimpong along with 8 other players from Darjeeling Sikkim will take part in the prestigious TIRAK TAEKWONDO INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP 2016 .

Before leaving Kalimpong today the team meet the press and informed aboyut the tournament . Trilok Subba briefing said apart from him , Adwayti Subba of saint joseph convent Kalimpong,Nilayam Sampang of Loreto Convent Darjeeling, Anu Subba of Pudung are from GTA area whereas Nugnandani Chhetri, Priyadarshani Jyoti Baniya , Jigdel Jangpo Bhutia all students from TNA Gangtok along with Lalit Portel of Tadong College and Ugen Gurung from Sikkim will be flying to Bankok tomorrow .

Subba said the team have worked very hard for the International tournament and hope the team will come with flying colour . 

Today Darjeeling District Taekwondo Association secretary Pemendra Sampang , coach Rajendra Sampang along with parents of the student greeted all the participating player before leaving Kalimpong. The team will take part in poomsae and Kyorugi event in the tournament informed Subba.

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5 Rajasthan MLA delegation visits Kalimpong

Mukesh Sharma
Kalimpong,19th Oct

A 5 MLA team from Rajasthan under Bhagirath Chaudhary Chairman, Committee on Environment of the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly today reached Kalimpong on an Environmental Tour. The tour which was started from 13th October is confined to North East State and Darjeeling Hills.The team which reached Bagdogra yesterday went to Darjeeling after which they reached Kalimpong this afternoon at around 1 pm. The Team was warmly received by members of Parsuram Brahman Samaj at S D B Path. Bhagirath Chaudhary MLA from Kishangarh, District – Ajmer interacting with the press said that Rajasthan is the place which receives very less rainfall in a year which makes the area dry but now after the BJP led government is seriously working to bring water from Narmada and Gandhi Nahar we too want a green and environmental friendly Rajasthan. He said a total of 5 MLA . secretaries of the house and others went to Assam, Meghalaya, Darjeeling and today reached Kalimpong after which today the team will move to Sikkim where they have a plan to visit Gangtok and Nathula Pass. We are studying the flora and fauna of this North Eastern region so we can take something from here which we will try to implement in our state. He informed we will submit a report to the State. Today the team came from Lamahatta and later visited Delo .Apart from the chairman the other MLAs are Chotu Singh, Shankar Lal Sharma, Narendra Nagar and Ram Chandra Sunariwal assisted by committee secretary Datar Singh and others.

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Two arrested for peddling drugs

Mukesh Sharma
Kalimpong, 19th Oct

Acting on a tip off, Police arrested Rabin Darjee(26) of Singtam Sikkim and Fatima Khatun (30) of Malli Kalimpong  were held with drugs after police caught them with huge amount of contraband substances this morning at NH 10.Acting on source information Riyang PP OC Sujit Lama and his team arrested both after one Sawari vehicle bearing no. SK-01/J-2600 which they were travelling was stopped for Checking at Suntale . The whole banned materiel was kept near the driver seat in a sack. Police recovered 190 bottles of phencyrex cough syrup of 100 ml each, 40 strips of Spasmo Proxyvon capsules and 20 strips of Nitrosun-10) this morning at Suntale under Reang PP NH 10 . The lady was the owner of the contraband substances. Notably her husband Aslam Mansuri drug peddler is presently also in jail. Both driver and the lady have been booked under W.B drugs and cosmetic act and were forwarded to Kalimpong court.

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Sushan Thapa now International recognized Karate Coach

Mukesh Sharma
Kalimpong, 19th October 

Sushan Thapa (International Medalist in Karate) from Kalimpong has bagged another achievement in the field of Karate-Do as sports.

Sushan who appeared for the AKF Karate Coach Exam on 23rd Sept 2016 at New Delhi under the banner of Asian Karate Do Federation has successfully pass the exam and have recently received the International recognized Karate Coach Certificate in Gangtok, Sikkim.

On behalf of Karate Association of India Sushan received the Certificate from the hands of KAI Joint Secretary Sensei C. Dosavunga who is also the General Secretary of North East States Karate Federation of India (NESKFI).

Sushan who had earlier in 2014 has successfully passed the Exam of KAI Accredited Coach for National Coaching License.

Sushan Thapa informed that the Certificate will help in participation in International Championship as a National Coach.

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