Aimed at empowering students in a first of its kind initiative, Students Against Trafficking (SAT) Clubs were opened up in 6 schools in Darjeeling.
"Students are highly vulnerable to human trafficking and on the other hand they have excellent outreach in society. Student voice is strong and effective. Hence we decided to empower students so that they can take up this important task of spreading anti-trafficking awareness," stated Nirnay John Chettri, general secretary of MARG - an NGO working in the anti-trafficking arena. The SAT clubs are a joint initiative of MARG and the Darjeeling Police.
Darjeeling, April 28: The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha has decided to seek the reorganisation of subdivisions and blocks in the hills and a change in the name and profile of the board that deals with primary schools in the GTA Sabha area.
Darjeeling, April 28: Ranee Narah, Minister of State for Tribal Affairs has been visited at the festival of Khambu Rai in Mirik today. The festival of ‘Ubauli’ was organized by Kirat Khambu (Rai) Sanskritik Sansthan (KKRS), it was huge gatherings by the people of Khambu Rai participated from all parts of Darjeeling hills and Sikkim. Culture of Khambu Rai were displayed in various forms of Khambu songs and traditional Khambu dances (Sili), during the occasion Ranee Narah also took part in the traditional dance of Khambu Rai for some time. In her short speech, she expressed that Khambu Rai are genuinely Tribal and assured for the Tribal status of Government of India.
Khambu Rai people have been demanding the status of Tribal under government of India. ‘If Khambu Rai is included in Tribal status, the Tribal population of Darjeeling hills would be about 66 percent, therefore, it would be easier to separate from Bengal’, said one of the members of KKRS.
Darjeeling: An environment group in Mirik in Darjeeling hills has launched a campaign to demand the tourist town's famous Mirik Lake that has shrunk in size, be included in a central government project for conservation of water sources.
JALPAIGURI: After living in exile in Jalpaiguri for almost five years, GNLF chairman SubashGhisingh on Friday shifted to LitchuBagan in Matigara on the outskirts of Siliguri where he has rented a house.
Ghisingh at his new house in Matigara on Friday. Picture by Kundan Yolmo
April 26: GNLF chief Subash Ghisingh today shifted his base from Jalpaiguri to Matigara, a few kilometres from where the GTA area begins, and gave enough hints that he would be actively involved in the hill politics again.
Alipurduar, April 26: The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha today alleged that a half-completed stage for a party meeting had been vandalised in Dalmore tea garden in the Dooars last night at a time the hill outfit was purportedly losing a lot of supporters to the Trinamul Congress in the area.
SILIGURI, 25 APRIL: In order to rejuvenate organisational base in the Dooars, Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha (GJMM) leaders led by its general secretary, Mr Roshan Giri, is scheduled to visit the area.
Sources said the GJMM leadership was scheduled to hold a secret meeting to campaign against Kalchini MLA Wilson Champramary, after he joined the Trinamul Congress. Though one the GJMM central committee leaders, Mr Asok Lama, said that Mr Giri was scheduled to hold a meeting at Birpara tomorrow, Birpara-based leader Madhukar Thapa was not available for comment despite several attempts over phone.
DARJEELING(WB): The Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) representatives would demand immediate transfer of departments/establishments to the GTA during the meeting with West Bengal Chief Secretary Sanjay Mitra.
Senior Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leader, Jyoti Rai today said they (GTA) would seek clarifications from the state government regarding the transfer of control of some establishments like schools, health centres and panchayat bodies located in 18 mouzas which had been transferred to the Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council (DGHC) when the tripartite agreement involving Centre, state government and GNLF was signed in 1988.