Gorkhaland demand: From street protests to silent rallies, photos capture the mood in Darjeeling

Gorkhaland demand: From street protests to silent rallies, photos capture the mood in Darjeeling

The hills of Darjeeling and Kalimpong in West Bengal have been simmered for almost three weeks.

The riots began in early June after Mamata Banerjee-led the West Bengal government, said the Bengali language is necessarily taught in schools across the state. The measure has found strong resistance in the districts of Darjeeling and Kalimpong, where they live Gorkha language mainly from Nepal.

But the language proposed was only the most recent flashpoint for resentment that had spread over decades and that protests refused to die even after Prime Minister Banerjee has said that the rule does not apply to districts of the hill.

The agitation becomes a widespread movement demanding a separate state of Gorkhaland – a movement that has gained strength in the 1980s and has appeared intermittently since – led by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha. From June 12, Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, Bimal Gurung, began an indefinite strike in Darjeeling, which entered its ninth day, on Tuesday. The trial brought normal life to a standstill and took tourists out of the hillside.

Several violent incidents have been reported in Darjeeling and Kalimpong in the last two weeks, as protesters have set cars on fire and clashed with security guards. Gorkha Janmukti Morcha alleged that three of his followers were killed after security personnel opened fire on demonstrators on June 17. The state government responded to protests over the increased deployment of the armed and paramilitary forces in the state and The imposition of an Internet shutdown.

The movement for the creation of Gorkhaland peaked between 1986 and 1988 under the Gorkhaland National Liberation Front, led by Subhash Ghising, and according to various estimates, more than 1 000 people died during riots and police repression.

“He was eight years old when the uniformed combat people came to our door, suddenly we heard a shot, he ran to see my father lying in a pool of blood, gasping,” A Mukhia said Nereo, whose father David Mukhia died in 1986. “Whatever benefits or facilities the government gives, the wound is still there and will be replaced once we have our land.” Although the government makes us a boring year at this time, agitation will strengthen day by day … I believe that people who are in the vanguard give up under no circumstances.

Prabhat Ghisingh, a Gorkhaland activist, also loses a connection with the 1986 violence.

“I was 10 or 12 when security personnel killed my aunt, an old person,” he said. “He was shot in the head … Now we have reached the state where we are strong with our support for a separate state Gorkhaland.”

Although the violent demonstrations and parliaments between the Center, the State, and the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha have grabbed the headlines, away, several independent and non-violent rallies and marches were also carried out in some parts of Darjeeling and Kalimpong then the movements of the People arise in response to the request of a separate Gorkhaland and the repression of the demonstrators.

Bulging waste-lines killing the Narmada

Bulging waste-lines killing the Narmada

In May of this year, a team of ecologists has traveled along the Narmada River since its origin in Amarkantak in the Anuppur district in the city of Arkansas in the district in Anuppur is Madhya Pradesh, in the Barwani district, in the Mouth of Gujarat in the west. They wanted to take stock of the situation of this ancient river and its environment as part of a high-level state government campaign for Narmada conservation.

What they found was a good reminder of how one of the sacred rivers of India is destroyed. In the 14 districts where they traveled, towns and cities used up untreated sewage and effluent pump industries, as well as deforestation on the surrounding beaches Satpura and Vindhya, dried up 60 of the 101 tributaries that fed the Narmada. The water table has dropped to levels below 300 feet or more from the surrounding area, the garbage piled up in the cities and riverbanks are invaded.
The sand extraction mechanized unrestricted from about 1,100 km long Narmada MP. Several species of fish, including Mahaseer, are in terminal phase due to contamination and destruction of the habitat.

“Even at the source, the Narmada Kund in Amarkantak, we find pipes that discharge sewage into the river and people deféchaient on the opposite shore,” TOI Vinayak Parihar, a member of the team, told TOI. The trip was organized by the Vicar platform Madhya Pradesh small environmental groups and other advocacy groups. Almost none of the urban centers located on the banks of the river has water treatment plants (STP). Jabalpur, the largest city of Narmada, produces 200 million liters of wastewater per day, but only occupies 0.55 MLD. An STP 50 MLD built near the village of Kathauda is not functional.

Along the length, the industrial units are being the discharge of effluent into the river or its tributaries. In Jabalpur, a gelatine factory Lahaina Ghat allows effluents to flow into the river since six mills in Narsinghpur, the industrial belt in Hoshangabad Suhagpur and several dozens large dairies.

The State Pollution Control Board has filed cases against 18 municipal bodies located within 10 km of the Narmada River, including civil organizations Jabalpur, Hoshangabad, Mandla, Dindori, and Bhedaghat.

In addition, on the carpet are five industrial units, including the central government security paper factory, located in Hoshangabad. The team found that small and large tributaries along the entire river were in danger. All are used to carry water all year round for about a decade. Now, almost two-thirds are dry, many lost forever.

“Invasion mining and major sand destroyed the canals while deforestation of the surrounding forests dried up water sources,” Parihar said.

In Hoshangabad, for example, there are only 11 approved sand exploration sites, but the team found that the extraction takes place at 50 sites. At the lower end of the river, as it passes through Khandwa and Dewas, most of the tributaries do not flow when the water backed up Indra Sagar.

Parihar said bright shows involving politicians and movie stars are of little use, as it gives the river a living entity status. Until the government to seriously implement existing laws and involves people in this area, Narmada will continue to die a thousand deaths.

Stamps Release, Meditation Mark Yoga Celebrations At UN

Stamps Release, Meditation Mark Yoga Celebrations At UN

United Nations: The UN has begun International Yoga Day (LSI) celebrations with the launching of stamps, shower puja and meditation for peace in the most diverse gathering of nationalities, religions and world races. More than 1,000 people, including permanent representatives from various countries, diplomats, personal yoga enthusiasts and the United Nations participated Tuesday in yoga class with yoga teachers at UN headquarters in before the third LSI. A unique element of this year’s event, which contributed to the soft power of India was the water puja ceremony led by Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji and Sadhvi Bhagwati Sarawastiji of Paramarta Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh.

As the water poured symbolically into a balloon, the participants raised their hands to the sky praying for clean water for all and to recover the holy water, support of life and the relationship of humanity.

This is complemented by the commitment of the United Nations to the achievement of sustainable development goals (SDG) to improve people’s lives. The speakers emphasized instead of yoga to achieve them.

Peter Thomson, president of the General Assembly, said that yoga practice was the epitome of the phrase, “Healthy mind in a healthy body” and its role in social security is directly linked to the UN SDG.

Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, Chief of Staff of the Secretary General, said that the practice of yoga for millions contribute to sustainable development and peace.

The Permanent Representative of India, Syed Akbaruddin, said that yoga symbolizes the unity of humanity and that India shares with the world in an open and inclusive way.

Stephen Cutts, Secretary General of United Nations Central Support Services, issued a series of 10 stamps with IDY Thomson.

The stamps worth $ 1.15 each represent a different yoga poses along with a great OM dash in devanagari.

Bhagwati Sarawastiji called yoga “kudumbakam vasudeva” action and said he had the power to break the boundaries to bring peace and heal the suffering caused by separation.

Reflecting on the universality of the LSI Hana AlHashimi, an expert on sustainable development mission of the United Arab Emirates, UN celebrates the holidays, wore a hijab.

The resolution of the General Assembly in 2014 to create LSI was co-sponsored by 174 countries and was unanimously approved.

Seane Corn, a yoga specialist and social activist, conducted a meditation for peace and human rights and put an end to all forms of oppression.

As they inhale and do yoga, people should send a message to their leaders for peace, he said.

Love can lead to political change, instead of hatred and through yoga, people can express love at all to cause transformations, added corn.

Laterm a forum on yoga and health will be held at the United Nations with an international panel of swamis and yoga practitioners.

Sivadasananda Retreat House, Austria, Keith Mitchel, a yoga practitioner and former NFL star in the United States, Stanton Kawer, leader and activist American actor Anupam Kher are scheduled speakers.

Donald Trump Says China Tried But Failed To Help On North Korea

Donald Trump Says China Tried But Failed To Help On North Korea

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump Tuesday that China’s efforts to persuade North Korea to curb its nuclear program have failed, catch up with the rhetoric of the death of an American student who was detained by Pyongyang.

Trump had high hopes for China’s increased cooperation to exert influence over North Korea, relying largely on Chinese President Xi Jinping for his help. The two leaders held a high-level summit in Florida in April and Trump frequently praised Xi while resisting criticism of China’s business practices.

“Although I appreciate the efforts of President Xi and China to help North Korea, it did not work. At least I know China has tried!” Trump wrote on Twitter.

It was unclear whether his words represented a significant change in his thinking in the United States to halt North Korea’s nuclear program and its test of a missile or a change in US policy toward China.

“I think the president saw some frustration,” said Christopher Hill, former US ambassador to South Korea, MSNBC. “He points out to others that he understands that it does not work, and tries to defend or justify himself by saying that at least they tried it, unlike others who do not even try.”

On Tuesday, a US official, who declined to be identified, said that US satellites had detected nuclear testing site recent spy moves in North Korea near the entrance of the tunnel, but it was not clear whether these preparations For a new nuclear test were likely to coincide with high-level talks between the United States and the United States. And China in Washington on Wednesday.

“North Korea is still prepared to conduct a sixth nuclear test at any time when there is a direct order, but there are no unusual new clues that can be shared,” said a southern department responsible Korea Defense, according to With anonymity.

Seoul was in close consultation with Washington on the issue, the official added.

North Korea then tested a nuclear bomb in September but has carried repeated missile tests since it pledged to develop a nuclear-capable missile capable of reaching the United States, which has placed the forefront of Trump security issues.

Declaration of victory in China should increase pressure on Beijing ahead of diplomatic dialogue and Wednesday’s security, involving Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and US Secretary of Defense James Mattis to the highest Chinese diplomat, the adviser State Yang Jiechi and General Fang Fenghui, the Chief’s staff shared People’s Liberation Army.

The State Department says the dialogue will focus on ways to increase pressure on North Korea to abandon its nuclear and missile programs, but also covers areas such as counter-terrorism and regional rivalries in the strategic South Sea China.

The US side must press China to cooperate to strengthen international sanctions against North Korea. The United States and its allies would like to see an oil embargo and ban on North Korean airlines and working guests from other movements, diplomats said they had been resisted by China and Russia.

In a sign that US-China relations are stable, White House aide said Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband, White House adviser Jared Kushner, were invited by the Chinese government to visit the Country later this year.

Gunmen Attack Philippine Village Near War-Torn City: Military

Gunmen Attack Philippine Village Near War-Torn City: Military

MANILA: Hundreds of gunmen attacked troops in a southern Philippines town today in a bomb attack that may have been intended to help Islamic militants involved in a nearby urban war, authorities said.

Five civilians were used as human shields had disappeared, and soldiers pursued the attackers who were quickly withdrawn, military spokesman Brigadier General Restituto Padilla told reporters in Manila.

Padilla said the gunmen attacked a military post at dawn in Pigcaguayan, an agricultural village about 100 miles from Marawi where combatants linked to the Islamic State (IS) group fought troops for a month .

The attack could be a distraction tactic to ease pressure on militants in Marawi, local police commander Chief Inspector Realan Mamon said.

Padilla said the attackers belonged to the Islamist bangsamoros freedom fighters (BIFF), one of the four armed groups in the Philippine region of southern Mindanao that analysts say have pledged allegiance to IS.

He said the armed men attacked the outpost slightly defended and exchanged arms with the troops.

“It is already resolved. The enemy withdrew … they failed,” said Padilla, adding that the troops were in pursuit of the militants.

Local authorities reported for the first time that the armed men had occupied a school before the arrival of the students.

But Padilla did not mention any incidents at school.

The area around Pigcaguayán consists of marshes, mountains and farmland.

Padilla said there were no confirmed victims, but the army had not yet located the five originally used as human shields.

The mayor of the city of Pigcaguayán, Eliseo Garsesa, said that 200 armed men were involved, while a police report indicated that there were around 300.

Padilla said the BIFF, a small insurgent group that would have a few hundred fighters, apparently tried to take advantage of the fact that the military is focusing on the Marawi war.

“In general, take advantage of the situation … we have a very slightly defended outposts and think our forces elsewhere in the province,” Padilla said.

Muslim rebels have been fighting for more than four decades from an independent or autonomous region in the mostly Catholic southern nation, the conflict claimed more than 120,000 lives.

Major rebel organizations signed or exercised peace accords with the government, but small strong line of groups such as BIFF. Pledged to continue fighting.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in the southern region of Mindanao on May 23 immediately after marauding sailors fought for Marawi.

His assault on Marawi unleashed the unprecedented urban war that claimed hundreds of lives and Duterte warned part of an IS campaign to establish a base in Mindanao.

The fighting left Marawi, the largest Muslim city in the Philippines, largely ruined.

The activists involved in the fight against Marawi come mainly from Abu Sayyaf Maute and organizations that have joined the BIFF. Under the umbrella of the IS, according to the government.

The army said foreign fighters, including those from Chechnya, Indonesia and Malaysia, have also joined the Malawi conflict.