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Youths from Kurseong bring happiness and joy to the residents of old age home at Rohini

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Team ILS and TheDC send our warmest "Shout Out" to the group of youngsters from Kurseong and nearby areas, who celebrated Tihar bringing colours to the life of old folks.This Tihar a group of youngsters not only spent their time visiting the people at Old Age Home at Rohini, Kurseong, but they also white washed the entire building with colours for two consecutive days of "Kag Tihar"  and "Kukkur Tihar". These anonymous group of youngsters have more plans for the Old Age Home in the Future.   We are hopeful that their selfless devotion will inspire thousands of our youngsters to think beyond their own personal needs, and think about contributing towards the well-being of our entire community.Take a bow guys and girls!! All of you have earned it!!

SBI NBU branch manager commits suicide in Siliguri - Had complained of work pressure

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SBI employee Gyanendra Kumar posted as branch manager at NBU campus was found hanging at a lodge in Siliguri's Pradhan Nagar area today morning.Gyanendra had complained to his brother earlier of work pressure and had even said that he may commit suicide. On hearing this Gyanendra's brother left from Bihar's Samastipur area last night.He reached Siliguri today morning and went the lodge he was staying in. (Earlier he was posted in Sikkim and had joined Siliguri NBU branch after transfer just some days ago). After several bell rings and knocks the room didn't open. His brother informed Pradhan Nagar police station which reached the spot and opened the dooars and found him hanging.Body has been taken for post mortem. Police is investigating into the case. ILS saw a post on FB where one SBI employee has complained about work pressure in SBI.(Pic for representational purpose only)

10 things you should never SHARE on social media - Very important, do share

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With all the reports of companies getting hacked, information being stolen, as well as the whole personal identity theft issue, you may be left wondering whether social media is safe to use.But it isn’t just fake news that proliferate the social media website – fake accounts are also in abundance, which is why it is vital to keep the information you share to a minimum.1. Passport or driver’s licencePeople love to declare the fact that that things going well. Holiday proclamations are perpetual on Facebook, so too are announcements of passing driving tests. It’s probably best not to showcase the exact details of the documents relating to each of these things, however. They’re easily replicated and identity fraud is rife.2. Holiday plansIt’s not just the numbers and codes that prove risky. Informing the public sphere that you’re off on a quinoa fest in Peru for two weeks might also end in dire consequences. Burglars could see that you’re home is unoccupied in that time and target your h…

Huge Drug Haul by Sikkim Police - 2 Youths held, both were coming from Siliguri

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Yet again Rangpo Police nabbed two drugs peddlers namely Sonam Topden Bhutia 30 yrs. and Satish Kumar Prasad, 32 years both resident of 32 mile Middle Camp East Sikkim.Brief of the case is that police recovered and seized  1383 loose SP capsules, 296  N 10 tablets and 02 bottles of prohibited cough syrups from their alleged possession. The duo  were  coming from Siliguri on Scooty bearing no WB74AM/8857.

Fire cracker flame burns down an entire furniture godown in Siliguri today

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A huge fire engulfed a furniture factory belonging to Haryana Furniture today at 4pm in Hyderpara Siliguri.Locals say the factory was closed due to Diwali holiday and some fire cracker flame fell inside the godown and started the fire.The fire bloomed and one by one 3 gas cylinders gave way to a massive blast. The fire was so huge that it could be seen from various parts of the city.Soon two fire tenders reached on spot and tried to control the fire. The fire was put down within 30 minutes. If the fire brigade had done a bit more late anything would have happened. Kudos to the officers for reaching on time and igniting off the fire.Huge public had gathered which made the work of officicals little tough. Thought police is trying hard to manage the crowd.Sources

Mob Destroys Several Hindu Temples and Homes in Bangladesh Injuring Over 100

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An unruly mob of hundreds of people armed with locally-made weapons demolished at least 10 temples to the ground along with vandalising hundreds of houses of the Hindu community at Brahminbaria‘s Nasirnagar upazila on Sunday afternoon, reportedly in response to a Facebook post making satire of the Masjid al-Haram, the holy site of Muslims.More than 100 people were injured in the attacks while six people were detained, according to reports.Police took control over law and order in the area around 2:00pm, a police official said. A raid was underway to nab the culprits, last reported.Several hundred locals staged demonstration at Sarail-Nasirnagar-Lakhai highway on Friday noon demanding hanging of one Rasraj Das who allegedly was behind the FB post.The temples are Duttobari temple, Nomosomudropara temple, Jagannath temple, Ghoshpara temple and Gouro temple.Brahmanbaria Superintendent of Police (SP) Mizanur Rahman told the Dhaka Tribune that around 150 to 200 people launched the attacks a…

Fire guts a medicine shop in Sikkim today

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This morning around 5 AM, a medical shop gutted in fire near SGC Tadong Gate, Gangtok, Sikkim. Nearly 7 to 8 Lakhs Rupees goods and materials turned into ashes is reported. Thankfully, no any untowards incident of human life or animals reported. Shop is owned by Manoj Sharma. Cause of fire was due to Electrical Shortcircuit.Report by Sandeep Prasad

An adult elephant died last night when it came in contact with live wire in Dooars

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The tragic incident took place at Gopalpur Tea Garden near Birpara in Dooars.

Illegal firearms seized at Malda

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Acting on a tip off, police have arrested two suspects and recovered a huge cache of illegal firearms from their possessions at two different locations in West Bengal's Malda district, reports said.According to reports, police booked two firearms dealers- Tarun Ghosh and Mahibur Sheikh- from English Bazar and Kaliachak Police Station areas respectively in Malda and seized as many as 4 single barrel long arms (pipe-guns), 4 pistols, 3 muskets and 24 round cartridges from their possessions.Police have started investigation into the matter and are interrogating the duo to bust their entire racket, officials said.

Youth Arrested With 9mm Pistol in Darjeeling

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Darjeeling police yesterday arrested 25 year old Dawa Lepcha with a 9mm Pistol and some cartridges. According to police, Dawa is a resident of Mount Valley in Singamari, and he was arrested from near United Bank on HD Lama road. Following the arrest, he was presented in the court of CJM Darjeeling, who has sent him on a 12 day judicial custody. Police sources have added, that Dawa was accused of firing two round in the air a few days ago, because of which he was arrested and charged under IPC 251(B) and Arms Act A-27.It might be recalled that Dawa Lepcha had earlier been arrested in 2014 on the charges of showing pistol to GTA Chief Bimal Gurung. DC, File pic

Selroti and the Darjeeling Hills Connection

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There are certain food stuff that define a community, the Italians have their pasta and pizza, the Chinese have their noodles, rest of India may have their Idli, Sambar, Dosa or Dal, Roti and Chawal… but in Darjeeling there are so many food that have intermingled, no single food can claim to be numero uno… For instance, if there was a head to head competition in Darjeeling region, Momo would easily be an all time favourite, unless you get it competing with Gundruk ko jhol, or Kinema, or Thukpa, or Sungur ko Khutta, or Churpi ko Jhol… I always fluctuate between Momo and Gundruk, uncertain of which one I want the most… while some may swear by Sungur ko Masu and Rayo ko Saag combo, there are many for whom Goru ko Masu is irreplaceable, Chicken competes with Bhainsi, and Khasi is in a class of its own… not to be left out are our vegetarian favourites Ningro, Jara, Sishnu and so on.I feel that we are lucky to be born in such an amazing place where every food has found its perfection… and t…

Himalaya Darpan former editor MB Rai no more

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We are sad to share the news that former editor of popular Nepali daily Himalaya Darpan, Mr. MB Rai sir is no more. He died at his home in Shastri Nagar, Siliguri.Popularly known as MB Sir, Mr. Rai was 87 years old, and was originally a teacher. Following his retirement, he edited Sagarmatha a Nepali daily and later joined Himalaya Darpan as an editor. He was seen as a father figure among the Nepali academic and literary world. We deeply mourn his loss and extend our heartfelt condolences to his bereaved family.DC

The Five Day Festival TIHAR Starts in Darjeeling Hills and Sikkim

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Tihar is the five days celebration in Yama Panchak. It is the most celebrated festival after Dashain in North Bengal, Darjeeling Hills and Sikkim. It is a five-day festival celebrated in late autumn. It has its unique ways of celebration.The Five days of TiharKaag Tihar – Crow PoojaKukur Tihar  – Dog PoojaGai Tihar or Laxmi Pooja –  Cow or Goddess of Wealth PoojaGoru Tihar, Govardhan Pooja, Maha Puja, (Aatma pooja) –  Ox PoojaBhai Tika, Bhai Dooj – Bother and Sister PoojaKukur (dog) Tihar, the second day of the Tihar festival, is being observed across the country on Saturday. According to Hindu myths, the dog is regarded as the guard of Yamaraj, the god of death. On the occasion, devotees worship dogs and offer them garland, tika and delicious food. This is the second day of the five-day Yamapanchak festival while the third is Gai Tihar and Laxmi Pooja (worship of the cows and Goddess Laxmi). Likewise, the fourth day is observed as Goru Pooja (worship of the oxen), and Mha Pooja (wors…

Sikkim Youth Wins The Prestigious - THE ENTREPRENEUR 3 Award

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Rewaj Chettri, from Turuk, South Sikkim wins the prestigious ‘The Entrepreneur 3,’ a business competition  at Young Leaders Connect 5 which was held on 28th and 29th October at State Banquet Hall, Itanagar. Rewaj won the competition for his business startup plan the ‘Northeast Taxi’. He was amongst the top 10 finalists who was the  entrepreneurs from the different part of the North East India.The event was organized by YouthNet and Youth Leaders Connect in partnership with JUPITER and YouthNet Centre of Excellence and Entrepreneurship. The event was attended by Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Member of Parliament and Technology Entrepreneur; Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister of State (Home Affairs); Pema Khandu, Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh; Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Union Minister of State Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (Independent Charge); Bhaichung Bhutia, Former Captain, Indian Footballer team; Conrad Sangma, Member of Parliament, Meghalaya and Mmhonlumo Kikon, Parliamentary Secretary, …

No reports of sexual harassment against women at workplace in Sikkim

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Not a single case of sexual harassment against women at workplace has been reported in Sikkim, which was informed by social welfare minister Tulsi Devi Rai.Rai stressed the need of sensitization on the act, speaking at a workshop on sexual harassment of women at workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act. She further added that cases of women trafficking and domestic violence has been reported to the state women commission.Citing a recent report which ranked as the safest state for women in India Rai stated, “The report indicated that Sikkim has enacted several women centric laws.”Speaking on the same line, Sikkim women commission chairperson Rehna Rai said, “The commission is organizing awareness programme across Sikkim.” She also urged women to report cases of sexual harassment at work place.Social welfare secretary R. Telang informed that all government departments in Sikkim have internal committee to look after the compliance of central law. “There is a mechanism to be …

Youth coming from Siliguri caught with drugs hidden all over his body by Sikkim police

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Rangpo Police on Friday arrested one Rajesh Gupta @ Panchu (30) following recovery of substantial amount of contraband drugs from his possession. The accused person was travelling in Siliguri - Gangtok bound private bus and was intercepted at Rangpo Border Check Post at about 1.10 pm Friday afternoon during routine checking of vehicles. 4500 loose spasmoproxyvon capsules, 300 tablets of Nitrazepam and 3 bottles of contraband cough syrup were recovered from his possession. The accused who is a resident of Rongli Bazaar, East Sikkim, A/P 6th Mile, Tadong had also previously been  involved in SADA case of Sadar Police Station. Rangpo Police have registered a case under relevant section of Sikkim Anti Drugs Act, 2006 against Gupta and the case is under investigation.

GOD HAS A TAIL, AND IT WAGS - Happy Kukur Tihar to Our Best Friends

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As we gear up for Deepavali, there is a section of people who are preparing for the festival to celebrate dogs today (on October 29).Nitish Saboo, a software-engineer in Bengaluru, was residing in Nepal for fifteen years. He vaguely remembers his landowner putting red tikka and garland on his dogs prior to Deepavali.Even in northern parts of India like Darjeeling, Sikkim and Assam, the Gorkhas or Nepali-Hindus traditionally practice the worshipping of dogs on the second day of Deepavali. The festival of lights is regionally called Tihar and is celebrated for five days.The first day is observed as a day to worship crows and ravens, this is done to avert bad omens. On the second day, dogs are worshipped because their importance has proven to be paramount in Hindu texts.Rigveda, oldest of the Vedas suggest that Samara, who is the mother of the dogs, helped the god of heaven Indra to retrieve stolen cattle. Dogs are also believed to be guardians of death and after life.“We are animal love…

Pakistani Gunsmiths Trained Locals In Bengal With State Police Blissfully Unaware

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Assault rifles used in the Gulshan cafe attack in Dhaka on July 1 were made in Bengal with the help of Pakistani experts, one of the six terrorists arrested by Kolkata STF in September in connection with the Khagragarh blast has told NIA sleuths. The deadly terror attack had left 20 foreigners dead, including Indian teen Tarishi Jain. The five terrorists were also killed.According to the arrested terrorist, Pakistani tribal gunsmiths clandestinely visited Malda to train gunsmiths from Munger, who set up base in the border district to make AK-22 assault rifles. These weapons were then smuggled into Bangladesh via Chapainawabgunj.The NIA investigators suspect the Pakistanis who conducted the training were from the Darra Adam Khel community that resides in a village located between Peshawar and Kohat. The community is believed to regularly help the Taliban in duplicating modern weapons.“We aren't sure yet but the language they mentioned is spoken in and around the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa …

Jaldapara National Park Gets Sniffer Dog - its trained to detect wildlife items

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A sniffer dog trained to detect wildlife items like animal skin, bones and horns was pressed into service in the Jaldapara National Park from today.Foresters said the one-year-old German Shepherd was the first dog to be inducted ino the state forest department.Rani and it's two handlers will stay in Jaldapara and travel to other forests in north Bengal if the need arises."It is the first time that a specially-trained dog squad has been engaged by the state forest department to track offenders," the divisional forest officer of Jaldapara wildlife division, Bhashkar J.V, said."Forest guard Biplab Kumar Roy and chowkidar Vanu Rava have been selected as the handler and the assistant handler of the dog, respectively," he added.Both Roy and Rava are from Jaldapara forest division.Telegraph

Accident near Kalimpong 3 Dead, 9 Injured

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A vehicle carrying members of a family who were returning after attending a shraddh ceremony of a relative fell down a hill and landed on a stream below a non-asphalted road at Gitdabling village on Thursday, killing three persons and injuring nine.Police sources said the accident happened when the vehicle was returning to Samthar village from Nokdara at a place less than 1km short of Gitdabling, around 4pm. Gitdabling is about 30km from here."The stretch of the road where the accident took place has no asphalt and is treacherous. The vehicle fell 60ft below the road and landed upside down right in the middle of a stream. There were 15 people in the vehicle, most of them were members of a family from Samthar," said a sourceTelegraph

TMC Worker Arrested Over Puja Chanda Assault

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Pradhannagar police yesterday arrested Narsingh Mahato, a member of Yuba Sangha and Star Club at Panchanan Colony here, in connection with an alleged assault on a railway employee and his family over Kali Puja subscription.Mahato, a local Trinamul worker whose signature was there in the money receipt that members of the club had dropped at the quarter of Krishna Das, a health inspector in the railways, has been booked under Section 325 (punishment for voluntarily causing grievous hurt) and Section 384 (punishment for extortion) of the IPC.He was remanded in jail custody for six days by a court here.On Wednesday late evening, a group of club members had gone to Das's home and had demanded Rs 301 as subscription. As he offered Rs 150, he was allegedly assaulted.In pic: Pradhan Nagar Police Station, DC - News Telegraph

Surat-Based Billionaire Diamond Merchant Gifts Employees 400 Flats, 1,260 Cars As Diwali Bonus

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The Surat-based billionaire diamond merchant, Savji Dholakia, whose story became sensational after he made his son do blue-collar jobs to learn the value of money, is again in the news for doing something stunning. This time he has gifted 400 flats and 1,260 cars as Diwali bonus to his employees.His diamond firm, Hare Krishna Exports, has spent Rs 51 crore on Diwali bonuses this year under which 1,716 employees have been named as the company’s best performers.The offering of Diwali bonus has become a ritual for him since 2011 which he announced the rewards in an informal meeting.Last year, Mr. Dholakia had gifted 491 cars and 200 flats to his employees. The year before that, he spent Rs 50 crore on performance incentives.Mr. Dholakia hails from Dudhala village, in Amreli district of Gujarat. He grew and expanded his business after taking a loan from his uncle. After immense hard work and dedication, he has built his wealth. It was never an overnight affair.A few months ago, Mr. Dholak…

Facebook friend gang-rapes Kolkata girl

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A woman was allegedly gang-raped by her Facebook friend and his companions in a Kolkata hotel on Wednesday late evening, reports said on Thursday.According to reports, the woman, who is a resident of Barrackpore in North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal, was directed to attend a job interview at a hotel in Kolkata's Beniapukur area on Wednesday evening.The man, whom she met on Facebook, took her into a hotel room, where few others were present, and gang-raped her, the woman claimed.The woman lodged a complaint against the accused Facebook friend- Chittaranjan Patra- and his unidentified companions at local police station on Thursday.However, police have started investigation into the case and are examining hotel's CCTV footage.Till the last update came in, none has been arrested so far in connection with the case, while staffers and officials of the hotel are being quizzed.

Governor interacts with people in Darjeeling

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Bengal governor Keshari Nath Tripathi has introduced "at home" programme in his residence. The governor yesterday introduced the initiative inside the Darjeeling Raj Bhavan where he met several people.
Officials from the local administration, cultural personalities and other prominent citizens attended the programme. The governor interacted with them and had talks on various local matters. Satish Chandra Tewary, additional chief secretary to the governor, was also present at the function along with the other officers.The governor also visited the Library of Holy Angels School, Gandhi Road, at Darjeeling. Teachers, Students and nuns gave a hearty reception to the governor and greeted him with traditional 'Khada'. The children of the school also performed an unique dance to welcome the governor.The Holy Angels School, a primary school for the under privileged students, was established in 1972. The school has 140 students at present. The library of the school contains m…

Constable shoots colleague in Siliguri

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Constable Bipin Lama allegedly shoots his colleague Sujit Barman last night at Pintal Village at Dagapur near Salbari in Siliguri. As per sources they both had an argument last night and both took our their service arms and fired at each other in which Sujit got injured and is under treatment at a hospital in Siliguri. His condition is said to be serious. Bipin has been arrested by the police.

Indian Woman Sentenced To Death In Malaysia - She was found guilty of smuggling drugs into the country

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A 41-year-old Indian woman, reportedly a beauty parlour owner in New Delhi, has been sentenced to death by the Malaysian High Court for trafficking over 1.6 kg of drugs.Sangeeta Sharma Brahmacharimayum was found guilty of trafficking in 1,637.1 gm of methamphetamine on October 7, 2013 at the Penang International Airport.She was charged under the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, which carries a mandatory death sentence on conviction.Sangeeta, who appeared subdued when the decision was conveyed to her by a court interpreter in George Town in Penang State, broke down later, the Star Online reported.Judicial Commissioner Azmi Ariffin ruled that the prosecution had succeeded in proving its case beyond a reasonable doubt.He said that he found Sangeeta, the former sister-in-law of a senior police officer, had knowledge of the drug in the suitcase she was carrying and, hence, was not an “innocent carrier” as was raised in her defence, the report said.Sangeeta was a beauty parlour owner in New Delhi,…