Mani Trust hand over 3.41 lakhs to two cancer patient

Mukesh Sharma

Kalimpong ,22nd August

 Hospital Superintendent Dr A Simlangdi with member of patient
MANI TRUST, a Public Charitable Trust today handed over a cheque of 1 lakh 70 thousand  936 rupees to two each cancer patient of Dungra and Paiyu under Kalimpong 1. The trust  which was established on the 28th of May, 2014 with a aim to mitigate the plight of the living standards of people residing in the hills of Darjeeling and Kalimpong District in terms of health, environment, education, along with social and economical aspects is engaged to raise donation 
for drown trodden patient under Support for life initiative. The Trust was approached by Samaj of both the villages few weeks ago appealing to raise Fund for 28 years old Suren Biswakarma

Reshma Rai Singh,the CEO of Mani Trust informed that the 12 days Donation Camp from 2/8/2018 to 14/8/2018 was held in aid of both the Cancer in Kalimpong Town with due permission from the Chairperson, Kalimpong Municipality. People from Rs 1 to above donated a total sum of Rs.3 lakhs 41 thousand and 872 rupees. She informed that the Trust bears all the expenses during the camp.
Kalimpong Hospital Supreintendent Dr A Simlangdi handed over the cheque of 1 lakh 70 thousand  936 rupees to two Family members of Sangita Rai and Suren Biswakarma in presence of Riwali Youth Club and Dungra Sewa Samaj and other Trustees and advisor of Trust

Reshma Rai Singh thanked all the donors and volunteer for of both Club for making the fund raising initiative a grand success.

The book of detail donation collection report was handed to Club members which will also be sent to Kalimpong Municipality, Police Station and DM Office  informed Singh.

Mani Trust which has been regularly supplying home cooked food and water containing 60-70 calories to homeless people of Kalimpong from 29th May 2014 under its food for helpless initiative. The trust distributed English, Hindi, Nepali and Bengali news paper to three parks of Kalimpong town under Social Information Promotion initiative. It is engaged to raise donation for drown trodden patient under Support for life initiative. The trust in a very little time has been emerging as a raising force. The Trust is working to establish a Medical Tourism Hub in Kalimpong and reviving the glory of Kalimpong Arts and Craft she informed.
wakarama Bhujel and 60 year old Sangita Rai. Suren is suffering from throat cancer and is been presently admitted at NRS Kolkatta while Sangita is  who is suffering from Uterus Cancer is presently admitted in CMC Vellore .

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Kalimpong gets all- women PS

Kalimpong,14th Aug , SNS
Inspector General of Police Manoj Kumar Verma inaugurated Kalimpong district's first all-woman police station in the town here today.

Sub-Inspector of Police Sabita Lama has been appointed as the officer-in-charge of the new PS, while the Assistant Sub-Inspector is Shanti Lama. It is also learnt that around six women constables were also posted there yesterday along with women civic volunteers.

"The police station is already functional at the old DIB building," said the Superintendent of Police, Dhurva Jyoti De.

IGP Verma said that the government has been working to solve problems plaguing police stations, including a shortage of staff. "Recruitments are going on for constables and sub-inspectors, and it may take a little time, but the vacancies will be filled soon," he said.
According to police officers, the infrastructure in Kalimpong district will be developed soon
as there have been proposals for setting up police stations in Pedong, Reyang, Algarah and Lava.

"Progress here will come gradually as this is a new district and building the infrastructure
will take time," Mr Verma said.

Sister Subishna Thapa, the director of Bal Surakshya Abhiyan, an NGO that works for the welfare of children and girl child, expressed her gratitude to the Superintendent of Police, and said that introduction of such women's police station in a short span of time after Kalimpong was declared a district was praiseworthy.

"We should really appreciate the police department for such quick initiative. Moreover, the department of Anti-Human-Trafficking was also introduced as soon as the new SP arrived here. We, who work on such cases (related to women and children) have the impression that cases will be solved faster and women/girl-related cases will be taken very seriously," SisterThapa said.

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Now corruption fingers on NDB chairman

Mukesh Sharma
Firoz Pradhan
Allegations of corruption in Newar Development Board (NDB) has now emerged just a day after few individuals claiming to be members of Kami Development and Cultural Board cried foul
over the functioning of its chairman and vice-chairman.

Firoz Pradhan one of the NDB executive board members today alleged board president Sunil Pradhan not being transparent in his execution of duties. Firoz alleged Pradhan of manhandling him
when he reportedly questioned Pradhan for the reason behind not informing him about a board meeting on 30th March.

“I along with few other board members approached Pradhan asking him why we were not informed of the March 30 board meeting.

However, Pradhan along with his goons manhandled us” Firoz alleged. He said that an FIR against the accused was also filed on March 30 at the Sukna police outpost.

The NDB was allotted funds for construction of houses for 200 beneficiaries in Kalimpong but the board passed allotment orders for only 44 houses, Firoz informed.

 Meanwhile, NDB vice president Deepak Pradhan during a telephonic conversation corroborated the allegations leveled by Firoz against the board chairman. However, the chairman couldn’t be contacted.

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Kami Dev & Cultural Board member alleges corruption in the Board

Kalimpong, 02 Apr:
Kami Development and Cultural Board member, Subodh Khati, today alleged corruption in construction houses of beneficiaries from the community.
Mr Khati, along with his team, today accused that the Board chairperson, KB Baraily, vice-chairperson Yakin Lamichaney and Member Secretary of the Board, the SDO Kalimpong, of being involved in the said corruption.
Mr Khati said, “We have the sought a list of 500 beneficiaries whose houses were supposedly completed in 2017 and utilization certificates submitted to government. These constructions were done only on paper.”
He added that when they verified the list, they found that only 300 houses had been completed, and in 150 cases, construction was still underway and for 50 beneficiaries, work had not even begun. Utilisation Certificates had however been submitted for all of the, he added.
The list of 500 beneficiaries was secured through an RTI application.
Meanwhile, when contacted, the Kami Development and Cultural Board chairperson said that Subodh Khati and his team had resigned last year during the agitation.
“Now, they want to come back but they cannot be reinstated hence they are leveling these allegations. He claims that construction material was diverted during the agitation, which is true because many beneficiaries said they lacked space for unloading the material. We have nothing to hide which is why we gave the answer to the RTI application,” he said.

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NBSTC starts Siliguri-Delo bus service

Mukesh Sharma
April , 1
North  Bengal State Transport Corporation(NBSTC)  has started Siliguri-Delo  bus  service via  Kalimpong  for  which 30-seater  bus  has  been pressed  into  service.  The bus  will  leave  NBSTC
Siliguri depot at 6.30 am,reach  Kalimpong   at around  9  am  and  halt  for half-an-hour  at  the  motor stand  before  heading  to Delo.   

Local   passengers will  be  charged  a  fare  of Rs.  10  from  the  motorstand to Delo.  Many stu-
dents from Jalpaiguri  Engineering College were seen  taking  the  Siliguri-Delo   service   inaugural bus run. A passenger from Siliguri  who  every Sunday   visits   the   Dr.Graham’s  Homes  School which  is  located  on  theway to Delo today said, “I am     thankful     to     the NBSTC  for  starting  this bus service. Earlier, I had to  pay  around  Rs.  200  as local  taxi  fare  from  the motor     stand     to    Dr.Graham’s  Homes  School but  today  I  reached  the school paying a total fare of  Rs.  105  from  Siliguri!This  bus  service  saved both  my  fare  and  time”.

Many  local   passengers  were  also  seen  taking  the bus midway from Delo to the    motor    stand    and appeared  jubilant  stating that  they  had  to  pay  only a  bus  fare  of  Rs.  10  as compared  to  Rs.  30  in local taxi.    

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