I-DAY PREPARATIONS: Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award Announced – no controversy with Nepal ?!!
From PIB Press Release
Thursday, 12 August 2010 07:28 (PIB): The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has announced Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award for the year 2009 to recognize the achievements of persons in the fields of Adventure.
The following four persons have been selected for the Adventure Awards for the year 2009:
1. HC Kamlesh Kumar Boiunthiyal – Land Adventure
2. Wg. Com. Jai Kishan – Air Adventure
3. Shri Sufyan Sheikh – Water Adventure
4. Ms. Chandraprabha Aitwal – Life Time Achievement
Shri Sufyan Shaik is the youngest person in the world to swim 9 seas around the world at the tender age of 17 years.Now, he is the youngest Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award winner. Ms. Chandraprabha Aitwal is one of the pioneers of Indian women mountaineers. At the age of 59 years, she is already on her latest expedition to Mt. Jaonli, in the Himalayas. Wg. Com. Jai Kishan holds the world record of skydive landing, Mount Everest. HC Kamlesh Kumar Boiunthiyal is a regular mountaineer since 1994 and has scaled peaks like Mount Everest, Kanchanjunga, Trishuli etc.
The awardees will receive their awards from Her Excellency the President of India at a specially organized function at the Rashtrapati Bhawan on August 29, 2010.
Gorkha identity – growing consensus among non-Gorkhas too ?!!
FROM THE TELEGRAPH CORRESPONDENT
Kalimpong, Aug. 11: The Bharatiya Gorkha Parisang, an apolitical organisation with a pan-Indian presence, has asserted that a Gorkhaland is the only permanent solution to the community’s identity issue, and that it will continue the fight for a separate state.
The Parisang’s policy cell and its taskforce on Gorkhaland held a joint meeting in Delhi recently in the light of the tri-partite negotiations for an interim arrangement to administer the Darjeeling hills.
The meeting concluded that formation of local bodies was only a temporary solution to the vexed issue of misconceptions about the political identity of the Indian Gorkhas. “In the absence of any other alternative to resolve this question, the only solution lay in carving out a new state comprising the Darjeeling district and the Dooars from the current state of West Bengal,” the Parisang said in a release.
The meeting felt that with no prejudice to political developments in Darjeeling and the Dooars, it has always been the dream of the Gorkhas to have a state of their own in India.
“It wasn’t out of whim or without elaborate deliberations that the Parisang adopted statehood for Gorkhas as one of the seven national issues of the community,” said Dil Kumari Bhandari, the president of the Parisang, who chaired the meeting.
In another resolution adopted at the meeting, the Parisang demanded that the killers of former ABGL president Madan Tamang be immediately arrested and brought to justice.