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Hundreds Demanding Equal Rights For Gurkhas March On Parliament (PHOTOS)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 25, 2012

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Hundreds of demonstrators demanding equal citizenship and pensions rights for former Gurkhas have descended on Westminster, amassing outside the Ministry of Defence and the Houses of Parliament.

The protesters – marching peacefully but clearly angry – had expected to meet David Cameron in Downing Street to deliver a petition against what they say is unfair treatment by the UK government. However they allege the PM cancelled the meeting two weeks ago, something which has clearly led to fury among those campaigning for Gurkhas’ rights.

Nabina Gurung, a representative from the newly-formed action group Enough Is Enough, told HuffPost : We were supposed to have a little chit-chat with the prime minister himself, however because of his busy schedule he couldn’t meet us. Read the rest of this entry »

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Kaji Sherpa interview with Nepal TV – GURKHA MATTERS

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 7, 2012

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Gerald Howarth Attacks Joanna Lumley’s ‘Disgraceful’ Gurkhas Campaign

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 27, 2012

A Conservative defence minister has said the “disgraceful” campaign by Joanna Lumley on behalf of the Gurkhas has led to some of his Aldershot constituents leaving the town.

Gerald Howarth, the minister for international security strategy, said the number of Nepalese men who had served in the British Army deciding to move the the UK was putting too big a strain on local services.

In 2009 Lumley, with the backing of David Cameron and Nick Clegg, helped convince the then Labour government to allow Gurkhas who retired before 1997 the right to settle in the UK.

But speaking on BBC Radio Surrey on Monday, Howarth said the decision had been a mistake and was adversely affecting his constituency, which is the home of the British Army.

The Aldershot MP said: “I was walking around in Aldershot on Saturday and everywhere I went there were Nepalese just basically sitting out in the open, sitting out on the park benches. Read the rest of this entry »

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Gajbahadur Gurung – Tributes To Fallen Gurkha Soldier, A ‘Born Leader Of Men’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 29, 2012

Comrades of a Gurkha who was shot dead in Afghanistan have described him as a “born leader of men”.

Lance Corporal Gajbahadur Gurung from the 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment was serving as a part of Combined Force Nahr-e Saraj (North), and was a member of an International Security Assistance Force foot patrol to disrupt insurgent activity when he received a fatal gunshot wound on Friday.

A total of 397 UK military personnel have died since operations in Afghanistan began in 2001.

Nepalese L/Cpl Gurung, known as Gaj, joined the Brigade of Gurkhas on December 18 2004 at British Gurkhas, Pokhara, Nepal, the Ministry of Defence said.

L/Cpl Gurung, who has been deployed to Afghanistan three times during his military career, was posted to 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment in 2009.

A MoD spokesman said during the latest tour, his Company was tasked with holding an area north east of Helmand’s second city, Gereshk.

On Friday, his patrol came under small arms fire and he was fatally wounded, the spokesman said.

Lieutenant Colonel Dan Bradbury, Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, said: “He touched so many lives for the better. His peers in Delhi Company and all of us in the chain of command knew him as an intelligent, charismatic and inquisitive natural leader of men. Read the rest of this entry »

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Gurkhas ‘Set To Be Hit Hardest By Defence Cuts’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 13, 2012

The government’s “shoddy” treatment of Gurkhas was criticised by Labour on Friday, as reports suggested they will be hit by the latest defence cuts.

 

The BBC reported the Nepalese infantrymen will bear the brunt of the 5,000 Ministry of Defence (MoD) redundancies, due to be announced on Tuesday.

 

It is feared the Royal Gurkha Rifles, who have served alongside the British Army for almost 200 years, will be disproportionately affected relative to their ranks, which total 3,500.

 

Shadow defence secretary Jim Murphy said in a statement: “This is a shoddy way to treat those who have shown years of bravery for our country.

 

“This is the second painful cut the Gurkhas have had to endure in just a few months. Read the rest of this entry »

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1 Gurkha against 30 Taliban wins Conspicuous Gallantry Cross

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 12, 2012

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Gurkha Soldier promotional video

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 27, 2011

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Justice for Gurkhas

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 19, 2011

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Gurkhas Most Economically-Active Social Group in Britain, Study Finds

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 11, 2011


Obviously.
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Gurkhas To Be Made Redundant In Army Cuts

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 1, 2011


Whetehr they want or not they have no option.
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Gurkhas And RAF In Firing Line As MoD Makes Cuts

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 1, 2011


Their struggle continues with long term uncertaint­y
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Nepal to train in Kent before London 2012

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 23, 2011

August 22 – Nepal’s Olympic and Paralympics team are to train in Kent in the run-up to London 2012, it has been announced. 

Kent County Council’s chairman, Paulina Stockell, signed the agreement with Pashupati Parajuli, the general secretary of the Nepalese Paralympic and Olympic Committee, and Ghanshyam Khatiwada, its secretary, at County Hall in Maidstone. 

The Nepalese will be one of the smallest teams competing at London but the deal with Kent is of huge symbolic importance to the region.

The Royal Gurkha Rifles, made up of soldiers from Nepal, are based in Folkstone and more than 200 families live in the area.

The deal is a culmination of a long campaign to get Nepal to base themselves in the area.·

Two years ago, Joanna Lumley, who had spearheaded a high-profile campaign for Gurkhas to be allowed to settle in Britain, hand delivered a letter to the President of Nepal from the Leader of Kent County Council, Paul Carter, inviting Nepal to train there. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ancient Kathmandu

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 20, 2011

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Gorkha Memorial Park

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 27, 2011

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New company of Gurkhas receive cap badges

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 11, 2011

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