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Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 20, 2015

[ This is a ‘secret draft proposal’ forwarded by the Government of India to then His Majesty’s Government of Nepal  for security, water resource management and  industry and commerce also. The slain King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev is reported to have rejected this proposal. For that matter, Nepalese people should heartily thank the slain king. The proposal, though soft in language, is extremely cruel and dangerous in substance and meaning. Had the King  told his men to sign on the proposal, Nepal’s  military would have been paralyzed, sovereignty and independence would have been compromised, ownership of water resource would have been lost and big Indian business houses would have swallowed up Nepalese business entrepreneurs etc. There are these days loud talks in Kathmandu or elsewhere that Nepal in Bhutan’s shoes is morphing into a present day Sikkim. This, therefore, is posted for discussion.]

birendraAgreement between the Government of India and His Majesty’s Government of Nepal on Mutual Cooperation,

The Government of India and His Majesty’s Government of Nepal (hereinafter also referred to as the Contracting Parties),

Recalling the unique, age-old and traditional friendship between the peoples the peoples of India and Nepal based on the bonds of history, geography and of shared social and cultural values,

Reaffirming their adherence to the Treaty of Peace and Friendship between the Governments of India and Nepal of 1950, which has ever since been and remains the cornerstone of Indo-Nepal relations,

Keen to sustain and further strengthen the bonds of friendship, good neighbourliness and mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries and peoples,

Determined to strengthen economic cooperation between them.

Desiring to develop their economics in their own and common interest.

Convinced of the benefits of mutual sharing of scientific and technical knowledge and experience to promote trade between them, have agreed as follows:

Part- I

Treatment of Each Other’s Nationals in Their Respective Territories Read the rest of this entry »

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The Greater Nepal ‘In Quest of Boundary’ – Documentary (Eng. Subtitle)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 14, 2012

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Magnitude 6.8 quake with epicenter in Sikkim

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 18, 2011

Intensity of Earthquake. Source:USGS

Nepal: 5 died, 27 injured. British embassy compound wall collapsed in Kathmandu.

Earthquake Details

  • This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.
Magnitude 6.9
Location 27.723°N, 88.064°E
Depth 19.7 km (12.2 miles)
Distances 68 km (42 miles) NW of Gangtok, Sikkim, India
119 km (73 miles) NNW of Shiliguri, West Bengal, India
272 km (169 miles) E of KATHMANDU, Nepal
572 km (355 miles) N of Kolkata (Calcutta), West Bengal, India
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 13.5 km (8.4 miles); depth +/- 3.5 km (2.2 miles)
Parameters NST=344, Nph=348, Dmin=371.8 km, Rmss=1.21 sec, Gp= 22°,
M-type=”moment” magnitude from initial P wave (tsuboi method) (Mi/Mwp), Version=C
  • Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Event ID usc0005wg6
  • Did you feel it? Report shaking and damage at your location. You can also view a map displaying accumulated data from your report and others.

15 minutes ago: NEW DELHI (Reuters) – A magnitude 6.8 earthquake hit a remote area in northeastern India on Sunday evening, killing at least two people and damaging buildings and blocking roads, as well as killing four in neighboring Nepal, officials said.

One child died in Sikkim state, the epicenter of the earthquake, and another person died in Bihar state as a result of a stampede sparked by the quake, CNN-IBN broadcaster said.

The Himalayan region is prone to landslides and many high-rise buildings have come up in Sikkim’s mountain towns over the last few years of economic boom. There were concerns that the toll could rise as information arrived from remote areas.

In neighboring Nepal, four people died.

“Four people were injured when a wall collapsed after the quake. All of them were rushed to hospital but 3 died during treatment,” said Kedar Rijal, the chief of Kathmandu police.

Several buildings collapsed in Sikkim’s capital Gangtok, and widespread power cuts were reported across the northeastern state, television channels said.

There were also reports of landslides in Sikkim and West Bengal state. Read the rest of this entry »

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NEW DELHI: GJM National Committee members visit Delhi, Haryana and Uttarakhand

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 4, 2011


The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha since its inception has always pledged on bringing Gorkhas across the nation on the same platform and have stressed upon uniting Gorkhas residing in various parts of the country. Within 46 months, GJM has been mostly successful in achieving this feat as it has its Sakhas (branches) spread across North-Eastern states, Delhi, Uttarkhand, Hyderabad, Kolkota, Jharkhand and Sikkim. The Gorkhaland Territorial Administration bill was successfully passed in the Assembly yesterday and it will start working towards development of the Gorkhaland area, but the movement of the separate state of Gorkhaland will alongside continue on the National level. The GJM founder-president Mr. Bimal Gurung has always reiterated that the main goal of the organization is achieving the separate state of “Gorkhaland” and hence, he will not rest till it is achieved. Read the rest of this entry »

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Buddhist Teachings

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 16, 2011

Buddhism is a philosophy of life expounded by Gautama Buddha (“Buddha” means “enlightened one”), who born in Lumbini, Nepal in the 6th Century B.C. The Buddha was not a god and the philosophy of Buddhism does not entail any theistic world-view. The teachings of the Buddha are aimed solely to liberate sentient beings from suffering.

The Basic Teachings of Buddha which are core of Buddhism are-

The Three Universal Truth
The Four Noble Truth
The Noble Eightfold Path

In Buddhism, the law of karma, says “for every event that occurs, there will follow another event whose existence was caused by the first, and this second event will be pleasant or unpleasant according as its cause was skillful or unskillful.” Therefore, the law of Karma teaches that responsibility for unskillful actions is born by the person who commits them.

After his enlightenment, he went to the Deer Park near the holy city of Benares and shared his new understanding with five holy men. They understood immediately and became his disciples. This marked the beginning of the Buddhist community. For the next forty-five years, the Buddha and his disciples went from place to place in India spreading the Dharma, his teachings. Their compassion knew no bounds, they helped everyone along the way, beggars, kings and slave girls. At night, they would sleep where they were; when hungry they would ask for a little food.  Read the rest of this entry »

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ANGLO-NEPAL War with East India Company

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 15, 2011

By Mira

ANGLO-NEPAL WAR (Gorkha &; British East India Company war):-
By the end of the 18th century, the British East India Company was firmly established in India. The East India Company had occupied almost all the princely States of India. They were looking for an opportunity to enter Nepal. The British were welcomed to Nepal during the Malla rulers. But Prithvi Narayan Shah did not allow them to stay in Nepal and a troop of British soldiers under the command of General Kinloch was badly defeated by the army of Prithvi Narayan Shah at Sindhuli in 1765 A.D. So, the British were aware of the strength and courage of the Gorkha soldiers. During the regency period of Bahadur Shah, East India Company put forward a proposal that the British might be allowed to trade in the boarder areas between Nepal and Tibet. But Bahadur Shah rejected that proposal. In 1792 A.D., a commercial treaty was concluded between Nepal and British India, but that was not enforced. Later, when Rana Bahadur Shah was in Banaras, Damodar Pande concluded a commercial treaty in 1801 A.D. That treaty did not favour British interest. East India Company always tried to maintain friendly relations with Nepal.
The East India Company wanted to trade in Tibet. The only way to Tibet was through Nepal and Nepal would never allow the British to go to Tibet through her territory. Moreover, giving permission to the British to go to Tibet through Nepal meant loosing her own market, i.e., Tibet. In such a situation, the East India Company thought to threaten Nepal with war.
Another reason for British aggression to Nepal was that they wanted to reside in cool and healthy hill stations like Dehradun, Kumaon, Shimla and Darjeeling. These places were under Nepal at that time. But the immediate cause of the war was annexation of Shiva Raj and Butwal to Nepal in 1806 A.D. For some time there were meetings and talks to settle the disputes over Shiva Raj and Butwal. Ultimately, in 1814 A.D. the East India Company declared war against Nepal.  Read the rest of this entry »

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SIKKIM: Dalai Lama to Open Science and Spirituality Conference

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 8, 2010

Dharamshala: Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama will visit four areas of North- eastern states of India, Sikkimand West Bengal, December 12-24, 2010, at which time His Holiness will offer lectures on world peace, teachings of Buddhism, confer empowerment, participate in a conference on Brain and Mind, and take part in long life prayer offering ceremonies. His Holiness will also give the inaugural address at the conference on science and spiritualism to host by the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Sikkim.

The Brain and Mind conference is expected to lay the foundations of Sikkim’s efforts to formally introduce moral and ethical subjects in the school curriculum, said a media release by Pema Wangchuk Dorjee, the NIT’s media consultant for the seminar.

“The inauguration of the conference by His Holiness is apt because he has always evinced a keen interest in science, and drawing from his advanced understanding of theosophical matters, often commented that science and spiritualism are not contradictory to each other and could in fact collaborate to explain things more completely. His Holiness is a leading proponent of Mind and Life Sciences and has consistently reiterated that complete education requires a sound rooting of students in spiritualism and the concepts of morality and ethics,” the release said. Read the rest of this entry »

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Railways in Tibet Mount Everest is singing for joy – Everyone else is worried

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 8, 2010

The Economist

“MOUNT EVEREST is singing for joy and the Brahmaputra River swirling with happiness”. Or so says an official Chinese newspaper (using the Tibetan names, Qomolangma and the Yarlung Tsangpo). After much delay, China has started to extend its controversial railway line in Tibet that will draw more tourists to the mountain and boost trade with South Asia. How happy the outcome will be is not so clear.

Planning for the 253km (157-mile) line from the Tibetan capital, Lhasa, to the region’s second city, Shigatse, began in 2002, four years before Lhasa itself was connected to China’s railway network. The authorities appear not have been deterred by the problems that the railway brought to Lhasa. A tourism boom and a flood of immigrants from China’s interior contributed to an explosion of unrest among embittered Tibetans in March 2008. The launch ceremony in Lhasa of the $2 billion extension on September 26th was celebrated by dancing children in elaborate Tibetan costumes. Chinese television said the line would be of “great significance for the strengthening of ethnic unity”. Read the rest of this entry »

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SIKKIM: Sikkim Aiming to Be Poverty Free

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 24, 2010

Asam Tribune

GANGTOK, June 23: The State Government has set the target to make Sikkim the first-ever Poverty Free State of the country within the next four years. A comprehensive programme, involving all the Government departments will be undertaken for the purpose with special thrust on the poverty-stricken villages.

This was announced by the Chief Minister Pawan Chamling in the Assembly yesterday. He was replying to the general discussion on the Budget in the House. 

Chamling asserted that his Government is working for the overall development of the villages under the Village Development Action Plan. He said that each village will be provided with all the basic infrastructure. 

Referring to the proposed Kisan Bazars at District and Development Block levels, the Chief Minister said that these will be important channels of reaching the produces of the villages to the national and international markets, equipped with facilities like playgrounds, community centres, etc. He revealed that the Government plans to set up community centres in each of the Gram Panchayats. 

Reiterating his Government’s resolve to convert Sikkim into a fully Organic State by the year 2015, Chamling stressed that this will require a trained manpower of at least 1,000 persons.

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SIKKIM: Sikkim declared smoke-free State

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 7, 2010


GANGTOK, June 6: In a landmark development, Sikkim was declared as a smoke-free State on the World No Tobacco Day recently. With this, the State has become the first State in the entire country to declare itself smoke-free.

Making a formal declaration to this effect at a function to mark the World No Tobacco Day at the Forest Conference Hall here, State Health Minister D N Thakarpa described it as a great achievement of the SDF Government which will have a significant impact on the health and economy of the State.

He revealed that four-fifth of deaths in Sikkim is due to non-communicable diseases and tobacco is the most important preventable cause of death. Thakarpa informed that even among communicable diseases Tuberculosis is one of the major killer diseases which has strong association with smoking as the smokers suffer three times more from TB and their death rate too is three to four times higher.

The function was organised jointly by the Health department and the Voluntary Health Association of Sikkim (VHAS) in collaboration with Union South East Asia, UATLD.

Asserting that Sikkim has made great progress in implementation of Smoke free Laws which Read the rest of this entry »

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Nepal Deadlock Beore Deadline

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 20, 2010

Nepal is on the verge of losing another opportunity to fulfil the mandate of its troubled transition from monarchy to republic. The deadline for adopting a new constitution, meant to formalise the conclusion of the civil war and enshrine a multi-party democracy, runs out on May 28 with no signs the bitterly divided power players can reach an agreement.

The passing of the deadline could well mean the final act of the slow and inexorable frittering of new hope generated by the elections of 2008. The Constituent Assembly would have run out of term and failed its given task of framing a constitution. The political parties would remain in angry deadlock over differences. The nation itself would be confronted by an unprecedented constitutional crisis few in the citizenry would have bargained for when they voted for a “New Nepal” two summers ago. Read the rest of this entry »

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