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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Earthquake Prediction by Tiempe

Earth Sensitive quake predictions

For Monday, 25 June 2007.




LEGEND for OVERVIEW: Size = My surety of area for quake.
Red Circle = Probable quake to STRONG quake.
Triangle = Very Strong/Stronger quake (Usually takes extra days).
Blue Circle, etc. = Uncertainty of symptom area for probable quake

Places to watch.

Good luck to all.

For Monday, 25 June 2007.
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NORWAY BASIN area (66.56 -1.24)

Quinghai, China area (33.76N 91.24E)

SIKKIM, INDIA (27.37N 88.19E)
(Indication of depth - STRONG)

Guadalupe Victoria, Mexico
(Medium)

Italy

Utah

India-Pakistan Border Region
(27.84N 71.50E)

Azores to Strait of Gibraltar area

South Atlantic Ocean (12.45S 21.01W)

BONIN ISLANDS, JAPAN, REGION
(26.62N 142.90E)

NEAR THE COAST OF YEMEN
(12.30 N 44.56E) (Second day
symptom - STRONG)

Kuril Islands (46.78N 152.81E)
(Second day symptoms - Very Strong)

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Sikkim Express Memories


Sikkim Express Memories

Sarikah is the new Executive Editor of Sikkim Express in 2007.
I had the same post, though not as 'formalised' in 1987.
In those days, it was really just the Managing Editor Mr. Ram Patro [now deceased] and the Executive Editor [yours truly] who were the 'editorial staff'. There was Dhriba Gurung, who was the Editor and staff of the Nepali langauge side called 'Himali Bela'.
Sikkim Express was the first newspaper in the region to go 'offset'. There was an immense composing machine, a primitive comupter which would work on Wordstar commands. We were also the first in Sikkim to have an electronic typewriter on the golf-ball principle.
Sikkim Express was where I received my 'hands on' training in computers. I started on the princely sum of Rs 700 a month, upped to rs 900 two months later, and after six months, I was received the 'princely wage' of Rs 1400 plus a holiday Christmnas bonus which included a return flight to Patna!
I believe that Mr Ram Patro's son, who was an impish little boy at the time has taken over as Managing Editor.
I'm sure that Sarikah is going to breathe life andfire into thepblication.
She was recently given an award by the Sikkim Government.

http://fragbows2.blogspot.com/2007/06/sikkim-express-memories.html
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Mahendra P. Lama hasn’t yet been appointed as VC

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Gangtok, 20 June: Though Mahendra P. Lama has been appointed as the vice chancellor of Sikkim Central University in principal but yet he hasn’t been appointed officially, this has been disclosed by the Human Resource Development Minister, G.M.Gurung.

Minister Gurung speaking to the Mail, said that the for being vice chancellor there need so many official formalities, such as the a body would be made in the University to recommended Vice chancellor officially besides the union government again should intimate to the body for the appointment of V.C. “Actually, the President under the recommendation of Union Government has only recommended Mahendra P. Lama not appointed.” Gurung clarified.

Speaking on the location of the University, Gurung said the government had at first thought at Timi Tarku, but there didn’t become feasible because there were short of land. “For the university there need more 250 Acre for its but at Timi Tarku the land is less than 200 Acre.” he said.

It should be mentioned a fact-finding team from the Centre had already visited the different places of Sikkim for the suitable location of the university. He further said, there is possibility at YangYang but yet that hasn’t been finalized. The government also is thinking to run the university at Sikkim Government College by making some modifications. However, through the statement of Minister the government hasn’t arrived in any decision to make the university where?

We are trying our level best to arrive in a decision after consulting with the University Grant Commission and the Union Government, Minister Gurung said.

Mahendr P. Lama, who now teaches at Jawaharlal Nehru University, the primier university of Asia, as the professor of Economics Department, would be the youngest vice chancellor of India after his appointed at Sikkim Central University. In 2000, he joined JNU as associated professor. He is also the economic advisor of the Chief Minister.
http://www.sikkimtimes.com/News/Mahendra-P-Lama-vc.html
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Shri C.D. Rai re-elected as President of Press Club, Shri Bhim Rawat won back his post


The 3rd General Election of Press Club of Sikkim was held on June 23 in which Shri C.D. Rai, an octogenarian senior journalist re-elected as the President of Press Club of Sikkim for third consecutive term. Out of 79 votes cast, Shri C.D. Rai secured 48 votes, while Mrs. Santosh Nirash another septuagenarian journalist secured 30 votes. For the three post of Vice-Presidents, Miss Hemlatta Gurung secured 65 votes followed by Shri Ranjit Gurung 62 votes, Radha Pradahn 39 votes, Shri M.B. Limboo 38 votes and Mrs. Riti Pradhan 14 votes respectively. Miss Hemlatta Gurung, Shri Ranjit Gurung and Mrs. Radha Pradhan elected for the post of vice-presidents. In the post of General Secretary, Shri Bhim Rawat defeated Shri Hemanta Giri by the margin of 43 votes. Shri Rawat secured 61 votes while Giri secured only 17 votes. In the three post of Joint Secretaries, Suman Gajmer secured 63 votes, Suren Mohara 56 votes, Mingma Bhutia 49 votes and C.B. Chhetri 37 votes. Shri C.B. Chhetri was defeated while three others elected for the posts. In the post of Treasurer, Shri Paras Mani Dungyal defeated Pabitra Bhandari. Shri Dungyal secured 48 votes while Pabitra secured 30 votes only. In the post of Publicity Secretary, Shri Homnath Dawarhi secured 55 votes while Shri Pranaya Lamichaney secured only 24 votes. The election committee chairman Shri Subash Deepak announced the result of the election before the members present in the election. Shri Milan Subba, Under Secretary was present as an observer from Information and Public Relations Department.

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SDF VISION ON SAMPOORNA KRANTI DIWAS: REVOLUTION FOR ALL-ROUND DEVELOPMENT


GANGTOK, June 22: The Sampoorna Kranti Diwas was observed by Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) party today in all constituencies of the state with the intention of ushering a fresh revolution of welcome changes and development in this tiny Himalayan state.

Sampoorna Kranti Diwas for Rumtek constituency was held at Ranipool Tata Stand witnessing congregation of SDF party workers of the same constituency with area MLA Menlom Lepcha as the chief guest.

Addressing the occasion today, Menlom Lepcha said, revolution simply does not mean a physical revolt but signifies a rebellion in the mind and the characters of an individual. “A revolution is setting optimistic and innovative ideas to lead the society for significant improvements”, Mr Lepcha said.

Opining Chief Minister Pawan Chamling as a revolutionary leader in building a newer and all-round better Sikkim, the area MLA invited every individual from the masses to join hands in accompanying Sikkim to newer heights of development. “All party members should work with dedication following principle of the party without any self vested interest”, he said.

Calling himself as mere servant elected to serve the people, Menlom Lepcha brought into the notice that more and newer aspects of self employment should be explored by the young generation rather seeking government jobs. Thereby he also brought into the youth’s notice that several central and state government self-employment schemes have came up urging both educated and uneducated youths to grab benefits of it.

Lakhit Gurung, Zillah Panchayat member emphasised the rights and privileges provided by SDF government ever since receiving mass mandate for the people of Sikkim. “It’s under SDF’s umbrella that we, women breathe freely and live with full dignity” she opined.

Likewise, Damber Dahal, the Vice Convenor, East district said there can be no alterative for SDF party that has earned much popularity together with tremendous love and support from the people.

The Sampoorna Kranti Diwas was also observed for Gangtok constituency at Hotel Mayur with the concerned area MLA as chief guest of the occasion. Others who attended the function were Dorjee Namgyal, KN Paljor, active politician, CC Sangderpa, Chairman of State pollution board, Subadhra Rai, Chairman of State Women Commission, DB Thatal and others.

Ms Meena Tamang, Panchayat (Arithang) mentioning June 22 as a historic moment in Sikkim’s politics, and accentuated that a revolution should also come at the bureaucrats’ level. “A revolution of good public dealing and a revolution of finishing public works more efficiently and diligently, that what is the demand of the day”, she opined.

The area MLA on his part said, a revolution should not only be confined with celebration but practically enacted by each individual of the society. He urged that all private firms and companies that had set up its outlets in the capital should depute the local uneducated youths.

The function today at Hotel Mayur also saw a brief campaign to continue voting for Prashant Tamang at the Indian Idol by Dorjee Namgyal. A brief function was also held today at the SDF party head office at Indira bye-pass.

As like several parts of the state observing Sampoorna Kranti Diwas, the Sikkim Democratic Front party today marked the day at Rangpo Bazaar presided by area MLA and Minister for Agriculture & Horticulture, Somnath Poudyal who thanked the people of Sikkim for their insight and support in commemorating Sampoorna Kranti Diwas.

“Developmental activities in Sikkim are in rapid progress. Our Chief Minister has extended great opportunities before us by announcing this belt Industrial Zone, the potential of which our youth should seize”, Poudyal said.

During the occasion today, two veteran supporters of the Sikkim Pradesh Congress Committee and Sikkim Gorkha Prajatantrik Party, namely Omaram Chettri and GS Poudyal joined the SDF party. Others to address the occasion at Rangpo today were Dr DP Kharel, the Vice-President SDF and the party’s Youth Secretary GM Gurung.

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STDC SIGNS MOU FOR TOURISM INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT

GANGTOK, June 22: The Sikkim Tourism Development Corporation has signed a Memorandum of Understanding on development of tourism related infrastructure in the State.

The MoU was signed between Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS) represented by RK Mathur, Advisor, and LB Chettri, Chief Executive Officer on the behalf of Sikkim Tourism Development Corporation (STDC) here today in the presence of GP Upadhaya, Commissioner-Cum-Secretary, Tourism Department, officials of the Tourism Department and executives of the IL&FS.

The STDC and IL&FS would be selecting areas for Tourism Infrastructure Development in Sikkim under the Public – Private – Partnership – format. Initial targeted areas for development are ropeways connecting places of tourist importance, development of air connectivity in the State, high end hotel projects, high end tourist resorts and medium range hotels.

A Project Development Committee which will be constituted with equal members from STDC and IL&FS will select projects based on feasibility reports both short term and long term.

A corpus will be created with contribution from both Sikkim Tourism Development Corporation & Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services by earmarking out of the North East Tourism Project Development Fund to be managed by North East Tourism Development Company Pvt.Ltd.

The Infrastructure Leasing & financial Service will be providing oversight in managing the entire process spanning projects Identification, Project Development, Project management, Proposal Preparation and Promotion of industrials Development. The IL&FS shall mobilized financial resources from Private Sectors/ Markets for identified projects on behalf of the Operations /Contracts /State Government and it-self also contribute to co-financing arrangement for the project development.

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Friday, June 22, 2007

Shivajee Chandrabhushan’s Frozen goes to Toronto Film Festival


First-time filmmaker Shivajee Chandrabhushan’s 107-minute, black and white film, Frozen (Hindi/Ladakhi), is going to Toronto Film Festival 2007 in the Discovery Section, the festival’s only competition section, tailored for emerging filmmakers from around the world.

The film, which has in its cast Danny Denzongpa, Gauri, Shilpa Shukla, Angchuk, Anuradha Boral and Yashpal Sharma, explores displacement of people. The filmmaker, a 35-year-old Mumbai-based photographer born and brought up in Delhi, explains why he chose to make the film sans colour.

“We chose Ladakh as the backdrop and landscape is stark. We shot in winter where there is no green anywhere. We wanted that look since it goes with the film’s name, Frozen, which is symbolic of the mind of the people who are running under threat of being displaced with an army setting up camp at their place,” says the director who is a trekker. The movie has been filmed in Stakmo, which is an hour’s drive from Leh.

“Cameron Bailey, the programmer of the festival, saw the film a week ago and approached us,” informs Chandrabhushan, who also produced the almost Rs 4-crore film.

The film is the journey of a father and his son and daughter, seen through the daughter’s eyes. Danny plays the father. The director says it is Danny’s 150th film. And why did the veteran do it?

“He loved the script and when I showed him the pictures of the locales he was sold,” says the filmmaker. Frozen was shot last year in February, over 34 days at an average height of 15,000 ft above sea level, informs Chandrabhushan.

The film was processed at Deluxe Lab in Los Angeles, from where final prints will come. “The film was shot in colour and was digitally intermediated to black and white. It was finally printed on black and white stock so we got the tonality we needed,” says Chandrabhushan.

The filmmaker is depending on the festival route and hopes to invite distributors after some publicity is generated.

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Thursday, June 21, 2007

GOVERNOR STRESSES ON SIKKIM'S RAILWAY NEED AT NEC SUMMIT

GANGTOK, June 20: The Governor V Rama Rao on June 19 attended the 6th Summit of North Eastern Council on Railway Connectivity at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi, chaired by the Union Minister of DONER and Chairman of North Eastern Council, Mani Shankar Aiyer.

The 6th Summit of North Eastern Council was attended by Governors and Chief Ministers of North Eastern states, members of the NEC and senior officers from Planning Commission, Finance Ministry, Home Ministry, Railway Board and NEC states.

Addressing the summit, Governor V Rama Rao drew attention to the fact that Sikkim has been waiting for rail connectivity ever since its merger with Indian Union in 1975. He highlighted the tremendous constraints faced by Sikkim in accessing the mainland with only one road passing through a politically sensitive area of the neighboring state.

Observing that railway projects are being taken up even in areas where there are security problems, he informed the summit that Sikkim is the most peaceful state in the country and railways should be keen to do something in the state. “The project for Sikkim could be taken up in the normal budget of the Railways and not as an additional”, Rao said further emphasising that the railway line should be from New Jalpaiguri to Nathula.

The Governor is also said to take up important pending matters with the government of India during his stay at New Delhi and expected to return Gangtok on June 26.

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DUMP GARBAGE ON THE ROADSIDE AND BE PENALISED

GANGTOK, June 20: Be careful before you decide to dumb your garbage on the roadside during the night.

You may just end up being roughed up by the cops and fined for this act.

The Sadar Thana Police have challaned 67 individuals found guilty of dumping their wastes on the road especially at night time under the cover of darkness in the last one week.

Cops both in uniform and in plain clothes have taken a new role these days-that of nabbing opportunist Gangtokians sneaking in the dead of the night and casually dumping all their day’s garbage right on the roads.

This callous practice was uncovered by the cops during the course of their night patrolling duty. Dumping the garbage on the roadsides, along the 31 National Highway and the arterial roads in the Capital seem to be the easy way out for most Gangtokians, faced with rudimentary garbage disposal and management practices and system in place. It is left for the safaikarmacharis deployed by the Urban Development and Housing Department to clear off the waste during the wee hours of the morning on a daily basis.

An officer in the Sadar Thana said that despite garbage pick-up trucks being made available by the UD&HD every morning for the local populace to drop off garbage in the morning, some people rather than waiting for the truck, find it convenient to dispose the garbage on the roadsides.

The dumped garbage along the roads during the nights get carried away by rainwater to the nearby drains and jhoras which eventually lead to blockage of the drains and accumulation of filth on the jhoras.

Those caught on the wrong side of the law and challaned by the Sadar Thana Police on behalf of the UD&HD are later produced before the judicial magistrate fined Rs 50 as a penalty.

Meanwhile, those faced with no choice but to dump the garbage on the roadsides blame the UD&HD machinery for failing to reach all areas to clear off the garbage at regular intervals.

Officials from UD&HD refused to comment on the issue, saying that only the head of the Department is entitled to speak to the Press.

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LEPCHAS OF DZONGU BEGINS INDEFINITE HUNGER STRIKE

Affected citizens to continue their protect until all hydro-electric power projects in Dzongu are stopped and others in the State reviewed

GANGTOK, June 19: Members of the Affected Citizens of Teesta (ACT), Concerned Lepchas of Sikkim (CLOS) and the Sangha of Dzongu began their indefinite hunger strike at the BL House here from today, protesting against the arbitrary sanctioning of mega hydel power projects in the State, especially in North Sikkim by the State Government.

Three members-Dawa Lepcha and Tshering Ongdup Lepcha of ACT and Tenzing Gyatso Lepcha of CLOS began their Satyagraha and indefinite hunger strike in front of the BL House, in an effort to draw the attention of the State Government to the long-term implications of mega hydro-electric power projects especially in the Dzongu area of North Sikkim.

This decision to go on this hunger strike has been prompted by total the lack of empathy shown by the State Government towards the concerns of the affected people over the mega hydel power projects planned in the State.

“The decision of the State Government to give the green signal to over 14 mega hydel power projects in North Sikkim without taking its larger environment and social implications into consideration is totally wrong,” Dawa Lepcha said.

“The double standards of the State Government is revealed in the fact that while on one hand, it has accorded primitive tribes status to the Lepchas of the State, on the other hand, it has plans to take away the very land and indigenous culture of the people is claims it is protecting,” Mr. Lepcha said.

Six projects have been planned in the Dzongu area alone, out of which, survey has been conducted for the 260 MW Panang project and the project already awarded to a private consortium.

“The Lepchas and their distinct culture and social fabric are being threatened by these projects. The Environment Impact assessment (EIA) done by the Centre for Inter-disciplinary Studies of Mountain & Hill Environment (CISMHE) for the Panang project does not mention anything about the Lepcha tribes, save for a single line, under social and anthropological assessment. This shows utter disregard for the Lepcha people and their very survival,” Mr. Lepcha said.

The affected people of Dzongu has demanded a stop to all the projects planned in the Dzongu area in North Sikkim and review all the other projects in the pipeline in the rest of the State. It has also demanded restoration and protection of the true identity of Dzongu and protection of the environment and ecology and the Khangchendzonga National park and Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve. It has also voiced its protest against the decision of the State Government to go ahead with the Teesta Stage III project in Chungthung in North Sikkim.

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Mother’s loved ones

Mother’s loved ones

The Lepchas are an endangered indigenous peoples whose identity is under threat from the dominant religions and peoples

Deepak Roy Delhi
The Lepcha are the aboriginal inhabitants of Sikkim wedged between the kingdoms of Nepal and Bhutan but they have become a minority in their own tribal homelands. These people were described in old British sources as forest dwelling "fairy worshippers", and remain a fascination for anthropologists.

The term Lepcha is a mispronunciation of Lap-chea name given to them by Nepali migrants. The Lepchas, however refer to themselves as Rongpas, ravine-dwellers in their own tongue and also as Mutanchi Rongkup, or " Mother's loved ones". The Lepchas are said to be original inhabitants of Sikkim. They existed much before the Bhutias and Nepalis who migrated to the state. Before adopting Buddhism or Christianity they are known as the believers in the bone faith or mune faith. This faith was basically based on spirits, good and bad.
Li or a traditional house of the Lepchas is built on a raised platform with a height of four-five feet on multiple wooden pillars. These pillars are just kept on stones over the ground without masonry work. The upper part is dovetailed with wooden bars. In the past, the builders of Lepcha houses devised this engineering feat to make their shelters earthquake-resistant. It is said that the last indigenous hut of the Lepchas was built two hundreds ago. The Lepchas are like magicians when work with bamboo and cane. This craftsmanship is at the verge of extinction

The cane bridges hanging over quick-flowing streams also testify to the superb craftsmanship of the Lepchas. Swaying precariously over roaring white waters, cane bridges, are often the only means of moving from one place to another. To erect such a bridge over the fast flowing waters needs engineering knowledge of high order.

Lepcha households follow a patriarchal family system, with the adult male as the head of the household. Among Lepchas, all property, either moveable or immovable, belongs to the male head of household. Women have no legal right to family property. However, women and girls are given gifts and assets including livestock, utensils, ornaments, land if the household is wealthy and other goods, which they may take with them after marriage. Lepchas are polygamous. They are free to choose their partners. The families and clans bind themselves in obligation to supply mutual nuptial requirements for those who are already bound, as well as for those who are still unattached.

Anthropologically, Lepchas are an aboriginal people whose roots lie much deeper than the history of Sikkim. The majority of the Lepchas practise the tantric form of Mahayana Buddhism that became popular in the 16th century. Tibetans began to settle in Sikkim. Lepchas who were natives of Sikkim were probably converted to Buddhism by Tibetan lamas. The Tibetan migration in early 17th century led the Rongs to shift their habitats so as to avoid conflict. Meanwhile the struggle and conflicts among the followers of the "Yellow Hats" and the "Red Hats" in Tibet forced the latter to seek refuge in Sikkim, where they attained the status of aristocrats. Being aggressive they occupied lands, which were not registered by the Lepchas.

These Tibetan migrants are the Bhutias as they came to be known who were followers of the sect of “Red Hats” now tried to convert these Sikkimese "worshippers of nature" to Buddhism. They succeeded to some extent, though the Lepchas tried to keep themselves aloof as far as possible. In order to avoid any possible opposition from the Lepchas, these immigrants now chose a venerable person, Phuntsok Namgyal, as the temporal and spiritual leader of Sikkim.

In the early 19th century, the British wanted to gain access to Tibet. Sikkim supported them and in return regained the Nepali-occupied territories. By 1817, Sikkim became a de facto protectorate of Britain. In the year 1835 the British East India Company obtained Darjeeling from Sikkim. Subsequently the military defeat of Sikkim resulted in the Anglo-Sikkimese Treaty of 1861, which established Sikkim as a princely state under the British paramount. The British were given rights of free trade and to build roads through Sikkim to Tibet. During this time only Christian missionaries started to work among the tribes in Sikkim. These missionaries converted a considerable numbers of Lepcha families in to Christianity.

To understand the true significance of the Lepchas’ nature worship, one has to know the divinity of the “Long Chok” or the upright stones that the Lepchas use in every act of venerating, worshipping, and invoking the gods, in appeasing the devils and demons, and in sanctifying worldly acts. It has emanated from the original “Big Stone”, the Mount Kanchenjunga, the eternally pure white, awe-inspiring, inexplicable structure that they see constantly standing before them. It provides them with a tangible shape for the conception of god.

According to the Lepcha sacred beliefs the high priests and priestess, Bongthings and Muns are emissaries of the Mother Creator on the earth. In the past they needed to be present in all the rituals of the Lepchas. Their prime function is to appease the gods and demons through earthly offerings. Among the Lepchas, knowledge is sacred, secret and the prerogative of a select group. The shamans were the keepers and custodians of Lepcha culture and knowledge. The contemporary disappearance of the shaman has become the metaphorical expression of their loss of identity.

Life of the Lepchas is based on tradition, which has its taproot in localised knowledge, which is zealously guarded and kept alive because it is embodied in the ritualistic life cycle of the Lepchas.

About 65,000 Lepchas live in Sikkim. Some also live in neighboring Bhutan and Nepal and also in adjoining state of West Bengal.

In recent times, the Lepchas have become a minority in their own homeland. They are gradually being assimilated into the dominant Nepali culture prevailing in Sikkim Himalaya. It is unfortunate that in spite of the fact that the Lepchas have an evolved linguistic system, most Lepchas cannot speak in their mother tongue. Their indigenous knowledge base is in peril.

The Lepchas are divided by political boundaries belonging to minority tribes in three different countries and being governed by different administrative system. Therefore Lepchas’ social and cultural progress is guided by separate set of rules and regulations. The Lepchas have formed associations to raise local issues and vent the grievances of their people. One such organisation is the self-financed Darjeeling Lepchas Association at Kalimpong, West Bengal.

Recently, the state government of Sikkim has accorded the status of primitive tribe to the Lepchas residing in Sikkim in response to a demand made by Sikkim Lepcha Association and its allies.

Unlike other tribal languages of the Himalayas, the Lepcha have their own indigenous "Róng" or Lepcha script. The world's largest collection of old Lepcha manuscripts is kept at the library of University of Leiden, the Netherlands, with over 180 valuable Lepcha manuscripts.

While the Lepcha language is recognised as one of the eleventh state languages in Sikkim and it is taught in the schools and colleges in Sikkim, it is not officially included in the school curriculum in Bhutan, Nepal and West Bengal Today the Lepcha script is used in newspapers, magazines, textbooks, collections of poetry, prose and plays. But many important aspects of the Lepcha language and culture still remain to be discovered.

The Lepcha community is divided internally due to their differing religious affiliations. The attempt by the Lepcha community to rediscover their roots and the emergence of the shaman as the symbol of their revivalist movement has wider implications.

The author is a well-known filmmaker

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Everest 2007: Tashi Tenzing, grandson of Tenzing Norgay: The Summit Push is ON !


Update; Tashi called and the Summit push is a go! He has started climbing from ABC and expects to summit on the 14th.

Dispatches

Tashi spent his childhood in Darjeeling, the famed British hill station and tea growing area. He attended St Paul's School - a private boarding school in the strict British tradition. He made himself quite a name in the outdoor education field, excelling at distance and sprint running, soccer, cricket, gymnastics, karate, hockey and horse-riding as well as in more artistic pursuits such as oil painting and batik.

Tashi then went on to the University of New Delhi to gain a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. But his first love has always been the outdoors and, especially climbing. He was solely responsible for establishing the Delhi University Climbing Club and excelled at all the climbing and outdoor adventure course at the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute in Darjeeling. This Institute was established by his grandfather, , , after Everest to offer professional climbing instruction to all Indian people. It now has a great tradition and a successful history of expeditions to the great Himalayan peaks. Tashi graduated from HMI as an instructor and still sometimes takes courses there as a guest Instructor.

But since leaving University Tashi has been almost solely employed in leading trekking and climbing trips in the Nepal, Tibet, Pakistan, Kashmir, and Indian Himalaya. He has trekked widely in Nepal - especially the Everest area of course ! - in Kashmir and Ladakh and in the eastern Himalaya of Bhutan and Sikkim. Since his childhood he has emulated his grandfather's love of mountain exploration and he has managed to maintain this quest by researching and leading many new treks and expeditions. However the desire to climb Everest has always been in Tashi’s heart and his passion for this never waned. He knew one day his time would come. His elder brother, Sonam - a lawyer in Sydney - and elder sister, Yangzen – a teacher in Darjeeling - have not inherited Tenzing's love of climbing but they fully supported their younger brother's aspirations and had full confidence in his ability to maintain the family tradition.

In 1993 Tashi led the 40th Anniversary Everest Expedition to mark the 40th anniversary of the first successful expedition of his grandfather, Tenzing Norgay Sherpa. At last his dream seemed in reach but it was also important to him for the sake of his Sherpa people who supported him to the fullest in this bid. His team were successful, getting two members to the summit on May 10th. Sadly Tashi's uncle and climbing partner, Lobsang Tshering, fell to his death on the descent from the summit. Tashi missed the summit by just 400m having to turn back with snow blindness.

The Book: Tenzing Norgay & The Sherpas Of Everest
Tenzing Norgay's grandson, Tashi Tenzing, presents one of the great stories of mountaineering, the 1st summitting of Everest, from the Sherpa point of view: how it affected Tenzing; how it affected Sherpa life. Featuring a captivating blend of text &historical & personal photos from private family collections, they provide a glimpse of a sheltered world few have experienced, & even fewer have seen ...

However on May 23rd 1997 Tashi at last succeeded in reaching the summit of Everest - his life's dream fulfilled and the road now clear to take on new adventures. In 1998/99 he spent 9 months working for the Australian Antarctic Division at Mawson Station in the Antarctic and now plans to add guiding in this icy wilderness to his travel work. Tashi is married to an Australian, Judy, whom he met in Nepal where they both worked as trekking guides. They have a son, Pasang Gyalpo, aged 11 and a daughter, Dechen Lhamu, aged 7 years.

Tashi is now a successful business owner, author and mountain climber. He motivates corporations and organizations with his knowledge of the work ethic, focus and determination of his people, the Sherpas of Mount Everest. Organizations around the world use his keen insight as guide for refocusing their staff to achieve the ultimate business goal, completion of the job at hand. From the sales staff to the boardroom, your organization can benefit from Tashi Tenzing's lessons from the mountain.

more pictures are here.

Background: Tashi Tenzing is returning to Everest!

Good to hear from you . All is well - Tashi Tenzing expeditions party is 2 person only - Ms Klara Polackova - she is climbing with me or I am guiding her this time to fulfil her dreams of Everest - She climbed Cho Oyu with me last year and she is ready to hit Everest . I am going for the last time to climb my beloved Chomolungma from the Tibet side and its important to me as my family and my sherpa community started their climbing career and today there the sherpas are the masters of Everest . And not the least this climb is dedicated to the Nepalese people that we have peace and stability and may the people of nepal enjoy the prosperity and good future in the new govt. After so many years of un rest.

We leave for Lhasa tomorrow and will be spending about 6 days to acclimatised and then will be in base camp around 14 April and will start climbing from ABC about the 26 of April .

Will keep up posted from Lhasa. Tashi

Tashi was born in Darjeeling, India on 30 November, 1965 - youngest son of Pem Pem who is Tenzing Norgay's eldest daughter. Tenzing, with Sir Edmund Hillary, made the first ascent of Everest on 29th May 1953. Tashi's mother is also a climber. She was a member of the 1959 International Women's Expedition to Cho Oyu, in Nepal - the 7th highest mountain in the world - an expedition which ended tragically in the death of two climbers.

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