try opera mini mod, its a great java application for ur mobile …. u can save pages and pics with it …. and it has file explorer with it plus ftp manager …. havent us ed all the features … but its good application to have for people using gprs connection for browsing with their mobiles….
Month: November 2007
Gangtok, November 22: During the current financial year 2007-08, the Ministry of Tourism has released Rs. 4372 Lakhs for 18 projects (upto October, 2007) to Sikkim for development and creation of infrastructure at tourist destinations/circuits.
The details of the funds released for the projects to the Sikkim are Development of Assam Lingzey to Khedi Trek Route including other tourist infrastructure in East Sikkim Rs. 263.27 lakhs, Development of Community Park at Bojey and water Garden at Hee Pul under integrated Development of Tourism, West Sikkim Rs. 344.44 lakhs, Construction of flower show pavilion at Namchi in South Sikkim Rs 378.56 lakhs, Construction of Pony Track and other infrastructure at hanuman Tok, Tashi View point and Ganesh Tok, Gangtok, East Sikkim Rs 344.00 lakhs, Development of Car Park and meeting Hall at Samdruptse in , South Sikkim Rs 269.40 lakhs, Construction of View Tower at Abkwakhaani and Foot Trail around Gantok, East Sikkim Rs 154.50 lakhs, Construction of Tourist Heritage Centre at Tek in South Sikkim Rs 87.72 lakhs, Development of Budeg Gadi (Fort) at Central Pandam in East Sikkim Rs 166.99 lakhs, Development of Buddhist tourist circuit along Chochen Pheri, East Sikkim Rs 177.89 lakhs, Construction of interpretation hall, Meditation Hall, Reception & Tourism Amenity block, Budha Statue, Sikkim Rs 349.00 Rs lakhs, Tourist Infrastructure under Jorethang Constituency in South Sikkim Rs 262.36 lakhs, Development of Nathula-Memencho-Kupup-Gnathang Tourist Circuit in East Sikkim Rs 363.44 lakhs, Development of lake and its surrounding at Gufa Dara, Hee Bermick, West Sikkim Rs 151.96 lakhs, Construction of Indian Himalayan Centre for Adventure and Eco-Tourism at Chemchey Phase-ii in South Sikkim Rs 311.63 lakhs, Development of Trekking Route from cabi to Tamzey including high altitude trek of Damboche Jaknthang and Thanguphu in North Sikkim Rs 305.87 lakhs, Tourist Reception Centre at Rangpo in East Sikkim Rs 362.73 lakhs, Village Chunbung rural tourism Rs 39.96 lakhs and Village Tingchim rural tourism Rs 38.97 lakhs.
By.Major General (retd) Ashok K Mehta, on Rediff.com
People have forgotten that India’s actual chicken’s neck lies along the 20km narrow Siliguri corridor formed by Nepal and Bangladesh. Staring ominously at the chicken’s neck is the Chinese dagger made by the strategic Chumbi valley whose two shoulders — one in Sikkim and the other in Bhutan — are personified in the majesty of Paunhuri and Chomulhari peaks that merge at the historic Sinchula Pass on the trijunction of China, Bhutan, and India.
This is also the tip of the dagger just 100km away from the Siliguri corridor and a rather China-friendly Bangladesh. From a military and operational context, Sikkim is closest to Lhasa. North Sikkim and the Chumbi salient — the gateway to the erstwhile trade route between Lhasa and Calcutta — offer India tactical and strategic military options against China, and vice-versa.
In 1911, Captain Francis Younghusband pioneered the invasion of Lhasa through the Chumbi valley fighting battles at Yatung and Gyantse. Till the late 1950s, Indian Army detachments were posted at Lhasa and Yatung, protecting the trademarks. Until two years ago, the owner of Gangtok’s Hotel Tashi Delek, Mr Hira Lal Lakhotia, whose parents came to Sikkim much before Younghusband, had a bank account in Yatung. Along with fellow Marwaris, they still own much of the businesses in Sikkim.
Hotel Tashi Delek is still by far the most popular and lies in the heart of Gangtok town. It commands a ringside view of Khangchendzonga (Kanchenjunga — land of five treasures), but has lost some of its old world charm due to the mushrooming jungle of concrete that has disfigured the skyline. Gangtok was once called the city of three hills and three white women: the American wife of the Chogyal on one hill, the British wife of the resident commissioner on the other, and the Belgian wife of the chief minister on the third hill.
These wives, local gossip said, ran Sikkim and made much of the history of the times.
It started nearly three centuries ago with the Bhutias coming from across Tibet and subjugating the original Lepcha inhabitants easily. The first Chogyal had hoped to consecrate his dynasty at Yuksom in east Sikkim, but destiny had chosen Gangtok.
In 1975, there was yet another takeover, this time organised by the itinerant immigrants from Nepal. On April 9, in a swift and sudden military operation that left many mental scars among the Bhutias especially, the Indian Army deployed on Nathu La and the watershed in Sikkim since 1963 took over the Chogyal’s palace by disarming the Royal Sikkim Guards, ironically officered by the Indian Army, and seizing the royal armoury.
The Chogyal was drinking his favourite Remy Martin when the commandant of the Royal Sikkim Guards, Lt Col K S Gurung, announced the surrender.
Mr John Lall and Sunanda K Datta Ray have written about 1975, but two stories can be added. First, that the officer leading the assault on the palace and the major defending the Chogyal were the Jagota brothers, one from the Jat Regiment and the other from the Gurkha Regiment. The two had orders to act in the best traditions of the Indian Army.
The second episode is about how the Chogyal, on learning that the Sikkimese guard at the main gate had been killed, wore his Indian Army uniform — he was honorary colonel of the 8 Gurkhas, walked to the palace gates, and saluted the slain soldier.
Several years later, repudiating the proposed construction of a controversial dam across the River Teesta, Chief Minister Nar Bahadur Bhandari noted, “Sikkim has peacefully merged with India, but we have no desire of being submerged by the Teesta.”
The institution of the Chogyal, though officially dismantled in 1975, has several admirers. Like the Shah kings in Nepal, the Chogyal for nearly 300 years, much longer than the monarchy in Nepal, had become the rallying point. His son, the new Chogyal, became a monk and spends much of his time in Kathmandu. Most of the Chogyal’s land and assets have been taken over by the government. The Nepalese worry that India might do a Sikkim on Nepal — dismantle the monarchy and assimilate the country.
Bordering north Bengal, Sikkim’s strategic assets and vulnerabilities forced it to enter the rough and tumble of the Indian mainstream, though some well-wishers of Sikkim believe it needs to be protected from India itself. Sikkim was admitted to the Northeast Council in 1999 and is savouring its benefits. Today it is the country’s most stable and secure frontline state, a model for social cohesion and security. It is the only border state without any palpable threat of insurgency or social disorder. The five lakh Sikkimese blend three cultures: Nepalese, Bhutia, and Lepcha.
Yet the Nepali-ness predominates, reviving fears from across the Singa-Lila range, which marks the 100km long western border with Nepal. Forty kilometres of this border are porous, the rest perennially snowbound.
The Royal Nepal Army’s crackdown against Maoists in the districts of Taplejung and Panchthari bordering Sikkim could force the Maoists into Sikkim, especially since barring the Chia-Bhanjyang post the rest of the border is unguarded. Units of the Special Services Bureau have not been deployed as required. Four companies of Sikkim’s lone India Reserve battalion are doing duty in Delhi. The other three were recently commissioned and could be deployed along 13 points on the border provided Delhi picks up the bill.
Maoists are known to have transited through Sikkim and some have even been picked up. But spotters and early warning drills at village level have deterred Maoists from coming in. Both Sikkim and North Bengal (Ghising-land) are acutely conscious of the security threat Maoists can pose to tourism and the gross national happiness of the predominant Nepalese community.
Sikkim has virtually a one-party system. Whichever the party in power, as the Sikkim Democratic Front now or Sikkim Sangram Parishad earlier, the ruling party enjoys brute majority and invariably supports whoever rules in Delhi. This has obvious drawbacks, but the Sikkimese prefer political stability for their development.
Sikkim is also trying to give development a regional focus, incorporating Nepal, Bhutan and north Bengal fashioned after the growth triangle. The new buzzword is revenue generation. The main assets are its compactness, water resources, eco-tourism, Danny Denzongpa and Baichung Bhutia.
There are hurdles too, the biggest being accessibility. NH31A, the road from the international airport at Bagdogra to Gangtok, passes through the Siliguri corridor. One single road in a questionable state of repair passes dangerously across Siliguri’s no-man’s land — the only land link to Sikkim and the rest of the Northeast via Tiger Bridge. A five-hour backbreaking journey is not the best way to reach Gangtok. Frequent bandhs by Ghising’s Gurkhas, like the Maoists next door, and avalanches add to the traveller’s woes. A super express highway linking Calcutta to Gangtok — and who knows, soon via Nathu La to Lhasa and a STOL airport, could alter the fortunes of Sikkim and north Bengal.
The central government could revive the proposal for reopening the ancient trade route to Tibet. Are the Chinese worried this could signal their de facto recognition of Sikkim as a part of India? The Chinese do not dispute the border with Sikkim. Are India’s security planners concerned that trade could open the back door to the Siliguri corridor?
The army opened Nathu La and Chagu Lake to tourists two years ago. For decades, this was considered strategic sacrilege. The Sikkimese have one other wish — the resolution of the stalemate over the succession of the 17th Karmapa and unlocking the padlock on the Rumtek monastery. This would be good for social harmony and tourism.
Sikkim’s wish list is not unreasonable. The watershed separating Chinese and Indian soldiers has been a historical barrier, instead of a gateway between two markets and two civilisations. Sikkim could soon flag off a rerun of the Younghusband Expedition from Jelep La to Lhasa.
As for the security of the Siliguri corridor, that can be left to the new presiding deity of Nathu La, the legendary and ubiquitous Baba Harbhajan Singh, who will have to forgo his annual leave during the campaigning season.
A heart wrenching appeal by a young Lepcha in support of his Vanishing Tribe, by: Uttam Lepcha,Gangtok.
Today the Lepchas are shattered – their tears mingle with the Teesta waters, their pleas echo in the mountains they worship.
We are the Lepchas, dwellers of the mountains or the ravine folk – the distressed natives of Sikkim, our homeland. Very soon they will call us history.
Why – yesterday they spoke of Human rights, the right to work, eat and live that befits a human. And today they say we have no right to keep our home as we plead it to be.
Yesterday, the Supreme Court had adjudged that we are the indigenous inhabitants of Sikkim; and today some are trying to flush us out of our last surviving home, our sacred land Dzongu.
They speak kind words (developmental purpose they say) while their motives are sinister. Yesterday they had assured that Dzongu was a protected reserve of the Lepchas, our emblem of origin and culture – our hallowed land. And today, in the cloak of development they are planning a series of dams to drown us all.
What is development when it costs lives?
Like Muslims have their Mecca, Christians their Vatican, Hindus their ‘Chaar Dham’ and Buddhists their ‘Bodh Gaya’, for us it is Dzongu our ultimate pilgrimage. Why don’t we have the right to keep it pure and unscarred like they do?
Our democratic government assures certain privileges for tribes – like tribal reserves to preserve tribes and their cultures. Dzongu was one yesterday, and today they’ve set their eyes on it.
All over the world governments protect tribes with facilities for their survival. Why – ours is now being snatched;
Even animals have sanctuaries, plants their bio-reserves. Propagation and protection programmes for endangered species are carried on all over the world to protect them from extinction – while we are being systematically pushed to extinction.
Dams do one good but more wrongs. They are environmentally hazardous, they displace people forcing them to poverty and landlessness – they are weapons of mass destruction. These numerous dams in Sikkim will finally spare none. Our rich bio-diversity will be submerged, our rich agricultural lands will be lost; it will displace all of us slowly at a time, it will in no way create jobs for us, it will bring in a lot of migrant labour who will finally encroach upon our lives and land. How many of us are indeed ready for jobs in these dams? Not even a handful. Ultimately all of us, the local citizens of Sikkim will be tossed away.
They saw the Narmada drown villages, displace people and shatter lives to generate billions of rupees for those who are already rich. Now they’ve realized that the Teesta could do the same and this time at the cost of Dzongu and Lepchas; in due course Sikkim and its people (Lepchas, Bhutias, Gorkhas, etc.).
To save our pious and once bountiful land many innocent children of the mountains have stepped forward. Some are on a fast onto death for over 150 days now, unmindful of their young lives and glaring future. But those hell bent in seeing the wads of notes have no regard for lives. They say that the development is meant for the state but are ready to massacre lives with little thought. Dawa Lepcha and Tenzing Lepcha are two of those who have refused to give in despite acute starvation threatening to wipe them out. Now in the local hospital, they still refuse to take in oral food and are kept breathing by being fed through the Ryle’s tube. They have taken a Gandhian step to express their genuine concern, not only for their tribe but also the environment; it is high time that every Sikkimese realized the desperate cry of these Lepcha youths and shared their concern for the Himalayas. In the long run, it is in the interest of all Sikkimese.
If the ambitious lot is allowed to encroach the Himalayan environment in such a greedy and ruthless manner, soon they will destroy the land and us too. Our brothers, friends and sympathizers in Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Kurseong, Siliguri and all over the country and the world, please accept our thanks and appreciation for your concern. Let us continue to support this desperate fight for life and justice. Yes, life and the mountains are more precious than such damaging projects. If our mountains live, so will we; we the Lepchas, the Bhutias, the Gorkhas and all; else it’s time for us to bid our final farewell.
With this I the undersigned appeal in high regards for the Lepcha Youths who are so genuinely fighting for survival not only in spirit but also physically.
After about a decade and a half of much deliberation, the UN has finally adopted the Resolution on the rights of indigenous people on the September 13, 2007 in its 107th plenary meeting.
Is it known to Sikkim?
As per history and the Supreme Court of India, the Lepchas are the original indigenous people of this land. They are entitled to the rights declared by the UN, as India is a signatory to this Declaration. Looking at the present scenario on Dzongu and the hydel power project development programme, it would be interesting to juxtapose some of the articles of the rights declared by the UN with the protest movement started by Affected Citizens of Teesta (ACT).
Indigenous peoples have the right to self determination. By virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.
States shall provide effective mechanisms for prevention of, and redress for:
b) Any action which has the aim or effect of dispossessing them of their land, territories or resources.
Indigenous peoples shall not be forcibly removed from their land or territories. No relocation shall take place without the free, prior and informed consent of the indigenous peoples concerned and after agreement on just and fair compensation and where possible, with the option of return.
Indigenous peoples have the right to maintain and develop their political, economic and social system or institutions, to be secure in the enjoyment of their own means of subsistence and development, and to engage freely in all their traditional and other economic activities.
Indigenous peoples have the right to determine and develop priorities and strategies for exercising their right to development. In particular, indigenous peoples have the right to be actively involved in developing and determining health, housing and other economic and social programmes affecting them and, as far as possible, to administer such programmes through their own institutions.
Indigenous people have the right to the land, territories and resources which they have owned, occupied or otherwise used or acquired.
Indigenous people have the right to the conservation and protection of the environment and the productive capacity of their land, territories and resources. States shall establish and implement assistance programmes for indigenous peoples for such conservation and protection, without discrimination
|Five Technology Decades|
The current decade is seeing technology driving us rather than the other way round—and we’re happy slaves
Those of us born around 1980 are fortunate: we witnessed the prime time of tech in the prime of our youth
The PC—as in “personal computer”—is what technology is first associated with. The ’80s was when “PC” began to mean “IBM PC”
So much happened in the ’70s that if we had to choose a “winner decade” from amongst the five we’re talking about, this would have to be it
It’s clichéd to say we live in a technologically advanced world, but just five decades ago, a mouse was only something a cat chased. It’s all zoomed by us—almost too fast
|Five Tech Shopping-Carts|
Every geek’s dream house has not just a top-of-the-line PC, but also all the gaming consoles and cool gadgets…
Gear for that tough journey
Goodies that make your personal computing experience more… personal
The stuff that keeps us going on and on and on
…that’s what comes to us first when we look at technology for leisure. Let’s take a look at some products out there that will guarantee a smile for you and the family
|Five Technologies That Fell Flat|
Voice recognition is a technology of the future. Problem is, it always has been a technology of the future!
Or how I learned to stop worrying and love the Document
..especially when you awaken from sweet, Virtual dreams
Are rulers different in different places? No? Then why is broad band so narrow in India
The promise of AI has been broken too many times. Will we ever get smart computers?
|Five Technology Desires|
I never want to bother with drivers or compatibility again. Ever!
I want to own a device that fits in my pocket and is as powerful as a laptop!
Will someone please give the Energizer Bunny a run for its money?
I just want a faster PC!
Why can’t computers read my mind?
|Five Tech Experts|
Donald J. MacDonald Vice President, Digital Home Group, Intel
Pat Gelsinger Senior Vice President General Manager, Digital Enterprise Group, Intel
Matthew Szulik CEO and Chairman Red Hat Inc.
Jon S. von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software ASA
“Within the next five years, we will see a profusion of activity on the Web evolve around Indian-language computing”
Some are empire builders. Others are hired guns. But if they truly have world-class oomph, they’re on Fortune’s subjective – yet really quite accurate – list of the most powerful businesspeople in the world.
They don’t make powermongers like they used to. The new breed of heavy hitters wields attraction rather than coercion. (More)
1. Steve Jobs Chairman and CEO, Apple
During the first two decades of his remarkable 30-year career, the Apple Inc. founder twice altered the direction of the computer industry. In 1977 the Apple II kicked off the PC era, and the graphical user interface launched by Macintosh in 1984 has been aped by every other computer since. Along the way Jobs conceived of “desktop publishing,” gave the world the laser printer, and pioneered personal computer networks. As a side gig he bankrolled Pixar, which fostered the development of the technology and a brand-new business model for creating computer-animated feature films.
Since returning to Apple in 1997, he has changed the dynamics of consumer electronics with the iPod, and persuaded the music industry, the television networks, and Hollywood to distribute their wares with the iTunes Music Store. With his hugely successful Apple Stores, he gave the big-box boys a lesson in high-margin, high-touch retailing. And this year, at the height of his creative and promotional powers, Jobs orchestrated Apple’s entry into the cellular telephone business with the iPhone.
That’s five industries that Jobs has upended – computers, Hollywood, music, retailing, and wireless phones. At this moment, no one has more influence over a broader swath of business than Jobs.
The charismatic Apple founder pioneered several industries, made an unrivaled comeback, and established a powerhouse brand, placing him at the top of Fortune’s 2007 Power 25 list. (More)
This is the full list, in the correct order:
01. Steve Jobs
02. Rupert Murdoch
03. Lloyd Blankfein
05. Warren Buffett
06. Rex Tillerson
07. Bill Gates
08. Jeff Immelt
10. A.G. Lafley
11. John Chambers
12. Li Ka-shing
13. Lee Scott
14. Lakshmi Mittal
15. Jamie Dimon
16. Mark Hurd
17. James McNerney
18. Marius Kloppers
19. Steve Schwarzman
20. Carlos Slim
21. Steve Feinberg
22. Indra Nooyi
23. Ratan Tata
24. Bob Iger
25. Bernard Arnault