Darjeeling: The Gorkha Janmukti Yuva Morcha (GJVM) started a postering campaign in the Hills of Darjeeling and Kalimpong in demand of Gorkhaland on Monday.”The mandate has been given for Gorkhaland. The BJP won both the Parliamentary and the Assembly bypolls in Darjeeling. People voted for Gorkhaland. Now the BJP cannot back out. “For the past two terms the BJP had won the parliament elections in Darjeeling on the Gorkhaland issue. “However, for the past 10 years the BJP MPs failed to do anything for Gorkhaland,” stated Krishna Barmey, GJVM leader. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaMeanwhile, Binay Tamang, president, GJM (Binay faction) has condemned BJP leader Mukul Roy’s statement that the BJP is not in favour of Gorkhaland and the bifurcation of West Bengal. “BJP leader Mukul Roy made this statement in a press conference flanked by the Darjeeling BJP MP Raju Bishta. At the time of elections Bishta and BJP MLA of Darjeeling Niraj Zimba had appealed for votes emotionally blackmailing the Hills in the name of Gorkhaland. Even Bimal Gurung is answerable to the Hills on the wake of BJP’s anti Gorkhaland stance,” retorted Tamang. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersHe stated that not even 18 days have passed since the declaration of results and the BJP has started showing its original colors with the anti-Gorkhaland stance. “BJP leaders, including Dilip Ghosh, Kailash Vijaywargia and Rahul Sinha, have stated in the past that they do not support the bifurcation of Bengal. Only during elections they play with the emotions of the Gorkhas in the name of Gorkhaland,” alleged Tamang. He stated that with the anti-Gorkhaland statement Mukul Roy has once again betrayed the aspirations of the Gorkhas residing throughout India. “Who will take the moral responsibility of this- will it be Bimal Gurung and Roshan Giri or Bishta and Zimba or the 17 councillors of the Darjeeling Municipality who have joined the BJP?” questioned Tamang. Tamang further stated that in a few days the BJP and allies will be embarking in victory rallies in the Darjeeling Hills. “What will the victory rallies commemorate — the end of the Gorkhaland demand?” questioned Tamang. Meanwhile, Amar Singh Rai, former MLA, Darjeeling took charge as the Chairman of the Uttar Banga Unnayan Parshad at Uttar Kanya, the mini secretariat on Monday. “We will use this as a platform for public welfare and development. I will visit the districts that come under the purview of the Parshad, talk to people and work according to their requirements,” stated Rai. An office will be opened in Darjeeling (for the people of Darjeeling Hills and Kalimpong) where Rai will hold office twice a week. The other three days he will be at the Uttarkanya office.
Then-sophomore attackman Jack Jasinski heads for the goal in the fourth quarter during the first round of the NCAA tournament against Loyola Maryland on May 14, 2017. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterAfter its nine regular-season wins and thrilling national championship appearance last season, this year’s Ohio State men’s lacrosse team has a lot to consider ahead of its upcoming Big Ten season. As the only Big Ten team with fewer than six wins, Ohio State (5-4) begins conference play at home Saturday when it meets Penn State (6-3) at 3 p.m. Saturday at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes have been unable to break their losing streak, which has reached three games after losses to Towson, No. 3 Denver and No. 7 Notre Dame.The losses mean the game against the Nittany Lions, who are on a two-game win streak, will be critical for Ohio State’s playoff chances given that there are just five games remaining.“At this point, in terms of wins in conferences, it’s huge,” Ohio State head coach Nick Myers said. “I think every one of these games feels like a playoff game in the sense that you know you’re competing and positioning yourself for postseason play and making that conference tournament. Only four of the 16 teams will make it, so every game has got to have a kind of a playoff feel to it, and it just starts at the first one.”Ohio State’s 9-8 loss to Notre Dame Sunday didn’t do any favors for the Buckeyes’ record, but it did give the players a much-needed boost in confidence.Ohio State held strong and answered each Fighting Irish goal to remain within one late in the game, except for the game-tying goal. Myers said he was happy with the team’s offensive play, specifically its fast pace and number of quality scoring chances.“You hate to get those kinds of outcomes but I think you focus on the process of getting better, and I think we have improved. When you look at Towson, Notre Dame, Denver — these are final-four, quarter-final teams. These are good lacrosse teams,” Myers said. “You never accept losing, but you do need to be focused on improving, and I do believe that we have.”In many ways, the beginning of Big Ten play represents the start of a new season altogether. After the slow start, Ohio State has a chance to start fresh and commit all its focus to getting to the Big Ten tournament. Before it can make it there, however, Ohio State must clash against some of the top teams in the country, including a formidable No. 2 Maryland team (7-1), No. 6 Johns Hopkins (6-2), No. 9 Rutgers (7-2), and No. 15 Michigan (7-2).Myers said he knew the team could fix its issues from previous games, and said it spent this week addressing those problems. As the games get tougher and the stakes get higher, defensive cohesion and offensive consistency become all the more important for the team to compete in a conference stacked top to bottom with talent. “We took great strides last weekend against Notre Dame,” Ohio State senior attack Colin Chell said. “We’re just looking to carry that excitement and improvement through this week and then obviously to Penn State this weekend.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex in MoroccoCredit:WireImage The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, meanwhile, will retain their established Kensington Palace team, working independently to support the Queen in her duties as part of the “Team Windsor”.The Sussexes communications team, which will be funded by the public purse via the Sovereign Grant, will report to the Queen’s communications secretary Donal McCabe.The Royal Foundation, which has until now been shared by the Cambridges and Sussexes working together, is likely to be restructured, with a source saying the Kensington Palace split would “of course have implications for how they manage their charitable and philanthropic activity into the future”. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Duke and Duchess of Sussex are to split their householdsCredit:Richard Pohle On Thursday, it was announced that they will be advised by Sara Latham, who has been appointed as their head of communications.Described as “chic and superbly connected”, Ms Latham is a major political player, mixing professionally with the Clintons and Obamas, working with Tony Blair, and mentioned in society pages for attending and hosting events for some of the world’s most high-powered women. The Duke and Duchess will now form a new household under the guidance of Samantha Cohen, a longstanding senior royal aide who has been standing in as interim private secretary since last year.It is also likely that the couple will seek a replacement for Amy Pickerill, the couple’s assistant private secretary, who has been considered as the Duchess’ right-hand-woman and will also depart the household once the baby has arrived. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are to bring in their own team to shape their future work in the Royal Family, as they build a new Sussex brand on a global platform.The couple, who are due to become parents next month, now need to fill key positions in their household after officially splitting from Kensington Palace.Based at Buckingham Palace, under the Queen’s own staff, the Duke and Duchess are seeking aides including a permanent private secretary to shape their working futures.They have already embraced a markedly different style to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, becoming known for their rousing speeches, language of empowerment and inspiration, and tactile public appearances.Their recent appearances, in front of cheering teenagers and on a panel for International Women’s Day, have suggested they hope to build a profile as global philanthropists, speaking of “humanitarian issues” and feminism to Commonwealth youth.