THE HIMALAYAN TALK: INDIAN GOVERNMENT FOOD SECURITY PROGRAM RISKIER

http://youtu.be/NrcmNEjaN8c The government of India has announced food security program ahead of elections in 2014. We discussed the issue with Palash Biswas in Kolkata today. http://youtu.be/NrcmNEjaN8c Ahead of Elections, India's Cabinet Approves Food Security Program ______________________________________________________ By JIM YARDLEY http://india.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/04/indias-cabinet-passes-food-security-law/

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS CRITICAL OF BAMCEF LEADERSHIP

[Palash Biswas, one of the BAMCEF leaders and editors for Indian Express spoke to us from Kolkata today and criticized BAMCEF leadership in New Delhi, which according to him, is messing up with Nepalese indigenous peoples also. He also flayed MP Jay Narayan Prasad Nishad, who recently offered a Puja in his New Delhi home for Narendra Modi's victory in 2014.]

THE HIMALAYAN DISASTER: TRANSNATIONAL DISASTER MANAGEMENT MECHANISM A MUST

We talked with Palash Biswas, an editor for Indian Express in Kolkata today also. He urged that there must a transnational disaster management mechanism to avert such scale disaster in the Himalayas. http://youtu.be/7IzWUpRECJM

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS LASHES OUT KATHMANDU INT'L 'MULVASI' CONFERENCE

अहिले भर्खर कोलकता भारतमा हामीले पलाश विश्वाससंग काठमाडौँमा आज भै रहेको अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय मूलवासी सम्मेलनको बारेमा कुराकानी गर्यौ । उहाले भन्नु भयो सो सम्मेलन 'नेपालको आदिवासी जनजातिहरुको आन्दोलनलाई कम्जोर बनाउने षडयन्त्र हो।' http://youtu.be/j8GXlmSBbbk

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS LASHES OUT KATHMANDU INT'L 'MULVASI' CONFERENCE

अहिले भर्खर कोलकता भारतमा हामीले पलाश विश्वाससंग काठमाडौँमा आज भै रहेको अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय मूलवासी सम्मेलनको बारेमा कुराकानी गर्यौ । उहाले भन्नु भयो सो सम्मेलन 'नेपालको आदिवासी जनजातिहरुको आन्दोलनलाई कम्जोर बनाउने षडयन्त्र हो।' http://youtu.be/j8GXlmSBbbk

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS BLASTS INDIANS THAT CLAIM BUDDHA WAS BORN IN INDIA

THE HIMALAYAN VOICE: PALASH BISWAS DISCUSSES RAM MANDIR

Published on 10 Apr 2013 Palash Biswas spoke to us from Kolkota and shared his views on Visho Hindu Parashid's programme from tomorrow ( April 11, 2013) to build Ram Mandir in disputed Ayodhya. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77cZuBunAGk

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALSH BISWAS FLAYS SOUTH ASIAN GOVERNM

Palash Biswas, lashed out those 1% people in the government in New Delhi for failure of delivery and creating hosts of problems everywhere in South Asia. http://youtu.be/lD2_V7CB2Is

Palash Biswas on BAMCEF UNIFICATION!

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS ON NEPALI SENTIMENT, GORKHALAND, KUMAON AND GARHWAL ETC.and BAMCEF UNIFICATION! Published on Mar 19, 2013 The Himalayan Voice Cambridge, Massachusetts United States of America

BAMCEF UNIFICATION CONFERENCE 7

Published on 10 Mar 2013 ALL INDIA BAMCEF UNIFICATION CONFERENCE HELD AT Dr.B. R. AMBEDKAR BHAVAN,DADAR,MUMBAI ON 2ND AND 3RD MARCH 2013. Mr.PALASH BISWAS (JOURNALIST -KOLKATA) DELIVERING HER SPEECH. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLL-n6MrcoM http://youtu.be/oLL-n6MrcoM

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THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS CRITICIZES GOVT FOR WORLD`S BIGGEST BLACK OUT

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Palash Biswas on Citizenship Amendment Act

Mr. PALASH BISWAS DELIVERING SPEECH AT BAMCEF PROGRAM AT NAGPUR ON 17 & 18 SEPTEMBER 2003 Sub:- CITIZENSHIP AMENDMENT ACT 2003 http://youtu.be/zGDfsLzxTXo

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

http://www.telegraphindia.com/1111116/jsp/bengal/story_14756732.jspJoint forces draw first blood but rebels show fight thirst

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Joint forces draw first blood but rebels show fight thirst

Khuntar (Purulia), Nov. 15: Two Maoists were killed in the first full-scale assault by joint forces since the Mamata Banerjee government took over, mirroring the dramatic escalation in hostilities a few hours after the rebels ended a ceasefire and provoked the chief minister to resume operations.

The joint forces have now laid siege to the Ayodhya Hills, a rebel haven whose forest offers safe passage to Jharkhand and cover for supplies from hideouts there.

"We have blocked the way to the Ayodhya Hills. We want to cut off supplies to the squad. We are trying not to let them slip back in the dense forest," an officer said.

The operation, which took place when the security forces pursued suspected Maoists who killed two Trinamul supporters last night, also served to underscore how the rebels, who were once on the back foot, are no longer so.

Despite losing two fighters — the first confirmed rebel casualties since the new government took over — the Maoists opened fire on the forces at daybreak during a combing operation.

Last night's encounter was a throwback to the tense weeks of June 2009 when the joint operations were launched to establish a circle of domination in Lalgarh and other Maoist-affected areas.

Two members of the Maoist action squad team that shot dead two Trinamul supporters in Khuntar village last night were gunned down during the two-hour encounter from 11pm.

The bodies of the two Maoists in their mid-thirties, identified by police as Biren and Subal, were found in the Duarshini forest in the foothills of Ayodhya Hills this morning.

"Biren was Bidyut Singh Sardar, who hailed from Ghatbera near Khuntar. Subal was from Jharkhand and we are trying to get more details about him," a police officer said.

During the combing operation that included about 32 COBRA commandos this morning, the Maoists opened fire and injured two jawans belonging to the India Reserve Battalion of Nagaland. Masi Byco and Karket Suni were rushed to Purulia district hospital and later taken to a private hospital in Ranchi.

The initial plan was to fly the jawans to Calcutta, about 300km away, but rain forced the police to take them to Ranchi by road, a police officer said.

"We found two rifles, a double-barrel gun and a 9mm pistol within yards from the bodies of the two rebels. We brought in sniffer dogs to look for injured Maoists and stumbled upon half-a-dozen ladies' sandals and dupattas," the officer said.

Inspector-general of police (western range) G. Singh, who visited the encounter site this morning, said the Maoists belonged to the Ayodhya Hills squad and were led by Ranjit Pal.

"The squad had about 15 persons and at least five were women. During the encounter, the joint forces used mortars and we suspect that a number of Maoists were injured," Singh said.

Another officer said that after some villagers had informed the police of the Maoist attack at Khuntar last night, two teams rushed to the place.

"One team of joint forces went from a camp about 3km from Khuntar and another went from the Balarampur police station. There were about 300 personnel in all. We knew that the Maoists would have to cross the Duarshini forest to reach the Ayodhya hills. So the forces divided themselves into two groups and began moving towards the forest guarding both the left and the right flanks. Soon after entering the forest, shots were fired at us. An encounter followed," the officer said.

Bengal dips into tested quiver
- CM rebuilds Operation Lalgarh team

Calcutta, Nov. 15: Chief minister Mamata Banerjee is stitching together the same team of police officers that had spearheaded Operation Lalgarh in June 2009 to tackle the fresh challenge posed by Maoists in Jungle Mahal.

After appointing former West Midnapore police chief Manoj Verma as SP of the Counter-Insurgency Force, whose primary task is to tackle the Maoists, the state government has written to the Election Commission seeking its permission to transfer S.N. Gupta, special IG, Presidency Range, as IG, CIF, before the elections to the Calcutta South Lok Sabha constituency on November 30.

Officials at Writers' Buildings said that even though Presidency Range falls outside the Calcutta South Lok Sabha constituency, his appointment as IG, CIF, would trigger a chain of transfers, including those from Calcutta police, to fill the vacancy.

The government's request came in the middle of escalation of hostilities, marked by the end of the ceasefire and the first full-scale assault by the security forces on the Maoists after Mamata took over. Two Maoists were gunned down in the encounter last night. ( )

Verma had been removed as SP of West Midnapore almost as soon as Mamata came to power, possibly because of the long list of complaints that the Maoists had against him.

Verma, as SP of West Midnapore, and Gupta, who was then DIG, CID (Operations), had spearheaded Operation Lalgarh. They had worked out the strategy to encircle Maoist-dominated areas of the district from two flanks and create a circle of domination by the security forces.

"They were working in close co-ordination with the central forces but since the two police officers knew the terrain well and were well versed with the tactics of the Maoists in Bengal, they mainly masterminded the plan to create a circle of domination," an official at Writers' Buildings said.

The ADG, law and order, Surajit Kar Purkayastha, who was IG, south Bengal, at the time of the June 2009 offensive against the Maoists, had also been inducted to provide key inputs for the sensitive operation. A short while later, he was appointed IG, law and order, and ever since he has been constantly interacting with his officers on tackling the Maoist problem.

"Verma took over as SP of the CIF today and we are hoping that the Election Commission would give its nod for Gupta's appointment to the CIF in a few days. Besides, Kar Purkayastha is already in charge of the overall security of the state," an official said. "Once that happens, the core team that was involved in Operation Lalgarh would be back in place again."

Sources in Writers' Buildings said that for the past few weeks, the government has been factoring in the possible need for resuming security operations.

"While not abandoning the peace process, the chief minister has realised that eventually she would need to strike against the Maoists and should be prepared for that," an official said.

"She has been talking to several officers involved with anti-Maoist operations during the previous government and has received high recommendations about both Verma and Gupta."


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