Darjeeling Gold Cup to be resumed soon

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday urged the youth of Darjeeling hills to engage themselves in “positive and constructive” work and not in “negative and destructive” activities.

 “We want to see that Darjeeling, Terai and Dooars smile always,” she said, while calling for the people of the region to work together, at an event in Lebong stadium in Darjeeling.

 Referring to the tradition of sports in the region, she said those from the hills must excel in every sector, including sports and lead the nation. “The State government will extend all cooperation to the people in the hills.” Being involved in sports would help youth to build character.

 On the third day of her visit to the hills, she handed over awards to those who participated in Himal Terai Dooars Sports Festival, organised by the district police, and announced an assistance of Rs. 25,000 each to the 400 clubs that participated in the event.

 Ms. Banerjee also announced that Darjeeling Gold Cup, a popular football tournament that remained suspended over the past few years, would be started “immediately”.

Earlier, she inaugurated the Nivedita Educational & Cultural Centre — also known as Roy Villa — in Darjeeling, the house where Sister Nivedita breathed her last.

“We need to promote education among women. This institute will do just that. By educating woman, education can be imparted more easily to the masses,” she said adding that the State government had completed the renovation of Roy Villa in a record six months time.

In May 2013, the Chief Minister announced that the 102-year-old heritage building that was in possession of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration would be handed over to Ramakrishna Mission.

The centre now provides education to about 100 children along with other activities such as organising medical camp. “Darjeeling needs to be developed as an international hub from the point of view of education, tourism and culture. I have seen so many hilly areas, but Darjeeling is different. Darjeeling is beautiful and colourful.”

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