Gorkhaland

  • Gorkhaland will not be an issue this election: Baichung Bhutia 17-04-2014 12:46 PM

    Trinamool Congress candidate Baichung Bhutia who is making a political debut this Lok Sabha elections say Gorkhaland will not be an issue in his constituency Darjeeling. ...
  • Your dream is our dream, Narendra Modi tells Gorkhas 10-04-2014 05:33 PM

    BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Thursday shied away from mentioning "Gorkhaland", a separate state being demanded in northern West Bengal, but said his party shared the "dreams" of the Gorkhas and attacked the union government for not honouring the community. "I tell my Gorkha brothers, your dream is...
  • Satpal Maharaj says he played key role in Uttarakhand formation 27-03-2014 07:53 AM

    Pauri MP Satpal Maharaj, who recently defected to BJP, on Wednesday claimed that he had played a vital role in the formation of Uttarakhand. On his first visit to BJP headquarters in Dehradun after joining the party in Delhi earlier this month, he said he as an MP and a...
  • In favour of Gorkhaland: BJP 19-03-2014 04:23 PM

    BJP vice president and nominee for the Darjeeling LS seat, S S Ahluwalia on Wednesday voiced support to the formation of a separate state of Gorkhaland. "The BJP has always supported creation of smaller states as Jharkhand and Chattisgarh and was in favour of Telangana and so Gorkhaland should also...
  • WB: Mamata arrives in Kurseong, calls for peace and development 23-10-2013 03:50 PM

    Back in Darjeeling where calm has returned after prolonged turbulence of Gorkhaland agitation, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday made an impassioned appeal for peace to ensure speedy development in the region. "I am sorry for disruption in the development process in the Darjeeling hills, but my government...
  • Gorkhaland: GJM to go for 'intense' agitation from October 20 18-09-2013 12:15 AM

    Darjeeling: The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, spearheading an agitation for a separate state in the Darjeeling hills, on Tuesday said it would go in for an 'intense' agitation from October 20, asking people to be ready for it. GJM president Bimal Gurung told the media in Darjeelingthat the Centre and the...
  • GJM suspends Gorkhaland stir 10-09-2013 07:01 PM

    Darjeeling:The GJM-led Gorkhaland Joint Action Committee (GJAC) on Tuesday announced its decision to put on hold its separatist movement in West Bengal's Darjeeling hills till Oct 20. Gorkha Janmukti Morcha chief Bimal Gurung said the agitation was suspended to facilitate tripartite talks on the Gorkhaland issue assured by central government....
  • Demand for new states not to be considered now, says Shinde 07-09-2013 08:13 PM

    Demands for creation of new states cannot be "considered immediately", Union Home Minister Sushil kumar Shinde on Saturday said in response to a question on the status of such proposals in the wake of the Telangana decision. "Many states are requesting separation, in Maharashtra there is (the demand for) Vidarbha,...
  • GJM says tripartite talks soon, Mamata rules out Bengal division 03-09-2013 10:49 PM

    Darjeeling:A pro-Gorkhalnd body on Tuesday claimed the central government will soon convene tripartite talks to resolve the impasse over the demand for a new state in West Bengal's Darjeeling hills and hinted it would consider withdrawing the ongoing agitation. On a visit to the hills, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, however,...
  • Centre to convene tripartite talks on Gorkhaland issue 03-09-2013 06:00 PM

    The Centre on Tuesday promised to convene a tripartite meeting soon involving West Bengal government and Gorkhaland Joint Action Committee (GJAC) to discuss the demand for Gorkhaland after which the agitators hinted at suspending their indefinite strike in Darjeeling. Home Minister Sushil kumar Shinde conveyed to a delegation of Gorkha...
  • Mamata asks Darjeeling to open doors to development, accuses GJM for hindrance 02-09-2013 07:10 PM

    Darjeeling:Accusing the Gorkhaland Janmukti Morcha (GJM) of hindering development, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday appealed to the people of Darjeeling hills to shun shutdowns and open their doors to development. "We want peace in Darjeeling, we want its children to get an education and the poor to...
  • Indefinite shut down again in Darjeeling after a day's respite 02-09-2013 12:03 AM

    Darjeeling:After a day's respite for the people to stock up food items, the GJM's indefinite shut down in the Darjeeling hills was back again on Sunday. Gorkha Janamukti Morcha has announced a day's respite on Saturday in their indefinite stir to demand a separate state of Gorkhaland. A team of...
  • Congress, BJP politicising Gorkhaland issue: Mamata Banerjee 29-08-2013 06:42 PM

    West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday accused the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of creating unrest in Darjeeling for electoral gains. "This is a deliberate strategy to create unrest in the hills through politics. It has become a trend for the Congress and BJP to politicise...
  • People have lost faith in GJM chief Bimal Gurung: Trinamool 26-08-2013 06:41 AM

    Even as life continued to be paralysed in West Bengal's Darjeeling hills following an intensified separatist movement by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), the state's ruling Trinamool Congress on Sunday claimed that people have lost faith in the Gorkha leadership. "I feel people have lost faith in Bimal Gurung," Trinamool...
  • GJM says agitation not a bandh, MLAs not to attend Assembly 23-08-2013 09:58 PM

    Darjeeling: The indefinite agitation by GJM in Darjeeling demanding Gorkhaland continued for the third day on Friday even as the party claimed it should not be construed as a bandh but an expression of free will. It also announced its three MLAs will boycott the West Bengal Assembly in protest...
  • GJM calls 48-hour shut down in Darjeeling to condemn arrest of its leaders 22-08-2013 03:55 PM

    The GJM, demanding a Gorkhaland state, on Thursday called a fresh 48-hour shut down in Darjeeling from August 24 after the arrest of two of its top leaders, even though the Calcutta High Court has expressed displeasure at violation of its order holding such bandhs illegal. "The Hills will be...
  • Schools, colleges in Darjeeling may reopen from September 1: GJM leader 22-08-2013 02:43 PM

    All schools and colleges in the Darjeeling hills would be exempted from the purview of the agitation for a separate Gorkhaland state and reopen from September 1, a top Gorkha Janmukti Morcha leader on Thursday said. The decision to keep the educational institutions, which were closed since July 29, out...
  • Top GJM leaders arrested, normal life hit in Darjeeling 22-08-2013 09:48 AM

    Two top GJM leaders, including an executive member of Gorkha Territorial Administration (GTA), were arrested in Darjeeling on Wednesday in connection with old cases of arson pending against them, the police said. Benoy Tamang, assistant secretary of GJM and an executive member in-charge of Information and Culture Department of GTA,...
  • Gorkhaland Joint Action Committee calls for street protests 20-08-2013 05:13 PM

    Darjeeling: Gorkhaland Joint Action Committee has called for street protests from Tuesday. The protests are expected to go on till Friday. So far, the police have rounded up over 450 Morcha supporters. GJAC had recently announced a five-day 'Ghar Bhitra Janta (people inside homes)' agitation from Aug 19 in the...
  • Darjeeling wears deserted look, security forces patrol streets 19-08-2013 01:46 PM

    The Queen of the Hills wore a deserted look on Monday with residents staying indoors as part of an agitation called by the Gorkhaland Joint Action Committee to demand formation of a Gorkhaland state. CRPF, police and RPF jawans patrolled the streets and the railway station premises. The people stayed...
  • Gorkhaland agitation to resume with 'people inside homes' protest 19-08-2013 08:59 AM

    Darjeeling: After the decision on Telangana, there have been demands for the formation of smaller states and the agitation for Gorkhaland is set to resume from Monday. The Gorkhaland Joint Action Committee (GJAC) along with others are expected to go on a day long "ghar bitrai janta" (people inside homes)...
  • GJAC asks people to hit the streets, threatens economic blockade 19-08-2013 01:08 AM

    Darjeeling: In a change of strategy, the Gorkhaland Joint Action Committee (GJAC) on Sunday urged people in Darjeeling hills to hit the streets for four days beginning Tuesday, threatened an economic blockade and said it would petition Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other leaders to realise its demand. Two days...
  • Gorkhaland protest: GJM asks people to remain indoors for next week 17-08-2013 09:51 AM

    Darjeeling: The Gorkha Janamukti Morcha has set up a Gorkhaland Joint Action Committee to continue its stir for formation of Gorkhaland. The committee has asked people to remain indoors the whole of next week as the Calcutta High Court had recently termed 'People's Curfew' an illegal act. Spokesman of the...
  • Commeettee calls five-day fresh agitation from Aug 19 16-08-2013 08:51 PM

    A new committee formed in Darjeeling, on Friday, called for a fresh five-day agitation from August 19 changing the nomenclature of 'janata curfew' to 'ghar bitrai janta' (people inside homes) on their demand for a separate Gorkhaland. North Bengal Development minister Gautam Deb, however, said that there was no difference...
  • Gorkhaland: GJM to continue agitation, asks people to remain indoor from Aug 19 16-08-2013 05:52 PM

    Darjeeling: The all-party meet convened by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha in Darjeeling has finished. The committee announced a fresh five day agitation programme from August 19 changing the nomenclature of the 'janata curfew' to 'ghar bitrai janta' (people inside homes) on their demand for a separate Gorkhaland. "The people will...
  • If Gurung wants to talk to me, will talk: WB Governor 15-08-2013 07:21 PM

    Barrackpore: Hoping that the situation in Darjeeling hills would normalise and a solution could be found through dialogue, West Bengal Governor M K Narayanan on Thursday said that if Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) supremo Bimal Gurung wanted to talk to him then he was ready for it. "I hope that...
  • WB: GJM bandh enters 11th day, 200 protestors arrested so far 13-08-2013 07:50 AM

    Darjeeling:The bandh called by Gorkha Janmukti Morcha entered its 11th day on Tuesday. Close to 200 GJM protestors have been arrested, increasing tensions in Darjeeling. The GJM has been protesting since August 3 for granting a statehood to Gorkhaland. Even as Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has given an ultimatum, the...
  • Gorkhaland demand: GJM relaxes Darjeeling bandh for 4 days from August 15 12-08-2013 11:29 PM

    Darjeeling: With the 72-hour deadline set by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to withdraw the indefinite bandh in Darjeeling to demand Gorkhaland, expiring, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) on Monday said the shutdown would not be enforced forcibly and announced a four-day relaxation from August 15. However, it said a 'janata...
  • Gorkhaland demand: Protests continue despite Mamata's ultimatum 12-08-2013 07:55 AM

    Darjeeling: As a fallout of the Telangana decision by the Congress, demands for separate statehood are intensifying in other parts of the country as well. Protests in West Bengal continue for a separate state of Gorkhaland in spite of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's call for a 72-hour deadline and warnings...