Darjeeling

  • BJP has not fully accepted Gorkhaland demand: Jaswant Singh May 5, 2014

    Darjeeling: Expelled BJP leader Jaswant Singh, who won Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat on the party ticket in 2009, has claimed that the saffron party has not fully accepted the demand for Gorkhaland. "It is sad BJP has not fully accepted the statehood demand of the Darjeeling hills. The party is...
  • Gorkhaland will not be an issue this election: Baichung Bhutia April 17, 2014

    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. ...
  • No bifurcation of Darjeeling Hills, says Mamata Banerjee April 13, 2014

    Asserting that the Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal will not allow any division of Darjeeling, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday said it is bringing in development in the hills with special packages. "We will not allow any division of the Hills," Banerjee reiterated at a poll rally here, while...
  • WB: GNLF to support TMC candidate Baichung Bhutia in Darjeeling April 4, 2014

    The Gorkha National Liberation Front of Subash Ghising on Friday declared its support for Trinamool Congress candidate for the Darjeeling Lok Sabha constituency Baichung Bhutia. Making the announcement after a GNLF central committee meeting here, spokesman Dhiren Lama said the hill body has also appealed to the central and the state...
  • IM mastermind Tehseen Akhtar sent to jail till April 2 March 26, 2014

    New Delhi: A Delhi court on Wednesday sent Indian Mujahideen head Tehseen Akhtar to police custody till April 2. Akhtar was arrested on Tuesday from the Naxalbari area in Darjeeling. He is the alleged mastermind behind several terror attacks in India, including the recent Patna and Bodhgaya blasts in Bihar. A...
  • LS polls: Bhaichung Bhutia files nomination for Darjeeling seat March 24, 2014

    Former Indian soccer captain Bhaichung Bhutia on Monday filed his nomination as the Trinamool Congress candidate for West Bengal's Darjeeling constituency. The sports icon is pitted against Gorkha Janmukti Morcha-backed Bharatiya Janata Party candidate Surinder Singh Ahluwalia, Communist Party of India-Marxist nominee Saman Pathak and Congress' Sujoy Pathak. Accompanied by a host...
  • All eyes on Darjeeling as TMC-GJM battle for ascendancy March 24, 2014

    Neither Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee nor Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) chief Bimal Gurung will contest the Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat, but it will be a battle royal between the two in the hills torn by the statehood demand. The breathtaking and scenic Darjeeling Hills is this time also set...
  • GJM confirms its support for BJP's SS Ahluwalia in Darjeeling March 13, 2014

    Kolkata: Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) has confirmed its support for Bharatiya Janata Party's Lok Sabha elections candidate in Darjeeling, SS Ahluwalia, who is also the party's national vice president and former MP. BJP reportedly provided the GJM a choice between Ahluwalia and Rajiv Pratap Rudy from the Darjeeling seat. The BJP is...
  • LS polls: GJM, BJP to decide candidates for Darjeeling seat soon March 11, 2014

    A day after aligning with the BJP for the Lok Sabha polls, the GJM on Tuesday dismissed speculation that the candidate for West Bengal's Darjeeling constituency has been finalised, and said a nominee for raising the Gorkhas' long-standing demands will be chosen soon. Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) chief Bimal Gurung, who...
  • GJM not to support TMC for the Darjeeling LS seat March 8, 2014

    The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) which has announced that it would not support the Trinamool Congress candidate for the Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat today said it would talk to all national parties before deciding its stand. GJM president Bimal Gurung said in a Facebook post that he would leave for Delhi...
  • Free Wi-Fi service launched at Chowrasta in Darjeeling March 6, 2014

    Darjeeling: Tourists visiting the Chowrasta, the main hub of tourist town Darjeeling, will now be able to access the internet on laptops, tablets and Smartphone with a free Wi-Fi service. The free Wi-Fi service has been launched at the Chowrasta also called the Mall by the Tourism department of the Gorkha...
  • Want to contest my last Lok Sabha election from Barmer: Jaswant Singh February 17, 2014

    New Delhi: Ahead of the upcoming 2014 Lok Sabha elections, senior Bharatiya Janata Party BJP leader Jaswant Singh has said that he will not contest from the Darjeeling seat anymore. Speaking to CNN-IBN, Singh said that he would like to contest the next Lok Sabha elections from his native town Barmer...
  • Darjeeling still remains most popular destination for winter vacations December 15, 2013

    With Christmas knocking on the door, Darjeeling seems to be the most popular among Indians gearing up for winter vacations, according to a report. "An old-time favourite summer destination, Darjeeling, continues to remain the most favourite destination even during the winter season, as it is one of the famous hill stations...
  • Pranab Mukherjee to visit Darjeeling on November 10 October 26, 2013

    President Pranab Mukherjee will be on a day's trip to Darjeeling on November 10 to inaugurate the 125th anniversary celebrations of North Point School, official sources said. The President would return to New Delhi on the same day. Arrangements have already started for the President's tour with district police and administration authorities...
  • WB: Mamata arrives in Kurseong, calls for peace and development October 23, 2013

    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 is...
  • Darjeeling: Bimal Gurung wants students to play active role in statehood stir September 19, 2013

    The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha plans to draft students into an active role in its movement for a separate state, its president Bimal Gurung on Thursday said. He said all students in the Darjeeling hills and Dooars would go to Delhi to press for formation of a separate state. "Mission Gorkhaland will be...
  • Darjeeling: State govt employees' union to form co-ordination committee September 16, 2013

    The different state government employees union in the Darjeeling hills has decided to form a co-ordination committee on Monday to put up a united face as the state government has decided to cut pay of those employees who did not attended office during the GJM agitation. The decision to form the...
  • GJM suspends Gorkhaland stir September 10, 2013

    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. ...
  • WB: Bandh lifted for two days in Darjeeling September 9, 2013

    The indefinite bandh in three hill sub-divisions of Darjeeling was lifted for two days beginning from Monday with the Gorkha Joint Action Committee slated to review its future course of action. GJAC sources the bandh had been relaxed to enable people to procure provisions and to enable boarders to return to...
  • GJM says tripartite talks soon, Mamata rules out Bengal division September 3, 2013

    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, ruled...
  • Mamata asks Darjeeling to open doors to development, accuses GJM for hindrance September 2, 2013

    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 get...
  • Indefinite shut down again in Darjeeling after a day's respite September 2, 2013

    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 GJM...
  • Our fight is against centre, not Bengal: GJM September 1, 2013

    Darjeeling: Accusing the West Bengal government of playing "dirty politics", the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) on Sunday asserted that its fight was against the central government and it would not compromise on its demand for a separate Gorkhaland. "Gorkhaland is not for me but for all, most importantly the youth of Darjeeling....
  • WB: Indefinite shut down again in Darjeeling after a day's respite September 1, 2013

    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 GJM...
  • People have lost faith in GJM chief Bimal Gurung: Trinamool August 26, 2013

    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 Congress...
  • GJM not to attend GTA meeting in Darjeeling August 24, 2013

    The GJM on Saturday announced that it would not attend the GTA meeting on September four, even as the indefinite agitation in Darjeeling to demand release of the over 700 party leaders and supporters entered the fourth day. GJM town committee assistant general secretary Raju Pradhan said that the party would...
  • Ashok Bhattacharya helping those creating tension in Darjeeling: Goutam Deb August 22, 2013

    North Bengal Development minister Goutam Deb on Thursday alleged that CPI(M) leader Ashok Bhattacharya and some Congress and BJP leaders are responsible for the tension and unrest in the Darjeeling Hills. "Former CPI(M) minister Bhattacharya and some Congress and BJP leaders are allegedly helping those creating tension and unrest in the...
  • Schools, colleges in Darjeeling may reopen from September 1: GJM leader August 22, 2013

    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 of...
  • Top GJM leaders arrested, normal life hit in Darjeeling August 22, 2013

    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, was...
  • Forced into prostitution after gangrape, Delhi girl rescued from Darjeeling August 21, 2013

    A 15-year-old Delhi girl has been rescued nine months after she was allegedly kidnapped, gangraped and forced into prostitution in West Bengal's Darjeeling district, police said on Tuesday. A woman working as pimp had bought the girl for Rs eight lakh, has been arrested, they said. The victim, a class 9th...