Gorkha

  • Three bravehearts honoured with Kirti Chakra May 2, 2014

    New Delhi: An Assam Police Inspector and a CRPF trooper were on Friday posthumously honoured with the Kirti Chakra, the second highest peacetime gallantry award, along with a Naib Subedar of the Army for their acts of bravery in anti-terrorist and anti-naxal operations. Constable Bhrigu Nandan Choudhary of the CRPF and...
  • Your dream is our dream, Narendra Modi tells Gorkhas April 10, 2014

    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 our...
  • 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...
  • GJM, two members of AGP join BJP March 10, 2014

    New Delhi: In a day of good news for the Bharatiya Janata Party, two members of the Asom Gana Parishad have joined the party and the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha has formed alliance with it. Former AGP president Chandra Mohan Patowary and former power minister Hiten Goswami joined the BJP on Monday...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Gorkhaland: GJM to go for 'intense' agitation from October 20 September 18, 2013

    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 Darjeeling that the Centre and the West...
  • Mamata govt requests HC for direction on compensation by GJM September 9, 2013

    Kolkata: West Bengal government on Monday pleaded before the Calcutta High Court to ask the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) to pay Rs 69.163 crore as compensation for losses caused to public and private property during its agitation demanding a separate state in the Darjeeling Hills. Submitting a report before a division...
  • Gorkha Janmukti Morcha moves SC against ban on its shutdown September 9, 2013

    The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) has moved the Supreme Court challenging a Calcutta High Court order declaring as illegal and unconstitutional its ongoing shutdown in West Bengal's Darjeeling hills, a lawyer said in Kolkata on Monday. Counsel for the Gorkha outfit Abhijit Bose told a high court division bench of Chief...
  • 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...
  • Madan Tamang murder case: Five accused surrender in local court September 5, 2013

    Darjeeling: Five persons accused in the murder of prominent Gorkha leader and All-India Gorkha League president Madan Tamang in 2010 on Monday surrendered in a local court in Darjeeling. The five, all members of the GJM's student wing Vidyarthi Morcha, have been remanded in 14 days' judicial custody, Assistant Public Prosecutor...
  • 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....
  • Mamata rules out bifurcation of Bengal, asks Morcha to end strike August 29, 2013

    Once again ruling out bifurcation of West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday asked the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha to withdraw the indefinite bandh in the Darjeeling hills and facilitate election of a new chief executive of the GTA. Banerjee said the state government had made available "everything" to them (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 calls 48-hour shut down in Darjeeling to condemn arrest of its leaders August 22, 2013

    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 closed...
  • 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...
  • GJAC asks people to hit the streets, threatens economic blockade August 19, 2013

    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 after...
  • Gorkhaland protest: GJM asks people to remain indoors for next week August 17, 2013

    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 newly-formed...
  • Gorkhaland: GJM to continue agitation, asks people to remain indoor from Aug 19 August 16, 2013

    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...
  • Protest continues at Darjeeling,30 more arrested August 13, 2013

    Life remained paralysed in the Darjeeling as there was no transport on the roads and markets were closed on the first day of the two-day "Janata Curfew" announced by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM). Police sources said that 30 more GJM activists were arrested since Monday night during the special police...
  • WB: GJM bandh enters 11th day, 200 protestors arrested so far August 13, 2013

    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 cracks...
  • Gorkhaland demand: GJM relaxes Darjeeling bandh for 4 days from August 15 August 12, 2013

    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 August 12, 2013

    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...
  • WB: GJM rules out talks with Mamata, says talks only with Central government August 11, 2013

    Darjeeling: Even as life remained paralysed in the Darjeeling hills on the ninth day of the indefinite strike on Sunday, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha ruled out talks with the West Bengal government, saying it would hold deliberations only with the Centre over the statehood demand. "We will talk only to the...
  • GJM asks Mamata to take back 72-hour ultimatum August 11, 2013

    Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) chief Bimal Gurung has asked the Mamata Banerjee government to take back the 72-hour ultimatum issued on Saturday to call off the bandh. Gurung said that their fight is with the Central government and that the agitation would continue until their demand for a separate state...
  • GJM chief hits back at Mamata on deadline, threatens janta curfew August 10, 2013

    Darjeeling: With West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee asking the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha to call off its indefinite bandh in Darjeeling within 72 hours, its chief Bimal Gurung threatened a 'janta curfew' if this deadline was not withdrawn. "Mamata Banerjee has to withdraw her statement that the bandh should be withdrawn...
  • Mamata Banerjee gives 72-hour deadline to GJM to withdraw bandh August 10, 2013

    Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday issued an ultimatum to Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) and gave a 72-hour deadline to withdraw their indefinite bandh. The Chief Minister said strong action will be taken against the disrupters if the bandh was not withdrawn. Normal life has been disrupted...