Landslide disrupts toy train service in Darjeeling

Landslide disrupts toy train service in DarjeelingSiliguri, Jan 3 : Landslide near Darjeeling hill station in West Bengal blocked the route of the famous toy train, adversely affecting tourism in the state.

The famous toy train, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, runs between Siliguri and Darjeeling.

The train stopped operation, as severe landslides washed away a huge portion of the railway track. A huge pile of debris has accumulated on the tracks, halting the operation of the toy train.

Tourists converge to witness season''s first snowfall at Darjeeling

Tourists converge to witness season''s first snowfall at DarjeelingDarjeeling, Jan 2 : Thousands of tourists are converging on the Darjeeling Hills area to witness the first snowfall of the season.

The snowfall began on Thursday night and continued till Friday.

The tourists that have gathered here to celebrate their New Year are delighted to witness the phenomenon of nature.

Gorkhaland stir may mar New Year revelry in Darjeeling

Gorkhaland stir may mar New Year revelry in DarjeelingDarjeeling, Dec 31 : Holidaymakers frequenting Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Kurseong the popular tourist destinations are an upset lot.

Their pre-planned festivities of heralding the ensuing New Year have turnes topsy-turvy due to the ongoing stir for separate state of Gorkhaland.

Activists of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJMM) have blocked national highways, preventing tourists from reaching Darjeeling and other places from Siliguri. A majority of the tourists are stranded in Siliguri and Jalpaiguri.

GJM seeks political dialogue on Gorkhaland issue

GJM seeks political dialogue on Gorkhaland issueDarjeeling, Dec 22 : Union Home Secretary G K Pillai has said the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) has asked for a political-level discussion at the next round of talks.

Talking to reporters after holding tripartite talks with representatives of the GJM and the State government here on Monday, Pillai said: "We had detailed discussions with the state government and the GJM on various aspects of the formation of the state of Gorkhaland, the issues involved and the political consensus that needed to be created which is not there at the moment."

No statehood but talks on to solve Gorkhaland problem: home secretary

G K PillaiDarjeeling (West Bengal), Dec 21 : There was no consensus on the issue of a Gorkhaland state but discussions to find a solution to the problem would continue, union Home Secretary G. K. Pillai said here Monday after meeting representatives of the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) and the state government.

"We had detailed discussions with the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha and state government representatives regarding the formation of a separate Gorkhaland state and various other issues. We'll continue to hold discussions on this to find a solution to the Gorkhaland problem," Pillai said at a press conference after the three-hour tripartite meeting.

Tripartite meeting with GJM in Darjeeling today

Tripartite meeting with GJM in Darjeeling todayDarjeeling, Dec 21 : The fourth tripartite talks on Gorkha Janmukti Morcha''s demand for a separate state of Gorkhaland will be held here today.

Union Home Secretary G K Pillai will lead a five-member Central team while Chief Secretary Ashok Mohan Chakraborty will lead the state government''s team.

The talks were preceded by a call for a four-day general strike in the hills from December 17, but it was withdrawn on the first day after the BJP asked it to call it off.

Tripartite meet begins over Gorkhaland issue

Tripartite meet begins over Gorkhaland issueDarjeeling (West Bengal), Dec 21- The tripartite meeting between Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) representatives, senior central and state government officials began here Monday to discuss the demand of a separate Gorkhaland state.

The meeting, which began at 11 a. m., was attended by a central team led by union Home Secretary G. K. Pillai and a six-member state government team headed by Chief Secretary Ashok Mohan Chakraborty.

Pro-autonomy ethnic group calls off hunger strike in Darjeeling

Pro-autonomy ethnic group calls off hunger strike in DarjeelingSilliguri, Dec 20 : The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), the organisation spearheading a movement for a separate state of Gorkhaland in Darjeeling called off its nine-day long hunger strike on Saturday in order to maintain a peaceful atmosphere in the region before the upcoming tripartite talks, scheduled to be held on Monday.

"We decided to suspend this hunger strike up to December 22. We will plan our future strategy after tripartite talks which will be held here on Monday," said Pradip Pradhan, Assistant Secretary of Central Committee of the GJM.

Gorkha Janmukti Morcha calls for four-day shutdown, demands Gorkhaland

Gorkha Janmukti Morcha calls for four-day shutdown, demands GorkhalandDarjeeling, Dec 14 : The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha has called for a four-day shutdown in Darjeeling this morning.

The members of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha are leading an agitation demanding for a separate state of Gorkhaland.

The shutdown will be in force in the three hill subdivisions of Darjeeling, Kurseong and Kalimpong, as well as the other regions in the foothills.

The shutdown has been called days after the Centre''s nod to initiate the process for the formation of the Telangana state.

Agitation for a separate Gorkhaland may hit tourism in Darjeeling

Agitation for a separate Gorkhaland may hit tourism in DarjeelingDarjeeling, Dec 12 : The ethnic Gorkha agitation for a separate Gorkhaland in Darjeeling might affect the region''s tourism potential.

The Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) has been demanding a separate state in the Himalaya foothills to be carved out of West Bengal.

The demand gained momentum after New Delhi announced this week that it would consider a new Telangana state out of Andhra Pradesh.

12-hour shutdown hits life in Darjeeling

Darjeeling, Nov 20 - Normal life came to a halt here Friday as Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) activists called a 12-hour shutdown in Darjeeling district of West Bengal, demanding permanent status for iver 6,000 employees working with Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council (DGHC) on temporary basis.

"There are altogether 6,274 employees working in DGHC now. The state government had promised to make them permanent by Nov 17 this year, but nothing has been done so far.

"We're demanding permanent status to all DGHC - the district's governing body - employees and we have called this dawn to dusk shutdown protesting against the administrative delay," GJM general secretary Roshan Giri told IANS.

GJM activists force closure of liquor shops in Darjeeling

GJM activists force closure of liquor shops in DarjeelingDarjeeling, Nov. 8 : In a bid to push forward their demand for a separate state within India, Gorkha Janmukti Morcha on Saturday forced all liquor shops and bars in Darjeeling to close down.

“This is just the beginning. Liquor is just symbolic, you wait and watch what we will do in future. Government gets direct tax from liquor, so we are blocking it," said P. V. Singh, GJM Sub-Divisional Secretary of Kurseong division.

Suicide by teacher over caste-based harassment

“Being born a scheduled caste is the biggest curse for me.”

These were the last words Pappu Singh Darnal, a 46-year old school teacher in Darjeeling, wrote before he hung himself on Thursday morning.

In a suicide note, scribbled on the page of a 2002 diary and addressed to his wife Vidhya, Darnal, who worked at the Municipal Boy’s School in this hill station, he alleged that one Jiwan Thapa used to regularly insult him for being a scheduled caste.

He further alleged that Thapa was acting at the instigation of one Bimal Rai.

The police have arrested both Thapa and Rai. They have been charged with abatement to suicide.

Tourism flourishes again in Darjeeling

Tourism flourishes again in DarjeelingDarjeeling, Oct 12 : Tourists by droves have flocked to Darjeeling after the suspension of agitation by the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJMM).

The inflow of tourists has jumped after the end of the Durga Puja.

Tourists flow to Darjeeling marred by GJM moral policing

darjeelingDarjeeling, Sep 6 : Tourism in Darjeeling, is taking a hit following a moral policing by Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) activists.

The Gorkha community has been demanding a separate state called "Gorkhaland” carved out of West Bengal to protect their culture and heritage.

Cradled in the hills of the eastern part of West Bengal, Darjeeling has always been a favourite spot for tourists because of its snowcapped mountains, and the pristine scenery.

The recurrent shutdowns and protests by GJM activists is great causing inconvenience to tourists, some of the local felt.

Marijuana worth Rs 42 lakh seized in Darjeeling

Marijuana worth Rs 42 lakh seized in DarjeelingDarjeeling (West Bengal), Aug. : Acting on a tip-off, officials detained an oil tanker in West Bengal’s Darjeeling district on Saturday and seized marijuana worth Rs 42 lakh.

The marijuana was found packed in 61 cartons and weighed about 1201 kilograms. The detained tanker was reportedly plying with a Haryana registration plate and was travelling from Manipur, Bihar via Siliguri.

“Put together, including the vehicle, the total seizure comes to 50 lakh,” said R. Mangababu, Additional Commissioner of Customs, North Bengal and Sikkim.

Darjeeling highway blocked by landslides

Darjeeling highway blocked by landslidesDarjeeling, July 4 : Landslides following heavy rains have snapped road links between the hills of West Bengal and Sikkim.

Twenty houses along National Highway-31 near Sevoke have also collapsed. Several vehicles are stranded in the area.

Landslides also occurred at Rambhi and Kalijhora.

The Border Roads Organization (BRO) and the local administration are removing the debris to enable vehicular movement at the earliest.

Paramilitary forces deployed in Darjeeling

Paramilitary forces deployed in DarjeelingDarjeeling, Apr 24 : Authorities in Darjeeling, start flowing in paramilitary troops in the town, to put in place, tight security arrangements ahead of the third phase of polling slated to be held on April 30.

Till now, two companies of paramilitary forces have been sent to the region while six more companies will be deployed on the election day. Authorities feel that deploying paramilitary forces will instill confidence among voters.

Fresh Bird Flu Outbreak In Darjeeling, Culling Begins

Fresh Bird Flu Outbreak In DarjeelingBird flu is continuously spreading to different parts of the country.

Health officials, on Wednesday, have confirmed a fresh H5N1 virus outbreak in the Darjeeling region of eastern India.

The officials ordered the veterinary and health workers to restart culling operations.

Mr. Surendra Gupta, district magistrate, stated, “We have started culling operations at Rangli Ranglikot area of Darjeeling. This time a total of 7,000 poultry will be culled.”

Renewed demand for Gorkhaland

Darjeeling, Oct 18 : The members of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) activists have renewed their agitation for a separate statehood and are replacing government signboards with their own signboards in Darjeeling.

The activists are pasting ''Government of Gorkhaland'' on all boards that are reading ''Government of West Bengal''.

Further, they have passed a resolution making ''Gorkhaland'' number plates mandatory for all vehicles.

"We have decided that all the number plates on the cars will be replaced by our number plates. We will also paste our name on the government boards," said Bimal Dorzi, executive member of the Central committee of GJM.

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