Friday, April 19, 2024



Electoral fortune in Darjeeling hinges on permanent political solution to Gorkhaland demand

DARJEELING, APRIL 17: Amid a new political alignment in Darjeeling, the demand for a separate state of Gorkhaland is back in focus and electoral fortune of parties hinges on promises of a permanent political solution to the long-pending issue. Although a separate Gorkhaland state resonated as a major issue in all elections till 2014, it took a backseat in the 2019 polls. Parties, including the indigenous GJM and GNLF, then emphasised on development and restoration of democracy in the region. Politics in the hills has seen many changes in the...

Defection earns social boycott in Darjeeling: Villagers shun poll winner who left BJP for BGPM

DARJEELING, AUGUST 7: Some villagers in Bijanbari block of Darjeeling have decided to "socially boycott" an elected gram panchayat member who recently switched over to the Bharatiya Gorkha Prajatantrik Morcha (BGPM) from the BJP. Sources said a section of villagers from Naya Nor, some 35km from Darjeeling, held a meeting on Saturday evening and decided to "socially boycott" Ratan Subba, who won the recent gram panchayat election as a BJP candidate but decided to join the BGPM. "We are hurt by his decision to join the BGPM. He has gone...

Rally organised in Darjeeling to demand tribal status for 11 communities

DARJEELING, JULY 31: A massive rally was organised in Darjeeling on Sunday to demand tribal status for 11 communities to "wake up" the BJP-led Centre that so far failed to fulfill the party's hill promise. The rally started from Darjeeling Motor Stand and ended at Chowrasta in town. So far, there are no signs that any bill to fulfill the BJP's two promises ~ tribal tag and permanent political solution ~ would be tabled in the monsoon session of Parliament. The urgency for protests possibly stems from the fact that...
North East

Darjeeling prepares for G20 meeting on tourism

Siliguri (WB), March 26: Preparations are in full swing in West Bengal's Darjeeling district for the 2nd Tourism Working Group Meeting of G20, which will begin on April 1, officials said on Sunday. At the first meeting held in Gujarat's Kachchh in February, five priorities were identified for the sector -- green tourism, digitalisation, skills, tourism MSMEs and destination management. At the second meeting in Darjeeling, representatives of G20 countries, invitee nations and international organisations will be discussing deeper aspects of the five priorities, they said. The Tourism Ministry will...
North East

4 new toy trains in Darjeeling for festive season

Guwahati, August 30: The NFR has decided to operate four new special joyrides under the toy train service of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) during the ensuing festive season, a senior official said. The new toy trains will run between Darjeeling and Ghum in both directions on a daily basis from October 1 and will continue till December 31 in view of the upcoming festive season, Northeast Frontier Railway Chief Public Relations Officer Sabyasachi De said. "All the joyride specials will run with a composition of three first-class chair car coaches,"...
North East

‘Ghum Festival’ in Darjeeling Himalayan Railway inaugurated

Dimapur, November 13: The three week long "Ghum Festival" in the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) started today with festivities. The festival was inaugurated by Anshul Gupta, General Manager, NF Railways in presence of senior railway officials and local people. The festival is being organized by the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway at Ghum (the highest railway station in India) and Darjeeling Railway Stations in order to rejuvenate the tourism industry of Darjeeling, at the core of which lies the 150-Year old world heritage Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR).The festival...

Darjeeling MLA to PM: BJP not serious on Gorkhas

DARJEELING, JULY 10: Neeraj Zimba, BJP MLA from Darjeeling, has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressing disgruntlement for not including Darjeeling MP Raju Bista in the new Cabinet. Zimba has also stated that his Government has taken "no substantial steps" towards fulfilling the commitments made to the people of the region, making the Indian Gorkhas believe that BJP is "never serious" about Gorkhas and their issues.Four first-time Lok Sabha MPs from Bengal ~ Nishith Pramanik, John Barla, Santanu Thakur and Subash Sarkar ~ were inducted in the new Cabinet...
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