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Everything you need to know about Darjeeling: news, reviews, in-depth analysis, opinion and more

Left Front blames Mamata government for Terai-Dooars violence

April 26, 2012 at 1:45 AM

Kolkata, April 26 (IANS) West Bengal's opposition Left Front (LF) Wednesday blamed the recent unrest in the Terai-Dooars region in the state's northern part to the "undue haste" of the Mamata Banerjee government to announce a solution to the long-standing problem of Darjeeling hills and its adjoining plains.

Violent clashes, arson mark shutdown in Bengal's Terai, Dooars

April 23, 2012 at 10:29 PM

Darjeeling, April 23 (IANS) Violent clashes and arson marked the indefinite shutdown in northern West Bengal's Terai and Dooars regions called from Monday by a faction of the Akhil Bharatiya Adivasi Vikash Parishad (ABAVP) and supported by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM).

Shutdown in Bengal's Terai, Dooars evokes mixed response

April 23, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Darjeeling, April 23 (IANS) Violent clashes and arson marked an indefinite shutdown in northern West Bengal's Terai and Dooars regions called from Monday by a faction of the Akhil Bharatiya Adivasi Vikash Parishad (ABAVP) and supported by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM).

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GJM to boycott Mamata meets in Darjeeling

April 22, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Darjeeling, April 22 (IANS) The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) Sunday called for a boycott of all future meetings of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and North Bengal Development Minister Goutam Deb in the Darjeeling hills.

GJM boycotts Mamata meets in Darjeeling

April 22, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Darjeeling, April 22 (IANS) The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) Sunday called for a boycott of all future meetings of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and North Bengal Development Minister Goutam Deb in the Darjeeling hills.

Joint Action Committee of 26 organisations call for shutdown in Jalpaiguri

April 22, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Jalpaiguri, Apr 22 (ANI): The Joint Action Committee (JAC) of 26 organisations have called for a shutdown in Terai and Dooars region of West Bengal on Sunday to protest the proposed inclusion of 359 areas from the region to the Gorkha Territorial Administration (GTA).

Gorkhaland members meet Mamata Banerjee to discuss issue of autonomy

March 24, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Kolkata, Mar 24 (ANI): Designated members of the High-Power Committee of Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) on Saturday called on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to discuss the issue of the region's autonomy.

GJM expresses satisfaction after Mamata meet, says elections in July

March 24, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Kolkata, March 24 (IANS) The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), which met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Saturday to discuss several key issues, expressed satisfaction over the talks and said the elections for the autonomous body will take place in July.

Two Manipuri militants arrested from Siliguri by NIA

March 23, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Siliguri (West Bengal), March 23 (IANS) Two members of Manipur's banned Kangleipak Communist Party of Manipur were arrested Friday from near the Indo-Nepal border here in West Bengal's Darjeeling district, police said.

Courageous Class 12 girl helps bust sex racket

March 23, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Darjeeling, March 23 (IANS) The bravery of a class 12 school girl resulted in the busting of a sex racket and the arrest of four people, including a married couple, here. A Rs.5,000 award was announced for the student whose efforts also resulted in a woman being saved from trafficking.

Stalemate over Gorkhaland continues to persist

March 17, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Jalpaiguri, Mar 17 (ANI): Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) in West Bengal has rued at the impasse over the inclusion of their areas in the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) Bill.

Stalemate over Gorkhaland continues to persist

March 17, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Jalpaiguri, Mar 17 (ANI): Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) in West Bengal has rued at the impasse over the inclusion of their areas in the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) Bill.

Formation of GTA in process: Chidambaram

February 29, 2012 at 8:02 PM

New Delhi, Feb 29 (ANI): Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Wednesday rubbished reports that there was a delay in the formation of a Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA), and said that there is a process, which has to be followed.

Piggy Chops takes music lessons even while shooting

February 29, 2012 at 8:00 PM

New Delhi, Feb 29 (ANI): Priyanka Chopra, whose first music album is coming out soon, had reportedly taken her vocal trainer Samantha Edwards to Darjeeling on the sets of Anurag Basu's 'Barfi!'

Formation of GTA in process: Chidambaram

February 29, 2012 at 6:08 PM

New Delhi, Feb 29 (ANI): Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Wednesday rubbished reports that there was a delay in the formation of a Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA), and said that there is a process, which has to be followed.

Piggy Chops takes music lessons even while shooting

February 29, 2012 at 11:12 AM

New Delhi, Feb 29 (ANI): Priyanka Chopra, whose first music album is coming out soon, had reportedly taken her vocal trainer Samantha Edwards to Darjeeling on the sets of Anurag Basu's 'Barfi!'

Frequent landslides affecting normal life in Darjeeling

December 14, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Darjeeling, Dec 14 (ANI): Frequent landslides in West Bengal have blocked national highways and rail tracks, disrupting daily life in the state.

Paragliding in Darjeeling attracts tourists

December 3, 2011 at 4:13 PM

Darjeeling, Dec 3 (ANI): The tourism department of West Bengal, introduced paragliding in Darjeeling, as part of its initiative to provide impetus to tourism and attract local as well as foreign tourists in the state.

Darjeeling bridge death toll rises to 32

October 23, 2011 at 5:36 PM

Darjeeling (W.Bengal), Oct.23 (ANI): The death toll due to a bridge collapse has shot up to 32 as two more bodies were recovered in Darjeeling District of West Bengal on Sunday.

Darjeeling tripartite pact to be signed today

July 18, 2011 at 7:20 PM

Darjeeling, July 18 (ANI): The Centre, West Bengal government and Gorkha Janmukti Morcha will sign an agreement to resolve the Darjeeling issue here today.

Gorkha Janmukti Morcha to ink deal after scrutiny

June 15, 2011 at 12:36 PM

Darjeeling, June 15 (ANI): The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJMM) has stated that the memorandum of settlement (MoS) with state government would be signed only if the party's demands tallied with the proposals of the Centre and the state.

Tourism, business in Darjeeling hit by closure of National Highway 55

April 30, 2011 at 9:18 PM

Darjeeling, Apr 30(ANI): Ongoing repair work at National Highway 55 (NH 55), which connects West Bengal's Darjeeling district with the rest of the country, has hampered tourism and business of roadside shops.

West Bengal government seeks Army deployment in Darjeeling

February 9, 2011 at 12:43 PM

Jalpaiguri, Feb 9 (ANI): The West Bengal government has requested the Centre for deployment of the Army in Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal after two people were killed when police opened fire to disperse a crowd of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) protesters who violated prohibitory orders.

Buddhist monks begin eight-day prayer session for peace in Bodhgaya

December 15, 2010 at 9:28 PM

Bodhgaya, Dec.15 (ANI): Thousands of Buddhist monks assembled at the Bodhgaya Buddhist shrine on Wednesday to attend an eight-day prayer session for peace.

Natalie Portman dislocated rib on 'Black Swan' set

November 24, 2010 at 3:44 PM

London, Nov 24 (ANI): Actress Natalie Portman has revealed that she dislocated a rib on the set of her new movie, 'Black Swan,' and that producers didn't have an on-site medic.

Banerjee slams West Bengal's Left Front for anarchic rule

November 1, 2010 at 12:53 PM

Bankura, Nov 1 (ANI): Trinamool Congress chief and Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee slammed the ruling Communist Party of India (Marxist) for what she called "letting loose anarchy" in West Bengal.

International folkdance festival begins in Shimla

September 29, 2010 at 6:25 PM

Shimla, Sep. 29 (ANI): A five-day-long international folkdance festival featuring young female dancers began here recently.

GJM observes shutdown over escape of key accused in Tamang murder case

August 23, 2010 at 5:05 PM

Darjeeling, Aug 23 (ANI): The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) activists observed a shutdown here on Monday over the escape of Nicol Tamang, the prime accused in killing of Madan Tamang, the former president of the All India Gorkha League (AIGL).

Tamang murder case: GJMM protest escape of key accused

August 23, 2010 at 11:56 AM

Darjeeling, Aug 23 (ANI): The Gorkha Janmukhti Morcha will begin an indefinite Darjeeling Hill shutdown over a demand for the return of Nicol Tamang, the prime accused in killing of Madan Tamang, the former president of the All India Gorkha League (AIGL) who escaped from police custody in Pintail village near Salbari in Darjeeling hills on Sunday.

Prime accused in Madan Tamang's murder case flees CID custody in Darjeeling

August 22, 2010 at 10:21 PM

Darjeeling (West Bengal), Aug.22 (ANI): Prime accused in the murder of All India Gorkha League (AIGL) President Madan Tamang, Nicole Tamang managed to escape on Sunday from the Criminal Investigation Department custody in West Bengal's Darjeeling district.

Two elephants shifted to Bengdubi to search for injured elephant

August 5, 2010 at 6:52 PM

Darjeeling, Aug 5 (ANI): To capture an injured elephant running wild in the Bengdubi Forest Range of West Bengal two captive elephants have been shifted to the area to help forest officers trace the animal.

Tribal outfit undecided on supporting creation of separate Gorkha state

July 12, 2010 at 4:43 PM

Jalpaiguri (West Bengal), July 12 (ANI): The Akhil Bharatiya Adivasi Vikas Parishad, a tribal outfit, met in West Bengal's Jalpaiguri District, and is still indecisive about supporting the demand for a separate Gorkhaland state.

Sandalwood worth over a million seized in Darjeeling

July 1, 2010 at 12:07 PM

Darjeeling, July 1 (ANI): Sandalwood worth over Rs. one crore has been seized from two trucks in West Bengal's Darjeeling District on Wednesday.

West Bengal farmers expect good jute production this year

June 27, 2010 at 7:07 PM

Jalpaiguri (West Bengal), June 27 (ANI): Jute farmers in West Bengal's Jalpaiguri District are expecting a good production this year as the area has received good rainfall.

Darjeeling slips into chaos following killing of Gorkha leader

June 12, 2010 at 1:19 PM

Darjeeling, June 12 (ANI): Darjeeling town has slipped into chaos following the killing of Gorkha leader Madan Tamang last month.

GJM chief to meet Chidambaram on Gorkhaland issue

April 9, 2010 at 12:12 PM

Bagdogra (West Bengal), Apr 9 (ANI): The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) chief, Bimal Gurung, is scheduled to meet Union Home Minister, P. Chidambaram here today.

Indian Army hosts a lively salvo with firearms to lure youth to join forces

March 25, 2010 at 9:40 PM

Jalpaiguri (West Bengal), March 25 (ANI): The Indian Army organised a vibrant show of firearms including firing of guns and shells in Jalpaiguri region of West Bengal state as part of its efforts to arouse the youngsters to join the armed forces as a career.

Indian Army hosts a lively salvo from firearms to lure youth to join forces

March 25, 2010 at 7:56 PM

Jalpaiguri (West Bengal), March 25 (ANI): The Indian Army organised a vibrant show of firearms including firing of guns and shells in Jalpaiguri region of West Bengal state as part of its efforts to arouse the youngsters to join the armed forces as a career.

Indian Army hosts a lively salvo from firearms to lure youth to join forces

March 25, 2010 at 7:32 PM

Jalpaiguri (West Bengal), March 25 (ANI): The Indian Army organised a vibrant show of firearms including firing of guns and shells in Jalpaiguri region of West Bengal state as part of its efforts to arouse the youngsters to join the armed forces as a career.

Gorkha Janamukti Morcha demands setting up of a regional council

March 16, 2010 at 6:15 PM

Darjeeling, Mar. 16 (ANI): The Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) on Tuesday proposed the central government to establish a regional council till Gorkhaland state is created.

Gorkha protestors torch Darjeeling police station

February 19, 2010 at 12:08 PM

Kurseong (West Bengal), Feb 19 (ANI): Activists of the Vidhyarthi Morcha, a student wing of the regional Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJMM) have torched a police station in Kurseong in the Darjeeling Hills.

Only armed forces act against corruption: Admiral Verma

February 5, 2010 at 3:19 PM

Port Blair, Feb 5 (ANI): Navy Chief Admiral Nirmal Verma today said the armed forces are the only organisation that takes action against any corrupt practices, while other organizations lag far behind.

GJM wants Gorkhaland Bill in next session of parliament

December 29, 2009 at 9:10 PM

Silguri (West Bengal), Dec 29 (ANI) : The Gorkha community members from Darjeeling region of West Bengal demanded the Union Government to table the bill to create the separate Gorkhaland state in the next parliament session.

GJM activists stage rally demanding Gorkhaland

December 12, 2009 at 9:07 PM

Sukhna (West Bengal), Dec 12: Temporary staff members of the Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council (DGHC) staged a rally under the banner of Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) to press the demand for separate Gorkhaland state here on Saturday.

India's Darjeeling makes it to 'top 10 places to enjoy cup of tea'

December 12, 2009 at 1:29 PM

London, Dec 12 (ANI): In a survey of some of the world's finest places to enjoy a cup of tea, Darjeeling, a hill station in India, has been named as one of them.

GJM activists force closure of liquor shops in Darjeeling

November 8, 2009 at 12:32 PM

Darjeeling, Nov. 8 (ANI): 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.

Darjeeling farmers erect fence to save crops from wild elephants

November 2, 2009 at 1:09 PM

Kolabari village (Darjeeling), Nov 2 (ANI): Farmers are erecting fences in an attempt to save their crops from elephants menace in Kolabari village of Darjeeling district.

Darjeeling toy train gets vestibule coaches

October 25, 2009 at 8:45 PM

Darjeeling, Oct.25 (ANI): World famous toy train of Darjeeling in West Bengal has received vestibule coaches, which now enables its passengers, who had to earlier jump off the train to enter another compartment, to amble along from one end to the other.

Elephant calf rescued in Jalpaiguri

September 24, 2009 at 5:31 PM

Jalpaiguri (WB), Sep 24 (ANI): Forest authorities in West Bengal on Wednesday rescued an elephant calf, which had strayed away from the herd in Baikunthapur forest range.

Images of George Mallory's Everest climbing attempt in 1922 to be displayed

September 20, 2009 at 12:31 PM

London, Sep 20 (ANI): Photographs of British mountaineer George Mallory's first serious attempt to climb Everest in 1922 have been discovered, and will be put on display for the first time in nearly eight decades.

Jaswant Singh reaffirms his support for Gorkhaland

September 16, 2009 at 1:26 PM

Bagdogra (West Bengal), Sept 16 (ANI): Expelled Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Jaswant Singh has said that his support to the creation of a separate Gorkhaland state remains unchanged despite his ouster from the party.

Bangladesh trained militant arrested in Darjeeling

September 12, 2009 at 1:05 PM

Darjeeling, Sep 12 (ANI): A militant of the Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO) outfit was arrested from West Bengal's Darjeeling district.

Darjeeling zoo, known for its rare Red Pandas, has poor security measures

September 6, 2009 at 9:46 PM

Darjeeling (West Bengal), Sep 6(ANI): The Padmaja Naidu Himalayan zoological park in West Bengal's Darjeeling district, which is known for its Red Pandas, lacks security measures, which a zoo of any international caliber is expected to have.

Tourists flow to Darjeeling marred by GJM moral policing

September 6, 2009 at 6:16 PM

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

Gorkhas call off strike ahead of tripartite meeting

July 28, 2009 at 5:21 PM

Sukna (West Bengal), July 28 (ANI): Life returned to normal at Sukna in West Bengal on Tuesday when the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) called off their strike.

Cyclone affected in Darjeeling hills impatient for aid

June 8, 2009 at 2:16 PM

Pankhabari (West Bengal), June 8 (ANI): Families, devastated by landslide triggered by cyclone Aila in Darjeeling hills, have called for immediate relief and rehabilitation.

Create Gorkhaland, says Jaswant Singh

May 21, 2009 at 6:54 PM

Bagdogra (West Bengal), May 21 (ANI): Reiterating his commitment towards the creation of separate Gorkhaland, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Jaswant Singh on Thursday said that the demand for Gorkhaland would be met despite the saffron party being in the opposition in the Lok Sabha.

Ethnic Gorkhas revive protests on their demand of separate homeland

December 9, 2008 at 11:03 AM

Darjeeling, Dec 9 (ANI): Members of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) have revived their demand by calling indefinite strike of all State Government's offices in Darjeeling Hills.

Nepal begins voting for Indian Idol

December 6, 2008 at 4:16 PM

Kathmandu, Dec 6 (IANS) In 2007, when Darjeeling boy Prashant Tamang won the popular contest Indian Idol 3, India's northern neighbour Nepal played a decisive role in the victory with Nepalis raising money to send SMS votes for the Nepali-origin contestant.

Hannah Foster murder accused is lying to court: prosecutor

November 15, 2008 at 2:23 PM

London, Nov 15 (IANS) The man accused of raping and murdering British teenager Hannah Foster used a string of lies to 'explain away' the evidence against him, prosecutors say.

Hannah Foster murder accused says he was forced to have sex with her

November 14, 2008 at 6:19 PM

London, Nov 14 (IANS) A British man accused of raping and murdering a teenager before fleeing to his native India says a gang kidnapped and forced him to have sex with her.

American, Canadian tea merchants to promote Darjeeling tea in US, Canada

October 18, 2008 at 2:45 PM

Darjeeling, Oct 18 (ANI): American and Canadian tea importers and retailers have shown a keen interest in the tea grown in Darjeeling as they find its taste exotic.

Renewed demand for Gorkhaland

October 18, 2008 at 2:45 PM

Darjeeling, Oct 18 (ANI): 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.

Darjeeling court convicts two Czech entomologists

January 1, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Darjeeling, Sept (ANI): A Darjeeling Court on Wednesday fined a Czech entomologist 20,000 rupees and sentenced his colleague to three years in prison for collecting insects like butterflies without the state government's permission and for exploiting the catch commercially.

Darjeeling tea all set to entice sports lovers at the Beijing Olympics

January 1, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Darjeeling (West Bengal), July 31 (ANI): While Indian sportspersons would compete with the finest sportspersons, during the Beijing Olympics in China, Darjeeling's famous two leaves and a bud would contest with international flavours.

Darjeeling tea's ticket to Olympics

January 1, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Darjeeling, July 29 (ANI): The fragrance and flavour of tea from Makaibari (Maize land) Tea Estate in West Bengal, spread out in the mist-kissed hills of Darjeeling, trickle down to the teacups of guests at Beijing Olympic as the company starts sending tea consignments to Chinese Capital.

Via Darjeeling: Movie review

June 28, 2008 at 1:01 AM

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Culling delayed in bird flu affected areas amidst villagers protest

January 21, 2008 at 12:00 AM

The panic ridden villager's from West Bengal are attacking the culling team. In Birbhum district, one of the badly affected areas, the culling has been stalled because of growing resentment and anger in the villagers.

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