Hill News

DARJEELING, 30 Mar 2017/--/With the promise of providing land rights, developing the tea and tourism sectors of the area, and support to entrepreneurs, chief minister Mamata Banerjee today officially declared Mirik as a new sub-division. When she last visited the hills on February 14, the chief...

DARJEELING, 30 Mar 2017/--/Opposing the ongoing construction work by the state government of lodges for tourists at Tiger Hill in Darjeeling sub-division, the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration has decided to move the Supreme Court, asserting the work was being done without taking into...

DARJEELING, 29 Mar 2017/--/Chief minister Mamata Banerjee is set to fulfill the long pending desire of the hill people when she officially inaugurates a MRI scan facility at Darjeeling district hospital on Thursday from Mirik. The Darjeeling hills have remained deprived of this most basic facility...

DARJEELING, 28 Mar 2017/--/The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha leadership has decided to highlight the purported highhandedness and non-cooperation of the state government as part of its strategy to win over voters ahead of the municipal elections tentatively slated in April. The GJM’s strategy is...

DARJEELING, 23 Mar 2017/--/The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha has reportedly brought to the notice of Prime Minister Narendra Modi the increasing influx of anti-national immigrants from Bangladesh, alleging this was being encouraged by Mamata Banerjee to safeguard her vote bank. The GJM said the creation...

Gangtok, 22 Mar 2017/--/Tata Motors today commenced pre-bookings for the Tata TIGOR, India's first ‘StyleBack,' across all authorized dealership with a booking amount of Rs 5000. Meant for the young and fast generation, Tata TIGOR comes with its stunning, break-free and revolutionary design, set to...

DARJEELING, 20 Mar 2017/--/On a campaign tour of the hills for the upcoming civic body elections, Arup Biswas, the hills observer of the Trinamool Congress, on Sunday said that given an opportunity, his party would change the face of Kurseong sub-division through development. The TMC leader was in...

DARJEELING, 18 Mar 2017/--/The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha has decided to join hands with the Bodoland, Vidarbha and Bundelkhand demand committees under the aegis of the National Federation for Smaller States (NFSS) to take forward its statehood movement. Today, GJM general secretary Roshan Giri and...

DARJEELING, 16 Mar 2017/--/The youth wing of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha today said it would neither participate in the upcoming municipality election nor campaign for the party’s candidates in an apparent bid to pressurise the leadership to take up the statehood demand. The Darjeeling town...

YELBONG (KALIMPONG), 16 Mar 2017/--/The Sishu Siksha Kendra that was established in 2002 at Yelbong forest village in Kalimpong district has stopped functioning due to lack of teachers since the past six months. Om Prakash Chhetri of Pembling had been appointed to teach at Yelbong SSK, but he has...

DARJEELING, 16 Mar 2017/--/A fire broke out this afternoon at Makaibari Tea Estate in Kurseong destroying the near-century old director’s bungalow. According to Kurseong sub-divisional officer Debasish Chatterjee, the fire started around 2.45pm. The cause of the fire is under investigation, but a...

PANIGHATTA (MIRIK), 14 Mar 2017/--/A section of workers in Panighatta tea estate owing allegiance to the hill Trinamool Congress have started pruning tea bushes on their own even as the garden management has failed to come to the estate ever since October 10, 2015. The workers have decided to eke...

DARJEELING, 10 Mar 2017/--/The Gorkhaland Territorial Administration has decided to approach the National Green Tribunal in its bid to stop the state government from implementing a tourism project at Tiger Hill in Darjeeling for which construction work is already in progress. The GTA contends that...

DARJEELING, 7 Mar 2017/--/A Darjeeling court today found a social worker guilty of having molested a minor girl three years ago and sentenced him to five years rigorous imprisonment under the POSCO Act. Anupam Mukherjee, the special judge under POCSO and additional district sessions judge, found...

DARJEELING, 6 Mar 2017/--/The Gorkha National Liberation Front today announced it would organise a two-day seminar on the Sixth Schedule in Darjeeling. The event will have resource experts to raise awareness on the pertinence and benefits of implementing the Sixth Schedule in the hills. Ironically...

DARJEELING, 6 Mar 2017/--/The hills of Darjeeling are home to more than 400 varieties of orchid, but lack of post harvesting technology and proper marketing have become the bane in terms of the flower's export, both domestically and elsewhere, where demand is huge. Parshottambhai Rupala, Union...

DARJEELING, 5 Mar 2017/--/Union defence minister Manohar Parikkar today talked about nationalism, the strategic importance of the Darjeeling hills in terms of national security, and establishing a sainik school in Darjeeling, but stopped short of making any comments on the statehood demand. The...

DARJEELING, 2 Mar 2017/--/As the hills gear up for the municipality elections, allegations and counter allegations on issues raised by political parties to overshadow each other to win voters' trust have started to become a daily affair. Predominantly, the ruling Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, finding...

DARJEELING, 1 Mar 2017/--/Under fire from the Opposition on the failure of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration to develop the region, the ruling Gorkha Janmukti Morcha will finally have something to throw back at them when Union defence minister Manohar Parikkar comes to Darjeeling, to...

DARJEELING, 26 Feb 2017/--/Ahead of the municipality elections in the hills, Gorkha Janmukti Morcha chief Bimal Gurung will set up camp in Kalimpong district in a bid to save the party that has come under severe assault from the Trinamool Congress and other local parties. The date of the civic...

DARJEELING, 24 Feb 2017/--/The Darjeeling police today arrested a juvenile accused of making a minor girl pregnant a year ago at a private shelter home in Pokhraybong, 28km from Darjeeling. The home was run by a local woman, who is presently absconding. The 14-year-year old has been charged under...

DARJEELING, 23 Feb 2017/--/Making another breakthrough, the district police have arrested a person from Kalimpong in connection with the 2014 Assam arms haul case in which also figures a Gorkha Janmukti Morcha leader, who is on the run. On Wednesday, the Darjeeling police arrested Amber Dhoj...

DARJEELING, 21 Feb 2017/--/A section of the Christian community of Darjeeling, under the aegis of the All Christian Minority Central Committee (ACMCC), today passed a resolution to stand by its demand for a separate development board. This comes even as the state government recently announced the...

DARJEELING, 16 Feb 2017/--/Gorkhaland Territorial Administration sabhasad Roshan Giri, who is in charge of the education department, today expressed satisfaction over his meeting with state education minister Partha Chatterjee in Kolkata on the issue of regularisation of voluntary teachers in the...

DARJEELING, 14 Feb 2017/--/Even as Kalimpong was formally announced as the 21st district of West Bengal today by chief minister Mamata Banerjee, Gorkha Janmukti Morcha chief Bimal Gurung chose to indulge in rhetoric, asserting the new district was a weapon in his arsenal for the statehood demand....