Hill News

DARJEELING, 24 Oct 2016/--/A tourist from Murshidabad died this afternoon while on a trip to Sandakphu after she complained she was having difficulty in breathing. She was administered oxygen at the local SSB camp and was being rushed to Darjeeling but she died near Kalpokhari, 7km below Sandakphu...

DARJEELING, 23 Oct 2016/--/Leaders of the Jan Andolan Party today laced their speeches with rhetoric, taking barbs at the ruling Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, in the party’s first public meeting in Darjeeling sub-division. The JAP also announced a series of political programmes while asserting it would...

DARJEELING, 21 Oct 2016/--/The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha has decided to spread awareness among the masses about the need for a statehood agitation through a slew of public meetings across the hills and also seek their feedback before launching into action. GJM president Bimal Gurung today apprised the...

DARJEELING, 20 Oct 2016/--/Traffic came to a standstill for nearly 30 minutes today in Darjeeling town, as workers of the Dhootriah, Peshok and Kalej Valley tea gardens squatted on the road demanding puja bonus at 19 per cent. The Assistant Lbour Commissioner (ALC) had called a meeting today to...

DARJEELING, 19 Oct 2016/--/The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha is set to start a fresh agitation for a separate state after giving people a breather for the Dusshera and Diwali festivities. GJM president Bimal Gurung had announced in August he would resign as the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration chief...

DARJEELING, 5 Oct 2016/--/Ten underprivileged boys and girls selected from various tea  gardens of the hills have been chosen to judge the Durga puja ‘parikrama’ in Kolkata under an initiative being undertaken by the Ramakrishna Mission of Darjeeling. The initiative has been christened 'Paharer...

DARJEELING, 2 Oct 2016/--/The warring Gorkha Janmukti Morcha and the Trinamool Congress are in no mood to let-off especially after the September 28 face-off, with both parties trying to get the better of the  other in the run up to the Panchayat and council elections slated later this year. In...

DARJEELING, 27 Sep 2016/--/Ahead of the 12-hour strike on Wednesday, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha today said it did not want confrontation and appealed to the Trinamool Congress and the Gorkha National Liberation Front to maintain peace while urging the district administration to remain unbiased....

DARJEELING, 26 Sep 2016/--/Accusing the district police of intimidating traders, business establishments and vehicle syndicates to remain open on September 28, the proposed bandh day, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha today warned of continuing the strike and even spreading it to Siliguri and the Dooars....

DARJEELING, 26 Sep 2016/--/In an obvious sign of relations souring up between the Jan Andolan Party and the Trinamool Congress, the former today rebuffed the latter’s attempts to make inroads in the hills, asserting no national-level party would be able to usurp power in the region. The latest...

DARJEELING, 20 Sep 2016/--/Gorkha Janmukti Morcha chief Bimal Gurung today said the the first stage of the new agitation for statehood would be held in the Darjeeling hills and in Delhi, implying there were no immediate plans to engage the Dooars and Terai areas. Gurung was addressing party...

DARJEELING, 20 Sep 2016/--/The Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, better known as Darjeeling zoo, is set to increase its residents by bringing in a pair each of the Takin (of the bovine family) and Binturong (related to the civet) from Bhutan as also a pair of clouded leopards from Tripura by...

DARJEELING, 19 Sep 2016/--/Relations between the Jan Andolan Party and the hill Trinamool Congress seem to have taken a slide ahead of the municipality election,  with JAP president Harka Bhadur Chhetri today saying his party would fight the polls alone. He said the loose alliance the JAP  had...

DARJEELING, 16 Sep 2016/--/Relatives of one sixty five year old Jayanti Subba today filed a complaint at the police station here alleging that they were beaten up by five state armed police for no reason at the Darjeeling District Hospital when they were getting ready to take Jayanti who was...

 Darjeeling, 14 Sep 2016/--/The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) affiliated Darjeeling Terai Dooars Plantation Labour Union today threatened to call a day-long token general strike in the hills if the bonus meeting scheduled on September 17 fails to yield positive results. The GJM Trade Union wants...

DARJEELING, 12 Sep 2016/--/The Trinamool Congress affiliated Darjeeling Zilla Tea Employees and Workers Union today said without securing parcha-patta or land rights, a Gorkhaland state would be of no  use, as people living in the tea gardens were yet to get their "independence" even after all...

DARJEELING, 11 Sep 2016/--/Gorkha Janmukti Morcha president Bimal Gurung has asked heads of schools and colleges to complete their syllabus and annual examinations to avoid being caught up in his planned agitation for statehood, which he wants to start in two to three months' time. His announcement...

Gangtok, 9 Sep 2016/--/Tata Motors, the country’s largest commercial vehicles manufacturer, today announced having received orders of over 5,000 buses from 25 State/City Transport Undertakings across the country. This represents a healthy growth of over 80% plus compared to last year in the order...

DARJEELING, 7 Sep 2016/--/Two toy train diesel engines reached Siliguri today from Maharashtra and they will be put into service from September 15 along with the existing steam locos to operate the famed Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. The two diesel engines - NDM600 and NDM603 - were hauled to the...

DARJEELING, 5 Sep 2016/--/Gorkha Janmukti Morcha president Bimal Gurung today said time had come for everyone to become proactive for a statehood struggle as he asked teachers and heads of primary and secondary schools of the hills to discuss the matter and make preparations. Gurung has announced...

MIRIK, 5 Sep 2016/--/The 17th foundation day of Mirik Degree College was today celebrated along with Teachers' Day with fanfare at the college auditorium hall. This year marks the completion of 17 years of the institute. L.B. Dewan, the founder of Mirik College, started the proceedings in the...

DARJEELING, 3 Sep 2016/--/Mother Teresa received the “call within the call” during her toy train ride up to Darjeeling in 1946, and 70 down the line, members of the Darjeeling branch of the Lay Missionary of Charity, today tried to relive that life changing moment in an 8km ride in the famed toy...

DARJEELING, 2 Sep 2016/--/Subhamoy Chatterjee, representing the minority community in Darjeeling municipality and a member of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, today announced he was resigning over  personal and domestic issues. Chatterjee is the commissioner of Ward 25 of Darjeeling municipality. He did...

DARJEELING, 1 Sep 2016/--/Members of the Gorkhaland Personnel, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha's voluntary brigade comprising youths from the hills, today claimed the police had started harassing them without  any provocation to give anxious moments to their families. The GJM raised the GLP in 2009...

DARJEELING, 31 Aug 2016/--/Lamenting the lack of unity here unlike elsewhere, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha's women’s frontal organisation today said division among political parties of the hills including personal mud-slinging had weakened the more than 100 year old statehood demand. Speaking at a...