Darjeeling ninth death since June, GJM man killed in clash

Darjeeling ninth death since June, GJM man killed in clash

KALIMPONG/DARJEELING: The death of a Gorkha Janmukti Morcha worker — the ninth death in Darjeeling since June — and the Centre’s “silence”, despite the worsening situation in the Hills, prompted Gorkhaland proponents to decide to take their agitation to Delhi from August and push the Bengal governor and the “friendly government” in Sikkim to take up the separate statehood cause. The Gorkhaland Movement Coordination Committee will have its next meeting in Delhi on August 1…

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Darjeeling: Residents struggle for basic requirements of urban life

Darjeeling: Residents struggle for basic requirements of urban life

Darjeeling has been reeling under a strike, and no one — from local residents to major hill party leaders who had called the strike — knows when it will be withdrawn. The strike has been going on for about a month, but even in the midst the complete shutdown, with no transport, closed shops, banks and ATMs, no internet and not a single tourist, life goes on. How are residents making do without the basic…

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Fresh Violence Hits India’s Darjeeling Hills

Fresh Violence Hits India’s Darjeeling Hills

As fresh violence erupted in Darjeeling on Saturday, prompting the West Bengal government to call out the Army, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said she was ready for talks with protesting Gorkha leaders if they “eschew violence”. The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) – which has been spearheading protests – promptly rejected that offer, saying doors for talks with the state government are “closed forever”. Three people have died in the violence since Friday. The Chief Minister…

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Darjeeling boarding schools extend vacation for indefinite period

Darjeeling boarding schools extend vacation for indefinite period

Darjeeling: The boarding schools of Darjeeling, which were scheduled to reopen on Tuesday, have extended their vacation due to the indefinite shutdown in the Hills. The vacation had begun on 23 June. “We have decided to extend the vacation as the shutdown is going on. We have not given any time-frame as to when the schools will reopen. As soon as normalcy returns in the hills, we will inform parents and reopen schools,” principal of…

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No Facebook, No School: Children Are Having A Hard Time In Darjeeling

No Facebook, No School: Children Are Having A Hard Time In Darjeeling

DARJEELING: With schools closed, Internet suspended and playgrounds off-limits due to the indefinite shutdown in Darjeeling since June 15, the children have nowhere to go. Malls, cinema halls, the zoo also remained out of bounds for them. “Our parents don’t allow us to go outside and play. The police uncles are not allowing us to play on the road. Inside the house, there is no Internet. We cannot play online games,” said Vivek Giri, 13,…

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Darjeeling: Politics of Nepali language

Darjeeling: Politics of Nepali language

he Nepali language has acted as a common thread connecting people of various tribal origins in the Darjeeling hills1961: Nepali language is recognised as one of the Official Languages of West Bengal. 1961-1962: The ethnic Gorkha population in Darjeeling opposes a move by the then West Bengal Government to introduce Bengali as a compulsory language in the hills. Government backtracks. 1971-1972: The demand to include the Nepali language in the Sixth Schedule of the Indian…

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