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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Capital roads becoming unsafe for pedestrians?

Capital roads becoming unsafe for pedestrians?

Pashupati Thapa of Gaushala lost his life in a road accident Monday. A microbus knocked him down when he was crossing the road using a zebra crossing at around 9:30pm. Thapa, who was a cook at a guest house in Gaushala, died of head injuries. Last month Rabina Chaudhari, a school teacher, was killed after she was hit by a bus while using a zebra crossing in Basundhara. Similarly, a speeding microbus took the life…

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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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Delay in solar lamp installation causes inconvenience to public

Delay in solar lamp installation causes inconvenience to public

The Kathmandu Metropolitan City has started the second phase of installing 1,285 solar street lamps from last week. But the works are not progressing smoothly, as evidenced by the lamp posts laid along the footpaths beside freshly dug pits in different parts of the city these days. While pedestrians are having to skirt these lamp posts and holes in the pavements to get to their destinations, the metropolis has said that BK Traders and Suppliers…

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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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Trump calls London mayor’s post-attack statement a ‘pathetic excuse’

Trump calls London mayor’s post-attack statement a ‘pathetic excuse’

President Donald Trump responded to the terrorist attacks in London Saturday with a series of tweets, criticizing the city’s mayor and urging the world to “stop being politically correct.” “At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is ‘no reason to be alarmed!’” he wrote Sunday morning, using an out-of-context quote by London Mayor Sadiq Khan. Three attackers drove a van into pedestrians on the London Bridge…

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Nepal PM Pushpa Kumar Dahal steps down

Nepal PM Pushpa Kumar Dahal steps down

Nepal’s Maoist prime minister has resigned, leaving a leadership vacuum just weeks before the second round of local elections. Pushpa Kamal Dahal took office only nine months ago. The municipal and village assembly vote is the first in the past two decades. His exit from government on Wednesday was somewhat expected under a power-sharing deal with the Nepali Congress Party. It came earlier than predicted though after the Communist UML opposition party threatened to block…

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CPN Maoist cadres robbed Ballot boxes from Naraharinath Village Kalikot

CPN Maoist cadres  robbed Ballot boxes from Naraharinath Village Kalikot

An unidentified group has robbed the ballot boxes at Naraharinath Village Council in Kalikot district on Sunday. According to Nepal Police Headquarters, police personnel were taking the ballot boxes to the vote counting station when the incident occurred. Police are yet to establish the number of ballot boxes robbed in the Municipality. Police suspect that the Netra Bikram Chand-led CPN Maoist cadres might have robbed the ballot boxes. Plain-clothed police personnel, who were taking the…

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Nepal votes in first local elections in 20 years (video)

Nepal votes in first local elections in 20 years (video)

Nearly 50,000 candidates vying for various positions in municipal and village councils for the first time in 20 years. Nepalese have voted for representatives in municipal and village councils for the first time in two decades, a landmark moment in the country’s transition to democracy. Polling stations closed at 1700 local time (1115 GMT) on Sunday, with voter turnout estimated at 71 percent, Election Commission head Ayodhi Prasad Yadav said at a press conference. Ballot…

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Nepal police job aspirants die during physical ability test

Nepal  police job aspirants die during physical ability test

KATHMANDU: Two persons died while undergoing physical ability test for the recruitment as temporary police for the upcoming local level elections, in two districts on Saturday. The Banke District Police Office reported that 29-year-old Tol Bahadur Tharu from Baijapur of the district complained of giddiness and collapsed after completing his physical test at Regional Police Training Centre today. He breathed his last on the way to the nearby Bheri Zonal Hospital. In another case, 29-year-old…

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