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strike, and no one — from local residents to major hill party leaders who had called the strike — knows when it will be withdrawn.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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Tourist arrival surges by 33 per cent in Everest region

Tourist arrival surges by 33 per cent in Everest region

KHUMBU: The number of tourists visiting the Mount Everest region has risen by 33.66 per cent in 2016 as compared to 2015. Overall 27,465 tourists visited the Everest region in 2015 while the number was recorded at 36,694 in 2016, informed Assistant Sub Inspector of Police (ASI), Sarayug Mahato at Tourist Police Office, Lukla. The number of tourists visiting the region exceeds the previous year by 9,229. The tourist arrival in the mountainous region had…

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Rockefeller Christmas tree lighting traffic guide

Rockefeller Christmas tree lighting traffic guide

While New Yorkers and tourists ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’ over the Christmas tree lighting at Rockefeller Center on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, motorists in the area will be moaning and groaning. If you thought the tree lighting wouldn’t impact traffic in the area, you were wrong. The following streets will be closed between 3 and 11 p.m., according to the NYPD: 48th Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues 49th Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues 50th…

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Visually impaired Italians trek to Everest region

Visually impaired Italians trek to Everest region

KHUMBU: Burno Borrelli and Gabriele Scorsolini cannot see the outer physical world. But, the Italian nationals say that losing eyesight never stops them from doing things differently. Burno successfully trekked to the Everest pyramid (5,079 m) while Gabriele reached Tengboche (3,867 m) to extend a strong message to the world that courage and dedication could easily overcome the physical challenges. “It was really awesome to be in the Khumbu region that attracts the world,” the…

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American man charged with sexual abuse of Nepali boys amid fears trafficking rising

American man charged with sexual abuse of Nepali boys amid fears trafficking rising

KATHMANDU : Police in Nepal have charged an American man of luring boys from villages and taking them to the capital for sex, an official said on Monday, amid concerns that last year’s devastating earthquakes have caused a spike in human trafficking. The Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) official said Kenneth Joseph Coombs, 48, was arrested on Friday at a hotel in Thamel, a popular tourist district in Kathmandu, where eight boys aged between 12 and…

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Australian held with hashish from TIA

Australian held with hashish from TIA

KATHMANDU: An Australian national was arrested from the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in possession of 840 gram hashish on Monday. Puch Robert (Passport number P 8123183) was about to board a Turkish Airlines flight to Greece via Istanbul of Turkey while police nabbed him in the Capital today. Police said the Australian man had hidden the illegal drug wrapped in a carbon paper in his guitar. The Narcotics Control Bureau of Nepal Police is looking…

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