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Hills, too, set stage for Durga Puja

Hills, too, set stage for Durga Puja

Contrary to the Durga Puja celebrations in the plains, there are no pandals and no themes for the pujas in Darjeeling Hills, but people here too are all eager to mark the occasion with the simple culture, tradition and faith that they have for Goddess Durga. Different communities and associations, …

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Puja & Pancham

Puja & Pancham

Pujoy Pancham, a programme by a band that had musicians who had worked with R.D. Burman, was held at Srijani Auditorium in Durgapur town on Sunday evening. The event was organised by Rotary Club of Durgapur Steel City in association with t2.  The auditorium was packed with old and young …

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New party by union leader

New party by union leader

Amar Rai, a former president of a government employees’ union which was stronger than the union with leanings towards Subash Ghisingh during the heyday of the GNLF chief, is set to float a political party after Diwali. Rai will be the president of the outfit to be called Parbatya Prajatantrik …

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Girl out for a walk shot at

Girl hailing from West Bengal, gangraped by six in guest house

Teen tried to stop youths from snatching mom’s chain A 17-year-old girl who was out for a morning walk was shot at when she tried to stop some youths from snatching a gold chain that her mother was wearing. The girl has been admitted to Raiganj district hospital with a …

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State won’t accept GJMM demands: Harka

Have support to raise district plea: Harka

Kalimpong MLA Harka Bahadur Chettri on Saturday said that considering the ‘strained’ relationship between the Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha (GJMM)and the state government, it is very unlikely for chief minister Mamata Banerjee to accept any demands raised by the GJMM, including the demand for a Kalimpong district. Given the strained …

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Board

Girl hailing from West Bengal, gangraped by six in guest house

The total hill population is about 15 lakh and around 5 lakh Rais live in the hills. The community has three associations, Khambu Rights Movement, All India Kirati Khambu Rai Association and Kirati Khambu Rai Sanskriti Sansthan, which hasn’t yet made its stand clear. The recent development, however, seems to …

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Garden closes over bonus anger

Girl hailing from West Bengal, gangraped by six in guest house

The management of Kohinoor tea estate in Alipurduar today issued a notice announcing suspension of work indefinitely after labourers blocked trucks carrying tea leaves out of the garden because they had been denied the bonus. Around 1,000 labourers work in the estate. According to garden source, the management was supposed …

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Rai youths’ board nod

Girl hailing from West Bengal, gangraped by six in guest house

A youth association of the Rai community has opposed the All India Kirati Khambu Rai Association’s decision to not accept a development board. The general secretary of the Khambu Rights Movement, Sandip Kulung, today said: “We condemn the decision of not accepting a development board for the community. We have …

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Darjeeling cops wary of situation at tea plantations

Tea: the tie that binds Atlanta woman, Darjeeling orphans

The Darjeeling superintendent of police Mr Amit P Javalgi has expressed concern over the ongoing unrest in the Duncans’ tea plantations, apprehending  law and order problems over the issue of bonus at the rate of 8.33 per cent while the while management of most tea plantations  have assured 20 per …

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Poll issues: Mamata to hold meeting post Puja

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After Durga Puja, Trinamul Congress chairperson Mamata Banerjee will hold a meeting with the party MPs, MLAs, recently elected councillors, district presidents, zilla shabhadhipatis and presidents of party’s different frontal organisations as part of preparation for 2016 Assembly poll and likely to discuss on selection of candidates for next year poll.  Miss Banerjee had earlier declared that the Trinamul Congress would fight …

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Bias charge on SMC

Girl hailing from West Bengal, gangraped by six in guest house

Trinamul councillors at the Siliguri Municipal Corporation today held a demonstration and walked out of the monthly board meeting, alleging that the Left civic body was discriminating against Opposition members in allocation of funds. The 90-minute demonstration on the SMC premises by 16 of the 17 Trinamul councillors was also …

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