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Harka party date deferred

Kalimpong MLA Harka Bahadur Chhetri today said he would hold a public meeting at Mirik on January 10 and make certain announcements regarding the new party he intended to float. On December 31, he had said the party would be formed “not later than January 10”. Speaking to reporters at …

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Goenka to meet Duncans unions

Union minister of state for commerce and industry Nirmala Sitharaman today said G.P. Goenka, the chairman of the Duncans Goenka Group, would meet trade union leaders on January 6 to discuss the plight of workers in 14 tea gardens owned by the company. Sitharaman, who held a number of meetings …

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Agitation threat over tea garden dues

Alchemist defaults on pay   The trade union of tea estate workers affiliated to the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha today said labourers of three hill gardens owned by Trinamul Rajya Sabha member K.D. Singh hadn’t been paid for two months and threatened to launch an agitation if the issue was not …

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Ghising son makes appearance in meeting

Late GNLF Chief Subash Ghising’s son Mann Ghising was on Sunday accorded a public reception by party supporters at a public meeting in the hills. In 2007, his father Subash Ghising did not leave Darjeeling owing to fear, he had left to avoid another round of blood-bath, Mann told the …

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Sitharaman visits Bengal tea gardens

Taking stock of the situation of closed tea gardens and the plight of workers in northern West Bengal, union Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday assured suitable steps by the central government. “We are taking stock of the situation and discussing the issue with the stakeholders and the …

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Earthquake 6.9 Magnitude

Magnitude M 6.9 Region MANIPUR, INDIA REGION Date time 2016-01-03 23:05:21.0 UTC Location 24.85 N ; 93.66 E Depth 40 km Distances 335 km NE of Chittagong, Bangladesh / pop: 3,920,222 / local time: 05:05:21.0 2016-01-04 30 km W of Imphāl, India / pop: 223,523 / local time: 04:35:21.0 2016-01-04

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Mamata blames Centre for tea garden situation

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday blamed the Centre’s “indifference” for the plight of tea gardens of north Bengal, most of which are at the brink of closure while their workers are living in penury. The ailing tea gardens of West Bengal have left its employees in lurch, …

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Rancho’s school to add classes

The Ladakh school that became famous after Aamir Khan’s film 3 idiots was released will start Classes XI and XII from the 2017 academic session, its chairman said. Druk White Lotus School in Shey, Ladakh, locally known as Druk Padma Karpo School, was the Bollywood hit’s location in 2009. In …

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CM for end to varsity violence

Mamata tells Raiganj University VC to ensure peace Mamata arrives at the meeting in Dharampur on Tuesday. Picture by Nantu Dey  Mamata Banerjee today asked the vice-chancellor of Raiganj University to take strong action to put an end to frequent incidents of violence at the varsity so that students could …

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Hanging Body Found in Siliguri

Tension mounted in Bharat Nagar, Siliguri after police recovered a dead body of a youth hanging on a tree on Tuesday early morning. The deceased was identified as Madan Chakraborty (31) who use to work in Kranti Tea Garden near Siliguri. According to locals, they first spotted Madan’s body hangin …

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Siliguri half-marathon on 10 January

As part of the forthcoming Uttar Banga Utsav, the North Bengal Development Department (NBDD) and the Agrani Sangha will jointly organise the Siliguri HalfMarathon 2015, an 8-Kmlong mini marathon, and a 5-km-long dream run in Siliguri on 10 January, 2016. A national level 21 km marathon is also being organised …

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Medical representatives

Medical representatives today submitted a memorandum to Nirmal Bera, the superintendent of North Bengal Medical College and Hospital, demanding the withdrawal of an order that barred their visit to the facility. Kashinath Saha, the Darjeeling district secretary of the West Bengal Medical and Sales Representatives’ Union, said: “The World Health …

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Gurung to reshuffle Morcha panels

Leaders asked to intensify mass contact programmes Bimal Gurung has decided to reshuffle the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha’s three important wings, central committee, core committee and Study Forum, and directed all leaders to reach out to the people. The Morcha president today organised a meeting at Gorkha Rangamanch Bhavan in Darjeeling …

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