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Centre rushes 600 paramilitary personnel to Darjeeling; seeks report from West Bengal govt
Centre rushes 600 paramilitary personnel to Darjeeling; seeks report from West Bengal govt

The Centre on Tuesday rushed 600 additional paramilitary personnel to Darjeeling to assist the administration in restoring normalcy.

Centre will surely consider demand for Gorkhaland: GJM chief Bimal Gurung

The GJM chief slammed West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for calling in the Army to control the situation in Darjeeling.

Sunderbans goes hi-tech to keep infiltrators, smugglers at bay

The porous riverine border with Bangladesh at Sunderbans are shortly to be equipped with infra-ray pillars and smart sensors.

GJM supporters torch, vandalise offices on Day 1 of shutdown
GJM supporters torch, vandalise offices on Day 1 of shutdown

Six columns of army have been deployed in Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Kurseong towns since Thursday, officials said.
 

Tourists flee as Darjeeling troubles boil over
Tourists flee as Darjeeling troubles boil over

The hills are famous for the Darjeeling tea whose production is jealously guarded. It is also famed for its "toy train" -- a 78-kilometer uphill ride from New Jalpaiguri.
 

Can't be intimidated with threats, Mamata Banerjee tells GJM
Can't be intimidated with threats, Mamata Banerjee tells GJM

West Bengal Chief Minister on Mamata Banerjee on Monday asserted she will not be intimidated with Gorkha Janmukti Morcha`s (GJM) "threats" and claimed it will run away after spurring episodes of violence.

GJM ''suicidal'' bandh for ''political benefit'': West Bengal Minister Sovandeb Chatterjee

West Bengal Power Minister Sovandeb Chatterjee on Monday dubbed the indefinite strike called by Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) as `suicidal`, saying that latter was spoiling the life of Darjeeling people for `political gain.

 

Monsoon arrived in West Bengal
Monsoon arrived in West Bengal

Monsoon entered some parts of sub-Himalayan West Bengal (including Darjeeling) and Sikkim on Monday.

'Gorkhaland' statehood row: GJM-backed bandh begins in Darjeeling Hills; several detained, tourists asked to leave
'Gorkhaland' statehood row: GJM-backed bandh begins in Darjeeling Hills; several detained, tourists asked to leave

Eight suspected Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) activists were detained for indulging in arson as a GJM-sponsored month-long shutdown of government offices began on Monday.

Kolkata woman raped by neighbour in front of daughter
Kolkata woman raped by neighbour in front of daughter

"I was raped around 3 a.m. yesterday in front of my nine-year-old daughter. I was physically assaulted along with my daughter," the victim said.
 

Darjeeling limping back to normal amid uncertainty

Life returned to normal in the northern West Bengal hills with no violence reported so far on Sunday, but uncertainty prevails as the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) called an indefinite shutdown from Monday.

Will declare tea plantation workers' strike 'illegal': Mamata Banerjee
Will declare tea plantation workers' strike 'illegal': Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday said her government would declare the proposed tea plantation workers` strike as illegal.

GJM calls indefinite shutdown in Darjeeling from June 12, all govt offices to stay shut; banks to open on Mondays, Thursdays
GJM calls indefinite shutdown in Darjeeling from June 12, all govt offices to stay shut; banks to open on Mondays, Thursdays

The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha on Saturday called an indefinite shutdown in the northern West Bengal hills from Monday in support of its demand for a separate Gorkhaland state.

CM Mamata Banerjee must stop doing 'divisive' politics: GJM chief Bimal Gurung
CM Mamata Banerjee must stop doing 'divisive' politics: GJM chief Bimal Gurung

Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) chief Bimal Gurung on Saturday requested West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee not to do or promote 'divisive' politics in the state.

Narada case: Trinamool MLA Iqbal Ahmed fails to appear before CBI, seeks more time
Narada case: Trinamool MLA Iqbal Ahmed fails to appear before CBI, seeks more time

Senior Trianmool Congress leader Iqbal Ahmed on Saturday did not appear before the CBI for questioning in Narada case citing 'ill-health'.

 

Darjeeling limps back to normalcy
Darjeeling limps back to normalcy

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who was already in Darjeeling on Thursday, had stayed back after trouble broke out and supervised the entire operations.

Mamata govt seeks special audit report of GTA within two weeks

The directive came soon after yesterday's clash between the GJM and the police in Darjeeling, according to a senior official at the state secretariat.

Mamata Banerjee warns of stern action against GJM supporters, says situation in Darjeeling under control
Mamata Banerjee warns of stern action against GJM supporters, says situation in Darjeeling under control

Coming down heavily on the Bimal Gurung-led Gorkhaland Territorial Administration, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday warned the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) supporters of stern action even as the Left Front has demanded an all-party meet on the hill issue.

Darjeeling on the boil: Gorkhas oppose Mamata Banerjee's move to make Bengali mandatory in schools, call 12-hour shutdown today; Army called in
Darjeeling on the boil: Gorkhas oppose Mamata Banerjee's move to make Bengali mandatory in schools, call 12-hour shutdown today; Army called in

On Thursday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee held her cabinet meeting in Darjeeling - the first time in 45 years that the state cabinet had met in the hill district. 

Massive protests break out in Darjeeling, GJM supporters clash with cops; Army steps in
Massive protests break out in Darjeeling, GJM supporters clash with cops; Army steps in

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee asked the Narendra Modi-led central government to deploy Indian Army in Darjeeling after a massive protest broke out in the state city on Thursday. 

Senior TMC leader Iqbal Ahmed summoned by CBI in Narada case

Ahmed, who is also the younger brother of TMC MP Sultan Ahmed, has been summoned for questioning on June 10.

GJM chief Bimal Gurung threatens to revive Gorkaland movement, accuses TMC of diluting real issues

Gorkha Janmukti Morcha chief Bimal Gurung, who was chastised by Mamata Banerjee recently for pursuing divisive politics in the Darjeeling hills, today hit back, saying the TMC was trying to 'dilute' real issues affecting the hills and threatened to revive Gorkhaland movement.

BJP accuses TMC of step motherly attitude towards GJM

West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh on Wednesday accused the TMC government in the state of "step motherly" attitude towards GJM as it is has an alliance with BJP in the hills.

IT notice to TMC: BJP dubs Mamata-led party as 'corrupt'
IT notice to TMC: BJP dubs Mamata-led party as 'corrupt'

The Income Tax authorities have sent the party a notice, demanding an explanation for the splurge, to which the TMC has sought extension. 

Bengal to make campus poll 'apolitical'

Eschewing political association in student body elections, a model followed by the city's premier St. Xavier's College, the West Bengal government will roll out a new "apolitical" system this year for student union elections.

GJM burns Mamata Banerjee's effigy, threatens to revive Gorkhaland demand

Hundreds of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) supporters led by party chief Bimal Gurung waved black flags and burnt effigy of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee as they brought out a protest rally in Darjeeling district demanding the state government come up with a written circular about not making Bengali compulsory in the hills.

Car full of fake medicine seized in Bengal, one arrested

Apart from the fake syrup bottles, we have seized multiple jars of liquid syrup and labels of renowned pharmaceutical companies from the car.
 

Bengal to replace or upgrade 15,000 semi-mechanised ferries

West Bengal on Tuesday sought participation of boat manufacturers from different states in its bid to replace or upgrade nearly 15,000 semi-mechanised ferries plying in the state's waterways.

Mamata Banerjee condoles death of soldier in Kashmir
Mamata Banerjee condoles death of soldier in Kashmir

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday pledged all assistance to his bereaved family.