Kalimpong says, Adieu Fr Gressot

Kalimpong says, Adieu Fr Gressot

Old boys and staff of St. Augustine’s school in Kalimpong would remember Father Gressot, teacher, bursar, and Principal. Fr. Edouard Gressot, 97 years old, the last surviving Canons Regular missionary who worked in Kalimpong under Darjeeling diocese, died on September 9, 2019 at St. Maurice Abbey, Switzerland. He was associated with St. Augustine’s School, Kalimpong. […]

33-year-old from Manipur is Darjeeling’s new MP

33-year-old from Manipur is Darjeeling’s new MP

Raju Bista, a 33-year-old from Manipur’s Kangpoki district, is the new MP from Darjeeling. It took many by surprise when the BJP fielded Raju Bista in Darjeeling. The leaders of the  party were smart enough to find a young Gorkha RSS worker from Manipur to represent them in the politically hostile hills district of West […]

Queen of Hills loses Innocence: Child, Teenager, raped

Queen of Hills loses Innocence:  Child, Teenager, raped

Darjeeling: ‘What’s wrong with India?’ a bewildered citizen asked on hearing news of two minor girls raped in different parts of Darjeeling over the past two days. The ‘rarest of the rare’ cases of crime are no longer rare, they have been springing up all over the country. Now the Queen of the Hills has […]

Tea is on ice because of political fire in Darjeeling

Tea is on ice because of political fire in Darjeeling

The iconic Darjeeling tea has all but disappeared from international markets, thanks to the unrest in the Hills! Now, it’s up to the Government sitting in Delhi to stir itself and try to bail it out. But as one sarcastic sod put it, “Tea is a very British drink, who knows whether Darjeeling tea will […]

Toy Train revenue up; Heritage status down?

Darjeeling: A senior railway official has said the financial health of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is improving. It was expected to earn twice as much this fiscal compared to the last financial year and might break even next year. But this iconic railway, may lose its heritage status! Along with an increase in the passenger […]

Darj locals aren’t too happy with Mamata’s ‘love’!

Darj locals aren’t too happy with Mamata’s ‘love’!

Darjeeling: Even as locals grumbled about the harrowing traffic problems and ugly pandal ‘adorning’ the famous Chowrasta, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced she would hold a state cabinet meeting in Darjeeling! She was apparently  mesmerized with the serenity of Raj Bhavan here. The Chief Minister was in town ,attending the 202nd birth anniversary of […]

Kalimpong: new district of Gorkhaland?

Kalimpong: new district of Gorkhaland?

Will Kalimpong become a new district? From whispers to murmurs, now the issue has gained ground, with Kalimpong MLA Harka Bahadur Chettri pitching for it. The demand for a separate district carved out of the Kalimpong sub-division in the Darjeeling hills is set to change of the course of politics in the region. This month, […]

Queen of the Hills once again on track

Queen of the Hills once again on track

She’s back. The Queen of the Himalayan railway has resumed her 80 kilometre run which takes around eight hours. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway has resumed its full-fledged toy-train service along the whole length of 80km tracks from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling after a gap of five years. The toy train service from NJP to Darjeeling, […]