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BJP not serious about Gorkha interests in Darjeeling: locals

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BJP not serious about Gorkha interests in Darjeeling: locals

Kurseong: Realization is slowly dawning across the Darjeeling Hills that the ruling BJP at the centre is in the habit of making promises but doesn’t follow through! In the last election it got the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha to support a non hill person of the BJP as the Darjeeling MP. For some strange reason, they […]

Tea is on ice because of political fire in Darjeeling

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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 […]

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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’!

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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?

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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

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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, […]