Sculpted by Ram Kinkar Baij and unveiled by then Assam chief minister Bishnu Ram Medhi (who later became Madras governor) on October 2, 1970, the Gandhi statue stands in the garden of the Gandhi Mandap atop the 200-metre Sarania Hill in the heart of Guwahati.
While reiterating that Doklam is “Chinese territory”, Chinese Consul General said despite the “differences’’, there was need for India and China to focus on and continue economic cooperation.
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For the people of Kupup (Sikkim), a 1.5 sq-km patch, the India-China tension is not of paramount importance, it’s the Gorkhaland agitation and the frequent landslides that’s disrupting their lives. As for China, they say, it’s business as usual.
Hospitals say several from Darjeeling came with bullet injuries, number unclear
GJM supporters vandalised and torched the old municipal building in Mirik and torched. Other buildings too were vandalised. In response, the police used teargas and fired in the air.
The DM office has issued a number of orders, such as the indefinite ban on Internet services, which has made the office particularly unpopular in Darjeeling and its neighbouring districts
‘’The schools collectively decided to approach the Gorkhaland Movement Coordination Committee and ask it to allow us to resume classes for at least the senior school children — that is Classes IX, X, XI and XII," said a School Principal
Decked in traditional Nepali clothes, the artistes walked across Darjeeling town, singing songs in Nepali on Sunday to carry out what has been the most colourful rally in the agitation-hit town so far.
At present, there are at least 10,000 boarders in Darjeeling’s popular boarding schools and many of them are from neighboring countries like Nepal, Bhutan, Thailand, Bangladesh as well as from northeast states and cities like Kolkata.
“Every time there is a strike like this in Darjeeling, it takes us two to three years to recover economically. Since the strike we have already incurred losses to the tune of Rs 50 lakh. We lose Rs 55,000 a day,” said Ajoy Edwards, whose family has owned Glenary.
The 87 tea estates in the Darjeeling hills employ nearly 55,000 people, a large number of whom are local residents. Owing to the agitation, these workers have been losing the daily minimum wage of Rs 132, but most of them continue to support the movement for a separate state.
The owner of another landmark establishment in Darjeeling — Keventer’s — is suffering similar losses. Rahul Jha is the third-generation in his family that owns and runs the 106-year-old establishment, which has been with his family for 50 years.
The bandh in Darjeeling was temporarily relaxed on account of Bhanu Jayanti, but shops remained shut. Amid the celebrations, three Nepali writers and artistes — Krishna Singmoktan, Prabhat Pradhan and Karma Yonzon — returned their awards to the West Bengal government.
The boards — set up by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for different communities — have been a bone of contention between the state government and the GJM, with the latter accusing Mamata of trying to divide Gorkhas on lines of caste and community.
Ashok had suffered injuries in police firing during an agitation on Saturday. He succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday morning at Manipal hospital in the neighbouring Sikkim.
A precise agenda for the hurriedly rescheduled of meeting has not been kept. The leaders are likely decide to continue the indefinite strike- a demand of the people, to not hold any dialogues with the state government but only deal with the central government and to emphasize the one point agenda of a separate Gorkhaland stat.
The downed shutters, the stones and chunks of brick scattered on the deserted streets serve as reminders of the violence that erupted last Friday-Saturday, in which 29-year-old Tashi Bhutia allegedly fell victim to retaliatory police firing.
Additional SP Abhijeet Bandopadhyay said that he had never seen communal tension in the area. “This is the first time I have ever had to hold any peace meeting, and to talk about communal harmony.’’
Government representatives claimed that ever since the protests began, the West Bengal government and its police have deliberately prevented supply of goods to Sikkim because of the support Sikkim has shown for a separate Gorkhaland.
It’s a divide that has opened up since Sunday evening, after a Facebook post showing “objectionable images’’ which was widely circulated, following which a mob vandalised shops and homes, and set fire to vehicles, triggering retaliatory violence.
District committee and Kurseong sub-division vice-presidents too quit
Trinamool Congress hills president Rajen Mukhia, however, told that Khawas had resigned under pressure. "Yesterday Khawas's home in Darjeeling was attacked. A petrol bomb was thrown by some unidentified people. He is leaving the TMC in fear," said Rajen Mukhia
According to the GJM spokesperson, board members will be taking part in rallies in Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Kurseong over the next couple of days.
The CPI(M) never fully gave up religion during its 34-year-old rule, which means that the rediscovery of both spirituality and rituals isn’t totally unfamiliar – or apolitical.
Harka Bahadur Chhetri, former GJM leader and founder president of Jan Andolan Party — which had recently cut off ties with the Trinamool Congress over the demand for Gorkhaland — was cautious about Thursday’s developments.
In her order, District Magistrate Dasgupta said that the “situation of emergency continues”, whereby “unsubstantiated information is being circulated in some sections of media” with intent to inflaming emotions and “provoking public in to violence”.
ON DAY 14 of its indefinite bandh call for a separate state of Gorkhaland, hundreds of GJM supporters on Tuesday hit the streets, burning copies of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) accord in several places across the Hills, Dooars and Terai region of North Bengal. Many protesters, belonging to the GJM’s youth wing, were seen […]
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Lepcha added that life in Sikkim has been affected by the recent developments in Darjeeling. A large number of students from Sikkim go to study in Darjeeling and are now stranded, he said.
At a press conference, Banerjee said: “They (protesters) are not listening to the court as well. The court passed an order saying bandh is illegal... Where did they get illegal arms and money from?"
Former Gorkha Janmukti Morcha spokesperson Harka Bahadur Chhetri staged a protest asking the BJP government at the Centre to fulfil its election promise of creating a separate Gorkhaland.
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Gorkha Janmukti Morcha general secretary Roshan Giri says the movement has gone beyond the Bengali language issue now.
Protests have been on in the Darjeeling hills ever since Mamata Banerjee announced last month that Bengali will be made a compulsory subject in all schools across the state from classes I to X.
Despite the West Bengal chief minister's clarification that Nepali will remain an official language, the damage has been done.