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Don’t call it Darjeeling, it’s Nepali tea

The skilled work of overseeing an estate’s production, once a prestigious career for Indians raised in the colonial system, is losing its appeal, and decades of disputes with labour unions have cut harvests dramatically during strikes.

Electioneering flat in Bengal's hills, but still close contest between BJP, TMC on cards

While the BJP has been winning the Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat since 2004, this time the TMC and the saffron party are poised to fight a pitched battle in the constituency.

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Minimum wage: Talks between tea garden workers in Siliguri, plantation owners reach impasse

While tea garden workers’ unions demanded that the consumption unit (a part of the minimum wage which factors in cost of food) be given at a ratio of 1:3, plantation associations wanted the same to be not more than 1:1.5.

GJM chief Bimal Gurung, the undisputed mass leader of the Gorkhas

The face behind the renewed demand for Gorkhaland: Bimal Gurung. Emerging from the shadows of Subhas Ghising, he is the undisputed mass leader of the Gorkhas — impatient and angry.

Dateline Naxalbari

50 years ago, on May 25, an uprising in this North Bengal block changed the politics of the country, and continues to agitate it. But where it all started, the original rebels have little strength left

If you give us peace, we will give you prosperity: Mamata Banerjee in Darjeeling

Speaking on the first day of the meet, Banerjee said it was imperative to maintain peace in the hills to attract investment there and asked the central government not to divide Darjeeling for some seats.

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Two-day event starts today: Mamata Banerjee in Darjeeling for meet to boost economy

The industrial meeting, which has been organised to boost economic activities in Darjeeling Hills, will focus on setting up an IT hub, apart from attracting investments in horticulture, food processing and tourism sectors.

To connect with youth in Darjeeling Hills, West Police to organise mega talent hunt

“This is an initiative to connect with the youth of the Hills so that they can return to the mainstream. It will also help forge good relations between the youth and the police."

Supreme Court allows Centre to withdraw forces from Darjeeling after March 8

The court had earlier allowed the Centre to withdraw 11 companies deployed in Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts.

As NIA initiates preliminary enquiry in Darjeeling, Bimal Gurung, in hiding, welcomes move

Gurung has been in the hiding with state police conducting raids to arrest him. The stage is also set for yet another confrontation between Bengal government and the centre over the issue.

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Darjeeling remains unaffected as election fever grips nation

The condition of tea gardens and plantations in Darjeeling present a picture of deprivation as three tea gardens have shut down and the workers are yet to receive their dues.

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway: What it takes to run the toy train

A recent rap from UNESCO on the 'diminishing heritage value' of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway has added to the long list of the 117-year-old toy train's problems.

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Massive landslide in Darjeeling, 38 feared dead

Heavy overnight rain triggered a string of landslides in the mountainous Darjeeling district of West Bengal, killing at least 38 people.

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Hear the Hills of Darjeeling

Spread over a steep mountain ridge, nestled amidst acres of lush green tea plantations, Darjeeling is popularly known as the Queen of hills. Hear and experience the different sounds of West Bengal’s premier tourist attraction.

What it takes to keep Darjeeling Himalayan Railway running

A recent rap from UNESCO on the ‘diminishing heritage value’ of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway has added to a long list of the 117-year-old train’s problems. We explore what it takes to keep this World Heritage Site running.

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Darjeeling Unrest: Sikkim CM Pawan Chamling Extends Support For Separate Gorkhaland State

Sikkim’s ruling party SDF had extended its support to the demand for a separate Gorkhaland. In a meeting conducted by the SDF leadership earlier on Tuesday, it was decided that they will extend support for a separate state at the same time expressed its opposition to the “illegal, undemocratic and unconstitutional” acts committed in Darjeeling. Meanwhile, […]

Darjeeling Incident-Free; Security Forces Remain On High Alert

With the state government making it mandatory to learn Bengali in the schools of Bengal, the people of Darjeeling, whose local lingo and mother tongue is Nepali, felt that it was a threat of infringement into their cultural rights.With their agility and intimate knowledge of the local terrain, the youths frequently switch positions while pelting […]

Darjeeling Unrest: Gorkhaland Supporters Take Out Silent Rally

With the state government making it mandatory to learn Bengali in the schools of Bengal, the people of Darjeeling, whose local lingo and mother tongue is Nepali, felt that it was a threat of infringement into their cultural rights.With their agility and intimate knowledge of the local terrain, the youths frequently switch positions while pelting […]

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