Pramod Giri

I am working with Hindustan Times since 2001 and am posted in Siliguri, West Bengal, as Principal Correspondent. I have been regularly covering vast area of northern parts of West Bengal, Sikkim and parts of Nepal and Bhutan.

Articles by Pramod Giri

Tourist from Hyderabad, pilot killed during paragliding in Sikkim

Their parachute got entangled in rope at Phaka and they lost control following which the two fell into the Lachung River. They were then swept away and got stuck beneath boulders in the middle of the river downstream.
A tourist from Hyderabad and her paragliding pilot were killed on Friday morning when they fell into a river during a paragliding session at Lachung in Sikkim. (HT FILE PHOTO.)
A tourist from Hyderabad and her paragliding pilot were killed on Friday morning when they fell into a river during a paragliding session at Lachung in Sikkim. (HT FILE PHOTO.)
Published on Apr 01, 2022 11:42 PM IST
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GTA elections soon, says Mamata Banerjee at meeting with leaders of hill parties

Darjeeling: GJM general secretary Roshan Giri said his party wants West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee to find a permanent political solution to “our old problems” before the GTA elections.
Darjeeling: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said all parties are ready for the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) elections (PTI)
Darjeeling: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said all parties are ready for the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) elections (PTI)
Published on Mar 29, 2022 12:58 AM IST
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A slow death of the famed Darjeeling shoes

SILIGURI: Darjeeling shoemakers Basant Thapa and Kumar Sarki recount their good old days when the youngsters of the hill town used to wait for weeks, sometimes for months, to grab a pair of their shoes, including the fashionable Dingo boots
Darjeeling shoemaker Basant Tapa says that they could not introduce modern technology and methods due to lack of government support and admits that if this continues, locally made shoes here will become a thing of the past.
Darjeeling shoemaker Basant Tapa says that they could not introduce modern technology and methods due to lack of government support and admits that if this continues, locally made shoes here will become a thing of the past.
Updated on Mar 28, 2022 04:35 PM IST
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Hamro Party launched by Glenary’s owner 3 months ago wins Darjeeling civic body

The Hamro Party bagged 18 of the 32 seats at Darjeeling municipality, springing the biggest surprise of the polls held at Bengal’s 108 civic bodies on February 27.
Harmro Party founder Ajoy Edwards lost by 5 votes from Darjeeling civic ward No 22 from where he contested. (File)
Harmro Party founder Ajoy Edwards lost by 5 votes from Darjeeling civic ward No 22 from where he contested. (File)
Updated on Mar 02, 2022 07:49 PM IST
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Darjeeling receives heavy snowfall after gap of 15 years

The minimum temperature at Darjeeling’s Raj Bhawan, located close to the mall, was recorded to be -2 degrees Celsius; while Gangtok in Sikkim recorded 1.7 degrees Celsius on Friday, which is the lowest temperature recorded in February in 14 years.
Meteorological department officials said that even though the upper reaches of Darjeeling such as Sandakphu and Tiger Hill often receive heavy snowfall and it may even snow for a few minutes in the town, such heavy snowfall in Darjeeling town for two days is quite uncommon. (HT PHOTO.)
Meteorological department officials said that even though the upper reaches of Darjeeling such as Sandakphu and Tiger Hill often receive heavy snowfall and it may even snow for a few minutes in the town, such heavy snowfall in Darjeeling town for two days is quite uncommon. (HT PHOTO.)
Published on Feb 05, 2022 06:45 PM IST
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At 77, Kaajee Singh becomes first Gorkha-Nepali musician to receive Padma Shri

Credited with popularising the traditional Maruni dance and the Shree Maadal, Kajee Singh lives in the Kalimpong hills of north Bengal.
Born in 1945, Kaajee Singh developed an interest in folk culture and music during his childhood under the influence of his parents. (File Photo)
Born in 1945, Kaajee Singh developed an interest in folk culture and music during his childhood under the influence of his parents. (File Photo)
Updated on Jan 27, 2022 12:32 AM IST
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‘A sudden jerk and all came tumbling down’: Survivors recall horror

On Thursday, 12 coaches of the train derailed in Maynaguri region of West Bengal and Sahida went missing in the resulting pandemonium.
Rescue operation is underway following the Bikaner-Guwahati Express accident in West Bengal's Jalpaiguri on Friday. At least 9 people died in the accident. (ANI)
Rescue operation is underway following the Bikaner-Guwahati Express accident in West Bengal's Jalpaiguri on Friday. At least 9 people died in the accident. (ANI)
Updated on Jan 15, 2022 04:44 AM IST
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‘A massive jerk, followed by two more’: Survivors recount Bengal train tragedy

Twelve coaches of the Guwahati-bound Bikaner Express got derailed at Jalpaiguri in north Bengal on Thursday evening, leaving nine passengers dead and at least 36 injured.
 (PTI Photo‘When the first jerk came at 5 pm, passengers started falling over each other,’ recalled one of the passengers who survived.)
(PTI Photo‘When the first jerk came at 5 pm, passengers started falling over each other,’ recalled one of the passengers who survived.)
Updated on Jan 14, 2022 04:27 PM IST
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Sikkim imposes entry restrictions, odd-even rule amid Covid-19 surge

The Sikkim government declared that people entering the state should produce RT-PCR negative reports and the tests must be done within 72 hours before entry.
In the last 24 hours, 112 people tested positive for Covid-19 in Sikkim. Officials said the positivity rate touched 27.2 % in the state on Monday. (Representational image/ANI)
In the last 24 hours, 112 people tested positive for Covid-19 in Sikkim. Officials said the positivity rate touched 27.2 % in the state on Monday. (Representational image/ANI)
Updated on Jan 10, 2022 10:56 PM IST
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Thick snow blankets Darjeeling and Sikkim; set to spark tourism rush

The snow disrupted normal life in parts of Sikkim as electricity and mobile networks were cut off. The army earlier rescued over 1,000 tourists stranded near the India-China border in eastern Sikkim on Sunday
Vehicles are seen enveloped in snow in Lachung in the state of Sikkim after a spell of heavy snowfall. (HT)
Vehicles are seen enveloped in snow in Lachung in the state of Sikkim after a spell of heavy snowfall. (HT)
Published on Dec 29, 2021 10:32 AM IST
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1000 tourists stranded in heavy snowfall in Sikkim, army steps in

On Saturday, 1027 tourists in 120 vehicles, got stranded over a stretch of 15 km as the area witnessed massive snowfall.
There was heavy snowfall at Nathu La, Tsomgo Lake and adjoining areas on the afternoon of Christmas bringing down the temperature to sub-zero levels. (Image used for representation). (ANI PHOTO.)
There was heavy snowfall at Nathu La, Tsomgo Lake and adjoining areas on the afternoon of Christmas bringing down the temperature to sub-zero levels. (Image used for representation). (ANI PHOTO.)
Updated on Dec 27, 2021 04:05 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, Siliguri

45-yr-old doctor, stabbed trying to protect hospital staffer, dies. She will live

Dr Sanjay Upreti, a cardiologist with the STNM Hospital at Gangtok, the Himalayan state’s capital, was stabbed when he tried to stop an attacker from killing Kala Chettri, a female sanitation staffer at the hospital.
Dr Sanjay Upreti, a cardiologist at Gangtok’s STNM hospital, who lost his life due to multiple stab wounds, is has a 10-year-old son
Dr Sanjay Upreti, a cardiologist at Gangtok’s STNM hospital, who lost his life due to multiple stab wounds, is has a 10-year-old son
Published on Dec 24, 2021 08:36 PM IST
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Former Gorkha Janmukti Morcha leader Binoy Tamang joins Trinamool Congress

Tamang joining the TMC comes at a time when a section of BJP leaders have renewed the demand for Gorkhaland state
Binoy Tamang and Rohit Sharma joined the TMC in the presence of senior party leaders Bratya Basu and Moloy Ghatak. (@AITCofficial/Twitter)
Binoy Tamang and Rohit Sharma joined the TMC in the presence of senior party leaders Bratya Basu and Moloy Ghatak. (@AITCofficial/Twitter)
Updated on Dec 24, 2021 04:28 PM IST
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Sikkim cardiologist tried to rescue hospital staffer in knife attack, stabbed

Cardiologist Sanjay Upreti stepped in to help the Sikkim government-run hospital’s female sanitation worker as the suspect attacked her with a knife. He was also attacked, police said.
The Sikkum Police said the condition of the cardiologist Sanjay Upreti and the female sanitation worker is serious. Both were stabbed by the attacker who initially targeted the sanitation worker (Getty Images)
The Sikkum Police said the condition of the cardiologist Sanjay Upreti and the female sanitation worker is serious. Both were stabbed by the attacker who initially targeted the sanitation worker (Getty Images)
Published on Dec 15, 2021 01:04 AM IST
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Sikkim Governor trim securitycover opens Raj Bhawan for tourists to hike revenue

Sikkim is one of the most peaceful states in the country and Governor Ganga Prasad has said he does not require any extensive security cover.
Sikkim governor Ganga Prasad on Thursday announced that he will trim his security cover and convoy to reduce expenses. (HT FILE PHOTO)
Sikkim governor Ganga Prasad on Thursday announced that he will trim his security cover and convoy to reduce expenses. (HT FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 10, 2021 12:10 AM IST
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‘Will retire together’: What CDS Gen Bipin Rawat told his PSO who wanted to quit

Havildar Satpal Rai, the 40-year-old personal security officer of General Bipin Rawat, had spoken to his wife twice before boarding the ill-fated helicopter that crashed in Coonoor on Wednesday.
Dignitaries lay a wreath on the mortal remains of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat, and other defence personnel, who died in the Coonoor chopper crash at Madras Regimental Centre in Nilgiris on Thursday. (ANI PHOTO.)
Dignitaries lay a wreath on the mortal remains of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat, and other defence personnel, who died in the Coonoor chopper crash at Madras Regimental Centre in Nilgiris on Thursday. (ANI PHOTO.)
Updated on Dec 09, 2021 09:05 PM IST
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Sikkim Global Film Festival, scheduled to start from Dec 10, postponed

Sikkim chief minister Prem Singh Tamang decided to put off the Sikkim Global Film Festival, said a statement by the state information department
The decision to defer the Sikkim Global Film Festival came a week after Sikkim barred entry of foreigners due to Covid-19 (Facebook/SikkimFilmBoard/)
The decision to defer the Sikkim Global Film Festival came a week after Sikkim barred entry of foreigners due to Covid-19 (Facebook/SikkimFilmBoard/)
Published on Dec 07, 2021 01:17 AM IST
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14-yr-old girl prepping for school hacked to death by stalker she rebuffed: Police

The girl, a 14-year-old, was getting ready for school in north Bengal’s Aipurduar when the accused came with a sharp weapon and attacked her on the neck. Such was the ferocity of the attack that the victims head was nearly severed from her body.
The girl told her parents about Swapan Biswas’ advances. Her neighbours also knew about it . “But we never thought that he would kill her,” said her neighbour Pradip Kumar Shil. (Getty Images)
The girl told her parents about Swapan Biswas’ advances. Her neighbours also knew about it . “But we never thought that he would kill her,” said her neighbour Pradip Kumar Shil. (Getty Images)
Published on Nov 25, 2021 02:09 AM IST
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Train services between Siliguri and Dhaka to begin soon: Shringla

‘The Centre is trying to operationalise the railway services between the two cities and the announcement on the same would be made soon,’ foreign secretary Harsh Shringla said
Foreign secretary Harsh VardhanShringla, who was in Darjeeling to attend a charity event, made the announcement while interacting with the media. (Archive)
Foreign secretary Harsh VardhanShringla, who was in Darjeeling to attend a charity event, made the announcement while interacting with the media. (Archive)
Updated on Nov 22, 2021 02:58 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, Siliguri

Young couple found dead in Bengal town two weeks after marriage

The bride’s family lives in Islampur in North Dinajpur district. Her father alleged that she was not being allowed by the groom’s parents to visit her home for a few days and enroll for the higher secondary examination to be held next year.
Preliminary investigations suggested that the couple may have died by suicide, but the woman’s parents told the police that they suspected foul play. (GETTY IMAGES.)
Preliminary investigations suggested that the couple may have died by suicide, but the woman’s parents told the police that they suspected foul play. (GETTY IMAGES.)
Published on Nov 21, 2021 08:58 PM IST
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‘Train services soon between Siliguri and Dhaka’: Shringla

Shringla, who was in Darjeeling to attend a charity event, announced this while interacting with the media
Foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla. (PTI File Photo)
Foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla. (PTI File Photo)
Updated on Nov 21, 2021 08:54 PM IST
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Sikkim expected to get rail connectivity by 2023: official

An official from the Indian Railway Construction Company, which is implementing the project, said that 30% of the work has been completed
SWhile 41.54 km of the railway line falls in the Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts of West Bengal, the remaining portion of around 3.44 km will run through Sikkim (HT Photo/representative use)
SWhile 41.54 km of the railway line falls in the Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts of West Bengal, the remaining portion of around 3.44 km will run through Sikkim (HT Photo/representative use)
Published on Nov 15, 2021 10:35 AM IST
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Bengal BJP boss rebuts Mamata on ‘Gorkhaland’, his MLA calls it unacceptable

BJP legislator BP Bajgain sent an angry letter to Bengal unit chief Sukanta Majumdar over his statement on Gorkhaland, saying “the syllogistic meaning of this statement leads us to think that the BJP was never a pro-Gorkhaland party, either then and now”.
West Bengal BJP chief Sukanta Majumdar faced some pushback in Darjeeling hill region over his statement that th BJP “has never officially uttered the word Gorkhaland”. (Twitter/@DrSukantaBJP)
West Bengal BJP chief Sukanta Majumdar faced some pushback in Darjeeling hill region over his statement that th BJP “has never officially uttered the word Gorkhaland”. (Twitter/@DrSukantaBJP)
Updated on Oct 29, 2021 09:46 PM IST
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Mamata Banerjee promises permanent political solution for Darjeeling, says statehood promise meant to divide people of hills

Banerjee, who is on a four-day tour of north Bengal since October 24, was speaking at an administrative meeting in Kurseong, which was attended by political leaders of the hills
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee addresses during a review meeting at Kurseong in Darjeeling on Tuesday. Without naming any party, Banerjee said statehood promise was meant to divide people of hills. (PTI)
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee addresses during a review meeting at Kurseong in Darjeeling on Tuesday. Without naming any party, Banerjee said statehood promise was meant to divide people of hills. (PTI)
Published on Oct 26, 2021 11:56 PM IST
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Promises of statehood meant to divide people of Darjeeling: Mamata Banerjee

“Some political parties come to Darjeeling ahead of the elections and promise statehood. Their actual motto is to divide the people of the hills." said Mamata Banerjee
Mamata Banerjee, who is on a four-day tour of north Bengal since October 24, held an administrative meeting in Kurseong. (PTI PHOTO.)
Mamata Banerjee, who is on a four-day tour of north Bengal since October 24, held an administrative meeting in Kurseong. (PTI PHOTO.)
Updated on Oct 27, 2021 01:30 AM IST
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BJP youth wing leader killed in north Bengal; acquaintance held

The secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) local youth wing unit at Itahar in North Dinajpur district of north Bengal died on Sunday night shortly after he was shot near his home, police said
Image for representation. (File photo)
Image for representation. (File photo)
Updated on Oct 18, 2021 06:58 PM IST
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Bengal man sentenced for life by POCSO court for raping minor daughter

The man, who has three children, was arrested in September 2017 after a first information report (FIR) was filed by police.
The man was arrested after an uncle of the girl lodged a complaint. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The man was arrested after an uncle of the girl lodged a complaint. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Sep 28, 2021 11:33 PM IST
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Schools and colleges in Sikkim reopen after 6 months for senior classes

Sikkim has an estimated population of 650,000 and 762 schools, ranging from primary to senior secondary levels
Sikkim: Only 50% students are allowed to attend schools and education institutes at a time following resumption of in-person learning. (PTI/Photo/Representative use)
Sikkim: Only 50% students are allowed to attend schools and education institutes at a time following resumption of in-person learning. (PTI/Photo/Representative use)
Published on Sep 06, 2021 11:46 AM IST
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24 hurt in stampede at vaccination camp in north Bengal

At least 24 people, including several women, were injured when a huge rush at a Covid-19 vaccination centre in West Bengal’s Jalpaiguri district led to a stampede on Tuesday, police said
Image for representation. (Bloomberg)
Image for representation. (Bloomberg)
Published on Aug 31, 2021 11:27 PM IST
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‘Will give Mamata Banerjee red carpet welcome...’: Assam CM

“Wherever she goes and does politics, she will divide the votes of Congress and other parties,” he said.
File photo: Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. (PTI)
File photo: Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. (PTI)
Updated on Aug 29, 2021 04:46 PM IST
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