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

Sevoke-Rangpo project bringing Sikkim on railways map to be completed by 2024

Sikkim will get rail connectivity with the rest of India as the project continues to meet its 2024 deadline after several delays

 (Ministry of Railways | Twitter)
Updated on May 16, 2023 02:42 PM IST

‘No money for ambulance’: Bengal man travels by bus with son’s body in bag

The incident has triggered a political row between West Bengal’s ruling TMC and the opposition BJP over the health infrastructure in the state

The man said he couldn’t find a hearse-van and the private ambulance operators demanded <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>8,000. (Twitter/Dr Sukanta Majumdar)
Updated on May 15, 2023 12:53 PM IST

Politician pushed off a cliff after road rage brawl in Bengal district

According to the police, the incident took place on Monday night when Roshan Lama, with his wife and daughter, was heading towards their home at Monsong from Kalimpong in his car.

A case of murder under IPC Section 302 was registered on Tuesday (Representative photo)
Updated on May 03, 2023 12:36 AM IST
By, Siliguri

Kaliaganj incidents: Mrityunjay’s family says he was killed by Bengal police

The Bengal government and police have remained tight-lipped over the alleged killing of Mrityunjay Barman in a remote village near Kaliagunj in the wee hours of Thursday

Mrityunjay Barman’s wife Gauri (middle). (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 29, 2023 11:02 AM IST

Bengal police station set afire amid protests over teen's alleged rape, murder

At least two policemen were critically injured and rushed to the Raiganj Medical College and Hospital for treatment

Security personnel detain people while trying to control the situation after violent protests over the death of a minor girl in North Dinajpur district, West Bengal, on Tuesday. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 26, 2023 04:36 AM IST

One killed, 2 injured after boulder falls on them at railway tunnel in N Bengal

Stone-cutting work was going on inside tunnel No 10 when the boulder fell on the excavator machine that the deceased was operating

The accident happened at Bhalukhola, around 20 km from Rangpo town at the Bengal-Sikkim border. (Representative file image)
Updated on Apr 17, 2023 08:46 PM IST

Bengal farmer builds his dream house resembling ‘Titanic’

Mintu Roy said he left for Nepal and learnt masonry to build his dream house after the engineers, who he consulted initially, backed out as he could not pay them

Mintu Roy and his wife Iti in front of their house that resembles Titanic in their village Nichbari in West Bengal’s in Darjeeling district. (Sourced)
Updated on Apr 16, 2023 12:49 PM IST

7 tourists die in Sikkim avalanche, 8 still critical

Seven bodies were brought out of the snow and 23 people were rescued alive, including six tourists from a deep valley.

Rescue team members search for survivors after an avalanche in Sikkim on Tuesday. (REUTERS)
Updated on Apr 05, 2023 12:16 AM IST

7 tourists dead, 20 injured in Sikkim avalanche; PM Modi, Amit Shah condole deaths

The incident happened on a road 14th mile on Jawaharlal Nehru road connecting Gangtok with Nathula at the India-China border

12 tourists are undergoing treatment at Sochaygang. (Photos shared by the rescue teams)
Updated on Apr 04, 2023 08:12 PM IST

Sikkim: Army rescues around 400 stranded tourists

At least 100 vehicles with around 400 tourists were stranded when some of the high-altitude regions of Sikkim received heavy snowfall on Saturday afternoon

The tourists were returning to Gangtok after visiting Nathu La and Tsomgo. (Sourced)
Published on Mar 13, 2023 09:43 AM IST

3, including 2 minors killed during illegal sand mining in north Bengal

The injured were rushed to a hospital, police said, adding the two deceased were identified as minors, both 15 years in age, while one was aged 20.

Police said the incident took place in north Bengal on Monday morning (Representative Photo)
Updated on Mar 06, 2023 07:17 PM IST

Nursing student found dead in hostel in North Bengal

According to the father of the deceased, Mithali got married to one Rintu Barman, a few months ago and her husband works as a security guard in Bengaluru.

 (Representative Photo)
Published on Feb 11, 2023 08:28 PM IST

Three killed in ambulance-truck collision in north Bengal

The family members and relatives of a man, who suffered a heart attack, were rushing him to the North Bengal Medical College and Hospital at Siliguri in the ambulance when the accident took place

The driver couldn’t see the truck due to fog and there was a head-on collision at Jatiakali near Siliguri (Representative Photo)
Published on Feb 06, 2023 02:49 PM IST

Protests in Sikkim against SC verdict describing Sikkimese as Nepali immigrants

Prem Singh Tamang, chief minister of Sikkim, has already said the government would file a petition in the Supreme Court and has already taken up the matter with Kiren Rijiju, the union law minister

The protesters have set a deadline of seven days for the state government to act. (Representative file image)
Updated on Feb 01, 2023 08:41 AM IST

Three killed after vehicle falls into ditch in Kalimpong

The deceased people were identified as Tilak Mandal, a resident of South 24 Parganas near Kolkata, Sukla Kundu and Sahil Saha, both residents of Siliguri. Shah was the driver

A preliminary investigation by the police suggests that the vehicle was over-speeding (Representative Photo)
Updated on Jan 28, 2023 06:09 PM IST

GJM withdraws from GTA agreement, voices demand for Gorkhaland

The GTA agreement was signed by the Centre, the West Bengal government and GJM on July 18, 2011, leading to the formation of the GTA after the President of India gave his assent in March 2012

GJM general secretary Roshan Giri (in grey jacket)addressing media persons. (HT photo)
Updated on Jan 27, 2023 05:49 PM IST

New party formed in Sikkim, promises to operate through crowd-funding

Ganesh Kumar Rai, the Citizen Action Party (CAP) founder, said the new party will not have a flag and will function through crowd-funding

Assembly elections are due in Sikkim next year. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Jan 27, 2023 10:10 AM IST

Demand for Gorkhaland: Hill parties launch Bharatiya Gorkhaland Sangharsh Samiti

The GJM was one of the three signatories in the July 2011 Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) agreement. Gurung, who led the Gorkhaland agitation since 2007, settled for an autonomous Gorkhaland Territorial Administration in 2011

Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) president Bimal Gurung (PTI Photo)
Updated on Jan 24, 2023 11:43 AM IST

Soldier dies of electrocution while filling train’s water tank in Bengal

The soldier came in contact with an overhead high-tension wire at New Jalpaiguri railway station and four of his colleagues were injured in the incident

The soldiers were trying to fill a water tank on board a special goods train that was carrying vehicles and equipment to Pokhran in Rajasthan. (Representative Image)
Published on Jan 19, 2023 04:40 PM IST

Calcutta HC dismisses petition challenging Darjeeling municipality floor test

The petition by the Hamro Party (HP) challenged the legality of the December 28 floor test in which the party lost control

The HP moved the Calcutta high court claiming that defection of its six councillors to the BGPM and the floor test were illegal. (Representative Image)
Published on Jan 11, 2023 09:47 PM IST

WB: Man who provided ambulance to father-son carrying body on shoulders arrested

The video of a man, Ram Prasad Dewan, carrying the body of his mother on his shoulder with his father Joy Krishna Dewan helping him, went viral on January 5

The family reportedly had only <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>900 left and the drivers of private ambulances demanded <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>3,000. (File image | Representative)
Published on Jan 11, 2023 07:12 PM IST

TMC backs BGPM to push out Hamaro Party from Darjeeling municipality, loses MLA

TMC legislator Binoy Tamang announced his exit from the party, saying what had happened in Darjeeling municipality was “illegal and undemocratic”

Ajoy Edwards, who founded the Hamaro Party 13 months ago, said his party will move court “as BGPM used unethical means to woo six HP councillors.” (Twitter/)
Updated on Dec 29, 2022 01:01 AM IST

Sikkim accident: Bodies of 16 army men to be handed over to families today

Sixteen Indian army personnel were killed and four suffered injuries when the truck in which they were travelling fell off a mountain road in north Sikkim on Friday morning

The truck which met with the accident was part of a three-vehicle convoy. (PTI)
Published on Dec 24, 2022 01:04 PM IST

16 soldiers killed as bus falls into gorge

Sixteen Indian Army personnel, including three junior commissioned officers (JCOs), were killed when the vehicle they were travelling in fell into a gorge in North Sikkim district on Friday, the army said in a statement.

Army personnel near the wreckage of the truck in Zema area of North Sikkim on Friday. (ANI)
Published on Dec 24, 2022 12:15 AM IST
By, Siliguri

16 army jawans killed, 4 injured in road accident in Sikkim

According to the army, the accident took place at Zema in North Sikkim after the vehicle skidded down a slope and fell into a gorge. The convoy left Chatten in the morning and was going towards Thangu

The mangled remains of the truck in which the jawans were travelling (Indian Army)
Updated on Dec 23, 2022 07:20 PM IST

Man with suspected ISI links arrested by STF in north Bengal: Police

The man from Bihar is suspected to have worked with ISI for the past few years and was living in a rented house in Siliguri’s Bharat Nagar area with his wife

A court in Jalpaiguri sent the man to police custody for 14 days on Wednesday afternoon. (File image | Representative)
Published on Dec 22, 2022 09:02 AM IST

In demand for Gorkhaland, hill state parties to rally this December in Delhi

Statehood Demand Coordination Committee (SDCC), a non-political organisation, and Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) are also planning to organise rallies pressing their demand for Gorkhaland

GJM helped the BJP to win the Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat in three consecutive elections since 2009 (HT Photo)
Published on Nov 20, 2022 05:37 PM IST

Court issues non-bailable warrant against Union minister John Barla

A local court in north Bengal’s Cooch Behar district has issued a non-bailable warrant against Union minister John Barla for allegedly holding a political rally without taking proper permission in the run up to the 2019 Lok Sabha elections

Union minister and BJP leader John Barla. (Biplov Bhuyan/HT File Photo)
Updated on Nov 18, 2022 06:31 PM IST

Siliguri man kills ‘girlfriend’, confesses on social media before committing suicide

The man, identified as Kiran Debnath, killed the 30-year-old woman by slitting her throat, the police said, adding that she has a five-year-old son

Representational image.
Published on Nov 16, 2022 07:25 PM IST

Relief for Darjeeling planters as Tea Board of India lifts ban on tea blending

On October 18, the Tea Board of India amended its earlier notification that had completely banned the blending of Indian teas enjoying the geographical indications (GI) tags with imported ones

The earlier notification had a major impact as top Indian tea buyers of the Darjeeling tea had stopped buying it. (Bloomberg file photo)
Published on Oct 20, 2022 02:37 PM IST
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