Probir Pramanik

Probir Pramanik

An assistant editor with Hindustan Times, Probir has spent more than a decade and half covering regional politics, especially about the political economy and politics in Nepal and the Northeast. At HT, he edits and rewrites stories for regional editions, including Jharkhand, Bhopal, Indore, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand and Western Uttar Pradesh

Articles by Probir Pramanik

Sushma Swaraj shouldn’t meet Khaleda Zia, says Awami League leader

Swaraj is visiting Bangladesh during October 21-22 to co-chair the fourth meeting of the Joint Consultative Committee, which is expected to undertake a comprehensive review of bilateral ties.
Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia waves to activists as she arrives for a rally in Dhaka in this file picture taken January 20, 2014.(Reuters)
Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia waves to activists as she arrives for a rally in Dhaka in this file picture taken January 20, 2014.(Reuters)
Updated on Oct 21, 2017 04:00 PM IST
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New Delhi | By Probir Pramanik

Bimal Gurung seeks ‘safe passage’ for talks with Centre on Gorkhaland

GJM wants Centre to guarantee full security for its top leadership for meeting with Centre. Bimal Gurung is on the run since August after cases were lodged against him.
Bimal Gurung, head of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), speaks at a news conference on July 4, 2017.(AFP File photo)
Bimal Gurung, head of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), speaks at a news conference on July 4, 2017.(AFP File photo)
Updated on Sep 29, 2017 03:35 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Probir Pramanik

Cold, quiet and tense: Last village before Doklam lives in fear of India-China row

More than 700 Indian and Chinese troops are stuck in a faceoff at Doklam, a plateau located at the narrow but strategically important tri-junction of India, China and Bhutan.
A warning sign at the India-China border.(Photo courtesy : Wang Chen)
A warning sign at the India-China border.(Photo courtesy : Wang Chen)
Updated on Jul 16, 2017 08:56 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Probir Pramanik, Kuppup, Sikkim (indo-china Border)

Our sacrifice has gone in vain, say kin of those killed in 1980s Gorkhaland stir

Darjeeling is witness to fresh turmoil as a new generation of activists takes to the streets to push for the demand of a separate state.
Tara Mothay’s son was among the 1,200 people who were killed between 1985 and 1987.(Bikram Sashanker/HT)
Tara Mothay’s son was among the 1,200 people who were killed between 1985 and 1987.(Bikram Sashanker/HT)
Updated on Jun 27, 2017 07:55 PM IST
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Darjeeling, Hindustan Times | By Probir Pramanik

Darjeeling unrest: Gurung says GNLF, JAP can’t be trusted; hills unity under cloud

The GJM chief , however, later said he was misquoted by the media.
Gorkha Janamukti Morcha supporters hold a protest rally in Mumbai in support of a separate Gorkhaland state.(AFP File Photo)
Gorkha Janamukti Morcha supporters hold a protest rally in Mumbai in support of a separate Gorkhaland state.(AFP File Photo)
Updated on Jul 08, 2017 10:58 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Siliguri/Darjeeling | By Pramod Giri and Probir Pramanik

Mansarovar pilgrims stranded as China denies entry, MEA in talks with Beijing

The pilgrims, who had been stranded on the Indian side of the border since June 20, returned to Gangtok on Friday.
A file photo of Manasarovar. The government said there was “some difficulties” in the movement of Kailash Mansarovar yatra.(HT File Photo)
A file photo of Manasarovar. The government said there was “some difficulties” in the movement of Kailash Mansarovar yatra.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Jun 23, 2017 10:56 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Darjeeling | By Probir Pramanik

Darjeeling unrest: Now, TV channels blacked out

After suspending internet services, the Darjeeling district administration on Thursday blacked out local and regional television channels.
People participate in a signature campaign demanding for separate state of Gorkhaland in Darjeeling on Thursday.(PTI Photo)
People participate in a signature campaign demanding for separate state of Gorkhaland in Darjeeling on Thursday.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Jun 22, 2017 11:39 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Darjeeling | By Probir Pramanik

Darjeeling’s tea gardens looking at Rs 340 crore revenue loss over Gorkhaland unrest

The unrest in the hills has affected the harvest of the ‘second flush’ crop, which accounts for 40% of the tea gardens’ revenue.
GJM supporters take out a rally to demand for separate state 'Gorkhaland' during a protest in Darjeeling on june 21, 2017(PTI)
GJM supporters take out a rally to demand for separate state 'Gorkhaland' during a protest in Darjeeling on june 21, 2017(PTI)
Published on Jun 22, 2017 02:38 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Darjeeling | By Probir Pramanik

Darjeeling unrest: Gurung in hiding, police fear arrest may fan violence

Gurung, spearheading the Gorkhaland protests in the Darjeeling hills, went into hiding hours after police raided his office last week.
Bimal Gurung, supremo of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha and Chief Executive of Gorkhaland Territorial Administration, photographed at Kalimpong.(Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
Bimal Gurung, supremo of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha and Chief Executive of Gorkhaland Territorial Administration, photographed at Kalimpong.(Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
Updated on Jun 21, 2017 11:37 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Darjeeling | By Probir Pramanik, Darjeeling

Who will run the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration?

What was lost in the din of the ongoing agitation led by Bimal Gurung’s Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) is the concern of an estimated 5,000 employees in the 40 departments under the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration.
Bimal Gurung takes part in a news conference in Darjeeling.(AFP Photo)
Bimal Gurung takes part in a news conference in Darjeeling.(AFP Photo)
Updated on Jun 21, 2017 08:05 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Darjeeling | By Probir Pramanik

As Gorkhaland stir rages, Darjeeling cops in a bind over Bimal Gurung’s arrest

Darjeeling Police fear arresting Bimal Gurung, who is on the run for more than a week, will turn the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha into a hero and fan more violence.
Bimal Gurung, head of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) that seeks the creation of a separate state of Gorkhaland.(AFP)
Bimal Gurung, head of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) that seeks the creation of a separate state of Gorkhaland.(AFP)
Updated on Jun 22, 2017 01:15 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Darjeeling | By Probir Pramanik

More trouble for Mamata as GJM pulls out of GTA, parties support Gorkhaland

All 14 influential political parties and public organisations in the region unanimously declared their support to the longstanding demand for a separate Gorkhaland state in north Bengal.
Darjeeling: Gorkha Janamukti Morcha supporters shout slogans at a protest rally during their indefinite strike in Darjeeling on Monday.(PTI)
Darjeeling: Gorkha Janamukti Morcha supporters shout slogans at a protest rally during their indefinite strike in Darjeeling on Monday.(PTI)
Updated on Jun 20, 2017 11:36 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Darjeeling | By Pramod Giri and Probir Pramanik

Gorkhaland protest: Darjeeling internet ban may extend, people say curbs are ‘oppressive’

The picturesque but volatile Darjeeling hills in north Bengal was engulfed by public unrest after the Mamata Banerjee government made it mandatory to learn Bengali in the state’s schools.
Hundreds take part in a vigil to pay respects to those killed in clashes with police during an indefinite strike in Darjeeling on June 19, 2017. Protesters on June 18 paraded with coffins containing the bodies of two men they claimed were killed in clashes with Indian security forces in Darjeeling, as the hill resort reels from separatist unrest.(AFP Photo)
Hundreds take part in a vigil to pay respects to those killed in clashes with police during an indefinite strike in Darjeeling on June 19, 2017. Protesters on June 18 paraded with coffins containing the bodies of two men they claimed were killed in clashes with Indian security forces in Darjeeling, as the hill resort reels from separatist unrest.(AFP Photo)
Updated on Jun 20, 2017 08:11 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Darjeeling | By Pramod Giri and Probir Pramanik

Meet the ‘Gandhian’ women leading the Gorkhaland stir in Darjeeling

The women’s wing of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha are leading the protests and say they believe in non-violence
Thousands of slogan-shouting women led by the Gorkha Janmukti Nari Morcha confronting police and paramilitary forces is now a common sight.(AFP)
Thousands of slogan-shouting women led by the Gorkha Janmukti Nari Morcha confronting police and paramilitary forces is now a common sight.(AFP)
Updated on Jun 20, 2017 09:53 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Darjeeling | By Probir Pramanik

Darjeeling BJP unit upset over Gorkhaland stir, says party took locals for a ride

BJP leaders in the Darjeeling hills are feeling the heat as a violent movement for Gorkhaland rages on.
Police guard stores in Darjeeling following clashes with Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) this week.(AFP)
Police guard stores in Darjeeling following clashes with Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) this week.(AFP)
Updated on Jun 20, 2017 09:53 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Darjeeling | By Probir Pramanik

The man behind Darjeeling’s Gorkhaland protests owes his rise to Indian Idol

In 2007, Bimal Gurung formed the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) to fight for Gorkhaland.
Bimal Gurung, head of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) party takes part in a news conference in Darjeeling on June 14, 2017.(AFP Photo)
Bimal Gurung, head of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) party takes part in a news conference in Darjeeling on June 14, 2017.(AFP Photo)
Updated on Jun 17, 2017 11:47 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Probir Pramanik, New Delhi

Sikkim’s upcoming airport raises hopes among people of breaking barriers

Built at a cost of 300 crores, the airport at an altitude of 4,700 feet will be among the five highest airports in the country.
The new airport is coming up at Pakyong, about 35km from Sikkim’s capital Gangtok.(Photo: I&PR department, Sikkim)
The new airport is coming up at Pakyong, about 35km from Sikkim’s capital Gangtok.(Photo: I&PR department, Sikkim)
Updated on May 06, 2017 09:06 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Pakyong (Sikkim) | By Probir Pramanik

From monarch to monk: Scion of Sikkim dynasty who became a spiritual recluse

Now a 64-year-old monk, Wangchuk Namgyal was once a monarch of the Chogyal dynasty that ruled the hilly-state of Sikkim before its accession to India.
Wangchuk Namgyal was a crowned monarch before he gave up his throne 35 years ago.(Raghu Rai)
Wangchuk Namgyal was a crowned monarch before he gave up his throne 35 years ago.(Raghu Rai)
Updated on Apr 23, 2017 10:06 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Gangtok | By Probir Pramanik

Tibetan monk’s marriage to friend reignites tussle over claim to the Karmapa title

Thinley Thaye Dorje’s marriage has emboldened supporters of one of his rival claimants to raise the pitch and demand that New Delhi recognise Ugyen Trinley Dorje as the 17th Karmapa.
Thaye Dorje (upper left) and Rinchen Yangzom (lower left) were married in a private ceremony in Delhi.(Picture courtesy: Karmapa.org)
Thaye Dorje (upper left) and Rinchen Yangzom (lower left) were married in a private ceremony in Delhi.(Picture courtesy: Karmapa.org)
Updated on Apr 20, 2017 08:04 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Rumtek, Sikkim | By Probir Pramanik

You’ve got mail, at 14,000 ft: Sikkim man delivers letters between lndia, China

In an age on e-communication, Bhim Bahadur Tamang still makes the once-a-week stop at the Sherathang border post to exchange mail with his Chinese counterpart, an exercise that has persisted through the years.
Postman Bhim Bahadur Tamang at the Sherathang border post. Tamang trudges through snow once a week to deliver mail across the Nathu La pass in Sikkim.(Wang Chen)
Postman Bhim Bahadur Tamang at the Sherathang border post. Tamang trudges through snow once a week to deliver mail across the Nathu La pass in Sikkim.(Wang Chen)
Updated on Apr 23, 2017 07:32 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Nathu La (Indo-China border) | By Probir Pramanik

Of cherished memories, landmarks: The Kathmandu I knew and loved

"Nepal ley aajai dukha jhelnu parchha (Nepal is destined to witness more sadness in future)," said a schoolmate sitting in a quaint little eatery in Thamel, famously known as Kathmandu's "Hippy Street", on a sultry evening in June 2001
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Updated on May 02, 2015 06:40 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Probir Pramanik, New Delhi

Gorkhaland at the crossroads, statehood demand reaches Delhi

When TV camera crews converged on Delhi’s Jantar Mantar to cover a protest against the land acquisition bill, few noticed the dozens of men and women participating in a nearby demonstration to press for carving Gorkhaland out of the hill sub-divisions of Darjeeling in West Bengal.
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Updated on Mar 17, 2015 06:57 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Probir Pramanik, New Delhi

Subzi, roti lunch for Dutt in Arthur Rd jail

Lodged in a 90-sq ft cell in Barrack No. 1, Dutt had to wear the regulation prickly jail-provided white shirt and pyjamas.
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Updated on Aug 01, 2007 05:00 PM IST
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IANS | By Probir Pramanik, Mumbai

Countdown begins for Dutt in '93 blasts trial

With the long-drawn trial into the 1993 Mumbai serial bombings reaching a climax, all eyes are now on the impending sentencing of Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt.
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Updated on Jul 30, 2007 11:16 AM IST
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IANS | By Probir Pramanik, Mumbai

Memons: the first family of the '93 blasts

Police say that the Memons - Tiger along with the rest of the family - had fled to Dubai a day before the bombings.
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Updated on Jul 27, 2007 06:31 PM IST
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IANS | By Probir Pramanik, Mumbai

It's gym time for beer-bellied Mumbai cops

An ex-cop-turned-fitness trainer has been roped in for the image makeover of Mumbai police, who will soon be huffing and puffing away at the gym.
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Updated on Jul 14, 2007 11:34 AM IST
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IANS | By Probir Pramanik, Mumbai

Time freezes for kin of 7/11 coma victims

Parag and Amit survived that evening of terror that killed 187 people and wounded many more, but they cannot yet tell their tales as they are still in coma.
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Updated on Jul 11, 2007 03:10 PM IST
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IANS | By Probir Pramanik, Mumbai

I work to de-stress: Sanjay Dutt

Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt says that he keeps away stress by keeping himself busy.
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Updated on Jun 02, 2007 06:34 PM IST
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IANS | By Probir Pramanik, Mumbai

Meet the millionaire beggars of Mumbai

Should you be shopping or dining at one of the upmarkets in suburban Mumbai, there is a good chance that you could meet the rich beggars of Mumbai!
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Updated on Apr 20, 2007 12:25 PM IST
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IANS | By Probir Pramanik, Mumbai

Mumbai is hotspot for 'body shops'

Dolly, who came from Bangladesh to work in a Mumbai bar, has visited Hong Kong, China, Dubai and Kenya to "service her clients" in just six months. She, like other former dance bar employees, is looking for a viable livelihood.
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Published on Dec 13, 2006 06:31 PM IST
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