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.
Officials said the camps have been set up as there could be some Nepalese nationals who may travel to India after having visited China recently. Darjeeling borders Nepal. Thousands of people crossover to Darjeeling from Nepal daily for trade, tourism,... read more
Only regions where tribal people are in majority are accorded special status under the Sixth Schedule. In the Darjeeling hills, the population of 8.75 lakh comprise only 32% scheduled tribes. read more
‘Permanent political solution’ for the Darjeeling hills was the BJP’s electoral promise to the people of the North Bengal hills where the demand for a separate Gorkhaland state has often turned violent. read more
Many pro-Gorkhaland political parties, including the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (Bimal Gurung faction), Gorkha National Liberation Front, All India Gorkha League and Communist Party of Revolutionary Marxists were present. read more
The administration in Murshidabad’s Sagardighi is banking on the skill of the labourers who had worked in orchards in Kashmir and has sent a proposal to the state government, seeking permission to train these men. read more
Rajesh Santal (35) was loading stone boulders on a truck for a road project, when a wild herd emerged from the Diana forest. While other labourers managed to flee, Santal (35) died on the spot when an elephant smashed his head. read more
One person was killed in Darjeeling district, three others were killed in the Maynaguri area of Jalpaiguri district, triggering an agitation by villagers who locked the office of a range of wildlife squad. read more