West Bengal: 11 districts report cases of black fever, say health official
Darjeeling, Malda, Uttar Dinajpur, Dakshin Dinajpur and Kalimpong were the districts where maximum number of cases were registered
Exploited for generations, tea garden workers struggle for land rights in Darjeeling hills, Terai, and Dooars
While tea ensured economic well-being for the Brit enterprises, it spelt doom for the local tribes
A solitary journey: Indian-Nepali singer Bipul Chettri on his new lockdown EP, Samaya
“It was very odd, to say the least,” says the Kalimpong-born singer on writing and recording his third collection of songs amidst the pandemic.
West Bengal Assembly election 2021, Kalimpong profile: Trinamool Congress faces powerful BJP-GNLF alliance
In the 2016 West Bengal Assembly election, Sarita Rai of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) won the Kalimpong seat
Six months after India's coronavirus lockdown, time has both slowed down and sped up
Six months since India’s coronavirus lockdown was declared, how are people marking the passage of time?
Man dies after falling into overflowing drain in Bengal's Jalpaiguri district as incessant rains wreaks havoc
A man died in West Bengal's Jalpaiguri district after he fell into an overflowing drain, as incessant rain continued to wreak havoc.
Darjeeling Lok Sabha polls:
Famed for its tea gardens and tourist avenues, Darjeeling seat is starkly divided into hilly and plain areas. While the Gorkhas are dominant in the three hilly Assembly segments, the plains in Siliguri division have a plurality of Bengali voters as well as Hindi-speaking Marwari traders.
Fear of arrest may have stalled Bimal Gurung's campaign, but Gorkhaland issue is back to reshape poll discourse in Darjeeling
The outcome of the electoral contest for Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat will go a long way in determining the political future in the hills which has been framed by the Gorkhaland issue for more than three decades
Narendra Modi in West Bengal: Mamata Banerjee sat on dharna 'to protect those who looted people', says PM
Narendra Modi inaugurated the long-awaited circuit bench of the Calcutta High Court in the district and spoke about how it would help Jalpaiguri residents get speedy justice. He also said that people of north Bengal will no longer have to travel all the way to Kolkata
Mamata Banerjee's bid to rename West Bengal as 'Bangla' may run into obstacle from MHA again
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee's efforts to rename the state 'Bangla' have again faced an obstacle from the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
Ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha polls, uneasy calm over West Bengal hill districts as Mamata Banerjee, BJP up the ante
Calm has certainly returned to the hills but underlying it all swirl questions of the political future of the region as it negotiates the roadblocks ahead.
Momo Challenge: ICSE association in West Bengal warns schools about 'game', suggests awareness drives for parents and students
The Association has asked schools to organise sensitisation drives among children and their parents about the danger of online games like Momo Challenge and Blue Whale.
Bimal Gurung denies seeking meet with Mamata, intention to surrender in audio clip as Binay Tamang makes development pitch
Political discourse in West Bengal’s Darjeeling and Kalimpong has suddenly turned febrile with an audio clip of fugitive Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leader Bimal Gurung emanating from an undisclosed location.
SC order dismissing GJM leader Bimal Gurung's plea seeking protection from arrest could alter political calculus in hills
The Supreme Court has dismissed GJM leader Bimal Gurung’s petitions seeking protection from arrest. The ruling could alter the local political calculus.
Mamata Banerjee in Darjeeling: West Bengal CM warns Centre not to assist anyone 'bent on sundering region'
Making a strong pitch In Darjeeling for peace in the Hills, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee urged the Centre on Tuesday “not to assist anyone” bent on sundering the region “into tiny bits” for minor electoral gain.
Sikkim fomenting unrest in Darjeeling for its benefit, claims Mamata Banerjee; vows to arrange 'industrial meet' in Hills
In what could reopen old wounds over the political situation in the districts of Darjeeling and Kalimpong, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday accused Sikkim of trying to foment trouble in the region.
Mamata Banerjee sidesteps demand for separate Gorkhaland, hints at revised arrangement for region
Obliquely rejecting, yet again, the demand for a separate 'Gorkhaland', West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee hinted on Tuesday of the possibility of a new administrative arrangement for the districts of Darjeeling and Kalimpong.
Bimal Gurung's 'olive branch' fails to cut ice with Mamata Banerjee govt; deadlock likely to continue
The West Bengal government's response to an olive branch extended by GJM leader Bimal Gurung has been somewhat laconic and dismissive.
Mamata Banerjee skips Darjeeling hills visit twice in fortnight; for her, discretion is better part of valour
Mamata Banerjee chose not to visit the hills of Darjeeling, Kalimpong for the second time after skipping a tourism festival within the past fortnight.
Mamata Banerjee skips tourism festival in Darjeeling; is 'normalcy' in the hills a mere eyewash?
While the proposed industry meet has been deferred to February 2018 the question driving political discourse in the hills now is what might have prompted West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s decision not to turn up for the start of the tourism festival.