Darjeeling, March 09 (ANI): Ethnic Dhimal community residing in Maoists inflicted area of West Bengal on Sunday threatened not to cast their vote in the upcoming general elections on account of not being recognized as a tribe. The Dhimal community resides in Ketugaborjote village near Darjeeling district. They claim that they are facing economic problems and receive no support from the government. Many of them had to give up on education due to shortage of money and are working outside Bengal, some in Kerala and some in Delhi as daily labour. They are still recognized as Other Backward Classes (OBC). The people here have refused to wait unless they avail the 'tribal' status.
MIRIK, 8 Mar 2014: The second day of the ongoing flower show in Mirik today ended amid a rush of hundreds of flower lovers and tourists. The show organised by the Mirik-Soureni Orchid Growers at the Krishnanagar Reception Centre has on display 300 varieties of Cymbidium Orchids. Visitors from Sikkim, Kolkata, Assam and even Europe spoke highly of the farmers and jotted positive comments in the visitors’ book.
KALIMPONG, 8 Mar 2014: The Kalimpong town committee of the CPRM feels the party should field its own candidate in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls instead of extending support to another party. Twelve members of the town committee today held a meeting and came up with this decision.
Focus on trafficking of women in Hills
DARJEELING: To celebrate International Women's Day, the District Legal Services Authority and the Legal Aid and Advice Society of West Bengal, jointly conducted a seminar at Kalimpong on Saturday. Key speakers invited by the organizers from Kolkata highlighted the rights of women.
PRADIP LOHAGUN, KALIMPONG, 8 Mar 2014: After GJM president Bimal Gurung slammed the TMC for fielding Bhaichung Bhutia from the Darjeeling constituency without taking him into confidence, Morcha spokesperson Dr. Harka Bahadur Chettri also expressed extreme displeasure with the decision.
Darjeeling, 8 Mar 2014: Still playing the Lok Sabha election card close to its chest, a Gorkha Janmukti Morcha delegation led by chief Bimal Gurung today rushed to Delhi to meet senior UPA and NDA leaders.
The GJM is yet to announce its candidate for this year's election although it has laid to rest all speculation of a tie-up with the Trinamool Congress. Interestingly, neither the Congress nor the BJP have named their candidates to the Darjeeling parliamentary constituency seat either.
DEBASIS BHOWMIK, Siliguri, 6 Mar 2014: Started his campaign for the upcoming parliamentary election, Darjeeling constituency CPM candidate Saman Pathak said his prime objective is to simultaneously work for the development of the hills and plains. While addressing the press today at the Anil Biswas Bhawan, Pathak said he is looking to propose the setting up of a permanent wage commission for tea workers in Parliament.
DARJEELING: The first press conference of Baichung Bhutia, Trinamool Congress' Darjeeling candidate for Lok Sabha polls, turned chaotic on Friday with the party's leaders in the Hills voicing their dissent over any possibility of allying with the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM).
Darjeeling, 6 Mar 2014: The Additional Session's judge (second) court of Darjeeling today sentenced a man to rigorous life imprisonment after pronouncing him guilty of torturing and murdering his wife in 2011.
Judge Santanu Mishra read out the sentence to Bhim Kumar Subba (42) and also directed him to pay a fine of Rs10,000 failing which the sentence would be extended by two more years.
Hill TMC welcomes former soccer stars’ candidature
PRADIP LOHAGUN, KALIMPONG, 5 Mar 2014: The announcement of footballer Bhaichung Bhutia by the Trinamool Congress as party candidate from the Darjeeling Lok Sabha constituency has laid to rest the demand of the hill TMC for fielding a local candidate. Nevertheless, most of the hill leaders have welcomed the decision of their party chief Mamata Banerjee.