Appeal from MARG – Villagers from Dukka and Tandrebong seek help!!

-by Nirnay John Chettri, MARG (Mankind in Action for Rural Growth). In the hills of North Bengal under the Kalimpong region lies a tiny village of Dukka and Tandrebong where most of the villagers are farmers. Here the main crop is cardamom and ginger which is their cash crop, but lately it has not been …

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Meena focuses on landslides

http://www.telegraphindia.com Kalimpong, April 16: DGHC administrator B.L. Meena has agreed to take up landslide prevention work in the hills on a priority basis. He, however, cautioned that it would take time to accomplish the onerous task. After meeting representatives of NGOs like Citizen Rights Forum, Kalimpong, and Save The Hills, Meena said the Bengal government …

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Worry over cable holes on road – Telecom giant and PWD race against monsoon

http://www.telegraphindia.com RAJEEV RAVIDAS Kalimpong, April 15: A private telecom company has dug up long stretches of the most important road running through the subdivision to lay optical fibre cables, raising the spectre of a commuters’ nightmare if the task is not completed before the onset of monsoon. Vodafone Essar Ltd is laying the cables from …

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Sikkim govt trains gun on Dzongu march

http://www.telegraphindia.com Gangtok, April 15: The Sikkim government has voiced its concern about the Lepcha marchers from Kalimpong and Darjeeling who are headed for Dzongu in the North district to protest against mega hydel power projects being set up there. The Lepcha community considers Dzongu “holy land”. The marchers, who claim they are on a pilgrimage, …

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Force 1000 for Morcha – Social work focus for hill ‘police’ with khukuris

http://www.telegraphindia.com Darjeeling, April 11: The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha today announced a recruitment drive for “Gorkhaland Police”, a force that the party says will be trained to do “social work”. Those who have not exceeded 30 years are eligible to apply. The volunteers, however, will not get any salary. During the Gorkhaland agitation in the eighties, …

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