Gorkha protests bleed north Bengal

http://www.business-standard.comShine JacobKumani / Darjeeling March 3, 2011, 0:44 ISTEconomy takes a hit, with tourist arrivals declining 70% and tea production 17% since 2008.“Tell them you are not a Bengali.” The survival tip from a top Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leader was almost ominous.Streets draped in green-white-yellow GJM flags, a small procession on every street, road …

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Fast withdrawn

The Telegraph The Morcha on Thursday lifted its indefinite hunger strike in Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Kurseong and Gorubathan. The withdrawal came on a day when the Centre asked the Bengal government to shift those on fast to hospitals. Fortunately for the Left Front government, the Morcha lifted the fast before anything was to be done. Five …

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Tea wage link with polls – Morcha eye on plains

The Telegraph VIVEK CHHETRI Darjeeling, March 3: The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha hopes a decision in favour of its demand for the revision of wages for tea garden workers will impact the results of the Assembly elections not only in the Darjeeling hills but also in the Dooars and the Terai. Bimal Gurung, the president of …

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Parishad sets stage for poll fight with Morcha

The Telegraph Siliguri, March 2: Twenty-four hours after the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha had expressed its intention to contest in five Assembly constituencies in the Dooars, its bete noire, the Akhil Bharatiya Adivasi Vikas Parishad, announced today that it would field candidates in the same seats. The Left Front, which has in its kitty four of …

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Gurung rediscovers sibling bonds – Hill leader calls on ‘brother’ Chamling

The Telegraph BIJOY GURUNG AND VIVEK CHHETRI Gangtok/Darjeeling, March 2: Gorkha Janmukti Morcha president Bimal Gurung had a face-to-face interaction with Sikkim chief minister Pawan Kumar Chamling in Gangtok today, the first meeting between the two after the party was formed in 2007. Although Gurung asserted that he had met the chief minister on the …

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