Saturday, 28 May, 2022

Topic: Darjeeling

How 3-month-old Hamro Party won Darjeeling polls, and why it’s a big deal for north Bengal hills

With candidates including teachers, tour guides, single mothers & a taxi driver, Hamro Party defeated TMC & BJP. It could set tone for Gorkhaland Territorial Administration polls.

It’s premium Darjeeling Tea, but from Nepal: How ‘fake’ tea is threatening the pride of India

Tea imports from Nepal rose by over 60% last year and this year, till June, it crossed over 50%. Growers say only solution is banning the sale of loose Darjeeling tea.

Amit Shah holds talks with Gorkha delegation, says govt making efforts to resolve issues

The home minister said the all-round development and prosperity of the Darjeeling hills and the Terrai and Dooars regions is the topmost priority of the Modi govt.

When Hope Cooke, the American socialite wife of Sikkim king, asked for return of Darjeeling

In ‘Sikkim’, former diplomat Preet Mohan Singh Malik writes about the Namgyal dynasty that ruled the Himalayan kingdom until it became India’s 22nd state.

Cooch Behar killings ‘turning point’, BJP will be wiped out from North Bengal: Bimal Gurung

GJM leader Gurung, who left the NDA alliance last year, also accused the BJP of 'deceiving the Gorkha jaati for 12 years with fake promises'.

‘Silent’ Himalayan salamander surprises filmmaker duo with mating call, ‘ballet dance’

Tylototriton himalayanus is one of only two salamander species found in India and was discovered recently in 2015. It has not known to make any sounds, until now.

Darjeeling woman claims Delhi club stopped her entry because she ‘looked different’

The woman, who was part of a larger group of people, said she wasn't allowed in despite a reservation, but that the management apologised for the incident.

Darjeeling is not Kashmir but Gorkhaland demand gets a fresh lease of life

Driven by ethnic differences between West Bengal’s majority Bengali population and Gorkha residents of the north, the statehood stir has gone on for decades.

Gorkhaland not a poll issue in Darjeeling for the first time in over 30 years

The demand for separate state was first made in 1980s, followed by a violent agitation in 1986 that led to death of 1200 people in Hills. However, this election, all parties have put aside the statehood issue for development.

Talk Point: Are internet shutdowns the best way to restore peace during violent protests?

There were 42 times security agencies resorted to internet shutdowns this year to control volatile conditions in eleven states. Is this the only way to restore peace during violent protests?

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Representational image of cryptocurrencies | Pizabay

What are UST & Luna and why the fall of 2 ‘stablecoins’ led to a crypto crash in India

Along with crash in value of UST and Luna coins, Indian market for crypto assets also reeling under strict control imposed by government, with the imposition of TDS on all crypto transactions.


NSA Ajit Doval with NSAs from the other countries at the meeting at Dushanbe, Tajikistan | Photo: Courtesy the NSA's office

NSA Ajit Doval pushes for ‘terror free’ Afghanistan, says India stands with Afghan people

Doval's comments came at 4th Regional Security Dialogue on Afghanistan attended by national security advisors from Tajikistan, India, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Iran, Kyrgyzstan & China.

Why it’s obscene to tell Ukraine to give in & how war-upended global balance of power brings openings for India

Global order is in flux, and India is being wooed by all. It opens up economic, strategic & military possibilities unimaginable till recently. It is for India to take this opportunity.