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GJM activists set fire at Police outpost

Aug 2, 2013

DARJEELING: A police post was torched injuring two Home Guard jawans and a government owned guest house was set on fire by the alleged Gorkha activists on Friday, at a time when four companies of CRPF were deployed in Darjeeling anticipating violent movement for Gorkha statehood.

Gurung steps down as GTA chief

Aug 2, 2013

DARJEELING: Bimal Gurung, president of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), on Tuesday resigned as chief executive of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) even as the 72-hour strike called by his party in support of a separate Gorkhaland entered its second day.

Hills afire in ’80s replay

Aug 2, 2013

DARJEELING: A forest bungalow where Mamata Banerjee spent a night last year was among several government properties set on fire in the hills last night, in a throwback to the GNLF’s Gorkhaland agitation of the late eighties.

Gorkhaland issue: Mamata Banerjee rules out division of West Bengal

Aug 2, 2013

DARJEELING: With Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) renewing the demand for Gorkhaland in Darjeeling following the UPA’s unanimous decision on Telangana state, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee ruled out the division of West Bengal and blamed the Congress for the agitation in the hills.

Gorkhaland Protest: Homeguard Set on Fire in Darjeeling

Aug 2, 2013

DARJEELING: A home-guard was set on fire and a Gorkha Janmukti Morcha trade union leader was found murdered in Darjeeling today amidst incidents of arson on the eve of the indefinite bandh called in the hills to demand Gorkhaland on the lines of Telangana. The home-guard was set on fire at Prakriyathong by 'miscreants' and was hospitalised, police sources said.

After Telangana, some other states of separation

Aug 2, 2013

DARJEELING: The demand for a separate state of Gorkhaland in West Bengal has gained momentum, with support across the hill district of Darjeeling and the adjoining Terai region. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee signed an agreement after her party came to power, leading to the formation of a semi-autonomous Gorkha Territorial Administration.

Gurung steps down as GTA chief

Jul 31, 2013

DARJEELING: Bimal Gurung, president of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), on Tuesday resigned as chief executive of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) even as the 72-hour strike called by his party in support of a separate Gorkhaland entered its second day.

After Telangana, GJM ratchets up Gorkhaland demand (Intro Night Lead)

Jul 31, 2013

DARJEELING: Hours after the UPA and the Congress Working Committee endorsed statehood for Telangana, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) announced an indefinite strike in northern West Bengal’s Darjeeling Hills from Saturday to press for Gorkhaland. A GJM activist, who tried to self-immolate in support of Gorkhaland, is now battling for his life.

Telangana cleared, now deal with Gorkhaland and Bodoland

Jul 31, 2013

DARJEELING: The victory of Telangana proponents has encouraged other statehood struggles that have been gaining momentum since it became clear the Centre will bite the bullet on bifurcating Andhra. On Tuesday, Gorkhaland and Bodoland proponents threatened to intensify their agitations saying that the Centre cannot deny them their "old and justified" demands now that it has heeded the Telangana call.

Gurung quits GTA to press for Gorkhaland

Jul 31, 2013

DARJEELING: As New Delhi today endorsed Telangana statehood, Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) chief Bimal Gurung stepped down as GTA chief executive to press for a separate Gorkhaland. The GJM also announced indefinite strike in the hills. Gorkhaland Territorial Administration is an autonomous hill council formed a year ago. Gurung faxed his resignation letter to Governor M K Narayanan. "I have resigned from the GTA. I am severing ties with the state government," he told the mediapersons.

Telangana effect: GJM calls indefinite shutdown for Gorkhaland)

Jul 31, 2013

DARJEELING: Hours after the UPA and the Congress Working Committee endorsed statehood for Telangana, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) announced an indefinite strike in northern West Bengal’s Darjeeling Hills from Saturday to press for its demand for Gorkhaland. GJM chief Bimal Gurung has also resigned as chief executive of Gorkhaland Territorial Administration – an autonomous and elected hill development council which the party has been running for a year.

Gorkha Janmukti Morcha makes a fresh bid for Dooars

Jul 31, 2013

JALPAIGURI:The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leaders, on Tuesday, decided to go all out in Dooars for the inclusion of the region in the proposed Gorkhaland state. The party has already relaunched their movement in the Hills and is now aiming to bring the movement down to the plains. The party leadership, overwhelmed with their result in the panchayat elections in Jalpaiguri's Dooars, is not ready to waste any time in encashing the Nepali sentiment.

GJM shutdown evokes strong response in Darjeeling

Jul 30, 2013

DARJEELING: Most markets were shut and vehicular traffic was minimal on Monday in West Bengal's Darjeeling hills as a 72-hour shutdown in support of a Gorkhaland state began . According to police, there were stray incidents of violence, including the torching of three vehicles, in the protest called by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM). At least 50 people have been arrested for trying to forcibly enforce the shutdown. Schools, markets and government and private offices remained shut.

The hills have eyes: Telangana likely to rattle Mamata

Jul 30, 2013

BANGALORE: The decision on Telangana in Andhra Pradesh is bound to have a bigger impact in West Bengal politics, where a hill outfit has been demanding a separate state of Gorkhaland. The Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) has already given call for a 72-hour strike in the hills in northern West Bengal starting on Monday and the state administration led by the Trinamool Congress (TMC) could find its its sweet taste of a probable panchayat election victory diluted by the revival of the Gorkhaland problem.

GJM Chief to Resign Soon as Darjeeling Braces for 3-Day Shutdown

Jul 30, 2013

DARJEELING: Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), a political party campaigning for the creation of the Gorkhaland region in West Bengal, launched a three-day strike in Darjeeling on Monday morning. GJM chief Bimal Gurung had announced the strike on micro-blogging site Twitter on Saturday. "A 72 hour strike will be observed from 29th July to start our final battle for Gorkhaland. Are you with me?"

Gorkhas, Bodos take cue, get battle ready

Jul 30, 2013

NEW DELHI: With a separate Telangana state soon to become reality, West Bengal and Assam are witnessing a resurgence of the protracted movements for Gorkhaland and Bodoland, respectively. While the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leadership is meeting on Monday night to discuss the matter, the Bodo students are also gearing up to revive the movement. The agitations have a bloody history and there is apprehension of the cycle being repeated.

Gorkha strike disrupts life in India's Darjeeling hills

Jul 30, 2013

DARJEELING: A 72-hour strike called by the main Gorkha ethnic group in India's West Bengal state has brought life to a standstill in the tea-producing Darjeeling hills. The protest by the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha party is demanding a separate state for Nepali-speaking Gorkhas. A large number of paramilitary troops and police have been deployed to maintain peace in the hill region.

If Telangana is created, so should be Gorkhaland, says GJM

Jul 30, 2013

DARJEELING: With a three-day bandh beginning in Darjeeling today, Gorkha Janmukti Morcha chief Bimal Gurung said if the Centre announced a Telengana state then it should also declare one for Gorkhaland. 'Our demand for Gorkhaland is older than the demand for Telengana. If the Centre announces a Telengana state then it should also declare a Gorkhaland state,' Gurung told a press conference here.

Tourists leaving hills, rush to collect essentials

Jul 28, 2013

DARJEELING: Ahead of the 72-hour Darjeeling Hills bandh called by Gorkha Janmukti Morcha from tomorrow, tourists headed towards plains fearing exorbitant transportation cost and shortage of essential commodities. People assembled before shops to collect essentials as vehicle operators charged excessive amount to ferry the visitors to Siliguri who were leaving the hill town since this noon.

GJM picketers held for setting fire to car on Sikkim lifeline as bandh begins

Jul 30, 2013

DARJEELING: Over ten supporters of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha were arrested Monday when they burnt down a motorcycle and a car at Rambi on National Highway 31 to enforce a three-day bandh in support of Gorkhaland. The GJM supporters burnt down the vehicles at Rambi on NH31, where they were picketing since 6am when the shutdown began, police said.

Hills tense on 3-day bandh eve

Jul 30, 2013

DARJEELING: The state government on Sunday deployed five platoons of strike force and 15 platoons of Rapid Action Force in the hills of Darjeeling amid growing tension in the region ahead of the 72-hour bandh called by Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) beginning Monday. Even though the state government has sent a circular to all the government employees to attend their offices on Monday, the GJM said it would not allow anybody to do so, making it clear that the bandh is all set to cripple the life in the district.

Tea And No Sympathy: Gorkhas Demand Separate State From India

Jul 30, 2013

DARJEELING: A separatist group in the northern reaches of India’s West Bengal state has called a 72-hour strike to demand independent statehood for the region’s Nepali-speaking Gorkha people around the famed tea-producing region of Darjeeling. The work stoppage, called by the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) party, has not only led to the deployment of paramilitary soldiers and police to the hilly area to ensure peace but has also brought local business to a standstill. The Darjeeling area is renowned for its beauty, tea plantations and tourism, raising fears that even a brief strike could hurt the local economy.

The Telangana effect: demand for Gorkhaland intensifies

Jul 30, 2013

NEW DELHI: If Telengana is given statehood, so must Gorkhaland. That's the demand of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) that has called a three-day bandh in Darjeeling in West Bengal from Monday to press for its cause. The Morcha is not alone. Activists for a separate state of Vidarbha in Maharashtra have also joined the chorus.

Gorkhaland likely to be on CWC agenda

Jul 30, 2013

NEW DELHI: Apart from Telangana, the scope of granting Union territory status to Gorkhaland region may be also discussed at the meeting of the Congress Working Committee on Tuesday with the party leadership mindful that a decision on Andhra Pradesh alone has potential of fresh unrest in the Darjeeling hills.

Gurung says he will quit GTA

Jul 29, 2013

DARJEELING: Gorkha Janmukti Morcha chief Bimal Gurung today said he would step down as GTA chief executive in the next three to four days after completing some work in the hill body. Although the hill party leader did not specify what the work was, he said the autonomous body had been a “failure” because of the state government.

GJM revives state demand as Mamata blames Centre

Jul 28, 2013

KOLKATA: With a decision on the creation of Telangana expected from the Centre soon, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) Saturday announced the revival of its demand for a separate Gorkhaland state. This came just hours after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the creation of Telangana would create problems in the hills. She also launched a severe attack on the central government, accusing it of interfering in state matters.

GJM calls for 72-hour bandh in Darjeeling hills from Monday

Jul 28, 2013

DARJEELING: The Gorka Janmukti Morcha (GJM) on Saturday called for a 72-hour bandh in the Darjeeling hills from July 29, 2013. GJM chief Bimal Gurung addressing a party gathering at Kalimpong announced the 72-hour bandh in the Darjeeling hills from July 29.

Gorkhaland cry revived

Jul 28, 2013

DARJEELING: The Gorkhaland movement has virtually been revived with the dominant force in Darjeeling writing to the Prime Minister that statehood is the only option and an autonomous alternative has been a failure.

Ahead of stir, GJM logs into social media for support

Jul 28, 2013

DARJEELING: Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) supremo Bimal Gurung joined the social media bandwagon with the opening of Facebook and Twitter accounts Saturday. He also launched a party website with the promise that it will be much "interactive". Gurung said he will also make his presence felt on Youtube.

GJM to revive stir if Telangana demand is granted

Jul 14, 2013

DARJEELING: Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) has threatened to revive its stir for a separate state in the Darjeeling hills if the Centre granted the demand for Telangana and bifurcated Andhra Pradesh.

Yuva Morcha piles statehood pressure

Jul 18, 2013

Darjeeling, July 18: The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha’s youth wing today demanded the dissolution of the GTA on the second anniversary of the signing of the memorandum to bring the autonomous body into being.

Darjeeling Hills in thick of action for the 2014 LS polls

Jul 23, 2013

DARJEELING: While politics in West Bengal is centered round the ongoing panchayat elections, the Darjeeling Hills is already witnessing political exercises for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

GJM to demand Gorkhaland if Telangana is created

Jul 12, 2013

DARJEELING: GJM will renew its demand for Gorkhaland in Darjeeling Hills if the Centre favours in creation of Telangana, GJM general secretary Roshan Giri said here yesterday.