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I am working with Hindustan Times since 2001 and am posted in Siliguri, West Bengal, as Principal Correspondent. I have been regularly covering vast area of northern parts of West Bengal, Sikkim and parts of Nepal and Bhutan.

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Captain Brijesh Thapa cremated in Darjeeling with military honours

The 27-year-old army captain was killed in a gunfight with terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir’s Doda on Tuesday

 (Twitter/@trishakticorps)
Updated on Jul 19, 2024 06:38 PM IST

Mortal remains of captain Brijesh Thapa reaches his ancestral home in Darjeeling

His mortal remains reached Darjeeling town at 3.30pm, where thousands paid their tribute. The body was then taken to Ging, his ancestral home, where the funeral is planned on Friday with military honour

Captain Brijesh Thapa from Darjeeling in West Bengal was killed in gunfight with terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir’s Doda on Tuesday (Twitter Photo)
Published on Jul 18, 2024 07:57 PM IST

Doda attack: ‘Not everyone lucky enough to serve nation’, say soldiers’ families

Originally a resident of Bada Ging near Lebong in Darjeeling, Captain Thapa, joined the army in 2019 after clearing the CDS examination.

Captain Brijesh Thapa (left) and sepoy Bijendra who were killed in the encounter between security forces and terrorists in Doda district on July 16,(PTI)
Updated on Jul 17, 2024 10:50 AM IST
By, Suresh Foujdar , Siliguri/bharatpur

Proud but will miss him, says father of 27-yr-old army officer killed in Doda

Capt. Thapa, originally posted with the 145 Army Air Defence, had temporarily been on extra-regimental duty

Colonel Bhuwanesh Thapa (Retd.), father of Captain Brijesh Thapa, who was killed in an encounter with terrorists n Jammu and Kashmir’s Doda, at their home in Siliguri on Tuesday. (ANI)
Updated on Jul 16, 2024 05:32 PM IST

‘Only 2 are alive’: Indian man in Russian army pleads for release from war zone

Urgen Tamang, a resident of West Bengal deployed by the Russian army in the war against Ukraine , said that 13 of the 15 non-Russians in his group have -been killed

The Indian national working in the Russian army has made the statement in a fresh video released by him. (Representational imag)
Published on Jul 15, 2024 07:59 PM IST

NH10 shut down as heavy rains hit north Bengal triggering fresh landslides

The India Meteorological Department has warned of heavy to very heavy rains in some areas in the hills of north Bengal and Sikkim over the next five days

everal landslides were reported in Sikkim earlier this month too when the area was battered by heavy rains. (File Photo)
Updated on Jun 29, 2024 08:17 PM IST

‘Not for me’: Bhaichung Bhutia gives up electoral politics after losing 4 polls

Tuesday’s announcement came after Bhaichung Bhutia’s fourth electoral defeat in West Bengal and Sikkim

Bhaichung Bhutia contested his first Lok Sabha election in 2014 on a TMC ticket from the Darjeeling constituency (X/iimunofficial)
Published on Jun 25, 2024 09:58 PM IST

‘Forced to sign blank paper’: Complainant in Bengal train tragedy

Preliminary investigations by the Railways into the accident said that the automatic signal system had malfunctioned, and drivers along the route were directed to travel at a reduced speed of 10 kilometres per hour.

‘Forced to sign blank paper’: Complainant in Bengal train tragedy
Updated on Jun 20, 2024 07:36 AM IST
By, Siliguri

Sikkim landslides: Stranded tourists being evacuated by road

Around 1,200 tourists, including some foreign nationals, were stranded in North Sikkim after heavy rains triggered landslides in several places cutting off the areas from the rest of the state

tranded tourists being evacuated in rain-hit Sikkim's Mangan district on Tuesday. (PTI)
Updated on Jun 18, 2024 05:00 PM IST

Bengal train accident: Teams faced desperate scramble to rescue trapped victims

While village residents were the first responders, the site of the accident was soon besieged by personnel from different agencies

Rescue operations at the accident site on Monday. (ANI)
Updated on Jun 18, 2024 07:42 AM IST
By, , Siliguri/new Delhi

On board 13174: A loud bang, and what followed

A train collision near New Jalpaiguri has left 9 dead and 41 injured. Villagers were first responders, helping in the rescue efforts.

Rescue operation underway at the accident site in Darjeeling on Monday. (ANI)
Updated on Jun 18, 2024 02:22 AM IST

‘Huge jerk, then everything started tumbling’: Kanchanjunga Express survivors

Locals were the first responders as they rushed to the spot and began rescue operations. The injured were rushed to the North Bengal hospita.

The Kanchanjunga Express after the accident in north Bengal on Monday. (ANI Photo)
Updated on Jun 17, 2024 04:46 PM IST

Unabated rains hit Sikkim rescue ops, 1,200 tourists stuck

Around 1,200 tourists are stranded in north Sikkim as most parts of the region remained cut off because of damages on roads, bridges.

The section of a road damaged due to landslides triggered by incessant rainfall at Mangan in North Sikkim on Thursday. (PTI)
Updated on Jun 17, 2024 04:56 AM IST

Landslides cut off North Sikkim; swollen Teesta leaves hundreds homeless

Chief minister Prem Singh Tamang on Wednesday announced a ₹5 lakh compensation each for the families of the three people who died at Majwa village in South Sikkim

Landslides damaged houses in the Upper Gyathang and Tarag villages. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Jun 13, 2024 11:27 AM IST

Rain triggers fresh landslides in parts of Sikkim; no fresh casualty reported

Heavy showers on the night of June 10 caused extensive damage to properties at Thek village in Pakyong district

Debris from the landslides blocked and damaged NH-10, the lifeline between Sikkim and West Bengal’s Kalimpong. (File Photo)
Published on Jun 13, 2024 08:38 AM IST

16-yr-old boy run over by Darjeeling toy train; third death since 2022

Launched by the British in 1881 and declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999, the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, popularly called the toy train, is famous for joy rides and draws thousands of tourists

The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, popularly called the toy train (File Photo)
Published on Jun 12, 2024 08:44 PM IST

Three die in landslides in south Sikkim following heavy rainfall

Sikkim chief minister Prem Singh Tamang expressed grief over the loss of lives and property due to the landslides

 (Screengrab/X/JournoShabana)
Updated on Jun 10, 2024 09:05 PM IST

Prem Singh Tamang sworn in as Sikkim chief minister for second term

Governor Lakshman Acharya administered the oath of office and secrecy to Tamang and his council of ministers at a ceremony at Gangtok’s Paljor stadium

Prem Singh Tamang greets people after taking oath as the Sikkim chief minister during the swearing-in ceremony at Panjor Stadium in Gangtok on Monday. (ANI)
Updated on Jun 10, 2024 08:02 PM IST

Ruling SKM retains lone Lok Sahba seat in Sikkim

Sikkim Krantikari Morcha’s sitting MP Indra Hang Subba defeated his nearest rival Bharat Basnett of the Citizen Action Party by a margin of 78,766 votes

Indra Hang Subba (File Photo/Screengrab/Sansad TV)
Published on Jun 04, 2024 02:43 PM IST

HT interview: We did not forge any alliance, but share good ties with BJP, says Sikkim CM

SKM won 31 of 32 seats in Sikkim's assembly elections. CM Golay credits success to good governance. Chamling's defeat due to ego. Welfare schemes popular.

Sikkim chief minister Prem Singh Tamang Golay.
Updated on Jun 04, 2024 06:42 AM IST

SKM sweeps Sikkim, BJP bags 3rd Arunachal term

BJP in Arunachal Pradesh and SKM in Sikkim won by large margins in the April 19 elections. BJP secured 46 out of 60 seats, while SKM won 31 out of 32 seats.

People gather outside a counting centre in Gangtok on Sunday. (PTI)
Updated on Jun 03, 2024 05:44 AM IST
By, , Guwahati/siliguri

SKM records landslide victory in Sikkim polls; CM calls BJP ‘close partner’

SKM, led by chief minister Prem Singh Tamang Golay, won 31 of the 32 assembly seats in Sikkim while SDF, headed by former CM Pawan Chamling got one seat

Sikkim chief minister and SKM chief Prem Singh Tamang speaks with the media after his party's landslide victory in the state assembly elections in Gangtok on Sunday. (PTI)
Published on Jun 02, 2024 07:39 PM IST

Sikkim’s ruling SKM heading for landslide victory in assembly polls

Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) leads in 31 of 32 assembly seats in Sikkim elections. Former CM Pawan Chamling's party SDF trails in most seats.

Sikkim chief minister Prem Singh Tamang Golay (File Photo)
Updated on Jun 02, 2024 01:08 PM IST

Sikkim assembly polls: Counting of votes on Sunday

Sikkim witnessed primarily a bipolar contest between the ruling SKM and its principal opposition SDF with the BJP expected to put up a fight in around five seats

While the SKM is trying to retain power in Sikkim for the second time in a row, the SDF, which was in power for 25 years till 2019, is now trying to bounce back. (Representative Image)
Updated on Jun 01, 2024 05:20 PM IST

Sikkim’s 32 assembly and one Lok Sabha seat to go to polls on April 19

Sikkim is likely to witness a triangular contest between the SKM, SDF and the newly formed Citizen Action Party (CAP)

The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Saturday announced the schedule for the 2024 general elections (Representative Photo)
Updated on May 10, 2024 11:48 AM IST

1st pair of Siberian tigers in India after 12 years arrives in Darjeeling

Lara and Akamas arrived on Sunday night in two special ambulances from the Kolkata airport after they were flown from Cyprus as a part of an animal exchange programme

Lara and Akamas were flown from Cyprus as a part of an animal exchange programme. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Dec 12, 2023 09:05 AM IST

Three elephants mowed down by goods train in Bengal district: Officials

The train, which was travelling from Guwahati to Siliguri, hit the elephants near Sikhari Gate located between Kalchini and Rajabhatkhawa stations in Alipurduar

A local resident, Ajay Lora claimed that the train was travelling at high speed. (Representative file image)
Updated on Nov 27, 2023 03:41 PM IST

GTA threatens to stop work at two hydel power projects over Teesta after floods

The River Teesta, which originates from a glacial lake Khangchung Chho at an elevation of 5,280m in northeastern Sikkim, passes through Sikkim and four districts of West Bengal before entering Bangladesh

Teesta Low Dam Project (TLDP) III at Reang (Twitter Photo)
Published on Oct 15, 2023 01:01 PM IST

Military airlifts flood victims in Sikkim; toll 89

Army helicopters began evacuating stranded tourists in Sikkim after flash floods caused by a glacial lake outburst flood devastated the area.

HT Image
Updated on Oct 10, 2023 06:22 AM IST
By, Siliguri

Migrant workers in Sikkim recount nightmare as they leave for home states

59 migrant workers from different parts of India reached Bengal’s Siliguri town on Saturday night after travelling for ten hours in a Sikkim government bus

A flash flood triggered by an outburst in a glacial lake in north Sikkim on Tuesday night barrelled down the river Teesta. (AP photo)
Updated on Oct 09, 2023 11:37 AM IST
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