Pramod Giri

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.

Articles by Pramod Giri

Sikkim: Army rescues around 400 stranded tourists

At least 100 vehicles with around 400 tourists were stranded when some of the high-altitude regions of Sikkim received heavy snowfall on Saturday afternoon

The tourists were returning to Gangtok after visiting Nathu La and Tsomgo. (Sourced)
Published on Mar 13, 2023 09:43 AM IST

3, including 2 minors killed during illegal sand mining in north Bengal

The injured were rushed to a hospital, police said, adding the two deceased were identified as minors, both 15 years in age, while one was aged 20.

Police said the incident took place in north Bengal on Monday morning (Representative Photo)
Updated on Mar 06, 2023 07:17 PM IST

Nursing student found dead in hostel in North Bengal

According to the father of the deceased, Mithali got married to one Rintu Barman, a few months ago and her husband works as a security guard in Bengaluru.

 (Representative Photo)
Published on Feb 11, 2023 08:28 PM IST

Three killed in ambulance-truck collision in north Bengal

The family members and relatives of a man, who suffered a heart attack, were rushing him to the North Bengal Medical College and Hospital at Siliguri in the ambulance when the accident took place

The driver couldn’t see the truck due to fog and there was a head-on collision at Jatiakali near Siliguri (Representative Photo)
Published on Feb 06, 2023 02:49 PM IST

Protests in Sikkim against SC verdict describing Sikkimese as Nepali immigrants

Prem Singh Tamang, chief minister of Sikkim, has already said the government would file a petition in the Supreme Court and has already taken up the matter with Kiren Rijiju, the union law minister

The protesters have set a deadline of seven days for the state government to act. (Representative file image)
Updated on Feb 01, 2023 08:41 AM IST

Three killed after vehicle falls into ditch in Kalimpong

The deceased people were identified as Tilak Mandal, a resident of South 24 Parganas near Kolkata, Sukla Kundu and Sahil Saha, both residents of Siliguri. Shah was the driver

A preliminary investigation by the police suggests that the vehicle was over-speeding (Representative Photo)
Updated on Jan 28, 2023 06:09 PM IST

GJM withdraws from GTA agreement, voices demand for Gorkhaland

The GTA agreement was signed by the Centre, the West Bengal government and GJM on July 18, 2011, leading to the formation of the GTA after the President of India gave his assent in March 2012

GJM general secretary Roshan Giri (in grey jacket)addressing media persons. (HT photo)
Updated on Jan 27, 2023 05:49 PM IST

New party formed in Sikkim, promises to operate through crowd-funding

Ganesh Kumar Rai, the Citizen Action Party (CAP) founder, said the new party will not have a flag and will function through crowd-funding

Assembly elections are due in Sikkim next year. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Jan 27, 2023 10:10 AM IST

Demand for Gorkhaland: Hill parties launch Bharatiya Gorkhaland Sangharsh Samiti

The GJM was one of the three signatories in the July 2011 Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) agreement. Gurung, who led the Gorkhaland agitation since 2007, settled for an autonomous Gorkhaland Territorial Administration in 2011

Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) president Bimal Gurung (PTI Photo)
Updated on Jan 24, 2023 11:43 AM IST

Soldier dies of electrocution while filling train’s water tank in Bengal

The soldier came in contact with an overhead high-tension wire at New Jalpaiguri railway station and four of his colleagues were injured in the incident

The soldiers were trying to fill a water tank on board a special goods train that was carrying vehicles and equipment to Pokhran in Rajasthan. (Representative Image)
Published on Jan 19, 2023 04:40 PM IST

Calcutta HC dismisses petition challenging Darjeeling municipality floor test

The petition by the Hamro Party (HP) challenged the legality of the December 28 floor test in which the party lost control

The HP moved the Calcutta high court claiming that defection of its six councillors to the BGPM and the floor test were illegal. (Representative Image)
Published on Jan 11, 2023 09:47 PM IST

WB: Man who provided ambulance to father-son carrying body on shoulders arrested

The video of a man, Ram Prasad Dewan, carrying the body of his mother on his shoulder with his father Joy Krishna Dewan helping him, went viral on January 5

The family reportedly had only <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>900 left and the drivers of private ambulances demanded <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>3,000. (File image | Representative)
Published on Jan 11, 2023 07:12 PM IST

TMC backs BGPM to push out Hamaro Party from Darjeeling municipality, loses MLA

TMC legislator Binoy Tamang announced his exit from the party, saying what had happened in Darjeeling municipality was “illegal and undemocratic”

Ajoy Edwards, who founded the Hamaro Party 13 months ago, said his party will move court “as BGPM used unethical means to woo six HP councillors.” (Twitter/)
Updated on Dec 29, 2022 01:01 AM IST

Sikkim accident: Bodies of 16 army men to be handed over to families today

Sixteen Indian army personnel were killed and four suffered injuries when the truck in which they were travelling fell off a mountain road in north Sikkim on Friday morning

The truck which met with the accident was part of a three-vehicle convoy. (PTI)
Published on Dec 24, 2022 01:04 PM IST

16 soldiers killed as bus falls into gorge

Sixteen Indian Army personnel, including three junior commissioned officers (JCOs), were killed when the vehicle they were travelling in fell into a gorge in North Sikkim district on Friday, the army said in a statement.

Army personnel near the wreckage of the truck in Zema area of North Sikkim on Friday. (ANI)
Published on Dec 24, 2022 12:15 AM IST
By, Siliguri

16 army jawans killed, 4 injured in road accident in Sikkim

According to the army, the accident took place at Zema in North Sikkim after the vehicle skidded down a slope and fell into a gorge. The convoy left Chatten in the morning and was going towards Thangu

The mangled remains of the truck in which the jawans were travelling (Indian Army)
Updated on Dec 23, 2022 07:20 PM IST

Man with suspected ISI links arrested by STF in north Bengal: Police

The man from Bihar is suspected to have worked with ISI for the past few years and was living in a rented house in Siliguri’s Bharat Nagar area with his wife

A court in Jalpaiguri sent the man to police custody for 14 days on Wednesday afternoon. (File image | Representative)
Published on Dec 22, 2022 09:02 AM IST

In demand for Gorkhaland, hill state parties to rally this December in Delhi

Statehood Demand Coordination Committee (SDCC), a non-political organisation, and Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) are also planning to organise rallies pressing their demand for Gorkhaland

GJM helped the BJP to win the Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat in three consecutive elections since 2009 (HT Photo)
Published on Nov 20, 2022 05:37 PM IST

Court issues non-bailable warrant against Union minister John Barla

A local court in north Bengal’s Cooch Behar district has issued a non-bailable warrant against Union minister John Barla for allegedly holding a political rally without taking proper permission in the run up to the 2019 Lok Sabha elections

Union minister and BJP leader John Barla. (Biplov Bhuyan/HT File Photo)
Updated on Nov 18, 2022 06:31 PM IST

Siliguri man kills ‘girlfriend’, confesses on social media before committing suicide

The man, identified as Kiran Debnath, killed the 30-year-old woman by slitting her throat, the police said, adding that she has a five-year-old son

Representational image.
Published on Nov 16, 2022 07:25 PM IST

Relief for Darjeeling planters as Tea Board of India lifts ban on tea blending

On October 18, the Tea Board of India amended its earlier notification that had completely banned the blending of Indian teas enjoying the geographical indications (GI) tags with imported ones

The earlier notification had a major impact as top Indian tea buyers of the Darjeeling tea had stopped buying it. (Bloomberg file photo)
Published on Oct 20, 2022 02:37 PM IST

Bhaichung Bhutia’s Hamro Party demands inner line permit for Indians visiting Sikkim

HSP president Bhaichung Bhutia said the HSP, which held a convention on the issue on Sunday, decided to request the state and central governments to introduce the ILP for Indian nationals

Former Indian football team captain Bhaichung Bhutia founded the Hamro Sikkim Party in May 2018 (ANI)
Published on Oct 17, 2022 05:52 PM IST

Heavy rains trigger landslides in north Sikkim; more than 600 tourists rescued

Puja vacations are continuing in West Bengal and thousands of tourists visit the Himalayan state around this time of the year

Officials said that many more including dozens of bikers are still stranded in the high-altitude regions. (File image)
Published on Oct 13, 2022 09:34 AM IST

Amit Shah arrives in North-East, says real growth happened after 2014

The Centre has set a target to have at least one dairy cooperative society in every gram panchayat area in the country, Amit Shah told the audience at Manan Kendra, where the conclave was held.

Union home minister Amit Shah said. (BJP Sikkim Twitter)
Updated on Oct 08, 2022 05:28 AM IST
By, Siliguri

Bhutan opens border after 30 months, Indians to pay 1,200 a day during stay

Only passports and voter identity cards will be accepted as proof of Indian citizenship if original documents are produced for inspection

beautiful Punakha Dzong Monastery and the Mo Chhu river in paro Bhutan (Getty Images)
Published on Sep 23, 2022 07:39 PM IST

GTA Council seeks fresh Centre-state talks for Gorkhaland

Binoy Tamang, the former chairman of the GTA Board of Administrators and a GTA member, said the resolution should be honoured

The demand for the separate state dates back to the 1980s. (AFP)
Published on Sep 20, 2022 09:32 AM IST

Calcutta HC orders CBI probe into illegal transfer of teacher in north Bengal

The Siliguri-based teacher was transferred at least three times in one year, allegedly in violation of the rules

The Calcutta high court’s circuit bench at Jalpaiguri in north Bengal has ordered a CBI enquiry into the illegal transfer of a government school teacher thrice in one year. (HT PHOTO.)
Published on Aug 05, 2022 01:12 PM IST

This Bengal school band becomes India’s first to perform at Swiss Basel Fest

For these boys from the government-aided Kumudini Home School in north Bengal’s Kalimpong, performing at the Basel Tattoo musical festival in Switzerland was a dream come true. However, it was not achieved overnight

Members of the Kumudini Home School band are mostly from poor and rural family backgrounds. (Sourced)
Updated on Jul 24, 2022 08:44 AM IST

Mamata to attend oath-taking function of Gorkhaland Territorial Administration

BGPM president Anit Thapa, who lost the Darjeeling municipal election earlier this year, will be sworn in as the GTA chief executive

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee arrived in Darjeeling on Monday. (ANI)
Published on Jul 12, 2022 09:14 AM IST

Panic in North Bengal, Sikkim as Nairobi Fly causes skin burns, rashes

Experts, however, said that there is nothing to panic about as the allergies were not serious and can be easily treated with some antibiotics and ointments

100 students of a private engineering college in Sikkim reported skin allergies. (File image)
Published on Jul 07, 2022 02:01 PM IST
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