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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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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)
Published on Mar 16, 2024 08:17 PM 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

Sikkim flood toll hits 82 amid slush and debris

At least 140 people are still missing and the toll is expected to rise further, warned officials

Vehicles buried in the sand along the Teesta river in Rongpo in east Sikkim on Sunday. (AP)
Updated on Oct 09, 2023 01:11 AM IST
By, Siliguri

Central assistance for flood-hit Sikkim triggers political slugfest in Bengal

The death count due to flash floods until Saturday evening stood at 55. Of those, 29 bodies were fished out of the Teesta and its tributaries in Bengal’s Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri and Cooch Behar districts

Cloudburst over Lhonak Lake triggered a flash flood in the Teesta river basin in Sikkim (File Photo)
Updated on Oct 08, 2023 05:36 PM IST

Bhaichung appeals sports fraternity to hold charity matches for flood-hit Sikkim

Bhutia said he has joined hands with the Association of Conservation of Tourism (ACT) which will be organising events to raise funds

Former India football captain Bhaichung Bhutia (ANI Photo)
Published on Oct 08, 2023 05:09 PM IST

Central team arrives in Sikkim, toll reaches 55

Flash floods in Sikkim have caused at least 55 deaths and left 143 people missing. The floods were caused when a glacial lake burst following heavy rain.

A road damaged due to flash floods triggered by heavy rainfall in Mangan district. (PTI)
Updated on Oct 08, 2023 07:06 AM IST
By, Siliguri

Sikkim floods: Weather hinders rescue operations as death toll rises to 27

The known number of casualties rose to 27 and the number of missing increased to 143, officials said

A truck is partially covered in mud due to flash floods triggered by a sudden heavy rainfall, in North Sikkim on Friday (ANI)
Updated on Oct 07, 2023 06:50 AM IST
By, , Bengal-sikkim Border

Sikkim CM Prem Singh Tamang questions quality of hydel dam destroyed in flood

So far, 19 bodies have been recovered;103 people still missing. At least 25,000 affected; 3500 rescued from areas cut off after the flash floods.

Flood-hit Golitar area in Sikkim. (Reuters)
Updated on Oct 06, 2023 10:24 PM IST

Washing away of dam brings focus on Sikkim’s hydel projects

All projects in Sikkim are run of the river projects, in which a channel is created off the river to direct water to run the turbine, with the water then flowing back into the river

An area affected by the flood is seen in this undated image released on October 4, in Sikkim (via REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 06, 2023 07:20 AM IST
By, , New Delhi/siliguri

Frantic rescue operation on as Sikkim counts the cost

The SSDMA in a bulletin on Thursday said that the disaster had affected 22,034 people, and that over the last 24 hours, 2011 people had been rescued

People walk along the area affected by the flood at Golitar, in Singtam, Sikkim, (REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 06, 2023 01:05 AM IST

Sikkim flash floods: Toll increases to 14 as damaged infra hampers rescue ops

The flash floods in Sikkim were triggered on Wednesday after a glacial lake overflowed following torrential rains in the Himalayan region

The flooding along the Teesta River. (AP)
Published on Oct 05, 2023 11:49 AM IST

Sikkim disaster: 1,200 MW project dam washed away

Teesta Urja, the second biggest run-of-the-river hydro power project in India, suffered massive damage due to flood caused by the breach in Lhonak lake in north-west Sikkim on the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Teesta river level increased on Wednesday. (ANI)
Updated on Oct 05, 2023 07:16 AM IST
By, Siliguri

‘Lost everything in 30 minutes...’: Sikkim tragedy survivors recount horror

In other parts of Sikkim, the National Highway 10, which connects Sikkim to West Bengal, was washed away near Swetjhora, leaving tourists stranded.

Residents being evacuated in Sikkim on Wednesday. (AFP)
Updated on Oct 05, 2023 07:10 AM IST
By, Siliguri

Sikkim flood victim says her house washed away within 30 minutes after warning

At least 14 persons were killed and another 120 people, including 23 army personnel, went missing after a flash flood hit north Sikkim in the early hours of Wednesday

Six bridges and several houses have been washed away in Sikkim following the flash floods. (PTI)
Published on Oct 04, 2023 08:41 PM IST

Sikkim dam washed away in 10 minutes after flash flood: Official

At least 30 people have been reported missing and six bridges have been washed away in north Sikim since Tuesday night due to the flash floods

Water levels of the Teesta river rises in Sikkim on Wednesday. (AP)
Updated on Oct 04, 2023 07:28 PM IST

Darjeeling school student allegedly dies by suicide; police arrest headmaster

Pankaj Prasad, additional public prosecutor, said school director Gurung was produced before the Darjeeling district court on Saturday and was remanded in judicial custody for 14 days

 (Representative Photo)
Updated on Sep 03, 2023 03:48 PM IST

2 killed in landslides triggered by rainfall in Darjeeling, Sikkim

In Darjeeling, Babulal Rai, 59, a resident of Puttabong in the Bijanbari community block, died after his house was hit by a landslide on Friday

 (Representative Photo)
Updated on Aug 25, 2023 08:22 PM IST

Bengal school girl’s murder: Mob ransacks suspect’s house, VHP calls for bandh

The body of the 17-year-old Class 11 student in school uniform was found by local people at a desolate place in the Matigara area of north Bengal’s Siliguri on Monday

The protestors clashed with police in several places. (Video grab/X/Raju Bista)
Updated on Aug 23, 2023 08:36 PM IST

Pregnant elephant killed by goods train passing through north Bengal sanctuary

The female elephant apparently came out of the Panijhora jungle and tried to enter the Chapramari forest when the incident took place

For representational purposes only. (File Photo)
Updated on Aug 10, 2023 08:32 PM IST

Severed head of elephant found in Bengal river; poachers' role suspected

On Friday evening, villagers living near Volka range of Buxa reserve spotted the severed elephant head in Sankosh river, close to Bengal-Assam border.

Debashis Sharma, deputy field director of Buxa Tiger Reserve (East), said poachers might have killed the elephant for its tusks in Assam. (HT Archives (Photo for representation))
Updated on Aug 06, 2023 04:46 AM IST

Severed elephant head, with tusks removed, found floating in W Bengal river

The area from where the elephant head was found is close to the Bengal-Assam border and forest officials apprehend that the animal was killed recently

Forest officials suspect that the elephant was killed by poachers somewhere in Assam. (Representative Image)
Updated on Aug 05, 2023 08:02 PM IST

Student leader death: Sikkim govt constitutes judicial commission to probe case

Padam Gurung, president of student representative council of the Sikkim Government College at Kamrang in Namchi district was found dead in a drain in Kazitar area on June 28

The panel will submit a report to the state government within one month. (Representative file image)
Updated on Jul 14, 2023 04:21 PM IST

TMC ally BGPM sweeps gram panchayats in Darjeeling, Kalimpong

The party, which is an ally of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) in the hilly regions of north Bengal, bagged 349 out of 598 gram panchayat seats in Darjeeling. In Kalimpong, out of 281 seats in 42 gram panchayats, BGPM won 168 seats in at least 30 gram panchayats

The Bharatiya Gorkha Prajatantrik Morcha (BGPM) is an ally of the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) in the hilly regions of north Bengal (Twitter Photo)
Updated on Jul 13, 2023 08:57 PM IST

Violence continues in Bengal, several areas to vote again

The West Bengal state election commission has ordered repolling at 697 booths in 19 districts following reports of vote-tampering and violence.

A fire blazes from a car in Uttar Dinajpur on Sunday. (ANI)
Updated on Jul 10, 2023 06:04 AM IST
By, Sreyasi Pal, Siliguri/berhampore

How death shadowed voters during Bengal panchayat polls

At least 40 people sustained bullet and bomb injuries in Murshidabad on Saturday, police officials said on condition of anonymity.

Police and paramilitary personnel were stationed across West Bengal amidst incidents if violence (File Photo)
Updated on Jul 09, 2023 03:09 PM IST
By, Sreyasi Pal

They rained bombs, looted booths: Witnesses of Bengal panchayat poll violence

At least 18 people were killed in the state on Saturday on the day ofpolling for the three-tier panchayat elections.

Police personnel baton charge after a clash between rival political groups during panchyat elections in Malda district of West Bengal on Saturday. (PTI)
Updated on Jul 09, 2023 04:40 AM IST
By, Sreyasi Pal
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