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Darjeeling Unrest: GJM media manager Vikram Rai arrested; strike enters sixth day

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Kolkata, June 17, 2017: The Darjeeling hills in West Bengal remained tense as the indefinite strike called by Gorkha Janmukti Morcha entered into the sixth day on Saturday.

Last night, Vikram Rai, son of Darjeeling MLA Amar Rai and media manager of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), was arrested. Police also raided and allegedly vandalised the residence of Assistant Gen Secretary of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha Binay Tamang.

After Thursday’s massive clash between police and the GJM activists following a raid at the Party chief Bimal Gurung’s house, the Darjeeling hills continued to be tense with rallies and counter-rallies, both by the Morcha activists and state ruling party throughout Friday.

Early on Friday morning, the GJM supporters torched a panchayat office at Mirik, a hydro electric supply office at Lodhama in Darjeeling and a health centre in Rimbik-Lodhama.

Accusing police of high handedness and oppression, the women wing of GJM took out a rally in Darjeeling town in the afternoon.

The activists carrying Indian national flag were seen shouting slogans in demand of the separate state of Gorkhaland. However, they were stopped mid way by police and central forces.

Countering the GJM rally, the Trinamool Congress members took out a protest rally in Darjeeling district’s Mirik sub-division, a party stronghold after its victory in the recent municipal elections.

Blaming the GJM for continuous violence and arson in the hills, the participants in the rally demanded the removal of Gurung.

Slogans like “Bimal Gurung Dur Haato” (Bimal Gurung Go away) were shouted from the gathering.

Taking a swipe at Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, BJP’s National General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya accused the state government of not keeping the promises made during the formation of Gorkha Territorial Administration (GTA) in the hills.

Meanwhile, the activists of the Gorkha National Liberation Front, a Trinamool Congress ally in the last state assembly election, and Jana Andolan Party (JAP) hit the streets supporting the GJM-sponsored indefinite shutdown in the hills.

“The state government’s policy is alienating them more and more from the people in the hills. This is not a good sign,” JAP chief Harka Bahadur Chettri said, and urged the state government to start a discussion with the local parties in the hills.

“It seems that there is a clash of ego between the state government and GJM. there should be meetings and discussions in the hills to sort out the situation. No political solution can be achieved through police action,” he added.

In the hills, hotels mostly remained shut throughout the day.

A long queue could be seen at the bus station as tourists and hotel workers prepared to leave the hills. Local administration arranged bus services so that stranded tourists could get to Siliguri.

Read More: GJM workers turn violent after police raid on party chief’s house

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Monsoon likely to enter Bihar next week

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Patna, June 23: The much-awaited monsoon is likely to enter Bihar by next week, ushering in good news for millions who have been reeling under a heatwave like condition, an official on Saturday said.

According to the Met Department official here, monsoon is set to hit Bihar in the next two to three days. It has already been delayed by nearly two weeks.

It hits the state between June 10 and 12. But no monsoon till the third week of June has triggered fears of deficit rainfall, which could result in a drought-like situation.

There has been a heatwave in Bihar since last week. “Only rains could bring relief from the scorching heat. There will be rains soon and temperature will come down by two to four degrees,” the official added.

Temperature has been hovering above 40 degrees Celsius since the last ten days in Patna and Gaya districts.

Farmers were hoping for a normal monsoon-like in 2017 which had helped them increase their paddy output. But the delayed arrival of it is set to hit paddy sowing.

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Shocking! Son throws mother infront of tractor to stop rival from cultivating land

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New Delhi, June 23: In a shocking incident, a man in Maharashtra’s Washim reportedly threw his old mother in front of a tractor being driven by another man with whom he had a land dispute.

News agency ANI reported that the incident is of Thursday (June 21) and the accused had lost a case of dispute for the land on which the other man was using his tractor for cultivation. To stop him, the elderly lady was thrown in front of the tractor.

While speaking over the above incident with ANI, Senior Police Inspector Suresh Naiknaware said that ”There was a fight between two groups over land dispute. FIRs have been registered against people from both sides. 1 person has been arrested. Further investigation underway”.

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Locals protest against massive tree felling in Delhi

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New Delhi, June 23: In order to save cutting of over “14000 trees” under the south Delhi redevelopment project, a protest was carried out by locals in the national capital on Friday night.

Pollution is wrecking a havoc in the national capital and the last couple of weeks witnessed intensely degraded air quality hitting the parameter of very poor to severe condition.

And now, the massive tree felling in the national capital had come at a time when the current average pollution level of Delhi is already at 300 Air Quality Index which falls in the category that risks life and limb of people.

Held under the “Delhi Trees SOS” campaign, the protest was called to aware people about the redevelopment project and urge the government to avoid cutting trees for the same.

“We are citizens of Delhi, who have formed this Delhi SOS initiative. We want to tell that it’s so stupid on half of the authorities to cut trees at a time when the weather of Delhi has been severe since last two years. Trees are very important to us. The government is saying that they will compensate by putting plants near Wazirabad bridge. We don’t think it’s a good idea,” Juhi Saklani, a member of the campaign, told news agency ANI.

The protest started at the Sarojini Nagar area.

On similar lines, a public interest litigation (PIL) was filed in the Delhi High Court against the same developmental project in which the petitioner claimed that the “Permission was granted incorrectly to cut over 2500 trees for various development projects.”

The plea further said that the felling of trees already started on Friday in at least six locations of the national capital.

The Delhi High Court has asked the petitioners to give photographs of the trees that were cut today.

Trees have been cut in Sarojini Nagar, Netaji Nagar, Kasturba Nagar, Tyagraj Nagar, Srinivaspuri, and Mohammadpur areas of Delhi.

The high court issued notices to the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, state-owned construction firm NBCC, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs and others.

However, it refused to put a stay on the construction projects for now. The court would now hear the plea on an urgent basis on Monday.

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