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GJMM keeps schools, tea industry away from bandh

Posted by Ramesh Khati on July 18, 2009

KURSEONG, 17 JULY: The Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha leadership has excluded schools, tea plantations and the cinchona plantation from the purview of its indefinite bandh enforced in the Darjeeling hills on 13 July.
According to the GJMM assistant secretary, Mr Binay Tamang, all schools, tea plantations and the cinchona plantation would function normally from 20 July. He also specified that the relaxation extended to all education institutions. Incidentally, the Darjeeling tea industry had appealed to the GJMM to keep the industry out of the bandh for practical reasons.
Mr Tamang further informed that the National Highway 31A, which is the lifeline to Sikkim would remain open for Sikkim vehicles from 18 July to 23 July. “Only vehicles sporting Sikkim number plates would be allowed to ply on the highway during the relaxation,” he said. Mr Tamang demanded the tripartite talks on Gorkhaland be held in July instead of the proposed date in August and if the talks fail to materialise in July, they would again close the NH 31A from 23 July, 6 pm onwards.

Source: The Statesman


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