Bimal Gurung's Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) and the Trinamool Congress won three and two seats respectively in the civic body.
With classic decor and vintage furniture, the Glenburn Tea Estate boutique hotels in Darjeeling transport you back to a whole different era where life was slow and supremely sophisticated.
The earthquake occurred at 9.50 pm and was recorded at a depth of 6 kilometres, the National Centre for Seismology said.
The weatherman warned of extremely heavy rainfall over Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Alipurduar till Wednesday morning and downpour till Thursday over all sub-Himalayan districts.
Chairman of Indian Tea Exporters Association (ITEA) Anshuman Kanoria said the exporters of Darjeeling tea are exploring new markets, including China.
The administrative rejig was effected for those who have been holding a post for nearly or more than three years.
The state had accused its northern neighbour of giving shelter to the GJM supremo who is wanted in several cases including Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act) (UAPA), murder, rioting and arson.
Tamang blamed party supremo Bimal Gurung for violence in the hills and said the people of the region "will not allow Darjeeling to turn into Kashmir".
The clashes erupted when the police raided Tukvar area near Patlaybas – a stronghold of Bimal Gurung – after receiving information that he had entered Darjeeling through Tukvar.
In the Kurseong Municipality, the GJM had won 17 wards and the Trinamool Congress (TMC) the remaining three in the polls held in May.
The move, the CM Mamata Banerjee hoped, will be welcomed by the people of the Hills though a few may not like it personally.
Shops and markets opened in the hills, defying the indefinite bandh sponsored by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) for a separate Gorkhaland.
The West Bengal CM also urged the agitators to bring back normalcy in the hills in the wake of the upcoming ‘Dassain’ festival.
The GJM representatives said the onus to initiate the talks on Gorkhaland lay with the Centre as Mamata has already declared that creation of a separate state is beyond her jurisdiction
Ousted leader Binay Tamang on Sunday challenged GJM chief Bimal Gurung to "come out of hiding" and lead the Gorkhaland movement from the front.
West Bengal Minister Gautam Deb has accused the Sikkim government and police administration of helping Gurung and his associates to flee.
July, August and September are the peak months when most tourists visit the hill station. But since the strike and the total shutdown, the tourism sector has been completely affected.
The police had yesterday issued a lookout notice against the GJM chief for his alleged involvement in various cases, including a bomb blast in Kalimpong police station which killed one volunteer.
Upstart leader Binay Tamang agrees to temporary suspension of strike as GJM boss Bimal Gurung’s influence wanes due to absence from the public eye.
Tamang said the state government had sent a letter in his name to attend the August 29 meeting but that he had refused to go.