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Five resorts run by the state tourism department will reopen from June 8, minister Gautam Deb has said.

The five resorts are in Diamond Harbour, Bishnupur, Maithan, Rangabitan (Birbhum) and Tilottam at Tilabari on the fringes of the Gorumara National Park in Jalpaiguri. “From June 8, online booking facility for these five properties will open,” the minister added. “All steps would be taken to prevent the spread of Covid-19.”

The Centre and the state had earlier said hotels could open from June 8.

Some state lodges in north Bengal will open as paid quarantine centres, Deb added.

People asked to be in quarantine can stay in these properties. So far, only some private hotels are providing this service in the region. Among these lodges include Mainak (Siliguri), Aranya (Madarihat) and Dinante (Raiganj).
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Decision by owners to shut hotels in Darj from July draws flak{featured}
Darjeeling: The Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) has threatened to take legal recourse against the Darjeeling Hotel Owners' Association for their decision to close down hotels in Darjeeling from July 1, thereby jeopardising the livelihood of more than 10,000 employees. "There are thousands who have dedicated their lives in the service of these hotels, don't the hotels have any responsibility towards them? At a time when thousands of migrant workers are returning to the Hills and are jobless, the hotels are putting more livelihoods on the line. Not only this, but they are also compromising the future of the entire tourism industry. This will adversely affect each and everyone connected to the industry including taxi drivers, pony wallas, and restaurant owners," said Ajoy Edwards, president of the GNLF Darjeeling Branch Committee.

He alleged that some of the hotels had stopped paying salary to their employees since April. "Talks were on between hotel owners, employees, Assistant Labour Commissioner, Additional District Magistrate. The owners had assured to pay 35 per cent salary to the employees. Suddenly, on Tuesday, the Hotel Owners unilaterally declared that they will close down from July 1 indefinitely. There are around 330 odd hotels in Darjeeling," stated Edwards. He maintained that if talks do not resume, then they will seek legal recourse. Anit Thapa, chairman of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration, commenting on this issue stated: "The Hotel Owners' Association representatives met me on Thursday. Soon, there will be a meeting between the hotel owners, trade union, district administration and the GTA and the issue will be resolved."

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Darjeeling: The Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) has threatened to take legal recourse against the Darjeeling Hotel Owners' Association for their decision to close down hotels in Darjeeling from July 1, thereby jeopardising the livelihood of more than 10,000 employees. "There are thousands who have dedicated their lives in the service of these hotels, don't the hotels have any responsibility towards them? At a time when thousands of migrant workers are returning to the Hills and are jobless, the hotels are putting more livelihoods on the line. Not only this, but they are also compromising the future of the entire tourism industry. This will adversely affect each and everyone connected to the industry including taxi drivers, pony wallas, and restaurant owners," said Ajoy Edwards, president of the GNLF Darjeeling Branch Committee.

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Homestays as safe getaways
The state government and tourism industry stakeholders in north Bengal are planning to highlight homestays in the hills and plains to revive the tourism sector that has taken a beating in the wake of Covid-19.While the state tourism department has planned to expedite disbursals of a one-time grant to the homestays to improve their infrastructure, stakeholders are mulling the idea of showcasing these less-crowded places as ideal tourist getaways while obeying precautions to help curb Covid-19.

“We have been working for the revival of the tourism industry that has faced massive losses. We are exploring options as to how stakeholders can be helped and thinking of backing the homestay owners and expediting payment of the one-time aid to them in this hour of crisis. This will help them improve their facilities,” said state tourism minister Gautam Deb.

In north Bengal alone, there are around 3,000 homestays, of which 1,000-odd are registered with the state.

Earlier, the state had announced that all registered homestays would be entitled to a one-time grant of Rs 1.5 lakh.Association for Conservation and Tourism convener Raj Basu, who is also a veteran in travel trade in the region, has pointed out that the unique locations of homestays that drew thousands of visitors in the past few years is the new USP of these properties now.

“The coronavirus pandemic has led to a paradigm shift in the tourism sector with more changes in the coming days. We expect many tourists, particularly the senior citizens, will try to avoid congestion and crowds and prefer isolated and serene locations. Homestay accommodations are ideal for them. That is why we are pushing them,” said Basu.

In all, around 7,000 rooms are available in homestays of the region, he added.


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Chandra Kumar Bose is dropped from post of vice president
Netaji’s relative Chandra Kumar Bose is dropped from post of vice president

With an eye on the 2021 Assembly polls in the State, the West Bengal unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has undertaken a significant reshuffle in the list of its office-bearers, giving many of the top slots, such as posts of vice presidents and secretaries, to former Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders.

The new list of office-bearers, most of whom joined the party in the past few years, particularly from the TMC and even from the Left parties, has irked the BJP’s old-timers in the State.


Notable among the names in the party’s list of vice presidents is Barrackpore MP Arjun Singh. Mr. Singh was a key leader of the TMC in the working class areas of North 24 Parganas, till the last Lok Sabha poll.

Senior BJP leader Subhash Sarkar has also been accommodated as a vice president.

Former Indian Police Service officer Bharati Ghosh, known to be close to the TMC’s erstwhile general secretary Mukul Roy, and Mafuja Khatun, a former MLA from the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) have also been included in the list of vice presidents.

Hooghly MP Locket Chatterjee has been selected as general secretary of the party, along with Purulia MP Jyotirmoy Singh Mahato and north Bengal BJP leader Rathin Basu.

A key omission

A key omission was the removal of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s grandnephew and technocrat Chandra Kumar Bose from the post of vice president of the party’s State unit. Mr. Bose had been vice president of the party since 2016 and even contested the 2019 Lok Sabha polls from the Kolkata South seat on a BJP ticket.

“I was not informed about my name being dropped from the list of vice presidents of the party. In fact, I got to know about the development from media,” Mr. Bose told The Hindu.

Mr. Bose had publicly disagreed with the BJP’s line on the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and said that he “had expressed differences” as he felt “it did not go with the ideals of Netaji”.

“I have not opposed CAA but asked for clarifications and modifications. Unless the party decides otherwise, I shall remain in the party. After the COVID-19 crisis eases out, I will try to meet Prime MInister Narendra Modi and explain my position,” Mr. Bose said.

Women’s, youth wings

Well-known fashion designer Agnimitra Paul has been made the chief of the BJP’s women’s wing in West Bengal. Bishnupur MP Soumitra Khan, who was also formerly with the TMC, has been selected as the leader of the party’s youth wing in the State.

Two Trinamool Congress MLAs — Sabyasachi Dutta and Dulal Bar — have also been awarded mid- to senior positions in the saffron party. Mr. Dutta has been made a secretary, while Mr. Bar has been given charge of the Scheduled Tribes (ST) Morcha unit. Khagen Murmu, MP from Malda North, who was formerly associated with the CPI(M), has been made the chief of the BJP’s Scheduled Caste (SC) Morcha unit.

Party insiders said that the reshuffle was an attempt to represent all regions and communities in West Bengal while deciding on its office-bearers for the State.

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Nod for Covid-19 lab, machines , Political shadow-boxing during pandemic
Darjeeling BJP MP Raju Bista has announced the Centre’s decision to set up a Covid-19 testing lab “as requested by me” at a nursing home in Siliguri.

On Wednesday, Anit Thapa, the chairman of the board of administrators, GTA, informed that the state had agreed to provide TrueNAT machines for Covid-19 tests in Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts.

Bista posted an ICMR notification stating that Anandaloke Sonoscan Centre Pvt Limted in Siliguri had been approved for tests.

“I am grateful to Hon’ble Health Minister for approving one more COVID testing lab in our region, as requested by me,” he wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday night.

Thapa said: “We had requested the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India, for the test machines but sadly our request fell into deaf ears and thanked state chief minister Mamata Banerjee for the same. The machine can test two samples simultaneously and provide results within 60 to 90 minutes.”

An observer said political shadow-boxing between Bista and Thapa had not ended.

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Aasymptomatic Covid-19 case in Sikkim
One Covid-19 case was reported from Sikkim, the second such in the Himalayan state that had been virtually Covid-19-free till recently. The asymptomatic patient, a man in his mid-50s who was at a quarantine facility near Rangpo town, tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday.

He had returned from Delhi on May 25 and was quarantined with his daughter and nephew, who tested negative.

“The patient has been shifted to the New STNM Hospital, Sikkim’s only dedicated Covid-19 hospital. Though his two primary contacts tested negative, we are in process of tracing his secondary contacts to ensure there is no community spread of the disease in Sikkim,” said a health official.

This is the second case of Covid-19 in Sikkim on the heels of the one on May 23 when a 25-year-old man, who returned from Delhi and was quarantined at an institutional facility in South Sikkim, was found infected. The youth, officials said, is recovering at the New STNM Hospital.


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