Tuesday, October 13, 2015

High Court dismisses petition challenging appointment of Lokayukta

Vishnu Neopaney

The High Court of Sikkim has turned down the writ petition filed by Sikkim Krantikari Morcha functionaries challenging the appointment of the chairperson of the Lokayukta. Delivering its judgment on the petition filed SKM MLAs Kunga Nima Lepcha and Ugen Nedup Bhutia and Lok Nath Sharma challenging appointment of Lokayukta Chairman Justice [retd] Kalyan Jyoti Sengupta, the High Court division bench of Justice SP Wangdi and Justice Meenakshi Madan Rai observed that the Court did not find any merit in the writ petition and that the petitioners had failed to make out any case for the Court to interfere with the proceedings of the selection committee on whose recommendation the chairperson of the Sikkim Lokayukta was appointed. It may be recalled that the court had earlier reserved its verdict on the case, and the same was pronounced today.

So many kinds of Sikkimese!


From Sikkim Subject Certificates to Certificates of Identification, the transition has been one full of complications. The document attesting a person as a bona fide citizen of Sikkim is much more than just that; it is about a person’s identity in relation to the state and his own understanding of belonging. Even as these two aspects are yet to be reconciled fully, the issue is further compounded by the emergence of different sub-identities over the years.
While the Sikkim Subject Certificate and the CoI are considered as one and the same thing, a closer look reveals substantial differences.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Rangpo rounds up all muncipalities for SDF

The gateway to Sikkim was the town whose votes were counted the last today and here at least there were some jitters for the ruling front when the Chanatar ward saw a close contest. In the end though, with Rangpo Nagar Panchayat, SDF completed a clean sweep of the municipal elections...

Only SDF at Singtam as well

By time the EVMs for Singtam Nagar Panchayat were opened for counting, even SDF supporters would have tired with the celebrations. And when the votes were counted, it was more of the same - clean sweep for SDF. This is how the numbers added up in Singtam>>>

SDF reclaims Gangtok

Gangtok had served up a rout to the SDF in the assembly elections last year. The ruling party lost from all the assembly constituencies clustered around the capital which is probably why the SKM supporters would have expected the GMC to include some SKM councillors. That was not to be as Gangtokians appear to have taken the municipal elections as an opportunity to get back into the "SDF camp". While few would have expected municipal voters to go against the party already in power in the State, the thoroughness of the SDF victory must have surprised even SDF party workers. This is how Gangtok voted>>>

No surprises in Namchi

Namchi is the Chief Minister's constituency and also an established SDF bastion. SKM could not dent it in the assembly elections so no surprises should have been expected for the municipal elections. And that is how things played out here, with an unequivocal reiteration of SDF colours...

Sakya Trizin Rinpoche arrives in Gangtok

Sakya Trizin Rinpoche, the Supreme Head of Mahayana Buddhism, arrived at Sa-Ngor Chotshog Centre [Ngor Gompa], Gangtok from Kalimpong on Sunday. He was received at Rangpo by officials and representatives from various monasteries and associations.
Today the Rinpoche called on Governor of Sikkim, Shriniwas Patil at Raj Bhavan. His Holiness was accompanied by Gyalyum Chenmo, Dungsay Rinpoche, Director Namgyal Institute of Tibetology and officials of Ecclesiastical Department on the occasion.

Jorethang votes SDF

Jorethang was projected as a municipal council where the Opposition SKM was expected to do well, and while it did give a fight to the SDF in some wards there, it was never really a serious contender as the results show. SDF candidates won all seats, with even the toughest ward to win going to SDF with 60% of the votes.

It started from Gyalshing

Counting for the municipal polls began at 8 a.m. from Gyalshing and the results for the two wards that required to go to poll there set the day up for an SDF clean sweep. The ruling party was expected to win the Gyalshing Municipal Council since the 5 wards already won uncontested made the voting for the two remaining wards a mere formality. And still, the municipal council saw the highest voter turnout at 77.01% and served up a staggering win for SDF. This is how the Gyalshing Municipal Council is now staffed...

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Rajkumar's daily grind



A video report by Tshering Eden on what was once a common sight, but has now been pushed out of business by the proliferation of mixer-grinders.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Sakya Trizin to deliver “precious Dharma advice”

Tibetology to also host seminar on different aspects of Buddhism

The Namgyal Institute of Tibetology (NIT), in keeping with its objective to propagate Buddhism, has announced a smart roster of events for the upcoming week, starting with a talk by Sakya Trizin Rinpoche.

Friday, October 9, 2015

66.75%- the final voter turnout figure for municipal elections

The final official voter turnout figures released by the State Election Commission for the municipal elections 2015. Overall voter turnout: 66.79%
Gyalshing Municipal Council: 77.01%
Rangpo Nagar Panchayat: 75.49%
Singtam Nagar Panchayat: 74.04%
Jorethang-Nayabazaar Municipal Council: 71.01%
Namchi Muncipal Council: 65.58%
Gangtok Muncipal Corporation: 64.75%

Municipal polls register 71% voter turnout

As per the final data released by the State Election Commission, elections held for the six municipal towns of Sikkim today received an overall voter turnout of 71.18%. Interestingly, Gyalshing Municipal Council, where elections were held only for two wards [five having already gone to SDF uncontested], recorded the highest voter turnout at 77.01%. With this, West Sikkim continues its record of registering the highest voter turnouts in Sikkim. For the Assembly elections 2014, West Sikkim had posted the state’s highest voter turnout at 82.94%.

1,058 students graduate at SMU convocation

Sikkim Manipal University [SMU] convened its 15th Convocation here at the SMU auditorium hall on 09 October. During the function, Vice Chancellor, SMU, [Retd] Brig. Somnath Mishra, awarded degrees of MBBS, MD, MS, BSc and Post BSc Nursing, BPT, MPT, Medical MSc, MHA and BSc MLT to graduates whereas Dean SMIMS Air Marshal Dr. G.S Joneja, administered the Hippocratic Oath to MBBS graduates.

Voter turnout as of 2p.m.

It appears that Sikkim likes to vote in the afternoons with the voter turnout having spiked across the state between noon and 2p.m. (for voter turnout update as of 12 pm, http://sikkimnow.blogspot.in/2015/10/swift-voting-for-municipal-elections.html). The total voter turnout at the 6 towns hosting municipal elections stands at 41% as of 2 p.m., with Gyalshing Nagar Panchayat’s two wards having surged ahead with 68% turnout already, followed by Jorethang Nagar Panchayat which saw 56% of its voters cast their votes and Namchi Municipal Council where 55% have cast their votes already. At Rangpo, 47.01 voters have cast their votes thus far while in Singtam, the turnout thus far is 43.01%. Gangtok brings up the rear with 36.65% voter turnout as of 2p.m. Voting is underway at 83 polling stations spread across 6 municipal towns where election are being held today.

Swift voting for municipal elections

Chanatar polling station of Rangpo Nagar Panchayat
As per the data released by the State Election Commission, Gangtok Municipal Corporation has recorded 36.65% voting as of 12.30 pm. Similarly Rangpo and Singtam Nagar Panchayats recorded 47.01% and 43.07% voting respectively till that time. On the other hand, Namchi Municipal Corporation recorded 31% followed by 38% voting for Jorethang Municipal Corporation. As of 12:30 p.m., Gyalshing Municipal Corporation has recorded 25% of voting.

Yoga for neck pain

Neck tension and pain is the most common problem that people face these days. This is also the most neglected part of our body workout. The most common cause of the neck pain is bad posture, stressful lifestyle, use of computer for a prolonged period of time, no exercise etc. Therefore it is important to take a little break everyday for at least 10 minutes to exercise your neck for a lasting relief of neck pain.
Here are a few neck exercises to stretch and strengthen your neck muscles:
The first four are strengthening exercises where you press the palm of your hand against the head on all four sides while keeping your head steady and strong.
The others are stretching exercises where you stretch your neck muscle on all four sides.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Vigilance arrests Forest RO on charges of misappropriating Kichumdumra project funds

Vigilance case lists Addl Director among accused, invites people to share further information

Sikkim Vigilance Police on 07 October, Wednesday, arrested PK Sharma, a Range Officer of the Forest Department, under Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 on charges of misutilization and misappropriation of funds in connection with the execution of a project at Kichumdumra in South Sikkim, around 30 KM from the south district headquarter town of Namchi, informs a press release issued by the SP, Vigilance Police.
The release further informs that the case is also registered against an IFS officer of the Department, Udai Gurung, Additional Director, who, along with Mr. Sharma, had supervised and executed the works titled “Development of Ecological Park with Recreation and Allied Facilities at Kichumdumra, South Sikkim”.

High Court admits petition challenging changes in seat reservation nomenclature for municipal polls

Vishnu Neopaney

The High Court of Sikkim on 06 October, Tuesday, admitted a writ petition challenging the government notifications published on 01 September and 09 September 2015 in connection with the municipal elections. These notifications were related to the reservation pattern for wards in the municipal bodies and did away with the community specific Bhutia-Lepcha and Limboo-Tamang seat reservation seen in the last municipal polls and clubbed them together as Scheduled Tribe seats for the upcoming municipal elections.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Rey Khola claims one more. Toll up to 5 in 4 months

Subash Rai

Another drowning at Rey Khola in East Sikkim was reported on Sunday, 04 October. With this incident the number of lives claimed by a paticular section of this river has gone up to five in four months! As per eyewitness accounts, a 24-year-old youth from Vajra, Baluwakhani died due to drowning at around 4.30 pm on Sunday. According to a friend of the victim, five of them including the victim’s younger brother were swimming at that particular spot but suddenly the victim’s brother started drowning. Seeing this, the victim jumped into the deep whirlpool and pulled his brother out but was himself sucked in.

Sanitation campaign underway

Sagar Chhetri

Rural Management & Development Department is launching a series of interventions this month as part of the National Sanitation Campaign. The month-long National Sanitation Campaign started on 25 September and will conclude on 31 October.
Addressing a press conference here at Janta Bhawan on 05 October, RMDD Secretary DR Nepal explained the various state-level interventions to be undertaken during the month-long campaign in the State.

Nation’s highest legal aid clinic opened at Thegu

Vishnu Neopaney

Executive Chairman of Sikkim Legal Services Authority, Justice SP Wangdi inaugurated the country's highest Village Level Care and Support Legal Aid Clinic at Thegu on the occasion of Gandhi Jayant. The Village Level Care and Support Legal Aid Clinic at Thegu is located at an altitude of 13,300 feet above sea level.

Half shoulder stand

Vipareeta Karani: Also known as the queen of asanas, Vipareeta Karani is used to treat almost every chronic ailment in yoga therapy. This posture stimulates the thyroid gland and revitalizes the cervical nerves. It increases the flow of blood to brain and ear, helps ease hearing related problems, headache and stress. It also stretches the spine and stimulates all the spinal nerves which improves circulation to the upper body and brain. Holding in an inverted position reverses the effects of gravity on the digestive organs and legs thus relieving  digestive problem and swollen legs issues.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Mint award for ‘competitive’ Sikkim

Sikkim was conferred with the most competitive state in India award in the category of North East economies by The Mint Newspaper. The award was handed over in a ceremony held on 30 September in New Delhi. Principal Secretary-cum-Principal Resident Commissioner, Sikkim House, New Delhi, Govind Mohan received the award on behalf of the state government.

Two killed in truck accident

Two persons were killed in a road mishap here at Makha Balak Bhir 10 mile in East Sikkim on the Dikchu-Singtam highway at around 10 pm on 29 September. A truck bearing registration No. SK04-D-0024 was plying from North Sikkim to Siliguri when the vehicle plunged about 1,000 feet of the road. The driver Mukesh Chettri [24 yrs] and the handy boy died on the spot.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Phimchu bridged

Vishnu Neopaney

A bridge across Phimchu, a stream in north Sikkim ahead of Lachen towards Thangu, was washed away by a flash-flood on 10 September cutting off the regions further north and inconveniencing not just the few locals who reside that far north in Sikkim but also the sizeable army and ITBP deployment there. Vehicular connectivity was an urgent requirement, and despite inclement weather, the Border Roads Organisation spanned the khola and restored connectivity in 11 days.

Govt school enrolments to begin at age 4 from next year

Gazetted status for headmasters under active consideration

“Majority of children belonging to poor Sikkimese families attend Government schools. In order to start them on quality formal education from the age of four years itself, our government has decided to launch LKG and UKG classes in select government schools from the next academic session,” said Chief Minister Pawan Chamling while replying to a query during a press meet here at Samman Bhawan on Tuesday, 29 Sept.

Still no ray of hope at Rey

“Youth dies of drowning” - is a headline that does not garner much interest apart from a cursory look. But what about a headline which screams, “Four youth drown within four months at the same spot”? This is exactly what happened on 27 September, a Sunday, when a Class X student drowned in Rey Khola below Gangtok at around 12.30 pm. He became the fourth person to drown at the exact same place at this popular picnic spot in the past four months. Before him, a young driver and two students, just like him, have drowned here.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Ex-gratia for local drivers killed in accidents hiked by Rs. One lakh

Vishnu Neopaney

The state government has enhanced the ex-gratia grant for drivers killed in road accidents from Rs 2 to Rs 3 lakh. On 02 September, the Department of Transport, Motor Vehicle Division, notified the state government policy enhancing ex-gratia grant to the kin of drivers killed in road accidents.

The King of all Asanas

HEADSTAND is also called the King of all Asanas in yoga. Headstands stimulate and provide refreshed blood to the pituitary and hypothalamus glands. These glands are vital to our well-being, and are considered the master glands that regulate all other glands in the body (thyroid, pineal, and adrenals). Headstand relieves pressure in your lower back and your lower body’s veins, particularly those in your legs. Headstand gives your lungs a workout, making you breathe deeper. It makes you think clear and improves sleep. In yoga therapy headstand is also used to treat eye related problems.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

No Honk Gangtok

Hoteliers and restaurateurs propose ban on honking

Sikkim Hotel and Restaurant Association [SHRA] has proposed that the state government initiate measures and set rules to minimize vehicular honking within the capital as well as come up with a long term plan to educate citizens on the nuisance created by unnecessary honking.

Making Unequal Citizens: Nepal’s denial of women’s identities has parallels in Sikkim

Women’s groups in Nepal are up in arms against unequal citizenship rights that even the new Constitution the country adopted on 20 September continues to perpetuate. Even as the new constitution appears to accord greater rights to women in terms of citizenship, in principle, the refusal to recognize women’s identity as completely detached from that of the Nepalese man remains.
The change that has been made in the new constitution is the requirement for children of Nepali women married to foreigners to be born in Nepal to gain naturalized citizenship. This has been removed and Article 12 of the new constitution allows for the citizenship certificate in either of the parents’ name and also carries their gender identity.
However, children of single Nepalese women must be born in Nepal to qualify for citizenship by descent while it is not so for children of Nepalese men. Children of Nepalese women married to foreigners can only obtain naturalized citizenship while children of Nepalese men married to foreigners get citizenship by descent.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Court directs State Govt to establish dispensaries in jails, within four weeks


The division bench of the High Court of Sikkim has directed the State Government though the Health department to establish dispensaries in the Central Jail at Rongyek and district prison at Namchi within a month with all the possible facilities of nursing staff and resident doctor.
While hearing the suo moto PIL taken up by it after the Supreme Court directed the all High Courts to take up the PIL within their respective jurisdictions and supervise and direct the state government providing such facilities for inmates in jail and directed the state to establish temporary in both the jails with all facilities relating to the staff structure, conservative arrangements and medicines as provided in the Jail Manual.

Health Deptt realizes there is a Dengue outbreak in Delhi

The Health Department convened a meeting on 21 September to discuss the outbreak of Dengue fever in Delhi and to formulate the plan of activities in the state for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the disease. The meeting was chaired by DG cum Secretary Health, Dr K Bhandari and was attended by Medical Superintendent, STNM Hospital, SPO, NVBDCP & SSO IDSP, an IPR press release informs.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Milan’s honesty continues to win accolades

Rebyna Rana

Milan Rai, a security guard employed with the Sikkim Security Force and posted at the Central Referral Hospital, was awarded a certificate of appreciation by Governor Shriniwas Patil for his honesty and integrity in retrieving a package containing a substantial amount of cash [Rs 2.50 Lakh] which he handed over to its rightful owner.
He has also been awarded certificates of appreciation for the Best Employee of the year 2015 and also for the Best Supervision in Duties of the Year 2015, by the Sikkim Security Force [SSF] and Allied Management Private Ltd, during the "3rd Annual Function & SFF Foundation Day 2015" held on 20 September 2015, here in the premises of SSF Office, Lumsey. A total of 36 guards were awarded certificates in different categories.