Friday, January 23, 2015

Sikkim Chamber of Commerce thanks CM for directive extending govt benefits to old settlers

GANGTOK, 23 Jan: The Sikkim Chamber of Commerce, in a press communiqué issued on behalf of all the traders and businessmen of the State, has welcomed and expressed “heartfelt gratitude” towards Chief Minister Pawan Chamling for acknowledging and issuing directives to Local Bodies to ensure that Government Benefits are availed by Sikkim Subject Holder, COI Holder, Old Residential Certificate holders, Trade License Holders and persons having Residential Houses in Bazaar areas. The CM made this announcement at a meeting held on 17 January at Manan Kendra, Gangtok. “The said decision will create an atmosphere of belongingness and responsibility for traders to contribute positively towards development of Sikkim,” the press release issued by the SCC president Ashok Sarda puts on record.

Jorethang to host national Muay Thai championship

JORETHANG, 23 Jan [IPR]: The 5th Muay Thai India PRO-AM National Muay Thai Championship 2015, organized by the Muay Thai Association of Sikkim and sanctioned by the Muay Thai India National Federation, is going to be held from 28 January to 05 February in Jorethang. The contest is being organized with an objective to motivate the youth from refraining or indulging in anti-social activities while also promoting the tourism industry of Sikkim.  

Saras Fair concludes on a high note in Jorethang

Self Help Groups notch up sales of close to Rs. 50 lakhs

JORETHANG, 23 Jan [IPR]: The valedictory function of the SARAS Fair 2015, organized by the Sikkim Rural Development Agency (SRDA), was held at SIRD Karfectar, Jorethang today. Area MLA cum Minister of Health and IPR Department, AK Ghatani, attended the function as the chief guest accompanied by Chief Administrator-SICB cum General Secretary of the Jorethang Maghey Mela Committee, SD Dhakal; Project Director (SRDA) Namrata Thapa; Director (SIRD) Suchitra Rasaily; Additional Director (SIRD) Bishal; President Jorethang Nagar Panchayat Purosuttam Agrawal alongside the officials from NEDFi Namchi, participants from the SARAS fair and the SRDA officials.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

CM lays foundation stone of Rai Khim

GANGTOK, 22 Jan [IPR]: Chief Minister Pawan Chamling laid the foundation stone of Rai Khim, a multi-purpose traditional centre of the Rai community, here at Lumsey in Tadong today.
The programme, organised by the Sikkim Akhil Kirat Rai Sangh, was also attended by Speaker KN Rai, Ministers, senior Government officers, members of the organising committee and local gentry. The ceremony included the Ridhum Mundhum, the traditional ritual of the community.

National Voters Day on 25 Jan

GANGTOK, 22 Jan [IPR]: The State-Level programme of the 5th National Voters’ Day is being organized at 11 a.m. on 25 January at Chintan Bhawan, Gangtok. The newly enrolled voters of Gangtok, Arithang, Upper Tadong, Upper Burtuk and Shayri assembly constituencies have been invited to participate.

Dr. Bhandari conferred Fellowship of European Society of Cardiology

Gangtok, 22 Jan [IPR]: Dr. K. Bhandari, the Director General-cum-Secretary, Health Care, Human Services & FW Department, who also happens to be the a first Super Specialist in the Northeast Region and Sikkim, was awarded the Fellowship of European Society of Cardiology at a function held in Mumbai on 18 January 2015 for his qualification, experience and contribution in the field of Cardiology.
The European Society of Cardiology is the largest academic body for Cardiologists worldwide having the membership of more than 90,000. Among the 90,000, a few are awarded Fellowship on the basis of their qualification, years of experience and contributions in the field of Cardiology. The convocation function was presided by the President of European Society of Cardiology, Dr. Prof. Fausto Pinto among other Association members from Europe and USA.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

First Law Secretary of Sikkim passes away

GANGTOK, 21 Jan: Bhim Raj Pradhan, son of Late Kashi Raj Pradhan and Late Laxmi Devi Pradhan, who served Sikkim as the first and longest serving Law Secretary, passed away at Paramount Hospital in Siliguri at 8.35 PM on 20 January. He is survived by his wife Bindumati Pradhan, two sons and their families. The funeral is scheduled to be held in Gangtok on 22 January.

Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment comes into force in Sikkim

Buildings & Housing Deptt to ensure GRIHA compliance by govt buildings

GANGTOK, 20 Jan: The State Government has notified the distribution of subjects among Departments under the Government of Sikkim (Allocation of Business) Rules, 2004 and entrusted the Buildings & Housing Department to act as the nodal agency to ensure compliance to GRIHA (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment).

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

When Maghey Mela tries too hard to be hep and happening :-(

This year’s Maghey Mela celebrations, at least at some of the venues, were among the longest ever celebrated in the recent history of Sikkim. At some venues, the mela is still going on, touching nearly a fortnight of Mela. But sadly, this longest-ever celebrated festival was not the ‘funnest’ one as visitors rued that ‘there was no charm’ and also that the melas were ‘boring’.
It was also seen that besides old venues, some new locations with new organizers were added and it was obvious that expectations were high on the part of the mela lovers to experience some new forms of entertainment. While visitors were attracted to such new additions, they also missed the old staples which used to especially entertain the low budget visitors.

Sikkim’s Rakesh Gurung wins chess tourney in New Delhi, bags Rs. 1.5 lakh prize money

GANGTOK, 20 Jan: Rakesh Gurung has returned home as the champion of the 13th Parsvnath Delhi International Open Grandmaster Chess Tournament 2015 held in New Delhi from 09 to 12 January. He emerged as the champion in category B [for Below 2000 FIDE Rated players] winning 9 points from 10 rounds and was awarded with cash prize of Rs 1.5 lakh. Likewise, another promising player Rahul Gurung finished fourth with 8 points from 10 rounds and won cash prize of Rs 75,000.

Governor and CM greet Sikkim on Sonam Lochar

GANGTOK, 20 Jan: Governor Shriniwas Patil and Chief Minister Pawan Chamling have extended greetings to the people of Sikkim on the occasion of Sonam Lochar, the Tamang New Year, which falls on 21 January, Wednesday.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Chamling spells out govt's commitment to effective administration

CM interacts with more than 3,000 officers to discuss ways and means to ensure Good Governance

GANGTOK, 19 Jan: Chief Minister Pawan Chamling today directed the bureaucracy to ensure that the state administration delivered in an “effective, transparent and time bound manner” and urged officers to adopt e-governance tools while proceeding towards this revitalized system of governance. The CM was addressing an interaction with state government officials themed, “Towards Effective Administration and Good Governance,” here at Saramsa Garden near Ranipool. In attendance were bureaucrats, technocrats and Sikkim
Police top-brass [all above the rank of Under Secretary]. As per official estimates, more than 3,000 gazetted officers attended the interaction today.
Mr. Chamling reiterated that the State administration needs to have a stronger sense of purpose and “reorient the public services into a dynamic, efficient, and accountable apparatus for public service delivery built on the ethos and values of integrity, impartially and neutrality.”

Do not fall prey to unsolicited offers of funds from abroad!


“Greed does not rest until it is satisfied”- Sam EastlandIn the modern era of smart phones, e-mail, internet and Facebook, fraudsters have become much smarter than the users of these technologies. They befriend people on social media platforms like Facebook making starry promises and one fine day they rob you of your hard earned money. Many a times, we receive SMSes out of the blue with messages of winning lotteries, from national and international companies. We are awestruck with such amounts of Dollars and Pounds but hardly reason out how any one on this planet can give you so much wealth for free. Similarly our e-mail boxes are flooded with so many enticing offers that it becomes hard to resist. But at the end of the day our greed overrides all our judgment and we are waylaid by these fraudsters and lose lakhs of rupees in the process.

710 homes constructed on govt funding inaugurated across Sikkim on 18 Jan

GANGTOK, 19 Jan [IPR]: A total of 710 rural houses comprising of 497 houses under the Reconstruction of Earthquake Damage Rural Houses (REDRH) Project, 195 houses of the Chief Minister’s Rural Housing Mission (CMRHM) and 18 houses funded under the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund were inaugurated on Sunday throughout the state.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Development will be the one and only agenda: CM

All other issues which hinder growth to be left aside, Chamling informs meeting with Panchayats and urban body reps

GANGTOK, 17 Jan [IPR]: Chief Minister Pawan Chamling addressed the state-level meeting of panchayats and representatives of urban local bodies here at Manan Kendra today. The meeting, which saw a huge turnout of public representatives and senior government officers, focused primarily on the role of panchayats in spearheading the implementation of ongoing programmes and policies of the Government at the grass root level. “Development will be the one and only agenda of the Government. All other issues which hinder growth will be left aside,” stated the Chief Minister.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Status: Unemployed

“Kay chaina, ek din regular huncha hola ni,” is what an elderly relative once said on learning that I work with a local newspaper. And that pretty much sums up what employment has come to mean in our state. The prized and ever elusive “regular” “government” job is employment and everything else is...err...coca cola, campa cola, coco cola? You choose.
The struggle to get a regular job is something every soul here understands, and sympathy, coupled with never-say-die encouragements, flow freely. A friend once related an incident about this time she had gone to renew her unemployment card at the concerned office.

Four airlifted to medical aid from snowbound Muguthang

GANGTOK, 16 Jan [IPR]: According to a report received from Sub Divisional Magistrate, Chungthang Sub Division, North Sikkim, Muguthang village, located under Lachen Dzumsa in the cold desert area of North District, was rendered inaccessible due to heavy snowfall in the second week of January, 2015. Upon being informed by the people of Muguthang [through the land line at the area 13th Battalion Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) Post] of four sick civilians who needed immediate evacuation, the Chungthang SDM immediately brought the matter to the notice of District Collector, North.

Sikkim students at Asian Rotary Youth Conference

GANGTOK, 16 Jan: Interactors from Paljor Namgyal Girls’ school and Enchey Sr Sec school along with Rotarians from Rotary Club of Gangtok-South attended the “First Actasia – 2014” ( First Asian Rotary Youth Conference and South Asian Rotary Festival) held at Khulna Bangladesh from 19-22 December 2014. The students and the Rotarians represented Rotary District- 3240.

Aita Raj Subba will march for Sikkim in R-Day parade

GANGTOK, 16 Jan: Aita Raj Subba, a class IX student and NCC Cadet of Biraspati Parsai Senior Secondary School, Ranipool has been selected to represent Sikkim in the Republic Day Parade in New Delhi this year. He is being escorted by Nima Tshering Bhutia, ANO, NCC of BPSSS [alongside Aitaraj in accompanying photograph], who informs that Aitaraj is the only NCC Cadet from a government school in Sikkim selected to represent the State in the Republic Day Parade.

Refresher course begins for frontline foresters

GANGTOK, 16 Jan: A two-week general refresher course for the front-line staff of the Forest Department started today here at the Forest Department conference hall. The refresher course is being organised by Working Plan Circle of Forest, Environment and Wildlife Management Department and sponsored by Directorate of Forest Education of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Winter sports camp a hit with kids and parents in Namchi

NAMCHI, 15 Jan: Winter Sports Coaching cum Children and Adolescent Development Programme being undertaken here by the Department of Sports and Youth Affairs is proving a hit with children with enrollments going up every day and having reached a handsome 285 children as on the tenth day of the camp on Thursday. The Department’s South district office had started this camp looking to engage children during their winter holidays in sports, adventure courses and recreational programmes. The camp had begun on 05 January with 247 children. The number now stands at 285.

Faujis salute their martyrs on Army Day

GANGTOK, 15 Jan: Black Cat Division at Gangtok joined the rest of the country in celebrating the 67th Army Day on 15 January. The day is celebrated to pay homage to brave Indian soldiers, who sacrificed their lives for protecting the country. 
On the occasion, General Officer Commanding Black Cat Division, Major General YVK Mohan, laid a wreath at Sherathang War Memorial on behalf of all ranks of the Division, informs a press release. 

Strength-lifters all set for national c'ship

GANGTOK, 15 Jan: A nine-member Sikkim Strength Lifting Association will be participating in the 22th edition of Junior, Sub Junior, Senior & Master Federation Cup National Strength Lifting Championship 2014-15 to be held at Guru Ravi Das Gurudwara Ground, Phagwara in Punjab from 23 to 26 January. The state team comprises of Karma Lhamu Bhutia, Leena Chettri, Karishma Subba and Manisha Tiwari in women’s category, while the men’s team has Pema Dorji Bhutia, Dhan Bahadur Tamang, Devendra Basnet, Ram Dhoj Rai and Damber Bahadur Rai.

Jorethang Maghey Mela Day-02

JORETHANG, 15 Jan: The second day of the Jorethang Maghe Sankranti Mela 2015 was marked by an array of cultural programs and events. Speaker KN Rai was present as the chief guest on the second day.  Speaking on the occasion, chief guest, KN Rai termed the mela as a cultural nucleus for people of all castes, creeds, faiths and social orders in Sikkim and urged the youth to give prominence to preserving this traditional mela. The three-day Jorethang Maghey Mela will conclude on 16 January.
[from an IPR press release]