A Special Handloom Expo 2017-18 organized by the Sikkim Handloom and Handicrafts Development Corporation Ltd

Namchi, 6th March (IPR): A Special Handloom Expo 2017-18 organized by the Sikkim Handloom and Handicrafts Development Corporation Ltd, Government of Sikkim is underway at Courtyard premises of Namchi Community Hall. The Special Handloom Expo 2017-18 is under the aegis of National Handloom Development Programme (NHDP) and is sponsored by the office of the Development Commissioner (Handloom), Ministry of Textiles, Government of India and Government of Sikkim.

The Expo was inaugurated by Advisor, Power and Energy Department Mr. Gangan Rai also present were Director- Directorate of Handicrafts & Handloom Ms. Jyotsna M. Kartak, Joint Director Marketing Mr. Karma S. Bhutia, Deputy Director (South) Ms. Pramila Rai and officials from the Handloom & Handicraft department alongside HoDs from various departments of South District.

The Chief Guest Mr. Gagan Rai visited the various stalls put up at the expo, observed live demonstration of handloom weaving and also took a brief tour of the theme pavilion displaying different handloom products from various parts of Sikkim.

The expo has a total number of 30 stalls allocated to various weavers, sellers, SHG and Cooperative Societies from Manipur, Ladakh, Assam, Bihar, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Sikkim. The aim of this Expo is to provide a platform for weavers, sellers and buyers to converge and create awareness to the handloom sector as an employment and income generation industry. Additionally, the Governments vision and policy of creating a sustainable cottage industry in every home and village is disseminated in a proactive manner by the concerned officials to the participants and the public visiting the expo. It may be also be mentioned here that the expo will continue till 21st March.

First fixed wing aircraft of IAF Dornier 228 successfully landed

Pakyong, March 5:(IPR) First fixed wing aircraft of IAF Dornier 228(19 seater) successfully landed at Pakyong today.

The Chief Secretary, Shri A.K.Shrivastava said, ” This is a historic day for the state of Sikkim when the Dornier 228 aircraft (19 seater) landed successfully at 3:25 pm at Pakyong Airport today. This was possible after several attempts over the last few days and the aircraft came from Guwahati.
Another flight by the same aircraft will be possible in about ten days time. The aircraft came close to ATC and it was learnt that all the systems were working well. One flight of Spice Jet is expected to land on 10th March 2018. This 70 seater plane is likely to bring high ranking officials of AAI and DGCA. Attempts are also being made from May 2000 to construct a Civilian Aerodrome in Sikkim so the landing of date assumes immense significance,” he added.

Airport Director, Shri Manjunatha R., Pakyong Airport stated, “after making several trial low pass over runway on 28th Feb, today IAF made-up all possibility to land though the visibility was not that clear. My entire team of AAI, Pakyong has made it succefull with the help of district authorities. This is the beginning of aviation connectivity for Sikkim and I thank all help and support being extended by Ministry & district authorities for this success.”