The semi-finals and finals of the first Franchisee based sporting event

Jorethang, 30th December (IPR): The semi-finals and finals of the first Franchisee based sporting event, the ‘Jorethang Premier Badminton League’ (JPBL) organised by Badminton Association of Jorethang was held at the Badminton Court above Jorethang Car Parking Plaza today.

Unique Shuttlers emerged as the winners of the league and walked away with a grand prize of 2 lakhs while Namchi Smashers finished behind as the runners-up with a winning amount of 1.25 lakh. Kapil Mani Shilal and Minister and owner of Red Panda G.M.T.S Mr. G.M Gurung was declared the winner and runners up of the exhibition match respectively. The fair team award was conferred to team Racqueters.

MP Rajya Sabha Mr. Hishey Lachungpa was present in the badminton league as the Chief Guest alongside SLA Speaker Mr. K.N Rai, President State Badminton Association Mr. C. Zangpo, NJMC Chairman Mr. Tika Gurung, Vice Chairperson Ms. Pema Tamang, NJMC Councillors, President of Badminton Association Of Jorethang Mr. Jigmee Namgyal, BAJ executive members amidst a huge gathering of sporting enthusiasts from all over the state.

Addressing the gathering in the event, MP Rajya Sabha Mr. Hishey Lachungpa extended his wishes to the organising committee for coming up with a noble initiative of organising the first ever franchise based sporting event in the state. In his address he also lauded the players of the tournament and urged them to give their best irrespective of their loss or win. He emphasised that sporting events of such nature can, and does, make a profound and positive impact on individuals, communities and wider society. He also stressed over how it brings numerous health benefits and encouraged the association to organise such events on a regular basis.

The four franchises that qualified for the semi-finals were Jorethang Rising Star (JRS), Unique Shuttlers (US), Namchi Smashers (NS) and The Racqueters (TRQ). All the other franchisee owners Mr. Roshan Rai of Racquetters, Mr. Tarundeep Rai and Mr. T.P Ethenpa of Namchi Smashers, Mr. Satyam Rai of Southern Phoenix were also present on the said occasion.

The organizing committee also felicitated Jorethang Senior Secondary School, the recent winners of National Inter School band competition held in Delhi during the course of the sporting event. The event also saw an exhibition match between the franchise owners, senior veterens and the President of BAJ. The association also presented a life time achievement felicitation to the three senior most badminton players of Sikkim Mr. Y Kazi, Mr. PT Gyatso and former Rajya Sabha MP and Mr. Robin Rai

It may be mentioned here that Jorethang Badminton Premier League is a Curtain raiser event for the upcoming Jorethang Maghey Mela 2019 where a total of 10 players in each team from top 60 badminton players of Sikkim through an Open Auction which was held on 25th of November.

Alkem Laboratories was the title sponsors for the badminton league while IPCA laboratories and Casino Mahjong Sikkim with the support of locals were among other sponsors of the tournament.

Shri Ugen T. Gyatso inaugurated a newly developed Assembly ground/yard

Samdong, Dec 29th : (IPR) Minister for Tourism & Civil Aviation and Commerce & Industries Department Shri Ugen T. Gyatso inaugurated a newly developed Assembly ground/yard at the premises of Samdong Senior Secondary School today. The Minister who is also the area MLA of 16-Tumin Lingee Constituency was in the school to grace the School Annual Function as the chief guest. The new infrastructure was donated to the school by Secretary, Chief Minister’s Office, Shri D.R. Nepal and his family in memory of his late father Pandit Dharmananda Nepal. After unveiling the plaque and formally inaugurating the assembly yard in the presence of Principal, teachers and students, parents, guardians and local dignitaries, the Minister dedicated the facility to the school.

The programme had the presence of former MLA Shri Norzang Lepcha, former Member, State Planning Commission Smt Lakila Tongden, eminent litterateur Shri Thiru Prasad Nepal, Director HRDD Dr. Y.P. Nepal, Principal Samdong SSS Smt Radha Pradhan, Zilla Panchayat Member Shri Hemraj Adhikari, BDO Tintek Shri Indramani Adhikari, Panchayat members, and local dignitaries.

Later, addressing the School Annual function, Minister Shri Ugen T. Gyatso expressed his commitment to continue working for the welfare of the people of the region. He illustrated the importance of education and the need to transfer correct values and discipline to the coming generation. He called upon every member of the school faculty, including the School Management Committee to take ownership of the School and facilitate the process of preparing the students for the challenges ahead. The Minister assured every help in improving the existing infrastructure of the school and provide additional support if required. The Minister lauded the initiative of Shri D.R. Nepal for his noble gesture towards the school. The Minister also recalled the contribution of the illustrated alumni of the school and exhorted the students to work with sincerity and achieve a distinction in their chosen field.

Special Guest Shri Thiru Prasad Nepal gripped the audience with renditions of some of his notable poems. Most of the poems he recited were social satires and were based on women empowerment and issues relevant to youth and students.

Addressing the gathering, Secretary, CMO, and alumnus of the School, Shri D.R. Nepal expressed his gratitude to the Hon’ble Minister for his valuable presence and for inaugurating the newly created facility. Shri Nepal shared the hardships faced by him during his days as a student of the school and added that the students of the present day should realize how fortunate they are. He paid obeisance to his father who understood the value of education even during those days and resisted the prevalent social orthodoxy and ensured that his children received modern education. He urged the students to make the most of the facilities provided by the Government and carry forward the rich legacy of the school.

Earlier, in her welcome address, Principal Samdong SSS, Smt Radha Pradhan thanked the Minister for his presence and for his continued guidance and support in making the school an exemplar. She also recorded her appreciation for the much needed assembly yard provided by Shri Nepal and his family. The Principal also took the opportunity to highlight some of the notable initiatives of the school.

Students excelling in academics in the current academic session were awarded with Certificates and prizes, while three students were awarded the customary ‘Green Coat’ by the Chief Guest. The Green coat is an initiative started by the School since the past three years, where outstanding students excelling in various fields were rewarded during the school annual function.

The function was neatly punctuated with colourful cultural presentations by students of the school.

Jorethang Premier Badminton League

Jorethang, 29th December: (IPR) The first Franchisee based sports event, the Jorethang Premier Badminton League (JPBL) organised by Badminton Association of Jorethang kicked off on a grand note with a total of 6 teams at the Badminton Hall above Jorethang Car Plaza with their respective team flags today.

SLA Speaker Mr. K.N Rai who is also the owner of Unique Shuttlers was the Chief Guest while Mr. G.M Gurung, Minister Roads & Bridges who is the owner of Red Panda GMTS franchise and Mr A.K Ghatani Minister Health & FW and IPR were the Guests of Honour.

All the other franchisee owners Mr. Roshan Rai of Racquetters, Mrs Tarundeep Rai and Mr TP Ethenpa of Namchi Smashers, Mr Satyam Rai of Southern Phoenix were also present on the occasion.

The organizing committee also felicitated Mr. Y Kazi, Mr. PT Gyamtso ( Former Rajya Sabha MP) and Mr. Robin Rai with Life Time Achievement Momento for their outstanding carreer as a Badminton players in their lifetime and their immense support in promoting the game in Sikkim.

Mr. KN Rai and Mr. GM Gurung congratulated the organisers for this wonderful initiative and expressed their hope that this event will bring out a paradigm shift in Sikkim Sports and wished all the teams the best in their battle to lift this first Mr. Ghatani while congratulating all the teams declared this as the Curtain raiser for the Maghey Mela 2019 which is expected to be a grand spectacle.

It may be noted that the JBPL Title carries a cash award of Rs. 2.00 lakh for the winner and Rs. 1.25 Lakh for the runners up team. All the teams will play a round robin league with the best four teams going to the knockout stage and the grand final, both of which will be played tomorrow. The games are being played on the Indian Badminton league with trump match format. A total of 60 players are participating in the competition with format requiring all the players to get an opportunity to play a game.

An exhibition tournament of the Franchisee owners and the three Lifetime Achievement Award winners along with Mr. Jigmey Namgyal. Mr. GM Gurung has already qualified for the finals which is scheduled for 30th December.

West Sikkim Health Update


Dentam, 30/12/18 (IPR): The New Hospital Building was inaugurated by Hon’ble Chief Minister of Sikkim Shri. Pawan Chamling on 30th December 2018 on the auspicious occassion of Gurung Tamu Lochar. The new building has new 28 bed with OT, Lab. facilities amongst other necessary facilities for a PHC. The inauguration was done in the presence of Shri. A. K. Ghatani, Shri. N. K. Subba and Shri. S. B. Subedi.
The Primary Health Center (PHC) was converted into Health and Wellness Centre on 14/8/2018.
The Dentam PHC was awarded as the best PHC in India in 2015 by NORTH EASTERN COUNCIL.
It is also the proud receipent of the KAYAKALP Award in 2016.
Achievements of Dentam PHC are as follows:
0% maternal death
100% institutional delivery

Lab facilities includes:
1)Blood grouping
2) HB estimation
4) PS for MP
8) Urine HCG
9) HIV
10) HbsAg
12) Uric acid
13) kidney function test
14) liver function test
17) X Ray facilities.

ALL NATIONAL HEALTH PROGRAMME are being implemented at the Dentam PHC.

HCM celebrates Gurung Tamu Lochar at Sheep Farm, Dentam Bega, West Sikkim

Dentam, 30th December, 2018 (IPR): Shri. Pawan Chamling Hon’ble Chief Minister of Sikkim attended the ‘Gurung Tamu Lochar Celebration 2018’ at Dentam-Bega, West Sikkim as the Chief Guest along with Shri. S. B. Subedi, Minister RMDD; Shri. G. M. Gurung, Minister, Roads and Bridges; Shri. A. K. Ghatani, Minister, Health along with MLAs, Chairman and HODs of different Departments.
The Chief Minister in his address he extended his warm wishes on the auspicious occasion to the people present. He mentioned that the auspicious occasion has been observed by the State in a grand manner by declaring it a public holiday in Sikkim. The HCM in his address to the humongous gathering at the Sheep Farm in Dentam-Bega acknowledged their presence whilst rendering advice to them in regards to the Health Benefits which the state has given to them and also gave sound advice on how to maintain an active life which could aid to a more healthy life free from all preventable ailments. He stated that his presence at the venue was a form of reverence to the public and to the auspicious occasion of Gurung Tamu Lochar. He stated that the actions of the Government towards the safe guarding of the Gurung Community along with the preservation of their culture, language and traditions speaks louder than mere words. Further, the protection of their community regards to scholarships, job reservations and other similar benefits received by the OBCs have been properly looked after and the mere fact that the ‘Gurung Tamu Lochar is a government holiday for the Gurung Community to celebrate freely in Sikkim is a sign of the Government being a harbinger of Peace amongst the different communities of Sikkim.
The Chief Minister also asked the public present to be retrospective and see how far the state has progressed along with the balance it has created amongst the various communities of Sikkim making it a peaceful and prosperous state in India. He gave simultaneous examples of making the Birth Anniversary of Teyongsi Sirijunga a Public Holiday along with ‘Teez’ which has already been made a state holiday. In regards to the Sherpa Community of Sikkim he mentioned how the Tenzing-Hillary Park has been constructed in the honor of Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and how the birthday of Tenzing Norgay Sherpa has been made a public holiday in Sikkim. He also announced the sanctioning for the construction of Sherpa Cultural Center in West Sikkim.
He urged the Government Officials to carry forward the State Government’s dream of making Sikkim better in all aspects where the Government has built the infrastructures for them to help the public in all ways possible.

The Chief Minister announced that all Primary Health Centers (PHC) in the Sub-Divisions would be soon upgraded into Community Health Centers (CHC) in Sikkim, he also announced that an Animal Husbandry College would also be constructed in the Sheep Farm area, he also announced the sanctioning for a man-made lake in Uttarey for the Public’s benefit along with other similar announcements and decisions in favor of the public.

Shri. Pawan Chamling also inaugurated the Additional new Four Storied Building at the Dentam PHC which has been constructed under the Border Area Development Project (BADP).
The HCM was felicitated by the Gurung Community for his contributions towards the preservation of Gurung Language and Culture in Sikkim and service towards the same.
The Maneybung Dentam public also felicitated Shri. NK Subba for his continuous support to the people in various fields.

Departments allotted office space in the New Tashiling Secretariat to shift and function by 02 Jan, 2019

Gangtok, 21st December (IPR) :  The New Tashiling Secretariat has been inaugurated by the Hon’ble Chief Minister on 4th December, 2018. The Government has directed that the Departments allotted Office space in the New Tashiling Secretariat to be shifted and start functioning their office by 2nd January, 2019.

In compliance to this, the office of the Chief Secretary and the Home Department has been shifted to the New Tashiling Secretariat and has started functioning from 17th of December, 2018