Training of Presiding Officers conducted at NDZP in Mangan

Mangan, 05 Mar (IPR): Training of Presiding Officers with regard to the upcoming general election 2019 was held here at the conference hall of North District Zilla Panchayat in Mangan, North Sikkim wherein National Level Master Trainer-cum-Sub Divisional Magistrate, Kabi, Shri Mahesh Sharma, conducted the training. Some 60 Presiding Officers participated and learned about the fair and free process of conduct of the election.

During the training, the master trainer briefed about the duties, role and responsibilities of presiding officers as to conduct free and fair process of dealing with the voters and above all how to ensure smooth polling in their respective polling station.

The trainer emphasized on preparation of mock poll certificate as per annexure 14 by conducting mock poll on EVM/VVPAT machine and sealing of EVM/VVPAT. Presiding Officers were also briefed about the duly collection of polling materials, EVM/VVPAT machines as listed in annexure 19.

Other allied aspects like tendered vote, person entitled to enter polling station, statutory and non-statutory covers were also discussed at length.

Hands on training on connection and proper use of EVM/VVPAT, Ballot unit was done on its second round of training. Under Secretary, Election cell, North, Shri Santosh Pradhan, coordinated the said training.

Anden Eco-tourism fest commences at Malling in Mangan

Mangan, 05 Mar (IPR): Rimghim Nampatam GPU Eco-Tourism Committee organized two-daylong “Anden Eco-tourism” festival at Malling village in Mangan, North Sikkim. The festival being sponsored by the Eco-tourism Division, Forest Environment and Wildlife Management Department, Government of Sikkim commenced on 05 March and will conclude on 06 March.

The inaugural session of the festival was graced by Ex-Upadhakshya, North, Shri N.T. Lepcha, President, MNP, Ms. Zangmu Bhutia, and other local dignitaries.

The said festival focuses and motivates on social responsibility, personal growth and environmental sustainability of an individual towards his or her community.

The main attractions of the festival were traditional stalls, cultural show, sports like archery, tug of war, community dance, etc.

Workshop on Preventive Conservation of Manuscripts

Gangtok, March 4: (IPR) The Cultural Affairs & Heritage Department in collaboration with National Mission for Manuscripts, New Delhi and Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Deorali is organising 5 days workshop on ‘Preventive Conservation of Manuscripts’ from 4th-8th March, 2019 at Police Conference Hall, Police HQ. Conservation experts from NMM Delhi, Benaras Hindu University, INTACH Odisha will be imparting knowledge for the workshop.

The inaugural session was held today at Police Conference Hall and it was informed that the workshop is aimed at imparting training through lectures and practical demonstration to equip the participants/ custodians of manuscripts with necessary expertise and knowledge about scientific preservation and preventive conservation.

The inaugural session of the workshop was graced by Smt.Ambika Pradhan,(Secretary, Cultural affairs and heritage department), Smt.Bidya Subba ,(Special Secretary, Cultural affairs and heritage department) ,Dr.D.K .Kar,(Coordinater,NMM,)Dr.Kirti Srivastava (Coordinater documentation, NMM),Smt.Parual Gosh,(conservation expert) students from various colleges, representatives from NGO’s, monks and local gentry.

Smt.Ambika Pradhan in her address welcomed and congratulated National Mission for Manuscripts team for coming up with such brilliant a workshop in the state to preserve manuscripts. She urged every participant to take proper use of this 5 day long workshop so as to benefit themselves as a better and learned individual for the state and the Nation. She further briefed about the importance and benefits of preventive conservation of manuscripts and how it can help each individual to know their history. The Secretary stressed that knowing history is important because it allows one to make more sense of the current world and also get glimpses of our past heritage and its details.

Later Dr.D.K,Kar,Coordinater talked about the main objective of the mission which is to survey,document and catalogue indian manuscripts; to set up a National manuscript library and also to provide ready access to manuscripts through digitization and publication. He further informed that the aim is to preserve cultural heritage and transmit the knowledge and skills to the next generation. He said that the National Mission for Manuscripts regularly imparts workshops,training programs across the country to create National base of trained manpower in the field of conservation of manuscripts. At present preventive conservation of 451.80 Lacs & Remedial conservation of 46.08 Lacs folios of manuscripts is done, it was informed.
The worshop will be held from 4th-8th March at Police Conference Hall, Police HQ, Gangtok.

First Level Checking for additional Electronic Voting Machine and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail started by Election Department

Gyalshing, 4th March, 2019 (IPR): The First Level Checking (FLC) for additional Electronic Voting Machine and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) was started by Election Department, West at the EVM and VVPAT Warehouse, Kyongsa, West Sikkim.
The FLC was presided over by Shri. Karma L. Lepcha, ADC (W), Shri. Tushar G. Nikhare, SDM (HQ) and Ms. Sonam Palmu Bhutia, US (Election).
Authorised representatives of political parties Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) and Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) were also present.

A total 78 Ballot Unit (BU) , 87 Control Unit (CU) and 53 VVPAT has been completed out of which 1 Control Unit and 2 VVPATs were rejected.

DC South cum DEO briefs on do’s and don’ts laid by ECI in a meet with representatives of various political parties

Namchi, 02 March (IPR): A meeting with the representatives of various political parties was held at the chamber of District Collector (South) cum District Election Officer (DEO), Mr. Ragul K., today. Present amongst others were Superintendent of Police (South), Mr. Manish Verma, Additional DC (South), Mr. Satyan Pradhan, SP (Traffic), Ms. Linda Palmo, alongside other officials and representatives from other political parties namely that of Sikkim Democratic Front, Sikkim Krantikari Morcha and Congress.

The DEO explained in brief about the do’s and don’ts laid by the Election Commission of India (ECI) that the registered political party need to adhere to. Mr. Ragul urged the participants to go through the ECI website in order for them to be well-versed with the various rules and regulations of the commission. He updated that there are a total of 160 polling stations under DEO (South) and informed that Booth Level Officers (BLOs) have been appointed in those stations.

Additionally, he updated that the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) have arrived in DAC, South and that the first level checking has already commenced. Furthermore, he requested for peaceful, free and fair conduct of the upcoming elections.

During the course of the meeting, Chief Accounts Officer, Mr. Sunil Sharma, explained in detail the various facets of election expenditure and strongly encouraged the attendees to maintain and submit the election accounts.

Updates from STNM MS on the ongoing shifting process to the new multi-speciality hospital

Gangtok, 02 Mar (IPR): Medical Superintendent, STNM Hospital, Dr. K.B. Gurung, in a press release gave a brief overview of the ongoing shifting process from STNM to the new multi-speciality 1000 bedded hospital at Sochaygang.

He said that for the benefit of the Sikkimese people, the hospital has been trying to do its best to expedite the whole process thereby making the shift hasslefree and in the quickest duration of time possible. Dr. Gurung said that phase-wise shifting has been undertaken keeping in mind the situation of serious patients and because it involves heavy equipments and machineries, it takes time to set up for immediate action. He also enlightened that the whole shifting process will be completed by next week.

Talking about the functionality of the new hospital, the MS briefed that from 4th February 2019, clinics have already started. Almost 30 departments have shifted and labour rooms, wards and OT are also functional in the new hospital. Free bus services to and fro is also in place for the convenience of the people which plies from old STNM Hospital every half an hour.

Dr. Gurung also informed that any serious patients needing medical assistance immediately will be referred at Central Referral Hospital till the shifting process is over where they will be attended free of cost and the same has been relayed to the Medical Superintendent of CRH and all CMOs of districts. He stated that all indoor patients have also started being shifted and that a special facility called Yatri Niwas has been set up in the new hospital whereby one attendant of the patient will be given free meal and stay.

He also said that this is a new era in public healthcare which has all the latest equipments with renowned specialists and thus he appealed to the people to extend cooperation and utilize the services and facilities which have been created for their convenience. At the end, he extended his thanks to SP East and SP Traffic for all the help extended.

First Level Checking of EVMs & VVPATs commences at South DAC

Namchi, 01 Mar (IPR): The First Level Checking (FLC) of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) commenced at DAC warehouse today. The FLC was undertaken under the technical expertise of three numbers of Engineers from BEL in the presence of ADC South, election department officials and representative of different Political Parties.

A total of numbers of 112 control unit (cu) 115 ballot unit (bu) EVMs and 161 numbers of VVPAT were received from the warehouse located at the CEO Office Gangtok on 28 February. The machines were transported in a contanarised vehicle having GPS tracking devise during the transit accompanied by Armed Police and the Magistrate.

It may be mentioned here, the FLC shall start from at 9 am till 7 pm in all days including holidays as per the guidelines of Election Commission of India. The representatives of political parties have been requested to be present and witness the procedures involved during the First Level of Checking process.

During the FLC, the District Collector (South) who is also the DEO, Mr Ragul K., also inspected the FLC venue.