The 76th Independence Day Celebration continued with cultural programs at Soreng

Soreng, July 31(IPR): The 76th Independence Day Celebration continued with cultural programs and another game of football between the Siliguri United FC and Sikkim Himalayan FC.
The Chief Guest for the day was Dr. Tshering Sherpa, ENT Specialist cum Medical Advisor-Sikkim Jankalyan Prakosta. Also present were Shri Prabhakar Tamang, Chief Coordinator- SKP, along with members from Sikkim Jankalyan Prakosta and the Medical Officers of Soreng, Daramdin and Sombaria as Special Guests along with other officials and local gentry.
Addressing the program, Dr. Tshering Sherpa extended his warm greeting on the occasion of AKAM celebrations. He regarded the patriotic sentiments of the Chief Minister as an inspiration for all. He also expressed his sincere gratitude to the Chief Minister for acknowledging his efforts and thereby appointing him as the Medical Advisor for SKP.
Further, he highlighted the works and activities carried out by SKP and appraised the government’s future endeavors that have been curated for providing financial assistance to the weaker section of the community. Lastly, he encouraged the students to proactively participate in all the co-curricular and outdoor activities that strengthen not just their physical but their mental capabilities as well.
The match ended with Siliguri United FC winning over Sikkim Himalayan FC.

An open competition on Patriotic Song & Poetry held at Manan Kendra

Gangtok, 31st July 2022 (IPR): An open competition on “PATRIOTIC SONG AND POETRY” was held at Manan Kendra Hall, today.
Organized by the Culture Department, Government of Sikkim, under the “Har Ghar Tiranga Campaign” in commemoration of “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav,” the program had the presence of Shri K.D. Rechung, Special Secretary, Culture Department, Officials and staff from Culture Department. Also present were students along with their teachers from different schools.
Judges for the Patriotic Song and Poetry competition were Shri Rudra Poudyal, President Nepali Sahitya Parishad, Shri Shyam Pradhan, Retired Teacher, Palzor Namgyal Girls School, and Dr. Tek Bdr Chettri, Assistant Professor, Nar Bahadur Bhandari Degree College.
Around 18 participants participated in the Patriotic Song and Poetry Competition. The participants presented their songs and poems in Nepali and Hindi languages.
Dr. Tek Br. Chettri, Assistant Professor, Nar Bahadur Bhandari Degree College, appreciated all the participants who participated with great interest and zeal in the competition. He said that poetry lets us focus our feelings and thoughts on a subject, and the reciting encourages the spectators to connect and find its meaning. He stated that poetry has a positive impact on social and emotional learning. He further said that poetry is important because it helps us to understand and appreciate the world around us.
He added that poetry is a powerful medium for diverse voices to speak and for others to listen to those voices.
In his short address, Shri Shyam Pradhan said that everyone like and loves songs, and the importance of freedom could be easily taught through patriotic songs. He stated that Patriotic songs teach us to love and respect and encourage us to be proud and do something good for our country.
He concluded by saying that patriotic songs boost our morale in times of crisis, strengthen our resolve in areas of uncertainty, and rekindle pride in who we are and what we represent as a nation.
Later, Shri Rudra Poudyal, President of Sahitya Parishad, declared the names of the Patriotic Song and Poetry competition winners.
Before declaring the results, Shri Poudyal said that competitions help an individual develop social motivation and makes them work towards their goals.
The winners of Patriotic Songs are :
1st position- Subham Nambay, Singer, song composed by Kamal Dahal, Rhenock
2nd position- Reeyaaz Sangeetalaya, Gangtok, Manoj Rai team
3rd position- Morden Senior Secondary School.
The winners of the poetry are:
1st position- Yadop Adhikari, Kau Busty Lingee, South Sikkim
2nd position- Gopal Phatak, Rhenock, East Sikkim
3rd position- Anwesh Sharma, student of St. Joseph, Rhenock, East Sikkim.
It is to be noted that the prize will be distributed on 15th August, Independence Day 2022.
The event was compered by Shri Bhawani Ghimiray, OSD, Culture Department, Government of Sikkim.

The 36 Bn SSB Geyzing conducts the Har Ghar Tiranga campaign at District Hospital

Gyalshing, 30 June: The 36 Bn SSB Geyzing conducted the ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign under the banner of “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav” at District Hospital, Geyzing today.
The programme was conducted under the supervision and direction of Shri. Dinesh Chandra Yadav, Commandant 36 Bn. During this programme a blood donation camp was also organised and Shri. Nirupesh Kumar, Dy. Commandant, 36 Bn SSB Geyzing along with 30 SSB Jawans donated blood including local donors. In this program Dr. Rishpa Subba(MD), Pathologist, I/C Blood bank, Mr. J.B.Subba, Technical Officer, Blood bank, Smt. Anju Gurung, a Medical, Technologist, Blood bank and 20 Local donors participated in the blood donation camp. During this event, 200 National Flags were also distributed to make aware all the local people, Hospital Staff and patients about the importance of the national flag and to motivate them to be a part of the ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign and fly the flag high in their homes from 13-15 August to paint their spirit in tricolor. All hospital staff and local people enthusiastically participated in this campaign.
Shri. Nirupesh Kumar Dy. Commandant informed that, in order to mark the 75th India’s Independence, a nationwide campaign under the aegis of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav is being organised to encourage citizens to hoist the National Flag at their homes w.e.f. 13th – 15th August 2022. He also informed that the flags must also be hoisted at offices, banks, commercial establishments and water bodies viz. lakes, springs and ponds besides putting them up on vehicles. Each one must log on to and pin their location after taking selfies with the National Flag. Aggressive usage of the hashtag #harghartiranga on all social media handles like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp was also stressed.

HM Shri L. N. Sharma meets with the Consul General of India

Munich, 31 July (IPR): Hon’ble Minister for Agriculture & Horticulture, Govt. of Sikkim, Shri Lok Nath Sharma met with the Consul General of India, Munich, Mr.Mohit Yadav on 28/07.2022. During the meeting, the Consul General pointed out that Sikkim has huge potential in the fields of organic farming and tourism. After the CoVID -19 pandemic, the German population began consuming more alternate medicines and organic foods. Commodities like spices have huge market opportunities in Germany. He also suggested that Sikkim should participate in the next edition of the Biofach at Nuremberg, Germany with all the commodities available and the Consulate will assist in identifying potential importers. It was suggested that all certification compliances also be addressed in the meantime to enable participation in the next edition of Biofach. The Consul General also mentioned that the Germans also show a keen interest in adventure sports like skiing and other activities like trekking and cycling and therefore have huge potential that needs to be exploited.
The Consulate can help identify companies that can develop these activities in the State, said Mr.Mohit. The other areas of cooperation could be in education, skill development and investment. Education in Germany is free and there is a huge opportunity in this sector that needs to be explored.
A virtual meeting between the Government of Sikkim and the concerned stakeholders of the German side can be arranged, said the Consul General. Shri. Lok Nath Sharma expressed that he would discuss with the concerned Departments to take matters forward and assured that his Government will take necessary steps to begin trade in organic commodities from Sikkim.