Two candidates withdraw their nominations in East district

Gangtok, 03 Oct (IPR): On the last day of withdrawal of candidatures for the Bye-Election in two Assembly Constituencies in East District, two (02) candidates withdrew their nominations.

Shri Sonam Tashi Bhutia and Shri Chewang Dadul Bhutia who filed their nomination as Independent candidates for 24-Martam–Rumtek constituency withdrew their candidature today in the office of Returning Officer, Shri Raj Yadav, IAS

The Returning Officer informed that six (06) candidates were in the fray for 24-Martam-Rumtek Assembly constituency after the withdrawal of two (02) candidates.

The candidates for 27-Gangtok Assembly constituency remains the same with six (06) nominations and no withdrawal.

The RO also informed that the Expenditure Observer, Shri Naresh Kumar Bansal, arrived at Gangtok today. Anyone interested to meet the Expenditure Observer may meet him at Railway Guest House from 9 AM to 11 AM.

Further, it is informed that meeting with the contesting candidates has been scheduled at 11:00 AM at DAC Sichey on 4/10/19.

Tourism Department organises Plogging Run in North district

Mangan, 03 Oct (IPR): As a part of Paryatan Parv celebration, the Tourism & Civil Aviation Department organized “Plogging Run” at various villages of North Sikkim. The run was actively participated by Homestay owners, teachers and students of Malling, Ringhim and Upper Singhik.

The event also had competition for the student on collection of waste.

Dawrip Lepcha and Ramesh Chettri were awarded with the gift hampers for have collected the most waste materials in the event.

Residential Electrician Training concludes successfully at ITI, Gyalshing

Gyalshing, 30 Sept (IPR): Twenty-five-daylong Residential Electrician Training which had commenced on 06 Sept successfully concluded at Government ITI Gyalshing campus. The chief guest for the closing ceremony was District Collector, West, Shri Karma R. Bonpo, accompanied by Shri Om Prakash Singh, Deputy Commandant 72 BN SSB Yuksam and Principal ITI.

The DC West, in his address, congratulated the 25 trainees from different parts of Sikkim who had completed the 25 days long training successfully. He advised the trainees to expand the knowledge that they have gained in the training period and get enrolled in the Government.

ITI centers to enhance their skills further in order to be capable for the coming future. He also mentioned that as they have learnt they should make themselves more capable to achieve greater heights in the future.

The State needs self-sufficient and reliable youths who can make the State proud and Govt. ITI is an institute which caters to the need of empowering youths to be skilled and be self-reliant. He also mentioned that skilled workforce is the demand of the industries and hence they should be able to gather more experiences and skills in order to establish themselves.

He also enlightened them about the various avenues and opportunities available in India and abroad for which they should try. He also mentioned schemes and projects for the youths who are willing to do something in life.

Principal ITI also addressed the gathering under the similar lines and encouraged the participants to take part in similar training and make themselves self-sufficient.

The 25-daylong residential electrician training programme was organized by the 72 BN SSB Yuksam under the Civic Action Program North East Region. The main trainers for the training programme were Shri Sanjiv Ramudhamu and Shri Dhani Raj Rai (Faculty of Govt. ITI Gyalshing).

Poshan Maah campaign concludes in North district

Mangan, 30 Sept (IPR): Social Justice, Empowerment and Welfare Department, North District, Government of Sikkim organized the closing ceremony of “Poshan Maah” campaign here at the conference hall of Zilla Bhawan in Mangan today.

It is to be mentioned, the entire month of September was celebrated as Rashtriya Poshan Maah (National Nutritional Month). This year the theme was Complimentary Feeding. Prime Minister’s Overreaching Scheme for Holistic Nourishment (POSHAN ABHIYAAN) is a multi-ministerial convergence mission with the vision to address malnutrition with the targeted approach by 2022.

The closing ceremony of Poshan Maah campaign was graced by Smt. Chungkipu Lepcha. The ceremony also had the presence of District Collector, North, Shri Tenzing T. Kaleon, Chief Medical Officer, North, Shri D.C. Sharma, Additional District Collector (Development), North, Shri Somnath Adhikari, POSHAN Abhiyaan, Mission Director, Phuchung Bhutia, ICDS, District Co-ordinator, North, Miss Sonam Wangmu, CDPO/Mangan, Smt. Lhanzay Donka Bhutia, CDPO/Chungthang, Smt. Sonam Laden Lachungpa, and CDPO/Dzongu, Shri Nedup Lepcha, Integrated Child Development Service, Supervisor, North, Smt Aruna Rai, BDOs, Accredited Social Health Activist workers, ICDS staffs, Anganwadi workers, teachers, parents and students.

Chief guest Smt. Chungkipu Lepcha, in her short speech, praised the efforts put up by the Aganwadi, ASHA and ICDS workers who are making the difference in the rural community by spreading awareness on leading a healthy lifestyle. Further, she said that this month long nutritional campaign was an eye opener for mothers and children in the community.

POSHAN Abhiyaan, Principal Director, Phuchung Bhutia apprised everyone about the importance of POSHAN Maah campaign as the previous nutritional programmes in the country had failed to bring any results. He informed everyone that POSHAN Maah is the world’s largest nutritional programme. The target of this campaign is to reduce stunting in children by 2% per annum.

DC/N, Shri Kaleon, in his address gave a brief outline of POSHAN Maah initiated by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. Congratulating the Aganwadi workers he said that the POSHAN Maah campaign has far reaching consequences on the country’s economy as healthy population leads to healthy economic growth.

Further, he said that the statistics of high numbers of stunted and anemic children in the district is alarming. He hoped that this month long nutritional campaign would bear fruits in the future and that this campaign will continue beyond this month.

CMO/N, Shri Sharma explained two types of nutrients (micronutrients and macronutrients) which is necessary for a person to lead a healthy life. He underlined the importance of having a healthy community as a society full of health issues only bring economic and social productivity loss. It was reported during the meeting that the main causes of malnutrition are 1) Inadequate intake and 2) Faulty diet habits. Shri Sharma hoped that the POSHAN Maah month will correct the faulty dietary habits amongst the general public in the district.

CDPO Mangan, Smt. Bhutia spoke on the first 1,000 days of baby’s life is a very crucial period where physical, intellectual and emotional development takes place. She emphasized to the general people to take care of new born baby right from birth to 2 years of age.

CDPO, Chungthang, Smt. Lachungpa gave a concise data on Anemia and its causes. She explained that the anemia is caused when a person’s body has decreased amount of Red Blood Cells and in order to tackle it a person can reach nearest health centre or ICDS centre to get Iron tablets, syrups, iron tablets for women and deworming tablets.

CDPO, Dzongu, Shri Lepcha spoke about Diarrhea management through the use of ORS packets which will be provided for free at any ICDS centres in the district. He urged everyone to boil the water before drinking. In addition, he said that proper hand washing technique plays a vital role in preventing diarrhea and others water borne diseases.

ICDS, District Co-ordinator, Miss Sonam Wangmu gave a report on the activities done by the ICDS during POSHAN Maah campaign. According to the report, there has been 1,622 activities and participation of 37,590 personnel in this campaign. These activities included Poshan Melas, school based events, recipe demonstration, village awareness programme, cleanliness drive, and community based events, hand washing demonstration, anemic camp and home visits.

On the occasion, Northern Bikers who participated in the POSHAN Maah bike rally in the district and the schools who actively participated on closing ceremony were felicitated by the organizing body.

Bihari Jagran Manch hands over donation for affected people of Tsong village

Gangtok, 30 Sept (IPR): President, Bihari Jagran Manch, Shri Swami Nath Prasad, along with General Secretary Shri Birendra Prasad, and Shri Varun Pandey called on Secretary to Hon’ble Chief Minister, Shri S.D. Dhakal, at his office this afternoon and handed over cheque of Rs 1 lakh for Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.

The Secretary to HCM thanked the Bihari Jagran Manch for their gesture and support which they have shown for the affected people of Tsong village of West Sikkim.

He also informed that the fund received will be utilised to build the houses of affected people from Tsong who were displaced by the landslide which occurred on 16 September, 2019.

Also present on the occasion were Special Secretary, Chief Minister’s Office, Mrs Tenzeen Kezom, and Joint Secretary, Ms. Karnitmit Lepcha.

Last day of filing nominations in East district for the upcoming Bye-Elections

Gangtok, 30 Sept (IPR): On the last day of filing the nominations for the upcoming Bye-Elections, the following candidates have filed their nominations till 1 pm at the office of the Returning Officer, East district, Shri Raj Yadav, in the presence of the General Observer, Smt. Madhurima Baruah (Sen).

  1. Nuk Tshering Bhutia – SDF- 24-Martam Rumtek
  2. Delay Namgyal Barfungpa – SNPP – 27-Gangtok
  3. Yomg Tshering Lepcha – BJP – 27 Gangtok
  4. Sonam Tshering Venchungpa – BJP – 24- Martam Rumtek
  5. Rinzing Ongmu Bhutia – SDF – 27-Gangtok

Child Friendly Gram Panchayat Unit initiative launched in Dentam

Gyalshing, 28 Sept (IPR): Child Friendly Gram Panchayat Unit initiated by SDM, Dentam, Shri Bimal Rai, in coordination with District Child Protection Unit, ICPS SJ&WD was introduced today in 23 Sangkhu Radhu Khandu GPU in Dentam, West Sikkim.

Retired Joint Director, Health, Smt. Riki Lhamu Lepcha, attended the event as chief guest accompanied by ADC Dev., Shri Milan K. Subba, SDM, Dentam, Shri Bimal Rai, Deputy Director (HRDD), Shri J.P. Chettri, Panchayat President and team from Maniram Phalidara South Sikkim, Panchayat members of Dentam GP, Protection Officer South&West, Ms. Bhawana Subba, and the staffs of District Child Protection Unit, West Sikkim.

As informed by the Protection Officer, this was an initiative to combat alarming issues of child abuse and other offenses against children and to empower the child in the Gram Panchayats the first hand. This was also an initiative to make them realize their potential and be aware of the situations around them.

The programme was conducted to sensitize public in the grass root level about child rights and their protection and for the active participation of the children in communities programme and also to involve themselves to address their own issues actively.

During the programme, members (children) of the District Child Parliament of Child Friendly G.P.U. Maniram Phalidara South Sikkim also demonstrated the children parliament.

Hon’ble Governor confers Governor’s Medal to 32 outstanding NCC cadets

Gangtok, 28 Sept (IPR): Hon’ble Governor Shri Ganga Prasad today conferred Governor’s Medal to 32 outstanding NCC cadets representing the State on various National and State level events in a special function held at Ashirvad Bhavan.

The cadets had performed exceptionally well in various training activities like shooting competition, trekking, sailing, Republic Day Parade and other national level camps over the last one year.

Hon’ble Minister of Education, Youth and Sports, Land Revenue and Disaster Management Departments, Shri Kunga Nima Lepcha, Additional Chief Secretary, Education Department, Shri G.P. Upadhyaya, Additional Chief Secretary to Governor, Dr. K. Jayakumar, Deputy GOC, Black Cat, Brig. Harshvardhan, Group Officer Commanding, NCC Darjeeling District, Col. P.B. Acharya, Commanding Officers of all three NCC Battalions in Sikkim, officials of Education Department, Principals, teachers, NCC Cadets were present on the occasion.

It was the third edition of Governor’s Medal Ceremony being held in the State, the first being in 2017. Earlier, the Cadets were awarded the medal by Governor of West Bengal.

A total of 20 gold, six silver and six bronze medals were conferred to the cadets today by the Governor.

Minister for Education, in his brief address to the cadets, shared his experience on his association with National Cadet Corps during his school days and credited his success to the organization. He also encouraged more students from Sikkim to join NCC to excel in their chosen field in the life ahead.

The Governor, while underlining the significance of NCC, said, “Now the world’s largest uniformed youth organization is preparing the students and youth for future challenges and responsibilities that they have to shoulder.”

He stated that NCC provides the platform for youth to hone their leadership skills, prepare them mentally and physically to join armed forces and inculcate the ideals of patriotism and nation first, turning them better and responsible citizen of the country.

As a special gesture towards encouraging the students to join NCC and subsequently into Armed Forces, the Governor declared that any NCC cadet from Sikkim getting commissioned as officer into Armed Forces, henceforth, will receive special felicitation from Raj Bhavan and a cash award of Rs. 1 Lakh.

The Governor also extended good wishes to all awardees for their bright and successful future ahead.