High level State government delegation headed by CS visit Sherathang Trade Mart

Nathula, 20 Oct (IPR): A high level delegation of officials of the State Government headed by Chief Secretary, Shri S.C. Gupta, visited Sherathang Trade Mart on 18th October, 2019.

The Trade Mart is the hub of Indo-China border trade that has been going on since 2007 between India and Tibetan Autonomous Region in China.

The delegation visited the different blocks of the Trade Mart where offices and quarters of the various State and Central Government agencies are located and took stock of the progress of works to complete the three new buildings which are to be allotted to the various agencies.

Utilities such as electricity and water supply to the trade mart was reviewed and work to augment these facilities were inspected in the field. All infrastructure have been developed under the Ministry of Commerce & Industries Scheme for export promotion called ASIDE Assistance to States for Infrastructure Development for Exports.

While addressing the traders, the Chief Secretary emphasized that all the points that were put forward by the traders would be attended to by the Government. He said that the shortcomings in the infrastructure would be addressed expeditiously by the concerned departments and stressed on the traders to maintain ethical trade practices while conducting their trade in line with government rules and regulations.

Local issues like garbage management, infrastructure maintenance, regular payment of utility bills etc, should be sorted out locally and a mechanism for these is to be put in place by the concerned Committee and association.

Additional Chief Secretary, Commerce & Industries, Dr. Thomas Chandy, stated that unlike the trend in lndo-China trade at the national level which favours China, in Nathula, the balance of trade is in favour of India. Hence he said that there is scope for stepping up of the traded items and increase the volume of trade through the border.

He stated that new infrastructure requirements and revision of trade items is being conveyed to the Department of Commerce in the Ministry of Commerce and Industries.

A team of officers from Power Department headed by the Secretary, Shri K.B. Kunwar, and from PHED headed by Secretary, Shri Ranjan Parihar, and Tourism Department headed by Secretary, Shri T.T. Bhutia, were also present to take stock of the services being provided and also to discuss additional projects in the area.

Principal Secretary, DOP & Excise, Shri Tenzing Gelek, and Secretary, IPR, Ms. Namrata Thapa, were also present on the occasion.

Hon’ble Governor attends State level Bal Vikash Sports and Cultural Meet at Khel Gaon

Gangtok, 20 Oct (IPR): Hon’ble Governor Shri Ganga Prasad attended the State level Bal Vikash Sports and Cultural Meet which was organized by Sri Satya Sai Sewa Organization Sikkim at Khel Gaon, Reshi. The Governor was accompanied by official from Raj Bhawan and other dignitaries.

The programme commenced with the prayer song invoking God’s blessing followed by lighting of lamp by the Governor.

During the event, the Governor received the salute of the parade and impressive march past presented by Bal Vikash children of six districts of the organization (Sri Satya Sai Sewa Organization).

Addressing the sports enthusiasts and Sai devotees, the Governor expressed his happiness to be among the children and Sai devotees. It is heartening to say that following the path of Sri Satya Sai, organization has been serving the society with spirituality, peace and maintained communal harmony among each other, he stated.

The Governor said that Sri Satya Sai Sewa Organization is leading towards enlightenment from the darkness of ignorance and praised the commendable work of the organization for their collective effort for engaging young children in spiritual, social and other activities.

While blessing the children for their future endeavors, the Governor urged the children to remain consistent in their effort to serve society for better tomorrow and nation building process. He called upon the Bal Vikash children to contribute towards the development of society, the State and nation at large.

The Governor emphasized on the importance of sports and yoga in everyone’s life and sports and cultural events will develop all round of developments like; body, mind and soul, which also build up communal harmony.

He opined that it is important to empower the young mind with knowledge with spirituality which will strengthen and developed the society at large.

Later, the Governor inaugurated Ambulance Sewa initiated by Sri Sathya Sai State Trust, Sikkim.

The programme was attended by Sai devotees from across the State.

Polling materials dispatched for 24 Martam Rumtek and 27 Gangtok Assembly Constituencies

Gangtok, 20 Oct (IPR): The DEO-cum-Returning Officer, East, Shri Raj Yadav, in the presence of the General Observers for the Bye-Election to Assembly constituencies 24 Martam Rumtek and 27 Gangtok, Shri Susil Kumar Yadav and Mrs. Madhurima Baruah (Sen) along with AROs, authorised election agents of contesting candidates, opened the Strong Room situated at District Administrative Centre in Sichey at 7 am today.

The distribution of polling materials and EVMs to all the polling parties started at 8 AM from the Dispatch Centre established at DAC, Sichey from where all polling parties departed to their respective polling stations.

DEO (East), Shri Raj Yadav, informed that the mock poll will commence at 5:30 AM on the date of poll, 21/10/2019 and the actual poll shall commence at 7:00 AM and end at 5:00 PM.

The Presiding Officer will conduct mock poll at 5 am in their respective Polling Stations which he stressed is a mandatory procedure on Poll day. He also added that the candidates/ their election agents and polling agents are also allowed to be present for the Mock Poll in their respective Polling Stations.

He added that 102 police personals are deployed for two constituencies where as six Sikkim Armed Polices (SAP) personnel are deployed in six critical polling stations under 24 Martam Rumtek constituency.

Further, he informed that Sector Magistrates have been provided with ECIL engineers and Reserve Machines to tackle any problem that may arise during the poll day.

Dry days have been declared throughout the state w.e.f 19th October 2019, 5 PM till 5 AM of 21st October 2019.

Final inspection of accounts of contesting candidates for 10-Poklok Kamrang Assembly Constituency

Namchi, 20 Oct (IPR): The third round of inspection of accounts of election expenditure of the contesting candidates for Bye Elections 2019 for 10-Poklok Kamrang Assembly Constituency was conducted at the District Administrative Centre (DAC) in Namchi today.

Present during this process were Expenditure Observer for 10 Poklok Kamrang Assembly Constituency, Mr. Kalrav Mishra, CPAO South, Mr. Sunil Sharma, and various other officials.

In this inspection, accounts of candidates were reconciled with the record maintained by the Assistant Expenditure Observer.

It may be mentioned that final inspection of accounts and re-conciliation for the contesting candidates of 10-Poklok Kamrang Assembly Constituency will be conducted after twenty five days of counting.

Polling materials dispatched for the Bye-Election of 10-Poklok Kamrang Assembly Constituency

Namchi, 20 Oct (IPR): The dispatch of polling materials for the polling teams for 22 polling stations for the Bye-Elections of 10-Poklok Kamrang Assembly Constituency was carried out at the District Administration Centre (DAC) in Namchi today.

The dispatch procedure was overseen by General Observer for 10 Poklok Kamrang, Mr. Alak Kumar Saharia, Returning Officer (RO), Mr. Ragul K., Assistant Returning Officer (ARO), Mr. Satyen Kr. Pradhan, along with Sector Magistrates and Election Agents.

The RO (South) reiterated that the poll timings which is scheduled to be held on 21st October has been notified by Election Commission of India from 7 am to 5 pm and updated that the Presiding Officer will conduct a mock poll at 5:30 am on the Polling day in their respective Polling Stations which is he emphasized is a mandatory procedure for the officer.

Also the candidates or their polling agents are to be present for the Mock Poll in their respective PS, added the RO.

Special provisions and security arrangements have also been taken for the sensitive Polling Stations under 10 Poklok Kamrang.

Additionally, the RO stated that adequate security measures with half section of SSB have been deployed in the Polling Stations identified as critical.

Furthermore, Flying Squads, Static Surveillance Teams, Video Surveillance and Video Viewing Teams are functional in the field to monitor various kinds of activities.

It maybe mentioned here that, the administration on the poll day has made arrangements for volunteers across the constituency to ensure that no voters irrespective of their age and physical infirmities are left behind.

In addition, real time tracking and monitoring of the movement of EVMs and VVPATs through GPS –enabled vehicles is also being done. Three sector police officers and three sector magistrates are on duty for maintaining law and order during the day of the polls.

NCPCR team members meet with NGOs and CWC members

Gyalshing, 19 Oct (IPR): The preparatory meeting for the upcoming National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) Bench scheduled to be held on 22nd Oct, 2019 was conducted at the conference hall of Zilla Bhawan in Gyalshing West Sikkim.

The preparatory meeting was chaired by DC West, Shri Karma R. Bonpo; ADC West, Shri Karma L. Lepcha; Smt. Shaista K. Shah, STE, NCPCR Co-coordinator of the team along with Ms. Bhavna Bajaj, Senior Consultant (NCPCR); Ms. Urvashi Jain, Consultant (NCPCR); Ms. Bharti, DEO (NCPCR) and Ms. Roshnila Gurung, DCPO (South/West).

The DC West in his address mentioned that the NCPCR visit to the West District is an opportunity for the Officials and public to understand about the Child Rights. He also mentioned that the visit could address the short comings and is a chance to improve the policies which can be steered towards child rights development.

Shri Bonpo also encouraged the CWCs and NGOs to give full support and active participation. He also mentioned that the meeting can be an opportunity for the Administration to streamline the entire machinery which could benefit the children at large. He also mentioned that proper sensitization to the public for the upcoming program has been done.

Smt. Shaista K. Shah highlighted the main purpose of the NCPCR Bench was to improve the Health and Education indicators of the Aspirational Districts of NITI AAYOG for which the NCPCR has been conducting programs in the North East.

She also mentioned that NATIONAL COMMISSION FOR PROTECTION OF CHILD RIGHTS (NCPCR) is a statutory body of the Government of India formed under the CPCR Act, 2007. The core mandate of the Commission is to enable all children to enjoy their rights as enshrined in Constitution and provisioned under different Acts/Laws.

The NCPCR team interacted with the NGOs and CWC members where the procedures in relation to the Report Filing and other elements were explained. She urged the NGOs to give their full participation during the sitting of Bench. She also addressed them that the NGOs, CWC, CCI and Child Helpline are the main people to keep check on the Child Rights Violation in the district and State.

The Commission is visiting the West District to take the public’s complaints against any child rights violation. Any Person including children, parent, guardian, caretaker or any other individual working for child right can submit their complaint before NCPCR.

Date: 22nd October, 2019

Venue: Conference Hall, Zilla Bhawan, Gyalshing, WEST SIKKIM

Registration starts at 09:00 AM

CAMP/BENCH starts at 10:00 AM

Children from all sections including street children, schools, child care institutions, children homes, hostels or any other place where children take education/ training or reside etc. can make their complaints/representation before NCPCR.

Final inspection of accounts conducted for contesting candidates of 24-Martam Rumtek and 27-Gangtok

Gangtok, 19 Oct (IPR): The third and final inspection of accounts of contesting candidates in Bye-Election 2019 for 24-Martam Rumtek and 27 Gangtok under East District was conducted on 19/10/19 at the conference hall of District Administrative Centre in Sichey in the presence of Expenditure Observer, Shri Shri Naresh Kumar Bansal.

In this inspection, accounts of candidates were reconciled with the records maintained by the AEOs.

Returning Officer, East, Shri Raj Yadav, informed that reconciliation of accounts would take place 25 days after the declaration of result for which is candidates or expenditure agents are required to be attended.

Notice was also issued to SDF candidate of 24 Martam-Rumtek who failed to produce their accounts themselves or through their agents today.

The randomization of polling team was also held at the chamber of Returning Officer, East, Shri Raj Yadav, in presence of General Observer for 24 Martam-Rumtek, Mr. Susil Kumar Yadav, and General Observer for 27-Gangtok, Mrs. Madhurima Baruah (Sen).

The Returning Officer informed that the campaigning of political parties is over today at 5 PM and Dry Day is declared throughout the State of Sikkim with effect from 5 PM of 19-10-2019 to 5 PM 21.10.2019.

19th Convocation of Sikkim Manipal University held at SMIMS

Gangtok, 19 Oct (IPR): The 19th Convocation of Sikkim Manipal University was held on today at Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences, Sikkim Manipal University in 5th Mile, Tadong.

Hon’ble Governor Shri Ganga Prasad, who is also the Chancellor of SMU, presided over the function along with Shri Indra Hang Subba, Member of Parliment, Lok Sabha and Shri Kunga Nima Lepcha, Hon’ble Minister for Education, Land Revenue, Law and Parliamentary Affairs, Sports and Youth Affairs, Government of Sikkim as the chief guest for the convocation function.

Apart from them, Dr M.K. Sharma, Hon’ble Minister of Health, Government of Sikkim, Shri Rajendra Padukone, Hon’ble Pro Chancellor, SMU, Shri G.P. Upadhyaya, ACS, Education Department, Government of Sikkim, Shri K. Sreenivasulu, Principal Secretary, Health Department, Government of Sikkim, Shri Vaitheeswaran, Group CEO, MEMG, Lt. Gen. (Dr.) M.D. Venkatesh, Vice Chancellor, SMU, Prof. (Dr.) Karma Sonam Sherpa, Registrar, SMU, Dr. Ashish Sharma, Director, SMIT, Dr. V.K. Mehta, Dean, SMIMS, distinguished invitees, members of the SMU Governing Council, Executive Committee, Finance Committee, Academic Senate, Faculty/ Staff Members, Parents, Graduating Students were also present.

There were 620 graduates from Sikkim Manipal Institute of Technology and 387 from Medical Camp, SMIMS.

The convocation was marked by the release of Annual Report by the Governor/Chancellor and the Vice Chancellor presented the awards to the graduates and PhD Degrees.

The Dean, SMIMS presented awards to graduates degrees of MBBS, MD, MS, BSc, MSc & Post BSc Nursing, BPT, MPT, Medical MSc, MHA, BSc, MLT, BSC Medical Biotechnology and administered Hippocratic Oath to MBBS Graduates.

The Director SMIT also presented degree award to the graduates of BTech, MTech, BCA, MCA, BBA, MBA, MSc, BA, MA, BCom & MCom and the Registrar SMU administered Common Oath to the graduates.