Justice Arup Kumar Goswami sworn in as new Chief Justice of High Court of Sikkim

Gangtok, 15 Oct (IPR): Hon’ble Justice Arup Kumar Goswami has been sworn in as the new Chief Justice of High Court of Sikkim. Hon’ble Governor Shri Ganga Prasad administered him the oath at the lawn of New Raj Bhawan here today.

The swearing-in ceremony was attended by Hon’ble Chief Minister P. S. Tamang (Golay), Hon’ble Justice Meenakshi Madan Rai, Hon’ble Justice Bhaskar Raj Pradhan, Hon’ble Cabinet Ministers, Hon’ble Member of Lok Sabha, Indra Hang Subba, Hon’ble Members of Sikkim Legislative Assembly, Registrar General, Chief Secretary of Sikkim, Additional Chief Secretaries, Additional Registrar General, Senior government officers, Advisors to Government of Sikkim, Law fraternity members of High Court of Sikkim and Sikkim State Legal Service Authority and host of dignitaries.

After retirement of Justice Vijai Kumar Bist in the month of September, the post of Chief Justice of High Court of Sikkim had fallen vacant after the superannuation of Justice Vijai Kumar Bist on 16 September this year.

Justice Arup Kumar Goswami had earlier served as Acting Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court.

1st inspection of accounts of election expenditure conducted in Namchi

Namchi, 12 Oct (IPR): The first inspection of accounts of election expenditure of the contesting candidates for Bye-Election 2019 for 10 Poklok-Kamrang Assembly Constituency was conducted at the annex building of District Administrative Centre (DAC), Namchi today.

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

The second and third inspection of accounts and re-conciliation for the contesting candidates of 10 Poklok-Kamrang Assembly Constituency is scheduled to be conducted on 16 Oct and 20 Oct at the DAC respectively.

1st inspection of accounts of candidates held for 24 Martam-Rumtek & 27 Gangtok Assembly constituencies

Gangtok, 11 Oct (IPR): The first inspection of accounts of candidates contesting in Bye-Election 2019 for 24 Martam-Rumtek and 27 Gangtok Assembly constituencies was conducted today at the DAC conference hall in Sichey in the presence of Expenditure Observer, Shri Naresh Kumar Bansal.

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

The 2nd inspection of accounts and re-conciliation is scheduled to be conducted on 15th Oct, 2019 at the DAC conference hall in Sichey at 11 AM to 1 PM for 24- Martam-Rumtek and 2 PM to 4 PM for 27 -Gangtok constituency which is required to be attended by the candidates or expenditure agents.

Akhil Bharatiya Vaishya Samaj felicitates Hon’ble Governor Shri Ganga Prasad in Bengaluru

Bengaluru, 10 Oct: Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim Shri Ganga Prasad was felicitated by different sections of Akhil Bharatiya Vaishya Samaj in a special function held at Bangaluru on 09 Oct.

The felicitation was in recognition of the Governor’s contribution for the welfare and upliftment of Vaishya Samaj in the country.

It may be mentioned that the Governor, in the past, has served in various capacities as executive member including Bihar State President of Akhil Bharatiya Vaishya Mahasammelan.

Hon’ble Governors of Sikkim & Karnataka exchange Dussehra greetings

Bengaluru, 08 Oct: Hon’ble Governor of Karnataka, Shri Vajubhai Vala, called on Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim, Shri Ganga Prasad, at Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru today.

It was a courtesy call by the Governor of Karnataka to Governor of Sikkim who was on his tour to Bengaluru.

During a brief meeting, the Governors exchanged Dussehra greetings and discussed the current issues concerning both the States.

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.