District Collector, East along with other Dignitaries visited Aapdara village

GANGTOK,8th Nov (IPR): The District Collector, East along with ADC/E, DD/DM, GM NHPC, Geologist from Mines and Geology Department and the representatives of affected landowners visited Aapdara village to assess the damages caused to the 27 houses which had been pending since 2015.

1. All the 27 houses were inspected by the team and the damages were assessed and categorized based on the extent of damage.

2. The houses were also categorized on the basis of their location such as above,below and adjoining the road and above the ADIT.

3. The collapsed approach road to NHPC Dam site and the slide above it was also inspected by the DC/East and the team. Geologist, Mines and Geology Department was directed to prepare a detailed map depicting the extent of the landslide and the location of the 27 houses above the landslide.

4. The complainants had stopped the repair works of the collapsed approach road to the dam site for over two months fearing further damage to their houses which are situated above the slide area. The complainants were assured that the order under Disaster management Act 2005 shall be issued within seven days as per assessment done.

District Magistrate, North called a District Level Monitoring Committee Meeting

Mangan, November 8 (IPR): In order to compliance of the guidelines and its implementation of the Solid Liquid Waste Management Rules, 2016, the District Magistrate, North Shri T T Kaleon called a District Level Monitoring Committee Meeting in his chamber today.

The meeting was attended by the Sr. SP/ North, Sr. Scientific Officers, SPCB, Gangtok, ADC(Dev)RMDD, Mangan and Chungthang, ASP, North, SDM, Mangan, Kabi, Dzongu and Chungthang, BDO, Mangan, Kabi, Passingdang and Chungthang, DE, PHE, Penal Advocate, CMO/DHM, DE/B&HD, NYK, District coordinator/N, MEO/MNP, JS/Education and DFO(T).

It has been learned that Ministry of Forest and climate change, Government of India has notified Solid Liquid Waste Management Rules, 2016. The said rules and guidelines are available at www.cpcb.nic.in

Accordingly state government has also constituted and notified the state level and District level committee headed by Justice A P Subba, former judge of High Court of Sikkim at State level and District Magistrate at District Level. Power and responsibility of committee as well as department and other stakeholders have been specified in the rules.

During the meeting DC Shri Kaleon insisted that there must be a reliable landfill site where waste could be dumped systematically. Further he instructed all the GPUs of the district to frame a by- laws and prepare an action plan accordingly and submit the same to the district level monitoring committee by November 30.

Further, he insisted the waste segregation at source and to ensure door to door collection of segregated waste and its transportation by the RRC vehicle to processing of disposal area.

Shri Kaleon also suggested that there should be construction of the RRC as per an exigency, in this context asked the BDOs to play pro-active role in their respective area.

He also seek the cooperation from police department on disseminating and generating awareness on solid liquid waste management among general public. Similarly, NYK Mangan was also asked to generate awareness on the said subject.

HCM made a surprise visit of Melli Check post on his way to Delhi

Melli, Nov 5 (IPR): Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri PS Tamang (Golay) who is on his way to Delhi made a surprise visit of Melli Check post along with DC South, SP South and other officials.

During his visit he inspected the check post and suggested upgradation of infrastructural facilities along with adequate facilities for police personnel who are put on duty for which he instructed DC South to make necessary proposals at the earliest.

The HCM emphasised on modernization of check post along with sufficient manpower strength so that work is not compromised. He also instructed the personals deployed there to be more vigilant and check on illegal activities as well as work towards curbing illegal trafficking of drugs since the check post is at a crucial point.

National Initiatives for School Heads’ and Teachers’ Holistic Advancement (NISHTHA) launched in Sikkim

Gangtok, 04 Nov (IPR): Five-daylong Capacity Building Programme for School-heads and teachers of elementary level popularly known as National Initiatives for School Heads’ and Teachers’ Holistic Advancement (NISHTHA) was simultaneously launched in Sikkim at 11 different venues covering all the four districts on November 04, 2019.

The said programme is being organized by State Project Office of Samagra Shiksha in collaboration with SCERT-Sikkim. A team of six resource persons comprising of School Principals, senior teachers, Faculty from SCERT and DIET will conduct the 5 days programme in each of the 11 centres.

The main inaugural event, which was held at one of the 11 venues at Modern SSS, was attended by 129 elementary teachers of Ranka, Martam and Rakdong-Tintek BAC. NISHTHA aims to cover approximately 8000 teachers in Sikkim and 42 Lakhs teachers in the country.

The prime objective of the programme is to equip teachers with knowledge, understanding and required competencies on new pedagogic perspective not only to improve but to achieve learning outcomes of students specified for every class in all the major subject areas at elementary level. It is also aimed at orienting and enabling Principals and Key Functionaries to implement School Based Assessment in schools, and achieve intended learning outcomes at the school level.

Inaugural Session of the programme on November 04, 2019 was graced by Hon’ble Minister Education Department Shri Kunga Nima Lepcha as the Chief Guest. Among the prominent personalities to be present were the Additional Chief Secretary, Education Department Shri GP Upadhyaya, Director SCERT Dr Rabin Chhetri, SPD Samagra Shiksha Shri Bhim Thatal, Director School Education Ms Hondala Gyaltsen, Joint Director (East) Shri AD Chhetri and other officials from East District and resource persons from SCERT, DIETs and Schools.

In his address, Hon’ble Minister Shri KN Lepcha expressed his concerns regarding the quality of education and urged teachers to work hard and help students excel in every possible field. Additional Chief Secretary Shri GP Upadhyaya highlighted the importance of this programme and urged teachers to be punctual and derive maximum benefits out of the programme.

Director SCERT Dr Rabin Chhetri gave an overview of the NISHTHA programme as one of the major initiatives to build capacity of teachers and Heads of Institutions. SPD Samagra Shiksha Shri Bhim Thatal, in his welcome address, mentioned that NISHTHA is the largest teacher training programme in the world today and aims to cover 8000 elementary teachers in Sikkim and 42 Lakhs elementary teachers in the entire country.

As the programme is entirely supported by the Samagra Shiksha, MHRD and being carried out by the SCERT and School Education, the SPD also urged upon the participants to be committed and earnest in participation for they are chosen by the Department especially for this purpose.

The programme, which is being jointly co-ordinated by Joint Director School Education Mr K Inbaraj and Joint Director SCERT Dr Shanti Ram Adhikari, ended with the vote of thanks proposed by Director School Education Ms Hondala Gyaltsen.

Valedictory session

Gangtok, Nov 04 (IPR) : Hon’ble Chief Minister, Shri. Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) in his valedictory remarks thanked and congratulated the Hon’ble Speaker for successfully conducting the one-day Session of the Assembly.
He thanked all Hon’ble Ministers, Hon’ble MLAs, Chief Secretary, DGP, Advisors, all heads of departments and officers, Secretary, officers and staff of Sikkim Legislative Assembly, retired bureaucrats, police, and members of the press and media.

He expressed special thanks to the people of Sikkim for their resounding mandate and sincere commitment for the development of Sikkim.

Referring to the seat sharing in the recent Bye Elections, the HCM stated that it was the first time in the political history of Sikkim that a ruling party supported an opposition party to contest in the elections and win the mandate of the people.

Hon’ble Speaker Shri. L.B. Das in his valedictory address congratulated the HCM and the two MLAs who were sworn-in as Members of the Legislative Assembly today.

The Hon’ble Speaker thanked the HCM, Hon’ble Ministers and all Hon’ble MLAs for their support and guidance in conducting the one-day Session of the Assembly.

The Session came to an end with the Hon’ble Speaker announcing the House adjourned Sine Die.

District Level Annual School Sports Competition kicked off in North Sikkim

Mangan, November 4 (IPR): District Level Annual School Sports Competition and talent hunt 2019-20, under -17 boys and girls  here at Mangan Public ground today.

The said sporting event was organized by the Department of Sports and Youth Affairs, Government of Sikkim. The competition features eight disciplines- Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Boxing, Football, Karate, Table Tennis and Taekwondo.

The event was graced by the Councillor, MNP, Shri Ugen Palden Kazi, who was accompanied by Deputy Director, Sports and Youth Affairs Department, Government of Sikkim, North Smt. Janim Lepcha, Assistant Director, Sports and Youth Affairs, Government of Sikkim, North, Dathup Lepcha.

There was large number of participation of boys and girls from Junior High Secondary schools, Secondary schools and Senior Secondary schools from the district. The sports competitors were selected from all schools of the North District. These competitors have been drawn from all four Blocks of the District viz. i) Mangan BAC. ii) Dzongu BAC. iii) Kabi BAC. iv) Chungthang BAC.

The three-daylong annual school sports competition will be held in various disciplines at different venue on 4th football selection will be played at Mangan Public Ground on 5th Tae-Kwondo and table tennis at Mangan School Hostel and on 6th Athletics at Mangan Public Ground and all selected (winners) players will represent the forthcoming state level competition.

HCM chairs meeting regarding construction of Thakurbari Mandir

Gangtok, 4th Nov (IPR): Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) chaired a high level meeting at Samman Bhawan yesterday evening regarding the construction of Thakurbari Mandir, which was attended by Honble Ministers, Shri Arun Upreti, Shri Sandup Lepcha and Shri Sanjeet Kharel, Political Secretary to HCM Shri Jacob Khaling, Advisors to HCM, DC East, SP East, Mayor GMC, officials of various departments, concerned devotees, senior citizens, Religious figures including Shri Rohit Raj ji Maharaj, contractor, architect, committee members and representatives of concerned communities.

Discussion on every details was done during the meeting while the Hon’ble Chief Minister sought the detailed report of its construction procedure till date and advised the District Collector to hold an enmasse coordination meeting very shortly.

Hon’ble President concludes his two-daylong Sikkim visit

Gangtok, 03 Nov (IPR): Hon’ble President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, and First Lady, Smt. Savita Kovind, concluded their two-daylong visit to the State of Sikkim after attending the 5th convocation of Sikkim University here in the State capital.

The President and First Lady were seen off at ladder point, Army Helipad, Libing, by Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim, Shri Ganga Prasad, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Shri Prem Singh Tamang (Golay), Hon’ble Minister Shri Kunga Nima Lepcha, Chief Secretary, Shri S.C. Gupta, and senior officers of the State Government.

Hon’ble President Shri Ram Nath Kovind attends 5th convocation ceremony of Sikkim University

Gangtok, 03 Nov (IPR): Hon’ble President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, presented gold medals to top 11 students from various schools and affiliated colleges under Sikkim University on the occasion of the 5th convocation ceremony of Sikkim University here at Manan Kendra in Gangtok today.

The President was accompanied by First Lady, Smt. Savita Kovind.

On his arrival, the President was received and welcomed by Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Sikkim, and Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor and Registrar of Sikkim University.

After the academic procession and national anthem, the convocation ceremony was declared open by the Registrar of Sikkim University.

The President and other dignitaries were presented with the convocation memento, followed by presentation of a brief report of Sikkim University by the University Vice Chancellor, Dr. Avinash Khare.

Thereafter, Chancellor of Sikkim University, Lt. Gen. (Dr.) D.B. Shekatkar, conferred the degrees and awarded silver & gold medals and special gold medals.

Hon’ble President, Shri Kovind, in his convocation address, expressed happiness on his visit to Sikkim to attend the 5th convocation ceremony of Sikkim University. He said that he has laid great interest and priority on higher education and that he was happy to be among students and academicians.

Addressing the students who were conferred with degrees on the occasion, the President urged them to be ready for the responsibilities and challenges that lie ahead. He stressed that the goal of education was to make good human beings and added that it was the key to being successful in any profession.

The President congratulated all the students and their parents and guardians for their accomplishment. He reminded the audience that Sikkim University has evolved into a unique centre of higher learning in just 12 years of its establishment. He added that practices such as gender equality, emphasis on preserving the language, culture, heritage and environmental conservation, as well as the Centre for Endangered Languages has raised the bar of Sikkim University as a model Institution for the overall enhancement of intellectual learning in the entire North East region.

He placed a suggestion before the audience that Sikkim University could start a practice called ‘University Social Responsibility’ in the lines of Corporate Social Responsibility. He suggested that USR could entail activities like adoption of nearby villages and carrying out service activities like immunization, nutrition camp, cleanliness, free education and other such services which would add value to the lives of people in need.

Speaking about the natural bounty of Sikkim and its good practices, the President said that the people of Sikkim were known for their civic sense and hospitality. He also lauded the State of Sikkim for its effort in bio-diversity conservation, promotion of overall hygiene, tourism, promotion of communal and cultural harmony, women empowerment, education development, and maintenance of its cultural heritage and places of worship.

He stated that Sikkim has created a unique place for itself among the Himalayan States of India courtesy its unique practices and development model. He also made a mention of famous sports persons from Sikkim namely Shri Baichung Bhutia, Shri Nirmal Chettri and Shri Tarundeep Rai who have brought laurels to the State and the country.

In conclusion, the President wished the State all the success in its future endeavours and expressed hope that the students who have passed out from Sikkim University will spread the good practices of Sikkim both nationally and globally.

Governor Shri Ganga Prasad, who is also the Chief Rector, in his address congratulated all the students for being awarded their degrees in the presence of the President of India. He expressed his gratitude to the President for his visit to Sikkim and added that his visit has added great value to the State.

Congratulating the students on their success, the Governor stated that they should be grateful to every person who have directly or indirectly contributed to their academic success. He urged the students to embrace the new phase of their lives with great confidence and with a feeling of indebtedness towards the society. He further urged them to equip themselves for nation building and to carry forward the legacy left behind by our forefathers. He added that each student should work with the goal to win back the lost glory of India as a great centre of knowledge.

The Governor expressed happiness at the initiatives being taken by Sikkim University to impart multi-disciplinary knowledge and at the same time preserving the local and regional ethos and values like morality, sensibility and humanity.

Speaking on the occasion, Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) profusely thanked the President of India for his visit to Sikkim. He congratulated the faculty, officials and students for successfully organizing the Convocation ceremony. He said that Sikkim University has established itself as a core body for higher education in the State, with great all-round progress made in the last one decade.

The Chief Minister stated that the State aims to make Sikkim University the focal point for teaching and research activities especially on bio-diversity conservation and the language and culture of Sikkim. He added that the State is deliberating on an improved education policy, which was projected in the maiden budget of the Government. He maintained that the new education policy will create an enabling environment in the State for the youth to grow in the academic field.

The convocation ceremony was declared closed by the Registrar, Sikkim University, followed by National Anthem and departure of the President and dignitaries.