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.

Education Department celebrated Rashtriya Ekta Diwas

Gangtok, 31st Oct: (IPR) The Department of Education today celebrated the Rashtriya Ekta Diwas to mark the birthday of the ‘Lauhpurush” Sardar Ballabhai Patel today across the State.
A special programme was held Rongneck Secondary School where the Hon’ble Minister for Education Sri Kunga Nima Lepcha administered the Rashtriya Ekta Pledge to the officers, teachers and students present in the school. The Hon’ble Minister was accompanied by the Additional Chief Secretary Sri GP Upadhyaya, Sate Project Director, Samagra Shiksha Sri Bhim Thatal, Director, School Education Mrs Hondala Gyaltsen and other officers from the East District. While interacting with the students and the staff members of the schools, the Hon’ble Minister for Education Sri Kunga Nima Lepcha appreciated the initiatives taken by the schools. He also interacted with the school the schools about the requirements and possible support to be extended. The Education Minister and ACS also interacted with the press representatives of India Today who have come to cover some programmes of the Education Department. The India Today representatives were happy to know that Rongneck Secondary School is a ‘waste-bin free school’ where the children and the staff members bring their own bags to collect waste and take back without dumping the garbage in the school premises.
The team further visited Chongeytar Primary School where the Minister and the officers visited the classrooms, interacted with the students and visited the school mid-day meal and kitchen garden. Chongeytar Primary School is known for its being ‘pocket-money free school’ as the students are not allowed to carry pocket money in order to stop them from buying junk food and consuming those. The mid -day meal is said to be supplementing the needs of the children and there is no need for them to go for junk food in the school premises.
In another programme, the department took part in Run for Unity from Chintan Bhawan till Titanic Park in Gangtok. Similar other programmes are being organized and Rashtriya Ekta Diwas is being observed in the schools across the State.

West Sikkim awarded at New Delhi for 90% Full Immunization Coverage

New Delhi, 31st October 2019 (IPR): The West District, Sikkim was awarded with a Certificate and a medal for achieving 90% Full Immunization Coverage under Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) programme. The Award was conferred on the occasion of “Pulse Polio Silver Jubilee” commemorative event held at the Dr Ambedkar International Centre, New Delhi. The event was graced by Shri J. P. Nadda, Hon’ble Former Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Dr. Harshvardhan, Hon’ble Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare and Shri. Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Hon’ble Minister of State, Health & Family Welfare. The Award was received by the District Collector, West Shri. Karma R. Bonpo and Chief Medical Officer, West Dr. Tsheten Namgyal Bhutia on behalf of the District.

West District, Sikkim is among the 16 other district of the country which has achieved 90% immunization coverage. The efforts in achieving 90% immunization coverage was due to the efforts of the frontline workers of the Health Department, doctors, nurses ably led by the Chief Medical Officers and supported by the West District Administration.

Speaking on the occasion Dr. Harshvardhan stated that India has been declared Polio free in the year 2014 and the fight against Polio was a long and momentous journey. He stated that it all began with a single thought that if ballot papers can reach each person, two life saving drops of vaccination too can reach every child. The success of the Polio vaccination on 2nd October 1994 when Dr Harsh Vardhan was the Health Minister of Delhi led to a countrywide Pulse Polio program from the year 1995. In a span of twenty long year, India was finally free of the virus and the success of the campaign was done to the strong Government leadership, hard work and dedication of frontline health workers, community and religious influencers, State Government, civil society organization and professional bodies like IMA, IAP etc , partners such as WHO, Rotary Club and UNICEF.

The Hon’ble Minister stated that the learning from Pulse Polio Campaign has helped in other immunization programme such as the Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) which is a flagship scheme of the Government of India.

West District Observes Rashtriya Ekta Diwas

Gyalshing, 31st, October, 2019 (IPR): The Rashtriya Ekta Diwas or National Unity Day was observed in the District Administration Center, Rabdentse, West Sikkim. The pledge was administered by Shri. Tshering Topgay Bhutia, SDM (Gyalshing) at the Office premises.

The Rashtriya Ekta Diwas commemorates the Birth Anniversary of Shri. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel also known as the “Iron Man of India”.

Similar program was observed at different Sub Divisional and Block Level Offices of West Sikkim.

Sikkim SLSA holds commendation ceremony for best PLVs & Legal Aid Panel Lawyers

Gangtok, 25 Oct (IPR): Sikkim State Legal Services Authority under the directions of Hon’ble Judge, High Court of Sikkim, Justice Meenakshi Madan Rai, who is also the Executive Chairperson, Sikkim SLSA, organized the State meet of Para-Legal Volunteers and commendation ceremony of the best PLVs and Legal Aid Panel Lawyers on 24th Oct at the conference hall of Sikkim SLSA.

The programme was chaired by Hon’ble Chief Justice, High Court of Sikkim, Justice Arup Kumar Goswami, who is also the Patron-in-Chief of Sikkim SLSA, as chief guest along with Judges, High Court of Sikkim, Justice Meenakshi Madan Rai, and Justice Bhaskar Raj Pradhan, as guests of honour.

Justice Arup Kumar Goswami, in his address, informed the august gathering that the role of the PLV is to bridge the gap between the legal system and the common people. He also informed that every State has problems peculiar to the region and that issues regarding these problems have to be addressed differently as per that region.

It was also informed that Sikkim SLSA is blessed with very effective and functional PLVs and Panel Advocates who are the bedrock of the system for making “Access to Justice” available to all sectors of the society and that even though all PLVs and Panel Lawyers have been doing excellent work.

Justice Meenakshi Madan Rai, in her address, stated that the programme was held to acknowledge the contribution of the works carried out by PLVs and Panel Advocates towards legal services that are being carried out. It was also informed that PLVs are selected from different walks of life as well as from amongst long term convicts who are lodged in the State Central Prison, Rongyek, East Sikkim and that due to extensive training and refresher courses they are very well equipped with the knowledge of legal aid services, Schemes of National Legal Services Authority as well as in other legal aspects.

She added that Remand Lawyers have been appointed for all the Courts of Sikkim and that if the services of such lawyer are to be availed at the time of pre-arrest, the PLVs avail the services of such Remand Lawyers or when the persons who are apprehended/arrested for any offence and produced before the Courts seeking police or judicial custody.

The Panel Lawyers were also requested to inform the Police Officers/Officials that for assisting the Police the PLVs have been appointed and not for disturbing them.

While complementing the PLVs for their efficient work, she also informed of the Corporate Social Responsibility wherein the Pharmaceutical Companies are aiding the Old Age Homes with ration and medical supplies and that it is the responsibility of the PLVs visiting such Homes to inform the SLSA of any lapse by such Companies. The Panel Advocates were also commended with regards to spreading awareness with regard to drug abuse in Sikkim which is a growing concern.

The fear of human trafficking and missing children, though small in number in Sikkim is an alarming factor and hence it is the role of the Panel Lawyer and PLV to spread awareness so that the problem can be nipped at the bud.

Also present during the programme were Registrar General, High Court of Sikkim, Member Secretary, Special Secretary and other Officers of Sikkim SLSA, Principal Secretary to the Hon’ble Chief Justice, High Court of Sikkim, Registrar-cum-Principal Secretary to the Chief Justice, High Court of Sikkim, Secretary, District Legal Services Authority (East), Officers of High Court of Sikkim, Senior Advocates,Panel Advocates and Para-Legal Volunteers from all the Districts, Press and Media and staff of Sikkim SLSA.

The welcome address was delivered by Shri Sonam Palden Bhutia, Member Secretary while the vote of thanks was proposed by Mr. Bikash Sharma, Deputy Secretary, Sikkim SLSA.

Final Counting Results for 10 Poklok Kamrang Assembly Constituency

Namchi, 24 Oct (IPR): The counting process of votes for Bye Elections of10 Poklok Kamrang Assembly Constituency concluded in a peaceful manner at District Administrative Centre today.

Mr. Prem Singh Tamang from Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) secured total votes of 10811 followed by Mr. Moses Rai from Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) with 1858 votes and Mr. Yadhu Kumar Rai from Sikkim Republican Party (SRP) got 125 votes. Similarly, 76 votes were casted in the None Of The Above (NOTA) category, 18 were rejected and there were 01 tendered votes.

Further, total number of electors from 10 Poklok Kamrang Assembly Constituency was 15737 while the total number of votes polled were 12794.

Returning Officer (South) Mr. Ragul K. handed over the Certificate of Election to the winning candidate Mr. Prem Singh Tamang from Sikkim Krantikari Morcha in the presence of General Observer for 10 Poklok Kamrang Assembly Constituency Mr. Alak Kumar Saharia.

After the completion of counting process, the Electronic Voting Machines and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail were stored and sealed at DAC, Namchi.