HCM visits Shree Krishna Pranami Mangaldham at Namphing Bermiok

Namchi, 20 Aug (IPR): Hon’ble Chief Minister Mr. Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) paid his obeisance at Shree Krishna Pranami Mangaldham in Namphing Bermiok today. He was accompanied by Minister of Ecclesiastical Department, Mr. Sonam Lama, alongside Confidential Secretary to HCM, Mr. Bikash Basnett, officials, local gentry and a large number of pilgrims.

At the onset, the HCM offered his prayers and attended aarti at the main shrine.

Addressing the gathering, the HCM extended his best wishes on the month-long Shrimad Bitak Katha Puja Evum Shrimukh Vaani Paath Samaroha at the Dham. He also announced that a Shree Krishna Pranami Mandir along with Vrindavan will soon be set up at Dodak in West Sikkim.

The HCM stated that with the commencement of the new Sikkim State Government, priority is provided to make concrete positive changes for the holistic benefit of the public and the State at large. He also informed that the management committee of the Mangaldham should be headed by a strong minded individual who is not particularly politically affiliated and can steer the said committee into much needed upgradation.

Additionally, the HCM reiterated that the various communities in Sikkim has peacefully co-existed from time immemorial and that the same should be comprehended and maintained by the citizens of the State. He elucidated that the demands placed by the Mangaldham Management Committee will be looked into at the earliest.

Furthermore, the HCM urged that the Mangaldham should be made into one of the most sought after pilgrimage tourist destinations in the State.

During the course of the programme, a brief pravachan was also presented by Prachaarya Mr. Mahendra Maharaj.

HCM visits Kalika Mandir at Tarku in South Sikkim

Namchi, 20 Aug (IPR): Hon’ble Chief Minister Mr. Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) offered prayers at Kalika Devi Mandir in Tarku, South Sikkim today. He was accompanied by Confidential Secretary to HCM, Mr. Bikash Basnett, SP (South), Mr. Prawin Gurung, SDM (Namchi), Mr. Vishu Lama, and other officials.

The HCM also interacted with the Kalika Devi Mandir Managing Committee where he was briefed regarding the history of the Mandir its inception as well as various developmental activities that the Mandir has undertaken till date.

Additionally, the HCM also interacted with the local gentry and looked into their grievances.

Hon’ble Minister Shri L.N. Sharma convenes meet with officials of Directorate of Fisheries

Gangtok, 20 Aug (IPR): Minister for Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services, Shri Lok Nath Sharma, convened a meeting with the officials of Directorate of Fisheries in the presence of the concerned Secretary, Shri S.B. Subba, at the Directorate, Paljor Stadium Road in Gangtok today.

The Minister stressed to revive fish farming and suggested to utilise technical manpower for immediate repairing of existing farm, raceway tank and fish ponds. He encouraged officials to work with new spirit and prepare a convincing proposal for the new projects as well.

After contemplating on various issues and challenges, the Minister urged to work in close proximity with the parent department and underlined responsibility and accountability of the Directorate to embrace targeted achievements through collective efforts. He also advised launching a web portal of the Directorate to disseminate information about various governmental schemes in order to generate massive awareness.

Secretary, Shri S.B. Subba, advised carrying out output orientated activities and make visible social impact. He also stressed upon conducting research work to address challenges and to bring notable progress in practice.

Director, Fisheries, Shri Sunil Pradhan, presented overview of the Directorate of Fisheries. He elaborated various activities like trout culture, seed production, departmental schemes, infrastructures, budgetary provision, five year action plan and also appraised about the constraints like shortage of manpower, discontinuation in trout farming, monitoring and supervision of fish import etc.

Amidst his presentation, the Minister, Secretary and departmental officials had thorough discussion on highlighted subjects and came out with various inputs to strengthen fisheries production mechanism in the State.

Later, the Minister accompanied by the Secretary visited various sections of the Directorate of Fisheries, State Aquarium, Ornamental Fish Breeding-cum-Demonstration Unit.

Earlier, Minister Shri Sharma and the newly joined Secretary, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services were accorded warm welcome by the officials and staff of the Directorate.

State Tourism Ministers Conference held in New Delhi

New Delhi, 20 Aug (IPR): Hon’ble Minister for Tourism, Industries & Commerce, Shri B.S. Pant, and Additional Chief Secretary, Dr K. Jayakumar, participated in the State Tourism Ministers Conference organised by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India at Hotel Ashok in New Delhi today.

During the conference, Sikkim showcased and presented to the august delegates the progressive initiatives taken by the State and several best practices adopted to promote tourism and enhance experience of travellers visiting the State. The conference was attended by Tourism Ministers and Secretaries of 20 States.

Union Minister of State for Tourism and Culture, Shri Prahlad Singh Patel, addressed the delegates and emphasised on the need for enhanced levels of coordination across the States and agencies of the States in facilitating travellers and providing them unique and memorable experiences. He stressed on the need for improved and updated information to tourists.

The conference featured the launch of One Stop Portal Solution for tourism related services, presentations on adventure tourism, home stay guidelines and on the status of projects under the Swadesh Darshan and PRASHAD schemes.

In the context of improving quality of services to tourists and travellers offered by homestays/B&B establishments, it was pointed out by the ACS during the conference that it would be necessary to develop a framework for assessment of the quality of services, and certifications, so as to build aspirations in the homestay owners to continuously improve their rating.

Also, it was submitted that the compilation and publishing of a handbook would help guide the homestay owners as to the manner in which the quality of services can be improved, the efforts that need to be undertaken by them, pathways to add or augment the portfolio of services like adding nature trails, ethnic food, entertainment, shopping and avenues for making travellers experience local customs, traditions and lifestyles.

Hon’ble Minister for Tourism highlighted the problems and challenges faced by the State of Sikkim in augmenting tourist facilities in the State especially the need for resources to support the operations and management of the tourist assets and facilities.

CS administers Sadbhavana pledge at Secretariat, Gangtok

Gangtok, 20 Aug (IPR): On the occasion of Sadbhavana Diwas, Chief Secretary, Shri A.K. Shrivastava, administered Sadbhavana Diwas pledge to all the HoDs, officers and staffs of the Secretariat who were assembled in front of the Secretariat building today.

Sadbhavana Diwas or Harmony Day commemorates the memory of late erstwhile Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi. It is celebrated to promote national integration, Peace, love affection among Indian people. To pay homage to his memory and legacy every year on 20th August, Sadbhavana Diwas is being celebrated.

The CS before administering the pledge urged the employees to perform their duty sincerely and should follow the path of Patience, Perseverance and Tolerance (PPT) which leads to success, he added.

West Sikkim observes Sadbhavana Diwas

Gyalshing, 20 Aug (IPR): The birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Late Rajiv Gandhi, ‘Sadbhavana Diwas’, was observed at District Administration Center (DAC) in Rabdentse, West Sikkim today.

The ‘Sadbhavana’ pledge was read out by DC West, Shri Karma R. Bonpo, accompanied by ADC West, Shri Karma L. Lodey, along with HoDs and officials of different departments of DAC.

Similarly, various Sub Divisional and Block Offices also observed Sadbhavana Diwas at their respective offices.

Sadbhavana Diwas observed at Mangan DAC

Mangan, 20 Aug (IPR): District Administrative Centre (DAC), Mangan in North Sikkim observed Sadbhavana Diwas, the 75th birth anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi, today.

On the occasion, District Magistrate, North, Shri Tenzing T. Kaleon, administered Sadbhavana pledge to the officers and staff of DAC, Mangan who were assembled in front of the DAC.

Before administering the Sadbhavana pledge, DM,North, Shri Kaleon, stated that Sadbhavana Diwas is celebrated to commemorate the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on 20 August every year.

Furthermore, the main theme of Sadbhavana Diwas is to promote national integration and communal harmony among people of all religion and languages, he added.

HIMVEERS scale virgin peak ht. 6889 mtrs near sacred Gurudogmar Lake

Gangtok, 20 Aug: A joint frontier level Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force Mountaineering Expedition Team “Pulkit” was flagged-off by Hon’ble Governor Shri Ganga Prasad on 26th July, 2019 from Raj Bhavan.

Sikkim has successfully scaled the virgin peak ht. 6889 mtrs near sacred Gurudogmar Lake on 14th August, 2019 which marked the intrinsic connect that ITBPF has been constantly establishing with the mystical mountains of Himalayas and Sikkim thus added another golden feather in the Cap of ITBP Mountaineers called as “HIMVEERS”.

The expedition team led by Shri Digvijay Singh, Deputy Commandant accomplished its mission with the formal Flag-in ceremony on 19th August, 2019 at Raj Bhavan graced by the Hon’ble Governor who showered the Expedition Team and the ITBP with his blessings.

This mountaineering expedition was conceived, organised and conducted under the guidance of Shri Sanjeev Raina, IG North East & Eastern Frontiers and Shri S.R. Roy, DIG (Lucknow) with the support of Shri Kapil Dev Dwivedi, DIG (Gangtok) and Shri Angad Prasad Yadava, Commandant (Staff) ITBP, Gangtok.

IPR Department observes World Photography Day

Gangtok, 19 Aug (IPR): Every year, on the 19th of August, World Photography Day is commemorated worldwide with vigor and enthusiasm. People from all walks of life, irrespective of whether they are a photographer or not, come together to understand and also enlighten the globe about the importance of photography.

On this day, Information & Public Relations Department, headed by Secretary, Ms. Namrata Thapa, organized an exhibition at its premise at Soochna Bhawan in Tadong to honour this day for photographers and raise awareness and gain inspiration from the craft of photography.

Secretary, Ms. Thapa, while addressing the attendees at the exhibition, stated that the World Photography Day is a noble day for photographers and all lovers of photography. She said that in today’s world of rapid exchange and transformation of technology, the value of a photograph still holds high and that a single picture communicates an array of information to the viewer.

Assistant Director/Photo, Mr. Keshap Chettri, informed the attendees at the exhibition about the history of photography and that photography is more than a hobby and inspires people around the globe to do more and share more. He also briefed the attendees on the various vintage cameras on display and their workings and functions.

The department had exhibited a range of vintage cameras such as:

  • B2 Film Size Camera
  • TLR (Twin-Lens Reflex Camera)
  • 35mm Film SLR (Single Lens Reflex Camera)
  • Digital SLR (Single Lens Reflex Camera)
  • DSLR *Fx. (Full-frame Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera)

Along with these, rare photographs from the department’s archives related to Sikkim and its history was also put up for public viewing.

HCM returns back from his two-daylong official New Delhi tour

Siliguri, 18 Aug (IPR): Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) landed at Bagdogra Airport today after his two-daylong official tour to New Delhi. He reached the airport boarding the Airport Shuttle Bus along with Cabinet Ministers, Government of Sikkim, Shri Sonam Lama and Shri Arun Upretti, Shri S.D. Dhakal, Secretary to HCM, Government of Sikkim as well as other officials from Chief Minister’s Office. The HCM was received by officials from different department at the airport.

During his visit to New Delhi, the HCM met the Union Home Minister, Shri Amit Shah, and also met BJP General Secretary, Shri Ram Madhav, and discussed issues related to the State.