Siliguri, Sept 8: (IPR) The Governor of Sikkim Shri Ganga Prasad launched a Coffee Table Book titled Shining Stars of Siliguri published by Prabhat Khabar here in a local hotel at Siliguri, this evening. He was accompanied by the Minister for Information and Public Relations, Health Care, Human Services and Family Welfare and Printings Deptts. Govt. of Sikkim Mr. Arjun Kumar Ghatani as the Guest of Honour in special presence of officials from Govt. of West Bengal, media fraternity and eminent personalities from various background. On the occasion, the Governor handed over souvenir and shawl to thirty three felicitated personalities who were addressed as the shining stars of Siliguri.
The Governor, in his address, extended best wishes and congratulated Prabhat Khabar for taking historic initiative to acknowledge the invaluable contributions made by various personalities in numerous capacities.
The governor Mr. Ganga Prasad articulated indispensable relation between Siliguri and Sikkim. He said that an incredible growth in tourism sector of Sikkim has generated employment opportunities for the people of Siliguri and the city also fulfils all essentialities of Sikkimese people, thereby the importance of coexistence between both. The Governor also underlined his deep attachment with the National Daily News paper Prabhat Khabar and its praiseworthy journey of journalism in the three states of India.
He underlined philosophical point of life and drew light on importance and significance of having dedication, strong will power and self confidence to beat impediments and constraints in life to reach the desired goal. He encouraged people to develop sacrificing nature and social centric perception in the interest of the Country and its citizens. Further he emphasized on inbuilt potentialities amongst youths and expectations of the nation in the developmental process.
Addressing the gathering, IPR minister Mr. Arjun Kumar Ghatani applauded the initiative taken up by Prabhat Khabar to felicitate Shining star of Siliguri and congratulated for the publishing of Coffee table book .
He also highlighted various initiatives and activities being accomplished by the state of Sikkim to encourage journalism in democratic scenario and also touched upon initiation of digital media including launching of departmental website called www.ipr.sikkim.gov.in , app of Sikkim Herald, twitter page, facebook page and other publications to reach the public at large.
Further, he talked about the exemplary, unfathomed and path-breaking achievements registered by the state of Sikkim under visionary leadership of Hon`ble Chief Minister of Sikkim Mr. Pawan Chamling and mentioned about the initiatives of the state government such as the Organic Mission, Chief Ministers Rural Housing Mission, Chief Minister`s Comprehensive Annual and Total Check up for Healthy Sikkim(CATCH) Programme, Women Empowerment, Tourism and Hospitality, Ban on plastic items, Literacy mission etc.
He also stressed that journalism should not be restricted to boundaries and mutual coverage of both the states should be done resoectively to encourage the good initiatives and policies.
Mr. R. K. Dutta Executive Director, Prabhat Khabar, in his address, mentioned Sikkim’s connection as synonymous to Siliguri and Darjeeling in context of Tourism development. He talked about the various editions of Prabhat Khabar and it’s publishing from ten places in three different states, its coverage and it’s activities.
Earlier, Chief Editor Mr. Asutosh Chaturvedi proposed welcome address and briefed about the objective of the programme.