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Monday, November 20, 2017

Singtam Retired Employees felicitates two of its senior members

SINGTAM, NOVEMBER 19: Quarterly meeting of Sikkim Government Retired Employees Welfare Association, Singtam Branch was held at Nepali Dharamsala, Singtam. On the occasion, two senior retired persons were felicitated on the day for their contribution towards the society even after their respective retirements. Netra Prasad Dahal, former employee of Power Department had been retired for the last 28 years while Smt.Indra Basnet had retired 18 years back from Health Department. 
Sawan Kumar Pradhan, President, Singtam Nagar Panchayat was the Chief Guest of the day. Pradhan handed over the appreciation letters to the awardees. TB Pradhan, President SGREWA, Singtam Branch was the host of the day. Important talks and discussions were held for the betterment of retired government workers. 
Other people to talk on the day included LN Pradhan (Chief Advisor), Rinzing R Lhamu (Joint Secretary), PP Upprety (Treasurer) and others. Maximum numbers of members in and around Singtam attended the quarterly meeting that is held in every three months.
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

New Tinek Chisopani GPU Panchayat takes oath

Shantinagar, November 13, 2017: Members of Shantinagar Gaon Sudhar Samiti welcomed the newly elected five panchayats of Tinek Chisopani GPU (Shri Navin Rai, Shri Ramesh Gurung, Smt Karuna Moktan, Smt Anita Sewa and Smt Deepa Chettri) at Shantinagar. The Panchayats had returned from Gangtok after taking their official oath function. Around hundred party supporters from all the five wards and members of SGSS came together and offered them tika and khada. 
Krishna Chettri, President SGSS and host of the day congratulated all the elected panchayats and offered best wishes for the coming days ahead. Chettri, also a CLC Vice President of SDF Party from 17-Singtam Khamdong constituency promised them to provide support and suggestions from SGSS and the SDF party. 
Navin Rai, the first Panchayat President of the newly formed Tinek Chisopani GPU thanked the members of SGSS for their work and effort in creating the new GPU. Further, he said soon a Panchayat office will be opened and they will begin their services to help the people of this GPU. He further said all the Panchayats are determined to work for the betterment of the society and promised to follow the vision of Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Pawan Chamling to make the state proud.
Karuna Gurung (Vice President , Tinek Chisopani GPU), Ramesh Gurung, Anita Sewa and Deepa Chettri thanked Shantinagar Gaon Sudhar Samiti in their respective addresses to the gathered crowds, they thanked for choosing them to lead the society and vow to work towards the development of their wards. They thanked the party for having faith and belief in them.
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Monday, November 06, 2017

Elected Panchayats of Tinek Chisopani GPU celebrates victory rally

SINGTAM, NOVEMBER 6: Newly elected five Panchayats of Tinek Chisopani GPU along with Zilla Panchayat took a victory rally from Toppakhani Tunnel till Singtam Bazaar. More than nine vehicles along with SDF party supporters participated at the rally. The rally was organised by Shantinagar Gaon Sudhar Samiti. 
Deepa Chettri, winner of Shantinagar Ward-05 under Tinek Chisopani GPU made history when she defeated her rival with 151 votes to 18. Chettri became the first winner of the Panchayat election from the newly created Shantinagar Ward. Out of five wards, three wards were declared uncontested while the two wards had contest. Deepa Chettri in her Thanks-Giving address congratulated and thanked members of Shantinagar Gaon Sudhar Samiti along with its President – Krishna Chettri. She thanked SGSS for creating three separate wards at the created Tinek Chisopani GPU. The new Panchayat vowed to work for the development of their respective wards. 




Speaking on the occasion Krishna Chettri, President Shantinagar Gaon Sudhar Samiti thanked the state government for the creation of the new wards. He also congratulated all the Panchayats and the Zilla Panchayat and wished them success in days to come.
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Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Danny Denzongpa - Gitanjali Thapa's Bioscopewala to be premiered at 30th Tokyo International Film Festival

Sikkim these days happens to be around bollyhood's corner. Priyanka Chopra produced nepali film "Pahuna" shot in Sikkim just made its presence at 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. Now the biggest of all news for all Sikkimese fans, our Agya Danny Denzongpa's film ‘Bioscopewala’ directed by Deb Medhekar is completed and will be there at Tokyo International Film Festival this October. The film also features other talented National awardee Gitanjali Thapa from Sikkim.

Pic: Mid-day.com
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Monday, October 02, 2017

My anecdotes with NB Bhandari

I still remember RB Subba, Hon’ble Minister for Human Resource Development Department of Sikkim during his recently concluded Teacher’s Day speech at Chintan Bhawan, Gangtok said “…..this year is a sad one as one of my teacher passed away who had taught me at my elementary classes. A teacher with whom I fought against and defeated him in his last political battle. He was none other than NB Bhandari, former Chief Minister of Sikkim”. 
Nar Bahadhur Bhandari, three times Chief Minister of Sikkim passed away two days before my 39th birthday day at New Delhi (July 16, 2017) after prolonged illness. I was in shock as most of the Sikkimese and nepali speaking population, it was just few weeks back a letter written by Mr. Bhandari to Bhim Rawat, President Press Club of Sikkim had surfaced in the Social Media regarding his words of ongoing Gorkhaland issue. It seemed he would come back to support the movement of the Gorkhaland. 
Getting back to my childhood, I don’t remember the year exactly, it could be the late 80s. But I do some-how recall it was his birthday, birthday celebration party of Mr. Bhandari, the then Chief Minister of Sikkim. I had accompanied my father at the party along with his Hospital staff some-where at Gangtok. I saw people everywhere as I could move my eyes around. Happy celebration mood across and I had never seen such a huge gatherings before. People were standing in a queue; offering khadas to HIM; I too was among them looking around HIS smiling face waiting for my turn.
 

I was given a khada by my father. As I was about to offer my khada, HE instead - surprised me by putting my khada around my neck. HE asked an envelope (I still remember it was a brown envelope) to a person nearby and handed over me and said ‘mithai khanu’. I never knew what to do with it and moving few steps further, I went near a corner and looked inside. It was a hundred rupees note of five. I was very happy almost in a cloud nine. With joy around, returning back home I just recalled when will I visit him again in his next birthday! 
The year passed by and the D-day arrived. It was the birthday of the Chief Minister of Sikkim and Bua was their again to accompany me to the party. As the previous year, my visit was nothing but the expectation of that brown envelope – which to be very frank and with sadness I did not received nor did I saw anyone near HIM. Though there was unhappiness around my face and my heart; yet the charishma of the party was something to be seen. I had never come across such celebrations since ages now. In between, many years later I learned about him more from my mother. I was told HE was a teacher at Rongli before joining the politics; he and his family used to stay in a rented room at Aja’s place. Even today when I enter THAT room, I can feel the aura of their living. 
In my growing years, I was always fond of hobbies and one such hobby was an autograph collection. In 2003, despite little hope, I wrote to few of the leaders of Sikkim for an autograph and to my surprise I received two letters within some times, one from BB Goorong, the shortest reigned CM of Sikkim and from Mr. Bhandari. My second meeting with HIM was few years back at STNM Hospital, Gangtok. My father was kept at one of the private wards of STNM Hospital. I heard Bhandari Sir was admitted the next ward. I wanted to meet him but I was hesitant. 
Breaking my hesitant, I went inside the room. I greeted Namaste and went near HIM, there were four people around and HE too greeted me with folded hands. Bhai lai chinnu sakinah, he told. I replied I am the grandson of Siba Narayan Pradhan from Rongli. CB (Siba) Gurubau, he said to which I nodded. He told me about his days at Rongli and his bonding with aja. As I was talking with HIM, a man came and asked HIM his identity card for the formalities of the discharge from the hospital. 
HE handed over a card. A little later that man returned back claiming the nurse wanted a voter card and no other card. HE laughed at that man’s word and went on to say, this is a Member of Parliament Identity Card that your Chief Minister also does not have. Smiling back he gave his voter card to that person. I too bid farewell, he told me to introduce myself whenever I come across HIM. 
That was Nar Bahadhur Bhandari, three times Chief Minister of Sikkim, one of the longest serving Chief Minister in India. During the first death anniversary of my grandmother held at our home at Shantinagar, Singtam earlier March, HE had arrived. I did not go near him but clicked his few photographs with Dhaba and others. That was the last time I saw HIM.
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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Triplet born in STNM Hospital

It is not often that you hear of triplets born in Sikkim and when it happens it is a news. Three girls Ganga, Jamuna and Saraswati named after the great rivers, these triplet was born on the centenary year of the STNM Hospital, Gangtok on September 27, 2017. Born to the couple Man Bahadhur Tamang and Sapna Tamang from Lingmoo near Yangyang, South Sikkim.

Interestingly it was told by her mother that ultrasound report did not said about the triplet. She was brought to the hospital in the evening and the babies born the next day.  Eldest of the girl weigh 2,600 gm and the other two 1,800 gm



Video : The Voice of Sikkim
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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

5th LEGISLATORS’ MEET AT THE SUSTAINABLE MOUNTAIN DEVELOPMENT SUMMIT VI, AIZAWL

September 22, 2017, Aizawl: The Sixth Edition of the Sustainable Mountain Development Summit organized by the Integrated Mountain Initiative annually, concluded at Aizawl on the 22nd September. The three- day long Summit was a platform for discussion and brainstorming of ideas and solutions for issues surrounding its two major themes- Climate Change and Sustainable Mountain Cities. A Meet of the Legislators from across the Indian Himalayan States held under the aegis of the Summit was a grand success. 
The Meet was chaired by the Hon’ble Speaker of Mizoram State Legislative Assembly, Shri Hiphei and co- chaired by Member of Parliament from Sikkim, Shri PD Rai, themed ‘Climate Change- Impacts and Way Forward’. The Meet saw the active participation of 8 Members of Parliament from the States of Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Assam and Uttarakhand, 19 Members of Legislative Assemblies including two Ministers and Deputy Speakers from all 11 Mountain States. 
Shri Hiphei, Hon Speaker, drew the attention of the Delegates to the issue of Climate Change and adverse impacts due to excess rain. He said that for floods adequate relief measures were in place however, for landslides no such mechanisms were available. Hence, said that this must be looked into immediately. He looked forward for interesting debate and discussion over the next few hours. He thanked IMI for the bringing this meet and also thanked all the Legislators who made their presentations in Hindi. He said that the MSLA was enriched and the dignity of the Assembly enhanced by this. Shri Rai reflected on the value of the IMI platform and the Legislators Meet. He said that the increasing interest of the Legislators in the meet showed the usefulness of the conversations that were happening amongst Legislators. He said that this meeting was by far the most in terms of participation. 


The Keynote Speaker Dr. Mandira Kala, from PRS Legislative Research drew the attention of the Legislators towards challenges facing the region, cross sectoral impacts of climate change at the level of constituencies and need to strengthen Policy framework on Climate Change. All the legislators present participated in the discussions. The discussion surrounded challenges, legislative measures already present in states and necessary future action. Some of the issues raised by the Hon MPs and MLAs were - recent series of extreme climatic events such a heavy rains, floods and landslides affecting the region; policy Framework by the Center often does not take into account that the increased cost of infrastructure projects in the North Eastern Region; lack basic infrastructure such as hospitals and schools in far flung areas of most Mountain States and adverse impact of climate change on main drivers of economy such as agriculture and tourism. 
A set of policy initiatives and reforms were put forward by the Legislators. So me of the suggestion were that traditional knowledge preservation has to be actively boosted in order to live in harmony with nature; consideration of the green bonus of 2% of Gross Budgetary Support to States, recommended by the BK Chaturvedi Committee; an integrated Ministry for Himalayas as a solution going forward; adequate fund allocation is required to make farmers shift to sustainable farming practices; need to formulate policies to accommodate probable influx of climate refugees from our neighbouring countries such as Bangladesh and focus on renewable energy has to be enhanced. 
Shri Conrad Sangma, MP, summarized the ideas that came out of the animated meeting. He also read out the Aizawl Declaration and was supported by all members with thumping of desks. Sikkim's MLAs, Shri Choppel and Shri T. W. Basnet attended the meet and also participated in the deliberations. The Legislators' Meet concluded with the unanimous adoption of the Aizawl Declaration 2017, centered around re-engineering State Action Plans for Climate Change; engaging more at the Constituency Level; working closely with Universities for Research; stepping up disaster preparedness and intervention and oversight by Legislators in the Parliament and State Legislative Assemblies
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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

How to change Whatsapp language setting?

I never knew when i hit the 'hindi' language button on my Whatsapp setting. Since then trouble, trouble and only trouble. Tried to show it to everyone i knew but with little help. I went through all the phone surfing until i found it and i am here to share it. 
Open your Whatsapp settings then go to chats then inside the top flank you have App Language. whew!! that's it. Now it seem easy but earlier its was itchy!

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When i started my blog on Sikkim way back in 2007, i had it clear on my mind that this blog shall help people look out for knowledge on Sikkim. I always wanted a knowledge house about Sikkim, its past, present and future. I do not know over the years how much did i succeed but my determination to let other understand my Sikkim is always giving me a push. with regards Shital Pradhan (himalayanreview@gmail.com)

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