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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

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.

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

Tuesday, September 26, 2017


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

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!


Sunday, September 10, 2017

Rotary Club of Gangtok Confers Nation Builder Awards 2017 to Teachers

Engineers build bridges, Doctors save lives, Police ensures law & order, but it is the teacher who builds all of them and in that sense they are the true Nation Builders. Acknowledging the efforts of the teachers, who are the True Nation Builders, is crucial. Rotary India Literacy Mission’s Nation Builder Award recognizes one outstanding teacher from a school through an evaluation process which involves the participation of the Principal/ Head Teacher and 10 students for each school. This year Rotary Club of Gangtok chose 25 schools of East Sikkim and evaluated teachers of these 25 schools. 
The 25 outstanding teachers of these schools were awarded with Nation Builder Award by Rotary Club of Gangtok. After a brief citation presentation program of the club with Joint Director East, Human Resources Development Department (HRDD), Govt. Of Sikkim, Mrs Tshering Keyee as chief guest at Hotel Tara Palace, they all received recognition in front of Honourable Governor of Sikkim, Shri Sriniwas Patil, Minister of HRDD, Shri R. B. Subba and host of other dignitaries in the State’s Teacher’s Day Function organized by Human Resource Development Department at Chintan Bhawan on 5th September 2017. 
Members of Rotary Club of Gangtok were also present at the occasion and felt that by honouring these outstanding teachers, they were also paying tribute to their own teachers and encouraging the teacher fraternity to do even better


Saturday, September 02, 2017

Agriculture Minister Somnath Poudhay innagurates Shantinagar Badminton Court

The cemented badminton court at Shantinagar Ranikhola Walkway Singtam was inaugurated on 30th August 2017 on the occasion of National Sports Day by Shri Somnath Poudyal, Hon’ble Minister and Area MLA 17 Kamdong Singtam Constituency. The function was organised by Shantinagar Gaon Sudhar Samiti at the Shantinagar Playground. The guests included President SNP Shri Sawan Kr Pradhan, Councillors Smt Rajani Singh, Shri Bhumi Subba, Panchayat President Shri Bimal Lamichanay, RO Shri Manzil Kharel, Shri Mohan Pradhan “Neeraj”, Shri Bijay Pradhan, Shri Nishant Subba, Shri Sarad Lama, Shri B.B.Lopchan, Shri Gupta Subba, Shri Uday Pradhan, Vice principal of Singtam Sr Sec School, students & Staff of Sumin Linchey Sec School and Archigos Preparatory Academy and guests from the media fraternity Shri Nandu Dutraj, Shri Johny Rai and Shri Yougan Tathal. 

The program was hosted by Advisor SGSS, Shri T.B.Pradhan, He briefed the audience about the National Sports Day and how sports help us to maintain health and physical fitness. President SGSS Shri Krishna Chettri in his speech welcomed the guests and explained the motive of construction of the court. He also said it was our effort for the betterment of society to keep our youths engaged in sports activities. He went on to thank Hon’ble Chief Minister, Dr Pawan Kumar Chamling for his great vision and for providing this Ranikhola walkway to the people of Singtam which has been asset for this town. He also thanked the Area MLA Shri Somnath Poudyal for his immense support and contribution to the society. Two exhibition matches were also played on the day, the highlight being the exhibition match between Hon’ble Minister Shri Somnath Poudyal vs Shri Sawan Kumar Pradhan, President, Singtam Nagar Panchayat. Another exhibition match was played between the team of Shri Lalit Pradhan & Dr J.B.Gurung vs Shri Ajay Rai (SHO, Singtam PS) & Shri Kiran Rai. Special referee for the match was Dr A.H.Khan. 
The Chief Guest in his speech lauded the effort of Shantinagar Gaon Sudhar Samiti for taking this noble initiative and setting an example for others. The Chief Guest was also felicitated by Shantinagar Gaon Sudhar Samiti for his effort towards the creation of a new ward Shantinagar in Tinek Chisopani, GPU. The audience were also entertained by a dance performance from the students of Archigos Preparatory Academy, Shantinagar. They were also mesmerized by two songs by the students of Sumin Linchey Secondary School. Advisor SGSS, Shri L.N.Pradhan briefed audiences the names of the contributors who helped financially for the construction of the court and thanked them individually. He also thanked all the people associated with it who helped in different ways for this noble cause. 
The programme was ended with Vote of Thanks by Shri Dushyant Lama. Shantinagar Gaon Sudhar Samiti once again thanks each and every individual associated with the contraction of badminton court that helped and supported us.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Singtam's 192nd Bhanu Jayanti celebration

The 192nd Bhanu Jayanti was a huge celebration where three senior citizens from Singtam was felicitated who had contributed towards the development of Sikkim. was felicitated. DB Subba was felicitated for his special contribution to education in the state, Mary Lepcha for her services in the health sector,and Padam Singh Gurung, a retired Army official.

Minister,     Roads     & Bridges  and  Labour,  DT Lepcha,  was  present  as  the chief  guest  for  the  function which  had  Agriculture  Minister Somnath Poudyal as the president  of  the  organizing Committee along with the MLAs from Rakdong-Tintek, Central Pendam, Ratey-Pani, Khamdong, Sang-Martam and Temi-Tarku.  The ministers and MLAs joined the mammoth rally along side Raj Narayan Pradhan a renowned  writer from Darjeeling who was the guest of honour for the day. Among the other noted guest included Singer Karna Das.



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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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