Sunday, September 27, 2015

Indra Jatra 2015 Gangtok

Friday, September 25, 2015

Singtam Basibiyalo congratulates Dahal brothers

SINGTAM, SEPTEMBER 25: In a small gathering at Singtam, Dinesh Dahal and Nimesh Dahal participants of ‘Himali Pratibha ko Khoj’ were congratulated by the members of Singtam Basibiyalo. The Dahal brothers had participated in the recently concluded state level ‘Himali Pratibha ko Khoj’ in separate category where Dinesh Dahal stood fourth in the singing category while Nimesh Dahal, his younger brother went on to bag third position in the instrumental category. The brothers were offered khadas for their performances. The brothers also entertained the gathered audience with soulful music.
Present on the occasion were Mohan Pradhan ‘Neeraj’, Sansthapak Singtam Basibiyalo, T B Pradhan, Advisor, Singtam Basibiyalo, President  Rangpo - Singtam Zonal Newar Guthi , Arjun Chettri, Headmaster Rikape Primary School, Kripesh Singh, Teacher, Burdang JHS, Gangaa Mukhiya and Geeta Sharma (Sikkim Academy of Music, Singtam), Roshan Rai, HDFC bank, members of Singtam Basibiyalo and staff of Sakyong Chisopani JHS.
Mahesh Dahal, Headmaster Sakyong CHisopani JHS, speaking on the occasion thanked Singtam Basibiyalo, Sikkim academy of Music, Singtam, his staff and his well-wishers for supporting him and his sons in every step of their musical journey. Dahal thanked the organizing committee and the state government for providing platform for the aspiring musician of Sikkim.
Mohan Pradhan ‘Neeraj’, Sansthapak Singtam Basibiyalo praised the efforts of the brothers and said their position in the competition did not matter, for people of Singtam both of them are winners. TB Pradhan, Advisor, Singtam Basibiyalo, President  Rangpo - Singtam Zonal Newar Guthi said it is a proud moment for the people of Singtam and this performance should not stop here, we expect much more progress from the brothers, he added.

Gangaa Mukhiya, State Awardee Singer and Proprietor, Sikkim Academy of Music, Singtam, shared his proud feeling that his student had showed brilliant performance on the occasion when it was needed most. Other to speak on the occasion was Gita Sharma, Arjun Chettri and Kripesh Singh. 

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Pritam Rai wins Himali Pratibha ko Khoj Season 1

Monday, September 21, 2015

Bhutan postage stamp featured Sikkim as an Independent Country

Bhutan introduced its first postage stamps in 1962 (10th October) and in its inaugural issue it featured seven definitive stamps on different denominations. The first stamp series featured the introduction of Bhutan life style. One of the stamps released finds a special place among the stamp collectors of Sikkim. Sikkim, though once an independent country is today a proud part of Indian Union. Sikkim became part of India in 1975. 
The 15ch postage stamp issued from the country of Bhutan is probably the only postage stamps in the world of philately that showed Sikkim as an Independent Country. You can closely see an Independent Sikkim, below it India while East Pakistan now Bangladesh just beneath it. Bhutan is right to Sikkim in white while Tibet on its top.
It must be noted that in 1962, when this definitive stamp was released Sikkim was still an independent country.

CM Pawan Chamling attends Gorkha Rashtriya Sanghoshti at Darjeeling

Extracted from CM's Facebook Page

I attended the Gorkha Rashtriya Sanghoshti along with Shri Bimal Gurung, GTA Chief Executive, Shri RP Sharma, MP Tezpur, Assam and Shri PD Rai, MP Sikkim at Gorkha Rangmanch Bhawan, Darjeeling.
At this national level meet, discussions and deliberations were held to further strengthen the demand for grant of Tribal status to the Nepali Speaking Gorkha community of India.
I suggested for constitution of a committee comprising leaders/representatives of various Nepali speaking communities from respective regions to give further momentum to bring a logical conclusion to the demand. The problems being faced by all Nepali Speaking Gorkha community across the nation is the same. The demand for providing socio-economic and political rights should therefore be fulfilled. This is not the demand for reservation only but recognizing the identity of the brave protectors of this great nation. Such brave protectors of the country should by no means make to feel insecure.
The need of the hour is to have a strong civil society amongst Nepali Speaking Gorkha community so that the spirit of true Gorkhali is kept alive.
Many Gorkhali martyrs have laid down their lives during India's struggle for independence including the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857. Their statues should be constructed in their respective home towns/cities. I also suggested for making a film on the contributions made by Nepali Speaking Gorkha community in various fields so that the younger generations get inspired. Called upon all intellectuals, scholars including the media fraternity to contribute with their writings, which will help in projecting good image of Nepali Speaking Gorkha community across the world. This would further garner appreciation of our community and our contributions to the nation.

I also released a book titled Study Forum, a GJM publication on Gorkhaland.

Sedongchen Dak Bunglow

Sedongchen Dak Bunglow  1893

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