GANGTOK, May 17: The celebration of 33rd statehood of Sikkim brought with it a double treat to Sikkim Express, with two of its journalists Ms Sarikah Atreya and Nirmal Mangar acknowledged as ‘best upcoming journalist’ by the State Government.
The two journalists were awarded with a citation and cash award of Rs 25,000 each from the hands of the Chief Minister Pawan Chamling at Chintan Bhawan along with seven other individuals for their contributions and excellence in different fields.
Ms Sarikah Atreya, the Associate Editor of Sikkim Express, is also the Sikkim correspondent to The Hindu Business Line. A former correspondent of The Statesman and an Executive Member of Ecotourism and Conservation Society of Sikkim (ECOSS), Ms Atreya has her journalistic expertise in environmental concerns of the Eastern Himalayas, Sikkim and North Bengal in particular, Nathula trade, Sikkim and the Eastern Himalayan region’s social and political concerns etc.
She has also produced, scripted and anchored news-based programmes for the Doordarshan. A number of her articles based on Sikkim’s socio-economic and political development, ecotourism, travel and trade and history and culture have appeared in a number of national and international newspapers and magazines over the years.
Nirmal Mangar – the first face of Nayuma News, is a reporter for Sikkim Express with journalistic expertise in politics, social issues, Nathula trade and investigative stories. A multitalented personality, Nirmal Mangar at his early stage of his career is also the Programme Assistant cum Anchor of TV news magazine ‘Khoj’ and a casual anchor of Doordarshan, AIR and Nepal1. He was also the anchor of recently concluded Swar Sikkim.
Seven other personalities from various fields awarded with State awards during the function were-Kiran Rasaily- Architecture, Bal Bahadur Rai- Painter, Lall Prasad Rai- Master Sculptor, Pravin Rai Jumali- Literature, Ms. Keepu Tshering Lepcha- Social Service, Namgyal Kazi- Civil Defence and Bhanu Gurung- Music.