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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Phadamchen SS observes International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking


Dalapchand, June 26: International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking was celebrated at Phadamchen SS yesterday. The program was organized by SSB Phadamchen and supported by Phadamchen SS and Jan Kalyan Nehru Sangh, Phadamchen. “Think Health and not drugs” was the theme of this year observation. Awareness speeches along with interaction and discussion with the students were the highlight of the day log function.
Dorjee T Sherpa, Headmaster Phadamchen SS was the Chief Guest of the day that also included other distinguished guest in RN Yarmi, Inspector SSB and his other officials, Raju Jairu, NGO representation from Jan Kalyan Nehru Sangh, Phadamchen, locals, teachers and students of Phadamchen SS.
Speaking on the occasion Dorjee Sherpa highlighted the importance of the day and urged the gathered crowd to help in creating a better society to our coming generation. Sherpa urged the students to be an example in the society. Dawa T Lama spoked about different anti drugs acts and asked the students and the youths to stay away from this ills of the society. Sonam Ongmu Sherpa, Teacher Phadamchen SS in her short speech said that parents too need to regularly check their children and should spend quality time with them.

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Monday, June 25, 2012

Gorkha Bharati Vichar Manch Launched in Siliguri


Siliguri,24th June: The concept of Gorkha Bharati Vichar Manch was formally launched at an event organized at Hotel Royal Sarovar in Silguri on June 24, 2012. The function was attended by well known dignitaries from various North East states as well as from Sikkim and North Bengal region. The convener for the event was Mr. Krishna Bhujel from Guwahati and Dr. BR Chettri, an eminent educationist from Kalimpong, was present as the Guest of Honour.  
Gorkha Bharati Vichar Manch is conceptualized to work towards raising awareness on the identity issue of the Indian Gorkhas which has had a long history of being misinterpreted and misrepresented. The Vichar Manch is of the opinion that the Indian National History has to be written in a correct perspective so that minority communities like Gorkhas do not get sidelined and marginalized from the country’s mainstream. It is because of this incorrect history or rather the incorrect interpretation of history that communities like the Gorkhas are faced with the dilemma of always having to prove their national identity.  Rewriting history from the correct perspective, and wide dissemination of the same is therefore one of the main objectives of this Vichar Manch.  
Vichar manch seeks to work in a manner that advocates for establishing a leadership of thought (VICHAR), denouncing the age old concept of personal leadership. The power of thought therefore is what will guide and lead the whole movement giving it the required focus. Vichar manch also firmly believes that in a huge multicultural federal democracy like India, a minority community like Gorkha must establish a relation with the nation which is cordial, and bereft of any doubt whatsoever. Establishment of this relationship will then pave way for the nation to give due cognizance to the problems of the Gorkhas, and take measures under the prevailing constitutional provisions.
 A book titled THE NATIONAL IDENTITY CRISIS OF THE INDIAN GORKHAS AND THE CONCEPT OF GORKHA BHARATI VICHAR MANCH written by Mr. CK.Shrestha, a social thinker and theatre activist, was also released today along with a documentary film presentation, which aptly authenticated the views raised by the vichar manch.
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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Happy 72nd Birthday Dear Hope Cooke

Many Many Happy Returns of the day to dear Gyalmo Hope Cooke.  
I wish the coming days bring you good health and strength.
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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Never seen a pale white praying mantis


Never seen a praying mantis in this colour before.......
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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Dalda 13’s flashes of Dalai Lama at Sikkim



Homai Vyarawalla, India’s first woman press photographer claim to fame was her photographs that showed a transition of an Independent India in the first four decades. A winner of Padma Vibhusan, the second highest civilian award of India, Homai Vyarawalla was an active press photographer from the 30s till 70s when she finally retired She started her career from Bombay Chronicle and ended it with  The illustrated weekly of India. She passed aways early this year at the age of 98.
Some of her poplar photographs included the celebration of the first Independence Day, Nehru lighting a cigarette on the lips of Ms. Simon, wife of the then British High Commissioner to India, funerals of great leaders in Gandhiji, Nehru and others. 
Interestingly it is written in Wikipedia that most of her photographs were published under the pseudonym “Dalda 13″. The reasons behind her choice of this rather amusing name were that her birth year was 1913, she got married at the age of 13 and her first car’s number plate read “DLD 13″.
In 1970, shortly after her husband's death, Homai Vyarawalla decided to give up photography lamenting over the "bad behaviour" of the new generation of photographers. She did not take a single photograph in the last 40-plus years of her life. When asked why she quit photography while at the peak of her profession, she said
"It was not worth it any more. We had rules for photographers; we even followed a dress code. We treated each other with respect, like colleagues. But then, things changed for the worst. They [the new generation of photographers] were only interested in making a few quick bucks; I didn't want to be part of the crowd anymore.”
It was on her assignment on the visit of Dalai Lama to India in 1956, she was in Sikkim. It was a historic visit for Dalai Lama since a first instance and more evidently three years later he was forced to flee his country. He was at Indian to attend the Buddhist Conference.  Reports says that Homai Vyarawalla was stranded in Sikkim when had taken photographed of the young Dalai Lama and later on helped by the army trucks.
When asked about the most precious photograph of her illustrious career she had said that it was the photographs where Dalai Lama is seen coming to India for the very first time shot in Sikkim.

Below are some of her photographs she took of the young Dalai Lama crossing the frontier of Nathula in 1956:

The Dalai Lama in ceremonial dress leads the mount down from the high border pass into India. Directly behind him is the Panchen Lama. They were both wearing gold brocade gowns and jeweled gold hats. Homai documented for Time Life magazine, the first crossing of the young Dalai Lama who came through the Nathu La pass, in north Sikkim, in 1956. 
The Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama walking across the border into India

 PICS|: Homai Vyarawalla/Alkazi Collection of Photography
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Friday, June 15, 2012

An army of baby spiders


A baby spider is called a spiderling (since they hatch from eggs, they are also hatchlings)
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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Generous Students Dalapachand SS visits Rolep

DALAPCHAND, JUNE 14: Generous Students of Dalapchand Secondary School yesterday visited the landslide affected areas of Rolep. The six boy’s students accompanied by three teachers CD Rai, SD Bhutia and Shital Pradhan met the affected families and offered deep condolence and sorrow towards the untimely death of their families. The Generous Students also handed over a sum of Rs 3220 towards the Rolep Relief Fund to the Area MLA who had also came to Rolep with relief resources for the affected families.
Generous Students of Dalapchand Secondary School is a student forum of Dalapchand SS that had been actively participating at social help since its formation last year. Last year, this forum had played an active role in the distribution of blankets during 18/9 Sikkim Earthquake at different areas of Rongli.
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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Shantinagar Sai Mandali organizes spiritual cum motivation camp


Singtam, June 10: Spiritual cum Motivational camp was organized by Shri Satya Sai Bhajan Mandali, Shantinagar at the premises of Shantinagar Gonpa today. Highlight of the day was the felicitation of Shri HN Sharma and Smt. Renu Sharma, the land donors of the Shantinagar Sai Mandir.  Discussions and talks on the spiritual significance and serving to God in an individual’s life were given emphasis on the day. Bhajan, aarati and ved mantra classes were also done.
Distinguished speakers spoke on different topics related to Sri Satya Sai Baba and Bal Bikas. The artistic presentation of Bhajans in a dance form by the Bal Bikash students was highly appreciated. Shri Ramman Rai, the first Convener and Shri PP Upretti, the second Convener of Shri Satya Sai Bhajan Mandali, Shantinagar was also honoured.  Shri. Pushpa Pradhan, a known face of Singtam Sai Mandali for more than three decades was also welcomed to Shantinagar Bhajan Mandali on the day.

The programme started with the lightening of the lamp that was followed by the welcome speech by PP Upretti. MK Dhakal read out the brief report about Shantinagar Shri Satya Sai Bhajan Mandali that was formed in August 1992 on Krishna Janmaastami. BB Chettri spoked about the principle behind the organizing of the spiritual and motivation camp. Smt. Sarita Subba addressed the gathered audience regarding the worth of being part of Bal Bikas, Spirituality and Serving to God. Similarly, AK Bhagat spoked about the miracles of Sri Satya Sai Baba. The cultural presentation on the day was presented by Neha & group, Asmita & group, Srijana Rai and others.
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Thursday, June 07, 2012

Advertising Tin Sign Board of SIKKIM NOBLE WHISKY

Advertising Tin Sign Board of SIKKIM NOBLE WHISKY (1980)








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Advertising Tin Sign Board of SIKKIM BLACK CAT RUM CALENDAR

Advertising Tin Sign Board of SIKKIM BLACK CAT RUM CALENDAR  (1980)


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Advertising Tin Sign Board of SIKKIM CORN WHISKY CALENDAR

Advertising Tin Sign Board of SIKKIM CORN WHISKY CALENDAR (1980)  


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Lingtam SS celebrates WED





Govt. Sec. School Lingtam, East Sikkim Under BAC Regu observed ‘World Environment Day’ on 5th June at the School. In the beginning of the programme Headmaster, Dorjee Sherpa highlighted the importance of the day in his speech. Green teacher of the school, Shyam Kumar Shah informed the students about the importance of environment. CRC Coordinator Krishna Pd. Dawari told the students to be proactive when it comes to forest and trees. “To protect environment is the duty of every citizen’’, he added. Headmaster Dorjee Sherpa handed over a cash prize of rupees ten thousand to Class X, CBSE School topper 2012, Anurag Subba who obtained 86.5% in aggregate. The prize was sponsored by Phurba Tamang, SMC member of the School.
Headmaster, Teachers and Students took out a rally carrying posters, placards and banners from the school and culminated at Lingtam Bridge. Rally was also joined by Zilla Panchayats, Wangdi Bhutia and D. K. Rai. Teachers and Students Planted more than two hundred saplings along the roadside and banana plant at the water source, nearby school.   Weeding of Planted trees along the roadside was also done by the students.     
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Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Monday, June 04, 2012

Singtam guy scores a perfect hundred at Mathematics at CBSE Class XII Examination

When this year CBSE Class XII results was announced i was wondering about an outcome of a guy from Singtam studying at East Point Senior Secondary School then who had scored a "Perfect Ten" during his Class X Board Examination. I still remember his shy face and i had even carried his article in handful of daily newspapers then. The boy was Navin Kumar Triwedi. 
Today i came across this guy at Singtam and i was very keen to know about his examination result as such that i enquired about it. Navin with his smile said, it was good and he went on to add he had scored 100 in mathematics. I was very happy to hear about his success. He told me he was studying at Holy Cross, Tadong. Since i was in hurry so just took his mobile number and disappeared from him.
Late evening i asked his 'Roll Number' to look at his result on internet and more then him, i was very happy to see his marks. I believe everyone would be proud of him, after his result.

Great Going Navin !.....next time too whenever you complete your any examination, i will be the one eagerly waiting to hear your outcome..........
                 Senior School Certificate Examination (Class XII) Results 2012

Roll No:
3631742
Name:
NAVIN KUMAR TRIVEDI
Mother's Name:
SHAKUNTALA TRIVEDI
Father's Name:
KAMESHWAR TRIVEDI

SUB CODE
SUB NAME
MARKS
GRADE
301
ENGLISH CORE
085    
A2
041
MATHEMATICS
100    
A1
044
BIOLOGY
095    
A1
042
PHYSICS
095    
A1
043
CHEMISTRY
094    
A1
500
WORK EXPERIENCE
---
B1
502
PHY & HEALTH EDUCA
---
B1
503
GENERAL STUDIES
---
B1

Result:   PASS
 



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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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