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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Reshma Subba returns from “Celebration of Excellence” event


SINGTAM, AUGUST 24: Reshma Subba, resident of Ahaley Namthang, South Sikkim has returned from New Delhi after participating at “Celebration of Excellence” event that was held during the Independence Day celebration. Subba along with four students from Sikkim were part of the grand event that had participation of students from different corners of the country.  All the students had received Certificate of Excellence and a certificate of Prime Minister’s letter.
Reshma Subba has extended her gratitude towards Prime Minster of India, Minister, HRDD, Government of India, Chief Minister of Sikkim, HRDD, Government of Sikkim and CBSE Board. She went on to say, she shall always remain grateful towards Principal and teachers of Namthang SSS. It was their effort and blessing that she received an opportunity of a lifetime.
Speaking on the occasion, Reshma Subba said, her biggest moment in her three day visit to New Delhi included a handshake with Smiriti Zubin Irani, Minister, HRDD, Government of India in a award ceremony. Subba said she was very pleased when Minister, HRDD congratulated her along with other students. She further said she felt proud to be part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Speech at Red Fort on August 15.
Reshma Subba was accompanied by Dharma Raj Subba, father and ND Subba, Uncle. The other students from Sikkim to take part in the event included Diksha Nepal, Songmit Lepcha, Pradeep Tamang and Buddhabir Tamang.
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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Interview of the week: Let's give an anthem to sing, encourage and motivate them: AS Music



Music videos in Sikkim is growing with each passing days and despite collected works of creativity coming from different corners of the state, a small yet beautiful music video  ‘Jiwan mitho cha’ is attracting attention.  Meet Ashis Tamang and Sudershan Sunar (AS Music), young and budding musicians behind the success of music video ‘Jiwan mitho cha’ from soon to be release Nepali album “Vinnata”.   

·         What is Jiwan Mitho Cha?
Jiwan Mitho Cha (life is beautiful) is a voice against SUICIDE and understanding this beautiful gift to mankind called "life". The lyrics of the song is the message saying that although life is full of struggle and problems we still need to wrestle through it and give a chance to life to prevail. Suicide is not the solution. Don't run away from your life; face it, live it. Cheers to life...
·          Any incident related to the song you want to share?
 Well, the song is really close to our heart. The entire composition took just about 10 minutes. The song was composed almost a year and a half ago. This was in fact our (Ashis & Sudershan) first composition together and since then we decided to continue our musical expedition together. The song is soothing to ears and also fills your heart with joy when you sing it. We have sung it for over thousands of time but have never been bored of it. Many came up with prospects of adding more lyrics to the song but we kept it as it was originally written and composed. The simplicity of the song is nursed so that everyone can hear our voice.
 

·          Why do you think this concept was required?
The idea was to highlight the simplicity and innocence of the children and the old. Whenever I (Sudershan) walked across the road near that school, it brought an immense amount of joy and happiness to me looking at those little kids smiling, playing and enjoying their life. SIKKIM HIMALAYA ACADEMY (Bariakhop, west Sikkim) is where we shot the major part of the song. The idea with which the song was written was so alive in that beautiful school. It's a free school and children come from different places. It gives you great strength looking at the efforts of the teachers and students contributing to the happiness of each other. I couldn't found a better place and environment to deliver the message we wanted to through our song.
·          Any future projects?
Yes, we are working on our album "VINNATA" which is due to be released this October. The album is the compilation of different social issue with a total different sound. You will hear a total new genre; the fusion of metal, rock and classical which we have named as "metro classics". Of course there have been a lot of experimentations on mixing different genres and yes the melody part is taken care of. The lyrics are strong and it would be fun to listen. We hope people like it. Beside this we (AS Music) in collaboration with Hanan Pro are working on a project "KHULLA SADAK -save a child" against human trafficking which will be released very soon.
·          Message to the readers
Change is what is required in our society. Change in our thought against social injustice and discriminations, change in our ideas against religious and cultural differences. We need to raise our voice for the weaker and unfavored class in our society. Let's give them an anthem to sing, encourage and motivate them. We are all the same. Let's not make speculations in terms of money, caste, color or religion. Let us bring small change in ourselves; 'a change for changes'
·          Tell us about yourself.
AS Music are Ashis Tamang and Sudershan Sunar. We do our own compositions, arrange the song and write lyrics. It's basically our own music. Sudershan (SUDA): my hometown is Singtam (Sikkim). I am currently working as a banker in Sikkim State Co-operative (SISCO) Bank Ltd. Ashis: I am from Pedong (Kalimpong) but currently living in Siliguri and working as a music teacher. Beside this I am pursuing my B.A in Indian music and Rock Music. Sabin Tamang is the official manager of AS Music.
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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Singtam prepares for state level Indra Jatra 2014



SINGTAM, AUGUST 17: A coordination meeting was held at Community Hall, Singtam today to make the final preparation for Indra Jatra, Newar community’s biggest festival. The two phase meeting was arranged by Indra Jatra Celebration Committee 2014. Indra Jatra Celebration is a state level festival of Newars that will be held on September 8 at Singtam.
Mohan Pradhan ‘Neeraj’, General Secretary, Indra Jatra Celebration Committee 2014 was the host of the first phase meeting. Pradhan announced the distribution of work prearranged to different members of Newar Guthis under Singtam – Rangpo Zone. He told in brief about the proposed plan of the Indra Jatra Celebration. HP Pradhan was the Chief Guest of the meeting.
 
TB Pradhan, President, Indra Jatra Celebration Committee 2014 speaking on the occasion shared the letter send by the Sikkim Newar Guthi informing the permission to host the Indra Jatra 2014 at Singtam. Pradhan added this is a huge responsibility and above all, Newars of Singtam should be proud of this moment. Bikash Pradhan, Newari Langauage expert from Namthang threw some insight about the origin of the Indra Jatra festival that was highly informative to all. Other people to speak on the occasion included MB Pradhan (Duga), Prakash Pradhan (Temi), DB Pradhan (Dung- Dung), LN Pradhan (Rangpo), HP Pradhan and others. Every Guthis had assured full cooperation to make the event a grand celebration.
The second phase meeting was attended by Rohit Kumar Pradhan, President Sikkim Newar Guthi, Suren Pradhan, Vice President, Sikkim Newar Guthi and members of Sikkim Newar Guthi from Gangtok. Highlight of the meeting was talks on different issues related to the successful arranging of the festival.  
Rohit Kumar Pradhan, President Sikkim Newar Guthi in his word told this is for the very first time that Indra Jatra Celebration is travelling to any other place other than Gangtok. Since last five years, the existence of Kumari (living goddess) had been staying at Gangtok, now she will be traveling to different parts of Sikkim. Singtam takes the honour to receive the Kumari for the first year and it will be after next eight years, she will return to Gangtok. Now on, Indra Jatra will be held at different places of Sikkim for nine years, he said.
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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Turuk United of South Sikkim lifts Late Man Rupa Gurung Memorial Volleyball Tournament "Hill Championship"

 PRESS RELEASE
SURESH LAMA

It was a wonderful time hosting & coordinating the grand celebration of 68th Independence Day observed at Majhitar School Ground with the colourful cultural programmes by students of Majhitar Secondary School in coordination of teachers, sports & concluded with Final of 3rd Late Man Rupa Gurung Memorial Volleyball Tournament "Hill Championship" which was won by Turuk United of South Sikkim victory over Mamring United. Cash prize of Rs. 50000 & Rs. 30000 with trophy was handed over to winner & runner team respectively.
Zilla Upadhakshya(South) Miss Devi Maya Baraily attended the program as a Chief Guest & Medical Officer of Rangpo PHC Dr. Rojesh Gurung ,with special guest Ward Councillor Majhitar Ward Shri Purna Bdr Chettri.
On the occasion of I-Day MEUYCS presented token of appreciation to Lineman's of Power Department Majhitar ward for their outstanding service for the welfare of Majhitar Public, and thanked every sponsors , supporters & media partners for their contributions in the 68th I-Day.
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Chisopani JHS celebrates 68th Independence Day


SINGTAM, AUGUST 16: 68TH Independence Day Celebration was held in a grand manner at Chisoani JHS, East Sikkim.  Contingent March Past, Inter School Patriotic Dance Competition, Inter School JHS Level Football Tournament and other programmes was held on the occasion.  Am Prasad Sharma (former MLA and Advisor Buildings & Housing Department) was the Chief Guest of the day.  Distinguished guests included Nirmal Cintury, Zilla Panchayat, Bimal Lamichaney & Sumitra Gurung, President & Vice President Sirwani Chisopani GPU, Navin Rai, former Zilla Panchayat, Dorjee Sherpa, Headmaster Ralap SS and others.
Mahesh Dahal, Headmaster Chisopani JHS in his speech welcomed every individual and gave in brief the importance of the day. Am Prasad Sharma, Chief Guest hoisted the National tri-colour flag and took salute of the contingent march past presented by the students of Chisopani JHS. Sharma in his speech spoked about the contribution made by the great leaders in attaining the Independence and said we should always have respects and high regards for them.  CM Chettri, teacher Chisopani JHS was the host of the day.
Rising Sun Academy - Chisopani went on to win the Inter School Patriotic Dane Competition followed by Chisopani JHS and Bright Life Academy - Sakyong.  Devi Rai, former student of Chisopani JHS performed a dance number; she also went on to sing a song latter. Tshering Tamang and his group presented a play. For the crowd’s entertain there were Passing the Ball and Tug of War Competitions.
The much talked Inter School JHS Level Football Tournament was won by Central Pandam SSS. They defeated Pachak SS with three goals to two in an enthralling and nail biting match. Darpan Thami (Bright Life Academy) was selected as a Best Promising Star trophy. Pem Tshring Tamang and Aadarsh Pradhan both from Central Pandam SSS went on to win the Highest Scorer trophy and Player of the tournament trophy respectively. Lal Singh Rai (Pachak SS) was adjudged the best Goal Keeper of the tournament. There were eight teams in the tournament. The Chief Guest and other guests handed out the trophies, certificate and cash prizes to the winners.

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Sikkim 3rd fastest Job Creator in the India: 6th All-India Economic Census


PRESS RELEASE
Press Secretary

Office of PD Rai, Lok Sabha MP for Sikkim
Sikkim has registered the second highest percentage growth rate in total number establishments (i.e units engaged in production and/or distribution of goods and services) and the third highest percentage growth in employment between 2005 and 2013 according to the recently released provisional results of the 6th All-India Economic Census.



Sikkim’s growth in number of establishments between 2005 and 2013 stands at 102.92%, which is an impressive 2.5 times the overall national growth rate of 41.74%.

Sikkim registered incredible growth in job creation as well, achieving 77.14% growth in employment, 2.25 times the national employment growth rate of 34. 35%. 

On gender equality, Sikkim ranks 5th with the percentage of female workers as 36.52% out of all workers in the the State.

The Economic Census provides up to date information on number of establishments and number of persons employed of all sectors except crop production and plantation, public administration or social security schemes such as MGNREGS.

In India, five Economic Censuses have been conducted in the past. These were conducted during 1977, 1980, 1990, 1998 and 2005. The Sixth Economic Census was was conducted between January, 2013 and April, 2014 in all the States and Union Territories of the country under the overall guidance of Central Statistics Office of the Union Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI).
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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Central Pandam SSS faces Pachhak SS in Chisopani JHS football final



SINGTAM, AUGUST 12: Central Pandam SSS and Pachhak SS are the two finalist of the 68th Independence Day Inter JHS Level Football Tournament held at Chisopani JHS. Both the team won their respective semi final convincingly.  Central Pandam SSS defeated its rival Singlebong JHS team with eight goals to one. Adarsh Pradhan and Pem Tshering Tamang scored a hat-trick each in the match. It was the second hat-trick for Pem Tshering Tamang taking his goal tally to six goals; he is the highest goal scorer of the tournament so far. Similarly Pachhak SS defeated the host school Chisopani JHS with seven goals to nil. Kamal Rai scored a hat-trick for his Pachak SS team.
PB Tamang, SMC President and Lobang Bhutia, former Graduate teacher at Chisopani JHS were the Chief Guest of the two matches. Am Prasad Sharma, former Area MLA will the Chief Guest on the final match of the tournament.
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Mamring United beat Mamring veterans in the thrilling 5 setter match to enter final

Councillor Majhitar ward of Rangpo Nagar Panchayat Shri Purna Chettri attended as a Chief Guest & Senior citizen Shri Nanda Kumar Sharma as a Guest of Honour in the 2nd Semifinal Match on going Late Man Rupa Gurung Memorial Volleyball Tournament "Hill Championship" at Majhitar, East Sikkim. Mamring United crushed to final & play against Turuk United in the eve of 68th Independence Day on 15th August, 2014. Mamring United beat Mamring veterans in the thrilling 5 setter match
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Central Pandam SSS conquers Singlebong JHS 8-1



SINGTAM, AUGUST 12: Adarsh Pradhan and Pem Tshering Tamang scored a hat-trick each to let their school team reach the final of the 68th Independence Day Inter JHS Level Football Tournament held at Chisopani JHS. The team of Central Pandam SSS defeated its rival Singlebong JHS team with eight goals to one. Aashish Tamang and Saran Gurung added a goal each for the Central Pandam SSS team while Surendra Rai scored the lone goal for Singlebong JHS.
It was the second hat-trick for Pem Tshering Tamang taking his goal tally to six goals; he is the highest goal scorer of the tournament so far. Central Pandam SSS becomes the first team to reach the final and they will be meeting the winning team between Chisopani JHS and Pachhak SS

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