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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.



Friday, August 18, 2017

Ralap SS’s HM congratulates his boys on winning U-14 Inter school ID tourney

SINGTAM, AUGUST 18: Dorjee Sherpa, Headmaster Ralap SS congratulated his school football team for winning the U-14 Independence Day Inter School Football Tournament held at Manjushri Public. Speaking on the school assembly, Headmaster appreciated the efforts of the boys and asked the entire students to work hard and reach the goal. The boys from Ralap SS defeated Manjushri Public School with two goals to zero in the final. Sandeep Subba and Sangay Tamang scored for the winning team. Further, Suman Tamang and Sandeep Subba from Ralap SS also bagged Highest Goal Scorer and the Man of the Match trophy. Yogesh Gurung, sports teacher added it was all about team efforts and I had belief on my boys. Eight schools had participated in the tournament. Dorjee Sherpa, Headmaster Ralap SS through this press release has also praised Wendy Pulger, Manjushri Public School for being a wonderful host.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Statue of Aruna Lama at Bijanbari

Aruna Lama, was popularly known as the Nightingale of the Hills for her voice. Her legacy is only next to Narayan Gopal. This statue at Bijanbari is the only known statue of her ever known till date.

A halo, a ring round a sun

I do not understand how it is made but when caught on lens this phenomenon looks great. Folks, its halo- a ring around a sun from Sikkim. Enjoi!! This photograph was taken in March 2011.


Opening of PRS at SNT Rangpo (2009)

Opening of PRS at SNT Rangpo (2009)


Bijayata Baraily : actress Angalo Yo Mayako.

Name                    : Bijayata Baraily

Father's Name   : Mr. B.K. Baraily

Mother's name  : Mrs. Devika Baraily

Sibling                 : Nivedita Baraily.

Date of Birth     : 15-06-1987.

Religion              : Hindu

Nationality        : Indian

School                 : Dowhill School, Kurseong

Diploma in
Architecture     : Siliguri Govt. Polytechnic.

Dwelling place: PankhaBari Road, Kurseong.

Senior Diploma in Bharatnatyam: Geeti Gunj Music College, Kurseong.
(Affiliated to Allahabad).

Taking Indian classical music lessons from my dear mother.

Movie: Angalo Yo Mayako.

Mahurat of Prashant Tamang's nepali film Angalo Yo Maya Ko'

Mahurat of Prashant Tamang's nepali film Angalo Yo Maya Ko' (11.10.2013). Ms Neeru Sewa, then West Pandam Constituency MLA and Minister had given the mahurat clap. To the surprise, one of the lead actress was replaced after the mahurat. (Pics: Shital Pradhan)

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Nirmal Chettri (football) : Shital Pradhan's Autograph Collection

Nirmal Chettri is an Indian footballer from Melli (Sikkim), a leader in defence. A seasoned professional, the versatile defender can play as both a centre back and a full back. Part of the Indian national team set-up since 2011, the 26-year-old has represented the country at the U-17, U-19, U-23 as well as senior level.

" Met him personally at an exhibition match at Golitar Ground on June 19, 2017."
— with Nirmal Chettri.

G.M. Gurung of Rangpo felicitated at Chisopani, Dokhey, East Sikkim

G.M. Gurung of Rangpo, East Sikkim was felicitated from the hand of Hon'ble Chairman of Sikkim Film Board Shri Uttam Pradhan in the eve of 71st Independence Day Ceremony held at Sakyong Chisopani School ground for his utmost contribution to the village since many years. The felicitation was constituted by Boudha Sangha Samaj, Chisopani. Along with him two others were also felicitated.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Photographs of Gulma Railway Station

Gulma Railway Station is near Milan More, Siliguri. It belongs to Northern Frontier Railway. (29.06.2016)

MPs from Sikkim call on Hon’ble Minister of State for Civil Aviation

August 10, New Delhi: MP Sikkim, Shri PD Rai, Lok Sabha and Shri Hishey Lachungpa, Rajya Sabha met with the Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Shri Jayant Sinha to discuss the status of Pakyong Green Field Airport. At present the airport will operate with ATR 42-seater turboprop aircrafts on a 2km long runway. The Minister stated that Rs. 150 Cr has been set aside for expansion of the width of the runway, post inauguration, in order to facilitate the landing of ATR 72-seater aircrafts. The Minister offered that the Airport Authority of India could operate the airport if the state so requests. However, the autonomy to decide lies entirely with the state if the land belongs to the State Government. He also enquired about the road connectivity of the airport to Gangtok. The Minister informed the MPs about the new policy on subsidizing Helicopter connectivity to Sikkim, through the UDAN scheme, that is under active consideration. He also expressed interest to meet with Shri Ugen Gyatso Bhutia, Hon’ble Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Sikkim, within this month, in order to discuss operational issues. The meeting will also target high quality tourism and increasing airport viability through the building of infrastructure around the airport.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Shantinagar Gaon Sudhar Samiti condoles passing of the former CM of Sikkim NB Bhandari

July 17: Members of Shantinagar Gaon Sudhar Samiti held a condolence meeting at the premises of LN Pradhan, Advisor SGSS’s residence to pay homage to the passing away of Shree N B Bhandari, former Chief Minister of Sikkim. Two minute silence was observed on the moment after lighting the candle by the head monk of Karma Thujee Choeling Monastery, Shantinagar under the guidance of President of SGSS, Shri Krishna Chettri. 
T B Pradhan, Advisor SGSS addressed the gathering that included advisors, executive members, monks of Karma Thujee Choeling Monastary, Shantinagar, senior citizens and other members. Chettri said, we share the deep sadness with the family members and wish that almighty god give them strength to come out of this grievous moment.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

ISL players to kick the ball at Golitar Singtam Ground

SINGTAM, JUNE 14: The star players of Indian Super League are set to kick the ball at Golitar Ground, Singtam for a special exhibition football match on June 18. The special program that also includes felicitation ceremony of more than two dozen star players is unique in the history of Singtam. Members of
Howlers Sporting Club, Golitar has done this unthinkable. The young team of HSC will be facing the star studded team of ISL. Gopal Baraily, MLA Central Pandam would graced the occasion as the Chief Guest that will also have other popular football faces and other sports players of Sikkim as Special Guests.
Senior pro from India team Nirmal Chettri, Sanju Pradhan, Bikash Jairu and Robin Gurung will be among the glittering stars of the day. Lhamu Tamang, a young boxer from Adarsh Gaon who had been selected for SAI camp at Bhopal for Youth Commonwealth Games in Brahamas (to be held this July) would also be felicitated on the occasion. 

Nishant Subba, President HSC said it would be a great encouragement for the youngsters to watch and talk with their idols. Our club is focused and determined on providing opportunities and platform, added Subba. Howlers Sporting Club was set up on 2012 and they have secured there place in Second Division Sikkim League. The players of HSC has been playing for SAI Namchi, Jharkhand Bokaro SAIL, Himalayan Sporting Club Gangtok and Royal Wahingdo FC, Shillong.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017



Januka Sharma Rizal, a third year student of English Honours from Sikkim Government College, Tadong has been selected to play the female lead role from the number of participants that took part on the auditions.

Miss Sikkim 2nd runners up 2016, Januka belongs from Pakyong. Her hobbies includes dancing, acting and modelling. She also had participated at numerous plays and acting opportunities since her school days.

RAHASYA is an under production Nepali Horror film under the banner of Kreative Eye Production and to be directed by Arjun Chapagai. It is the first horror film made in Sikkim.




Residence of Ranipool, Pooja Kadel plays a very significant role in the movie RAHASYA. She is one of the contestants of Miss Sikkim 2017 to be held this July.
Pooja Kadel is soon to be seen in a nepali film playing the title role of BARSA. She is the product of Sikkim Government College, Tadong.
RAHASYA is an under production Nepali Horror film under the banner of Kreative Eye Production and to be directed by Arjun Chapagai. It is the first horror film made in Sikkim.

Shantinagar felicitates its ten students

Singtam, June 13: Ten students of Shantinagar, Singtam were felicitated by Shantinagar Gaon Sudhar Samiti that had successfully completed their Class X and XII Board Examination on June 12, 2017. In a program held at Archigos Preparatory School, the students were passed on good wishes and blessed for their future endeavour. Students along with their parents were congratulated and offered khadas. 
Among the ten recipients Shareen Rai who had achieved 96.8 % in ICSE from St. Joseph’s Convent, Kalimpong was a District Topper. Kishore Subba from Singtam SSS was the School Topper at Commerce Stream in Class XII. The other students to receive the honour were Jayashree Rai, Razat Waiba, Neha Chettri, Diki Waiba, Sai Raj Sharma, Chewang Namgyal Bhutia (all Class X); Roshni Subba and Manisha Gurung (both Class XII). These students were from Singtam SSS, East Point SSS, Sumin Linzey SS and DPS Siliguri. KB Chettri, Principal Singtam SSS was the Chief Guest of the day while AH Khan and LN Padhan were guest of honour. The Chief Guest in his address congratulated the students and said the honour is presented to encourage everyone and at the same time it is a thought that we should never forget our society. TB Pradhan, Advisor SGSS was the host of the day. Other people to speak on the day included Krishna Chettri, President, SGSS and PP Upretti, Vice President, SGSS. Shyam Rai, father of Shareen Rai also spoked on the occasion.

Friday, June 09, 2017

Saga Dawa celebrated at Shantinagar - Singtam Gumpa

SINGTAM, JUNE 9: Saga Dawa was celebrated with enthusiasm and happiness at Karma Thuji Cheoling Gumpa at Shantinagar, Singtam. The celebration included peace rally carrying Holy Book from Shantinagar Gumpa to Adarsh Goan and back to Gumpa. Trulku Rigzin Rangzong Rangdrol (Deorali) graced the occasion by his holy blessings. 

Somnamth Poudhyal, Agriculture Minister cum Area MLA, Ugen T Gyatso, Tourism Minister and Shyam Pradhan, Parliamentary Secretary, HRDD were the Special Guests of the day followed by other distinguished guests in and around Singtam. Hundreds of devotees of all age of life took part in the procession carrying the Holy Scriptures. 

The devotees walked through Shantinagar Gumpa till Adarsh Gaon via Singtam bazaar and back to Gumpa. Different organizations of Singtam distributed ice-creams, milk shakes, fruit juices, waters and others for the children and seniors carrying the holy book during bazaar visit.

Monday, June 05, 2017

BAMOS visits Sakyong Chisopani JHS to celebrate WED

Singtam, June 5: A four member team of Butterflies and Moths of Sikkim (BAMOS) Nature Conserving Society visited Sakyong Chisoapani JHS to celebrate World Environment Day today. The program was conducted in collaboration with Butterflies and Moth of Sikkim Nature Conservation Foundation (BAMOS NCF) with support from Rufford Foundation. Plantation of different saplings and workshop on butterfly conservation was the highlight of the day. 

A day long program started with the welcome speech of Shital Pradhan, Green Teacher, SC JHS Eco Club. Thereafter Satish Chandra Pradhan, Headmaster of the school addressing the gathered audience of guests, school staff and students spoked about the importance of biodiversity and its presence for human survival. Dr. Sanjog Rai, member of BAMOS interacted with the students and informed them about the significance of butterfly and other insects for our ecology. Rai further said the theme of BAMOS for this year World Environment Day was Butterfly Conservation. 

Different varieties of saplings were planted around the school premises by the four Houses of the school (Orchid, Jasmine, Lily and Daffodils) along with their respective House Masters. Those saplings included ‘Host and Nectar plants of butterflies’. The team of BAMOS also took part in the plantation and they even gifted flower seeds to the school. They presented posters of butterflies published by BAMOS to the School Headmaster. At the end of the day a workshop was conducted by Dr. Sanjog Rai, Shailendra Dewan, Prem Chettri and Nawang G Bhutia for the students of senior classes with pictorial presentation through laptop.

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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 (


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